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Heaven on Earth?!

childrenbronze1Mark Twain has been quoted as saying, “Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth.”

Remember seeing an upscale Singapore condominium complex advertised as “Heaven on Earth”.

Googled “Heaven on Earth” and got the lyrics of a Britney Spears song of obsession.

childrenbronze2Have heard a wise person respond to the disappointments of our spiritual journey with the comment we need to remember that this isn’t heaven.

No, we haven’t been promised heaven on earth. Or have we? Not now, but later.

Didn’t sound right when I first heard it. But some well-grounded theologians in our day remind us that the Bible ends where it begins-with an earth restored to its original perfection, and with God living among his people. (N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope and Michael Wittmer, Heaven is a Place on Earth: why everything you do matters to God.”)

childrenbronze3For much of my life I heard Bible teachers emphasize that in the end of the age a spiritually restored Israel would finally get all of the land and peace promised to her while “the Church” would get heaven. While there may be some validity to the distinction, I am becoming increasingly convinced that the last chapters of the Bible speak of God merging heaven and earth in a way that will bring both closer together and more real than we have ever known them before (Rev 3:12; 21:1-4).

No, we can’t talk about the heaven on earth that is yet ahead without saying more than we know and infinitely less than what is to come. But of this we can be confident. Being in the presence of “God with us” as he lives among his people on earth, won’t be less than the best we have ever imagined… and will be “better by far”… than anything we’ve ever known…

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38 Responses to “Heaven on Earth?!”

  1. dep7547 says:

    I appreciate the sentiment of your thoughts, Mart! I’m not quite sure how to respond to this or what exactly to respond to, but I, too, have been captivated by the idea of heaven and earth someday, somehow merging. I have even wondered whether or not our souls might get whisked away to another planet in this vast universe. I mean, if the God of the old testament intended for us to achieve our hearts’ desires through communion with him then, he has always had a place in mind for us.

    Jesus’ own words assure us that if we ask for a loaf of bread we won’t be given a stone. My desire has never been for the streets of gold promised in Revelation, but, rather, for the side of the mountain that Caleb asked to be blessed with while having his whole house serving the lord. Since there have been many others before me with similar dreams, Jehovah Jireh would certainly need a sizeable space to work with!

    After all, it is not my place to exclude anyone–I hope,like God hopes, that everyone will make the choice to serve him forever. Either way, I am certain that our father has planned accordingly!

  2. SFDBWV says:

    Even though things in my life are anyting but perfect, sometimes, somedays, some moments are like heaven on earth.

    When I hear Matt laugh, when I look out at the animals in my backyard, when the weather has that certain feel; Sometimes it is heavenly. Little glimpses of elation and joy.

    I too know that for a thousand years we have work here for Christ. That, God will create a new Heaven and a new Earth, and that we will share in it.

    I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future. Words of an old song, that will forever be true. I must be content in this.

  3. bretnb says:

    I can not wait to be in heaven with God. It will be so awesome. I don’t think we can even fathom what it will be like.

    I watched a slide show of the Hubble telescope and got a glimpse of Gods handy work. How any one can deny that God is real I will never understand. If space is so wonderful, how much wonderful will Heaven be!

  4. SFDBWV says:

    I’m with you Bret, to echo the sentiments of a couple topics ago, I long for the return of Jesus Christ and the beginning of Heaven on Earth, the return of the King, and the restoration of all things made new.

  5. pegramsdell says:

    “…on earth as it is in heaven.” matt 6. Thank You Father for heaven on earth. I am an alien on earth, because my home town is heaven. But, sometimes I live in heaven right here in Ocala, Fl. Amazing….how does He do that????

  6. pegramsdell says:

    I love jazz. I hope that’s what I’ll hear in Heaven.
    …and I sure hope there are beaches there too. :)

  7. kaliko88 says:

    I’m not sure about heaven on earth, but I do believe we are given tastes of heaven. I am reminded of C.S. Lewis again, and how he called this life the “shadowlands”. And in “The Great Divorce” he shows a heaven that is so much more real than anything we have experienced now.

    bretnb, your comments about the Hubble telescope reminded me of one of Lee Strobel’s books. One of the people he interviewed was a college professor, and he said that there were more Christians in the physics department than any other department. When they wanted to have a theological debate with athiests, they had to go find them in the philosophy department. Science does have a way of bring the wonder of God to people’s hearts.

