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   Heaven's Gate, Suicide
   And Other Death Cults
   Part 2

Endtime Prophecy Net - Article By The WordWeaver


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Published On : May 4, 1997

Last Updated : January 3, 2009

Marshall Applewhite - A False Christ And False Prophet, Take
Heed To Jesus' Warning Regarding False Christs, Heaven's Gate
Was Not A Gate To Heaven, Lying Wonders Of The Endtime, Jesus
Is The Door And The Only Way To Heaven, Next Level?, Loss Of
Free Will, Cult Manipulation & Indoctrination, Gaining Trust
And Doubting Self Worth, Brainwashing And Instilling Loyalty,
Submissiveness And Backsliding, Older Brothers & Promotions,
Cult Fanaticism - Sexual Favors & Dying For the Cause Or The
Cult Leader, Dying For Mullahs Or Cult Leaders Any Different?
Religious Dedication And Devotion vs. Extremism & Fanaticism,
Manipulation At Every Level Of Society, Low Self Esteem And
Thoughts Of Suicide, Heaven's Gate Cultists Desired To Die,
Biblical Truth Or New Age Lies?, Suicide Contrary To Bible,
King Saul And Abimelech Commit Suicide, Price Of Christian
Discipleship, Surrendering Our Wills And Lives To God, There
Is No Fast Train To Heaven, Jesus Announces His Coming Death,
Jesus Is Our Only Means Of Salvation, Peter Denies The Lord,
God Needs Us Alive To Preach The Gospel, Our Human Weakness,
Endtime Ministry And Persecution, God Will Never Forsake Us,
Brevity Of Human Life Span, God Chooses When And How We Die




So as you can see, Marshall Applewhite fulfilled the Lord's
words very precisely, because Applewhite actually claimed to
be Jesus Christ reincarnated, and not just merely a prophet,
which he most certainly was not. The Lord's warning was very
clear, and we would do well to remember it. As we've already
seen, Marshall Applewhite is only one of many false prophets
which have already come, and we haven't seen the end of them
yet. In fact, according to the previous set of verses, as we
draw closer to the end of this current age and man's corrupt
rule upon the Earth, some of these false prophets may even
manifest amazing abilities which even Marshall Applewhite was
not able to perform. For example, as I point out in some of
my other articles, such as the series "Lying Wonders Of The
Endtime", the Apostle Paul wrote the following regarding the
demonic deceiver who will one day sit in the rebuilt temple
in Jerusalem, claiming to be "God":

"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall
consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with
the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after
the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying
wonders,"
2 Thessalonians 2:8-9, KJV

But one thing of which I am absolutely certain, is that the
Heaven's Gate cult was NOT what it claimed to be; that is to
say, it was not truly the gate to Heaven. Consider what Jesus
also had to say in the Gospels of Matthew and John:

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and
broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there
be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and
narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be
that find it."
Matthew 7:13-14, KJV

"Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto
you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me
are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I
am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,
and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
John 10:7-9, KJV

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
John 14:6, KJV

Clearly then, the Heaven's Gate cult was by no means the gate
to Heaven as they claimed, but rather said, the gate to Hell,
guarded by one of Satan's deceivers and false prophets. While
the Heaven's Gate cult preached and believed that they were
going to a higher plane of existence, which they referred to
as the "Next Level", I can only wonder where that next level
really took them. Furthermore, they were thieves and robbers,
just like Jesus said, because they robbed people of their
very lives, and perhaps even of their chance of finding true
Salvation through Jesus Christ; the real Jesus Christ.

Many of you reading this have probably asked yourselves, "How
could this have happened? What could possibly cause people to
so blindly follow a man and his doctrine, whether it be Jim
Jones, David Koresh, Marshall Applewhite, Joseph Di Mambro and
Luc Jouret, or any other cult leader, to the point where they
are willing to give up their very lives at his behest?" For
most people, the idea of dying or killing themselves because
someone tells them to is totally inconceivable. It would be
viewed as complete lunacy and an act of desperation. It would
be assumed that one had lost all sense of reason, reality and
free will; and that, my friends, is partially what is at the
heart of the matter, and a central point of this article.

It is an established fact that in order for an individual to
become a happy, successful and productive member of any type
of regimented society, group or organization, such as the
aforementioned cults, he must first be willing, or perhaps
be induced, to surrender his free will for the supposed good
of the whole. In other words, he must be transformed into an
obedient member of the collective whole. One of the initial
stages in this subtle process is to convince the new recruit
that his former value system and/or frame of reference is
wrong. To accomplish this, the new recruit is first made to
doubt the validity of his old way of thinking by showing him
its inherent flaws and weaknesses. To prove this point, the
recruiter may point to the current dismal state of society,
and attribute it to following the old way of thinking. Much
of what the recruiter says will indeed be true, and the new
member will find himself readily agreeing with much of the
recruiter's words. At this point of the process, a bridge of
trust has begun to form.

