When I view beautiful flowers like the Hibiscus above, it reminds me of the Lord's tender mercies and His love for mankind by giving us such beauty to embrace while living in a chaotic world. An evil world. A cruel and selfish world, where godliness .... for the most part .... is not practiced and is mocked by unbelievers. True and faithful believers need words of encouragement and hope. We can find such hope and encouragement in God's Holy Word, the Bible.
Featured in this post, as in my last post, are two videos, one by Amir Tsarfati and another by evangelist Dan Goodwin, only these are different and more recent videos than in the April 9, 2018, writing. Following is a 24 minute video by Amir with words of clarification and encouragement, considering recent events.
Have you ever wondered where the dead go when they die? Specifically, where the Old Testament righteous people went, since heaven was not open to them at that time? Remember the parable given by Jesus in Luke 19:19-31, about the rich man and Lazarus the beggar, and where they went when they died? The rich man went to hell (verse 23), and Lazarus went to Abraham's bosom, or paradise (also verse 23). Many scholars believe this is a true story or history of two real individuals.
The Talmud mentions both paradise and Abraham's bosom as the home of the righteous. The main lesson here is that once death comes a person cannot change his eternal destiny.
Abraham told the rich man who was in hell, "And besides 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." - Luke 16:26
In the following 28 minute video from prophecyinthenews.com , evangelist Dan Goodwin gives much information on this topic, as well as numerous Scriptures. He also tells us that New Testament saints, you and I, can only enter heaven and be in God's presence by being born again.
Hebrews 11 tells us of the righteous men of old, who by faith obeyed God and it was accounted to them as righteousness. For example, Hebrews 11:7 says:
"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith."
The good Lord wants us to exhibit faith, and thereby be full of righteousness and pleasing to Him. The way to develop faith is to read your Bible and by being often in prayer. In other words, to develop a close, personal, intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ His Son. Our purpose is to do His will and to bring glory to the Lord.
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." - Hebrews 11:6
Now is the time to be busy for the Lord, bringing lost souls to come to a faith in Jesus as their Savior. We are living in the end times, the last "hour" of the last days. Be occupied in the Lord's work.
Jesus could return at any moment !!
If you are an unbeliever, turn to the Lord before it is too late ! Pray and ask for forgiveness of your sins, repent and do not go back to a life of sin; have faith and believe in Jesus as your Savior; believe in His resurrection.
Remember, God accepts U-turns !
Jesus loves you !
He is waiting with open arms of love and forgiveness!
Turn to Jesus with faith and belief!
He will pardon your sins and give you eternal life!
Romans 10:9,10,13 tells us: (9) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?" - John 11: 25-26