Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Funeral - 202 [Death].
Perhaps you did ‘NOT’… get all the way through yesterdays blog? Was it too painful for you to think about, your own death, or the death of someone who has passed into… ‘Eternity?’ No one escapes death although many have tried. Of course you have heard the saying, “You cannot take it with You!” Never will you see a Hearse… pulling a trailer to the cemetery. Although I did hear of one man, who had his ‘dead body’ placed in his Cadillac, and both into a cemetery plot and then the hole; filled with “Cement!” I guess he did… take it with him! …LOL! At least, no one else got it.
*** (Ecclesiastes 3:1-to-8) To everything =there is a season, = and =a time =for every purpose under the heavens:
(Eccl 3:2) a time = to be born, = and a time = to die; = a time to plant, = and a time = to pull up what is planted;
(Eccl 3:3) a time to kill, = and a time to heal; = a time to break down, = and a time to build up;
(Eccl 3:4) a time to weep, = and a time to laugh; = a time to mourn, = and a time to dance;
(Eccl 3:5) a time to throw away stones, = and a time to gather stones together; = a time to embrace, = and a time to refrain from embracing;
(Eccl 3:6) a time to get, = and a time to lose; = a time to keep, = and a time to throw away;
(Eccl 3:7) a time to tear, = and a time to sew; = a time to keep silence, = and a time to speak;
(Eccl 3:8) a time to love, = and a time to hate; = a time of war, = and a time of peace.
As we discuss the “Funeral”… you must have made some plans for the hereafter…? You planned for retirement, so that you would have funds to do what you wanted. You planed your vacation trips and you even planned what, you will watch on ‘TV or Video’ this week. But what about Eternity and its… “Finality?” There are “NO”… “Second Chances” nor any, “Do Over’s!” Reincarnation is not a reality; neither is being frozen in “Cryo-Suspension” and revived later, as an option. Death is the final human act you will perform… till the “Judgment by Christ!”
*** (2Corinthians 5:10) For we must = ‘All’ = appear before = the judgment seat of Christ, = so that ‘each one’ = may receive the things ‘done’ = through the body, = according to that = which he has ‘done’, = whether good = or bad.
*** (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) Let us hear = the conclusion = of the ‘whole’ matter. = Fear God, = and = keep His commandments. = For this is = the whole duty of man.
(Eccl 12:14) For God = ‘shall’ bring every work = into judgment, = with = ‘every’ secret thing, = whether it is good, = or = whether evil.
These earthly bodies… in which the ‘real you’, resides will be resurrected, with the ‘real you’. Some, will have new bodies and some will have their old bodies; for Eternity. Waiting till just before death, is not the right time. If this is painful for you to think about; better “Now”… than when it is… “Too Late!” Once you die, there are “No Second Chances”… for you or for anyone! So just “Who”… did you… “Fail to make this, ‘known’… TO?” Was it your friend or relative; who just recently passed from… “Life to Death”…?
*** (John 5:26-to-29) For as the Father = has life in Himself, = so = He has given to the Son = to have life = within Himself,
(John 5:27) and = has given Him = ‘authority’ to execute = judgment also, = because = He is the Son of Man.
(John 5:28) Do not marvel at this, = for the ‘hour’ is coming = in which ‘all’ = who are in the graves = shall hear = His voice,
(John 5:29) and = ‘shall’ come forth, = those = who have = ‘done good’ = to the resurrection of life, = and = those = who have = ‘practiced evil’ = to the resurrection of damnation.
*** (1Corinthians 15:50-to-57) Brothers [in Christ], this is what I mean: = Flesh and blood = ‘cannot’ inherit = the kingdom of God, = and = what decays = ‘cannot’ = inherit what does = ‘not decay’.
(1Cor 15:51) Let me tell you a secret. = Not all of us will die, = but ‘all’ of us = will be changed-
(1Cor 15:52) in a moment, = in the blinking of an eye, = at the ‘sound’ = of the last trumpet. = Indeed, = that trumpet ‘will’ sound, = and = then the dead = will be raised never to decay, = and = we will be changed.
(1Cor 15:53) For what is decaying = must put on = ‘what’ cannot decay, = and = what is dying = ‘must’ put on = what cannot die.
(1Cor 15:54) Now, = when what is decaying = puts on what ‘cannot’ decay, = and what is dying = puts on what ‘cannot’ die, = then the saying = that is written = will be fulfilled: = "Death has been swallowed = up in victory!"
(1Cor 15:55) "Where, O death, = is your victory? = Where, O death, = is your sting?"
(1Cor 15:56) Now the sting of death is sin, = and = the power of sin is the law.
(1Cor 15:57) But thanks be to God, = Who gives us the victory = through our Lord Jesus Christ!
About now… you can readily see that there are… “Two Groups”… at the resurrection! Some to Life… and some to ‘Damnation’. Perhaps you know someone who was ‘religious’ but… “Never Loved Jesus and His Word, the Bible?” Where do you think ‘they’ will be; during the last resurrection? There are ‘only’ two places one goes; when they die. Sorry, there is no ‘Purgatory’, that the CC teaches. Surely IF… true faith in God was ‘not’ enough during life, the prayers of sinners cannot free one from Hell. This true Bible story, often called a parable, is a ‘real’ picture of what happens after death. Oh yes, Bible parables ‘do not’ have proper names; i.e. Abraham and Moses! This is a true story!
*** (Luke 16:22-to-31) And it happened = that the beggar ‘died’ = and was carried by the angels = into Abraham's bosom. = The rich one ‘also’ died = and was buried.
