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“Heaven and Earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” [Matthew 24.35]

It is written of Abraham:  For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God. [Hebrews 11.10] That is, he was looking forward to New Jerusalem about which John saw and wrote for us: I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her Husband. [Revelation 21.2] As such, the view of Abraham was not the plan or hope of a man going to Heaven, but in fact, whether he himself realised it or not, he was a man looking forward to the New Heavens and the New Earth.  When you are a person looking forward to the new, it means you have already let go of the old.  We do not know what the land around Ur or Canaan was like in Abraham’s days, but it would certainly have been much lusher than what it is now.  Yet Abraham, despite all his blessings from God, looked forward to what is better… far better.

Likewise Noah, when told (warned) about the flood, built the ark by faith, in the hope that he had truly heard from God and that a flood would come to destroy his world, without knowing what would happen after that.  Abraham did not know what that city of God would be like.  Noah did not know what sort of Earth would be left for him and his family after the flood.  But for both those patriarchs, in particular for our mutual ancestor, anything was better than the world they were living in.

See the way of your forefather, elect, who made no effort to improve the world he lived amongst, but built the ark… and did not start a social rehabilitation programme to improve the Earth, and if he did, it is not recorded, for only what really mattered is recorded.  What he did in obedience to the word of God who told him, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the Earth is filled with violence because of them.  I am surely going to destroy both them and the Earth.” [Genesis 6.13] Noah did not just believe, he believed and performed, that is, he put his faith into practice just as he heard it.  And Noah is the first evidence of the truth of these words of Jesus:  “Heaven and Earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” For the entirety of Noah’s world passed away… all of its cities, knowledge and wisdom – all the writings and culture of the Nephilims gone.  Besides Noah, we know of no other person of his time who was his contemporary.  Whatever they were doing, building, even if it was a city powered by crystals with science and technology that we have yet to behold, not one, not one shred of their world remains… only the word of God remains, for everywhere on this Earth you see the evidence of the flood.

You see, the icecaps are the remnants of the waters that were pushed back by the wind so that dry ground was revealed. [Genesis 8.1] You see, the living fossils among the fishes are the only group of living creatures that was not brought into the ark because it was by water that the destruction came.  You see, the cracked crust of the Earth from the implosion of this planet as the waters from the springs of the deep were emptied and added to the waters that came from the windows of Heaven, which some call ‘wormholes’, until their combined weight and mass exceeded the ability of the crust to hold it, and the collapse happened like an imploding pavlova cake, sending molten magma straight into the waters to be cooled immediately, whilst the different plates crushed the drowned forests of the antediluvian, resulting in the different bio carbon deposits we use today as fuel and jewellery.  You see, oceans were once green Earth with underground springs.

But you do not see a single recording of any antediluvian (pre-flood) civilization.  Nothing that was said, made or done by the words of the antediluvian men or Nephilim remains.  Only the work of Noah remains because it was a work done in obedience to what God said.

Noah, our forefather, is the living proof of the truth of these words that God gave Jesus to say to us:  “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it.” [Luke 9.24] For Noah did not want to save his life and the life of his family, and in taking the only course of action that would save it, by building the ark in holy fear of what he was forewarned, he did lose it.  He lost the life he had in the pre-flood (antediluvian) world, but having lost it because of the word of God, he kept it, that is, his life, to be the forefather of all who would ever be born on the post-flood world.  In a sense, he became just like Adam who was forefather to all the pre-flood world.  So Noah is the forefather to all the post-flood world… and there is only the reward of his work… for everything of his Earth and his Heaven passed away.  For what did the pre-flood sky look like?  Only eight people can tell us – Noah’s family.  As the Heavens opened up, indeed the sky changed when the rainbow appeared.  As such, both the Heaven and Earth of Noah’s earlier years passed away, but God’s words have not passed away at all.

So likewise, if we are descendants of Noah, our faith and overview should be the same as his, that is, though Noah continued to live in the midst of his world, he was working unceasingly in obedience to God’s command to him to destroy his world so that God could reveal to him a new world.  Noah continued to live in antediluvian society, but his work, his life, his purpose and his ambition were to bring an end to that society.  Likewise, even as Abraham lived in the land that would be Canaan, a land that would be his and his descendants forever, he was looking for something much better, not a city built by men but by God.

So then consider these words with greater depth and foresight, elect… and think… if  “Heaven and Earth will pass away…” then everything, even our treasures in Heaven and on Earth, will pass away.  Even though Jesus did tell us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” [Matthew 6.19-21] The later words of Jesus and the revelations that John saw… Then I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth, for the first Heaven and the first Earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea… [Revelation 21.1] mean that even the treasures of Heaven will pass away, even the so called mansions in Heaven that many people have testified to having seen and dreamt of will pass away.

It is when you can take a view with as much foresight as Abraham, with a disdain for the present that you now live in no matter how blessed you are, that you will become a true descendant of Noah and Abraham.  For Noah hated the world he lived in to obey God’s words, and by his faith destroyed the world.  Abraham held his present wealth in such low esteem that he built nothing permanent, no great city or empire to honour himself when he could have, for he was a king in his own right.  Anyone who can chase down an army belonging to four kings with 318 men and rout them, [Genesis 14.8-16] is in fact the one who is truly king.  Yet Abraham never bothered to set up his own kingdom, but lived as a nomadic shepherd, for he was looking beyond the present to the future of the eternal.  As good as his life was, he did not stop to build a monument to it on this Earth, for he too knew and wanted this Heaven and this Earth to pass away.  And we read now only of what Abraham said and did, and nothing of the kings who lived in Abraham’s days, for their lives were not lived in the word of God.

No one knows the name of a single antediluvian family that lived as Noah’s contemporaries, for their lives were not lived obeying the word of God.  We know that Noah had a wife and his three sons each had a wife, yet their names are unknown less their families be remembered, for the in-laws of Noah and of his sons did not live the word of God and so nothing is remembered of them.

Since to you has been given the entire revelation of the plan of God from the beginning to the end of creation, and not only that, a glimpse of the next age has also been given, elect, for John has testified to the New Jerusalem he saw… then should you not have a far greater foresight than Abraham, and a greater disdain of your times and your world than Noah?

So then work like Noah and live in the world of your time, not for its preservation, but for its inundation, its baptism, its flooding, not by water, but by an unleashing of the testimony of the Holy Spirit’s power confirming the words of Jesus until a new world is revealed, and look forward to something far better even when, like Abraham, you are living in your promised land… look forward to the city whose foundations are built by God.

So, elect, whether you are scattered to the four ends of the Heavens or the four ends of the Earth, whether you are blessed with earthly treasures that rust and rot or Heavenly treasures that do not rust or rot, remember the Earth and the Heavens you are in now will pass away.  So spend your time, your treasures, wisely to reap for yourself a place that will endure beyond this Heaven and this Earth… a place, a name, a treasure in the words of the Lord Jesus, the Christ, for it is His words that will never pass away.  For even the millennial reign of the Lord, though it is 1,000 years, is but a day compared to that which God has prepared for Himself and His family and people in New Jerusalem on New Earth amidst the New Heavens.

So… “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.  For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.” [Isaiah 54.2-3]

God once said to a man, “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west.  All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.  I will make your offspring like the dust of the Earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.  Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” [Genesis 13.14-17]

So, elect, lift up your eyes and lengthen your sight and set your eyes not on this Earth, nor on the Heavens above, but on that great city coming out of the Heavens from God… your eternal home.

What do you see, elect, beyond this life and times of your world?  Do you see the world God has in mind?

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