  8. dependent says:

    It is a bit difficult to imagine what our reality will be as we serve under God’s government on an uncursed, recreated earth in wholly-sanctified and incorruptible bodies.

    OK…*very* difficult to imagine. :-) I suspect that spending more time contemplating the “hope of glory” would do wonders for how I approach this ‘vapor’ of day-to-day life.

  9. OGramps says:

    Hello Everyone,

    For me, when I am playing in the praise band on Sunday morning, there are times when I feel so lifted up that I can imagine playing in the presence of the Savior. It makes me feel like a kid again.

    If at this time in history one can find a “Heaven on Earth” it has to be that time of personal closeness and worship of God.


  10. poohpity says:

    I wonder what is the importance of there not being any more sea?
    The old is gone. I wonder after all the trumpets are blown what would be left of the earth anyway? I can not even imagine a time when there will be no more sorrow, pain and suffering. I can not even wrap my mind around walking and talking with the Lord face to face with no more confusion or even cares for that matter. I think of when children are young and they play with no thought to anything and their little giggles of shear joy just resound from their mouths, now that makes me smile. That is the only thing I think could come close to help me even envision what it will be like.

  11. rokdude5 says:

    Wow Rdr….I see youre into the “heavy metal” sounds of trombone! How cool! Pegrams…if the Lord’s willing, I ll be happy to take my heavenly harp and play some jazz for ya when we get there.

    For me, when I went to a PK event and saw tens of thousand of men praising and worshipping the Lord, I couldnt help think that was a small glimpse of what is waiting for us.

    Yesterday, I was talking to a fellow believer about his upcoming chemo treatments. I can see he was about to break down. I told him when Im gone, I would like to have (if possible) an eternal bubble blowing machine so that when people come to the cemetary they would most likely look for the source of the bubbles. They will find my spot with the inscriptions of who I am plus “Having a blast in Heaven hanging out with Jesus!” You should have seen the smile on his face.

    To me, its imperative for me to show others some sort a reflection of what Heaven will be on earth even its something simple as saying to a stranger with a smile..”Good morning. Isnt it a beautiful day?” “RJ”

  12. wretch-like-me says:

    Hello All:
    Has anyone read Randy Alcorn’s books on Heaven??
    He is a pastor in Portland, Oregon and an accomplished author. He bases his work about Heaven on scripture and lists the references for those who want more background.

    He includes biblically based ideas in the rest of his work as well; ‘salting’ liberally throughout his well woven stories of human struggles against evil.

    His insights have given me new understanding and hope for ‘the final frontier'(sorry, saw the new Trek movie yesterday and was pleased it void of sex and language.)

    One thing I look forward to is meeting my unborn child. Since I believe life starts at conception, I believe that life continues beyond this world. That would mean all our ancestors who have accepted Christ and those who ‘walked by faith’ as Abraham did will greet us when we arrive. What a thought!!!


  13. pegramsdell says:

    Can’t wait “RJ” to hear those heavenly sounds.
    I’m a trekky, too frank, loved the new movie. Want to see it again too.

  14. bubbles says:

    The state in which I live has the nickname: “Almonst Heaven”. I can see why. There are places here that would leave anyone breathless they are so beautiful.

    Wonder if the Lord smiles when he sees us awestruck by His creation, knowing that He has something far greater and better for us in Heaven.

    I was thinking today about the blog a few days ago–longing for Christ’s return now, and how some of us want Him to come and get us, but then having mixed feelings about this event because of those not saved.

    How does this effect the crown for those loving His appearing? I long for Jesus to come right now, and pray for that often, but then think of those who aren’t ready? I was driving and could not get the Bible out to study through this.

    Won’t it be fantastic to see those who have gone on before us? It’ll be wonderful to see all those people we have read about in God’s Word. . . can you imagine sitting down and talking with Kings David and Solomon?

    But, the very, very, very best will be to actually see Jesus! Think–we’ll have all eternity to thank Him and praise Him.

    God is so good.

