What Does The Bible Say Happens After You Die?

 

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A Coronavirus Perspective - Return to God

When circumstances like the current situation occur, we as human beings tend to ask questions.  This situation is very difficult, unlike anything we have faced in our lifetime.  It is a world-wide invisible enemy which we cannot fix by ourselves.

We humans like to be in control, to take care of ourselves, to make things work, to change and fix things.  We have heard this a lot lately – we will get through this – we will beat this.  Sadly I haven’t heard of a lot of people seeking God to help us.  Many don’t think they need His help, thinking they can do it themselves.  Perhaps this is the very reason God has allowed this to happen because we have forgotten or rejected our Creator; some even say He doesn’t exist at all.  Nevertheless, He does exist and He is in control, not us.

Usually in such a catastrophe people turn to God for help but we seem to be trusting in people or governments to solve this problem.  We ought to be asking God to rescue us.  Humanity seems to have ignored Him,  and  are leaving Him out of their lives.

God permits circumstances for a reason and it is always and ultimately for our good.  God will work it out either world-wide, nationally or personally for that purpose.  We may or may not know why, but be sure of this, He is with us and He has a purpose.  Here are some possible reasons.

  1. God wants us to acknowledge Him.  Humanity has ignored Him.  It is when things are desperate that those who ignore Him begin to call on Him for help.

Our reactions may differ.  We may pray.  Some will turn to Him for help and comfort. Others will blame Him for bringing this upon us.  Often we act like He was created for our benefit, as if He were just here to serve us, not the other way around.  We ask:  “Where is God?”  “Why did God let this happen to me?”  “Why doesn’t He fix this?”  The answer is: He is here.  The answer may be world-wide, national or personal to teach us.  It may be all of the above, or it may have nothing to do with us personally at all, but we can all learn to love God more, come closer to Him, to let Him into our lives, be stronger or perhaps be more concerned about others.

Remember His purpose is always for our good.  Bringing us back to acknowledging Him  and a relationship with Him is good.  It could also be to discipline the world, a nation or us personally for our sins.  After all, all tragedy, whether sickness or other evil is the result of sin in the world.  We will say more about that later, but we must first realize He is the Creator, the SOVERIGN Lord, our Father, and not act like rebellious children as the children of Israel did in the wilderness by grumbling and complaining, when He just wants what is best for us.

God is our Creator.  We were created for HIS pleasure.  We were made to glorify and praise and worship Him.  He created us for fellowship with Him as Adam and Eve did in the beautiful Garden of Eden.  Because He is our Creator, He is worthy of our adoration.  Read  I Chronicles 16:28&29; Romans 16:27  and Psalm 33.  He is entitled to our worship.  Romans 1:21 says, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”  We see He is entitled to glory and thanks, but instead we run away from Him.  Read Psalms 95&96.  Psalm 96:4-8 says, “For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens…Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into His courts.”

We spoiled this walk with God by sinning through Adam, and we follow in his footsteps.  We refuse to acknowledge Him and we refuse to acknowledge our sins.

God, because He loves us, still wants our fellowship and He seeks us out. When we ignore Him, and rebel, He still wants to give us good things.  I John 4:8 says, “God is love.”

Psalm 32:10 says His love is unfailing and Psalm 86:5 says it is available to all who call on Him, but sin separates us from God and His love (Isaiah 59:2).  Romans 5:8 says that “while we were yet sinners Christ died for us”, and John 3:16  says  that  God so loved the world He  sent His Son to die for us – to pay for sin and make it possible to restore us to fellowship with God.

And yet we still wander from Him.  John 3:19-21 tells us why.  Verse 19&20 say, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.”   It is because we want to sin and go our own way.  We run from God so that our sins won’t be revealed.  Romans 1:18-32 describes this and lists many specific sins and explains God’s wrath against sin.  In verse 32 it says, “they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”  And so sometimes He will punish sin, world-wide, nationally or personally.  This could be one of those times.  Only God knows if this is some sort of judgment, but God did judge Israel in the Old Testament.

Since we seem to seek Him only when we are in difficulty, He will allow trials to draw (or push) us towards Himself, but it is for our good, so we can know Him.  He wants us to acknowledge His right to be worshiped, but also to share in His love and blessing.

