I hate to tell you this, because nobody wants to hear it, but we all die. Yes, some of us now living in these last days will survive unto the coming of the Lord, and will be changed without experiencing physical death. I hope both you and I will be among those. However, I also know that has not been the experience of people up until now, and as life goes on, so does death. It is important to see death as the normal course of events in this world, because it has been the norm up until now. Moreover, if we believe the prophetic Scriptures we must realize that there will be an unprecedented amount of death between now and the coming of the Lord. Whether any one of us actually dies or not, we are all sure to face death, perhaps even to feel certain of it, at some point during these remaining years. Are you ready for that?
Realizing the profound truth, that we must be ready to go to meet our Maker at any time, should we not spiritually prepare ourselves for that possibility? That's why I am writing to you right now.
Here's my experience. I've flat-lined on a couple different occasions, and thanks to Messiah, been brought back each time. Here is a video where I reported on that experience. I hope you find it encouraging.
I can tell you that life slipping away feels very much like going to sleep. It can even feel pleasant, like a comforting rest after a hard day's work. Peace and rest are not so bad. Now, I know sometimes people die of a painful disease or other painful cause, but even here, it is not death itself that is painful - it is the experience leading to the death that can be painful. Further, many people experience pain and recover from it, so pain really isn't that unusual or unknown, nor is it the same as death. Once death comes there is no pain.
In saying these things I am not advocating for death as a good thing. I'm merely saying that the really terrible thing about death is not the death experience, but it is the loss of life itself - which brings with it the loss of all those we love in this world. No more hugs from your spouse, your son or your daughter. No more pleasant conversations with a special friend. No more being there to give guidance and encouragement. All of that and everything else we enjoyed in life is just gone.
Beyond that, for many is the terrifying abyss of simply not knowing what is waiting for them on the other side. People know instinctively, regardless of what they say, that justice is real. There is a sense, a feeling, that the deeds of one's life will be adjudicated after death - and this brings with it a horrible dread for many.
Fear of death is a bigger enemy than death itself. Fear of death is a powerful tool in the hands of the devil. He knows people are afraid of death because he is terrified of his own inevitable end. He believes he can extort pretty much whatever he wants from virtually any person by threatening them with death. This is why people like John the Immerser, and countless apostles, prophets and righteous men and women who have stood up to the fear of death and said "NO!" to satan are so important to the righteous. They gave their lives to prove satan to be the liar that he is. They have demonstrated to the universe that there are things that are more important than life itself - loyalty to our Creator being the foremost of those things.
The answer to the fear of death is faith - real faith. Trust in the God who raised Messiah from the dead, and who has promised to do the same for all those who put their trust in Him. It is faith that gives meaning to both life and death. Without it, you've got nothing. Consider the heroes of faith that have gone before us:
What more shall I say? For the time would fail me if I told of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets; who, through faith subdued kingdoms, worked out righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, grew mighty in war, and caused foreign armies to flee. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Others were tried by mocking and scourging, yes, moreover by bonds and imprisonment. They were stoned. They were sawn apart. They were tempted. They were slain with the sword. They went around in sheep skins and in goat skins; being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (and the world was not worthy of them), wandering in deserts, mountains, caves, and the holes of the earth.
All of these men and women knew this truth: Our real life begins with the life to come, eternal life, with Messiah. That life is worth everything. They believed it and did great things in life and death. Believe it, and you can do great works of faith as well.
Yochanan, John the Immerser, was such a person. In Matthew 14 we learn more about him, and his steadfast example of faith. Be with us, at our online Tsiyon Meeting, tonight at 8 PM CST at Tsiyon.Net, as we learn together from this powerful example of faith.
Eliyahu ben David
Hi Remnant People!
Shelia here. To update you on our project I wanted to let you know things are moving along well. This week we placed wood – lots of wood – for the first floor foundation. Check out these pictures.
Starting on the floor.
Floor joists going in.
Comin' along pretty good!
Soon we will be pouring more concrete for the additional 4 x 4 supports for those floors and laying the sub-floor. Once that’s accomplished we will be starting the framing for the walls. Hope to show you some of that next week!
You know, we need lots of support for these walls both physically and spiritually, as well as financially. Thank you for your prayers and your support for this big job!
If you would like to help with the project you can send your offering to:
Tsiyon A130-425 [Checks can be made to "Tsiyon"]
5701 W Slaughter LN
Austin TX 78749
Video! - The Saturday Sabbath Story
The fourth commandment says we are to keep the Sabbath, but when is that Sabbath to be kept?
What proof is there that Saturday has always been the same day of the week, going all the way back to Creation week?
On the other hand, is there any proof that the days of the week were changed, even by the Jews, bringing Saturday Sabbath into doubt?
Lastly, if Saturday is disqualified by hard evidence, then what?
Is it still possible to determine the correct day to keep the Sabbath, meaning the day that God Himself has set?
Hard facts are offered in this video to answer each of these vital questions. Just click the picture below to view the video on YouTube. Please leave a comment and a Thumbs-Up!
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