After Death What?
The question of life after death has occupied and interested the hearts of men everywhere, since sin first brought the penalty of death, and an end to man's sojourn on earth.
Where do we go from here? What form and condition? What is our condition between death and resurrection? Does the soul sleep? Will we know each other after death, or does the soul sleep? These and a host of other questions have been asked from the dawn of history, and are being asked everywhere today.
Man is naturally a curious being, and loves to prey into the future, the unseen and the unknown. The spirit of adventure coupled with curiosity seeks for answers to these questions; even by the unbeliever. But serious men and women ask these questions for another reason. They know our stay upon this earth is but brief. It is soon over. Seventy or eighty years is but a moment on the screen of time, much less on the screen of eternity. Countless generations of men and women have been born in the past, have lived, have laughed, have wept, have suffered, have played, only to be suddenly snuffed out or to finally die of just plain old age. This generation to which we belong will be no different. Sooner or later death will overtake all, unless the Lord comes, and we will join the generations before, who have been born, lived and died. But after DEATH, what then? IS THIS ALL? It is no wonder then, that the serious man asks the question, IS THIS ALL? Is death the end of all things? Reason alone answers, NO, NO. This cannot be the end. Then life becomes a mockery, and the Creator must be a joker, and life becomes a big mistake. To be born in tears, to play a little, to weep and mourn and struggle, and then to get feeble and old and beset with infirmities, and then to die, and pass into oblivion. Is this all? Then indeed, it were better never to have been born at all. However, Death is NOT THE END. It is just the beginning. When this life ends, your destiny is determined forever, and it will be one of two places. The place of the Redeemed called Heaven, described in John 14: Let me read it for you. "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." This not only tells us of the place of the redeemed, but how to get there. And to try some other way to reach this Place is useless, and THIS will be your destiny. Rev. 20:14-15. "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire:"
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