An Invitation To Eternal Happiness. Will You Accept It?

Guess what? You are cordially invited to attend the greatest
gala affair ever witnessed by the entire universe! This
grandiose festival will be attended by an all-star cast
including some of your very own friends and relatives! The
exact date for this feast has not yet been released to the
public; however, knowledgeable sources say that it has been
scheduled for the very near future!

"So what is this happy celebration all about?" you ask
suspiciously, "And why haven't I heard about it before?" you
question. "Furthermore, who is sponsoring it?" you add

I'm glad you asked! I certainly don't want you to be left in
the dark concerning such a wonderful event! No, this is
_NOT_ a gag or some fast-talking promotional gimmick. It is
as real as you are sitting there right now reading this!
As a matter of fact, your participation in this cheerful
celebration is greatly anticipated by the Bridegroom. To be
honest, He will be very disappointed if you don't show up.
All you have to do is meet one condition in order to accept
this Wedding Invitation. There are no strings attached or
hidden requirements as you might suspect.

So, do you want to hear about it? Are you interested in
knowing more? Great! I thought so! Who in their right mind
would want to pass up such an amazing offer and such a
wonderful event? Well, you'd be surprised!

So here are the details: This party is tentatively being
called 'The Marriage of the Lamb'. That's a rather
interesting name, wouldn't you agree? The Bridegroom is none
other than Jesus Christ, and the bride-to-be is___are you
ready for this?___The bride is none other than YOU and me
and everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their personal
Saviour. Here are some groups of Scriptures from the Bible
to help you to understand these principles:

"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the
marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself
ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in
fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the
righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write,
Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper
of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true
sayings of God." (Revelation 19:7-9)

"And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables,
and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king,
which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his
servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and
they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants,
saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared
my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all
things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made
light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another
to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and
entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king
heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies,
and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but
they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into
the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the
marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and
gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and
good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when
the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which
had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend,
how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And
he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind
him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into
outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of
teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen."
(Matthew 22:1-14)

"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten
virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the
bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were
foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took
no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels
with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all
slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made,
Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then
all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the
foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our
lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so;
lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to
them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went
to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went
in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord,
open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you,
I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day
nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."
(Matthew 25:1-13)

"Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law
by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another,
even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should
bring forth fruit unto God." (Romans 7:4)

So accepting Jesus as your Saviour is the only catch, if you
really want to call it a catch. The only ones who will be
allowed into The Party are those who have acknowledged that
they have fallen short of our Creator's expectations, that
is, that they have sinned, and who have accepted and believe
in Jesus' Sacrifice on the Cross as Atonement for their
sins. The following verses explain this quite clearly:

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
(Romans 3:23)

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none
other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be
saved." (Acts 4:12)

There are no other conditions other than this. Accept Jesus,
God's only Son, as your personal Saviour, and you are on
your way to attending one fantastic feast! It's really just
that simple, and yet, so many people tend to put it off
until tomorrow not realizing what an important decision it
is. Sadly, others refuse to believe it altogether. Here
again are some Scriptures to help you see that these ideas
find their origin in the Bible:

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to
become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his
name:" (John 1:12)

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the
life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
(John 14:6)

"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what
is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a
little time, and then vanisheth away." (James 4:14)

"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days
scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where
is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell
asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning
of the creation." (2 Peter 3:3-4)

"They are of those that rebel against the light; they know
not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof."
(Job 24:13)

So tell me, what about you? Are you honest enough with
yourself to admit that you aren't the greatest person in the
world, that you've made your share of mistakes, that you've
sinned, and that you need Someone stronger than yourself to
help you straighten out your life and set you on the Right
Path? If you are, then half the battle is already won. As
the Apostle Paul said:

"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no
good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to
perform that which is good I find not." (Romans 7:18)

Unfortunately, some people are too proud or arrogant to
admit that they aren't perfect, especially perfect enough to
participate in the glorious future God has prepared for
those who love Him. Not only won't they admit that they are
sinners, but they deny God's very existence, just as evil
men have been doing for literally thousands of years. In
fact, we are told that as we get closer to the end of this
ungodly worldly system, unbelieving man will only continue
to increase:

"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are
corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that
doeth good." (Psalms 14:1)

"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived." (2 Timothy 3:13)

If however you are at a point in your life where you have
come to realize that there are more important things than
the temporary pleasures which this life has to offer, if you
are at a point where you are yearning to know The Truth,
then this message is definitely for YOU. If your heart is
receptive to everything you have just read, then I invite
you to receive the free gift of Eternal Life by accepting
Jesus Christ, God's Son, as your personal Saviour. You can
do it RIGHT NOW by simply praying a small prayer of
acceptance. To help you to do this, below you will find a
sample prayer which you can use as a guide. You don't need
to prayer these exact words. What is most important is that
you pray from your heart, that you believe that you have
been heard, that you believe that you have in fact been
forgiven for your sins through the Sacrifice of Jesus
Christ, and that you understand that you have entered a new
relationship with Him. The following Scriptures will help
you to further understand these ideas, and to see how they
are based on the Bible:

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" (Matthew 7:7)

"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do,
that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask
any thing in my name, I will do it." (John 14:13-14)

"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask
what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." (John 15:7)

"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained
you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your
fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the
Father in my name, he may give it you." (John 15:16)

"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we
ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if
we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we
have the petitions that we desired of him."
(1 John 5:14-15)

