The following articles are related to the topic of HEAVEN

Psalm 19, Scientifically Accurate

About a thousand years before Christ, David announced: "The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork" (Psa. 19:1). The amazing universe reveals the glory of God in that: - It shows his power. The universe is vast; it is estimated to be 20 billion light-years across. That is the distance light would travel in 20 ... read more »

Does Matthew 18:20 Sanction Personal Assemblies?

"Could you explain Matthew 18:20. 'Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.' I have friends who frequently do not attend any church assembly on the Lord's day. When concern is expressed regarding this neglect, they respond: 'Oh, anywhere two or three are gathered, the Lord is with them.' I ... read more »

Acts 1:16 – Scripture Inspiration

After Christ ascended back to heaven (Acts 1:9-11), the eleven apostles returned to Jerusalem to await the fulfillment of the Lord's promise concerning the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (cf. Lk. 24:49; Acts 1:8). Others convened as well, and during these days, Peter stood up and said: "Brethren, it was needful that the scripture should be fulfilled, which the Holy ... read more »

Prophetic Portraits of the Messiah

Shortly before his ascension back to heaven, Jesus declared: "All things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me" (Lk. 24:44). This three-fold division of the Old Testament was common to the Jews. The "law" referred to the first five books. The "prophets" included Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and ... read more »

Ezra 1:2 – Cyrus the Deliverer

As a consequence of its spiritual apostasy, the Lord declared that the kingdom of Judah would be taken into Babylonian captivity for a period of seventy years (Jeremiah 25:12). After a series of devastating campaigns, Judah fell; the city and temple were destroyed in 586 B.C. In 536 B.C., however, Babylon fell to the Persians. The new Persian monarch was ... read more »

Luke 11:13 — Asking for the Holy Spirit

It is common knowledge that members of the Pentecostal sect believe that God is constantly pumping miraculous surges of the Holy Spirit into them in response to their prayers. With hands uplifted, they beseech, "Lord, send the power just now," which petition is usually followed by violent jerks somewhat resembling an electrocution. One of the passages employed to buttress this ... read more »

A Poignant Invitation to a Wayward People

One of David's burning ambitions was to build a "house" for his God. He was not permitted to engage in that enterprise, however, because he had "shed much blood" (1 Chronicles 22:8). It therefore fell to Solomon, a less-aggressive ruler, to build the temple on behalf of Jehovah (1 Kings 5:3-5). The temple must have been magnificent beyond description. The ... read more »

James 1:17 – The Shadow Cast by Turning

One of the traits of God is that of His immutability. He is stable - unchanging in His nature (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). In illustrating this quality of the Creator, James writes: ". . . with whom [God] can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning" (1:17). Nature changes, but Jehovah does not. Of special interest here, ... read more »

How Can the Church Be the Fulfillment of Daniel 2:44?

We recently received a question concerning the fulfillment of Daniel 2:44, as to how it can be said that the establishment of the church crushed and brought an end to earthly kingdoms. When Daniel gave Nebuchadnezzar the divine interpretation of the king's dream, he said: "And in the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a ... read more »

When the Creation Is Delivered

In a marvelous passage designed to provide comfort for afflicted children of God, Paul affirms that the "sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us-ward" (Romans 8:18). He continues by suggesting that "the creation," with great anticipation, awaits the revealing of God's children (vv. 19-23). He notes that ... read more »