110 Heaven Is Not My Home (Sean Finnegan)

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This world is not my home I’m just a passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore
Oh lord you know I have no friend like you
If heaven’s not my home then lord what will I do
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

So goes the classic hymn, “This World Is Not My Home.”  However, the bible frequently portrays the final destination of the righteous as occurring on earth.  In this message we’ll take our cue from Daniel’s vision in chapter seven to see what God’s plan is for his people.  Ultimately, he wants a restored world without suffering and sin so that he can enjoy a relationship with his people forever.  This world is your home.  You were born here.  You currently live here.  And your hope is to remain here.

 

Notes:

Vision
Daniel 7.1-8: Vision of the four beasts: a lion, a bear, a leapord, a dreadful beast, little horn

Daniel 7.9-12: The Ancient of Days passes judgment against the dreadful beast

Daniel 7.13-14: The Son of Man rules over all peoples forever

Daniel 7.15: Daniel’s response

Interpretation
Daniel 7.16-18: first clarification – the beasts are kings, but saints will receive a kingdom and rule forever

Daniel 7.19-27: second clarification – the fourth kingdom and the little horn who persecutes the saints

Daniel 7.28: Daniel’s response

The Saints Will Reign
Matthew 19.28; 20.21-23; 1 Corinthians 6.2; 2 Timothy 2.12; Revelation 2.26-27; 5.9-10; 20.6

Kingdom Driven
Luke 4.43; Matthew 24.14

 

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