  1. God is love, but God is also holy and just.  As such He will punish sin for those who repeatedly rebel against Him.  God had to punish Israel when they continued to rebel and grumbled against Him.  They were stubborn and faithless.  We too are like them and we are arrogant and we fail to trust Him and we continue to love sinning and won’t even acknowledge it is sin.  God knows each of us, even our very thoughts (Hebrews 4:13).  We cannot hide from Him.  He knows who rejects Him and His forgiveness and He will eventually punish sin as He punished Israel many times, with various plagues and eventually with captivity in Babylon.

We all are guilty of sinning.  Not respecting God is sin.  See Matthew 4:10, Luke 4:8 and Deuteronomy 6:13.  When Adam sinned he brought a curse on our world which results in sickness, trouble of all kinds and death.  We all sin, just as Adam did (Romans 3:23).  Read Genesis chapter three.  But God is still in control and He has the power to protect us and deliver us, but also the righteous power to inflict justice upon us.  We may blame Him for our misfortune, but this is our doing. When God judges it is for the purpose of bringing us back to Himself, so we will acknowledge (confess) our sins.  I John 1:9 says, “If we confess (acknowledge) our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  If this  situation is about discipline for sin, all we need to do is come to Him and confess our sins.  I cannot say whether or not this is the reason, but God is our just Judge, and it is a possibility. 

He can judge the world, He did in Genesis chapter three and also in Genesis chapters 6-8 when He sent a world-wide flood.  He can judge a nation (He judged Israel – His own people) or He can judge any of us personally.  When He judges us it is to teach us and change us.  As David said, He knows each heart, each motive, each thought.  One sure thing, none of us is guiltless.

I am not saying, nor can I say this is the reason, but look at what is going on. Many people (not all – many are loving and helping) are taking advantage of the circumstances; they are rebelling against authority by not obeying to one degree or another.  People have price gouged, they have deliberately spit and coughed on innocent people, they have hoarded or deliberately stolen supplies and equipment from those who need it and used the situation to impose ideologies on our country or used it in some way for financial gain.

God doesn’t punish arbitrarily like an abusive parent.  He is our loving Father – waiting for the straying child to return to Him, as in the parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-31.  He is wanting to bring us back to righteousness.  God will not force us to obey, but He will discipline us to bring us back to Himself.  He is ready to forgive those who return to Him.  We just have to ask Him .  Sin separates us from God, from fellowship with God, but God could be using this to call us back .

III.   A.   Another reason for this might be that God wants His children to change, to learn a lesson. God could be disciplining His own, for even those who profess to have faith in God fall into various sins.   I John 1:9 was specifically written for believers as was Hebrews 12:5-13 which teaches us, “Whom the Lord loves He will discipline.”  God has a special love for His children – those who believe in Him.  I John 1:8 says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”  This applies to us because He wants us to walk with Him.  David prayed in Psalm 139:23&24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts.  See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  God will discipline us for our sins and disobedience (Read the Book of Jonah).

  1. Also we as believers sometimes get too busy and involved in the world and we forget or ignore Him too.  He wants the praise of His people.  Matthew 6:31 says, “But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”  He wants us to know we need Him, and to put Him first.
  2. I Corinthians 15:58 says, “be ye steadfast.” Trials strengthen us and cause us to look to Him and trust Him more.  James 1:2 says, “The testing of your faith develops perseverance.”  It teaches us to trust the fact that He is always with us and He is in control, and that He can protect us  and will do what is best for us as we trust in Him. Romans 8:2 says,” All things work together for good to them that love God…”  God will give us peace and hope.  Matthew 29:20 says, “Lo, I am with you always.”
  3. People know the Bible teaches us to love one another, but sometimes we get too wrapped up in our own lives we forget others. Tribulation is often used by God to get us back to putting others ahead of self, especially since the world constantly teaches us to put ourselves first, instead of others as Scripture teaches. This trial is the perfect opportunity to love our neighbor and think about and serve others, even if just by a phone call of encouragement.  We also need to work in unity, not each in his own corner.

There are people committing suicide due to discouragement.  Can you reach out with a word of hope?  We as believers have hope to share, hope in Christ.  We can pray for everyone: leaders, those who are involved in helping the sick, those who are sick.  Don’t bury your head in the sand, do something, if only to obey your leaders and  to stay at home; but get involved somehow.

Someone in our church made us masks.  This is a really great thing which many are doing.  On it were words of hope and a cross.  Now that was love, that is encouraging.  In one of the best sermons I ever heard the preacher said, “Love is something you do.”  Do something.  We need to be like Christ. God always wants us to help others any way we can.

