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What will we be doing in Heaven?

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When we get to Heaven, what will we be doing? Will we be just sitting around, praising God all the time? Will we be in just one location around God? Sitting around the throne? How will we travel? I think we should use a little common sense about this, since there's no scriptures that actually reveal exactly what we'll be doing. In fact the Bible reveals just the opposite. Probably the reason for this is with our limited mental capacity in the flesh, we couldn't understand it anyway.

(Isa 64:4) For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

(1 Cor 13:12) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

It's hard for us to envision a lot of things while we're in the flesh, but when we're with Him we'll see clearly. One thing for sure, we will be with God. At least the over comers.

(Rev 22:12) And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward[1] is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

1 "REWARD": 3408. misthos, mis-thos'; appar. a prim. word; pay for service (lit. or fig.), good or bad:--hire, reward, wages.

(John 14:3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Let us lay a little ground work first.

Where is Heaven and where is God?
Heaven is where ever God is and God is everywhere.

The next few verses tell where God is.

(Psa 113:5) Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,

(Psa 115:3) But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

(Isa 33:5) The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.

(Isa 8:18) Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.

(Psa 135:21) Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

Psa 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

(1 Cor 3:16) Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

God even dwells in us. The next two verses give a good description of just where God is and how He can be closer than a brother to all, all the time.

Jer 23:23 Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar[1] off?

[1] H7368; remote, lit. or fig., of place or time; spec. precious; often used adv. (with prep.):--(a-) far (abroad, off), long ago, of old, space, great while to come.

Jer 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.

Always keep in mind these two verses just above. Jer. 23:23 - 24. If God is never far off, and He fills both the heavens and the earth, then are the heavens and the earth apart? Nothing is far away from God. The stars, galaxies, etc. just seem so far away to us. That's because we're in this limited version of life, called the flesh. Remove the flesh and we're with God. See 2 Co. 5:8, where it states, to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord. When we're present with the Lord, then there's nothing that's far away from us either. Where ever God is we will be. Do a little study on the word air in 1st. Thessalonians 4:17. Learn exactly what it means. Be sure to check out the word, (circumambient). According to Webster's dictionary (English) it is actually 2 words, circum and ambient. Check it out for your self. To me it describes just how close our encounter is going with Jesus, when He returns. Every thing is close, very close. When we start talking about travel, time, speed, and distance, remember, there is nothing far away.

God shall set up His headquarters here on earth.

(Rev 21:1) And I saw a new[1] heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

See Isa 65:17 where the word new traced to its prime is to renew or rebuild. See Eccl 1:11.

1 "NEW": 2537. kainos, kahee-nos'; of uncert. affin.; new (espec. in freshness; while G3501 is prop. so with respect to age):--new.
3501. neos, neh'-os; includ. the comp. neoteros, neh-o'-ter-os; a prim. word; "new", i.e. (of persons) youthful, or (of things) fresh; fig. regenerate:--new, young.

(Rev 21:2) And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

This is just one city. There will be more.

(Rev 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.

What is God?

(Gen 17:1) And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Gen 31:50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee.

Deu 4:24 For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

(Num 27:16) Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

(Mark 12:27) He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

(John 4:24) God is a Spirit[1]: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

1 "SPIRIT": 4151. pneuma, pnyoo'-mah; from G4154; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by anal. or fig. a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by impl.) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit:--ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Comp. G5590.

I have inserted just a few scriptures that tell what God is. There are many more.
As Christ Himself said. God is a spirit. He's in the air. Like the air, He's everywhere.

How does God travel?

God I'm sure doesn't need vehicles to get around. Even though the next few verses describes what we today would call a flying saucer or an unidentified flying object. The universe is a big place by our standards, but I'm sure God can travel throughout in no time at all. He and those in that world can be any place at any time. There is no time there, as we know time, and time as we know it was created for this earth age. See Gen 1:14, and in Rev 10:6 where time as we know it will cease.

