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   DEATH : FINAL BATTLE, FINAL VICTORY! : PART 3



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Published On : November 23, 1998

Last Updated : January 3, 2009

Death - Our Common Destiny, My Dear Grandmother, Should We
Pray For Death?, The Corinthian Problem, God's Desire For
Salvation, Salvation Of Body And Spirit, Commit Them To The
Lord, Pool Of Bethesda, God Deals In Impossible Situations,
God's Will Takes Precedence, David And Bathsheba, A Hopeless
Life, Fear Of Death, Lifelong Bondage, Overcomers Through
Faith, God's Peace, Torment Of The Unsaved, Freed By The Key
Of David, Victory Over Death, Death Destroyed, Our New Body




As I stated at the beginning of this series, our pilgrimage
here on Earth is but a brief flash on the Eternal Timescale;
predetermined by Him who made all things for His own glory
and pleasure. Whether we live almost a thousand years like
the Patriarchs of old, or only sixty to ninety years as in
our current time, as the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote,
eventually we will all meet with the same common destiny;
unless of course the Lord returns in our current lifetime:

"For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts;
even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth
the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath
no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. All go unto
one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again."
(Ecclesiastes 3:19-20)

As we have also seen, it is in these final years just before
death comes to greet us, that our Earthen vessel gives us
the most problems. Our clothing of flesh begins to wear out,
to become unreliable, and to fall apart. It is at times like
these that many people seek medical attention of one kind or
another, in order to repair themselves as much as is humanly
possible. It is just such an incident which motivated me to
write this current article. As some of my regular readers
already know, during this past year, my own dear soon-to-be
eighty-seven year old grandmother has undergone a series of
four hip surgeries. This has not been easy on her tired old
body. On one occasion, I was informed that she was very
close to death due to severe hemorrhaging. This development
ultimately resulted in the need for a blood transfusion a
few months ago.

I thank the Lord that as I write this, she is now at home
recuperating from her latest ordeal; and it appears that she
is doing quite well despite her advanced age. Just the other
day, my grandmother informed a close Christian friend that
she is convinced that it was our prayers which helped her to
survive the last operation, as it was extremely difficult
for her. Naturally, loving her as I do, I have continually
uplifted my grandmother in prayer; but you see, during the
time that she was not faring very well, I was faced with a
moral dilemma which I had never had to confront before. As I
mentioned to another dear Christian friend, sometimes it is
difficult to know exactly how to prayer for a certain person
who is experiencing a lot of physical pain caused by some
dreadful disease, or due to a certain operation, or simply
due to old age and the symptoms which accompany it. Should
we pray for their healing; or should we pray for a Permanent
Healing by asking the Lord to take them Home to be with Him?
What is really the right thing to do? What does the Lord
expect us to do?

In her response to my thoughts, my friend related the story
of a certain woman, the pastor's wife as I recall, who was
dying from bone cancer. This poor woman was suffering so
much, that the church finally got together and decided that
instead of praying for a miracle of healing, it would be
better to simply pray that the Lord would take her Home to
be with Him. Although my friend didn't realize it at the
time, her words shocked me, and woke me up to a Biblical
Truth which I had never stopped to consider before. Like
some of my readers, I too have been influenced by former
associations in my life. Because of some of the things I had
been taught in the past, it seemed quite natural to tell my
friend that sometimes we aren't quite sure how to pray for a
certain person who is seriously sick and suffering a lot of
pain.

Thank the Lord that He used my friend's comments to stop me
in my tracks; and to cause me to really question how I had
come to accept such a belief. What I quickly realized is
that we don't find any specific examples in the Bible where
we are told to pray for the Lord to take anyone Home. I have
never found any examples of this type of prayer during the
many years that I have been studying the Holy Scriptures.
The only thing that even comes remotely close to this, is
found in the fifth chapter of the Apostle Paul's first
Epistle to the Corinthians. In this chapter, Paul deals
with some serious problems concerning fornication in that
church. In writing about a certain man who apparently had
sexual relations with his very own mother, Paul states:

"For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit,
have judged already, as though I were present, concerning
him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit,
with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an
one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the
spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your
glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven
leaveneth the whole lump?" (1 Corinthians 5:3-6)

What Paul is basically stating here, is that rather than
permit this kind of unbridled sex to run rampant in the
church's midst, like yeast in a loaf of bread, it is better
to rebuke such a proud, uncontrollable person, and if need
be, to commit them to the wrath of God, via Satan; even if
it results in the destruction of their physical body. In
this way, that person will be delivered from their sins of
the flesh, and the church will be spared from further sexual
promiscuity occurring within the congregation. As you can
plainly see, this situation is a far cry from instructing us
to pray that the elderly and the sick will be delivered from
their afflictions through death.