  1. Lastly, God may be trying to tell us to get busy, and stop neglecting our “commission,” that is, “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel.” He is telling us to, “Do the work of an evangelist” (2 Timothy 4:5).  Our job is to lead others to Christ.  Loving them will help them to see we are real and may cause them to listen to us, but we must also give them the message.  “He is not willing that any should perish” (2 Peter 3:9).

I have been surprised at how little outreach is being done, especially on television.  I think the world is trying to stop us.  I know Satan is and he is behind it. Thank the Lord for those like Franklin Graham who is preaching the Gospel at every opportunity and is going to the epicenter of the pandemic.  Maybe God is trying to remind us that this is our job.  People are scared, hurting, grieving and calling for help.  We need to point them to the One who can save their souls and “give them help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).  We need to pray for those who are working hard to help. We need to be like Philip and tell others how to be saved, and pray for God to raise up preachers to proclaim the word.  We need to “pray the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into the harvest” (Matthew 9:38).

One reporter asked our President what he would like to ask Billy Graham about what to do in this situation.  I myself wondered what he would do.  Probably he would have a Crusade on television.  I’m sure he would be proclaiming the Gospel, that “Jesus died for you.”  He would likely say, “Jesus is waiting to receive you.”  I did see one television spot with Billy Graham giving an invitation, which was very encouraging. His son Franklin is doing this too, but there has not been enough.  Do your part to bring someone to Jesus.

  1.  The last thing I want to share, but the most important, is that God is “not willing that any should perish” and He wants YOU to come to Jesus to be saved.  Above all else He wants you to know Him and His love and  forgiveness..One of the best places in Scripture to show this is John chapter three.    First of all mankind doesn’t even want to acknowledge they are sinners.  Read Psalm 14:1-4; Psalm 53:1-3 and Romans 3:9-12.  Romans 3:10 says, “There is none righteous, no not one.”  Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  Romans 6:23 says, “the wages (penalty) of sin is death.”  This is the wrath of God against man’s sin.  We are lost, but the verse goes on to say, “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  The Bible teaches that Jesus took our place; He took our punishment for us.

Isaiah 53:6 says, “The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”  Verse 8 says, “He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people He was stricken.”  Verse 5 says, “He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment for our peace was upon Him.”  Verse 10 says, “the Lord made His life a guilt offering.”

When Jesus died on the cross, He said, “It is finished,” which literally means “paid in full.”  The meaning of this is that when a prisoner had paid his punishment for a crime he was given a legal document which was stamped, “paid in full,” so no one could ever make him go back to prison to pay for that crime again.  He was free forever because the penalty was “paid in full.”  This is what Jesus did for us when He died in our place on the cross.  He said our punishment is “paid in full” and we are forever free. John chapter 3:14&15 gives the perfect picture of salvation, It recounts the historical event  of the serpent on the pole in the wilderness in Numbers 21:4-8.  Read both passages.  God had delivered His people from slavery in Egypt, but then they rebelled against Him and Moses over and over; they grumbled and complained.  So God sent snakes to punish them.  When they confessed they had sinned, God provided a way to rescue them.  He told Moses to make a serpent and put it on a pole and that everyone who “looked” at it would live. 

John 3:14 says, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness even so must  the Son of Man  be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.”  Jesus was lifted up to die on a cross to pay for our sins ,and if we  LOOK to {believe on}  Him, we will be saved.

Today, if you don’t know Him, if you do not believe, the call is clear.  I Timothy 2:3 says, “He wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”  He wants you to believe and be saved; to stop rejecting Him and receive Him and believe He died to pay for your sin.  John 1:12 says,   “But as many as received  Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of   the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. ”John 3:16&17 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”  As Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the lord shall be saved.”  All you need to do is ask.  John 6:40 says, “For My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

In this time, remember God is here.  He is in control.  He is our Help.  He has a purpose. He may have more than one purpose, but it will apply to each of us differently.  You alone can discern that.  We all can seek Him.  We can all learn something to change us and make us better.  We can and should all love others more.  I do know one thing for sure, if you are not a believer, He is reaching out to you with love and hope and Salvation.   He is not willing that any should perish eternally.  Matthew 11:28 says, “Come unto me all you are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”

Are We In the Last Days?

