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Friday, March 13, 2009

What hymnal are they using in heaven?

There are two answers to the following question and statement,
1. What are the lyrics in Heaven?
2. Search the Scriptures daily to see if these things are true.

The first quotation is from “90 Minutes in Heaven” by Don Piper. Over 3 million copies of that book have been sold.

“As I stood before the gate, I didn’t think of it but later I realized that I didn’t hear such songs as “the Old Rugged Cross” or “The Nail-Scarred Hand.” None of the hymns that filled the air were about Jesus’ sacrifice or death. I heard no sad songs and instinctively knew that there are no sad songs in heaven. Why would there be? All were praises about Christ’s reign as King of Kings and our joyful worship for all he has done for us and how wonderful he is.”

Page 3, 90 Minutes in Heaven
Don Piper

The second quotation is from Revelation 5:9-14.
And they sang a new song:
"You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased men for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth."
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang:
"Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!"
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:
"To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!" The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped.

One hundred million angels were singing about the death of Christ around the throne. This is in addition to the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures singing about the death of Christ. The death of Christ is the major theme in Heaven. Either Mr. Piper was not there or was listening or did not remember, or did not know the scripture or the co-author added it. In any case he should not have written that sentence for 3 million people to believe.

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11

When we listen to preaching, watch a movie or read a book, search the Scriptures to see if what is communicated is true.

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