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There will be industry.
Well, there will be fishing industry any way.
Ezekiel 47:10 - Fishermen will stand along the shores of the Dead Sea. All the way from En-gedi to En-eglaim, the shores will be covered with nets drying in the sun. Fish of every kind will fill the Dead Sea, just as they fill the Mediterranean.
I just thought of something.
There will be lots of industry in eternity. Let’s start with our homes. We will build our own homes. Isaiah 65:21. That means we’ll need axes, planes, chisels, maybe a dull draw knife for stripping bark, unless we just steam it off.
That means there has to be stores where I can acquire tools, does it not? I don’t know. Maybe we can just go to the local lumberyard and pick up the lumber. We'll still need tools for building our home.
We’ll need doors and windows. O.K. What else? Oh, yeah; I need furniture to furnish my eternal home. There will have to be stores where I can get it. I won’t feel like building all my own furniture. Man oh man; I could go on and on.
The Bible describes eternity much like what we see now in many respects. Will we need a trade medium? I doubt it. God will supply all our needs just like he did for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
And he will answer all our prayers so how could we need to work for any reason other than personal fulfillment and to help others? To me that is SO cool.
Isaiah 65:24 - I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!
But we will have responsibilities and God will give us purpose. Who does not want to have a purpose in life? The difference is that we will not need to do those things in order to scratch out a living like we do now.
God created the universe for mankind and gave us dominion over the earth. When all things are restored we will go back to tending the earth as God originally intended.
Psalms 8:3-8 - When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place—
- what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
- Yet you made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them with glory and honor.
- You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority—
- the flocks and the herds
and all the wild animals,
- the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.
- O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
God will supply all our needs and he will sustain us, so we will do these things for the personal joy and fulfillment that comes with the doing, as well as to help others.
Read the Book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, wrote all about finding joy in the work itself. Of everything he says is so meaningless, the one thing that has meaning is enjoying work. That is what we will have in eternity; joy in the doing.
Of course he talks about enjoying a good meal and a glass of wine also. Remember, eternity begins with a huge banquet filled with the best food and perfectly aged wine. I think God knows what people love and want.
Everybody has something that they love to do and feel fulfilled by doing it. Imagine an eternity where you get to do that, gain the fulfillment AND help others in the process! Imagine a perfect world where everybody wants to help others rather than doing work you don't like in order to try to cover the bills. Now THAT is true heaven on earth; is it not?
We will build our own homes with our own hands.
And we'll build it anywhere in the world that we want to!
Not to fret, those of you who currently make your living swinging a hammer; we will enjoy it! Read on and see.
We can build any where in the world that we want. We grow our own gardens. Organic food lovers, here you go.
Isaiah 65:21, 22 - In those days people will live in the houses they build and eat the fruit of their own vineyards.
- Unlike the past, invaders will not take their houses and confiscate their vineyards. For my people will live as long as trees, and my chosen ones will have time to enjoy their hard-won gains.
This is why I said we will enjoy it. Imagine building your own home, exactly the way you want it. Now imagine paying no mortgage, no taxes and nobody can ever come and take it away from you! Would that be heaven or what?? Oh wait, that is heaven!!