How can God maintain control of all things?

The universe is a big place. Some stars and galaxies are billions of light years away. God must be able to travel at speeds far greater than the speed of light. At just beyond the speed of light, travel in time is possible. God is perfect and all he does is perfect, but man in the flesh isn't. Just suppose there was a need for maintenance, (correction as you go), God could be at any point in time for any reason. Personally I believe it's His natural state of being. Every where at any point in time, at any time. I'm using the word time here a lot to emphasize that there is no such thing as time with God, not as we know time. With God I'm sure there is a better description of what I'm trying to say, but with my feeble mind, I'm stuck with the word time. Whatever that word is, the meaning of it must be something like, it's inclusive of all time, having no bounds or limits, and one is able to be in control of all time, at the same time. With that ability, maintenance of things would be no problem. Easy to prevent unwanted things from happening. Easy to look into the future etc. We now live in an imperfect world. One with time. The world we'll be in throughout eternity is perfect. No need for time. Time to us in the flesh is precious. I guess because we have so little of it.

I've included the next three verses about time because being in the flesh as we are, time limits us in our travels.

Here God created time as we know it, (for this earth age).

(Gen 1:14) And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

Here, time as we know it, (this flesh age), is destroyed.

(Rev 10:5) And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

(Rev 10:6) And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Time is temporary, and it isn't going to be around much longer. Again I have time in bold characters to emphasize the importance that it is short.

What about speed? Speed = distance over time. If there is no time, then there is no speed, at which to travel. So then exactly what is travel? In our world, (this flesh age), it's easy to describe, because we have time. If there is no time, then there's no speed nor is there distance. At least not as we know it. We're stuck in this flesh body for a little while with all it's limitations and weaknesses. Time to us is past, present, and future. If there is no time, then there's no past or future, just present. We can only know travel as it is in this world. It must be something else in the next world. I have heard it said, that all God has to do is think it, and He's there. I tend to agree. I guess we could call this Godspeed. A doctor told me one time, (he wasn't talking about me), that our mind was a powerful thing. It can put our bodies into any state of being, you desire. Maybe there, our minds will take us any where we want to go. In the spirit world, if we're going to travel it has to be in the present tense. Meaning it doesn't take any time to get there. We tend to think of things, (stars, galaxies, etc.), to be far away. It simply is not so. What time zone are we in? The temporary time zone. There'll be no need for clocks where we're going. With all this rambling on about time, I guess what I'm really trying to say, is time is no big deal with God.

So much for time.

Now back to travel.

With the above in mind. God must have created a way for Him, and others with Him, to travel while visiting this imperfect world of ours. Not that he needed it, but probably just to demonstrate to mankind something in a way that we just maybe could grow to understand a little. God does describe travel. See below.

(Psa 18:9) He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

(Psa 18:10) And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

I've listed the next several verses that describe the vehicles seen by Ezekiel, because he goes into great detail, and it's fascinating. One of them even had God's Throne and God on board. Probably one of the ways we'll travel, when we get there. We will be traveling you know. The universe is a big place. God shares his creation with us. I'm using the word travel only because that's is the only word I know to describe what it is we'll be doing when we get there.

(Ezek 1:2) In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity,

(Ezek 1:3) The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.

(Ezek 1:4) And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

(Ezek 1:5) Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

Remember, we were made in the image of God and the angels.

(Ezek 1:6) And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.

(Ezek 1:7) And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.

(Ezek 1:8) And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.

(Ezek 1:9) Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

(Ezek 1:10) As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

(Ezek 1:11) Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.

(Ezek 1:12) And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

(Ezek 1:13) As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

(Ezek 1:14) And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Fast, very fast.

(Ezek 1:15) Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.

(Ezek 1:16) The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

(Ezek 1:17) When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.

(Ezek 1:18) As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.

