For too many years Christians have endured a satanic misrepresentation of heaven. They have been told
that heaven is a place in the sky where angels sit on clouds and play harps. And where there is no sex
and no babies. The wicked have been led to believe that they are not missing much.

I suspect the clouds in this misrepresentation are from the Rapture scripture. "Then we which are alive
and remain shall be caught up together with them (the risen dead in Christ) in the clouds, to meet the
Lord in the air: and so we shall ever be with the Lord." (1 Thess. 4:17). The angels with harps probably
come from the harpers of Rev. 15. "And I saw... them that had gotten the victory over the beast...stand on
the sea of glass (before God's throne - see Rev. 4:6), having the harps of God. And they sing..." (Rev. 15:

The whole idea is contradicted by numerous scriptures, both in the Old and New Testaments. Here is a
sample, showing the conversion of earth as it becomes a part of heaven after earth's final purification,
the final judgment. "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened:
and another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged out of those things
which were written in the books, according to their works. And whosoever was not found written in the
book of life was cast into the lake of fire. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven
and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new
Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I
heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He shall dwell
with them, and they shall be His people, and God
Himself shall be with them, and be their God." (Rev. 20:
12,15; 21:1-3).

The key to understanding this scripture is the concept of purification. The final judgment removes every
habitual sinner from the earth, purifying it. As Christ says: "The Son of man shall send forth His angels,
and they shall gather out of His kingdom (of saints and sinners combined) all things that offend, and them
which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: and there shall be wailing and gnashing of
teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father (which contains only
saints)..." (Matt. 13:41-43).

When all of the earth is righteous, there is a new heaven (which includes earth), and the old heaven
(which excluded earth) passes away. Likewise there is a new earth, without things that offend (for
example poverty, unemployment, starvation wages and uncontrolled polluting) and sinners, and old earth
has passed away. Incidentally, the sea is broken into pieces by man made islands and bridges linking the
continents which are built during the Millennium Kingdom, "there was no more sea."

The tabernacle of God descends to earth and both God and Christ have thrones here on earth
because it
has become part of heaven. "And there shall be no more curse (on Adam and Eve's descendants), but the
throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it (New Jerusalem); and His servants shall serve Him." (Rev. 22:
3). All this takes place on the blue planet, earth. It becomes our blue heaven.

Even the Millennium Kingdom comes into being on earth. "And the seventh angel sounded (his trumpet);
and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of
our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever." (Rev. 11:15). This scripture marks the
formation of Christ's Kingdom on earth, as many of the Christian nations accept Christ as their King and
God as their lawgiver.

Christ prophesied this acceptance of His Kingdom. "When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all
the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: and before Him shall be gathered
all nations, and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from his
goats. And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say
unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from
the foundation of the world." (Matt. 25:31-34). (The chapter continues with the acts of charity which
caused God to bless the chosen nations, and is well worth reading. If your government does not act to
procure this blessing, then you personally or as part of your church should do so.)

The earth is far from heaven now, in fact, it is Satan's kingdom and God is committed to destroying it.
"Behold, the eyes of the Lord are upon the (Satan's) sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the
earth..." (Amos 9:8). See No. 15, "Know Your Enemy" for an idea of the timing.

Many Christians think of themselves as Spiritual Israel, and in this they are correct. But they are also
physical Israel. When the ten tribes of the kingdom Samaria (the northern half of ancient Israel) migrated
away from the Assyrian invasion of their homeland, they went west to Europe. As was their tradition, the
tribe of Dan marked the places of their sojourn with the name of their father, Dn in Hebrew (the Hebrew
language has no vowels). So the
Don river and the Danube, and Sweden, and Denmark, and Scandinavia
bear record of their progress. In more recent history, members of the ten tribes migrated south to France
(the north men, Normans), and both the Danes and the Normans conquered England. From Europe and
England, members of the ten tribes settled America.

In the lands where the ten tribes were scattered, they were joined by the members of the tribe of Judah,
who formed the Christian Church, and taught the message of Christ. This is according to prophecy. “The
Lord hath sent a Word (Christ the Word, see John 1:1,14) into Jacob (to the southern kingdom of Israel,
Judah, who mostly refused Christ the Word), and it (Christ the Word) hath lighted on Israel (the ten tribes
who were scattered in the gentile nations). And all the people shall know (all twelve tribes shall know of
Christ the Word), even Ephraim (royal house of the northern kingdom) and the inhabitants of Samaria
(descendants of the ten tribes)...” (Is. 9:9,10). So, you see, these prophecies apply to the Christian Church.

There are some wonderful descriptions of heaven in the Old Testament. Every person owns land. "But
they shall sit EVERY man under HIS vine and under HIS fig tree, and none shall make them afraid: for the
mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it." (Micah 4:4). (Micah 4:1-3 are also specifically about the
Kingdom of God.)

Christ also promised universal land ownership. "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
(Matt. 5:5). After God's Law is established on earth, particularly the Jubile which protects each family's
land (see Lev. 25:8-31), each family is alloted land. "And it shall come to pass that ye shall divide it by lot
for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children
among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have
inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel." (Ez. 47:22). Before I go on, note that children are still
begotten and born. (Also see Jeremiah 30:18-20 and Ezekiel 36:22-38.)

(As a matter of fairness, those farmers who shelter God's people as the Kingdom is established will retain
their land in its entirety until all other arable land has been allocated.)

At first this allocation of land is only within the Millennium Kingdom, but as the Kingdom of God takes
over the whole earth, it involves all the land on the earth. This takeover of the whole earth was revealed
through the prophet Daniel. "And in the days of those kings (the ten kings who divided the Roman
Empire) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall
not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand
for ever." (For the full prophecy see Daniel 2:33-44.)