At the same time, the new member is made to question his own
self worth. He will be constantly reminded of his own human
imperfections in order to further weaken his resistance. The
recruiter will paint himself as a friend whose only interest
is to save the new member from the error of his old ways of
thinking and doing things, and thus invoke appreciation from
the new member. In short, a power struggle is underway in
which the recruiter is slowly seeking to dominate the will of
the new member.

While all of this is occurring, the new recruit is likewise
being slowly bombarded with the new doctrine, so that the old
frame of reference is forgotten, and replaced by the new. It
is similar to a form of mental rewiring, or brainwashing, if
you prefer. Any manifestation of doubt, or resistance, by the
new recruit is looked upon as potential disobedience and even
disloyalty and is immediately brought to the attention of the
new recruit, usually in a subtle, intimidating manner. Being
as he wants to please his new spiritual masters, and show his
worthiness, the new member will amend his ways, thus further
diminishing his ability to think on his own. Of course, so
that the new member doesn't become overly discouraged by the
constant reprimands during the initial stages of this subtle
process, he is also constantly reminded that he is chosen and
special, and a part of a small elite group called either by
God, his country, or the superiors of his organization. In
short, the recruit's desire to belong to something, and to
be accepted, is fulfilled, and he acquires a true sense of
loyalty.

Eventually, after days, weeks or months, depending upon the
character of the individual, the process is complete, and the
member loses all free will, and becomes totally dependent on
the recruiter for both his spiritual and material needs. He
has acknowledged his own lowly state, and is thankful to even
be a part of the movement, society or organization. He's also
aware that his continued participation in the organization is
conditional upon his willingness to remain submissive. At the
same time, a double-psychology is brought into play whereby
the new member is made to feel that in spite of the physical
privations or psychological hardships he may have to endure,
(even though the leaders may actually live quite well off in
some cases), to leave the group would be equivalent to total
failure on his or her part.

In the case of religious cults and organizations, quite often
the new member is made to feel that to fail the organization,
or the group leader, is equivalent to failing God; and living
with the conscience of having failed God, or at least with the
belief of having failed God, is difficult for anyone to bear.
Religious organizations and churches refer to this "betrayal"
of the faith as backsliding. A person who has been a victim of
heavy indoctrination by a religious cult, and then chooses to
leave, or manages to escape, can sometimes take many years to
overcome the influence of the group; and sometimes they never
do. As I noted earlier, while most people have the impression
that thirty-nine members of the Heaven's Gate UFO cult died
as a result of their death pact, the truth is that forty-one
members actually died. Two of them chose to take their lives
later; apparently believing that they had failed their leader
and missed the boat on March 26, 1997; which is the day that
the thirty-nine bodies were discovered in Rancho Santa Fe.

So as I was saying, the new member becomes just another part
of the collective whole, and would never doubt that his older
brothers, elders, superiors or whatever they call themselves,
have his best interests at heart. From this moment forward,
and once the indoctrination and brainwashing process has been
completed, the new recruit's entire objective will be to do
as he is told, and to simply be an obedient submissive member
who will do his best to please his new masters, and carry on
the work of the organization. After all, he doesn't want to
acquire the reputation of being a troublemaker, and face the
danger of excommunication. If he proves himself, with time,
he may even find himself moving up in the ranks and becoming
responsible for other members below him. He may acquire the
status of being an "older brother", or possibly a leader.

Given enough time, the desire to please and impress the cult
leader can become excessive and reach a dangerous level. Cult
fanaticism reveals itself in different ways. It may involve
performing special deeds, such as having sex with the cult's
leader, or engaging in heroic acts, such as being willing to
die for the belief system of the group, or perhaps even to
die in the line of duty in order to protect the cult leader
himself. This has become known as the "martyr syndrome"; that
is, being willing to die for a cause, or for a person, as a
means to demonstrate one's worthiness, or even to convince
oneself that one is truly worthy. In some cases, as we have
seen, it stems from self-doubt and an inferiority complex
which has been slowly instilled in the new recruit over the
years by those who are seeking to dominate him.

On a related note, while the Western mass media is very fond
of bombarding us with stories of Muslim suicide bombers who
blindly follow their mullahs, and who are willing to die for
their faith, are the modern death cults that I have described
for you in this series really that much different? My view is
that religious fanaticism is still religious fanaticism, no
matter which faith is involved. While we may admire religious
dedication and devotion, religious fanaticism and extremism
should most certainly be condemned. Separating the two isn't
always an easy task.

