SMSM # 7: The Greater Treasure and Rewards

 

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.                                                               II Timothy 4:8,9

  1.  Time of Departure more accurate than Death.

Even in our language we give away too much to the world in our efforts to adequately communicate with them, saying she died or she passed away; rather than her departure as Paul used, the greatest Christian ever on this earth apart from Christ Himself. Never do we talk about our crown of righteousness that awaits our immediate arrival after we depart. There should be a correction in that statement, the actual major reward comes after the day of the Second Coming with the new resurrection bodies and the new earth with a new house on land which is a new garden of Eden.

2.  God wants us to wait for our Treasures and Rewards.

It is sometimes hard to understand why God wants us to have our rewards in heaven and on the new earth when it is so wrong to seek after those kinds of rewards as a mansion and acreage like the Garden of Eden; however that is exactly the way it is! God is asking, no God is demanding that we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto us. God wants and will provide with proper prayer and faith all food, clothing, and housing that we need here in provisions for this old earth, but the mansion homes with 640 lucious garden of eden like acreage will come after that Day.
New Jerusalem that will be lowered down from heaven at that great day of the LORD and Lord is unlike any other city in that it is greater in size than any nation we know of. It is 1500 miles by 1500 miles by 1500 miles, which if located over the US instead of Mount Zion of the old Jerusalem location would cover most of the United States. Someone has calculated that this city-nation would be populated with 53 billion new people of God, each person would own the land of 1 cubic mile or 640 acres. Now, that is a mansion of rich, fertile and fruitful land that God originally gave man in the Garden of Eden.
When we stop to think about it, the reason is obvious. He does not want us to be diverted from kingdom of Christ work here on earth by seeking after “all those things”. Wait for them, which is a promise of a far GREATER REWARD! Can’t we have both? No, Jesus dealt with that also in His teachings from the Father as given on the Mount, because “where your treasure is so shall be your heart also”.

3.  How big is Our Father’s House and Our Prepared Mansion.

That is a lot of mansions in our Father’s house of many mansions, say about 53 billion of them. It is difficult to image the beauty of each mansion of 640 cubic acres since we obviously have never seen anything like it, since obviously there has never been anything like it on earth.

“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, the things God has prepared for those that love Him.”

That speaks of some of our treasure and some of our reward, not to mention the far greater of living eternally in a city nation on the new earth with the Eternal God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. And we will be everything we want to be in goodness and graciousness, which surely what Paul meant in the crown of righteousness.
If the old earth makes it to the year 3000, which is extremely doubtful but allows us to round off the period of life of the old earth at 10,000 years; and assuming each generation of 100 years {10,000 divided by 100 = 1000} equals 1000 generations; and suppose in each generation in the worse case there are 7,000 that have not bowed the knew to Baal that is 7X10^3 multiplied by 1000 or 7X10^6 which is 7 with six zeros behind it, or 7,000,000. That is only 7 million people in New Jerusalem.

4.  640 acre ranch house/mansion

We are not going to be able in our wildest imagination to imagine what God has prepared for us; however doing the best we can you can look up a 640 luscious and wooded ranch with a mansion like house, and you will get something like this–
1. 640 Acre Luna Gap Elk Hunting Ranch {of course there will be no more hunting as the lion will lay down with the lamb on our ranch}
http://nmoutdoorproperties.com/unit-15-640-acre-elk-hunting-ranch/
Honestly the first link came out on New Mexico Outdoor properties and with at the end of the video, John Starnes singing the song “Heaven’s Peace will fill your soul”.

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https://youtu.be/EMprVB4qmQw

5.  The 640 Acre New Mexico AD.

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“The Ranch also has 2 Large Steel Barns and a 900’sq ft Bunk House, prefect for hosting Hunters or Grandchildren. The Ranch also offers a long Airstrip, which doubles for a long distance Shooting Range. The Totally Off-Grid Lodge offers a very comfortable 1200’sq ft, 3-bedroom, 1 ½ bath manufactured home with a balcony that has to have a $1,000,000 view. At 8,100’, the views of the surrounding Apache National Forest mountains are breathtaking. Did I mention the Ranch is completely surrounded by either National Forest or State lands? Well, it is!!! The Ranch is overrun with elk (see video) and currently has 1 Muzzleloader Bull Tag.”

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6.  Is this too materialistic for the new earth?

No for several reasons: Jesus said I go to prepare a place for you; Jesus said “In my Father’s house {and now we are beginning to appreciate the size of the Father’s house but we serve a big God} are many mansions {let us say about 53 billion mansions of 640 acres each}; and Isaiah 64, 65 and on, the passage on the Forever Kingdom, tells us we will build eternal homes, living in them with families, and tend luscious garden like vineyards.

“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.” Isaiah 64:4

Oh yes, but you must go up to Jerusalem once a month to worship if you are in a nation far away, each Sabbath if you are close, in order to worship God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and to eat of the tree of eternal life.

“For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.  And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 66:22,23

7.  And  from Revelation 21:22-26 the Nations of the New Earth come to New Jerusalem.

And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
And the nations 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.
And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

                          Zechariah 14:16,17

And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.”

NOTE: This new earth and this new Jerusalem are just so much bigger than we have imagined them. Many nations extend past the outskirts of the massive new Jerusalem of 1500 cubic miles. It really requires at least two vision/dreams to visualize both New Jerusalem and the complete New earth around it.

7a.  The New Earth.

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7b.. New Jerusalem.

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8.  The size of the new earth?

Since the city of New Jerusalem is so large, what size would you expect for the New Earth. A best guess is that it is the same size with no more sea Revelation 21 tells us, that is no more oceans, and some of the nations land will be parched like China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia that do not believe in the Divinity of Christ. In fact all the Muslim nations that do not believe in the Divinity of Christ will be wiped out. Isaiah 63-66 tells us that the new residents of the new earth will look out at parched land and dead carcasses.

9.  The Parched Land either side of river of life.

Isaiah 66:24–
“And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.”

10.  The river of life, east and west out of New Jerusalem.

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                        a.  Revelation 22:1,2

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

                         b.  Zechariah 14:8,9

And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

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