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To speak of the believer in eternity is to speak of the end of all things. It involves the new heaven and the new earth—that is, eternity—and what life for the believer will be like in that new and eternal state, if indeed that is the proper manner of speaking of that “time.” 

There is no organized treatment of eternity in the Scriptures, just glimpses scattered here and there, with the largest description found in Revelation 21-22, chapters which remind the believer of passages in Isaiah, namely chapters 65-66. In addition to the sparse treatment is the fact that most of the material is written in apocalyptic language, which heightens the issue of interpretation and definitely brings uncertainty to the discussion. Regarding the problem of the believer in eternity there are more questions than answers.

In the supposedly oldest book in the Bible Job expresses hope for the future reality and confesses his belief concerning the same: “And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!” (19:26). Job affirms that he will see God. Just the thought of such an experience is overwhelming—his “heart faints.”

Consideration will be given to the following topics:

        The Presence of God

        Beholding the Glory

        No Sin

        Increasing in Knowledge of the Truth

        The Heavenly Assembly

        Characteristics of the Eternal State

        Worship in Eternity

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