V Rapture Christ Newsletter
April 1, 2017

Treasure in Heaven

God has treasure in heaven for us. What does this mean?

Christ told a rich young man:

Matthew 19:21
Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and
you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."

Jesus offered him treasure in heaven. Let us clarify what our Lord is saying with the following bible verse.

Luke 12:33
Sell that which you have, and give gifts to the needy. Make for yourselves purses which don't grow old, a treasure in the heavens that doesn't fail, where
no thief approaches, neither moth destroys.

He further explains it in these few verses.

Matthew 6:19-21
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.

Contrast heaven with Earth:

On earth people have to deal with termites eating their houses, moths eating their clothes, locusts eating their crops, metals getting corroded by rust. This is no paradise as we can see. On top of that much energy is wasted by trying to prevent thieves from breaking in to steal your "treasure."

So trying to store treasure on earth is not easy, as much of what you work for will be destroyed or lost. 

Earth has people locking doors and installing burglar alarms to prevent thieves from breaking in.

In contrast, heaven is a place where Jesus promises us there are no thieves trying to do home invasions or injure anyone or anything, no harvests full of pesticides, as there are no bugs eating the crops, or eating the wood, or eating paper, or destroying the fruit of our labor.

Jesus knows that "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." He knows that the things we sacrifice for and labor for have a great value. That is the reason we sacrifice for our children and for people we love. To us, that is our treasure.

Expanding on what attitude should we have, Jesus advises us that it is better to serve others than have them serve us.

Mark 10:45-46
and whoever wants to be first must be the slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.

God has created a Paradise for us in the third heaven where there is no crime. It is there that Christ wanted to take the rich young man. However, some rich, deceived by this world, do not understand how Paradise is.

It is a place where people work and produce material things, but not to flaunt them to other people. As they are healthier and have more energy than people on earth, acquiring "treasure" in Paradise will be an easy thing.

Revelation 2:7
He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Christ is willing to take people from Earth into paradise. That is what the rapture is about. The ones who will be taken are the ones that help people in need, and in so doing they will improve their surroundings. As there will be no diseases, no vermin destroying crops and other things, plenty of food, and no thieves, people in need will not remain needy for too long. 

May Jesus take us soon into his Kingdom, to paradise. so we may be overcomers and eat of the tree of life.

Where Is Your Heart?

There are people who believe that their work is of vital importance and that is where their heart is. I remember back in 2001 we got a new employee at my company. He was a young Puerto Rican guy who used to work in New York City inside the twin towers, and on September 11, 2001 he heard a horrible loud noise.

A jet had crashed into the tower next to his, and that building was on fire. He told his boss that he was leaving, and the boss said no. Well, the young man had to make a life or death decision. He said. "I am leaving right now." The boss said. "If you leave, I will fire you." He said. "I'm leaving, so go ahead and fire me." The boss kept right on typing on the keyboard of his computer while the young Puerto Rican guy left the building. After he had left, a second jet hit the tower he worked in. Basically, his boss did not survive.

Life is full of decisions, and the young Puerto Rican guy told me that he was scared when the first plane hit, and he did not want to stay. The result was that he is still with us.

The boss had an important position that he did not wish to lose and did not realize that he would soon be gone. Even though the burning fire next to him was an ominous sign, the possibility of finding himself with no job the next day made him decide wrongly. Learn the lesson, as we do not know when our last day is.

Luke 12

15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.

16 And he spoke a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years;
take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21 So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is
not rich toward God.

God tells us that we should not store up treasure on earth, or be too attached to material things. It is not wrong to have material things things, but that is not our purpose.

People have been deceived into believing that having other people doing work for them is better, that living a life of leisure -- playing video games, watching TV, doing drugs, and getting drunk -- will make them happy.

It could cloud our judgments, make us unhappy, and at the end causes us to lose our lives earlier. God set us on this Earth for a reason, to make it better and everybody on it too.

Our purpose on this earth is to work. To live a life of idleness having other people do everything for us is a sure way to make us ill and shorten our longevity.

Genesis 2:15
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 

In Paradise we shall enjoy the fruits of our labor, and rejoice in the company of people who love one another. That is our treasure and where our heart will be.

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