In another example found in the Gospel of Luke, when a
certain village of the Samaritans refused to accept the Lord
and His followers, because it appeared that He was more
interested in going to Jerusalem, some of Jesus' Disciples
suggested that they call fire down from the sky in order to
destroy them. The Lord was not the least bit pleased with
their self-righteous attitude, and He quickly rebuked James
and John for their unloving thoughts:

"And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should
be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to
Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they
went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make
ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his
face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his
disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt
thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and
consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked
them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but
to save them. And they went to another village."
(Luke 9:51-56)

The Lord's response makes perfectly clear what kind of an
attitude He expects us to have. He said 'the Son of man is
not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them'. As I
have pointed out before, God goes to great lengths in order
to try to win the rebellious and wayward people of Earth. He
knows how tragic, and how horrible, it will be to see them
eternally destroyed in the Lake of Fire; thus, He tries to
manifest His love, and His existence, in as many ways as
possible; yet in ways which still require that we exercise
our personal faith. The reason He does this, is because He
truly loves us, and He wants us to be with Him for eternity:

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not
willing that any should perish, but that all should come to
repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

As we have already seen, throughout the four Gospels we find
many clear examples where the Lord's salvation did not just
include Salvation of one's spirit, but it also included the
salvation of their flesh as well through deliverance from a
wide variety of mental, emotional, spiritual and physical
afflictions. God's Word always encourages us to pray for the
healing of the Lord's children. We never find Jesus praying
to His Father to take anyone Home. We never see the Apostles
or Disciples doing this either. What we are told is the
following:

"Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the
church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil
in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save
the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have
committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your
faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may
be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
availeth much." (James 5:14-16)

Clearly then, if we are going to pray for others, then the
best thing to pray for is healing, and not for deliverance
from this life. God has His own timetable, and we would be
foolish to tamper with it. If you are interested, I also
discuss the topic of committing suicide in the article
'Heavens Gate: Suicide, The Right Way To Go?'. As we saw
earlier in this series, it is these very miracles of healing
which serve as powerful manifestations of the Spirit of God;
and which often lead new people to Jesus Christ. Now, if a
certain person is really suffering a lot, and if our faith
is not what it should be, so that we are not sure if we have
the faith to claim Divine Healing, the next best thing would
be to simply pray that God's Will will be done, whatever it
might happen to be. If they are really suffering a lot, then
in His Wisdom, the Lord just might choose to take them Home
anyway; and thus give them a complete healing; but that is
His choice, and not ours.

If you still doubt that this is the proper attitude for we
Christians to have regarding our sick loved ones, let's look
at this issue from another perspective; that is, from the
viewpoint of the sick or elderly person. I think you will be
quite shocked. Imagine that you are an elderly person who is
sick and dying, and suffering in some way. You realize that
your time may be drawing near, but maybe, in spite of your
deteriorating condition, you just aren't quite ready to go
yet. Maybe there are still a few things you need to say to a
few people; or perhaps you get a sudden burst of will to
continue living. That being the case, how would you feel if
in your heart you are praying 'Lord, please don't take me
Home yet; I am not quite ready to go yet'; while your family
or church is praying 'Lord, please take this person Home.
Please deliver them from all of their pain and suffering. It
would be better for them'? I honestly don't know anyone who
would be encouraged to know that others are actually praying
for their death; do you?

At the same time, we can reverse the above situation. Let us
again assume that you are the elderly sick person. You have
finally decided that you have had enough. You cannot endure
any more pain and suffering. It is a total hellish nightmare
to even be alive. Your poor aching body is continually being
subjected to all kinds of injections by concerned nurses who
are desperately striving to keep you alive so the hospital
isn't sued for malpractice; you have a variety of tubes
attached to your body or going into your body which make you
extremely uncomfortable; half of the time you must wear an
oxygen mask just to stay alive; you continually float in and
out of consciousness; your temperature rises and falls and
you experience hot spells and then chills; you can hardly
keep anything in your sick stomach because of the nausea you
experience due to chemotherapy; and it is an embarrassment
that you can't use the restroom on your own!

