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May 7, 2020 2:00 am
As he teaches the message "What's Next...for Everyone!" he shares three inevitable and unchangeable truths about the future: We will all live, we will all die, and we will all rise again to live forever—but where and how?
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Every single person will go somewhere similar to one place or another place and I can only think that this event of the great white throne judgment will be a shock to some people.
Jesus said it would be many will come to me and that is a large Lord, did we not do many wonders and signs, and cast out demons in your name and I will say to them, depart you imagine the shock of those people who thought I'm good I'm fine.
I'll be fine in the future I'll be in heaven thinking that all they had to do to get to heaven is just not many people believe in heaven tend to disagree on goes connect with Skip C cuts out the guesswork and hope to have a more biblical idea of the after death. Stay tuned after the message and Skip and his wife Lynn share how you can live a life it's heavenly minded today. You and I have eternal life right now so like working to get it later. You have believe in Christ past uses that from from darkness and the light from death to life.
So you have eternal life right now so thought they quality of life but also the quantity of life becomes at the moment of salvation that you skip. Be sure to stay with us after today's message right now want to tell you about a resource that gives you insight from the book of Genesis, so you can understand the rest of Scripture. Never walk into a you may never catch up one well seems to miss the opening book your questions Genesis is the foundation it's the ground floor. If we don't understand the book of Genesis and what follows that's divisive reminding death and resurrection starts book of Genesis, God says to say I will put enmity between C and C5. Discover the foundation of your faith in the book of Genesis argue for you $35 or more today. Request your copy when you get online securely connect.com/or call 800-9200 92 1888 joint Skip hike to put today's teach we were in Revelation chapter 2102 people die every minute.
6136 people die every hour.
Now the way it's going because there is such an exponential growth of humanity on the earth.
This is posing a problem, especially in great cities where overtime people migrated from country living to city life and what what strain that puts on the city is that we don't have any place to bury them. And it's such a strain on cities around the world.
I read several articles about this that to manage the death problem they're talking either about mandating cremation or grave recycling that sounds kinda spooky to grave recycling is where they exhume the body that is been buried out of the ground. The hole deeper place that body further down using the ground above that casted to bury one or two other people so you would share your grave with what you become very close after death as follows. Some people actually deny death. I know that sounds bizarre but I was looking on television at a special was called eternal life, subtitled the battle against aging. I smile at that.
Because, as anybody ever won that battle. But they the television special spoke about people who don't accept aging they don't accept death and they try to counteracted by a number of things including plastic surgery in the way bad and they think it looks normal and good and their friends don't say anything because of their friends or I think all cryonics where you freeze the head or the body for a pretty hefty price. You have a disease so you get flash frozen, and then you get thought out sometime down the line couple hundred years or so when science is developed a cure for your disease.
The file you out.
You go on living. They even interviewed in this television special three people who believed they were immortal. They look right in the camera and they said they were going to die.
These were Christians speaking on spiritual terms.
They said they were immortal, they were pretty young looking pretty good looking, but as I as as I heard him say that I said in my mind I want to see you in 25 years say the same thing but you can't say you heard it said before, there's only two things that are inevitable. What are the death and taxes right somebody heard that said that may be true but death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets I like. But actually, death can get worse. Death gets worse when you die, but aren't prepared for meeting your creator. If you are not prepared and ready to meet him. That's when death gets worse. It's appointed and every man to die once, but after this the judgment. The Bible tells us. So what is it all mean to us in the very least, it should mean we should be prepared.
We should get ready, somebody will say why should I get prepared. Because once you die it's all over.
Oh no, it's not. That's the fallacy that the Bible corrects it's not over you only just begun is the very beginning. Jesus told the story and wasn't a parable by the way, was a story of two men who died one after death was in a place of comfort. One was in a place of torment in Jesus said, and his soul went to the place of the dead in Hades there in torment, he cried out. I am tormented in this flame. There was a consciousness after death and that store, make no mistake, every person lives forever somewhere. The question is where this bothered one man greatly when he got into an auto accident with his own car any went off in offramp and his car plunged into a gas station pole sign of a gas station and it was a Shell gas station and the impact of the car shard that sign so severely that the S fell off the sign that said shell. It also rendered him unconscious. Can you imagine the horror when he woke up and looked up and he saw those bright letters in hell open 24 hours. Sadly, it is open 24 hours. Sadly, it accepts new occupants constantly over 6000 people die every hour. One only wonders the percentage of those who go to heaven. Then the percentage of those who go to hell.
Basic reality than everyone lives.
And here's 1/3 and final one, everyone rises.
