"In reply Jesus declared, 'I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.'" - John 3:3
"A man can go to heaven without health, without riches, without honors, without learning, without friends; but he cannot ever go there without Christ." - John Dyer
God is a God of justice. His justice demands adequate rewards. If there were no rewards for our behavior, then God would not be just. Heaven is the just reward for those who love God. Hell is the just reward for those who do not love God. If you love God you have nothing to be afraid of when you die.
Before He ascended into Heaven Jesus promised that He would return a second time. The book of Revelation records the events which are to happen.
Some people have portrayed the return of Christ as a frightening event, as a time when God unleashes his anger and everyone suffers greatly. When Jesus returns He will take his followers, those who have believed that Jesus Christ is the son of God and have accepted Him into their hearts, with Him into Heaven. The times of tribulation which follow are acts of God's mercy. God is giving humanity one more time to repent of their sins.
Satan will be bound up and cast into the bottomless pit. Jesus will reign as King on earth for 1,000 years. This will be a time of peace. The Earth will come into her fulfillment as the creation she was intended to be.
After the 1,000 years are up Satan will be released. The battle of Armageddon will take place and God will win.
Everyone will participate in the Great Judgement. The Book of Life and the Book of the Deeds of Men will be opened. Everyone will be judged according to his or her deeds in the books. If your name is not recorded in the Book of Life you, along with Satan and his demons and the other unbelievers will be cast into the lake of fire where you will live forever in torment. Just being a good person is not good enough. Without Jesus no one is good.
Those whose names are recorded in the Book of Life will join the angels and Jesus in Heaven where there will be no more tears. Heaven will not be boring. It will be full of the glory of God, the God who created the beautiful earth. Can you imagine how exciting that will be?
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