Doors In Our Future

Last time, we presented the doors in our past. Today, we will present the doors still to go through.

The Door of Promise

There are some more doors to enter. Some of our friends and love ones has already entered the “door of promise.” They are our cheering section who are encouraging us to keep striving for holiness. We might not see or hear them but in our heart we feel their presence.

Jesus has gone there, heaven, (after His death, resurrection, and ascension) to prepare a place for us (John 14:2–3). God has a home where there are many rooms and to which “God’s household” (us), currently on earth (Ephesians 2:19-20), will be transferred.

Read John 14, especially verses 1–7. Jesus’ words show that the way to eternal life, though unseen, is secure as your trust in Jesus. He has already prepared the way to eternal life. The only issue that may still be unsettled is your willingness to believe in Him.

There are a few verses in Scriptures that describes eternal life, but these few verses, John 14:2-3, are rich with promises. Here Jesus says, I am going there to prepare a place for you,” and “I will come back.” We can look forward to eternal life because Jesus has promised it to all who believe in Him.

John 14:5-7 (CJB)

5T’oma [Thomas] said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you’re going; so how can we know the way?” 6Yeshua [Jesus] said, “I AM the Way—and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me. 7Because you have known me, you will also know my Father; from now on, you do know him—in fact, you have seen him.”

Nugget: It’s interesting in the CJB how “I AM” is in uppercase. This goes back to Exodus 3:14 where God refers to Himself with the Hebrew name Ehyeh (הָיָהhāyāh) which is translated as “I AM” and “I WILL BE”.

There is an alternate door to the “Door of Promise” that we will present further down. For now, let’s go through the above door.

Door to the Banquet Room

Revelation 19:6-9 refers the “door to the banquet room.” Wedding ceremonies are a joy to behold where the bride and groom become one. Then the guests are invited to join in for the “wedding supper.”

In this case we, the redeemed, are the bride and Jesus is the groom. Finally, the task on earth is complete. We are now in our “promise land”, our true home! The heavenly wedding supper is too glorious to even try to describe. We know the Holy Word says it will happen.

There are two versions of parable of the wedding feast in the Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 and Luke 14:16-24. These are probably variations of the same basic story but told differently for two different situations. Very likely, there were even more versions that were not recorded.

The common theme is that there was a feast ready to be served. Invitations were sent out. But the initial invitees refused to accept. This is most likely in reference to the Pharisees, Sadducees, priesthood, and the Jewish people who followed them. When they refused the invitation, then the call went out to the Gentile nations. As stated before, the Jewish people will be (and many are now being) grafted back in. But, there will be far too many Gentiles that will also refuse to accept the invitation.

Those that do accept will proceed to the next door.

The Door to Eternal Life

In Revelation 21:1 is the “New Jerusalem door.”

The new Jerusalem already exists in heaven (Galatians 4:26). It will soon come to earth as the city of God for which Abraham and all of God’s faithful have been waiting on. God is the architect and builder. Philippians 3:20 states our citizenship is in heaven.

In Revelation 21:21, we enter the “pearl gate” or “eternal door.” A pearl is a white translucent jewel created within certain species of mollusks like oysters, clams and more rarely by mussels. A speck of dirt gets inside of the mollusk, This speck becomes an irritant like a speck under a contact lens is to us. The mollusk begins to secrete a substance called “nacre” that hardens around the speck. Nacre is the same substance on the inside of the shell that is used to make the shell larger as the mollusk grows. As the mollusk grows and makes it shell bigger, it keeps adding layers of nacre to the speck. This is how a pearls form.

Nugget: A pearl really does resemble how we are formed, layer upon layer of experiences. To make a gate from a pearl to walk through, the center of the pearl, which holds the impure speck or irritant, has to be removed. This is like what will happen to us when our earthly bodies are transformed into our heavenly bodies. The speck of impurity, sin, will be gone forever!

Jesus referred to pearls in a figurative manner of wise thoughts (Matthew 7:6; 13:46-46). Precious stones were used to illustrate spiritual truths (Proverbs 11:22; 20:15, Matthew 13:45-46).

Jesus taught that people could possess the world’s greatest treasure, the “one pearl of great price” (Matthew 13:46) - the spiritual wealth of the kingdom of heaven.

Malachi 3:16-17 (KJV) shows that the LORD said, “I make up my Jewels [which is us].” In Hebrew the word “jewels” is segulah (סְגֻלָּהseg̱ullāh). This is the same word that is used in Exodus to describe His people Israel just after He bought them out of Egypt (Exodus 19:5-6). Segular is translated here as “a special treasure.”

God’s “special treasure” and “His jewels” are:
  1. Those who obey His voice (Exodus 19:5).
  2. Who fear Him and meditate upon His name (Malachi 3:16).
In 1 Peter 2:9, we are called:
  1. A chosen generation
  2. A royal priesthood
  3. A holy nation
  4. His own special people

The Alternate Door: The Door to Eternal Death

This door is for those who chose not to go through the “Door of Promise” by not accepting Jesus as their Messiah. The soul that God put in each one of us will never cease to exist. The state of our soul’s being depends on that ultimate choice.

Our ultimate choice:
  1. Eternal life being with God forever.
  2. Eternal death being forever separated from God.

Total and eternal separation from God is in itself the ultimate “hell.” On top of that, there will be eternal torment.

Descriptions of Hell (Sheol, Hades or Gehenna)
  • Matthew 13:42,50 – furnace of fire…weeping and gnashing of teeth
  • Isaiah 66:24; Mark 9:48 – where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched
  • Revelation 9:2 – rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke
  • Revelation 14:10 – he will be tormented with fire and brimstone [sulfur]
  • Revelation 19:20 – These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone [sulfur].

Hell is no fable, it’s very real! Hell was never meant for Adam and his descendants (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10). It was for Lucifer and the fallen angels. But, it has been expanded for those who refuse to accept Jesus as the Messiah, Son of God (Isaiah 5:14). For without that acceptance, there can be no cleansing of our soul.

Jesus Is Knocking On Your Door!

Jesus stands at the door and knocks (Revelation 3:20). We are the ones who opens the door and invite Him into our lives.

The Roman Road to salvation:
  1. Romans 3:23 — Everyone has sinned.
  2. Romans 6:23 — The penalty for sin is death.
  3. Romans 5:8 — Jesus Christ died for our sins.
  4. Romans 10:9–10 — To be forgiven, we must believe and confess that Jesus is LORD.
  5. Romans 10:13 – For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.
  6. Romans 11:36 – For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

Then, “I accept you, Jesus, as my LORD and Savior. Thank you Jesus!”

The Greek verb meaning “save” is sozo, and it means more than to save from sin. It means “to save, to deliver, and to preserve.” How great is God?

Now that you are in the family of God:
  1. Invest in a good study bible.
  2. Select a version you can understand.
  3. Choose a Bible teaching church.
  4. Join a Bible studying class.
  5. Fellowship with believers.
  6. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you truths.

The redeemed are a new, transformed people who will live with Jesus Christ in holy perfection in the new heaven and earth (Isaiah 65:17-18; 66:20; 2 Peter 3:13). Again words and our imagination can not in our natural mind see this wondrous city. Keep the faith, trust and obey.

For the redeemed believers:
  1. All the above.
  2. Ask the Holy Spirit to shine His spiritual candlelight in our dusty corners.
  3. Strive toward holiness.
  4. Take new Christians under our wings. Not only will it help them but it will help and bless us.

Next times, we will present the brazen altar of sacrifice.

Until then,
שָׁלוֹם (Shalom!)