What can the heavens teach us about God?

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Psalm 19:1 „The heavens declare  the glory of God…”

Randy Alcorn: We are told that even in this life, the heavens declare the glory of God. Astronomy has been a hobby of mine since I was a child, and I grew up in a non-Christian home. I would look through the telescope and I would see the wonders of heaven. I still remember the night that I first saw the great galaxy of Andromeda. And I would read about how many light years away it was, and how many hundreds of millions of stars. And I remember, as a sixth grader weeping, just weeping, because of the vastness of the universe, but I felt like I was on the outside. I didn’t know what it was all about.  never heard the Gospel.

Later on, fast forward, I am a high schooler, I am a teenager, I come to faith in Christ and one day I notice my telescope, I hadn’t looked through for years, over in a corner. I take it out, clear night, I look up in the sky, I go to that same great galaxy of Andromeda, and I weep again. But, this time for a different reason. The reason I wept is because: Yes, it is so great and so vast. But, now I know the God who created it. Now, I am in a relationship with a God of wonders, who created  all the galaxies and the nebula and the black holes, and the quasars, and the wonders of the universe. And now I know Him.

VIDEO by John Ankerberg

Randy Alcorn answers questions about heaven – Millennium or New Earth

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Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (epm.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. EPM exists to meet the needs of the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled and unsupported people around the world. Randy is a best-selling author of over 40 books including Heaven, The Treasure Principle and the 2002 Gold Medallion winner, Safely Home. He has written numerous articles for magazines such as Discipleship Journal, Moody, Leadership, New Man, and The Christian Reader. He produces the quarterly issues-oriented magazine Eternal Perspectives, and has been a guest on more than 600 radio and television programs including Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, The Bible Answer Man, Revive Our Hearts, Truths that Transform and Faith Under Fire. (from VIMEO)
See –

  1. Watching from heaven & Is there sorrow in heaven?

Millennium or New Earth

How do we know what parts of the Old Testament prophecies applies to the new heavens and the new earth (Isaiah 60 & Isaiah 65:17-19)? How do you know what applies to the millennial kingdom?

Turn to Isaiah 60, I think this is a great passage. Now, Isaiah 65, which I’ll mention, as you’re turning to Isaiah 60, says:

17 “For behold, I create new heavens
    and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered
    or come into mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
    in that which I create;
for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy,
    and her people to be a gladness.
19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem
    and be glad in my people;
no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping
    and the cry of distress.

So, it’s new heavens and new earth. So the question is: How can we distinguish when it’s talking about new heavens and new earth from when it might be talking, in essence, about a millennial kingdom? Well, it’s talking about new heavens and new earth. We know this because it says it is. But, then, what happens in verse 20?

20 No more shall there be in it
    an infant who lives but a few days,
    or an old man who does not fill out his days,
for the young man shall die a hundred years old,
    and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.

What? There’s death! I mean, there’s long life, it will be nice talking about a time that will be much better, but it won’t be perfect, cause there’s still death in the world. This happens in prophecy all the time, where the prophet is looking forward to an era, but sometimes that era is the ultimate, which is the new earth- no more death, no more pain, no more sin in the world.

Now, if you are of the persuasion of the literal millennial kingdom, and again, that’s not required for orthodoxy, there are very amillenial people who are godly in their beliefs. But, if you believe in a literal millennial kingdom, then you would say, „Oh, it looks like now he’s talking about the millennium. Because it will be much better than, but it won’t be perfect, and there’ll still be death. Then it says they will build houses, they will dwell in them, they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

So, should we be thinking of millennium, or should we be thinking of new earth? Well… cause we’ve got both right there. He starts by saying ‘new earth’, he’s talking about it and now he’s this, and that sounds like that just needs to be restricted to the millennium. Well, the building houses and dwelling in them, planting vineyards and eating their fruit could apply to either or both. Now, a lot of people say, „Well, that could only be millennium, because obviously on the new earth, we won’t build houses and dwell in them. There won’t be vineyards on the new earth. There won’t be eating on the new earth…. Well, yeah! There will be. So this could easily apply, the building of houses and all. „Yeah, but Jesus is gonna prepare a place for us.” Sure, but that place is brought down to the new earth. Do you think any of us will use skills and architecture and design, and building and contributing to the development of Godly Christ centered culture. We are exercising dominion over the earth as we reign over the earth. Sure, that would be doing all that to the glory of God. That would make sense. And you have verse 22:

22 They shall not build and another inhabit;
    they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
    and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

Then you’ve got verse 25

The wolf and the lamb shall graze together;
    the lion shall eat straw like the ox,
    and dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt or destroy
    in all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.