  15. laney says:

    The best part of heaven for me will be all the saints gathered around the Lords throne in worship singing his praises.I have a praise and worship tape with a song on it called the song of Moses.Here are some of the words to it.
    And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and standing beside the sea those who were victorious.they held harps that were given to them by God and they sang the song of Moses.And they sing the Song of Moses the servant of God and the Song of the Lamb.Saying great and marvelous are your words Lord God almighty.Trust and true are your ways Lord Oh King of the saints who shall not fear you.And they sing the song Moses and the song of the Lamb.
    There is nothing on this earth that brings me greater joy then spending my time with praise and worship music on and being in the presence of My Lord.I can’t even imagine how wonderful it will be to be able to finally see him face to face and sing all our love songs to him.
    When I think of all the Lord created in just 6 days it just blows my mind to think of spending eternity with him and maybe getting to watch him as he creates some other wonders for us.

  16. saled says:

    I love Mark Twain’s quote. As someone who has lived my entire life too self-conscious to sing or dance, I so long for self-forgetfulness. Jesus said that he came that we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly. To me, abundance speaks of this self-forgetfulness that allows us to dance like David, to sing like Susan Boyle, to love like the God-Man who reached out and touched a lepper; in short, to live like it’s heaven on earth.

    Poohpity’s comment on watching children play reminds me of Jesus saying in regards to children, “. . .for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” SFDBWV’s comments on animals and weather and rdrcomp’s comments on black bears remind me of the wonder children express. I remember my own childish fascination with acorns and the seeds of our maple trees, and think how common place my reactions are to most of what I experience everday. Does the kingdom of heaven already belong to the self-forgetful? How do we become self-forgetful?

  17. Peggy Yo says:

    I hardly feel heaven on earth. I just can not wait to have my Lord Jesus come for the second time and make it come true. I am from Indonesia, where little children are exploited. Homeless girls and boys are raped without protection, even unrecorded officially. Christians and Chinese descents constantly feel insecure due to THE unstable politic. I saw homeless people who scavenged leftover food from the vendors. The gap between the rich and the poor are so so wide. I have been living here for almost 2 decades,have enough basic necesseties. Yes, I am considered bless, yet I still see injustice in this great country, between those who are born here and the immigrants. And I say, this is earth, it is not heaven yet. My eyes eagerly look at the Holy mountain of the Lord, where the wolf and the lamb shall feed together ( Isaiah 65:25).

  18. Rick123 says:

    Deu 11:21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.((( God promised his people that if they would keep his commandments it would be as the days of heaven upon the earth. Today we who are his people too(Israel of God), enter in his rest through Christ, but there is another day that we will enter into. It’s called the promised land, which is the holy city, new Jerusalem, in heaven. We will live there for a thousand years in heaven>>>In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 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.(Jhn 14:2,3) We will have the Father’s authority through Christ to rule the nations that are beneath our home. God will give us authority to descend to earth and ascend to our home in heaven to accomplish our work during the Millennium Reign of Christ on earth.

    When the thousand year reign of Christ on earth is over, God the Father will bring down his holy city, new Jerusalem to land over the area of the nation of Israel. For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired [it] for his habitation. This [is] my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.(Psa 132:13,14)

  19. rokdude5 says:

    Peggy Yo, I ll be praying for you and for all of Indonesia.

    Like I said before we believers need to show others even just a glimpse of what heaven can be like.

    Isaiah 58:10 (New International Version)

    and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
    then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday.

  20. Tim Bergstrom says:

    I’ve been so troubled lately by comments from people – including Christians – who speak about the troubles of this life and then say “At least it’s better than the alternative.” It’s like people no longer believe in Heaven – as if death IS final – but those who have put their trust in Christ know that he conquerred death once and for all.

  21. Dave Beals says:

    I have to disagree about there not being heaven here on earth right now. As long as we carry Jesus in our hearts and are filled with His Holy Spirit we can enjoy heaven on earth. We just have to keep focused on what is really important and forget the materialistic, God-less world we live in. With God’s Word to protect us and the promise of Jesus to return to set things right, we have our own peace of mind and an eternal light at the end of the tunnel of mortal life.
    Dave Beals

  22. marionwsiii says:

    I would like to suggest that in the last couple of months my bible study group has read 2 fantastic books to create thought on this very subject, “The Shack” and “90 Days in Heaven”. What would be the thoughts after reading these books?

