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October 30, 2005

Al Qaeda Operatives Have Infiltrated The Gaza Strip From Egypt's Sinai Peninsula : Israel
India Daily Sun, 30 Oct 2005 10:07 AM PST
Al Qaeda operatives have infiltrated the Gaza Strip from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Brig. Gen. Danny Arditi, head of Israel's anti-terrorism unit, told Israeli Army Radio on Oct. 30. Arditi said jihadist agents slipped into the Palestinian territory through the Philadelphi corridor area immediately after the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.

Israel Kills Two Militants In West Bank Shootout
Reuters via Yahoo! News Sun, 30 Oct 2005 12:02 PM PST
Israeli troops killed at least two Islamic Jihad militants in a shootout in the West Bank on Sunday, hours after the group agreed to halt rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, Palestinian security sources said.

Israelis, Palestinians o Cease Fighting
RedNova Sun, 30 Oct 2005 11:06 AM PST
By IBRAHIM BARZAK GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to halt nearly a week of fighting after militant groups pledged to halt rocket fire on southern Israeli towns, Palestinian officials said Sunday.

Palestinians, Israelis Agree To Halt Violence, But West Bank Incident Endangers Accord
Billings Gazette Sun, 30 Oct 2005 11:48 AM PST
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Sunday to halt their latest round of violence after Islamic Jihad militants pledge to end a wave of rocket attacks against southern Israel, Palestinian officials said.

“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. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  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. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, write: for these words are true and faithful…and he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; and had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel”. (Revelation 21:1-5, 10-12) 

For the most part, this website is dedicated to chronicling where we are and where we maybe heading in these last days.  One of the places we as Christians will most definitely be heading is heaven.  As joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17) it is the Father’s great pleasure to give us the keys to the kingdom (Luke 12:32) sharing in the glory of Christ as His adorned bride. 

Many have the mistaken idea that our heavenly bodies will be transparent spiritual bodies that will not be able to be touched, nor will we walk or eat.  The Bible gives few details about the specific makeup of our heavenly bodies but there is evidence that they will be a touchable and physical glorified body.   

How do I know this?  In Luke 24:38-43, just after the resurrection of Christ, the disciples were gathered in one place.  Some of them, when told that Jesus was alive, refused to believe this to be true.  So a few days later, the Lord appeared to them in the room (with the doors shut).  Seeing His image, they immediately were afraid thinking He was a ghost.  After calming them, Jesus challenged them to touch His hands and feel His side.  He also asked that food be brought before Him and He did eat.  What is my point?  At His appearing, Jesus was in His glorified heavenly body, however, He could be touched and held, and He could eat.  He was flesh and bone, yet could walk through walls.  He had the physical characteristics of a man but had been glorified.  

It should also be pointed out that following the millennium and the final judgments the present heaven (atmosphere) and earth will be completely destroyed.  This will be replaced with a new heaven (atmosphere) and a new earth.  This will be the perfect earthly environment God originally planned for us and will be similar to the Garden of Eden. 

But that’s not all!  John was carried away to a great and high mountain and shown the holy city, the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:10-12) as it descended.  As the description is read, we find this is a physical city (with streets and walls), which was made of pure gold (Revelation 21:21).  This was not a mystical city made for spiritual ghosts, but a city for those who would have physical bodies.  We should also not overlook the fact that this new earth will have mountains.  It sounds like it will have similar features of the old earth but perfected.

Although not specifically mentioned (in the context of the new heaven and earth), I have to believe animal and plant life will be included (Revelation 19:11) since it was present in the Garden of Eden.  You can bet the splendor of God’s new creation will be unimaginable. 

In Revelation 22:1, 2 we further discover that there is a crystal clear river flowing through the city with a tree of life that bares twelve different kinds of fruit every month.  I can’t imagine that we won’t be eating of that tree as we stroll down the magnificent streets of gold.  It will truly be a sight to see. 

When the Lord comes, we will be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, and yes, we will be just like Him.  Unlike what Hollywood would have you believe, we will not be some transparent, floating spirit that will hover in the clouds, darting around from place to place.  We will have flesh and bone bodies, be able to be touched and held, and yes, to eat whatever our heart desires.  Yet they will be glorified and magnificently made to bring honor and praise to the Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever without end.   

But the only way you will be granted entrance into this magnificent place is through the blood of Jesus.  The Bible says, “I (Jesus) am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John14:6b).” 

Friend, if you were to die tonight where would you spend eternity?  If you can't answer that question chances are you're not prepared, for when death calls there are no second chances.

Our only hope is in Christ. You can't get to heaven as you are because your sins have separated you from God (Romans 3:23). That's why God sent his only Son to die for the sins of the world, to bridge the gap between God and man (Romans 6:23). If you were good enough to go to heaven on your own merit, Jesus' death, burial and resurrection would have been unnecessary.

Well what do you need to do? First, come to the Father, admitting that you are a sinner. This proclaims your need for a Savior. Second, ask for forgiveness of your sins. Third, ask Jesus, to come into your heart, and save you, and to help you live a life for Him (Romans 10:9-10). Dedicate the rest of your life to serving Him and mean it. Only a truly repentant heart can Christ come in and forgive. Jesus died for you, He ask that you live for Him (Romans 10:13).

If you would like to accept Jesus as Lord pray with me right now:

Father, I know that I am a sinner and cannot obtain salvation in and of myself. I come to you in the name of Jesus asking that you forgive me of my sins (name them), and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness and guilt. I trust and believe that Jesus died and rose again to pay my sin penalty. I accept this free gift of salvation, and from this day forward, turn my life completely over to the Lord. I thank you and praise you God for giving me a new life in Christ. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, share your decision with a Christian friend or pastor. If you are not already attending church, find one in which you can worship and grow in your faith. Following Christ's example, ask to be baptized as a public expression of your faith.

I pray you will make this decision for Christ tonight...for tomorrow maybe to late.

Pastor Malone

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