Millenium or new earth? Well, arguably both. But I think the most obvious interpretation would be new earth. Why? Because he started this by saying, „I’m talking about the new earth, and sometimes we move into what might be millennial. But, now, when he is talking about the wolf and the lamb lying down together and eating grass like an ox, no more harm and destruction … Well, doesn’t that sound more like the new earth, because what’s gonna happen at the end of the millennium? Rebellion, sin, conquest of Christ, judgment, so there is still some harm, yet to come. There is still some death, yet to come in the millennium. Yet, this is talking about a time where there’s gonna be no more death. So, I  think that’s the proper, that’s the best understanding: That it’s primarily new earth, with maybe a secondary application to millennium.

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Read another article about this subject:

  1. Will heaven be exciting? Part 1 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  2. Our existence in heaven – Part 2 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  3. The New Heaven and the New Earth – Part 3 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  4. The future glories of heaven – Part 1 of What Will Heaven Be Like?
  5. Questions children have about heaven – Part 2 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?
  6. How can you be sure you are going to heaven? Part 3 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?

Randy Alcorn – How can you be sure you are going to heaven? Part 3 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?

We will be posting 6 videos (approx 20-30 min each) once each morning, with Randy Alcorn speaking about Heaven. Here are the highly interesting subject he will discuss, the links will become live as each new post is posted daily:

  1. Monday: Will heaven be exciting? Part 1 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  2. Tuesday: Our existence in heaven – Part 2 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  3. Wednesday: The New Heaven and the New Earth – Part 3 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  4. Thursday: The future glories of heaven – Part 1 of What Will Heaven Be Like?
  5. Friday: Questions children have about heaven – Part 2 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?
  6. Saturday: How can you be sure you are going to heaven? Part 3 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?

This is Part 3 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?

In this session, Dr. Ankerberg and Randy Alcorn discuss what the Bible teaches about salvation as well as how to be saved and to know for certain where you will spend eternity. This confidence can help during even our weakest moments in this life as we look forward to eternity with Christ in the next life.

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VIDEO by John Ankerberg

Randy Alcorn – Questions children have about heaven – Part 2 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?

We will be posting 6 videos (approx 20-30 min each) once each morning, with Randy Alcorn speaking about Heaven. Here are the highly interesting subject he will discuss, the links will become live as each new post is posted daily:

  1. Monday: Will heaven be exciting? Part 1 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  2. Tuesday: Our existence in heaven – Part 2 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  3. Wednesday: The New Heaven and the New Earth – Part 3 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  4. Thursday: The future glories of heaven – Part 1 of What Will Heaven Be Like?
  5. Friday: Questions children have about heaven – Part 2 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?
  6. Saturday: How can you be sure you are going to heaven? Part 3 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?

This is Part 2 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?

Children enjoy asking questions about everything—including heaven. Because there are a lot of wrong ideas about Heaven, we must base our answers on what God tells us in the Bible. In this program, Dr. Ankerberg and Randy Alcorn answer children’s questions like: will they see their pets again in Heaven? Is Heaven up? and Will there be sports on the New Earth?

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VIDEO by John Ankerberg

Randy Alcorn – The future glories of heaven – Part 1 of What Will Heaven Be Like

We will be posting 6 videos (approx 20-30 min each) once each morning, with Randy Alcorn speaking about Heaven. Here are the highly interesting subject he will discuss, the links will become live as each new post is posted daily:

  1. Monday: Will heaven be exciting? Part 1 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  2. Tuesday: Our existence in heaven – Part 2 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  3. Wednesday: The New Heaven and the New Earth – Part 3 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  4. Thursday: The future glories of heaven – Part 1 of What Will Heaven Be Like?
  5. Friday: Questions children have about heaven – Part 2 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?
  6. Saturday: How can you be sure you are going to heaven? Part 3 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?