  23. Austine says:

    I think, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9”. John the beloved always used to phrase “like unto” because he needed to use the known to describe the unknown. Imagine someone whose experience of the ultimate in war machinery as being horses and chariots describing an “Apache attack helicopter”?

    Bottom line? Heaven will be awesome beyond what we can ever think or imagine! Our puny human brains cannnot comprehend the glory of it! I once dreamt of angels singing, and I did not want to wake up! It will be so glorius!!!

  24. Peggy Yo says:

    rokdude5, thank you for your prayer. Yeah, we need to show Jesus love to those who are suffering. Many of Christians and churches have done that, amid objection from local non Christian residents. Yet, the problem is not fixed yet, until the day He comes It is hard for me ( just me ) to feel heaven in my heart, while seeing people suffering and social injustice . When my gracious Lord allows that feeling and thought reside withing me, the Holy Spirit awake me and reminds me that I, who has been saved by His grace, need to share the good news with the world. If many people can not feel heaven here on the earth, there is a real heaven without any suffering and injustice.

  25. Filosopher36 says:

    There is a duality between Heavan and Earth in the Bible. It mentions that we should think upon Heavan; yet, reminds us that our place is on Earth, for a time, to serve Him. Heavan will take care of itself. Yet, we are reminded to not be conformed to the world. We are to be transformed with the renewing of our mind, which may only come through the power of Heavan.

  26. WaitingonGod says:

    Mart, I agree that the future distinction between a spiritually restored Israel and “the Church” will be much less apparent than some foresee it to be. In fact, I believe “the Church,” the body of true believers in Christ, will and do have the same rights and heritage as God’s Chosen People Israel.

    Likewise, I believe that the spiritually restored Israel will ultimately become a part of “the Church.” It is not, nor was it ever, our biological lineage, ethnicity, or nationality that determines where we stand in the sight of God. It is only a matter of whether, at the heart level, we are Christ’s or not.

    Throughout the Old Testament, the God of Abraham instructed His chosen people to look for a Redeemer, a Savior, a Messiah. At the time they were established, they constituted “the Church.” However, the Old Testament clearly demonstrates that merely having Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as their ancestors did not automatically keep the Jews under the protection and favor of the Heavenly Father. Then as now, it came down to the nation’s and the individual’s personal relationship with the Lord, and obedience to His commandments.

    Jesus pointed this out during His ministry as well. Many of His own people (including the leadership of “the Church” at that time) persecuted and rejected Him, and did not recognize Him as the Messiah. But at the same time there were Jews, besides those disciples mentioned in the Gospels, who embraced and trusted Him as the Son of God.

    In Acts, we read where the Gospel went to the Gentile nations as well, beginning with the man of God Cornelius and his household. News of their conversion was met with incredulity by the early “Church” (those Jews who followed Jesus Christ); until they witnessed for themselves the evidence of God’s Spirit upon these non-Jews. As Paul the apostle traveled the regions surrounding the Mediterranean, he consistently preached the Gospel to the Jew first, and then to the Gentile.

    Under the blood of Jesus Christ, all have become adopted as sons and daughters of God (Gal. 3:28). If there was any distinction in the early “Church” between converted Jews and converted Gentiles, it was the erroneous assertion by some of the Jews that believing Gentiles were required to become observing, practicing Jews as a prerequisite to being part of Christ’s Church–a matter that was unanimously resolved by the apostles.

    Without fully knowing the details and logistics, I believe that the spiritual restoration of the House of Israel is part of the ultimate plan for the Gentile Church, and that this restoration will be accompanied by the merging of heaven and earth that you speak of, as well as a merging of the Gentile Church with restored Israel under the banner of Jesus Christ, based on careful study of the scriptures, particularly those found in Isaiah, Revelation, Ezekiel, and some of the minor prophets.

  27. Ty Abimbola-Sodipe says:

    I believe there is heaven on earth, though this topic is not much clear to me, but I want to be part of the discussion to promote my Lord, so if unmerited read it logically. It might sound like rhetoric or unfounded as aspired by the bible, as the Lord Himself stated that “in my father’s house, there are many mansion.” My heaven on earth is “Prayer” if we take, for instance, the “Lord’s Prayer” for an example which states “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” somethings that are done on earth I believe is a recommendation of heaven and as such our heaven on earth must be prayer with the thinking of “it is So.”