So you have had it! You finally say, 'Lord, I honestly can't
take this anymore. I am really tired of this life. My body
is just too sick and old, and I can't endure any more pain
and suffering. Please Lord, have mercy on me. Please deliver
me from this misery.' While you are praying for the Lord's
deliverance, unbeknownst to you, your family has already had
you declared mentally incompetent. They've already decided
that you have lost your mind, and that you don't know what
you are asking for when you tell the doctors to disconnect
all of the tubes, and to turn off all of the machines. Due
to their own selfish desires to keep your old bag of flesh
around a bit longer, simply because they can't bear the pain
to see you go, your family has taken away your rights, and
your dignity. Against your wishes, and maybe even against
God's, they are praying, 'Lord, please help grandma. Please
help her to get better. Please don't take her yet, Lord.'

As you can see, knowing how to pray for someone who is in a
lot of pain, and facing life-threatening circumstances is
not always an easy task. We find ourselves caught in a
situation where three factors must be considered; that is,
God's Will, the sick person's will, and our own desires for
that person. So again, the best advice that I can offer is
that if you honestly don't have the faith to pray for a
complete healing, which would be the ideal situation, then
the best thing to do is to pray that His Will will be done,
whatever it might happen to be. Simply commit that person's
life into the Hands of the Lord. In the Old Testament, we
find such verses as the following:

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

"Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he
shall bring it to pass." (Psalms 37:5)

The one thing of which I am certain, is that nowhere in the
Bible are we told to pray that one of the Lord's children
will die. In matters of sickness within God's Family, the
Bible always encourages us to pray positive words of faith;
even for people who have been sick for many years. We find
various examples of this in the New Testament where people
were sick for literally decades, with no Earthly hope for
recovery. Despite the odds being against them, God came
through in the final hour after a great test of faith, so
that He might be glorified. Everyone knew that those people
had been sick for many years, even those self-righteous
Scribes and Pharisees; so there is no way that they could
deny the Power of God. They were forced to acknowledge the
Power which resided in Jesus Christ, and in His Disciples.
Earlier we looked at the example of the woman who suffered
from an issue of blood for twelve years. In the Gospel of
John, we find the following wonderful story:

"Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which
is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five
porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of
blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool,
and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the
troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of
whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there,
which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus
saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in
that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The
impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the
water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am
coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto
him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the
man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on
the same day was the sabbath." (John 5:2-9)

Imagine the shock and the wonder which must have quickly
travelled throughout Jerusalem that day. Here was a man who
had been sick for thirty-eight years. Literally thousands of
people must have known him, and must have seen him laying
helplessly by the pool of Bethesda, while others quickly and
selfishly rushed by him in their attempt to be the first one
into the pool when the water was stirred. It was a hopeless
situation. There was no way that he would ever be healed. He
may have laid there waiting for another thirty-eight years;
but this was not God's plan. This account, and many others
like it, emphasizes a very important lesson from which we
can all benefit. This lesson is best expressed in the words
of the Angel Gabriel when he informed young Mary that her
cousin Elisabeth was six months pregnant in her old age. Our
Lord emphasized this very same important point on different
occasions. Consider the following verses:

"For with God nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 1:37)

"But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is
impossible; but with God all things are possible."
(Matthew 19:26)

"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are
possible to him that believeth." (Mark 9:23)

"And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is
impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are
possible." (Mark 10:27)

"And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto
thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I
will, but what thou wilt." (Mark 14:36)

Our God is a God of impossibilities. He delights in coming
through when all hope is lost; that He alone may receive the
glory. As I have stated on many previous occasions, as long
as there is life, there is hope; so we should never give up;
whether we are praying for someone's spiritual Salvation, or
for the physical salvation of their body through a miracle
of Divine Healing. We should always hope and pray for the
best, but at the same time, it's wise to temper our personal
expectations with the knowledge that the Will of God will be
done, whatever it might happen to be. This is the key issue
here. God's Will must take precedence over our own desires,
and even over the will of the sick person. As we saw earlier
in this series, He is the One who determines who lives and
who dies, and not us. Consider the following verses found in
the fourth chapter of the Epistle of James:

"Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into
such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell,
and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the
morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that
appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For
that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and
do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all
such rejoicing is evil." (James 4:13-16)

Notice that the Apostle James writes 'If the Lord will, we
shall live'. That is the kind of attitude we should have;
this is how we should likewise pray for our sick loved ones;
that His Will will be done. If we turn to the Old Testament,
we discover that King David had the very same kind of an
attitude. Many of us are familiar with the story of how the
king lusted after beautiful Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the
Hittite. As we discover in the eleventh chapter of the
second Book of Samuel, King David committed adultery with
his general's wife, and then sent Uriah to the front lines
of battle, so that he would purposely be killed. King David
feared that Bathsheba might become pregnant; so he thought
he could conceal his sin by having Uriah killed; so that no
one would ever know that Uriah was not the father; at least
so the king thought. After Bathsheba gave birth to their
first child, part of the Lord's chastisement against David
was that the child became very sick. In the following scene,
the Lord is rebuking David through the Prophet Nathan:

"Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great
occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child
also that is born unto thee shall surely die. And Nathan
departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that
Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. David
therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and
went in, and lay all night upon the earth. And the elders of
his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the
earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died.
And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child
was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet
alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our
voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the
child is dead? But when David saw that his servants
whispered, David perceived that the child was dead:
therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead?
And they said, He is dead. Then David arose from the earth,
and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel,
and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he
came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread
before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him,
What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and
weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child
was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While
the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who
can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child
may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I
bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not
return to me. And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and
went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and
he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him."
(2 Samuel 12:14-24)

Notice King David's attitude. He said in part 'Who can tell
whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast?'. As I stated
earlier, what David is basically saying here is that while
there is life, there is still hope; so we should keep on
praying as we honestly don't know what the Will of the Lord
might be. David knew that Nathan had prophesied that the
child would die, yet he never lost faith; he just kept on
praying for God's mercy, hoping for a miracle of healing,
just in case the Lord changed His mind; which in this case
He didn't. Sadly, in the world today, there are still many
people who are as we once were; that is, without hope. Not
only do they have very little hope in this current life, but
even worse, they have absolutely no hope or belief in an
afterlife. Personally, I don't think I could bear to live if
I was like one of them. I would be completely miserable and
live in a state of chronic depression. The Apostle Paul
fully understood this tragedy; that is why he wrote verses
such as the following:

"That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from
the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants
of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:"
(Ephesians 2:12)

"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren,
concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even
as others which have no hope." (1 Thessalonians 4:13)

"If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all
men most miserable." (1 Corinthians 15:19)

It truly saddens me to know that there are so many hopeless,
miserable, unsaved people living in the world today; and
what is even more tragic, is the fact that quite a few of
them are this way by their own proud choice. I meet them all
the time. Just a little earlier today, one of them wrote to
me after reading one of my Salvation articles. This person
was very harsh in his criticism of my faith in Jesus Christ;
yet he didn't have anything better to offer me. His is a
life of utter hopelessness, and fear. As I explain in such
articles as 'Dracula: Fighting Fear With The Word, Faith And
Love', and 'The Royal Law: Thou Shalt Love', perhaps one of
the greatest fears in the world of unsaved men, is the fear
of death. Some people live their entire lives in fear and
torment, wondering how they are going to die, when they are
going to die, where they are going to die, and what will
happen to them after they die. They also worry about the
pain and suffering which may accompany their death.

If only these people would realize that a lot of their fear
could easily be avoided, if they would just stop and accept
God's Gift of Love into their lives; and allow the Lord to
turn their lives around. Those who suffer from these fears
could be completely delivered from them in a moment, if they
would only accept Him who has already overcome both fear and
death by confronting them face to face on the Cross. Sadly,
in their own pride and arrogance, many people simply refuse
to do this. In their own folly and rebellion, they prefer to
live a meaningless existence full of hopelessness, misery
and despair, rather than come to the marvellous Light of
Jesus Christ. In discussing the importance of the Sacrifice
of Christ in his Epistle to the Hebrews, the Apostle Paul
wrote about these people who are in bondage all of their
lives because of their fear of death. He wrote:

"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the
angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and
honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for
every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and
by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to
make the captain of their salvation perfect through
sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are
sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed
to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto
my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise
unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again,
Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch
then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he
also himself likewise took part of the same; that through
death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that
is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death
were all their lifetime subject to bondage."
(Hebrews 2:9-15)