Revelation 20 shows two resurrection separated by a thousand years. When a person dies. The body decays, but the soul continues to live on in a conscious state one day that soul will be reunited to that physical body that will be renewed, restored with new capabilities like Jesus own body.
Listen to the words of Jesus. The hour is coming, he said, in which all who are in the graves will hear his voice and come forth, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of condemnation. So, according to Jesus in that passage, there would be two resurrection's resurrection of life, that's one category. Resurrection of condemnation is the second category.
Both resurrections are seen in the passage here in Revelation 21st is the resurrection of life of the believer. Physical transformation of the body. You might be wondering what why do we need a resurrection of our body, and I sort a smile of that because I want I want to say really you have to ask that. I mean, I looked at myself in the mirror lately. Have you the first reason we need a resurrection is to reverse the effects of Original Sin and I've been noticing the effects in my own body lately.
There's this decaying process things are not getting better folks with age there's a deterioration to reverse those effects. We need a resurrected body number two are renewed physical Earth. We've Artie talked about the millennium requires a renewed physical body.
Then after the millennium. The new heaven and the new earth we call the eternal state requires an eternal body so that's the resurrection of the just or of life, then there's a resurrection of condemnation. Jesus spoke about.
That's for the unbeliever and that begins in verse 11. Please, let's look at that verse that section again. Then I saw a great white throne is this throne of judgment and him who sat on it from his face the earth and heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them and I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the book of life and the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them and they were judged, each one according to his works.
Then death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire how I could tell you is that this is the most serious, most sobering seen in all of Scripture to me.
In my opinion it is a courtroom scene, but it is unlike any earthly courtroom scene, there will be no debate about guilt in this courtroom scene, there is a verdict and no defense. There is a judge but no jury, there is a sentence without any appeal as the rest of the dead raised up into their physical restored bodies to live forever, but in judgment somebody will ask or least I hope at least think to ask why would an unbeliever, a nonbelieving person require a resurrection of their physical body. Well, for the same reason, or a similar reason that a believer would just as a believer will require a resurrected body to enjoy the eternal kingdom and unbelievable will require a physical body to endure eternal punishment. Can I just say I hate preaching sermons on hell. It is the most unpalatable truth in the Scripture, but it's in Scripture and Jesus spoke more about hell than anyone else in the Bible. I believe he did so because he knew his torment he created it and he would do anything and did everything he could to keep people from it. I heard that there is a tombstone somewhere. I've never seen and I just heard there's a tombstone that says here lies an atheist, all dressed up but no place to go but you know that is not true.
Unfortunately, every single person will go somewhere, somewhere to one place or another place and I can only think that this event of the great white throne judgment will be a shock to some people. Jesus said it would be. He said many will come to me in that day and say Lord, Lord, did we not too many wonders and signs, and cast out demons in your name and I will say to them, depart from me. I never knew you. Can you imagine the shock of those people who thought I am good I am fine, I'll be fine in the future I'll be in heaven thinking that all they had to do to get to heaven is just die a shocking and sobering seen notice who is there. Verse 12 I saw the dead, small and great, all the somebodies all the nobodies the rich and the famous, the poor, the obscure, the Kings and Queens and emperors and peasants and presidents and all their voters all standing there before God.
Nonexempt by the way, notice their standing like a modern courtroom scene where the judge would say with a prisoner rise and approach the bench and the verdict is given. If you've ever been bothered by that text of Scripture in Hebrews 10 where it says it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, you have not underlined that particular promise, but this is what it's referring to. This is the fearful event. It speaks about so I hope if you have any lame ideas about heaven and hell you banish them after today's message. I've heard people tell me things like I look forward to going to hell yeah I focus all my friends are gonna be there that may be true all your friends. Maybe it's not a good reason for you to go there and if you think an old man, it's good to be a big party, you got it so wrong because there will be no party at all, and Satan will not throw a party. He will be the chief victim in that place and I say don't join him. Everyone lives. Everyone dies, everyone rises no notice books were opened. What are these books because it says they were judged out of the books and they were judged according to their works. I can only infer that this is God's intricate bookkeeping system where he is recorded for unbelievers only.
Everything they've ever done thought or said. Didn't Jesus say every idle word that men will speak they will give an account in the day of judgment. So the books were opened. And then another book was opened.
This is called the book of life.
You know it's interesting in ancient cultures kingdoms didn't just have books that recorded criminals, notorious criminals works in acts but also there was a book for loyal citizens. So imagine those nail scarred hands. Opening the book and going to the pages looking for the name and your name out there. What a sad thought I would question says it twice. Why are people judged by their works is the answer because they wouldn't let God judge them by Jesus. Work on the cross.