Then the disciples said unto Him, “…Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nations shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. ~ Matthew 24:3b-8

“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” ~ Matthew 24:11-14

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. ” ~ Matthew 24:44

Oh soul, Are you ready? Are you prepared to meet the Lord at His coming? The unsaved will carry on their usual business. They will not heed His divine warnings. The Lord shall come as a thief in the night. Not even the angels in heaven know the hour. The Lord will close the door of Salvation forever. Many will seek entrance into heaven but will be denied. Their names not written in the book of life.

Oh soul, take heed to His solemn warning! Every day, on the news, its the same old stuff, another story. Wars and rumors of war. Earthquakes increasing in their frequency and intensity.

The day of the Lord is drawing near. The gospel is being preached in remote places around the world via internet. The Lord is on the verge of His coming.

Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life, first you must believe in the Lord. You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven and put your trust in the Lord. To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life. There’s only one way to heaven, and that’s through the Lord Jesus. That’s God’s wonderful plan of salvation.

You can begin a personal relationship with Him by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:

“Oh God, I’m a sinner. I’ve been a sinner all of my life. Forgive me, Lord. I receive Jesus as my Savior. I trust Him as my Lord. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

What Does the Bible Say About the End Times?

There are many different ideas out there about what the Bible actually predicts will happen in the “last days.” This will be a brief summary of what we believe and why we believe it. To make sense of the differing positions on the Millennium, the Tribulation and the Rapture of the Church, one must first understand some basic presuppositions.

A fairly large segment of professing Christianity believes in what is often called “Replacement Theology.” This is the idea that when the Jewish people rejected Jesus as their Messiah, God in turn rejected the Jews and the Jewish people were replaced by the Church as the people of God. A person who believes this will read the Old Testament prophecies about Israel and say they are spiritually fulfilled in the Church.

When they read the Book of Revelation and find the words “Jews” or “Israel” they will interpret these words to mean the Church. This idea is closely related to another idea. Many people believe that statements about future things are all symbolic and not to be taken literally. A number of years ago I listened to an audio tape on the Book of Revelation and the teacher repeatedly said: “If the plain sense makes common sense seek no other sense or you will end up with nonsense.”

That is the approach we will take with Bible prophecy. Words will be taken to mean exactly what they ordinarily mean unless there is something in the context that indicates otherwise. So the first issue to be settled is the issue of “Replacement Theology.” Paul asks in Romans 11:1&2a “Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people whom he foreknew.”

Romans 11:5 says, “So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.” Romans 11:11&12 says, “Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!”

Romans 11:26-29 says, “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: ‘The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.’

As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” We believe the promises to Israel will be literally fulfilled to Israel and when the New Testament says Israel or Jews it means exactly what it says. So what does the Bible teach about the Millenium. The relevant Scripture is Revelation 20:1-7.

The word “millennium” comes from Latin and means a thousand years. The words “a thousand years” occur six times in the passage and we believe they mean exactly that. We also believe that Satan will be locked up in the Abyss for that time to keep him from deceiving the nations. Since verse four says people reign with Christ for a thousand years, we believe Christ comes back before the Millenium. (The Second Coming of Christ is described in Revelation 19:11-21.)

At the end of the Millenium Satan is released and inspires a final revolt against God which is defeated and then comes the judgment of unbelievers and eternity begins. (Revelation 20:7-21:1) So what does the Bible teach about the Tribulation? The only passage that describes what begins it, how long it is, what happens in the middle of it and the purpose for it is Daniel 9:24-27. Daniel has been praying about the end of the 70 years of captivity predicted by the prophet Jeremiah.

2 Chronicles 36:20 tells us, “The land enjoyed it sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah.” Simple math tells us that for 490 years, 70×7, the Jews did not observe the sabbath year, and so God removed them from the land for 70 years to give the land its sabbath rest. The regulations for the sabbath year are in Leviticus 25:1-7. The punishment for not keeping it is in Leviticus 26:33-35, “I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins. Then the land will enjoy its sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies; then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths. All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the sabbaths you lived on it.”

In response to his prayer about seventy sevens of years of unfaithfulness, Daniel is told in Daniel 9:24 (NIV), “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.” Notice this is decreed for Daniel’s people and Daniel’s holy city.

The Hebrew word for week is the word “seven” and although it most frequently refers to a seven day week, the context here points to seventy “sevens” of years. (When Daniel wants to indicate a week of seven days in Daniel 10:2&3, the Hebrew text literally says “sevens of days” both times the phrase occurs.) Daniel predicts it will be 69 sevens, 483 years, from the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem (Nehemiah chapter 2) until the Anointed One (the Messiah, the Christ) comes. (This is fulfilled in either Jesus’ baptism or the Triumphal Entry.) After the 483 years the Messiah will be put to death. After the Messiah is put to death “the people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.”

