We all understand that Heaven was a blueprint for Earth. First upon creation, The Spirit of God moved upon the Earth, as it would in The Universe. His creation.
We all have a reason, we have laid this out in prior shares. We were created for a reason:
King David asked essentially the same thing:
“When I consider your Heavens, the work of your fingers … what is Man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:3-4.
Why did God make us? To answer that, we need to know three things:
First, our Creation wasn’t because God needed us: “The God who made the world and everything in it … is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything” Acts 17:24-25.
And He didn’t make us because He was lonely. Long before we were here, God already had “company” with his Son and the Holy Spirit, referred to in Genesis 1:26, “Let us make man in our own image.”
And He didn’t make us because He needed His ego fed. It’s not like God made us to satisfy some craving to be worshiped. God is totally secure in Who He is—without us.
Second, despite not needing us, God chose to create us anyway, out of His great Love: “I have Loved you with an everlasting Love” Jeremiah 31:3.
Yes, God Loved us before He even created us. It’s impossible to get our heads around that idea, but it’s true; that’s what “everlasting” Love means.
God is Love 1 John 4:8, and because of that Love and His wonderful creativity, He made us so we can enjoy all that He is and all that He has done.
Third, God created us to fulfill His eternal plan. I could write pages and pages about this, but suffice it to say that God, in His infinite wisdom, chose to make us a part of His eternal plan.
What part do we play in this plan? Well, the Bible is full of instructions for how we should live our lives. But here are a few key verses to remember:
1. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). This is we ‘should’ be, again I state, we were created for a reason, we have a cause. We might have traded it with the first sin in which we exist on Earth a ‘training ground’ for existence in eternity.
Numerous times, I desribe God as a “He”, a “Him” or in the masculine sense, we will utter an “I thought so”, when we describe God as God truly is. After life here on Earth, there is no ‘gender’. Just as angel’s do not ‘marry’, neither will we in the spirit.
2. “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
3. “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” Ephesians 2:10.
We’re also part of the war between God and Satan, and God’s ultimate plan to defeat Satan. By putting our faith in God, we can defeat Satan and his lies see Ephesians 6:10-18. Put on the WHOLE armour of God:
Finally, perhaps the most important part we play in God’s eternal plan is to point people to eternal life with God—through his Son Jesus Christ. The Bible calls this our “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
That’s why we’re here. But it’s also important to note that we have a choice in all of this. When God created us, he didn’t make us pawns in some cosmic chess game. We’re not his toy soldiers. God gives us freedom of choice.
Bottom line: God may not need us, but we certainly need God. I hope you’ve made the choice to put your trust completely in Him (Amazingly, we continually refer to God in the “masculine” sense. The bible refers to God in both the Male and Female sense. Remember: “Who should I say sent me? God answered – I am Who I am.”
So many places there is a paucity of what is. Even the Cherub’s that exist have no ‘gender’
—and play an exciting part in His Loving, eternal plan.
God has a special reason and place for each of His created beings. Animals, too, have a purpose in God’s creation. Man, as the highest order of creation, has been given dominion over the animal kingdom (Genesis 1:26-28).
We believe that animals were intended for man’s enjoyment and use. The Bible itself does not indicate that there is life after death for animals. It may be that God’s purpose for animals is fulfilled on this earth. However, if animals would make us happier in heaven, surely there will be a place for them there.
Some Bible interpreters have called attention to Isaiah’s description of the peace of God’s future kingdom where he says that “the wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox” (Isaiah 65:25). Heaven will lack nothing that is good and that will bring glory to God.
We read 2 Kings 6:17:
“And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
There are ‘winged’ entities in Heaven:
Isaiah 6:1-3 describes the seraphims: “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood THE SERAPHIMS: EACH ONE HAD SIX WINGS; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, isthe LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” The angelic beings, the cherubims (of which Satan is a fallen cherub) are also seen with wings. Ezekiel 10:3-15 says, “Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court. Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’S glory. And the sound of the CHERUBIMS’ WINGS was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh. And it came to pass, that when he had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims; then he went in, and stood beside the wheels. And one cherub stretched forth his hand from between the cherubims unto the fire that was between the cherubims, and took thereof, and put it into the hands of him that was clothed with linen: who took it, and went out. And there appeared in the cherubims THE FORM OF A MAN’S HAND UNDER THEIR WINGS. And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone. And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel. When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went. And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and THEIR WINGS, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had. As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel. And every one had four faces: the first face wasthe face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar.”
