Separated Forever?

Q. I want to thank you for clearing up a lot of questions for me. Here’s another one. I read your series called The End Times According to Ezekiel Part 7 and there’s something I don’t quite understand.

You are comparing the descriptions of the New Jerusalem with Jehovah Shammah. In the last two paragraphs you state that Heaven is the New Jerusalem where we will dwell with the Lord forever, while the Holy City on Earth is Jehovah Shammah where God will dwell in the midst of His people Israel forever. This sounds like we will be separated from the Jewish people forever in eternity . Can you clear this up for me?

A. No one in his or her natural state, whether Jew or Gentile, will be able to enter the New Jerusalem during the Millennium (Rev. 21:27). But believers in their perfected state, as we will be after the rapture, will be able to visit any place in the universe. This includes Israel and every other location on planet Earth where our loved ones might be.

From what little we know about eternity, it appears that after the millennium there will be no more “natural” humans. Rev. 20:15 says everyone whose name is not found in the Book of Life will be thrown into the lake of fire at that time. By implication that means everyone whose name is found in the Book of Life will be changed into their eternal state. That will likely remove any restrictions on people as far as who can go where is concerned, meaning we won’t be separated forever.

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