And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. — Revelation 21:4
This will be the most joyful and glorious of days – The coming of the new heavens and new earth! The city of God will descent from heaven, God himself will dwell with us together, he will look into our eyes overflowing with compassion and liquid love. This is a city where there will be no more suffering, no more mourning, no more pain and no more death. All our tears will be wiped away and orphan hearts healed. In his glaze, all the painful memories will be replaced with joy and love… What a wonderful moment!
Is that true? Watch the promises of God for yourself:
Are you still wonder is heaven for real? Watch this amazing testimony of a man who went to heaven and returned:
And here are reports based on people’s Near-Death Experience.
Heaven is Real. So is God! God loves you!
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. — Revelation 20:12 (KJV)
Do you believe life after death? Do you believe the day of judgement? Do you believe God is fair? Do you believe one day you will be in heaven with Jesus?
There are four final facts await the world at the Last Day:
1) The return of Jesus Christ.
2) The resurrection of the dead.
3) The last judgement.
4) The creation of the new heavens and earth
In revelation 20, it reveals to us Satan is now completely defeated and thrown into the lake of fire to be destroyed. Now, In front of God, the last judgement starts. All are judged, no matter great or small. There are two books before God, one is the book of deeds, the other is the book of life.
The book of life contains the names of those who have put their trust in Christ to save them. The books of deeds includes the recorded deeds of everyone, good or evil. Everyone’s life will be reviewed and evaluated. NO ONE IS SAVED BY DEEDS, BUT THROUGH FAITH. However, deeds are seen as clear evidence of a person’s actual relationship with God.
Doesn’t this remind us how we should live our life and chose our destinies today? Step our in faith, you the children of God!
Also if anyone is interested in the great book of revelation, here is a full movie about it from you tube. Very Good!
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. — 1 John 4:18
Today is a very important day for three of my friends in church. Because it is the day of their baptism. I’m really pleased for them. As you known, baptism is to celebrate about ‘their old selves have gone and the new lives in the Love of God have come’. What an exciting journey ahead of them! I would like them to know about today’s verse, God is love! God is pouring his love on them!
Fear, we all have. It can be the fear of our future, job losts, financial crisis, terrorists, terrible family situations, life difficulties, death and so on, it can also be the fear of objects, such as snakes, spiders, sharks, rats, you name it.
Love, we all long for! It can be the brotherly love, parental love, friend’s love as well as partner’s love.
However, the Perfect love comes from our heavenly father, which is the unconditional love, a love above all else. In his love, there is no fear! His love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. — 1 John 4:16-19
God loves you!
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. — 1 John 2:15
I am more and more excited as it is getting nearer and nearer to the end of this 100 verse bible. Today is the 96th day, it means there are only four days left before I finish this Mission of mine.
Today we are on 1 John. The author of this book is same as the Gospel of John. “First John was written to dispel doubts and to build assurance by presenting a clear picture of Christ. Entering history, Jesus was and is God in the flesh and God in focus – seen, heard, and touched by the author of this letter, John the apostle. John walked and talked with Jesus, saw him heal, heard him teach, watch him die, met him arisen, and saw him ascend. John knew God, he has lived with him and had seen him work. And John enjoyed fellowship with the Father ad the Son all the days of his life.”
Love not the world? Neither the things that are in the world? Why?
First of all, what does the world has to offer? I assume three most significant things people love about this world are POWER, SEX AND MONEY. If these things occupied our hearts, there is no space for the love of God which leads to eternal life. Imaging your heart is like a pie chart, if power takes 25%, Sex 30%, Money 35%, How much do you have left? 10%? How about other things? Is there even 1% left in your heart that is for God?
The things in this world are only temporary and easily destroyed. Yet what is unseen is eternal – Heaven and Hell. Will you choose the love of the father that leads to HEAVEN or the love of the world that leads to HELL?
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. — 2 Corinthians 4:18
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. — Matthew 6:20
Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for [that day will not come] until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. — 2 Thessalonians 2:3
2 Thessalonians is a follow up letter to 1 Thessalonians. In this letter, Paul indicates various events that must precede the second coming of Christ. Just as what today’s verse has described ‘That day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” This period of extreme turmoil on the earth is known as the GREAT TRIBULATION.
Throughout history there have been individuals who epitomized evil and who were hostile to everything Christ stands for. These antichrists have lived in every generation and will continue to work their evil. Then Just before Christ’s second coming, “the man of lawlessness… the man doomed to destruction,” a completely evil man, will arise. He will be Satan’s tool, equipped with Satan’s power (2:9). This lawlessness man will be THE antichrist.
Here is a very interesting video describing “the Antichrist” using actual bible verses. The words of God in this video provides us a pretty good understanding on this subject, though the video images can be slightly better.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. — 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (NIV)
Jesus has promised to come back sometime in the future, and as a matter of fact, he is coming back at this moment. The Bible tells us when he comes back, the whole world will be restored from the control of Satan. There will be no more sins, no more aguish, no more sadness, no more tears… Moreover, the dead in Christ shall be raised up as well.
When the scripture says, ‘the dead in Christ will rise first’, it means what it says. God has raised Jesus from the dead three days after the crucification. He was given a spiritual body which allows him to eat and drink, and walking through the walls at the same time. He lived with his disciples for 40 days and appeared to the public before he was taken up to heaven.
The resurrection of Jesus occupies a significant place in Christian belief. One of the reasons is that it gives us hope even after death. God has raised our Saviour and he also has promised to do the same to the people who believe his son. So the Bible refers to the people who have passed away as ‘the people fallen asleep’. The dead will come to live again just as simple as you and me wake up every morning after hours of sleep. One day you and I will be given a spiritual body and live with Jesus in his kingdom for eternity.
That’s the hope we have.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. — James 1:27 (KJV)
We are on the book of James today. The letter of James underlines that a person whose faith is ‘ALIVE’ will bear fruits (do good works) for God. In today’s verse, we learn about the kind of religion the Father accepts as pure and undefiled: Those who care for orphans and widows in their affliction.
Why does God have special compassion for these two groups of people? As we known, orphans and widows had very little means of economic support or emotional care. Unless a family member is willing to care for them, they are reduced to begging, selling themselves, starving, homeless, crime and worse. By caring for these powerless people, we are putting God’s teaching into practice. The Father honours it! God says, remain in his Love so that we are able to Love others as ourselves!