"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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Our earth and heaven are going to be destroyed, and God will replace them with new earth and new heavens. The word of God does not say directly, but gives hints that the new earth is the paradise of God. It was given to Adam and Eve, but they were chased out of it when they committed sin, since then, it is protected from the access of men. Let us see the hints. "Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and ..." The tree of life was in the middle of the garden of Eden. "Revelation 2:7 ... To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." Here we see that the tree of life is in the middle of the paradise of God. So, we see that the renewed Garden of Eden is the paradise of God. "Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea." So, God will create new earth and new heaven. We saw that new earth is the paradise. Present earth stands on water, but new earth or paradise, has no sea. "Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." So, the tabernacle of God will be on new earth.
"Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." The malefactor, we generally call him as the thief on the cross, was converted on the cross, called Jesus as the Lord requesting him, in "verse 42 he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." Immediately Jesus Christ told him that he will be in paradise, which is New Earth, that is part of heaven. How did he qualify paradise, but not New Heaven? Heaven and hell are given according to what they have done, even though preachers preach just the opposite to please people for good offerings. "Revelation 20:13 ... they were judged every man according to their works. 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." The thief in question is converted and so, he will not fit in hell. But he does not have any works to fit anywhere in heaven. Such people are in paradise, which is new earth. Let us see one more such a case in heaven. "Revelation 7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." These people were killed for the name of the Lord. It was not said that they lived a holy righteous life. But they were martyrs. Their glory in heaven is their white robe, but not the brightness of the sun. And they will serve day and night in the temple. There is no temple in new heaven, but it is in new earth. They all will rejoice in the paradise of God.
There are few more criteria in which people enter Paradise. Please click on this link for details. Link is: "Paradise"
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