This is : Part 1 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like? with Randy Alcorn and Dr. John Ankerberg.

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VIDEO by John Ankerberg

Randy Alcorn – The New Heaven and the New Earth – Part 3 of What’s so exciting about heaven?

We will be posting 6 videos (approx 20-30 min each) once each morning, with Randy Alcorn speaking about Heaven. Here are the highly interesting subject he will discuss, the links will become live as each new post is posted daily:

  1. Monday: Will heaven be exciting? Part 1 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  2. Tuesday: Our existence in heaven – Part 2 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  3. Wednesday: The New Heaven and the New Earth – Part 3 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  4. Thursday: The future glories of heaven – Part 1 of What Will Heaven Be Like?
  5. Friday: Questions children have about heaven – Part 2 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?
  6. Saturday: How can you be sure you are going to heaven? Part 3 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?

This is Part 3 of What’s so exciting about heaven?

In the third program of this series, we’ll look at what the Bible teaches about the New Heavens and Earth. The Bible discusses a time in the future when a new heaven and earth will be recreated from the ones that exist today. Dr. Ankerberg and Randy Alcorn discuss what will take place along with applications for how we live today.

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VIDEO by John Ankerberg

Randy Alcorn – Our existence in heaven – Part 2 of What’s so exciting about heaven?

We will be posting 6 videos (approx 20-30 min each) once each morning, with Randy Alcorn speaking about Heaven. Here are the highly interesting subject he will discuss, the links will become live as each new post is posted daily:

  1. Monday: Will heaven be exciting? Part 1 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  2. Tuesday: Our existence in heaven – Part 2 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  3. Wednesday: The New Heaven and the New Earth – Part 3 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  4. Thursday: The future glories of heaven – Part 1 of What Will Heaven Be Like?
  5. Friday: Questions children have about heaven – Part 2 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?
  6. Saturday: How can you be sure you are going to heaven? Part 3 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?

This is Part 2 of What’s so exciting about heaven?

As guest Randy Alcorn and Dr. John Ankerberg continue our study, we’ll find that the future state of the believer will be one of much excitement and joy. Rather than merely singing songs, believers will be involved in a wide variety of activities in community with other believers and in new, perfect bodies fit for service to the King of kings.
(Part 2 of What’s So Exciting About Heaven with Dr. John Ankerberg and Randy Alcorn.)

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VIDEO by John Ankerberg

Randy Alcorn – Will heaven be exciting? Part 1 of What’s so exciting about heaven?


We will be posting 6 videos (approx 20-30 min each) once each morning, with Randy Alcorn speaking about Heaven. Here are the highly interesting subject he will discuss, the links will become live as each new post is posted daily:

  1. Monday: Will heaven be exciting? Part 1 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  2. Tuesday: Our existence in heaven – Part 2 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  3. Wednesday: The New Heaven and the New Earth – Part 3 of What’s so exciting about heaven?
  4. Thursday: The future glories of heaven – Part 1 of What Will Heaven Be Like?
  5. Friday: Questions children have about heaven – Part 2 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?
  6. Saturday: How can you be sure you are going to heaven? Part 3 of Heaven: What Will It Be Like?

This is Part 1 of What’s so exciting about heaven?

In Part 1, guest Randy Alcorn along with Dr. John Ankerberg help viewers discover some of the details of the believer’s future home and how exciting heaven will be. As we do, we’ll learn how a greater biblical understanding of heaven can transform how we live today, including how we share our faith with others.

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VIDEO by John Ankerberg

David Platt – Secret Church – Heaven, Hell, and the end of the World – Good Friday March 29, 2013

Six hours of intense Bible teaching

Prayer for the persecuted church

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taught by David Platt

Via Radical.net – The next Secret Church will be held on Good Friday, March 29, from 6pm-midnight (CT) at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL.  Pastor and author, David Platt, will be teaching on the topic of „Heaven, Hell, and the End of the World”.  The gathering will be simulcast by LifeWay Christian Resources.  Simulcast registration is currently open.

For more information about Secret Church, visit our website at SecretChurch.org.

