ARE YOU LIVING PREPARING FOR ETERNITY?

It is astonishing, the number of Americans that believe in evolution and deny there is a God. A Jewish Rabbi, Judah ben Samuel who lived from 1140 to 1217, predicted the future? They asked him where he received his information and he said the Prophet Elijah. He predicted that the Ottoman’s (Turks) would take control of Jerusalem in 1517 and control it for 400 years. Afterwards, Jerusalem for fifty years would become a desolate area. After those fifty years it would go back to the Jews which would be 1967. Both of these prophecies happened as predicted. If you will remember in 1967 Israel was attacked by Egypt, Jordan, Syria and the United Arab Republic and a Six Day War allowed Israel to take over all of Jerusalem as foretold. They also increased their land by four times. He then says fifty years later, the year of Jubilee, the Messiah will return and fifty years is another year of Jubilee and 2017. Will this prophecy, which the Rapture will happen and if so, are you ready spiritually?

If there is not a God, how can anyone predict the future? History tells us that all of Israel knew that Christ was crucified on the cross. Over 500 witnessed His resurrection. Many of those witnesses were martyred for verifying that Christ died and rose to live again. Yet, most of the world denies this ever happened. What are the possibilities that humans, animals and birds just evolved? Did evolution cause each species to do certain things? Why would anyone believe there was not a Creator?

Are you living possibility for 80 years for yourself and not considering that eternity means millions of years? If you believe that living on this earth is about how much you can accumulate and how much pleasure you can have, you may want to reconsider what it means to live in eternity. If how you live and who you worship now depends on what the next millions of years will be like in your life, are you willing to repent and live with God in eternity?

This is what we know about God: Our God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscience. He has unlimited power; He is everywhere; He has infinite knowledge. He knew that Lucifer and one-third of the angels would rebel and would have to be expelled from heaven.

Why would Lucifer and the angels, living in paradise, reject God? Probably for the same reason that so many on earth have done. I do not believe God created angels to be robots to automatically worship Him. That wouldn’t be family. They were created with free moral agency. But as so many, their hearts became hard and they had sinful desires. They wanted their independence and to separate themselves from God.

Have you ever wondered why God created the universe, the angels and put Adam and Eve on earth? Scripture does not answer many of these questions but I have always wondered and have let my imagination run wild.

We have learned, through Christ, the characteristics of God. We know that God loves having a family and wants each of us to love Him with all of our heart, mind and soul. Like most parents, we want our children to love us, respect us and be obedient to family rules. If our children show that they love and respect us and are obedient to our principles we will bless them and meet at least their basic needs. However, if they reject us as parents, become disrespectful and totally independent and separate themselves from the family, our tendency would be to leave them alone. As we study the Old Testament, we learn that God would bless the nation of Israel and when they rejected and ignored Him, He would leave them alone, unprotected. There were times when He would discipline them but it was for their own good.

This is what I imagine God doing. He decided to build a huge laboratory called earth. He then would put a man and a woman in the laboratory and allow them to chose whether they wanted to become a part of His family and live with Him forever or if they would choose to make the same choice that Lucifer and his angels made. I believe God wants a family with Him forever that is willing to love and worship Him and be obedient and live according to His will, by choice.

Romans 12:1–2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

I read an interview that Dr. Moody gave describing what people who have had a near death experience shared when they came back to life.

“They say they become aware of what’s described as a tunnel, a passageway, a portal, and they go into this tunnel, and when they come out, they come out into a very brilliant, warm, loving and accepting light. People at this point describe such amazing feelings of peace and comfort. In this light they say that relatives or friends of theirs who have already died seem to be there to meet them and to greet them and to help them through this transition. Another thing they’ll often tell us is that at this point they are met by some religious figure — Christians say Christ, Jews say God or an angel. They say in this setting that this being, in effect, asks them a question, and they all say that words can’t convey it — that communication in this position does not take place through words as you and I are now using, but rather in the form of an immediate awareness. The way they summarize this question, or try to put it into words, is they say that he asks, in effect, “What have you done with your life? How have you learned to love?” At this point, they say, they undergo a detailed review of everything they have ever done in their lives. This is displayed around them, they tell us, in the form of a full-color, three-dimensional panorama, and it involves every detail of their life, they say, from the point of their birth right up to the point of this close call with death.”

The Bible is very clear about our ability to communicate once we die regardless whether we are a child of God or a non-believer. Those who have had a near death experience all say that they were asked: “What have you done with your life?” I have read where some having a near-death-experience believe they had gone into hell and it changed their lives forever once they recovered. Others tell of an experience that was so beautiful that it was indescribable.

Are you willing to trade up to 80 or more years on earth, living as the world lives rather than living millions of years with a new body, having peace, joy and prosperity in God’s family? If you are, you must have a heart as tough as shoe leather.

The Bible tells of a rich person who had a banquet and had his servants invite many people. They made excuses and said they couldn’t attend. He then had them invited unlikely people, like you and me. The moral was: there is enough room, enough food and comforts for everyone. He even knows us by name and we have been invited. Will you accept God’s invitation?

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