The concept now days would seem to be that we must have everything we desire, and that somehow or someway we will live forever. The idea that we do not take into account is that one’s end here, is universal. Would you then think no one spends any time thinking about their end, considering the idea that one day each and every one of us will die?
Because the facts are all around us, we age, we become more fragile and in many cases a disease is in the process of removing us. Are we afraid of our end, our death here on earth, to the point we continually wipe it from our conscious thinking? I must guess the real question is, how long does each one of us have to live here?
2 Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
The verse above must to refer to God Almighty, because HE will never die. You and I on the other hand, are in a different boat all together, we know we will die one day, whether we wish to think about it or not. So what is this big fear of dying all about? Why is it that we will never see any time over 120 years?
We will watch as those close to and older than us expire one day, and we will be forced to care for their passing. Why do we abhor the idea, to such a great extent? Why all the fear? What isthe big idea behind the fear, the lack of breathing another breath, the degradation of our bodies…WHAT? I can understand feeling scared, as to whether or not there is an afterlife.
A life that continues on after we die here on earth, as with each spirit or soul. As of today, there has never been a single person to ever be able to return and explain what all goes on. Jesus Christ is the only One to have ever died and returned to the living! Say what you will, it is still the truth!
I remember as a child I had never considered anything concerning the death of anyone. Then one day my grandma passed away, and in the next few hours I thought about it more and more. It must have been obvious to my mom and dad that I had an issue with it and they asked me if I was having a problem.
I said no, but that really wasn’t true, I just didn’t know what to ask them. In time I became a little more logical about it and in time my parents explained it to me. My problem was my dad; for me this became a real problem. I was close to my dad, although the military kept us apart a lot of the time. For years, I was afraid of his passing, what would I do without him, how would I be able to function?
In time and many years later, my dad died. Yes, I felt really bad, I would miss him terribly but I would be able to continue on, as I do today. Yet before he died, I was petrified at the idea of my dad dying, absolutely mortified. As this took place, I saw that my mom would need help and understanding from me and I needed to be ready to follow through for her.
I still miss my dad a lot. Seven years later, my mom passed away and then it hit me; I was now completely on my own. And yet, I had a family of my own to care and do for and this simply ramped that up for me. To mourn, what is that? Simply a time to cry? I really don’t know.
I do know this: My mom and dad and my wife’s mom and dad and her brother, Tim, were all born-again and I will see them again, one day. That is enough for me! So now, the question becomes, is this the reason so many fear this dying thing here on earth? Are they afraid that it truly is the end for them, in every way?
I believe a lot of the time, it is Hollywood that has infested us with the fear of death to the extent we see today. I also believe that Hollywood is responsible for the idea of beauty being a body-thing, instead of a person’s character and personality.
We have taken this to a point of seeing what we want to see—a physical thing of beauty, that when people age they are no longer worthy of our adoration. And then we begin to look around and use the same attitude of those around us. How shallow! Many abuse and use others as if they are things, rather than people.
It has gotten to the point that there is no other concern in anyone’s life than “ME.” It’s all about what I want, how I feel, what I see or don’t see and that is all there is to it. Everyone else on earth is here to feed ME. And to feed ME everything I could ever want, regardless of how I deal with them.
The phrase I like to use, “It’s all about ME!” Do we need to reread 2 Timothy 3 yet again? Then again, if you are like the person described above, you may find out who you are in 2 Timothy 3. Just remember, no one knows you better than the Lord God; but you know yourself very well.
For a moment, let’s consider something important here. The playing field was very even when we were first born. Babies are simply babies, however precious. The next time the playing field is even again is at death; the gravestone has nothing to do with it. Dead is simply dead, nothing more or less.
Hell is full of people with “good intentions” as well as really “good people.” Again I will state, NO Jesus Christ…NO heaven. And if you are not in heaven, guess where you are?
Let’s get something straight here and now. All children before the age of accountability and all adults that are truly born-again to Jesus Christ will be in heaven. That is the purpose for the Rapture, to remove all of God’s own children from this earth, before HE pours out His wrath. This will include all those who have already died in Jesus Christ.
There will definitely be others left behind and they all will still have a chance for heaven, by believing in Jesus Christ and accepting His free gift of salvation. The thing is this: They will have to die to go to heaven since they missed the Rapture.
Everyone else will then be subjected to their own personal “oops” moment. They will die and when it is time they will face the Great White Throne judgment and then the lake of fire where there will be great “wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Think on this; wailing beyond your own comprehension… “Gnashing of teeth” means you will be in such pain and suffering you will grind your teeth till they all break! And this will never end. Worse yet…there is NO HOPE…of ever seeing anything else! Eternity is a very LONG time.
You may want to give this a little thought…while you are still here on earth. It means there is still a chance for you.
2 Corinthians 6:2 “For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
\This is absolute truth. Give it some serious time my friends, food for thought… Time is of the essence and time is very short! The Rapture of Jesus Christ is close!