Introduction: How much time do you spend dreaming about having enough
money so that you can stop working? If you are older, do you dream
about what you would do in retirement? At some point in my life, I
realized that I was dreaming too low. Instead of dreaming about what
I might do here on earth if I had unlimited time and money, why not
dream instead about what it will be like in heaven? There you truly
have unlimited time. What about the ticket to enter heaven? Would you
act differently if you thought that heaven was your retirement? This
week let’s jump in and find out what the Bible has to say about end

  1. The Sanctuary Ticket Booth

    1. Read Hebrews 8:1-3. Why does the priest need to have
      something to offer? (This refers to the Old Testament
      sanctuary service, in which an animal was
      killed(offered)because of the sin of a human.)

      1. Where is the sanctuary referred to in this text? (In

    2. Read Hebrews 8:4-5. How long has the sanctuary in heaven
      existed? (At least before the one built by Moses. The
      sanctuary on earth was patterned after an existing
      sanctuary in heaven.)

    3. Read Hebrews 8:6. Who is the Mediator, the High Priest, in
      the heavenly sanctuary? (Jesus.)

    4. Review the texts we have just read. What do you think is
      going on? (The earthly sanctuary service illustrated God’s
      solution to our sin problem. It is a poor representation
      of the sanctuary in heaven where Jesus is mediating on our
      behalf to solve our sin problem.)

    5. Read Hebrews 7:23-25. What is the result of Jesus’
      mediation? (He completely saves us from sin! He is our
      permanent mediator.)

    6. Read Hebrews 7:26-28. Why are we talking about the
      perfection of the priest? I never read that the priests
      in the sanctuary had to be perfect – and the Old Testament
      contains many stories about those who were not. (Jesus is
      different. Not only is He our High Priest, but He “offered
      Himself” as the “holy, blameless, pure” sacrifice.)

      1. If you have any lingering doubts about grace, what
        part did obeying the law have in either of these
        sanctuary systems? (In both systems, sin was forgiven
        by blood – the death of a substitute. You cannot
        avoid the death penalty by obedience. You can only
        avoid the death penalty by substituting the life of
        the sacrifice.)

      2. How sufficient is Jesus’ sacrifice on behalf of our
        sins? (Verse 26 – “Such a high priest meets our

    7. Let’s contemplate this a moment. Jesus takes away our
      sins, and He is working on this right now on your behalf.
      What obligation do you have? (If someone is saving my
      life, I feel an enormous obligation towards that person.
      Can we just sit in our pew when Jesus is doing so much for

    8. Read Acts 3:19-21. How do you obtain your ticket to
      heaven? (Repent and turn to Jesus, your High Priest in
      heaven. Jesus covers our sins. He mediates on our behalf.)

      1. When can we use our ticket to heaven? (A time is
        coming when God will “restore everything.”)

  2. The Portal to Heaven

    1. How many times have you had a ticket to some event, and
      not been sure of the location? Let’s read John 14:2-5.
      What worries Thomas?

      1. Do you have the problem voiced by Thomas? Are you
        concerned that you might be unclear on the directions
        to heaven? You might not show up at the right place
        at the right time?

    2. Read Matthew 24:23-25. Do we have a wrong event
      possibility with the Second Coming of Jesus? (Absolutely!
      Jesus says, “I warned you.”)

    3. Read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4. What is the first landmark for
      the Second Coming of Jesus? (That “the man of lawlessness”
      will impersonate Jesus!)

      1. Read 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12. How will the
        impersonator seek to deceive us?

        1. Has this happened yet? (Not in my opinion.
          First, the impersonator is a sign of the Second
          Coming being close. Second, I’ve never heard of
          anyone doing these kinds of miracles, signs and
          wonders on a world stage.)

        2. How can we protect ourselves against this
          deception? (There is a very interesting bit of
          information here. Those who are deceived want
          to be deceived. They are not in love with the
          true Jesus.)

    4. Read Matthew 24:26-27 and Matthew 24:30-31. What are the
      markers of the true Second Coming? (This is an event in
      the sky, not the earth. If we are told that Jesus is
      somewhere on earth, we can automatically know that person
      is an impersonator.)

    5. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. What other markers should we
      look for in the true Second Coming? How can we be sure we
      try to use our ticket at the right event? (Again, this is
      a world-wide sky event. Even more impressive, we will join
      Jesus in the sky. Even more impressive than that, the dead
      will join Jesus in the sky! You might go to the wrong
      event, but you cannot get lost going to this one!)

      1. If you know your Bible, how easy is it to be sure you
        are at the right event? (It seems so obvious, but
        Jesus did warn us about deception.)

  3. Loving God

    1. The last two weeks we discussed why the law is a self-help
      book to better living. We learned about the law of
      benefits. Read John 14:15. Haven’t we learned that “if you
      love yourself” you should obey the law? (We have – and the
      Bible clearly teaches that. But, it is not the entire

    2. Read Matthew 22:37-40. How many parties are being loved
      here? (Love for oneself, love for our neighbor and love
      for God.)

      1. What sense does it make to have these three loves in
        your life? Why are they part of the law? (God gave
        us a law that blesses us. He then died over the law
        to allow us to obtain a ticket to eternal life with
        Him. The normal heart would reflect love back. It
        would share God’s love.)

    3. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8. As we await the Second
      Coming, what are our marching orders? We have our ticket
      to heaven in our pocket, what do we do as we wait? (We
      exhibit faith in God, and love to God, our neighbor and
      our self. We have hope in that ticket in our pocket.)

    4. Let’s revisit Acts 3:19-20. This tells us that ticket-holders have a time of “refreshing” before Jesus returns.
      What is this? Showers, shaves and perfume for everyone?

    5. Read Joel 2:28-31. What is the “great and dreadful day of
      the Lord?” (The Second Coming.)

      1. What precedes the Second Coming? (The Holy Spirit
        being poured out in power!)

      2. Who is the recipient of this power? (All of us. No
        age or gender differences. No cultural or racial

      3. What, then, should power the faith, love and hope of
        the ticket-holders as they await Jesus’ Second
        Coming? (The Holy Spirit.)

    6. Friend, you have the ticket (or at least the means to get
      one), you have the directions to the Second Coming, you
      have the knowledge of what Jesus is doing for you now:
      what are you doing for Jesus as you await heaven? Will you
      pray for the Holy Spirit to give you great power so that
      your faith, your love and your hope inspire those around

  4. Next week: When All Things Become New!