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Christ’s Victory Over Physical Death…

SIH HALTAL ICON“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?  The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.  But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”   (1 Corinthians 15:51-58)

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The Coming Zombie Apocalypse Part 1

What is a Zombie?  Do they exist?   If so, what does the Bible teach about the coming Zombie apocalypse?  Let’s begin this posting by answer these questions…

First of all, what is a “zombie’?

Based upon the definition found on several different “Zombie” websites, a zombie is identified as having these basic attributes:

  1. They are human beings who physically die
  2. Within a few hours of their death, they are reanimated
  3. This reanimation is caused by a virus that reactivates portions of the brain
  4. They are known for feeding on the flesh of animals and humans
  5. They are well described by a publication of The Center For Disease Control.  They have  published a “How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse Manual”. You can learn much more about Zombies in this handbook. You can download it here at:      http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies_novella.htm

Secondly, do Zombies exist?

Well just look at the news and you will find ample evidence of Zombie-like behavior:

  1. A man attacked another man by using his teeth to rip apart his face on May 26, 2012 in      Miami, Fla. http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/state/miami-zombie-causeway-cannibal-attack-by-rudy-eugene-the-start-of-bath-salts-upswing-experts-say#ixzz1yBBusxeL
  1. A man, after being arrested for DUI, was taken to the hospital where he proceeded to bite a nurse and attacked other hospital staff threatening to eat their faces off. http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/state/zombie-cannibal-attacks-continue-naples-man-bites-nurse-threatens-to-eat-faces-cops-say#ixzz1yBCaEE6Q

3.    One man bit into the face of another man, when they got into a confrontation over a domestic issue  Read more: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/zombie-attacks-continue–carl-jacquneaux-bites-off-chunk-of-mans-face-in-louisiana#ixzz1yBLhpy1M

  1. Also the Baltimore Brain Eater, The Swedish Lip Eater, and the New Jersey Intestine Flinger among others….      http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2012/06/its_a_madmadworld.php

Thirdly, what does the Bible teach about the coming Zombie apocalypse?

There are plenty of verses that appear to speak of coming Zombie activity in the last days….

  1. Zech 14:12-15 (KJV) – And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.  And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.  And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.  And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.
  1. Mark 5:1-5 – And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had [his] dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:  Because that he had      been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any [man] tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
  1. Ps 27:1-5 [A      Psalm] of David. The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident.  One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
  1. Ezek 37:1-14 The hand of the LORD  was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which [was]  full of bones, And      caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, [there were] very many in the open valley; and, lo, [they were] very dry.  And he said unto me, Son of man, can these      bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.  Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.  Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:  And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD.  So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.  And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but [there was] no breath in them.  Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.  So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the  breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.  Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.  Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.  And ye shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and  brought you up out of your graves,  And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken [it], and performed [it], saith the LORD.
  1. Matt 27:51-53 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,  And came out of  the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
  1. Gal 5:13-15 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
  1. Ps 53:4-5 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people [as]      they eat bread: they have not called upon God.  There were they in great fear, [where] no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth [against] thee: thou hast put [them] to shame, because God hath despised them.
  1. Job 31:29-32 If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him: Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.  If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.  The stranger did not lodge in the street: [but] I opened my doors to the traveller.
  1. Isa 26:19-20       Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they      arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of      herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.  Come, my people, enter thou into thy      chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a      little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

10.  And several more passages that seem to refer  to Zombie-like activity.

Summary of our study so far….

By answering these questions we have seen three different pieces of information that seem to refer to the actual existence of Zombies…. The CDC publication, the various news reports of Zombie-like activity, and, of course, the many Bible verses that seem to describe Zombies wreaking havoc on the earth.

With all of these, we have already laid the ground-work which could prove that Zombie activity actually exists.  Many of these also seem to teach us that Zombies will play an active role in end time events.  Since we have a three-fold affirmation of Zombie activity isn’t that enough to prove they exist?  According to the Bible… “a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Eccl 4:12).

Ending thoughts before Part #2…

Now let’s consider one more verse before we begin our in-depth study of the “Zombie” verses we looked at above.  The verse I want us to study is a verse that literally says that “There is no God” (Psa 14:1)…  This should prove to us all that God does not exist.

For anyone that is familiar with this Scripture, I can hear you screaming at me through your computer. Why do you so violently disagree with what I just said?  It is because you know the context of this verse.

What I said above was the truth. The Bible does say that “there is no God”.  However, in context the verse reads, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God”.   Boy that really changes things doesn’t it?    Instead of the Bible affirming that God does not exist, it is actually stating the exact opposite.  The Bible is saying that anyone who claims God does not exist is a fool.  To deny God’s existence is to deny what is absolutely true.  A person must be a fool to hold such a belief.