(Ezek 1:19) And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

(Ezek 1:20) Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

(Ezek 1:21) When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

(Ezek 1:22) And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.

(Ezek 1:23) And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.

(Ezek 1:24) And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.

(Ezek 1:25) And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.

(Ezek 1:26) And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

(Ezek 1:27) And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

(Ezek 1:28) As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

(Ezek 2:1) And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.

God Himself, came in a vehicle and was talking to Ezekiel.

(Ezek 2:2) And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.

(Ezek 2:3) And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.

Let's look at some more verses that describe some vehicles.

(2 Ki 6:14) Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

(2 Ki 6:15) And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?

(2 Ki 6:16) And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

(2 Ki 6:17) And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

I think these horses and chariots of fire were like the vehicles Ezekiel explained so well. Certainly makes any vehicles we have today seem to be quite outdated.

Will we travel beyond the earth?

(Gen 1:26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air[1], and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

1 "AIR": 8064. shamayim, shaw-mah'-yim; dual of an unused sing. shameh, shaw-meh'; from an unused root mean. to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perh. alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve):--air, X astrologer, heaven (-s).

Note the meaning of the word air. Could this mean that mankind is to have dominion of outer space also? We've put men on the moon, vehicles on mars, and spaceships, throughout space. Imagine what we'll be able to do in the spirit, without time and conditional limitations. Man has always ventured out to the unknown, even in the flesh.

What will we be doing there?

We must look at what's going on there now and has been going on in times past. All throughout the Bible it is written of angels who visit people here on earth. The first is in Gen 16:7. Note the Strong's meaning of the word angel. This angel had a job to do. He sure wasn't setting around all the time.

(Gen 16:7) And the angel[1] of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.

1 "ANGEL": 4397. mal'ak, mal-awk'; from an unused root mean. to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; spec. of God, i.e. an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher):--ambassador, angel, king, messenger.

Gen 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

We all have heard the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, and how God destroyed those cities.

Gen 28:12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

Gen 28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

Angels of God on a ladder. What a job, and God Himself talking to Jacob.

(Dan 6:22) My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

This angel appears to have a little tougher job. With their supernatural ability I'm sure it wasn't a big task for him. The next angel it appears had a much tougher job, because he had to struggle with the supernatural before he made his visit to Daniel.

(Dan 10:4) And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel;

(Dan 10:5) Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:

(Dan 10:6) His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

(Dan 10:7) And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.

(Dan 10:8) Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.

(Dan 10:9) Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.

(Dan 10:10) And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.

(Dan 10:11) And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.

(Dan 10:12) Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

(Dan 10:13) But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

Quite a job. Even for an angel. Let's look at another job for an angel.

Dan 3:23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

Dan 3:24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.

Dan 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

This job, Jesus himself did. Walked right into the fiery furnace. But Jesus himself hadn't been born yet, but Nebuchadnezzar recognized him?

Some jobs that angels have done and are doing now go unreported. I believe this next verse verifies that.

Heb 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Psa 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Angels do the commandments of God. Our whole duty on this earth is to do the commandments of God. Note the next verse.

Eccl 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

The angel Gabriel's duties

(Dan 8:16) And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.

(Dan 9:21) Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.

(Luke 1:19) And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings.

(Luke 1:26) And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

(Luke 1:27) To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

The angel Michael
Some kind of jobs Michael and Gabriel has had and have now.

Dan 10:21 But I will show thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

Dan 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

We can have the same power over Satan that Michael has. Jesus himself has said so. Who is our number one enemy? Satan, and one of his names is that ole serpent.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Psa 78:25 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.

Angel's food? Will we be eating in Heaven? We were made in their image!

War in Heaven?
What a thing to be going on there.

I believe this is the war described in Revelation 12:7. Remember Daniel's vision was for the future. In the latter days. See the next verse. This is some of what's going on in Heaven. Remember there's no time as we know it in Heaven. I think the angel did what we would call a time travel to come to Daniel. Notice how just being in the presence of the supernatural affected Daniel. And some of our super preachers of today have the gall to say so casually, God spoke to me today, or something along those lines. I have inserted Rev 12:7 next because I believe it is the war the angel was talking about.