As was mentioned, Satan is a fallen angelic being, a cherub. Ezekiel 28:13-16 says, “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. THOU ARE THE ANOINTED CHERUB that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I WILL DESTROY THEE, O COVERING CHERUB, from the midst of the stones of fire.”
We must remember that man is a distinct creation of God, and not an angelic being of any sort (and never will be an angelic being). When Jesus came to earth in a body of flesh, the Bible makes it very clear that He did not come as an angelic being (as the Mormons, Latter Day Saints, teach — they teach that Jesus is Lucifer’s spirit-brother). Hebrews 2:14-17 says, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily HE TOOK NOT ON HIM THE NATURE OF ANGELS; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”
Saved people will one day be like the angels only in the sense that we will no longer be subject to death, and we will not have marriages and children (which is another false doctrine of the Mormons, Latter Day Saints, who teach that the more wives you have here, the larger your family will be in heaven, etc.). Matthew 22:23-32 says, “The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For IN THE RESURRECTION THEY NEITHER MARRY, NOR ARE GIVEN IN MARRIAGE, BUT ARE AS THE ANGELS OF GOD in heaven. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” Luke 20:34-36 says, “And Jesus answering said unto them, THE CHILDREN OF THIS WORLD MARRY, and are given in marriage: BUT THEY WHICH SHALL BE ACCOUNTED WORTHY TO OBTAIN THAT WORLD, AND THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD, NEITHER MARRY, NOR ARE GIVEN IN MARRIAGE: NEITHER CAN THEY DIE ANY MORE: FOR THEY ARE EQUAL UNTO THE ANGELS; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.”
The reason that many people think that man will one day have wings in heaven, is because of the false assumption that when good people die, they go to heaven and become angels. Man was created distinctively different than the angels, and man will never become an angel. Saved people in heaven will only be “like” the angels in the sense of not being subject to death anymore, and not marrying.
Earth is a reflection of Heaven. We must remember that eons before Man came to be, there were animals. Even, we can see what was even in this day. Dinosaurs? They predate Man. I do not present this as fact, but supposition. IF there were dinosaurs, would they have fit on the Ark? We all in our minds can figure this out.
Many people don’t realize that paleontology (the study of past geological ages based primarily on the study of fossils) is a relatively new science. In fact, the concept of “dinosaurs” only surfaced in its present form less than 180 years ago. Prior to that, anyone who found a large fossilized bone assumed it came from an elephant, dragon or giant. It wasn’t until 1841 that English scientist Richard Owens suggested that the group of “newly discovered” animals be called “dinosaurs” (meaning, “terrible lizards”). Therefore, we shouldn’t expect to see dinosaurs in the Bible, but we should expect to see descriptions of “dragons” and other large creatures. In fact, we do!
A search for the word “dragon” in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible produces 34 separate matches across 10 different books written between approximately 2000 BC and 90 AD. The word “dragon” ( Hebrew: tannin) is used throughout the Old Testament, and most directly translates as “sea or land monsters.” Interestingly, Genesis 1:21 describes God’s creation of sea dragons (tannin) on the 5th day. Today’s Bible translations use the following terms instead: “great whales” (KJV), “the great creatures of the sea” (NIV), “the great sea monsters” (NASB), and “great sea creatures” (NLT, NKJV). However, the original Hebrew is more descriptive of the sea-going dinosaurs we now see in numerous museums throughout the world. Even more dramatic is the Book of Job, where the author describes the great land creature, Behemoth (Job 40), and the great water creature, Leviathan (Job 41). Although the latest Bible translations use the words elephant, hippo or crocodile instead of Behemoth and Leviathan, the original Hebrew and the context of the descriptions do not allow for these interpretations.
Descriptions of dinosaur-like creatures are nearly universal throughout the world’s ancient cultures. Where did this global concept originate? How did societies throughout the world describe, record, draw, etch, sew and carve such creatures in such uniformity, if they did not witness these creatures during their lifetimes? Of course, these accounts are by no means limited to the Bible. Dragon accounts from China, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America share similar accounts of dinosaur-like beasts. Records of Marco Polo in China show that the royal house kept dragons for ceremonies, and records of the Greek historian Herodotus and the Jewish historian Josephus describe flying reptiles in ancient Egypt and Arabia. In many cultures it was a great honor to kill these creatures. There are numerous records of warriors killing great beasts in order to establish credibility in a village. Gilgamesh, Fafnir, Beowulf and other famous legends, including the mythology of Egypt, Greece and Rome, provide specific descriptions of dragons and other dinosaur-like creatures.
We will pick it up from here by God’s grace, hopefully I got you ‘hungry’ for The Word.