"You can do all things, be all things, learn all things, adapt to all things, through the power of the keys of the Kingdom."

Here and Now for There and Then

First Published November 1981

It's evident from the Bible records about angels etc., that they have to go from place to place, they're not omnipresent and they're not even omniscient. They don't know everything, and they have to learn. So we're not absolutely totally perfect in the next world, we'll still be in a sense partly human and partly divine, and we'll still be using--I really believe--a lot of the knowledge, experience and skill that we have learned in this world.

One reason I believe this is-- we will have to deal with normal human beings, the wicked who remain, and they have to carry on pretty much the same way they always have. They will be living in a perfectly natural physical more or less normal realm that they have always been in, and they will have to work with what they have. Our knowledge of that and what they have got, is going to come in very handy. Like Jesus' knowledge of His visit to earth and His experience of being a human and what humans have to go through made Him a better high priest. "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15)

The church system has really misled the people into thinking things are going to be so different, completely unrelated to their personal human earthly experience. That sort of gives you the feeling, "Well, maybe the whole thing's a waste of time! Who cares about what I learn or don't learn here and my experience here and everything else? Who cares? I'm going to die and go to Heaven one of these days and forget the whole works!" No you're not! You're going to die and go to Heaven, and probably use the whole works,in the Heaven-on-Earth Millennium!

Even in the New Heaven and the New Earth we still have people outside the City who are still really learning and being fed and healed and changed and apparently taught. Who is going to do it?--Obviously us! There is going to be a lot the same in the coming world, especially the Kingdom of Christ on earth in the Millennium. A lot is going to be different, but things are going to be a lot the same, enough the same that we'll still be able to use our knowledge, skills, talents, gifts, experience etc. that we have gained in this life, and it's going to carry over and be useful in the Millennium and the New Earth. I don't believe God is going to waste all your years of training and learning.

We will have all kinds of supernatural help and power and knowledge and wisdom and direction and everything else, some of which we already have. Paul says that the Spirit and Her gifts are a taste of things to come, they're "the earnest of our inheritance", they're a sample. (Ephesians 1:13,14) Except these are all going to be in complete full total operation in the next world without any hindrances or "seeing through a glass darkly." (1Corintheians 13:12)

I think people need to remember that everything they're learning now, and doing now, and decisions they're making now, and experiences they're having now, are a part of their schooling and training here and now, to be used there and then! Otherwise it's a total waste of time, except for what little we accomplish here, which isn't very much comparatively speaking.

We are not going to suddenly receive some gift of absolute total omniscience so that we know everything like God, not even the angels have that. I believe we are going to carry our experience with us over into the next life, I am convinced of it! I cannot just say I believe it, I know it from the Bible and my experiences, after-death experiences, scripture, everything, and just common sense and logic! I believe we're going to carry with us everything beneficial that we have learned from this life into the next--and not for nothing--but to be used there beneficially for the benefit of others to help us run the world.

I really expect the ones who know the most about God and His program and His system and His Word and who already have advance knowledge and experience in all these things, God's going to use them the most, probably to oversee these others.

Isn't that interesting? That makes things of the future and the next world much more real, at least imaginable and not so totally completely irrelevant to this world. I think things are going to be so similar and so related, it's going to really amaze us how important all of our previous training and learning and experience was, in preparing to help us in the next life.

The Lord had to make it natural enough, similar enough to this present world, in order that people could relate and learn anything in the next thousand years. That thousand years has a purpose. It's not just for floating around on clouds playing harps, but it's another grade, another step in both ours and the world's experience, a learning and educational process to prepare them for the next step and the next world.

I think after a thousand years of millennium we will be better prepared for the next world, Heaven on earth, the Heavenly City, the New Heaven and New Earth! It's quite definite and obvious and scriptural that our ministry, our talents, our service to God and to others will continue into that life, because we will be picking leaves from the tree of life to go out and heal the nations! "In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."

(Revelation 22:2) Entire nations with kings, governments, peoples, lands, are still outside the Heavenly City.

What more could God do to show His almighty power and the fact that He never fails, than to reclaim and regenerate and reconcile and reconstitute His whole creation, including everybody He ever created? What greater thing could God do to prove that He never fails and love never fails, than to finally--well, if they want to call it "save" everybody? It's not the same--but if He wants to, in a sense, He can save everybody and change everybody and restore everybody and make everybody good.

I really believe that nothing's going to be lost and nothing wasted, and everything finally saved, including everybody! But it won't be all the same, there'll be different classes. just like some will be raised to everlasting shame and contempt, and others shall shine as the stars, as the brightness of the firmament forever, who have turned many to righteousness. (Daniel 12:2,3)

I don't think they're going to be able to undo their past life and what they didn't do here. This opportunity is going to be gone forever, and what they did here they're not going to be able to undo. They may be able to undo some of the damage by going around telling the people that they offended, that they're sorry, and people will understand better then and maybe forgive them.

All that to say this: don't get discouraged about your present job and what you're now doing and now learning and now experiencing. Don't think for a minute that it's a waste of time and you're just going to cast it all aside when you leave this life. You are going to take all that with you--all that learning, experience, knowledge, wisdom and everything you learned from this life! Like Jesus did when He left this life and went back to heaven, a better high priest, a better mediator, better able to understand us and plead with God for us. (Read Hebrews 1 through 5)

Are you getting ready here and now for there and then?

David Berg

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