Posted by: rshalomw | June 19, 2008

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT ETERNITY?

All people are occupied with the daily processes of life on this planet, eating, sleeping, drinking, working, raising a family, daily chores and responsibilities, entertainment, etc.  We rarely give a thought to the reality of eternity.   We live our lives as if we have a guarantee of tomorrow and even the years to come.  There are those who think that when they die it is all there is, just death.  Others, push the thought of death far from their minds.  They may say, “I don’t want to be bothered with that thought”.

There are 8,760 hours in a period of a year.  According to The World Fact book, updated as of June 10, 2008, the average life span for a male on our planet is 64.18 years, and for a female 68.2 years  Total average hours of life on this planet is as follows:  56,221.6 for a male, and 59,743 hours for a female.  The World Fact book statistics can be found at this link: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/xx.html  All of us live our hours in both times of joy, and in times of sorrow.

In the Book of James ( In the Bible)  4:14 it says: “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes”. In the natural, our finite minds cannot comprehend eternity.  Ecclesiastes 3:11  (Speaking of God) says: “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end”.

Eternity should be a major part of our thinking process, but why is it not?  2 Corinthians 4:4  “The god of this age [Satan, The Adversary, The devil] has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so they cannot see the light of the gospel [good news] of the glory of Christ (Yeshua, if your Jewish) , who is the image of God”.

We will all face death at some point in our life, there is no guarantee of our next breath.  Hebrews 9:27 :Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgement”.   What should we be saying?, James 4:15-17 “Instead, you ought to say, If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.  As it is,  you boast and brag.  All such boasting is evil.  Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins”.  Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.  Romans 3:10   “There is no one righteous, not even one”.  How can we become righteous (right) with our Creator?  Romans 3:22  “This righteousness from God comes through faith [trust] in Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach, if your Jewish) to all who believe”.  Jesus (Yeshua) took the punishment of eternal  separation  from God,  which we all deserve,  because of our sinfulness.  How does a person come to salvation?  First we must be humble because it says in James 4:6  “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”. John 14:6  Jesus (Yeshua) said:  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  We must acknowledge to our heavenly Father that we are a sinner, in critical need of salvation.  Tell Jesus that you want Him to be the Lord and Master of your life, and surrender your life to him.  Ask Him to change you and make you like Him.  Read the Bible and obey what it says to do.  The New Covenant (Brit Hadashah if your Jewish) is the greatest commentary on the Hebrew Covenant ( Old Testament [Tanach] if your Jewish)

Jesus spoke more about hell, then about heaven.  No matter what anybody else has told you, hell is a real place Mark 9:48 “where their worm does not die , and the fire is not quenched”.   Jesus (Yeshua) said in Luke 12:4-5  “I tell you my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.  But I will show you whom you should fear:  Fear him who , after killing the body, has power to throw you into hell.  Yes I tell you, fear him.”  Jesus (Yeshua) said in Matthew 25:41 “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”  Not to come to Jesus  (Yeshua) for salvation is rebellion against the Heavenly Father’s  only way that he has graciously provided for us. Remember that our life here on this earth is like a “mist”,  in comparison to eternity.  It would be beyond foolishness to reject Jesus (Yeshua) and spend eternity (never ending) in the fires of hell.  The absolute worst conditions you can face here on this earth will be like heaven,  compared to the separation in hell from our Heavenly Father

Remember that our life here on this earth is like a “mist”,  in comparison to eternity.  It would bebeyond foolishness to reject Jesus (Yeshua) and spend eternity (never ending) in the fires of hell.  The absolute worst conditions you can face here on this earth will be like heaven,  compared to the separation in hell from our Heavenly Father.

For those who consider themselves atheists and are reading this, you need to ask yourself the following two questions.  1.  What if  I am wrong?  2.  Am I willing to allow my stubbornness and pride to casue me to make the gravest choice possible?.  Remember that you will choose your own destiny, and have no one to blame, except yourself.

My words echo the words of Paul ( Shaul, if your Jewish)  ” We are therefore Christ’s (Mashiach’s, if your Jewish) ambassadors , as though God were making his appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s (Mashiach’s) behalf:  Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”.  All the love and joy and peace that you can ever imagine are found in Jesus (Yeshua)   2 Corinthians 6:2  “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation”.

If you know you are not right with God, repent [t’shuvah in Hebrew].   Repent  means to turn from doing things your way and turning to God’s ways.  Trust in Jesus [Yeshua], not yourself.  Ask Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit [Ruach HaKodesh]   Attend a Church that believes that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.  Get baptized.  Read your Bible daily and follow the teachings of Jesus [Yeshua]  Walk in His Love to all you come in contact with.

Shalom in Jesus (Yeshua)

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  1. Good article. We should all be thinking with an eternal persepctive. God bless!!


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