Saints rest at Paradise, which will be New Earth; Hell torments Sinners; until Judgment Day.

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Saints rest at Paradise, which will be New Earth; Hell torments Sinners; until Judgment Day.

 

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1. Garden of Eden is Paradise; It is New Earth; It is Heaven.

"Genesis 1:1 says, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." God has completed all creation that pertained to heavens and earth, in six days. "Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made." So, the six-day creation was ended. However, God did not stop creating after this. Verses 4-6 say that all the plants were watered after the Sabbath rest day, and then only they grew. Verse 7 says that the bodies of Adam and Eve were created after the Sabbath and the bodies were given to the souls of Adam and Eve. Then God gave them the spirit and made them living souls. "Verse 8 says, the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, .." Then, after the six-day creation, God has created the garden of Eden and put Adam and Even in the garden. God gave them a commandment to obey. But they disobeyed God. "Genesis 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken." Since, they committed sin, God throw them out of the garden of Eden, into the world. "24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." God protected the garden of Eden. No astronomic scientist can find this garden or planet. Genesis 2:9 says, "the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, ..." Revelation 2:7 also says, "... the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." In the scripture, there is only one tree of life. This tree of life is in the middle of the garden of Eden, as well as in the middle of the paradise of God. So, paradise of God, is garden of Eden, where the tree of life is. However, this garden is the paradise, which is the glorified earth and is blessed. It is also heaven, and it will be presented as new earth.

The Lord Jesus Christ has introduced the word 'paradise' from the cross. "Luke 23:42 says, And he, (who was the thief on the cross), said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." So, it is evident that paradise is in the kingdom of God, so it is heaven. Isaiah 65:17 says, ".. behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind." 2 Peter 3:13 says, "we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." God says that the present earth and heaven, which is the solar system, will be destroyed, and he will give us new earth and new heavens, which are the kingdom of God. So, paradise, which will be new earth, are also a part of heaven.

2. Abraham's bosom, Rest to Saints; Paradise; New Earth.

Jesus took the thief on the cross to paradise when he died, as in Luke 23:42-43. It appears that paradise is the place of rest until the judgment of Jesus Christ. Soon after judgment, the entire heaven will begin to be active. Lazarus the beggar was taken to Abraham's bosom as in Luke 16:22-23. Lazarus was also qualified to be in paradise, but not above. However, Abraham's bosom appears to be the resting place for Lazarus, but not as the destination. As Lazarus is in Abraham's bosom, where is Abraham taking his rest? It seems they both are in the same place. So, it seems that the name Abraham's bosom is just a figurative name, but not an actual place. The resting place for the thief on the cross is paradise, and so, it may be the resting place for all those who will go to heaven; it will include Abraham and Lazarus also. "Daniel 12:13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days." So, Daniel and all the old testament saints, will also be taking rest in paradise. Hell is beneath the earth and heaven is above, as in Proverb 15:24, and Isaiah 14:9. There is torment in hell and it is always active. Luke 16:23 says that Abraham's bosom is far-of from hell; hell is under the earth and heaven is above the earth; they could see and hear each other, if God allows them to do so. At the judgment of Jesus Christ, hell will be cast into the lake of fire, the tabernacle that is the temple of God will be open in the paradise, and all the kingdom of Jesus Christ will begin to be active. Abraham and Daniel are of high calling, and their destination will be Sion with God himself, in the status of the bride of Christ. The thief on the cross and Lazarus will be in new earth as their destination, which is paradise. They are all heaven.

3. Hell is active now: Chains, Outer Darkness, Pits, and Fire.

God says that we are ruled by, either sin or grace. If sin rules, it will take to eternal death. If grace rules, through righteousness, it will take to eternal life. Hell will hold the souls of those who are for eternal death. Some preachers preach that hell will come to existence only after the judgment. They are just ignorant of the scriptures. Hell is the holding place for them until the judgment day. They will be brought from hell on judgment day to stand before Jesus Christ; and at the judgment, hell will be cast into the lake of fire, as in Revelation 20:13&14. So, after the judgment day, hell will be a part of the lake of fire. Torment will be in hell that are caused by either one or a combination of these four elements. 1, Outer darkness; 2, bound in chains; 3, thrown in pits, even in bottomless pit; and 4, tormented by flames, burned in fire, and sandwiched between fire. Hell or heaven is given according to our works. A single element could also give different degrees of torment. For example: Fire could be various degrees of fire; flaming fire could be lighter, unquenchable fire may be persistent, furnace of fire may be severe, everlasting fire will have no end, and fire with brimstone may be of the most intense. Further; "their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." Eternal death is not the end, but it is permanent suffering. There are also verses like; "there shall be weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth" and such. More verses say, "everyone shall be salted with fire, cast them into the fire, they are burned, tormented with fire, tormented day and night for ever and ever." Such terms are given by God in scriptures and they indicate severe continued sufferings. But, those who are ruled by grace, will live righteously on the earth, and will be glorified in heaven.