Folks, we can make the Bible teach absolutely anything we would like, if we take a verse out of context. I have just proven that with the example of Psa 14:1.

Keeping that principle in mind, it is time for us to look at these “Zombie verses”.

In Part #2 of our series we will study these verses in great detail, but we will be careful to study their context…

You know, it may be possible that we may be onto some new revelation that no one else has ever seen in the Bible!  Just maybe, we will see that there is a coming Zombie Apocalypse and that we must prepare now for that coming day…  or perhaps, we will find that when all these “Zombie” verses are taken in context, they are clearly speaking of something other than Zombies.  Only time and the context of God’s Word will tell us what these verses teach… until next time…

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

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Is There Life After Death?

SIH STSTA ICONThroughout history the subject of life after death has a much debated subject.  It is no different in today’s time.  Views on the existence of life after death vary, based upon the belief set held by the individual.  Some of the most common views include:

  1. Denial – the belief that all aspects of life ceases at physical death.
  2. Reincarnation – is the belief that a soul is reborn in a new body.
  3. Spiritism – in many of its forms, believes that the soul of the dead remain upon the earth in the form of ghosts (or spirits)
  4. Eternalists – teachings include the belief that the souls of the dead continue to exist being separated from this temporal world, and entering into eternal, spiritual habitations.

What we believe about life after death is of extreme significance; what we believe about life after death will dictate how we look at the role of our life on earth:

  1. If no afterlife exists, then there is no reason to prepare for an afterlife. This view centers on experiencing all that this world offers to please our flesh.  We can basically, eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.
  2. If there is reincarnation, then our works and our lessons learned in this life are central to our future state of our soul.  This centers us on our outward works and gaining lessons through experience.  It implies that our eternal state is dependent upon our works.
  3. If Spiritists are correct, after death, our relationships with those on earth are not severed, the dead can still communicate, and be present, with those living on earth.  There is very little use to prepare for the afterlife; in many ways, life continues on as it was, only in a spirit form rather than a corporeal body. 
  4. If the Eternalist view of the afterlife is correct, the need to prepare while on earth is of utmost importance.   There are no second chances, the importance of the material world is minimized when compared to the spiritual world to come. 

We are going to find out what the Bible says about life after death and how this belief set and the affect it had on Job’s life…

THE SCRIPTURE:

Job 19:23-27 (KJV)

23) Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

24) That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!

25) For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:

26) And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God:

27) Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.

THE STUDY:

Job, at this point in his life, was facing many difficult trials, brought about by Satan, but allowed by God. (Job 1:6-12, Job 2:1-6)

Some of the trials Job was facing included:

  1. Loss of possessions and livelihood (Job 1:13-17)
  2. Loss of children (Job 1:18-19)
  3. Loss of health (Job 2:7-8)
  4. Loss of Wife’s support (Job 2:9-10)
  5. Loss of Friends support (judgmental, prideful) (Job 4:-on)

Basically, Job was alone, poverty, stricken, sick, and mourning… yet what was his response?…

Job 19:

23) Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

24) That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!

Job knew his mind wouldn’t change, what he was about to say was the foundation of his life and belief system.  

Also, he knew these words could be of help to many others following in his footsteps of a tried, tested life.  These words should be kept throughout the ages.

25) For I know

Job didn’t “think” or “hope” or “was pretty sure”… he “KNEW”  – in other words, he was certain of this set of 5 truths:

[that] my redeemer

1st Truth – Job knew that he had been purchased out of the bondage of sin.

liveth,

2nd Truth – Job knew his Redeemer could help him now.  He was living, He not only had worked on his behalf in the past, but he could help him now through the trials he was facing.

 and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:

3rd Truth – Job knew that his Redeemer would come again.  Job recognized that he was King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There is coming a day He will return and judge the world for their sins.

26) And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God:

4th Truth – Job knew that he would be resurrected someday with glorified body. Being delivered from the many trials of life that he faced.

27) Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.

5th Truth – Job knew He knew he would be dwelling with the Lord, personally, for an eternity.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who are saved …

What a wonderful set of motives to keep Job on the right track, serving God and being in submission to His will, no matter what the obstacles we may face in life.  Job summed up his commitment to the Lord by saying…. “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” Job 13:15

As Christians, we should all be sharing in Job’s motive and his resolve to put His Lord first in his life no matter what we may face along life’s way.

For those who have yet to be saved…

Job shares, with all believers, the knowledge that his life on earth will be followed by a wonderful eternity with His Lord.   All of this was given to Job freely, through the grace of God, as Job responded to the calling of His Lord and trusted in the coming Messiah. 