While I have described the previous indoctrination process to
you from the perspective of one who joins a dangerous cult,
it is important that you recognize that this very same method
of recruitment, indoctrination and mind control, is likewise
employed by main-line churches, by political organizations,
by school systems, by companies and other organizations, etc.
Whether you are shouting "Hallelujah!" in your local church,
or cheering your favorite politician at a rally, or being
spoon-fed by a school teacher and spitting back the results
like a parrot, or mouthing popular company's slogans, it is
all the same thing. You are basically a manipulated puppet in
a controlled environment where only limited freedom, contrary
views, and dissent is allowed. Every time you turn on the TV
set, or the radio, or surf the Internet, or read a newspaper
or magazine, you are being manipulated, and being told what
to think and believe, what to wear, what to eat, who to vote
for, etc. So we are all manipulated in one way or another in
our daily lives, whether we realize it or not.

This even applies to entire nations. Do you honestly believe
that you live in a democratic society where the freedoms of
speech and expression are truly allowed? Even in the U.S.A.,
which claims to be the bastion of these liberties, and the
defender of freedom, democracy and human rights, disagreeing
with the policies of President George W. Bush is viewed by
those in power as a lack of patriotism. Modern protests are
so controlled, so as to remain for the most part ineffective.
So even democracy has its limits.

But returning to our main topic concerning how certain cults
intimidate their members, and make them feel inferior, sad to
say, even some dominating parents, either knowingly or maybe
unknowingly, do this very same with their children, and some
children never manage to get over it, even when they reach
adulthood. They live their entire lives feeling inferior and
inadequate from being put down so often when they were young,
and being told that they never did anything right, and that
they were a failure. Tragically, when a person acquires such
a negative attitude regarding oneself, it can often lead to
thoughts of suicide, as is evident by news reports.

In the case of the Heaven's Gate cult members, their suicide
pact wasn't a result of feeling inferior, but rather it was
born of a desire to obtain something better, or at least so
they were led to believe by their demented leader. A number
of videos which were shown on nationwide television clearly
indicated that they had passed the point of no return, and
that they had taken their own lives joyfully, in the belief
that they would be ascending to the "Next Level". As bizarre
as that may seem to some people, those thirty-nine members
of the Heaven's Gate UFO cult wanted to die. They actually
anticipated it, and yearned for it, with each passing day.
They were firmly convinced that it was God's will, and that
this was the way in which He had chosen for them to exit the
world for a better place; that is, aboard a nonexistent UFO
which was supposedly hidden within the tail of the comet
Hale-Bopp.

As a Christian who has earnestly studied the Bible for four
decades, it's quite obvious to me that the misguided members
of the Heaven's Gate cult seriously erred in their personal
understanding of the Word and Will of God. For whatever their
reasons, they abandoned the genuine teachings of the Bible,
and foolishly embraced the warped beliefs of a man whom they
allowed to totally dominate their lives. They surrendered
their God-given free will, in order to become the servants of
Satan through their charismatic leader who, according to some
news reports, even lied about his own health condition. Had
those people taken the time to study the Word of God on their
own, instead of relying upon the New Age interpretation which
was taught to them by their leader, they would've known that
what he was teaching was totally contrary to the Bible. The
very same thing can be said of the other cults which we have
examined in this series. Those people made the same mistake.

If there is one thing of which I am certain from my studies,
it is that committing suicide is not condoned or encouraged
anywhere in the entire Bible. If anything, suicide was viewed
as an act of pride and cowardice. For example, consider how
after being rejected by the Lord, rebellious King Saul was
wounded in battle, and then asked his servant to kill him so
that his enemies wouldn't have the pleasure of taking his
life. To make matters worse, after Saul had killed himself,
his armourbearer followed his example and killed himself as
well, as we see here:

"And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit
him; and he was sore wounded of the archers. Then said Saul
unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through
therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me
through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he
was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon
it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell
likewise upon his sword, and died with him. So Saul died, and
his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that
same day together."
1 Samuel 31:3-6, KJV

We discover a similar cowardly act of suicide, or to say it
more accurately, suicide by proxy, in the classic example of
Abimelech, the man who wanted to be the first king of Israel.
To his shame, proud Abimelech was defeated by a certain woman
who dropped a piece of millstone upon his head. Abimelech was
so concerned about his reputation, that like King Saul, he
asked his armourbearer to kill him, lest word spread that he
had been slain by a woman. In the Book of Judges we read:

"And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it,
and went hard unto the door of the tower to burn it with
fire. And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon
Abimelech's head, and all to brake his skull. Then he called
hastily unto the young man his armourbearer, and said unto
him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A
woman slew him. And his young man thrust him through, and he
died."
Judges 9:52-54, KJV

In the New Testament, we find some very interesting verses
which could easily be misconstrued by those people who are
not well-grounded in their knowledge of God's Word, and who
may lack the understanding of God's Spirit. Please consider
what Jesus taught in the Gospel of Luke regarding the price
of discipleship:

"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let
him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever
will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it."
Luke 9:23-24, KJV

