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Do you want to go to Heaven?

This article is for those who consider themselves to be "Christians." If you do not believe that Yahushua is the Son of our Eloah, whose name is Yahuwah, it will probably be of no interest to you, as you are in a state of no hope anyway. If that is your state, and you wish to hear the words of life, email one of the brothers found in the link Contact Us on the menu bar above, and such as we have, we will share with you.

To those who consider themselves to be "Christian," very probably you have been told all of your life that when you die you would go to "heaven" and be with "Jesus." To be with Him you first have to pass "Saint Peter's" scrutiny at the "pearly gates" (sometimes golden gates and sometimes after you climb some golden stairs). Many people think that after that they will turn into an "angel" with wings sprouting out of their shoulders, be handed a harp to play, and be relegated to a cloud somewhere to play that harp for eternity.

If you believe that stuff in the preceding paragraph, then you haven't been studying the Word of Yahuwah. Those words are pure fabrications of Satan, made up for the sole purpose of distracting and diverting people like yourself from the truth disseminated by his slaves. I now ask you where is the place you really want to be after this life is over?

If you did believe that garbage before and now see them for what they are, you probably have now changed your answer to "in Heaven with Jesus." Nice try, but, sorry. That won't do either.

Unhappily, this place people think of as "Heaven" is not "Heaven." The words translated as "heaven" in the Ibriy (Hebrew) and Greek texts of the Sacred Scripture literally and actually mean "the sky." That is the general direction of His location, but He is not just "in the sky."

Well, if that statement is true, just where is He then? Where is the throne of Yahuwah? How about the tree of life, and the streets of gold? If they are not in "heaven" where are they? More importantly, where will you really go, if you're in the body of Yahushua (see Acts 2:38 on how to get there, and Rhomaios [Romans] 6:ALL to see why), when you meet the death of this body?

The only way to answer questions relating to the Sacred Scripture, is to go to the Sacred Scripture and let them answer for themselves. The Sacred Word of Yahuwah is where all the answers reside, regardless of the question. But we must be very careful to seek the truth of the scripture as our answer, and not something in the scripture to support our preconceived idea of what the answer is, or what we want the answer to be. Then, when we find the correct answer, we must believe it. If we are truly going to be followers of Yahushua and therefore children of Yahuwah, we have to accept everything He said and not just the parts we like and want to accept. And He did say a lot of things that a lot of people have a hard time accepting. But that's the way it is. All or Nothing.

When Yahushua was hanging on the tree (stauroo - a post or stake as set upright in the ground), He said the following to one of the thieves being "impaled" after the fellow acknowledged Him as who He was.

The apostle Sha'uwl (Paul), talking about a person that he did not identify, had some things to say about that fellow's experience, how that he was caught up into paradise and heard unspeakable words which it is not lawful for a man to utter. (2 Korinthios [Corinthians] 12:4)

Yahuchanan (John) said, under the influence of the messenger of Yahushua, these words of Yahushua concerning those that overcome this world.

Notice that all of these call the place paradise. Especially, when Yahushua said that the thief would be with Him there. Now, that's where I want to be. In paradise, with my Master and Savior, Yahushua the Anointed. How about you?

Now we know that Yahushua said He was going to the paradise of Yahuwah, what else can we learn about this wonderful place?

Now we also know that the tree of life is there. Read the following and you'll see that this is the place that you have heard of that is called "heaven" by so many people. Notice that the throne of Yahuwah is there and so is the river of life, streets of gold, gates of pearl, etc. This is the place to go to be with Yahushua (our Eloah and Savior).

So just where is this place? Does it have a name? It is identified as a city, but what city, and where is it?

Look back at the two verses that start Revelation 21 and the answer is there. This city is called the New Yeruwshalom (Jerusalem). It is identified as such in other places in Scripture also. It cannot be "Heaven," as it comes down out of "heaven" (the sky). Notice also that the city comes down from a NEW "heaven" (sky) and comes down to a NEW earth, because Yahuwah has destroyed the old ones, including this one on which we currently are residing.

So there you have it. If you are truly a child of Yahuwah, meaning you believe that Yahushua is the Son of Yahuwah, have repented (changed your way of thinking and living), and have been immersed in water for the remission of your sins, then this is the place for you. If you do not meet the preceding criteria, I would advise you to run, don't walk, to the nearest man who does meet those criteria and be immersed, washing away your sins, and calling on the name of the our Master Yahushua.

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