: aAnd the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled.
Something else that doesn’t get talked about as often as I think it should, is the fact that Jesus could be here upon us at any moment. It’s quite possible that many of you, who are reading this article, may be alive and kicking when Jesus returns. You may not die before the Lords return. So worrying about dieing is not the only issue. You may not even experience it.
My mother recently gave me an article to read written by “Dr. Jack Van Impe”. He states that ……. Jesus only mentioned his church three times throughout the 4 Gospels, however he proclaimed his future Kingdom 129 times, a ratio of 43 to one. WOW! Ref. “Perhaps Today” Jack Van Impe Ministries July/Aug 2008 - page 3
I refer to my website as “Thy Kingdom Come Ministries”, because that’s exactly what I want to see…………..Jesus establishing his rule and authority, and watch as no one has the power to intervene. How anyone would not want to be a part of that is beyond me. Yeah I know most of us have not seen God physically, ( although in scripture God has appeared in the flesh on several occasions) this does not explain away the marvelous creation around us, nor the person responsible for it.
I hope after reading this article you will take a bit more time in preparing yourself for eternity. One never knows, it could be upon us in a moment.
What Happens When We Die……7/15/08
TKC Ministries - Leon Hagins
I’m sure it has crossed your mind, more than once, what happens when your time is up, here on planet earth. Those of us who have lost family members, loved ones and friends often ponder as to where they might be. Are they OK, are they asleep?, when they left here was that the end of their total existence? I’m sure you’ve heard many theories and mysteries from various sources. All claiming they have the right answer. From a biblical standpoint it’s a very important subject, and one that I am surprised more Christians don’t talk about. I’m not suggesting we think about death and dying all day, but we should be thinking about where we are going to spend eternity. Satan has our minds all focused on this life and the cares of the world. Many gospel preachers use prosperity as a platform for their ministry.
Anyone who reads the scriptures knows that God doesn’t mind us prospering, having money, and enjoying the things of this life. However when it becomes your main focus, and your not even thinking about him, his word or his kingdom. Then there’s a problem.
Finis Jennings Dake - in his Dakes’ Bible explores the many areas of death, dying and the dead. I have spent many hours myself reviewing his research, and would like to share some of it with you.
What is death? - in scripture, when referring to man, it means separation
Physical Death - is the separation of the inner man from the outer man, the soul and spirit from the body (Jas. 2:26)
Spiritual Death - is the separation of man from God due to sin. Please note one spiritually dead can be alive physically ( Mt. 8:22 ; Col. 2:14 ; 1 Tim. 5:6) or he can be dead physically and alive in hell, conscious in the soul and spirit, or the inner man
Eternal Death - also known as the second death which means eternal separation from God (Rev. 2:11 ; 20:6, 14 ; 21:8) Ref.s Dakes Bible pg. 1030)
Hell and the grave - some may feel they are one and the same but they’re not. English Dictionaries define hell as the abode of evil spirits. This place is in an unseen world where departed spirits go. The grave is where your body goes when you die (when they put you in a coffin and lower you into the ground……..your body is now in the grave. However your soul and spirit are either in the presence of God or not ( hell) ).
There are graves, tombs, sepulchres, all of which hold bodies or corpses. Here are just a few of the many references………. ref. Dakes Bible page 1030
* Gen. 35:20 ; 50:5 ; Num. 19:16, 18 ; 2 Sam 3:32
* Ex. 14:11 ; 2 Ki. 23:6 ; 2Chr. 34:4 ; Job 17:1 ; Isa 65:4
* Gen. 23:4, 9, 20 ; 47:30 ; 49:30 ; Judg. 16:31
* Gen. 23:6 ; Dt. 34:6 ; Judg. 8:32 ; 1 Sam. 10:2 ; 2 Sam. 2:32
* Jn. 11:17 ; Mt. 27:60 ; Mk. 6:29
* Mt. 8:28 ; Mk. 5:2-5 ; Lk. 8:27
* 2 Chr. 26:23 ; Eccl. 6:3 ; Isa. 14:20 ; Jer. 22:19
Hell, sheol, or hades just a few of the many references……..
Dt. 32:22 ; 2 Sam 22:6 ; Job 11:8 ; Ps. 9:17, 16:10, 18:5, 55:15, 86:13
Pr. 5:5, 7:27 , 9:18, 15:11 ; Isa. 5:14, 14:9, 15 , 28:15
Ez. 31:16-17 , 32:21, 27 ; Amos 9:2 ; Jonah 2:2
In Luke 16:19 - 31, Jesus tells a stunning story of two individuals who were once alive and kicking on this planet, now find themselves plunged into eternity. Below is the story in it’s entirety……..