Additionally, God shall cause His people to prosper. There are no more property taxes. Remember in
Micah 4:4 the scripture said that every man would own land and "none shall make them afraid." There are
no property tax collectors to threaten people with the loss of their land.

There is no more income tax, except for the ten per cent tithe to God. "For it shall come to pass in that
day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will break his (Satan's) yoke from off thy neck, and burst thy bonds, and
strangers (to the Lord) shall no more serve themselves of him (Jacob and his descendants, God's
people): but they shall serve the Lord their God (with the tithe), and David their king, who I shall raise up
unto them. Therefore fear thou not, O My servant Jacob, saith the Lord; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for
lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity, and Jacob shall return, and
shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid." (Jer.10:8-10).

There are no more armies to frighten people either. "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the
mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains (denominations), and it
shall be exalted above the hills (independent churches); and all nations shall flow unto it. And many
people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob; and
He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the Law, and the
word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He (Christ) shall judge among the nations (see Matt. 25:31-34
quoted above), and shall rebuke many people: and
they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their
spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any
." (Is. 2:2-4).

There are no more corrupt courts. Here is God's denunciation of the judges. “Which justify the wicked for
reward (take bribes), and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (create political
prisoners)! Therefore as fire devoureth the stubble, and flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be
as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust, because they have cast away the Law of the Lord of
hosts (upholding man-made laws instead), and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel (cause men to
swear by man-made perjury laws instead of the Bible).” (Is. 5:23,24).

Here is Christ's denunciation of the lawyers. “Woe (a curse) upon you also, ye lawyers! For ye lade men
with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.
Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and
them that were entering in ye hindered.” (Luke 11:46,52). Lawyers legislate crimes without victims,
escape penalty for such crimes by appealing their convictions, and have created a confusing mess of the
law so that people have difficulty defending themselves.

Christ and the Holy Ghost and their appointees become our judges. "And there shall come a rod out of
the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of
the fear of the Lord; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not
judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: but
with righteousness
shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth
: he shall smite the earth with
the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked." (Is. 11:1-4). Judgment
comes direct from God, through His God fearing King. Such justice can not be corrupted.

There will be an end of the whole system of sending jobs to foreign lands where people work for
starvation wages. "
And I (God) shall come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against
the sorcerers (who trust to their magic instead of God), and against the adulterers (marriage breakers -
see No. 29, "In Defense Of Polygamy" and No. 88, The Elijah Message, Christ), and against false swearers,
against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn
aside the stranger from his right, and fear not Me, saith the Lord of hosts." (Mal. 3:5).

No government committed to feeding and housing every person who lives under God's Law, can survive
without providing employment opportunities at good wages to every person willing to work. God's
government will be committed to providing support services and loans, initially to farmers and builders,
then for those producing consumer goods. There will be extensive support for marketing the food and
goods produced. The intent of God's government will be to make every area economically self-sufficient
and prosperous.

There is no biblical evidence that I can find that God's government builds or maintains roads. Local roads
will probably be dealt with locally. Major roads will probably be privatized. Because Christ's King is
promised to "reprove with equity for the meek of the earth," He will exert control so that the user fees
will be fair.

Education is another area that contemporary governments have controlled. Regrettably they have barred
God from the classroom with unfortunate results for the children. "Thy first father hath sinned
(separating church and state), and thy teachers have transgressed against Me (stopped teaching the
Commandments). Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary (children of the ministry), and
have given Jacob to the curse (damnation affects a person, a curse damns his innocent children as well),
and Israel to reproaches (for being faithful to a secular government rather than to God)." (Is. 43:27,28).

In God's Kingdom local groups will deal with schooling. These groups may be families, communities or
churches. Note however, God has shown me that there will be extensive on line and audio/visual support
to provide a standardized high quality education to all children.  

God's government will be committed to feeding the poor. "Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the
waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; ye, come buy wine and milk, without money and
without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread (but is made of denatured flour)?
and your labor for that which satisfieth not (non-nutritious food)? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye
that which is good (organic whole food), and let your soul delight itself in fatness (regain your health and
joy in life). Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear and your soul shall live; and I will make an
everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David (the King in the Millennium Kingdom).
Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and a commander to the people." (Is. 55:1-
4). (Also see No. 76, Isaiah "55, Crowning Christ's King.")

Note first, God's government will not give away fermented grape juice (wine is reserved for religious
services), rather they will provide new wine, the un-fermented grape juice that Christ said he would drink
in the Kingdom of God. "Verily, I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day
that I drink it
new in the kingdom of God." (Matt. 14:25).

Second, the saints are to live thousand years with Christ in the Millennium Kingdom. "...They lived and
reigned with Christ a thousand years." (Rev. 20:4). People eating the denatured, chemical-laden food of
today seldom live to be a hundred. God's government will sell whole organic food that sustains life and
that is grown by Kingdom farmers. The small profit margin from these sales will be used to feed new
arrivals to the Kingdom, who will be expected to work as soon as they are able.

Finally, this diet and a spiritual renewal will go a long way to healing the people. "If thou will diligently
hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to
His Commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have
brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee." (Ex. 15:26).

We are also told that the laying on of hands will heal. "These signs shall follow them that believe... they
shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:17,18). Nevertheless, there will be a free
health service for accidents and sudden illness.

Heaven is a place for people who work to build their own fortunes and plan their own retirements, but it
is also a place of joy and prosperity.  "They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and
another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work
of their hands." (Is. 65:22). Sounds like heaven to me.

Amo Paul Bishop Roden