In Matt, 6:10, it is implied that the kingdom, to come, will be on earth as it (already) is in heaven, by God's will. Who will be earthbound?
PARADISE on Earth as opposed to Heaven:
While growing up in England, within the Anglican Church, I was constantly being led to believe that when you die, your soul either went to heaven or hell, with no in between. One was either blessed to live on in heaven eternally, or one was cursed to live in eternal torment in hell. My preference, indeed most anyone's preference, was of course to be heaven bound and in any case, I was assured that only the nastiest of the nastiest were deserving of eternal torment. Over time, however, I came to a different understanding and I hope to expound on this at this time.
Heaven, apparently is not for all " righteous" souls, and hell (sheol) is just the grave.
The essential issue is: Where will the righteous be rewarded? And, to a lessor extent: When? It is not necessary for one to discover what makes a person righteous in God's sight, simply where are they to be rewarded - in heaven, or on earth? Let's look at the following bible verse:
"And no one has ascended into heaven, but he who descended from heaven, even the Son of Man" John 3:13 NASB
So, subsequent to the life, death, resurrection and ascension of, Jesus Christ, John records that NO ONE HAS ASCENDED TO HEAVEN, excepting that of Jesus Christ..... Peter says this about king David, who was described by God as:
"a man after My heart, who will do all My will" Acts 13:22 NASB
Peter also said:
For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says: 'the Lord (Jehovah), said to my lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I make thine enemies a footstool for thy feet."' Acts 2,34,35.
So, although he was definitely righteous, David did not ascend to heaven but was (and remains) in the grave (sheol) until the resurrection of the dead, as the apostle Paul later affirms - Acts 13:26.
If people who have died are not in heaven, where are they? See Psalm 115:16, NASB:
"The heavens are the heavens of the Lord (Jehovah); but the earth He has given to the sons of men"
This is a wonderful promise; that this beautiful earth, at an appointed time, will be taken from man's misrule and, under God's control, will be given to mankind. In perfect accord with the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples:
" THY KINGDOM COME. THY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN". Matt, 6:10 NASB
These well known words of the Lord's Prayer teach us all to pray for the time when God's kingdom (remember what it was initially like for Adam) will again be set up on earth.
See also the following:
"But the meek one's themselves will inherit the earth....." Psalm 37:11 NWT
"Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth". * Matt, 5:5 NASB
"For evildoers themselves will be cut off, but those hoping in Jehovah, are the one's that will possess the earth". Psalm 37:9 NWT
"Hope in Jehovah and keep his way, and He will exalt you to take possession of the earth. When the wicked one's are cut off, you will see it". Psalm 37:34 NWT
Shout out to IMMORTALITY:
"The righteous, themselves, will possess the earth and they will reside forever upon it." Psalm 37:29 NWT
"and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first (former) things have passed away". Rev, 21:4 NASB
"He (Jehovah) will actually swallow up death forever, and the sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for Jehovah Himself has spoken it". Isaiah 25:8 NWT
The characteristics of the kingdom, Isaiah 65:17-25, NASB, incorporates the following:
New heavens and new earth:- Signifies a new government, new kingdom, new people.
"The wolf and the lamb shall graze together, and the lion shall eat straw like the Ox...."
It is now somewhat evident, that beside the 144,000 special souls, who are to be engrossed with Christ in heaven, presumably to help govern the now earthly paradise, we also have a great multitude of other, more than righteous souls (see narrative, embodied in my question above) rewarded with eternal life in heaven, to live in close proximity with God.
OR DO WE??
Why should some righteous souls be rewarded with the heavenly life and some be seemingly somewhat less rewarded with earthly life??? (144,000 aside)
There would appear to be something more to all this than meets the eye, or is it the discerning senses.
Maybe there is another enterprising soul among us, who can discern the answer, which is not to impune the already excellent answer given. It just seems that there is more to be heard here, and I, for one, would love to hear any valid discourse.
"After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and (all) tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and the lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands." Rev, 7:9 NASB
On the face of the above verse, one can be forgiven for envisioning a great multitude of righteous people, other than the 144,000 of spiritual Israel (as opposed to natural Israel), talked about just prior to the above verse, standing, in heaven, before the throne and the lamb, suggesting heavenly reward also. However, the word "before" here, (e-no'pion), in the Greek, literally means "in (the) sight (of)" and is used several times of humans on earth who are "before" or "in the sight of" the Almighty. (1 Tim, 5:21; 2 Tim, 2:14; Romans 14:22; Gal, 1:20). Consequently, without expounding on the point with other clear evidence, it would seem that there may well be no heavenly reward for anyone, other than the 144,000. The great multitude of other righteous souls, along with even unrighteous souls (at least initially), who survive the tribulation, or are part of the 2nd resurrection, are to be those, in point of fact, to experience the "new" earth, as opposed to the "new" heaven.
Further more, as heaven is reserved for the 144,000 only, it stands to reason, that any hope of a so called "Rapture", must pertain only to the remaining ones of these, still on earth, at the time of the "2nd Advent", who will then have to experience "transfiguration" before taking on spiritual form, in order to be able to enter the heavenly realm.