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and faired sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores. And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom (paradise) : the rich man also died and was buried. And in hell (not the grave) he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame.*(see ‘tormented’ below)
But Abraham said, son remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this: between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Then he said I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Abraham saith unto him, they have Moses and prophets; let them hear them.
And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
A rather chilling story to say the least. It’s interesting how we always associate hell with red hot flames, burning hot coals, and screams of torment and anguish. However you’ll notice that the rich man, being dead and in hell, is having an intelligent conversation with Abraham. Let me tell you something, if you are sitting, standing, walking or running on hot coals, you’re not going to be having an intelligent conversation. You’d probably will be saying “Yowza!”
If we say we believe in Jesus, and the things he said and taught, then we would have to believe this story and all of it’s contents. The rich man is obviously conscious and well aware of his surroundings. He remembers where he once was, and begs Abraham to send Lazarus back to his father’s house to warn his brethren………Do not come to this place!
* 10 sources of torment to the lost - refs. Dakes bible page 139 N.T. (Luke 16:19-31)
1) Remorse and despair in seeing the righteous and godly whom they have despised now clothed in glory, immortality, eternal life, and all the bliss of God (v 23)
2) Abhorrence of the very evil that they know has damned their souls and put them in torment (v 25)
3) Eternal desire for the good that would have freed from torment (v 25 )
4) Memory of lost opportunities in life that could have caused them to be with the redeemed. (v 25 )
5) Regret over deeds committed and which can never be recalled (v 25 )
6) Absolute hopelessness of escape from eternal misery or alleviation from the least degree of suffering. (v 26)
7) Eternal separation from loved ones or from the redeemed which they can see beyond an impassable gulf ( v 23 - 26)
8) Regret over their bad example in life that has caused friends and loved ones to be damned. ( v 27-31)
9) Ever deepening remorse for not listening to the word of God and for not spending their time, talents, and money to propagate it, so that many others could escape torment. ( v 29-31)
10) Last, fire and brimstone ( v 23-31 ; Mt. 25:41 , 46; Rev. 14:9 - 11; 20;11-15; 28:8 ; Isa. 66 : 22-24)
After reviewing this material it dawned on me that people just don’t realize the seriousness of making a right choice during this life. That choice is Jesus Christ. There is no one else who can put an end to all the sorrow, corruption, murder, disease, war, attitudes full of pride and arrogance to a point where it’s become sickening, lying, cheating, unbelief, etc., etc. , etc. , that has engulfed our planet.
If the above notes and scriptures are not enough to get your attention, then I don’t know what else to say. I can see why intercessory prayer is so important, because we not only pray for our friends, loved ones, and relatives. But we also should pray for those who literally won’t pray for themselves. They see no need to. And unless God intercedes, by his grace and mercy, their stubbornness will lead them straight into the environment listed above…………with no way out………..quite chilling isn’t it?
nd their glory and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth shall descend into it.
My main reason for starting this website was that, first, I wanted to do something for God. Secondly I mourn the thought of so many souls going to hell. Isa. 5:14-15 says…..
Therefore, hell hath enlarged herself and opened her mouth without measure
What about your neighbors and co-workers, do they know Jesus Christ?!
In Matthew 17: 1-3 - we have an awesome scene. Jesus brings, Peter, James, and John up to a high mountain, and there he transfigures before them. His face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. Then Moses and Elias (Elijah) appear unto him and start having a conversation! Wow! Please remember that Moses had been dead for over 1700 years. His body was then in corruption (Dt. 34: Jude 9), he evidently was brought up from paradise from below the earth (Lk. 16:21-31) This is an example of full consciousness and of a soul wearing clothes between death and resurrection (Rev. 6:9-11 ; Heb. 12:23 , Ps. 16:10) Christ had not yet become first fruits of all that had died, so Moses could not have had a resurrected body (1 Cor. 15:20-23) (Refs. Dakes Bible)
Elijah on the other hand was not dead , and had been living in heaven in his earthly body for nearly 1000 years (2 Ki. 2 ; Mal. 4:5-6 ; Zech. 4:11-14 ; Rev. 11:3-11)
It’s always good to listen to what Jesus says. In Matt. 10:28 - Jesus says….. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
In Matt. 6 19:-21 - Jesus says ……. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be.
As we listen to Jesus we can clearly see that he’s making a distinction between this life and the here after. He cautions us on dwelling entirely on the things of this world, and encourages us to build for the world to come. I must ask you what are you doing to prepare yourself for eternity? Are you so caught up in yourself that you have no time for the things pertaining to God? It’s not like we don’t see people dieing everyday. It’s right up in our faces, it’s real and it’s one subject I find that most people don’t talk too much about.