Why I Want To Go To Heaven

Written by Stephen Kingery

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What will it be like to be inrepparttar presence ofrepparttar 141361 Almighty God? To see Him and to bask in His glory will, for sure, be joy unspeakable. I long to be able to bow before my Heavenly Father and worship Him withrepparttar 141362 angels and saints of old. I will be able to sing praises to Him with a perfect voice. I so much look forward to being able to say to Him, "I love you Lord, and I lift my voice to worship you." I know thatrepparttar 141363 glory of God will permeate all of Heaven. No matter where we will be in that Heavenly City,repparttar 141364 glory of God will be shinning all around. I want to be there and bask in that glory.

I have several loved ones who have gone on to be with God. My grandmother and grandfather were both true saints here on earth. It gives me joy to know that they are with God today, forrepparttar 141365 Scriptures say, "We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent fromrepparttar 141366 body and to be present withrepparttar 141367 Lord." (2 Corinthians 5:8) I look forward to being able to be with them once again. I also have aunts and uncles who have gone on, as well as friends and loved ones inrepparttar 141368 church. It will be a great reunion day indeed when we all get to Heaven.

Have you ever thought about how wonderful it would be to be able to set down and talk withrepparttar 141369 saints of old? To be able to talk with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Timothy, Stephen, Silas, and allrepparttar 141370 others will truly be a great and marvelous experience. I sometimes wonder if, when we get to Heaven, we will suddenly have complete knowledge of allrepparttar 141371 history of God's people. I really don't know if we will. But I like to contemplate what it would be like to meetrepparttar 141372 saints of old and ask them questions about their lives. I can just imagine sitting atrepparttar 141373 feet ofrepparttar 141374 saints listening for days on end ofrepparttar 141375 stories they have to tell.

The Bible does not tell us a great deal about Heaven and what it will be like. It just gives us a glimpse of Heaven. Many ofrepparttar 141376 things we must contend with in this life, will be absent in Heaven. The Bible tells us, "They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore;repparttar 141377 sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; forrepparttar 141378 Lamb who is inrepparttar 141379 midst ofrepparttar 141380 throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (Revelation 7:16,17) We know that there will be no sorrow there, no pain, no bad memories, no evil, no emotional problems, no financial problems, no ill feelings between us, no strife, no jealously, no hurt feelings, andrepparttar 141381 list could go on for ever. Allrepparttar 141382 things that trouble us here and sometimes make life difficult will be absent in Heaven.

There are those who dwell onrepparttar 141383 reward we will have in Heaven. They like to talk about allrepparttar 141384 magnificent "things" we will have in Heaven. What willrepparttar 141385 reward or treasures be like? Will they be material (houses, gold, silver, etc.), or will they spiritual (love, joy, peace, etc.)? The Bible does speak of us having a reward or treasure in Heaven. Jesus said, "Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. . ." (Matthew 5:12); and also "but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Matthew 6:20) To me,repparttar 141386 reward andrepparttar 141387 treasures I am looking forward to are not material. They are those things we have talked about in this article. I look forward to seeing Jesus and our Heavenly Father. I want to seerepparttar 141388 loved ones who have gone on before. I want to visitrepparttar 141389 saints of old and share with themrepparttar 141390 victories of their lives here on earth. I want to experiencerepparttar 141391 love, peace, and joy that Heaven will offer by removing allrepparttar 141392 bad things we have to contend with in this life. And I want to bask inrepparttar 141393 glory of God forever!

What will Heaven be like? We can't say for sure with great detail. But we can say for sure that it will be wonderful because our Heavenly Father, His Son andrepparttar 141394 Holy Spirit will be there.

All Scriptures quoted are fromrepparttar 141395 New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of The Home Bible Study Institute.

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About "The Mark of the Beast"

Written by Hoyt W. Allen, Jr.

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If you were in that guild, your membership implied that you worshipped its god. You were expected to attendrepparttar guild festivals and eat food offered torepparttar 141346 tutelary god and also to take part inrepparttar 141347 immorality which always accompaniedrepparttar 141348 feast and worship service. Thus, if one refused, he was out ofrepparttar 141349 guild, which meant "out of work."

Also,repparttar 141350 Roman Catholic Church on occasions has denied that heretics be traded with. One such occasion came duringrepparttar 141351 reign of Pope Alexander III, whenrepparttar 141352 Waldenses andrepparttar 141353 Albigenses were "under fire" byrepparttar 141354 papacy.

Ifrepparttar 141355 verse in question is taken symbolically, then one might see that only those "out of Christ" and "in Satan" might berepparttar 141356 ones who are to directrepparttar 141357 business affairs ofrepparttar 141358 world. More importantly, that they would even directrepparttar 141359 religious affairs ofrepparttar 141360 world. Thus, we can understand why some religions do not want their members to think for themselves, but to listen only torepparttar 141361 interpretations via their clergy.

The Number 666. In Revelation 13:18repparttar 141362 number "666" has had so many interpretations, one looses count quickly, as he starts throughrepparttar 141363 history books which record them. Most of these have been made by addingrepparttar 141364 numerical values ofrepparttar 141365 letters inrepparttar 141366 name of Nero, Mohammed,repparttar 141367 Roman Catholic pope (papacy), Martin Luther, Napoleon, Trojan, and some of our generation have even seen Henry Kissinger fitting this number. Who or what is next?

Looking atrepparttar 141368 verse and seeing it as a number of MAN, we can see thatrepparttar 141369 number six means "missingrepparttar 141370 mark" or failure. Man was created onrepparttar 141371 sixth day. Six is not seven, which isrepparttar 141372 number of perfection, victory. Now, noterepparttar 141373 number ofrepparttar 141374 beast is six hundred and sixty-six; that is failure upon failure. It isrepparttar 141375 number of MAN, forrepparttar 141376 beast glories in man. Hence, he must fail.

May each of us, as a serious Bible student, be slow to accept every teaching onrepparttar 141377 Book of Revelation, or any Bible passage. Let us all study with an open mind and be constantly praying for God to enlighten us.

To obtain an enlightening adventure inrepparttar 141378 Book of Revelation, see More Than Conquerors by William Hendricksen, published by Baker Book House.

Brother Hoyt W. Allen Jr. is a Restoration author, preacher and director of the KYOWVA Evangelistic Association in Ironton, Ohio. You may visit his website at www.kyowva.com.

Brother Allen's article is courtesy of the The Home Bible Study Institute - www.james1-22.org.

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