Scriptures teach that mankind was created from the dust of the earth, a concept mentioned repetitiously throughout the Bible. Reread what Messiah said in this very same chapter, and notice something that tends to go overlooked: “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven” (John 3:13, NKJV).
So, what’s the problem? Well, if we were to consider carefully Messiah’s instruction, it is this – we who are of this earth can only speak about earthly matters because no human being has ever ascended into heaven to bear witness of heavenly matters. In fact, this is what Messiah himself stipulated: “But if you don't believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things?” (John 3:12, NLT). Some may want to debate the notion that Old Testament figures ascended into heaven, but the Bible says otherwise: "For David himself never ascended into heaven [...]" (Acts 2:34, NLT). Still in all, many claim to one day ascend to a place that they've never truly been to.
Go to a local congregation, and most will express their hope of one day ascending into heaven. Unfortunately, Messiah himself admits that none of these genuine people have ever witnessed heavenly matters. In fact, Yeshua (i.e., Hebrew for Jesus) knew that those who heard his teachings would have a difficult time appreciating what he had to say pertaining to earthly matters. Just as much, he also understood that mankind could not appreciate things pertaining to the heavenly matters. Still, way too many people are busy doing what Messiah, who himself is a witness of heavenly matters, did not do.
Since Scriptures teach that mankind was created from the dust of the earth, Bible enthusiasts around the world often wonder, "What is the Heavenly Father’s intent for mankind? Did the Heavenly Father intend to allow mankind to ascend into heaven so that mankind could rule from the heavenly realm? Contrary to what many may reason to be a biblical truth, the Bible does not condone such a fallacy which runs rampant among many who do not know what Scriptures say about the matter. In fact, Torah teaches us something to the contrary: Elohim (i.e., Hebrew for G-d) created mankind so that “[…] they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground” (Genesis 1:26, NIV).
So, what fallacy is there in believing that mankind, who was created from the dust of the earth, will one day go to heaven? Besides the fact that it goes against the Heavenly Father’s original purpose for man and no biblical citations can truly support such a Greco-Roman philosophy, the concept itself stems from the father of many lies, Satan.
Search the Scriptures and you’ll soon take notice that Satan was the only agent who desired to ascend into the heavens to rule enthroned. Isaiah the prophet penned about the matter, “[…] I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above Elohim's stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. 14 I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:13-4, NLT). Unfortunately, the prideful arrogance that many hold within themselves have blinded them by one of the biggest lies that Satan himself could have fabricated. Still, many believe that they will one day ascend into heaven itself to rule on a throne! Even though they have no Bible references to prove for themselves whether or not what they’re being taught is Scriptural, way too many people are literally “buying” into this lie and financially supporting these false prophets. In fact, they prefer to believe the lie than to believe in the Messiah they claim to follow.
Instead of giving credence to such a tremendous fallacy that stemmed from a rebellious attitude towards the Heavenly Father's purpose, members of the international body of Messiah embrace what the Scriptures say: the Heavenly Father Himself will one day descend from heaven to reside here on the earth with mankind (reference Revelation 21:2-5). So, the next time someone promises you an opportunity to one day ascend into heaven, be sure to ask them, “What says the Bible? Where exactly do you read in the Bible that the Heavenly Father intended to create mankind so that mankind could one day ascend into heaven and rule from heaven?” If anything, you should repeat Messiah's own instruction when he said, "Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5, NKJV).
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