This same set of promises can be a part of your life.  How does this take place? By simply turning from your sins and coming to Jesus accepting Him as your Lord and Savior.  He promises to save you and give you a glorious eternity with Him.

John 5:22-29

24) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

25) Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

26) For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

27) And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

28) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

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Death

SIH STSTA ICONThe scientific study of death (Thanatology) centers its attention on the physical aspects of death while failing to take into account the more important spiritual aspect of death.  This coupled with a misunderstanding of “near death experiences” has led to much misinformation concerning death and its eternal affects on man.

To make matters worse… the subject of death is reluctantly spoken of by a majority of people.  I have found that bringing up the subject of death brings out a variety of responses from fascination and anticipation to dread and even the denial of its very existence.

One thing that we all can agree on, apart from the miracle of Christ’s second coming, we all will experience death someday.  For some of us, death will not touch our lives for many years… for others death will be just around the corner.

It is because of this universality of death that we must be willing come to an understanding of what it is and how it will affect us.    In this study, we will try to find out what the Bible means when it speaks of “death”.  The Bible teaches us about the “event” of death and the “results” of death as well.

THE SCRIPTURE:

2Tim 1:10 (KJV)

But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

THE STUDY:

WHAT IS DEATH ?

The easiest way to understand the Bible definition of “death” is to think of death as a separation.   Biblically, death has two aspects to it… a physical aspect and a spiritual aspect.   Both aspects can be thought of as a separation that takes place.

The physical aspect of death…

Physically, death is defined Biblically as the separation of the spirit from the body, in Philippians we have this type of death being spoken of:

Phil 1:20-24

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what I shall choose I know not. For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

(Here, we find Paul speaking of physical death as a departure of his spirit from the earth to his heavenly Father; while his body remains testifying to his death.  However, he believed that it was better for the believers in Philippi that his spirit would continue to abide in his fleshly body.)

The spiritual aspect of death…

Spiritually, death is the separation of man from God.

Ps 5:4-5 (KJV)

For thou [art] not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.  The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

Isa 59:1-2

Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear.

In Isa 59: we can see that due to the sin that is in our lives results in separation from the Lord.  Due to our sinful nature we all are living in a state of spiritual separation from the Lord.  This spiritual separation is described as death in 1 John 3:14-15…

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not [his] brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

WHY DO WE ALL DIE?

In both cases, physical and spiritual death come upon us due to our sinful natures which we have inherited through our descent from Adam.  We are all fallen creatures, therefore we all must face death someday.

Rom 5:12-21 (KJV)

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:… Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come… For if through the offence of one many be dead, … And not as [it was] by one that sinned,… For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; … Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; … For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, … That as sin hath reigned unto death,…

Repeatedly in Romans 5:, we find the principle of death coming upon us due to our sinful condition.  This sinful, fallen nature was received by man as the physical descendents of Adam.

WHAT ARE SOME OTHER INPORTANT PRINCIPLES THE BIBLE TEACHES US ABOUT DEATH?

Because we are spiritually dead, we cannot, of our own ability, give ourselves life.

A dead body cannot revive itself using CPR.  Likewise, a person who is spiritually dead can do nothing to give their self life.

Eph 2:1-3 (KJV)

And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

In the above verses, we find that the Lord is the One that gives life (quickens) to those who cannot help themselves due to their sinful, dead condition.  Notice in verse three, the Bible clearly says that those who are in the spiritually dead condition are “by nature the children of wrath”.  This brings us to our next point…

The sinful condition of those who are spiritually dead results in God’s wrath.

This wrath filled separation from God takes place following physical death.

Rev 20:11-15 (KJV)

11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the 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.13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Please notice that this final consignment to the lake of fire is called “the second death”.  Why is this? Again, the principle of separation is brought forth.  At the second death, sinful mankind will be placed in a state of eternal separation from God.

After looking at death, it’s definition, it’s aspects, and it’s effects…. We now have one more question to answer…. Is there anyway that we can escape death and it’s results?…

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Physical death is a certainty for all of us…. apart from the Lord Jesus Christ’s 2nd coming to this earth all mankind must face death someday.

But just as deliverance from physical death can only come at the hands of Christ, so too, those who are spiritually dead can only receive life through the intervention of Christ on the cross….

Rom 5:6-11 (KJV)

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

For those who have never come to a life changing belief in an Existing God…

It is only through repentance and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ and his work on the cross that sinful mankind will receive spiritual life and the assurance of an eternity with God.   Although all mankind is conceived in a state of spiritual death, our great Lord can bestow life to a sinful fallen man….