This happened in 70 AD. He (the ruler who is to come) will confirm a covenant with “many” for the final seven years. “In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” Notice how all of this is about the Jewish people, the city of Jerusalem and the temple in Jerusalem.

According to Zechariah 12 and 14 the LORD returns to rescue Jerusalem and the Jewish people. When this happens, Zechariah 12:10 says, “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.” This seems to be when “all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26).

The seven year Tribulation is primarily about the Jewish people. There are a number of reasons to believe the Rapture of the church described in I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and I Corinthians 15:50-54 will happen before the seven year Tribulation. 1). The church is described as the dwelling place of God in Ephesians 2:19-22. Revelation 13:6 in the Holman Christian Standard Bible (the most literal translation I could find for this passage) says, “He began to speak blasphemies against God: to blaspheme His name and His dwelling – those who dwell in heaven.”

This puts the church in heaven while the beast is on earth. 2). The structure of the Book of Revelation is given in chapter one, verse nineteen, “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.” What John had seen is recorded in chapter one. Then follows letters to seven churches that were then in existence, the “what is now.” “Later” in the NIV is literally “after these things,” “meta tauta” in Greek. “Meta tauta” is translated “after this” twice in the NIV translation of Revelation 4:1 and seems to mean the things that happen after the churches. There is no reference to the Church on earth using distinctive church terminology after that. 3). After describing the Rapture of the Church in I Thessalonians 4:13-18, Paul talks about the coming “Day of the Lord” in I Thessalonians 5:1-3.

He says in verse 3, “While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” Notice the pronouns “them” and “they.” Verse 9 says, “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

To sum up, we believe the Bible teaches the Rapture of the Church precedes the Tribulation, which is primarily about the Jewish people. We believe the Tribulation lasts for seven years and ends with the Second Coming of Christ. When Christ comes back, He then reigns for 1,000 years, the Millenium.

Every day thousands of people will take their final breath and slip into eternity, either into heaven or into hell. Although we may never know their names, the reality of death happens every day.

What happens the moment after you die?

The moment after you die, your soul temporarily departs from your body to await the Resurrection.

Those who place their faith in Christ will be carried by the angels into the presence of the Lord. They are now comforted. Absent from the body and present with the Lord.

Meanwhile, unbelievers await in Hades for the final Judgment.

“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments… And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” ~ Luke 16:23a-24

“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” ~ Ecclesiastes 12:7

Although, we grieve over the loss of our loved ones, we sorrow, but not as those who have no hope. “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:14, 17-18

While the unbeliever’s body remains resting, who can fathom the torments he is experiencing?! His spirit screams! “Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming…” ~ Isaiah 14:9a

Unprepared is he to meet God!

Although he cries in his torment, his prayer offers no comfort whatsoever, for a great gulf is fixed where no one can pass to the other side. Alone he is left in his misery. Alone in his memories. The flame of hope forever extinguished of seeing his loved ones again.

On the contrary, precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Escorted by the angels into the presence of the Lord, they are now comforted. Their trials and suffering are past. Although their presence will be deeply missed, they have hope of seeing their loved ones again.

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Dear Soul,

Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today, you’ll be in the presence of the Lord in heaven? Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life. Those who fall asleep in Jesus will be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

Those you’ve laid in the grave in tears, you shall meet them again with joy! Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch… never to part again!

Yet, if you don’t believe in the Lord, you’re going to hell. There is no pleasant way to say it.

The Scripture says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” ~ Romans 3:23

Soul, that includes you and me.

Only when we realize the awfulness of our sin against God and feel its deep sorrow in our hearts can we turn from the sin we once loved and accept the Lord Jesus as our Savior. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” ~ Romans 10:9

Don’t fall asleep without Jesus until you are assured of a place in heaven.

Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life, first you must believe in the Lord. You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven and put your trust in the Lord. To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life. There’s only one way to heaven, and that’s through the Lord Jesus. That’s God’s wonderful plan of salvation.

You can begin a personal relationship with Him by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:

“Oh God, I’m a sinner. I’ve been a sinner all of my life. Forgive me, Lord. I receive Jesus as my Savior. I trust Him as my Lord. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

If you have never received the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior, but have received Him today after reading this invitation, please let us know.

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