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 times should cause us to pause and think about what death will mean to me. Am I ready? Have I prepared? Have you prepared?
Yes, a negative, not pleasant topic today and one most people tend to sweep under the rug and hope it will never happen to them or they just plain put off thinking and talking about it. Even Christians whisk it away for it is not pleasant to even consider. Folks, I have some news for you … death is no respecter of persons, and it knows no time clock, nor does it care what is on your schedule to do or even who you are, how wealthy you are or any high-level position/status you hold.
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 the term “forever” means 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 lied to and deceived. Unfortunately, millions have fallen headlong and believed this doctrine of demons. 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. Purchasing 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 may 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 through to enter His rest. But we must believe in Him, confess our sins and then turn away from evil, wickedness and the sins that easily beset us. 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.
-> Death is a One Time event! Meaning whatever state you are in while here in the body, is the one you will enter eternity with. Saved or unsaved. Forgiven of your sins or die in your sins. Your choice, but as they say you had better choose wisely!
The many mass shootings or extreme weather conditions ramping up 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 his life, he thought 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). Their religion (not Christianity) brainwashes people into believing the Catholic reinterpretation of God’s word is the only interpretation.
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 me 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 in 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 only Lord and Savior.
Seriously, 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
JESUS CHRIST – HE IS LORD!