Do you see how un necessary the fear of death really is?
There is wonderful deliverance from death, and from the fear
of death for everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord
Jesus Christ; because He already overcame death, and Satan,
almost two thousand years ago when He gave His Life on the
Cross for the sins of the world. We have already overcome,
by faith, because He has already overcome. John tells us
that this is our victory, even our faith. Please consider
the following verses from the New Testament:

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might
have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be
of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the
world." (1 John 4:4)

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the
word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto
the death." (Revelation 12:11)

"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and
this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our
faith." (1 John 5:4)

If these poor people could only understand God's love for
them, if they could only have faith in His Word, and if they
could only accept the Free Gift of Eternal Life that He
offers them through the Sacrifice of His dear Son, all of
their fears would simply dissipate; because God's love is
the exact opposite of Satan's fear. Knowing that God loves
and cares for us fills us with the peace which passes all
understanding. Please consider the following verses:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not
willing that any should perish, but that all should come to
repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power,
and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out
fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made
perfect in love." (1 John 4:18)

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as
the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be
troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
(Philippians 4:7)

Notice that, just like the Apostle Paul, in the fourth
chapter of his first Epistle, John also states that those
whose lives are full of fear, experience torment. Because
they don't know the Savior, and because they face an unknown
future, they suffer emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Their lives are a living hell, because they have unwittingly
allowed themselves to become the servants of him who watches
over the gates of death and hell; Satan himself. This is
made clear in the following verses:

"While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the
servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of
the same is he brought in bondage." (2 Peter 2:19)

"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to
obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin
unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"
(Romans 6:16)

Thank the Lord that those of us who have wisely accepted the
Sacrifice of Christ, have such a wonderful peace in our
lives. We have heard the Truth, we have accepted it, and it
has truly set us free from the bondage of Satan, sin and
death. Our prison doors have been unlocked by the One who
rightfully possesses the keys of death and hell; that is,
Jesus Christ Himself; for He is the only Way, the only
Truth, and the only Life. He alone possesses the Key of
David, and He has set the captives free from their prisons
of spiritual darkness:

"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye
continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
(John 8:31-32)

"I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive
for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."
(Revelation 1:18)

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These
things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath
the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and
shutteth, and no man openeth;" (Revelation 3:7)

"That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the
prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of
Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of
the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great
light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of
death light is sprung up." (Matthew 4:14-16)

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed
me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal
the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them
that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the
Lord." (Luke 4:18-19)

"I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these
things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of
David, and the bright and morning star."
(Revelation 22:16)

In conclusion, when the time eventually arrives that we are
called to surrender this Earthly tabernacle of the flesh,
whether it be through accident, sickness or old age, let us
all do it joyfully, and not with fear or with sad hearts;
knowing that even if we are called before the Great Day of
His Coming, death cannot possibly hold us down; for the
sting of death has already been destroyed by Him who holds
the keys of death and hell:

"But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;
afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh
the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God,
even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and
all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put
all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be
destroyed is death." (1 Corinthians 15:23-26)

"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption,
and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be
brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is
swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O
grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and
the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which
giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
(1 Corinthians 15:54-57)

"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death
and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they
were judged every man according to their works. And death
and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second
death." (Revelation 20:13-14)

Brethren, we shall all truly rise again; and not only shall
we rise, but we shall rise in wonderfully new glorified
bodies over which neither sickness nor death will ever have
any power again! We shall shed this body of corruption, and
put on eternal bodies of incorruption; and we shall be
exactly like Him, for we shall see Him as He truly is:

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but
we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an
eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the
dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
changed." (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump
of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we
which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so
shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one
another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

"For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look
for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our
vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious
body, according to the working whereby he is able even to
subdue all things unto himself." (Philippians 3:20-21)

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet
appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall
appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he
is." (1 John 3:2)

"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle
were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made
with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan,
earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which
is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be
found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan,
being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but
clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life."
(2 Corinthians 5:1-4)

With these wonderfully inspiring verses, I am going to bring
another series to a close. I pray that it has truly been a
blessing and an encouragement in your life. He's coming
soon! Please keep your eyes on Jesus! Be thou faithful
unto death, and I will give thee a Crown of Life!

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