If you are interested in simulcasting Secret Church in your home or church, visit LifeWay.com/Secret Church. The simulcast is available to small groups, student and campus ministries, churches, or any other group who would like to participate. Click here for more info. if your church or school would like to register to simulcast- http://www.radical.net/secretchurch/gatherings/simulcast.html

Topic synopsis:

Heaven. Hell. The End of the World. For Christians and non-Christians alike, these topics provoke a variety of emotions and reactions: curiosity, confusion, joy, hope, fear, anticipation, or maybe even anger. Sadly, these critical topics are often embellished, fantasized, diluted, abused, or altogether avoided in our day. So what does the Bible say about these things? Is the Apocalypse upon us? Do we know what heaven will be like? What about hell? Is it literal? Is it eternal? How do we even begin to think about these mind-blowing realities?

During this Secret Church, we will explore God’s Word in search of answers to these questions and more. In the end, we will discover that despite of all the controversy surrounding heaven, hell, and the end of the world, several things are clear: Christ will come back, Satan will be defeated, all men will be judged, and the glory of God will cover the earth like the waters cover the sea. And by the end of the night, hopefully and humbly we will walk away with a cry on our lips and a testimony in our lives that echoes the final cry of the Scriptures: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”

Secret-Church-Heaven-Hell-Video from Southview on Vimeo.

register to simulcast at

LIFEWAY.COM/SECRETCHURCH

Secret-Church-13-HD-Intro-Video from Southview on Vimeo.

Unusual Music (15) David Brymer – What we will sing in heaven

Singing about heaven… and not about us and what we want or dream of „GETTING” but about what we dream of doing:
Bowing in front of God almighty and the Lamb and singing „You’re worthy of it all!”

„Worthy of It All” – David Brymer –

Onething LIVE: Magnificent Obsession

D                   E/D     D               E/D             
All the saints and angels, bow before Your throne – 

D              E/D                           D      E/D      A      
All the elders cast their crowns before the Lamb of God and sing

                      A                          E
YOU ARE WORTHY OF IT ALL – YOU ARE WORTHY OF IT ALL
                   D                           E                      
FROM YOU ARE ALL THINGS – AND TO YOU ARE ALL THINGS – 
                  A
YOU DESERVE THE GLORYA                                   C#m
DAY AND NIGHT, NIGHT AND DAY LET INCENSE ARISE
F#m                                 D6
DAY AND NIGHT, NIGHT AND DAY LET INCENSE ARISE
A/E                                 E
DAY AND NIGHT, NIGHT AND DAY LET INCENSE ARISE
Bm                                  D
DAY AND NIGHT, NIGHT AND DAY LET INCENSE ARISE
 lyrics and chords from http://davidbrymer.com/#

Published on Jun 25, 2012 by  David Brymer leads at the onething conference with „Worthy of It All”http://www.ihop.org/music/onethinglive/

These church kids ask some tough questions

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via www.churchleaders.com A creative video featuring questions from kids curious about spiritual matters. Are we ready to answer these questions?

  • Did He make our parents? Will I get to see God in heaven? Does God really speak to us from the sky? What do you want from us? Does God really love us with all His heart when we make mistakes? Why does God love people when they do bad? Why is God so awesome? 
  • Why don’t people believe in God, mostly they only believe in Jesus? How did Jesus die? Why did Jesus pray to Himself when He was on the cross? Did God really get born on Christmas? When will Jesus come back to earth?
  • Why do people kill other people? Why does God make people who steal? Why did God make guns? Why does God let kids bully other kids? Why did white people treat slaves as property?
  • Can you see people in heaven that died, when you want to?  Will we have friends in heaven? How big is heaven? Will there be animals and pets in heaven ? Can you forget about your parents when they are dead? How did our parents get us here? Is there food in heaven? Why did my dog Max die?
  • Are we supposed to love Satan? Why isn’t Satan dead? Do we still have Satan fighting right now?
  • Why did God make hell? What happens to people in hell? What do people do when they go to hell? How small is hell?
  • Do angels sin? Why don’t people praise angels? Why do people worship statues?
  • When were bibles invented?
  • What do you do if you are Christian and your mom and dad are not and they don’t let you do anything Christian? Why me? Why won’t people tell me the truth? Where will you lead me next?

Uploaded by  on Mar 24, 2011 Some questions posed by kids at church. As you watch this, keep in mind that the children asking these questions range in age from Kindergarten to 6th grade… The stars represent other kids who echo or ‘like’ that question. Song is „When the Rain Comes” by Third Day.