2Tim 1:10 (KJV)

But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

For those who have experienced God’s grace in their lives…

You have nothing to fear when face death… if you know that you have received God’s forgiveness through the shed blood of Christ on the cross, you can rest assured that following your death, you will enter into a glorious eternity with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…

Rev 21:1-7 (KJV)

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God. 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. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

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If you have any questions concerning this blog, or if you have a subject you would like discussed, please feel free to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.    I will answer all emails via my blog, email, or both.

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May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”

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Death and the Afterlife… What’s Next?

SIH STSTA ICONShintoism calls it “Ama-No-Hashidate”; some of the New Age followers call it “Astral Plane”;  Aborigines describe it “Bralgu”;  Buddists have given it the name “Ching Tu”;  “Djanna”, or the “Garden of Allah” is the Islam version;  the Native American Indians called it “The Spirit Land”;  Eskimos give it the title “The Land of the Moon”;  Hindus describe it as “Nirvana”;  “Pole Star” was the common title for it given by the Aztecs;  “Sheol” was the chosen Hebrew term; while the Greeks called it “Hades”;  and the state of the dead for the Norse warriors was called “Valhalla”; and many, many, others.  For a more complete list please see:  http://afterlife-knowledge.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?num=1202113237/0

So many names, so many different beliefs, for the place and/or condition of those who have died!

“What takes place, if anything, after a person’s spirit is separated from their body?”

“Where does their spirit go?”

“What can I do now to secure a future afterlife?’

These themes are addressed by every known religion.

Why are these subjects of universal interest?   It is because death affects every one of us.  Based on mankind’s experience over thousands of years, apart from a never before experienced act of God, has one thing held true…. every human being will eventually die.

What will it be like and how can we be prepared for it… the Bible gives us the clear, unquestionable answer to these issues we all face…

THE SCRIPTURE:

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.  (Heb 9:27-28)

THE STUDY:

In our text, we find the answer to life’s most pressing issues.

First, in verse 27 we find what will take place following our death…

The Bible tells us much about the “afterlife”.  In today’s blog entry we will be centering on one of the most important aspects of the after life… the coming judgment.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” – Here, we have the clear, undeniable proclamation … Following a person’s death, one of the aspects of the afterlife, involves a judgment of each work that has been performed while on earth. (Eccl 11:9, Rom 14:9-12, 2 Cor 5:10, 2 Tim 4:1, Judges 1:14-15, Rev 20:11-15).

The specifics of this judgment can be debated.  Personally, I believe this judgment will come in two different phases.  One judgment will involve those who have trusted in Christ, while the other phase will be the judgment of those who have never trusted in Christ.   These details are really not important for our blog entry today.  The important point is this… the Bible has made it absolutely clear that EVERYONE must face the judgment of their works by Jehovah God.

What are the possible results of this judgment?

For those who are unprepared, they will receive consignment to the lake of fire for an eternity… suffering the just punishment for the sins they have committed.

For those who are prepared for this judgment,  they will be ushered into an eternity with the Lord, having their sins forgiven and their works of service rewarded (Matt 25:31-46)

So the real question is this…. “Are we ready for that time of judgment?”  If not, “What must we do to become prepared”?

 

Second – in verse 28 we find how we can be prepared for this coming judgment

“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

The key to being secure for our future judgment is found in the work of Christ on the cross.  You see, it was on the cross that Christ took the punishment for our sins upon Himself so that we would not have to receive that punishment.  (1 Pet 3:18, Eph 2:13-17, Rom 5:8-21, 2 Cor 5:21)

Notice that our verse also speaks of faith in the life of those who are prepared to meet Him at His coming. (These are the same people who are prepared for the judgment of their works, as well).  They are the ones who, by faith, are looking for Him to come back at His second coming.  This faith they have received from God as they turned from their sins to serve the living God. (1 Thess 1:9-10, Acts 26:17-18)   By placing our trust in Christ, as the Savior from our sins and the Lord of our life, we can be prepared for the coming Judgment Day.  “Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.”  (Job 35:14)

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

I know of no better application than the verses found in 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. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.   (Ecc 12:13-14)

What is the commandment of God?

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.  (Mar 1:14-15)

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To see this lesson taught on video please go to my Video Blog at  http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

If you have any questions concerning this blog, or if you have a subject you would like discussed, please feel free to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.    I will answer all emails via my blog, email, or both.

Take a Look at My Wife’s Artistic/Scriptural Devotion Blog http://alivewithchristart.blogspot.com

Follow my Squidoo Instructional Lens “Presenting God’s Grace” “The Solemn Obligation to Present the Doctrines of Grace to the Lost and Saved Alike” http://www.squidoo.com/presenting-gods-grace

May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”

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