As per, Star Inacay’s request, here’s the key thoughts on my message today.

What we believe about the future 
will determine how we live today.

How does my view of heaven 
affect how I live today?

Revelation 21:1-6

1. What is heaven?

Heaven is the place where God most fully makes known His presence 
to bring blessing. (Wayne Grudem)

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, 
for the first heaven and the first earth had 
passed away, and there was no longer any sea. (Rev. 21:1)

Heaven is a place not just a state of mind.

Acts 1:11 tells us that Jesus went up to a literal  place hidden behind the clouds.

When Stephen was being stoned to death, he saw heaven opened up in Acts 7 where Jesus was standing on the right hand of the Father.

Jesus said in John 14 that He was going to leave to prepare a place for us.  It wasn’t just a condition or state, but a physical place.

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, 
coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. (Rev. 21:2)

It’s interesting that we refer to heaven when we die. But not only is it a place where we go, it also comes down to the new earth according to Revelation 21:2.

Because of sin at the Garden, the world as we know it has been subject to decay. But time will come that it will all change.

For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. (Romans 8:20-21)

Not only will our world change but even our bodies. We will have a newly upgraded resurrected body.

1 Cor. 15:51-53 tells us For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

Our earthly tent will be changed into something imperishable and immortal.

That’s why Paul exclaimed as if he was trashtalking death:

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:54)

If you think earth is fun, 
wait till you get to heaven.

But more than the upgraded body, restored and renewed world, the one thing we will all be amazed is that God Himself will be our reward. Listen to what Augustine said.

“God himself, who is the Author of virtue, 
shall be our reward. As there is nothing greater or better than God himself, God has promised us himself. God shall be the end of all our desires, who will be seen without end, loved without cloy, and praised without weariness.”

2. Why heaven?

John was giving the church a living hope!

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  (Rev. 21:4)

“… we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)

The way we live now is completely 
controlled by what we believe 
about our future.

“Hope is the power of being cheerful 
in circumstances that we know to be desperate.” (G.K. Chesterton)

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” (Tertullian)


3. How to get there?

“It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty 
I will give to drink without cost from 
the spring of the water of life.” (Rev. 21:6)

When Jesus was on the cross, He said, “I thirst.” It was at the moment when God placed all our sin unto Him that He experienced the thirst we all should’ve experienced.

He said that those who will thirst will be given a drink without cost.

The living water is free but it came with a price – His death.

Jesus lost all hope so that we can 
receive the hope we long for.

The “shadow of death” is just 
our entrance into glory.



(NOTE: These are my notes for the 1st installment of “THE END” series at Victory Fort. I’m posting this for those who might have missed the verses I tackled because I went through them quite fast.)

This year is supposed to be the end of time – 2012. Not only because of the movie, but because some believe that this is based on the Mayan calendar.

Throughout history there have been 242 failed predictions and counting, from Montanus to Harold Camping. (site here)

There’s a fascination on knowing when Jesus will come and thereby usher in the end of time as we know it.

As Wayne Grudem says in his Systematic Theology book,

“(People) can make reasonable predictions about future events based on patterns of past occurrences, but in the nature of human experience, it is clear that human beings of themselves cannot know the future.”

But at the same breath, God does give us verses in Scripture to let us know a few things we can expect.

1. When will this happen?

Acts 1:6-7. He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.

Matthew 24:36.”No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

Matthew 24:42. “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.”

Matthew 24:44. “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”

The degree to which we actually long for Christ’s return is a measure of the spiritual condition of our lives at the moment.

Philippians 1:23-24. “I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.”

2. How will this happen?

It will be visible, personal, public and sudden.


Acts 1:11. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”


Luke 21:27. “At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”


Revelation 1:7. “Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him.”


2 Peter 3:10. “The day of the Lord will come like a thief…”

3. What should we do?

When the disciples were asking Jesus when He’ll come back, He told them this.

Acts 1:8. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

We must focus on the task rather than on the time of His coming. His kingdom will continue to advance.

Isaiah 9:7. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.

Matthew 11:12. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.

Jesus told us to keep doing His work until He comes back.

Luke 19:13. “Occupy till I come.”

The way we view the future will dictate the decisions we make today.