GOD OFFERS FORGIVENESS
The sins of the people of God's creation are totally forgiven by the once and for all sacrifice of Christ Jesus God's Son, on the Cross at Calvary. This was God's plan to accept people who trusted in Christ, as righteous (made right with Him) by the atoning of The Blood of Christ. A person who is reconciled to God, through Christ, is one who believes and knows who Christ is, and what He has done for them. He is The Son of God, The Only redeemer and Saviour. No other person can make us right with God. This is a legal declaration when a person puts their trust in Christ and makes a covenant relationship with Him, being reconciled to god, and because of Christ's death and resurrection a believer has Eternal Life, to live with God forever.
"Heaven can be entered only through the NARROW GATE. The highway that leads to destruction is broad and wide, enough for all who choose to enter it. But the GATEWAY TO LIFE IS SMALL AND NARROW and only a few ever find it. "Matthew 7:13,14. "Yes, I AM The GATE; those who come in by way of THE GATE will be saved". (NEED TO KNOW TEXT)
When someone accepts The Truth of Jesus Christ, that He came from heaven and is The Son of God, who came to the earth for the salvation of mankind, that person receives Life. This Gift of Eternal Life, through Jesus Christ, The Lord is a present privilege and ownership not a possession to receive at sometime later. (NEED TO KNOW TEXT)
John, who was one of the first disciples of Jesus, spent his last years at the Church in Ephesus and he also wrote to various churches and ministered to them through the written word. "If we say we have no sin we are fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He can be depended upon to forgive us and cleanse us from every wrong. And it is perfectly proper for God to do this because Christ died to wash away our sins". 1 JOHN 1:8,9. God pardons sin because He loves to be merciful and just, He shows His compassion to believers. Christ enables the believer to be in the very presence of God, the only condition being, to accept the full Truth of Christ, always standing strong and firm in the conviction that Christ died to save each individual believer.
95 A.D. John was also the only original Apostle to live a long life and die naturally, and was imprisoned on the island of Patmos, a Roman Penal settlement, during the latter part of Domitian's reign and the Roman authorities were enforcing the cult of emperor worship. To Christians, Christ was Lord, so they were against much opposition. John was a prisoner at this time because he was preaching of Jesus' death and resurrection.
While on the island, John was shown a vision of things to come. THE BOOK OF REVELATION IS ABOUT THE TRIUMPH OF JESUS CHRIST. (NEED TO KNOW TEXT) "Do not be afraid! I am The First and The Last. Be faithful to Me, even if it means death, and I will give you the Crown of Life. Here I am, I have been standing at the door and I am constantly knocking, if anyone hears me calling I will come in and fellowship with him and he with Me", spoke The Resurrected and Glorified, Son of God, Jesus. REVELATION 1-3
God is fully able to keep those who put their trust in Him and keep faithful for He guarantees He will bring those who do rely on Him, into His Presence, and give them everlasting joy.
The Second Coming of Christ to believers is the hope of a Christian. Christ Himself promised to return. (NEED TO KNOW TEXT) "For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a mighty shout and with the soul-stirring cry of the archangel and the great trumpet-call of God. And the believers who are dead will be the first to rise to meet the Lord'. Renewed bodies will be united with their souls and spirits, which have been in heaven waiting "Then we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with Him forever". This event will occur when least expected. It is the resurrection that is God's Plan to defeat physical death and sin and this is His victory. There are two resurrections. The total destruction of death will occur at the end of the Second-Coming Events. 1 Thessalonians 4:16:16,17
There are warnings for Christians to be alert. "And now concerning the coming again of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being together to meet Him. For that Day will not come until two things happen. First there will be a time of great rebellion against God and then the son of rebellion will come". "Here is a puzzle that called for careful thought to solve it. Let those who are able interpret this code: the numerical value of the letters of his name add to 666". The antichrist, who is the son of rebellion, and the false prophet will work together to make people put him first as god- he succeeds to fool many. He will do this work in a discreet way, then forcibly, he kills those who refuse to acknowledge him. 2 THESSAL0NIANS 2:3,4. & REVELATION 13
During this time, all people who want eternal Life in Heaven, with all those who believe in The True Living God and Jesus, His Son, will continue to rely upon His Word and The Guiding of The Holy Spirit of God not to be tricked into following any of the plans of the anti- christ, for he works for Satan to oppose God. Some people think this time of 'The Abomination' and God's wrath will last for seven years, others think perhaps 3 and 1/2 years.
BELIEVERS DO NOT COME UNDER GOD'S WRATH THAT COMES UPON THE EARTH
Christians are judged at the Judgement seat of Christ, but not for eternal life. (NEED TO KNOW TEXT) Eternal life is given as a gift from God, if you believe that Jesus Christ is The Only Begotten Son of The Living God. There are judgements and rewards for their responsibility, faithfulness, good deeds, heart and moral attitude and obedience to The Word of God. "See, He is arriving surrounded by clouds and every eye shall see Him". REVELATION 1.
The anti-christ and his false prophet are thrown into the Lake of Fire at the end of the second coming of Christ. Jesus CHRIST, Lord Of Lords, King Of Kings, reigns for 1,000 years. The is call the Millennium. (NEED TO KNOW TEXT) There is a special reward for those who do not support the anti-christ, nor receive his mark and those who were slain or persecuted because of it. Unbelievers are not resurrected for judgement until the 1.000 years are over. REVELATION 20
During the 1,000 year reign of Christ's Earthly Kingdom when He returns as promised Satan is to be bound; he is thrown by an angel into a bottomless pit from which he cannot fool the nations. "In that day the wolf and the lamb will lie down together, and the leopard and goat will be at peace. Calves and fat cattle will be safe among lions and a little child shall lead them all. The cows will graze among the bears; cubs and calves will lie down together, and lions will eat grass like the cows". The discord which continues among God's creatures will be withdrawn; the punishment of man's sin driven away. This can not be achieved by human means, only the Knowledge of God in His Fullness can secure all together favourably in true alliance. ISAIAH11:6,6. After this time, Satan is to be let loose, but God destroys him and is thrown into The Lake of Fire. REVELATION 20.
The final and eternal judgement of unbelievers takes place at The White Throne Judgement, after God has destroyed Satan and thrown him into The Lake of Fire. All are judged out of the Books according to their unrighteousness and their knowledge of Their Creator. Those who have supported the anti-christ by following the deceptions of Satan will have caused their own destruction. REVELATION 20.
It is interesting to note that Jesus spoke more about Hell than any other person in the Bible. (NEED TO KNOW TEXT)
There will come a time after The White Throne Judgement, when the heavens and the earth will be renewed."That Day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire-the elements will be destroyed by fire. And so since everything around us is going to melt away, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness". 11 PETER 3 (NEED TO KNOW TEXT)
John saw in a vision, a new earth with no oceans and The Holy city was there. No temple could be seen in The City, for The Lord God Almighty and The Lamb are worshipped there. The City has no need of sun or moon, for The Glory of God and The Lamb gave it light. There is only day, there is no night! Nothing evil will be permitted in it. Those who live there are those whose names are written in The Lamb's (Jesus) Book of Life-those who have obeyed, believed, trusted God and put Him first in their lives. There was a clear River flowing from The Throne of God and The Lamb. On each side grew The Tree of Life, man was restored as in the beginning. REVELATION 21,22
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