TONIGHT Healing Through Faith - Warriors for Life (WFL) with Steve McFarland - "Til Valhalla!"

Updated: Sep 14, 2020

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Healing Through Faith - Warriors for Life - "Til Valhalla!"

TONIGHT's Topic: "Til Valhalla!"


We often hear or see the words, "Til Valhalla", when a fellow Warrior passes from this life, because we have the expectation of seeing them again in the next life, but does God have a special place for those who have "given the last full measure" in service to their fellow man, who exemplify John 15:13; "Greater love has no one that this, that one lay down his life for his friends."? While Valhalla is portrayed in Norse mythology as a great hall where departed Warriors go to eat, drink, and prepare for the final battle, is there more to the story than meets the eye?

The Bible is sparse in its descriptions of Heaven, which makes us curious about what Heaven is really like, but there are several things we can know for certain:


1) Heaven is a real place.

2) Heaven is God's abode.

3) There is an afterlife.

4) We will spend eternity as fully-human as we are now.

5) There will be a final battle.

6) Not everyone goes to Heaven.


1) Heaven is a real place.


“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:1-3)


Heaven is a real place, inhabited by real people, not just disembodied-spirits, because Jesus was at least the third person to ascend bodily into Heaven. Prior to Jesus, Enoch was bodily taken up into Heaven, Genesis 5:24; "Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.", as was Elijah, 2 Kings 2:11; "As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven." We find an interesting detail in Revelation 6:9-11:


9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.


First, we see that those who are described as "souls" are fully-aware of what is going on and are calling out for justice. Second, while they are told "that they should rest for a little while longer", they are also given white robes. Pourquoi?


2) Heaven is God's abode.


Thus says the Lord,

“Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.

Where then is a house you could build for Me?

And where is a place that I may rest? (Isaiah 66:1)


3) There is an afterlife.


13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)


4) We will spend eternity as fully-human as we are now.


23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:23-26)


12 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:12-19)


5) What about that final battle?


11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:11-16)


6) Not everyone goes to Heaven.


11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15)


Does God have a special place in Heaven for those who have given "the last full-measure of selfless-service to mankind"?

Warriors for Life "Healing Through Faith" – Tuesday (TONIGHT), 1 September 2020 at 4:30 PM PT, 5:30 PM MT, 6:30 PM CT, and 7:30 PM ET


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Steve McFarland

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