    May the Lord continue to shed His light on our thoughts.


  28. queenquibbie says:

    1 Corinthians 2:9 – 14 sums this up for me. I can only image for as much as my mind can comprehend and only receive what the Holy Spirit allows me to know. If there is so much astounding beauty that surrounds us on earth (What the Lord has created in nature – (THERE IS NO mother nature, only Father God). All that the Lord has so richly given us to enjoy in the natural. Creation is a little “taste” of heaven for we can truly taste and see that the Lord is good. What the Word of God reveals about heaven with it’s multitude of Angels (Seraphim, Cherubims, Arch Angels,and Saints of every nation, tribe and tongue that no man can number. The 12 and 24 Elders, The train of God’s robe, the rainbow about His throne and the smoke that rises, the angels around His throne crying Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty who was and is and is to come. All that the Word of God reveals… leaves me breathless, utterly hopeful, and makes me delight in the Lord and His goodness love and mercy towards me. His love is heaven on earth :)

  29. newbirthcup says:

    Both Jesus and John the Baptist declared;
    “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand”
    According to the Bible, it seems as if God would have us live a repented life in order to experience “heaven”
    or to “see” the Kingdom of God, that Jesus spoke of to Nicodemus when He spoke to him about the necessity to be born-again. Right living apart from the grace of God
    is somewhat useless, when you do not give God the credit
    for creating in you the person He intended for you to be. My pastor has said that ” repentance is not an apology, but a turning from one kingdom to another,
    the problem is we are still in love with the world system that crucified our Lord.”

  30. daisymarygoldr says:

    You are right, “Being in the presence of “God with us” as he lives among his people on earth won’t be less than the best we have ever imagined…” Personally, for me Heaven is not about the place but about the Person and the people…

    This is what the Lord says in Isa 66:1 “Heaven is my throne, the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you could build for me? And where is the place of my rest?” So, where is the house/dwelling place of God?

    Heaven is the dwelling place of God. Where is the dwelling place of God’s Spirit here on Earth (Eph 2:22)? It is the city that has foundations… that is not made with hands …whose builder is God.

    Heaven is the dwelling place of Holy beings. Where is the dwelling place of God’s Holy people here on Earth (Heb.12:14)? It is a building made with living stones of Jews and Samaritans and Gentiles… those who are chosen out of the world and are sanctified by His blood and made Holy.

    So, on this earth… Where is God’s will being done as it is in Heaven? Where is God being honored? Where does one get to enjoy intimate fellowship with God and His children… serving and breaking bread to remind each other of His eternal love for them?

    Which is the place where God is being worshiped and praised… where if an unbeliever comes in … will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare…So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you”? (1 Cor 14:24-26)

    What is the mystery and who is that body in whom the Lord delights… the consummation of God’s eternal purposes… the ones whom the prophets of old served and even “Angels would have given anything to be in on this!”? (1Pet 1:12 The Msg)

    Want to get a sneak preview of Heaven on Earth? Go to Church! Believe me… you will never be disappointed with the cool glimpse of our eternal future. I do just that and the foretaste of our Heavenly Canaan though imperfect is so sweet that it motivates me to keep pressing on regardless of the trials and struggles of the wilderness journey of life through this desert called Earth!

  31. kenduski says:

    heaven on earth… in the beginning God created man (adam) and eve and walked with them in the garden until they sinned..they were cast out.. heaven moved somewhere else… in Revelations the New Jerusalem comes from the skies to move down to earth once more and then all the people of God live with Him on this planet as it started out meant to be, had it not been for that old apple tree. then heaven will be on earth, God will once again walk with His creation here, and we carry on from where the first Adam ended and the new Adam takes over… till then we wait kenduski

  32. elizabeth villarreal says:

    Very interesting topic. I strongly believe, that we have had a taste of heaven on earth. If I’m correct, Christ was seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, though He was rich He became poor so that through His poverty we might become rich! So if Christ was in heaven, came to the earth, He brought a piece of heaven with Him. So in that sense, I believe that we have had, heaven on earth! Food for thought. God bless you!