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my
voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will
sup with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:20)

Here then is a small prayer which you can use as a guide to
know what to say. Remember, prayer is not just some formal
established routine, it is you talking with God as you would
talk to a friend. You may wish to read the following prayer
and then pray your own prayer as you feel led:

"Heavenly Father, I admit that I am not perfect, that I have
made my mistakes in this life, and that I am a sinner. I
accept and believe that Jesus Christ, Your Son, died on the
Cross for the remission of my sins. I now ask You to please
forgive me for my sins through the Blood of Your Son Jesus,
and that You grant me Eternal Life. I also ask You to fill
my life with Your Spirit. Help me to allow You to take
control of my life, and please lead me to The Truth found in
Your Holy Word, the Bible. As I grow in the knowledge of
Your Word, help me to also begin sharing this message of
Salvation with others, so that they too may inherit Eternal
Life. Thank-you Father for hearing my prayer."

"In Jesus' Name I Ask. Amen"

If you have just prayed this prayer, or a similar prayer
with sincerity, then God has indeed heard you. Not only has
He heard you, but He has forgiven you for your sins, just as
He has promised in His Word:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD:
though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as
snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as
wool." (Isaiah 1:18)

"And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and
every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall
all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of
them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and
I will remember their sin no more." (Jeremiah 31:34)

Additionally, you have received Eternal Life. We know that
this is so simply because the Bible says so, and that is all
that we need to know. You may not have heard a clap of
thunder, you may not have felt some grand onslaught of
emotion, but everything you have just asked for has been
granted to you by Faith. In the world we are taught to be
led by our feelings. From the time we are young we are
taught to question everything, to be skeptical, to not
believe unless we have tangible facts or evidence. This is
the way of the unbelieving world. It is for this very reason
that many people in today's society have been drawn away
from God by modern science and other such things. But the
Bible tells us that we must have Faith to please God:

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen...But without faith it is
impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must
believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek him." (Hebrews 11:1, 6)

As Christians, we must live a life of Faith, and not always
a life based on what we can see, hear and feel. As you begin
to read God's word, your Faith will begin to grow. The
Apostles Peter and Paul put it this way:

"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that
ye may grow thereby:" (1 Peter 2:2)

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of
God." (Romans 10:17)

To help you to grow in Faith, as well as to learn more about
the Lord and His Will for your life, I suggest you begin by
reading the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The
Gospel of John alone contains the whole message of Eternal
Salvation through Faith in Jesus Christ. Once you have read
these, you may wish to continue by reading the Acts of the
Apostles which many consider to be an extension of the
Gospel of Luke. The Acts will help you to learn how Early
Christianity was propagated by the First Disciples beginning
in Jerusalem, and then reaching out into North Africa, other
Middle Eastern countries, and the regions around the
northern Mediterranean coast.

As you continue to read the Word, and as time passes, you
will undoubtedly begin to notice changes in your life. This
is exactly what the Word of God does. Both King David and
Jesus confirmed this when they said:

"BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by
taking heed thereto according to thy word." (Psalms 119:9)

"Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto
you." (John 15:3)

Don't be surprised if you adopt new attitudes, and if your
outlook on life changes for the better. You may also acquire
new feelings towards others. This is because by accepting
Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you have been symbolically
born again. You have become a new creature with a whole new
perspective. It may not always be easy, but you now have the
assurance that when this life is passed, you will move on to
a much better one. Here again are a few verses to help you
to understand these things:

"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say
unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the
kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be
born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his
mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily,
I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the
Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which
is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the
Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must
be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou
hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it
cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born
of the Spirit." (John 3:3-8)

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become
new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall
suffer persecution." (2 Timothy 3:12)

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the
power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye
may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having
done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt
about with truth, and having on the breastplate of
righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of
the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of
the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword
of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with
all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching
thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all
saints;" (Ephesians 6:10-18)

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises,
but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them,
and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers
and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things
declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they
had been mindful of that country from whence they came out,
they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now
they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly:
wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he
hath prepared for them a city." (Hebrews 11:13-16)

In the beginning of this message, I mentioned that an
all-star cast would be attending the Marriage Feast of the
Lamb. This idea is based on the following verse from the
Book of Daniel:

"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the
firmament;and they that turn many to righteousness, as the
stars forever and ever." (Dan 12:3)

Here are a few more verses to inspire the hearts of those
who trust in the Name of Jesus:

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which
God hath prepared for them that love him."
(1 Corinthians 2:9)

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe
also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it
were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place
for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will
come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am,
there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3)

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet
appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall
appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he
is." (1 John 3:2)

"But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with
what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is
not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest,
thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it
may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth
it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own
body. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind
of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes,
and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and
bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one,
and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one
glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another
glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star
in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is
sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown
in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness;
it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is
raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there
is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man
Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a
quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is
spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that
which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy:
the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy,
such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly,
such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne
the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the
heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood
cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption
inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall
not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in
the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet
shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and
we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on
incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So
when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and
this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be
brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is
swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O
grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and
the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which
giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye
know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
(1 Corinthians 15:35-58)

With those inspiring verses, I am going to bring this
special message to a close. I pray that this invitation has
been a blessing and an inspiration in your life. But most of
all, I pray that you have taken it seriously, and that you
too are now a born again Child of God and part of the Bride
of Christ. If so, then I'll see you at the feast!



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