Why I Want To Go To Heaven

Written by Stephen Kingery

Why do you want to go to Heaven? Have you given it much thought? When I was younger, before I became a Christian, I can recall hearing several sermons about how terrible it was going to be in hell. I can still recall some twenty years later one particular sermon in whichrepparttar preacher gave a very detailed picture of hell andrepparttar 141361 torment of those who will be there. I can still recallrepparttar 141362 way I felt as I heard that sermon -repparttar 141363 fear that it brought to my mind. Another sermon that I can still recall was preached onrepparttar 141364 text that today isrepparttar 141365 day of salvation, that we should make a decision to follow Christ today - for some day it will be too late and we will be doomed to hell.

I am sure that these sermons, as well as others, had a lot to do with me wanting to become a Christian twenty some years ago. Part of my motivation was definitely to avoid that awful place called hell.

But now, as a more mature Christian, having spent many hours studying God's Word, having attended many wonderful worship services, and being able to dwell onrepparttar 141366 beauty of my future home rather than thinking about how awful hell would be, I see things more clearly now. I no longer see Heaven as an alternative to hell, and I no longer see being a Christian asrepparttar 141367 means of avoiding hell. I want to go to Heaven, and in this article I will share with you why.

One cannot studyrepparttar 141368 Bible without coming to realize that God loves His creation, man, very very much. It is because of this love that He sent His son to die onrepparttar 141369 cross and suffer for our sins. It is because of this love that He has preserved His word for us throughoutrepparttar 141370 ages. And it is because of this love that He has prepared a place for us called Heaven.

The Bible is replete with accounts of God's love for us. One ofrepparttar 141371 most beautiful is John 3:16, "For God so lovedrepparttar 141372 world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

However, being a Christian is not just about us being loved, but also about us loving others. One ofrepparttar 141373 many joys of being a part of a local congregation isrepparttar 141374 love we can share with our fellow Christians. It is really refreshing to visit a congregation forrepparttar 141375 first time and witnessrepparttar 141376 love that people have for each other. You see warm handshakes, beautiful smiles, hugs, words of kindness and encouragement, and many other expressions of Christian love.

As I visitrepparttar 141377 sick, shut-ins, and those in nursing homes again I see love all around. These fine people are so grateful forrepparttar 141378 visit and knowing that you care. Have you ever noticed how someone's face lights up when you have sent them a flower when they are sick or even for a special occasion? This too is evidence of Christian love.

Even thoughrepparttar 141379 love that I have spoken of here warms our hearts and provides us with many blessings, it is pale compared torepparttar 141380 love that we will experience when we get to Heaven. I'm sure that I cannot even begin to imaginerepparttar 141381 love that will be there. I know that I do not haverepparttar 141382 words to describe how wonderful it will be to experience that great and magnificent love of God, His Son,repparttar 141383 Holy Spirit,repparttar 141384 saints of old,repparttar 141385 loved ones from our families, andrepparttar 141386 brothers and sisters in Christ we have known here on earth. It will truly be a wonderful experience.

There is a song that I dearly love, "What A Day That Will Be." It says, "What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see. When I look upon His face,repparttar 141387 One who saved me by His grace. He will take me byrepparttar 141388 hand, and lead me throughrepparttar 141389 promised land. What a day, glorious day that will be." It is hard to describe how I feel about that day. Unless you are a Christian and haverepparttar 141390 same longing to see our Lord and Savior, be able to feel His loving arms around you, and see His smiling face and know that you have pleased Him with your life, then any attempts to describe this would be in vain. But nonetheless, ofrepparttar 141391 things I hope for in relation to Heaven and what it will be like, this isrepparttar 141392 one thing I hope for most. When I enter those gates of Heaven, that Jesus will be there waiting for me and He will throw His arms around me and say "Welcome home, My good and faithful servant."

About "The Mark of the Beast"

Written by Hoyt W. Allen, Jr.

What does "the mark ofrepparttar beast" and 666 mean? The last few verses of Revelation 13 speak about a certain "mark" which man would receive on his right hand or forehead. This "mark," as well asrepparttar 141346 number 666, has caused no small stir among those desiring to interpretrepparttar 141347 Book of Revelation.

Theories and Their Error. As we would attempt to considerrepparttar 141348 meaning ofrepparttar 141349 above, may we realize that a great number of theories onrepparttar 141350 subject have been advanced. Some have said thatrepparttar 141351 mark ofrepparttar 141352 beast was:repparttar 141353 symbol of free masonry;repparttar 141354 face that appears onrepparttar 141355 American dime;repparttar 141356 observance ofrepparttar 141357 sabbath onrepparttar 141358 first day ofrepparttar 141359 week;repparttar 141360 N.R.A. ofrepparttar 141361 early 1930's; and, last and probablyrepparttar 141362 most popular theory today,repparttar 141363 "bar codes" for products, places and people. This last theory says that all people will have a final I.D. transaction card, and without it you'll not survive. What will berepparttar 141364 next theory, only God knows.

As one viewsrepparttar 141365 Book of Revelation as a book filled with symbolism, I see an error in these theories. I see it because each theory interpretsrepparttar 141366 "mark" as a single, individual, outward, visible sign that will appear onrepparttar 141367 forehead or hand ofrepparttar 141368 wicked at one particular moment in history. But,repparttar 141369 beast is constantly persecutingrepparttar 141370 church, and indicates every form of secular power that attempts to destroy believers in Christ. Thus, wherever and wheneverrepparttar 141371 beast appears, you will findrepparttar 141372 mark ofrepparttar 141373 beast.

The Language's Origin. In Bible times,repparttar 141374 "branding" of cattle or slaves was common, and it was referred to as "the mark." Thus, it showed ownership.

Note in Revelation 14:9-11; 20:4, thatrepparttar 141375 term "mark ofrepparttar 141376 beast" seems to refer to worshipingrepparttar 141377 beast, as well as belonging to him and wearing his name. Thus,repparttar 141378 "mark ofrepparttar 141379 beast" isrepparttar 141380 God-opposing, church-persecuting spirit ofrepparttar 141381 antichrist, wherever and whenever it manifests itself. The "antichrist" has been among us sincerepparttar 141382 first century, even prior torepparttar 141383 closing ofrepparttar 141384 New Testament writings (I John 2:18; 4:3; II John 7). Thus,repparttar 141385 "antichrist," or those against Christ, are not of a 20th Century origin.

The forehead symbolizesrepparttar 141386 mind,repparttar 141387 thought-life,repparttar 141388 philosophy of a person. The right hand indicates his deed, action, trade, industry, etc. (see Deuteronomy 6:8). Thus, receivingrepparttar 141389 "mark" indicates thatrepparttar 141390 person so characterized belongs torepparttar 141391 company of those who persecuterepparttar 141392 church in what he thinks, says, writes or what he constantly does.

The Trade Prohibition. In Revelation 13:17,repparttar 141393 reference to man not being able to buy and sell withoutrepparttar 141394 "mark" has been a difficult passage. The marks of identification should not be misunderstood literally. Yet, inrepparttar 141395 days ofrepparttar 141396 New Testament writing,repparttar 141397 trade guilds (wool workers, linen workers, makers of outer garments, dyers - as Lydia [Acts 16:14] - leather workers, tanners, potters, etc.) were popular. The trade guilds were associated with tutelary deities (protection, guardian), and each guild had its guardian god.

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