Who Ponders This Question, Who Plans for This Reality?
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2- Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth..” -Col 3:2-3 (KJV)
Every day we face the growing threat of a hostile world against people of all nations and especially against Christians. We live in dangerous times not knowing if we will emerge alive from a concert or gathering. From a shopping mall or a restaurant. These increasing perilous time should cause us to pause and think what will death mean to me. Am I ready? Have I prepared?
Yes, a negative, not pleasant topic today but one most people sweep under the rug and hope it will never happen to them. Even Christians whisk it away for it is not pleasant to even think about. Folks, I have some news for you … death is no respecter of persons and it knows no time clock or does it care what is on your schedule to do or even who you are.
It can come swiftly and without warning or it can come slowly with much time to think. I think it’s time for all of us to give clear thinking to eternity and what it means to the term “forever” as it applies to you and me.
You see it is given man one time to die and then the judgment – Heb 9:27. Friends, there is no alternate meaning to this nor are there additional places to work-off your sin so you can finally make it into heaven. Nope, notta and none. If you embrace that teaching you have been severely deceived. Let’s put the finger on this falsehood — I am thinking of purgatory (Catholicism) and the tremendous deception this has played on people over the centuries. Purchased worthless indulgences the same. These are false hopes and tricks of the Devil to steer you towards a final destination into Hell! If you think this untrue then just keep believing in them and you will find yourself in a very warm, tormenting and dark place.
Jesus Christ is our only hope and He is the only door we must pass to enter His rest. But we must believe in Him, confess our sins and then turn away from evil, wickedness and our sin. To turn away means to amend our ways and not just give lip service to our King. Eternity is final and the door is closed once we pass from this life. Our fate is sealed and there will be no changes, or no extras; it’s final so we must be prepared. You may ask when…? I say it could be today or tomorrow or any day.
The many mass shootings across the world (and especially here in America) … well, how much time did the people caught up in these events have to get right with God (if they weren’t to begin with)? ZERO!! How much time and thought did they have? ZERO! None, as they were running for their lives! Death came quickly and without notice – then their life eternal decisions previous to this were “locked in” and eternity the only thing before them. Have you ever thought about your destination and where you would end up once death comes knocking at your door? Sure, it’s not a nice thought but one we all must seriously face whether we like it or not.
Friends, it’s time to think smartly and consider these words carefully. We will either go to heaven and be with the Lord or we will enter hell and be in eternal torment, flame and darkness. It’s your choice and one you must make today for death knows no time, person or position.
“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15- And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” -Joshua 24:14-15 (ESV)
Last thought on this – read about the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. In this life, he was much better off than the beggar Lazarus and gave no thought to his eternal destination so when he died he ended up in hell with full consciousness, ability to feel pain, and had all his memories intact (to play over and over for all eternity). Notice, no account of any make-up place -purgatory- was mentioned. (Friends, get away from the many false teachings of the Catholic church as they will drag you into Hell and you will have no option to escape).
Read the account of the rich man and Lazarus many times and examine your life to ensure your eternal planning in the here and now will not throw you in the wrong place at the door of eternity.
It’s now time for you and I to decide on these things. Not tomorrow or next week for they may never come. Today is the Day of Salvation in Christ Jesus.
You have only but two choices:
- Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and live a holy and righteous life focusing on the things above or
- Live according to the world’s ways forsaking and rejecting the Lord as your Lord and Savior.
Friends, it’s our choice but remember what path we take today will determine our destiny in eternity – Matt 7:13-14. So … what’s it going to be? Eternity in heaven or hell? Now’s the time folks to serve the Lord or the world, today’s the Day of Salvation. There are no other options, no other choices. Soon will be the Day of Redemption – at the rapture of His Bride. Believe, confess and repent in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“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. 17- For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18- He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” -John 3:16-18 (KJV)
-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman
“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” -2 Peter 3:11-12
JESUS CHRIST – HE IS LORD!