Horatius Bonar Poems – How Long? – On the Threshold – Heaven at Last

Listen to the reading of a short (5 min) sermon – Man acting as a devil, by Horatius Bonar here.

Horatius Bonar 1808–1889 Scotland

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poems via www.spurgeongems.org/ipoems.htm

How long ?

My God, it is not fretfulness
That makes me say „How long?”
It is not heaviness of heart
That hinders me in song,
‘Tis not despair of truth and right,
Nor coward dread of wrong.

But how can I, with such a hope
Of glory and of home;
With such a joy before my eyes,
Not wish the time were come
Of years the jubilee, of days
The Sabbath and the sum?

These years, what ages they have been!
This life, how long it seems!
And how can I in evil days,
‘Mid unknown hills and streams
But sigh for those of home and heart
And visit them in dreams?

Yet peace, my heart and hush my tongue;
Be calm, my troubled breast;
Each restless hour is hastening on
The everlasting rest.
Thou knowest that the time thy God
Appoints for thee is best.

Let faith, not fear nor fretfulness,
Awake the cry, „How long?”
Let now faintheartedness of soul
Damp thy aspiring song,
Right comes, truth dawns, the night departs
Of error and of wrong.

                          —Horatius Bonar

photo courtesy Wikimedia  David Tutwiler – Homeward Bound

On the Threshold

I’m returning, not departing;
My steps are homeward bound,
I quit the land of strangers
For a home on native ground.

I am rising and not setting;
This is not night but day,
Not in darkness, but in sunshine,
Like a star, I fade away.

All is well with me for ever;
I do not fear to go,
My tide is but beginning
Its bright eternal flow.

I am leaving only shadows
For the true and fair and good,
I must not, cannot, linger;
I would not, though I could.

This is not death’s dark portal,
‘Tis life’s golden gate to me,
Link after link is broken,
And I at last am free.

I am going to the angels,
I am going to my God;
I know the hand that beckons,
I see the holy road.

Why grieve me with your weeping?
Your tears are all in vain,
An hour’s farewell, beloved,
And we shall meet again.

Jesus, Thou wilt receive me
And welcome me above;
This sunshine which now fills me
Is Thine own smile of love.

         —Horatius Bonar

Heaven at Last

Angel voices sweetly singing,
Echoes through the blue dome ringing,
News of wondrous gladness bringing…
 Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Now beneath us all the grieving,
All the wounded spirit’s heaving,
All the woe of hopes deceiving…
Ah ‘tis heaven at last!

Sin for ever left behind us,
Earthly visions cease to blind us,
Fleshly fetters cease to bind us…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

On the jasper threshold standing,
Like a pilgrim safely landing
See, the strange bright scene expanding…
Ah ‘tis heaven at last!

What a city! what a glory!
Far beyond the brightest story
Of the ages old and hoary…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Softest voices silver pealing,
Freshest fragrances spirit-healing,
Happy hymns around us stealing…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Gone the vanity and folly,
Gone the dark and melancholy,
Come the joyous and the holy…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Not a broken blossom yonder,
Not a link can snap asunder,
Stay’d the tempest, sheathed the thunder…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Not a tear-drop ever falleth,
Not a pleasure ever palleth,
Song to song for ever calleth…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Christ Himself the living splendour,
Christ the sunlight mild and tender;
Praises to the Lamb we render…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Now at length the veil is rended,
Now the pilgrimage is ended,
And the saints their thrones ascended…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Broken death’s dread bands that bound us,
Life and victory around us,
Christ the King Himself hath crowned us…
Ah,’tis heaven at last!

                         —Horatius Bonar


Important: Human Heart Recall

Global RECALL NOTICE

The Maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.

This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.

This defect has been technically termed „Subsequential Internal Non-Morality,” or more commonly known as SIN, as it is primarily expressed.

Some other symptoms include:

1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental component
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion

The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this SIN defect. The Repair Technician, Jesus, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.

The number to call for repair in all areas is

P-R-A-Y-E-R.

Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download REMISSION from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component. No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:

1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self control

Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth), for further details on the use of these fixes.

WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded.

DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will need to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility.

Thank you for your attention!

GOD

Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by „kneemail”.

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