How many times if you talk to unbelievers and they said things like this. We talked on the gospel. How many times have you heard this as an excuse will I do my best. I try really hard. I'm a religious person, I try to go to church to hear their language you hear what they're saying they're saying I believe that I by my works by my deeds by my intentions can earn my way to heaven is whether judged by the because they've always thought they could get to heaven by their works. Listen, there are only two religions in the world did you know that only 20 no skiff. You need a class on world religions like I've had a call to be enlightened. I'm here to tell you there's only two religions in the entire world and here are the categories there is the religion of human achievement and there is the religion of divine accomplishment in the first category the religion of human achievement. You could put all the world religions into that category as that is salvation by our works of which no one can ever get to heaven.
The second is the religion of divine accomplishment and that is salvation by his work on the cross. You see, Jesus said whoever whoever believes in me will pass from death into life will not face condemnation or judgment passed from death into life. Believers are saved because they are believers. They believe what God said is true, they believe that Jesus death on the cross was enough for them. It's his work not my works if you want to say I disregard his work for me.
I don't want to believe in his work for me to get to heaven by my works. First of all there's never enough works. You could ever do to earn your way there, and number two that's what you want to live to be judged by your works, and they were and they will be by the way, if you want to get your name written in the book of life, belief when you just say okay I'm a stop trying to do it on my own ominous stop turnaround and believe in him. Your name will be put in the book of life. I want to close with a couple paragraphs from a book called beyond death's door was written by cardiologist name Morris Rawlings, associate professor of medicine, University of Tennessee. This Dr. was one of those scientific types who found no support at all for the biblical idea of heaven or hell until he experienced. Hundreds of patients whose heart stopped beating and he recorded that experience made it into a book. I found this some time ago and I've been interested in it. Ever since in that book, beyond death's door. He writes I am thoroughly convinced that there is life after death and that there are at least as many people going to hell is going to happen. The turning point in my own concepts occurred when a patient experience, cardiac arrest and dropped dead right in my office. Of course not alone did not change my thinking. But the fact that this 48-year-old was screaming.
I am in hell, keep me out of hell. Each time you responded to resuscitation efforts did cause me some concern, spoken so scientifically you know that that didn't bother me a bit. He wrote this about 50% of the revived persons told of having gone to a place of great darkness filled with grotesque moaning and writhing bodies, crying out to be rescued from this place, with overwhelming feelings of Aryan nightmarish terror. You see, I tell you why this is important to bring up because the movies or the books of the stories you've heard about life after death experience of all all been the good kind yet Nana died, I saw a bright light and plated cookies, more milk and smiling little children we so good over there.
You don't have the other stories and he was asked about that. He was asked why are those other ones not reported. The bad ones in this what he said it's because people are too embarrassed to admit and because doctors are too embarrassed to make inquiries into such matters, but nobody can ignore these reports rights Rawlings, I am convinced listen to his closing statement. I'm convinced there is a hell and that we must conduct ourselves in such a way as to avoid being sent there at all costs." Words from a physician who didn't find any support at all in heaven and hell life Africa. Now he says I'm convinced to stay out of hell should be a primary pursuit. The reason Jesus came is to keep you out of there thing. Why would God how can a God of love listen that God of love sent the perfect one to take your place and punishment so that he could give you the free gift of heaven and everlasting did that for you as they share how you can live life it's heavenly minded today get the quality of life that we refer to it that way. It describes here until I begin now and continues into eternity today. You taught that after death, believers will rise to life. How can we begin living as though a type of life now on earth. Great observation when inmate and great question. You and I have eternal life right now so like were going to get it later.
You have it you believe in Christ you pass Jesus that from from darkness and the light from death into life. And so you have eternal life right now so it's both a quality of life but also the quantity of life that comes at the moment of salvation. Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz said there's no place like home.
There's no place like home. She she dreamed of it, she thought of it.
She looked forward.
You noted to going home and so God plants that within each of us as believers and with that comes in anticipation that's going to be my home. I want to learn more about my home following along for my home here.
There's a there's a little village in England. I read about called tiptoe tiptoe England and it's because before they had paved streets and got really muddy people walking the streets on their tiptoes and I thought what a way to live to live life on your tiptoes to to live life as though longing and looking for anticipation something else someone else and and Paul said in Colossians 3. Since you been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven. Christ sits at the right hand in the place of honor, and live on your tiptoes thanks to generous support to bring friends closer to Christ. Please consider getting to think that around the world just does it connect with.com/Stephanie or call 890 to 1890. Thank you for connecting others to concentrate. Tune in tomorrow to share some surprising facts about your eternal home Bible to learn more about presentation of connection communications through