  33. HEY REV says:

    Well here you go again Mart. Things to think and share that lets us know we all believe in the same God but put into words as best as we can.
    It was good to hear about those who play musical instruments and sing in choirs Praising our Lord. I sing in a mens BarberShop music chapter. Love to go out and bless people singing good/clean older style songs, but get more pleasure singing the Hymns. I believe there will be that type of singing up there the only difference is we will all sing in perfect pitch because I want to Praise my Lord in words and song.
    In my years of walking with my Savior He has added more and more of what to believe for. No matter which way and God does it I know I will be totally satisfied.
    I would like to be quoted like my Brother Paul: I would rather be at this time with Christ, because for me to live is Christ and to die is gain (PHIL 1:21-25)
    I again don’t know how God has all of this worked out (we may be very, very surprised)
    but I can’t wait. The concept of “Heaven here on earth” does not sit with me. Yes we’re IN IT but are not supposed to be WITH IT. I try not to love the world. Unfortunately I did that in my B.C. DAYS.
    Hey Pegramsdell I too love Jazz music. Always did and still do. But I love the Spiritual more now than the jazz.
    God bless all
    Rev Ron

  34. Joanne says:

    Hi Mart, As a family member has recently passed on to heaven (as we think of it), I have thought much about it lately. What is that moment like when the spirit actually leaves the body? Where does it really go? Is it “asleep”, waiting the resurrection? Or alive in heaven, interacting with others who are already there?Did he see Jesus face to face? Was there an immediate review of his life and how God viewed it? A sense of forgiveness for bitterness he had harbored, for pain he had caused? Did he see and recognize other family members who have “gone on before”? Yes, death brings up many questions about heaven. For sure, there is much mystery in that passing from life in time to life in eternity. Thanks for giving me more possible ways to think of it. I agree with Rev Ron – where Jesus is, whether on earth, another planet, or this ethereal place we call heaven, is where I want to be and will be for eternity.

  35. Rick123 says:

    We already have heaven in our hearts, it is Jesus, who dwells in our heart by faith. The more self dies, the more heaven is manifested in us. Jesus already came, we are his mouth, feet, and hands. To do his works, yes, the works of heaven on earth. And when the Father orders his Son Jesus to return to our world, heaven on earth will be restored. That is the “desire” of all nations, to live in the abundance of heaven, which is Jesus on planet earth, the beauty of holiness. Setting all things in their rightful divine order, according to the will of the Father, who is in heaven.

  36. tandgmartin says:

    Further to the ideas proposed by C.S. Lewis regarding Heaven: in The Last Battle, those leaving the old world entered through the tent opening into a completely new Narnia, restored. The call was to go “farther up and farther in..” We can all only imagine in this life what Heaven will be, but whatever it is, we’ll be at peace. In another of Lewis’s Chronicles, The Silver Chair, Puddleglum eloquently diffuses the green witch’s deception of “no Narnia” with the reply that even an imagined Narnia beat the sox off of her dark underworld, and for his part, he’d continue in his search even if he never found it. Such is the power and comfort that hope plays in our lives as well as faith.

  37. DavidG says:

    This is my first post here. I am a regular listener of your (Mart Dehan’s) radio program (“Discover the Word”), and enjoy it quite a bit.

    This is an interesting subject.

    As pegramsdell noted, the Lord’s prayer expresses yearning that “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth – as it is in heaven.”.

    This theme seems solidly based on the original promisses to Abraham – a good foundation. Abraham was shown, and promissed, all the land of Canaan – both for himself and for his “seed”. The New Testament also says that if we believe in Christ, we also become identified as “Abraham’s seed”. We, as Christians, would then expect to inherit that which was promissed to Abraham – the land. Galatians 3:7-9 shows this very well.
    “Understand then, that those that believe are
    children of Abraham. The scripture foresaw that
    God would justify the gentiles by faith, and
    announced the gospel, in advance to Abraham :
    ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’ So,
    those who have faith are blessed along with
    Abraham, the man of faith”.

    Other texts, fill-in some more blanks –
    – Christians will rule on the earth (Rev 5:10)
    – and will inherit the earth (“blessed are the
    meek for they will inherit the earth”)

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