In much the same way that Egypt was a place where the Hebrews were strengthened and multiplied this realm of vanity that we are in is a place where man is strengthened and multiplied.
Note how God refers to Egypt as a fiery furnace:
“But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.” Deuteronomy 4:20
Also note how the same imagery (that is of a furnace, a tempering place) is used to describe the function and action of God’s wrath:
“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you. Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof. As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have poured out my fury upon you.” Ezekiel 22:19 – 22
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:6 – 9
There’s a hell of a lot of space out there that needs billions and billions and billions of”quickening (life-giving) spirits” 1 corinthians 15:45 to bring the glory of God which is life and love to every corner of it!!!
The bible is very explicit on what we have to hope for. It is not a vague hope; it is an unseen hope.
I’ll leave you with a quote from A. E. Knoch:
“Our political allotment is not on earth … The apostate church has retained a vague hope of “going to heaven,” after death. But their idea of what they will do there is not at all unlike the paradise of the Mohammedans.”
See you in Glory