Monday, November 17, 2008

Ever Think About Your Future Eternal State?

I just had a wonderful time chatting with, and witnessing to an ole friend who approached me to catch up on things. He commutes to Dallas from Fort Worth and eats at Denny's every morning at the same time--he's a man of habit. I have known him for a couple years and he has a great sense of humor.

I'll call him, Bob. Anyways, Bob is a great shoeshine man and his "woman keeps him matching," he says. Yup, his ball cap always matches his slacks each and every day (that's better than I can do).. just like it should be with any downtown professional dressed for success. Bob's got a lot of ball caps too. I never met anyone that does better work on shoes than Bob. People line up and wait for Bob to do his thing with his snapping waxy rag on their work zapatos. Nice guy too. You'd love him. What a joy it was!

Q: Ever consider what your future eternal state will be like? That sounds like such a good and serious question huh. I've got a handful more to consider: Where will you spend eternity? What do you believe about a life or existence beyond the grave? Do you even care? What will happen to the physical body that you now live in? What about your family members, or all decent people and evil doers that you know—where will they be? What exactly will happen to people after their bodies reach room temperature, are cremated, buried etc? How will you plan in advance?

Want to hear what Kurt and Liney really believe and some rock-solid truth regarding these important questions?

We believe in the bodily resurrection of everyone; yes every human being who has lived. We believe in the everlasting blessedness of those in right relationship with God through His son Jesus Christ, and in the everlasting punishment of all those who have rejected God's forgiveness in His Son. Some people say that is so harsh to believe in the punishment part--so cold blooded, but we have good grounds to believe in the truth of both these statements just the same. Please remember that our God is merciful, loving and very just (you wouldn't ever want to live in a town where injustice was the rule of the day would you?). In the end, all of us will see how incredibly fair God really is. Besides, not believing in these things as taught in the Bible will not make them go away. What has been prophesied in the past by the prophets of old—the words that we find in the Scriptures—have been fulfilled with 100% accuracy thus far and will be fulfilled with precise timing in the future as well. In fact, there really are not many prophecies left to be fulfilled.

We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation ..will pass immediately into God’s presence and then remain there in conscious bliss rather than in boredom, until the resurrection of the glorified body when Christ comes back for His own. At that time those souls and bodies will then be reunited and associated with Him forever in glory to wholeheartedly continue worshipping Him in truth. The spirits and souls of the unbelieving will not be in God’s presence right after death (..until they come to their final judgement before Him. They also will not be annihilated into nothingness either. If they were annihilated, they couldn't experience everlasting torment as they each will indeed experience). Yes, the spirits and souls of the unsaved will certainly be conscious of condemnation and will be in misery until that final judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and body alike shall be reunited and ultimately cast into the lake of fire (a very real place of pain--no party), not to be merely eradicated into a non-existence but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord almighty, and from the glory of His holy power. (See: Luke 16:19-26; 23:42; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15).

That's how it will be. Are you ready for the Rapture of the Church and all this stuff to play out before you? Please come to Christ on His terms today! I am answering questions and praying for my friend, Bob, and will pray for you as well ..if you want me to. I don't want you or Bob to miss being caught away, for the retirement benefits are out of this world! Why not think about and pray about some of these practical and future happenings for a few moments ...things that are slightly more important than deciding upon the right place for lunch today?

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