Where Will You Spend Eternity?

It is a recurring theme on my heart that all my family, and friends, and all my readers, and as far as these words might reach others, all my loved ones, may know the truth of life after death.  And so I write that you may know.  Where will you spend eternity? 

The often heard question by a soul winner to a stranger is: “If you were to die today, where would you spend eternity?” 

“I don’t know, don’t think of that much.  When I die, I die, that’s all.”  

Then the soul winner tells them about the Lord Jesus Christ, and that calling on the name of Jesus, asking to be saved and repenting, that thy sins be forgiven, is salvation.  And then at death, the new believer will spend eternity with God, instead of the alternative, everlasting darkness and punishment forever separated from God.  “Your destiny is sealed at death; there is no second chance!” On whom will you believe?

To my dear readers, I ask this question: “At the moment of your death, where will you spend eternity?”  You see, God really does have a plan for all mankind.  He has a plan for believers, and a plan for unbelievers, Jews and Gentiles alike, from the beginning when God created man, to the end of this age and on into eternity-everlasting joy or sadness, light or darkness.  Shall it be forever with the Lord Jesus, or in utter darkness away from Him?  There is no other salvation apart from Him.  If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will be saved. 

“Saved from what?” you ask.  Saved from your sins, saved from the great wrath of God that is to come upon an unbelieving world, saved from the judgment of God upon all sinners who never believed (when you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, your sins are indeed forgiven), and saved from being separated from God for all eternity, that’s what!  Of truth, this is what the written word of God says in the Holy Bible.  You shall not die in your sins, but they shall be forgiven.  Only Believe on Him, Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, whom God, the Father has sent to a dark and dying world to save sinners and that they may have eternal life!  And as the Lord is eternal, so shall a believer who dies in the Lord Jesus live again with Him in eternity, in glory, in a new, immortal body like His. 

The world is under Satan’s control now.  He sends out his fallen angels-demons, to do what he has always done, to convince man to follow the lie, for he is the great adversary of God!  He is the father of lies, and sets around him a culture of death, destruction, decay and deception.  He would have all men worship him and the things of this world.  He has many devious and cleaver ways to draw men away from God, even to use men of the church to lie to and confuse the flock!  His plan is powerful and has been carried out to greater or lesser degrees in all the centuries of human history, even today in the 21st century!  He is a created spirit being, of the highest order, the cherubim, for he never sleeps or rests!  And so you see, beloved, that one must consider in his or her lifetime the following truths: what has light to do with darkness?  What has life to do with death?  Jesus is Light; Satan is darkness.  Jesus is Life; Satan is death.  Jesus is the Truth; Satan is the lie.  Jesus is the Way; Satan is the wrong way.  Jesus saves; Satan destroys.  Jesus is everlasting joy; Satan is everlasting torment.  Jesus is the Lord of all creation; Satan is the god of this world.

What is eternity?  Eternity is a non-ending period of “time” that never ends but continues on forever and ever and ever.  Eternity is not the past centuries of human history, nor the present age we live in.  Eternity is not the Rapture of the Church.  Eternity is not the Tribulation, and Eternity is not the coming one thousand-year reign of Christ on earth.  These events will still be measured in times as we know it, in seconds, minutes, days, months, years, and centuries.  Everyone who has ever lived and will live will spend eternity somewhere in the future, either with God, or separated from God.   

There will be two resurrections that prepare all people who ever lived for eternity: the resurrection of the just, and the resurrection of the unjust, or, stated another way, the resurrection of believers in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the resurrection of those who do not believe in Jesus Christ.  These two resurrections are separated by a thousand years and happen, as Scripture tells us, in sequential phases, not all at once but over a period of time.  First, following Christ’s resurrection about 1,982 or so years ago, believers await a time in this present dispensation (known as the “Church Age” or the “Age of Grace”) when our Lord Jesus shall come from heaven to the clouds above the earth and resurrect all dead believers in Him since the birth of the Church at Pentecost.  He comes above the earth for His true believers, not on the earth.  This is not the Second Coming of our Lord. Then those believers on the earth at this time who are alive shall be changed-translated into immortal bodies in the ‘twinkling of an eye.’  And they, along with the resurrected dead, shall join Jesus in the sky above the earth, and follow Him to heaven, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  “Therefore, comfort one another with theses words.”  This future event, perhaps sooner than we think, is known as the “Rapture,” or the “first resurrection.”  Sometime after the future Rapture, there shall follow a seven-year period when Christ Jesus pours out God’s wrath-judgment upon an unbelieving earth.  This future unprecedented event is known in the Scriptures as the “Tribulation and Great Tribulation.” After this,  the Lord Jesus, THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS shall return to earth at His Second Coming with His saints and angels following as two great armies.  It is at this time Jesus will then set up His Kingdom of God on earth, and He shall reign there at Jerusalem for a thousand years, and then, for ever and ever.  During this Kingdom period, Christ will resurrect the Tribulation saints, those killed for belief in Jesus as their Lord and Savior during the dark Tribulation.  At the same time He will also resurrect all the Old Testament saints.  And this will complete the “first resurrection.”  “Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” Revelation 20:6  

When the thousand years of Christ’s reign on earth has  expired and eternity draws near, all the dead unbelievers from the time of creation to the end of the Millennium will be resurrected and shall be judged by Jesus at the Great White Throne Judgment.  Then they shall be cast into the lake of fire where Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet will be.  There they shall spend eternity.  This is the second death.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.  “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15

It’s not too late, dear readers.  Where will you spend eternity?  Call on the name of the Lord; trust in Jesus, the Son of God as your Lord and Savior today.  Only He can save; only He can grant eternal life.  Only he can forgive your sins, for He died for you.  He, and only He is our salvation.  Trust in Him; lean on Him; hold tightly to His hand, for He will never leave you or forsake you.  Then you shall know where you shall spend eternity.  What a joy; what a most precious gift only God can give!  What a comfort to the soul.  If we shall die today, yet we shall be happy, knowing what awaits us, knowing we are the Lord’s forever.  This life is so short, but eternity is forever. 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Amen.

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