4. All will be raised from death; and it is easy to escape hell.

Matthew 25:41 says, "everlasting fire, is prepared for the devil and his angels:" So, this everlasting fire is designed to torment spirits. John 5:29 says, "they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." If we do evil, we will be damned in hell. Most of us think that we will be raised from the dead as young and healthy. But the scripture says that the body came from the dust and it will return to dust; the flesh and blood will not inherit heaven; and so our flesh bodies will not be raised. Our person is soul, and so, our souls will be raised. Scripture says, that the lake of fire will torment for "day and night, and for ever and ever." So, the fire will torment the souls for a long time. But the good news is, that we do not have to go to hell to suffer. It is easier to go to paradise than to go to hell. How is it? What all we do to escape hell is this: Love God and love your neighbor. Love the resurrected Jesus Christ, who is with us in this world to turn us away from our iniquities. Love him with all your heart. The first command is done. The second commandment is this: Don't do any harm to your neighbors; leave them alone. "Romans 13:10 says Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." That is, if we love your neighbors, we will do no evil or harm to them. If we do these two simple things, which is very easy to do, we have fulfilled the main two commandments of God, in the first level. Now we have escaped hell and we will enter paradise, which is heaven. Reject the fake grace preachers, or such deceivers, to take heaven for granted and to fall in sin. If you reject the false, then you will escape hell, and go to paradise that is heaven. Then, you got it.

5. Examples of those inherit New Earth, which is Paradise?

Those who are in the status of the children of God, will inherit God's kingdom in the new earth, which is paradise. Jude 1:23 says, "And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." Those who are pulled out of fire, will go to paradise. Luke 16:20-23, is the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. Lazarus was a beggar, sick, suffered extreme poverty, and death. Other than that, he did not do any good works. He was in Abraham's bosom. It is a symbolic name. Abraham was resting in paradise. So, Lazarus was in paradise. Such people may inherit new earth. Let me try to give more specifics on, who will inherit new earth. Let us see a few examples and they may give you an idea.

(1) "Revelation 2:1-7 is a letter from God to the church of Ephesus. Verses 2&3 are admiration for some. Verse 4 is rebuke to some. The admiration and rebuke cannot be to the same person. Since a church has many members, these messages are to two groups of people. So, we may assume that the people who are admired by God, may get to new heaven. Let us see the rebuke and the remedy to the other group. Verses 4 "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; 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." So, if they repent, do the first works, and overcome, they will be in paradise, which is the new earth. If they do not repent and do the work to overcome, they will be in hell.

(2) 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, is the reference. This guy is a filthy fornicator. So, the church gave him to Satan to destroy his flesh. "5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus." This is a limbo case. However, if God has given his punishment on earth, if he has repented during his torment, be converted, and so on; then he may be saved from eternal punishment in the lake of fire. Such cases may be rare. However, such a person may enter new earth.

(3) Jesus Christ told a parable in Matthew 25:31-46. In the judgment, Jesus Christ will separate the people of the world into two groups. One group helped the poor, by meeting their basic needs with concern, because they are servants of God. Nothing more said about them. They did not seem to strive to become pure or such. Jesus tells about them here; "35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." They did not give donations to big churches, charitable organizations, celebrity preachers, or such people, but they gave to the very poor servants of God, who are in need of food, or such basic things. Such people will be received in new earth. "34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:" Garden of Eden was made from the foundation of the earth, which is new earth, which is paradise and garden of God. Jesus Christ told his disciples that he will go to prepare a place for you, in John 14:2, it is about new heavens. But, the mansions were already made, at the garden of Eden, which is new earth.

(4) Let us see one more scripture. It applies to worldly people and to Christians. "Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons." If a worker in a secular job does his work as explained in verse 23, he will receive the eternal reward of inheritance in heaven as in verse 24, in this case it is new earth. These worldly people, who are sincere and honest, doing their secular job, as unto God, they will go to new earth, which is heaven. God sees that the core of their being is honest, and so it is godly. It is so simple and easy. Whereas, many so called Christians, who may not be honest in their daily work, may be cast into the lake of fire to be tormented, which is very sad. However, I hope that you all will strive for new heavens, and to be with God, see him face to face in all his glory. In case you miss new heaven, don't miss new earth. It is the garden of God. It will also be very glorious, and it is heaven.

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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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