(Rev 12:7) And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

(Dan 10:14) Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.

(Dan 10:15) And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.

(Dan 10:16) And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength.

(Dan 10:17) For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me.

(Dan 10:18) Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me,

(Dan 10:19) And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.

(Dan 10:20) Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.

(Dan 10:21) But I will show thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

Good ole Michael. He's the one who'll kick Satan from Heaven. See Revelation 12:7.

We don't know who this next messenger, (or angel), was, but he must have lived in the flesh also. Maybe as we get there, we take on some of these duties.

(Rev 22:8) And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things.

(Rev 22:9) Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

(Psa 91:11) For he shall give his angels charge[1] over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

1 "CHARGE": 6680. tsavah, tsaw-vaw'; a prim. root; (intens.) to constitute, enjoin:--apppoint, (for-) bid. (give a) charge, (give a, give in, send with) command (-er, ment), send a messenger, put, (set) in order.

Throughout the Bible God has sent angels to do a task. As the angel told John, I am thy fellowservant and of the prophets. Meaning He had lived in the flesh but was now in the spirit and doing whatever God wanted him to. People there are busy and productive.

The next two verses proves that people in Heaven are aware of their life in the flesh. This is something that's going on in Heaven now. Note these people are not in a hole in the ground. They're right under the alter of God in Heaven.

(Rev 6:9) And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

(Rev 6:10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

The next verses show that peoples of all types will be there and giving glory to God. This will be going on there.

(Rev 21:24) And the nations[1] of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

1 "NATIONS": 1484. ethnos, eth'-nos; prob. from G1486; a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; spec. a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by impl. pagan):--Gentile, heathen, nation, people.

(Isa 18:7) In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.

I think this to be the United States. When Jesus returns we'll pay homage to Him in mount Zion. Read all of Isa. chapter 18 for further clarification.

(Rev 21:1) And I saw a new[1] heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

1 "NEW": 2537. kainos, kahee-nos'; of uncert. affin.; new (espec. in freshness; while G3501 is prop. so with respect to age):--new.
3501. neos, neh'-os; includ. the comp. neoteros, neh-o'-ter-os; a prim. word; "new", i.e. (of persons) youthful, or (of things) fresh; fig. regenerate:--new, young.

(Isa 65:17) For, behold, I create new[1] heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

1 "NEW": 2319. chadash, khaw-dawsh'; from H2318; new:--fresh, new thing. H2318. chadash, khaw-dash'; a prim. root; to be new; caus. to rebuild:--renew, repair.

(Isa 61:1) The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

Jesus quoted the first half of the next verse. See Luke 4:19.

(Isa 61:2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

(Isa 61:3) To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

(Isa 61:4) And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

What former desolations and what waste cities? Certainly not the ones made by flesh man. They're too perishable. Actually God is going to destroy all of them and that system. Never to be anymore. Read 2 Pet 3:10 where it describes that. You may have to use the Strong's dictionary, but you will see. Are we going to rebuild this earth? I think so. Why not, we messed it up. Just like a parent telling their kids to clean their room. The Holy city Jerusalem described in Revelation is just one city. Read of it's splendor and characteristics. A fifteen hundred mile cube. There will be more cities. Where are these former things written of in God's word? The desolate places and wasted cities. Let's go to Jeremiah chapter 4.

(Jer 4:19) My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.

(Jer 4:20) Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.

(Jer 4:21) How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?

(Jer 4:22) For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

(Jer 4:23) I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

See Geneses 1:2 for this destruction.

(Jer 4:24) I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.

(Jer 4:25) I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.

Even the heavens were destroyed. This wasn't Noah's flood. The next verse is why we came here.

(Jer 4:26) I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.