(Luke 16:23) And in ‘hell’ = he lifted up his eyes, = being in torments, = and = saw Abraham afar off, = and = Lazarus in his bosom.
(Luke 16:24) And he cried = and said, = Father Abraham, = have mercy on me = and = send Lazarus = so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water = and = cool my tongue, = for I am ‘tormented’ = in this flame.
(Luke 16:25) But Abraham said, = Son, remember that you = in your lifetime received your good things, = and = likewise Lazarus evil things. = But now he is comforted = and = you are tormented.
(Luke 16:26) And besides ‘all’ this, = there is a great chasm = ‘fixed’ between you = and us; = so that = they desiring to pass from here = to you ‘cannot’, = nor can they pass over = to us = from there.
(Luke 16:27) And he said, = I beg you therefore, father, = that you would send him = to my father's house,
(Luke 16:28) for I have = five brothers, = so that he = may testify to them, = ‘lest’ they ‘also come’ = into this = place of ‘torment’.
(Luke 16:29) Abraham said to him, = They have = “Moses” and the “Prophets”, = let them = ‘hear’ them.
(Luke 16:30) And he said, = No, father Abraham, = but if ‘one’ = should go to them = from the dead, = they would ‘repent’.
(Luke 16:31) And he said to him, = “If” = they do ‘not hear’ = Moses and the Prophets, = they = will ‘not’ = be persuaded, = ‘even though’ = one rose from the dead.
In the OT Economy… there were ‘two’ places for the dead to go. One with Abraham, the father of Faith. The other place; ‘Hell, the place of torment; for the unjust dead. About now, someone is saying, that is still a Bible parable and ‘not’ really a true story. Sorry, all the Bible parables have non-specific subjects like… a sower and the soils; then unmerciful servant; the workers of the vineyard; two sons; the good Samaritan; and on. None ‘others’ have proper names. This is a true story, told by Jesus himself.
*** (Matthew 27:50-to-53) And = crying again = with a loud voice, = Jesus released His spirit. [John 19:30 – It is Finished]
(Matt 27:51) And, behold! = The veil of the temple = was torn in ‘two’ = from top to bottom. = And the earth quaked, = and = the rocks were sheared,
(Matt 27:52) and = the tombs were opened, = and = ‘many’ bodies of the saints = who had fallen asleep [died] = arose,
(Matt 27:53) and = coming out of the tomb = ‘after’ = His [Jesus’] resurrection = they went into = the holy city [Jerusalem] = and = ‘appeared’ to many.
*** (2Corinthians 5:6-7-8) Therefore = we are ‘always’ confident, = knowing that, = whilst we are at home = in the body, = we are = ‘absent’ = from the Lord:
(2Cor 5:7) For = we walk by faith, = not by sight:
(2Cor 5:8) We are confident, = I say, = and = willing rather = to be ‘absent’ = from the body, = and = to be ‘present’ = with the Lord.
The NT true believer… has the hope, when ‘he or she’ dies; that their spirit is ‘immediately’ with Jesus in Heaven! But the unbeliever has ‘the assurance’ from the Word of God; that they will be in ‘Torment’, till the Great Judgment of all mankind. The True Believer will be judged and rewarded for their good works; and the unbeliever will suffer eternal ‘punishment’ … according to their evil works. God, the God of the Bible… will do so has He has promised in His Word.
*** (Revelation 20:10-to-15) And = the Devil = who deceived them = was ‘cast’ into = the Lake of “Fire and Brimstone”, = where = ‘the beast’ = and = ‘the false prophet’ = were. = And he will be ‘tormented’ = ‘day and night’ = ‘forever and ever’.
(Rev 20:11) And I saw = a great white throne, = and = Him [Jesus] = sitting on it, = from whose face = the earth and the heaven = fled away. = And a place = was not found for them.
(Rev 20:12) And I saw = the dead, = the small = and the great, = stand before God. = And = ‘books’ were opened, = and = ‘another book’ = was opened, = which is the = “Book of Life”. = And the dead = were ‘judged’ = out of those things = which were ‘written’ = in the books, = according to = their works.
(Rev 20:13) And the sea gave = up the dead in it. = And = ‘death and hell’ = delivered up = the ‘dead’ = in them. = And = each ‘one’ of them = was judged = according to = their works.
(Rev 20:14) And = “death and hell” = were cast into = the Lake of Fire. = This is = the second death.
(Rev 20:15) And if = ‘anyone’ = was not found = having been written = in the “Book of Life”, = he was ‘cast’ = into = the Lake of Fire.
IF you have ‘Never’… read these Bible verses before, you had ‘better take heed!’ The mercy and the grace of God, is ‘only’ available to you, while you are alive. You alone, make the choice for eternal life or eternal torment. Your Preacher, your Rabbi or your Priest or your Minister; will not be there before Christ Jesus, to defend your belief. You ‘alone’… are responsible for your acceptance of the Word of God… ‘or’… for your rejection, of the same!
(John 3:18-19-20) He who = believes on Him [Jesus] = is not condemned, = but he who = does ‘not’ believe = is ‘condemned’ already, = because he has ‘not’ believed = in the Name = of the only-begotten = Son of God.
(John 3:19) And this is = the ‘condemnation’, = that the Light = has come into the world, = and = men = ‘loved’ darkness = rather than the Light, = because = their deeds = were evil.
(John 3:20) For everyone = who does evil = ‘hates’ the Light, = and = does ‘not’ come = to the Light, = lest his deeds = should be ‘exposed’.
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