Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them
unto living fountains of waters… 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 7:17, 21:4. We see God wiping
away all tears from the eyes of those who are in Heaven, we’ve been fed and lead
unto living fountains of waters. The Church, at this point in the Book of
Revelation, is in Heaven, all witnessing opportunities ceased.
Rapture happens, our door of opportunity for preaching and teaching the Gospel
of Christ will be closed forever. “Then we which are alive [and] remain shall
be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and
so shall we ever be with the Lord,” 1 Thessalonians 4:17. Those of us
who are born again will not be here for the terrible time known as the Great
Tribulation. Salvation for those who heard the Gospel but put off until later
their decision for Christ are left to figure things out on their own. “And
for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a
Thessalonians 2:11. Yes there will be some saved through the
Great Tribulation but there will be such a delusion over all the earth that most
won’t see the truth.
What will be
the delusion spoken of in that time? “[Even him], whose coming is after the
working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all
deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish…” 2 Thessalonians
2:9, 10. Signs and lying wonders performed by the antichrist. So
provocative and persuasive will he be that most won’t question his authenticity.
He will take up residence in the most Holy of Holies. He will proclaim
himself to be God and he will demand that everyone worship him.
what Heaven will be like for those of us who are waiting to be escorted to our
new residences. The Bible is silent on what we will remember and what we won’t.
The Apostle Paul shines some light on this subject, “now I know in part; but
then shall I know even as also I am known,” 1 Corinthians 13:12. I
can’t help but believe that we, His saints, will be given a glimpse of those
family members which aren’t with us in Heaven. Why else will there be tears in
WHY DIDN’T I TELL YOU?
By Nathele Graham
I knew that,
like me, you were a sinner in need of Grace. Why didn’t I tell you?
I knew that
sin, no matter how small, cannot enter Heaven. Why didn’t I tell you?
I knew that you
were searching, in need of peace. Why didn’t I tell you?
I knew that
eternity is forever. Why didn’t I tell you?
I knew that we
can choose where we spend eternity. Why didn’t I tell you?
I knew that all
roads do not lead to Heaven. Why didn’t I tell you?
I knew that if
there was any other way of Salvation, Jesus wouldn’t have had to die on the
cross. Why didn’t I tell you?
I knew that
Jesus chose to die on the cross for me….and you. Why didn’t I tell you?
I knew that you
had to accept that free gift which God gave us in order to be saved. Why didn’t
I tell you?
But now here I
am in the presence of God Almighty but I don’t know where you are. I was going
to tell you tomorrow, but there are no more tomorrows for me or for you. You’re
not here, didn’t anyone tell you? Oh, dear God, forgive me. Why didn’t I tell
Yes, there will
be tears in Heaven.
My wife wrote
that little poem just before her father died. We had both witnessed to him on
different occasions, as did others in our family. My wife was assured by an
aunt, who was with him until the end, that her dad did acknowledge Jesus as
savior. Can we all say that? For those family members who have yet to step into
eternity and aren’t saved we should be on them like bees on honey. Witness to
your spiritually dead family members before it’s too late, before they take that
last step into eternity. From that point there will be no more opportunities to
accept God’s free gift of salvation. Just as was the case when God closed the
door on the ark after Noah and his family entered it, as the flood waters began
to rise, all those standing outside knew it was too late to repent. The prospect
that God will show us just which family members didn’t
make it to Heaven should motivate us to witness to them now.
I think about
it all the time, stepping into Heaven’s eternity only to realize many of my
friends and family went the other way. How hard would it have been to pick up
the phone and dial the number and arrange to have lunch with someone we know
isn’t saved? I wonder just how long God will let us cry before He wipes away the
tears. Will we have total recall? We don’t really know. The only thing we can do
is speculate on this subject, because no one really knows at what point of
eternity our tears will be wiped away. The agony and despair as we watch those
who were a part of our family now descending into Hell, the tears of sorrow
flowing as we gaze upon the ones we should have witnessed to, but didn’t.
dying hourly and at a phenomenal rate. As I write this commentary, a 7.9
earthquake has hit China
with horrendous results. News sources are claiming there are currently 18,000
people buried under one city alone, these figures are expected to rise. Tornado
season in the US is upon us and there have already
been 95 lives lost since the beginning of this tornado season. Experts are
saying this is going to be one of the worst tornado seasons on record.
“The rate in
which a light flashes on top of an emergency vehicle is
rate that people are dying and going to hell.
If you were to
ask, "How many people die on an average day," you would get a wide variety of
answers. Typical answers would range around 300 to 5,000 people. Surprisingly,
over 150,000 people die every day. On average, 1.8 people die every second.
What is the
spiritual destiny of these people? Obviously, no one really knows for certain
how many people are going to Heaven and Hell. We can, however, come up with a
ballpark estimate. There are many comprehensive studies that break the world's
population down by religion. If you compare these belief systems with the Bible,
you'll have a basic idea as to how many people believe in the Biblical plan of
Based on these
studies, it has been estimated that only 7% of the world's population is going
to Heaven (1.68 per second). Even if this research is wrong and 75% of the world
is going to Heaven; we still have 38,000 people going to Hell every day.
I realize that
some of you are thinking that it is morbid and inappropriate to talk about this.
You're thinking that talking about this topic in public shows a lack of
sensitivity. Yes, in a sense I guess it does appear morbid. It is, however,
necessary. It serves a very important purpose.
Society tells us that over 160,000 Americans will die this year from lung cancer
and 40,000 will die from breast cancer. We are also told that almost 3 million
people worldwide will die from AIDS this year.
pronouncements morbid or inappropriate? No, of course not. They serve a valid
purpose. They inform us of a serious problem that needs to be addressed. It
tells us that millions of people are dying needlessly. These pronouncements are
intended to bring a serious problem to our attention. They are intended to
challenge us to action.
letter tells us about a serious problem; a problem that many of us would like to
forget. People are needlessly dying and going to Hell. Although curing people of
diseases is important, isn't being concerned about a person's eternal destiny
even more important? Yes, this counter may make us feel uncomfortable, but
hopefully it will challenge us into action."
Some of the
people in these statistics may be our family members, frightening to say the
least. We have every opportunity to witness even if we never leave our home. We
have the phone, the internet, bongo drums, smoke signals or whatever device
available to our hands, legs, eyes, tongue. Witness, witness, witness, and never
“Onward Christian Soldier” says it so perfectly. As
born again believers we are Soldiers for Christ, remembering that our royal
Master leads against the foe. Like a mighty army we are the Church of God. Gates of Hell can never against that
Church prevail. Christ’s army is more powerful than any army of the world. Why?
“Because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world,”
1 John 4:4.
Heaven, wiped away by God, and as He’s cleaning our eyes of tears is He asking
the question, “Why didn’t you tell them about me? I died on a cross for you and
them couldn’t you have at least defended me against all those doubters? What
about your best friend, at the very least, surely you could have told him
God forgive us
for our apathy. Forgive us for our fears. Forgive us for our silence; forgive us
for all the wasted years.
God bless you