See Isa 14: 13 thru 17 where it states who caused this. Satan. At Noah's flood God did not seem to be mad just disappointed. See Isa 61:4 where we shall rebuild this earth and it's cities.

(Jer 4:27) For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.

God did lay the whole earth desolate. See Gen 1:2.

(Jer 4:28) For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.

The cities at this time, and this time had to be before this flesh age, they really had to be something. Read in Revelation about the New city Jerusalem. I think that would give a good representation.

You know the apostle Paul was taken to the third heaven, (or heavenly age). There he heard things unlawful for him to talk about. What all did he hear and what all did he see? Well I guess we'll just have to wait. Sounds exciting to me.

What might we be doing in Heaven?

We can only speculate but some things to think about. Certainly one, would be restoring this earth to it's original state, prior to this flesh age, that we've polluted so much. The next few verses say a lot.

(Gen 11:4) And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

(Gen 11:5) And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

(Gen 11:6) And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have
imagined to do.

If in the flesh, mankind can do all he imagines by being of the same mind and understanding, Just imagine all the possibilities in a spiritual, (supernatural), body.

(Gen 2:1) Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host[1] of them.

1 "HOST": 6635. tsaba', tsaw-baw'; or (fem.) tseba'ah, tseb-aw-aw'; from H6633; a mass of persons (or fig. things), espec. reg. organized for war (an army); by impl. a campaign, lit. or fig. (spec. hardship, worship):--appointed time, (+) army, (+) battle, company, host, service, soldiers, waiting upon, war (-fare).

Look at the meaning of the word host in Strong's H6635. Were we put here to do battle? Is God putting our souls into extreme conditions for training? Extreme, considering we came from there in the first place. Like a basic training camp. There is no flesh in Heaven so any war there cannot be war as we know it. In the eternity there'll be no war or anything to offend. When I say we came from there in the first place, I guess I should document that. Look at the next verse.

John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

(Eph 6:11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

(Eph 6:12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

(Eph 6:13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

(Zec 14:2) For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

(Zec 14:3) Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

There's a lot in the Bible concerning war. Just maybe after Satan rebelled, God put us here to get it out of our system. Cleaning up our act before we get back with Him.

(Isa 64:4) For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

What ever God has in store for us and intends for us to be doing requires true love and dedication on our part. Those who cannot measure up, just simply wont be there. In Hosea 6:6 it states that He wants our love and for us to get to know Him. He's going to have it. If you get to know Him, you will love Him. There's lots of scripture on warfare in the Bible. Warfare is usually the ultimate test for mankind's survival from the enemy. I'm not suggesting that there'll be war in Heaven after the great white throne judgment, I'm sure there wont be, I'm just saying we're going through a lot of training for something.

Just look around, God has made a great universe and it's huge by any standard. It has moving parts and they just fly around all over the place. Things require maintenance. Maybe that will be one of our duties. God doesn't like lazy people, (sluggards). I know God can handle it all, after all he did make it. I know all things are possible with God, but maybe he just wants some loved ones around to share in all the pleasure. He made all things for his pleasure. Whatever we'll be doing will certainly bring Him pleasure, and us to. Just think of the most pleasurable moment of your whole life and it will pale in comparison to the pleasure we'll have. Being pleased in this natural state is nice. One can't imagine pleasure of a Supernatural kind.

What will we be doing in Heaven? When God gets through testing us, molding us, and  sorting out the ones that can't cut it, there's no telling what all we'll be doing. Remember this verse.

Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

When I was just a child, I heard this little saying. The imagination is the greatest nation of all. In Heaven we'll all, have the same desire. To please the Almighty God. I'm sure we'll be doing that, and doing it well.
 
I said earlier that there wasn't too much written about what we would be doing in Heaven. That was an inaccurate statement. There's lot's of information in God's word telling us. We just have to remove the blinders so we can see. There's enough to make one want to go.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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