In the above verses, Jesus is not telling His Disciples that
they must die for Him in a physical sense, or that they must
purposely kill themselves, (commit suicide), in order to reap
the benefits of Eternal Life. He is referring to surrendering
their own wills and plans for their lives, in order to do the
Will of God, which is the same thing that He asks Christians
to do today. Notice that He very clearly says that we must do
this on a daily basis, in order to follow Him. Obviously, we
cannot do this if we are dead. In the case of His immediate
Disciples, that meant leaving their earthly professions, and
becoming fishers of men, preaching the Gospel, and winning
souls to the Kingdom of God through teaching faith in Jesus
Christ as the long-awaited Messiah. Consider the calling of
Simon Peter and Andrew his brother in the Gospel of Matthew:

"And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you
fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and
followed him."
Matthew 4:19-20, KJV

As you can see, the previous verses clarify for us exactly
what the Lord meant by His words in the Gospel of Luke. This
is what it means to take up our cross daily. It doesn't mean
to kill ourselves physically by committing suicide. While the
Lord obviously knew that most of His Disciples would someday
die a martyr's death, not once did He ever ask them to kill
themselves on the spot in order to prove their faith or their
loyalty to Him. Neither did the Lord ever teach His followers
that committing suicide was a fast train to Heaven. Quite to
the contrary. Consider what He said to the Jews in the Gospel
of John:

"Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall
seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot
come. Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he
saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come."
John 8:21-22, KJV

Obviously, the reason why those Jews couldn't follow Him into
Eternal Life, is because they didn't even believe that Jesus
is the Son of God and the Messiah to begin with. Furthermore,
because they lacked the understanding of God's Spirit, some
of those thick-headed Jews apparently thought that Jesus was
going to commit suicide; but obviously, this is not what He
meant whatsoever. Jesus was in fact referring to His imminent
Death on the Cross; not by His own hands, but rather by the
Jewish Elders and the Roman government. Later on, Jesus said
the very same thing to His chosen Disciples in the Gospel of
John, as we see here:

"Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall
seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot
come; so now I say to you."
John 13:33, KJV

Please notice that in the previous sets of verses, nowhere do
we find the Lord encouraging anyone to commit suicide so that
they can go to Heaven quicker, ahead of everyone else. It is
plain to see that committing suicide in order to somehow gain
our Heavenly Reward is not a part of God's current plan, and
never has been. As I said earlier, there is no fast train to
Heaven, as those poor cult members erroneously believed. God
does not need dead Christians; He needs live Christians who
are willing to boldly preach the Gospel to those who are not
yet saved. By prematurely taking our lives through an act of
suicide, we are cutting our Christian ministry short, and at
the same time, denying others the opportunity of hearing the
Gospel. Of course, God can, and probably will, send someone
else in our stead, but we will be denied the blessing of
having won more souls to Jesus Christ. The previous verses
are followed a chapter later by Jesus saying the following:

"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."
John 14:4-6, KJV

So as I pointed out earlier, believing in Jesus Christ, and
accepting His Sacrifice on the Cross as the only means of
Atonement for our sins, is the only way in which we can ever
hope to obtain Eternal Life; and not by killing ourselves in
order to board some fictitious spaceship trailing a comet, as
the misguided members of the Heaven's Gate UFO cult foolishly
believed. This applies to those other cults as well. Killing
yourself will not gain you a quick seat in Heaven.

After the Lord had informed His closest Disciples that one of
them would soon betray Him, Peter, perhaps in his own pride,
exclaimed that he would never deny Jesus; and that he in fact
would even be willing to die with the Lord. The rest of the
Disciples also agreed with Peter. To Peter's surprise, Jesus
quickly corrected him, and told him that he would deny Jesus
three times before the cock crowed, as we see by these verses
found in the Gospel of Matthew:

"Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended
because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite
the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered
abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you
into Galilee. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all
men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be
offended. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That
this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will
I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples."
Matthew 26:31-35, KJV

Even though His Disciples displayed a willingness to die with
Jesus, this wasn't what the Lord expected or required of them
at that time. As I said earlier, He already knew that most of
them would eventually die a martyr's death anyway; but in the
meantime, He wanted them to remain alive as long as possible,
so that Christianity could be built upon a strong foundation.
To reiterate, this same point also applies to Christians who
are living today. God needs for us to remain alive, in order
that we might preach the Gospel to the lost. Later that same
night, Jesus said to the Disciples:

"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the
spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Matthew 26:41, KJV

Even though the Disciples thought themselves strong enough to
stand up and defend Jesus even in the face of death, to their
bitter disappointment, Jesus soon revealed their weaker side
to them, when they fled from the Garden of Gethsemane at the
time of His arrest. It wouldn't be until later, following the
Lord's Resurrection and Ascension to Heaven, that the Apostles
would receive the precious Gift of the Holy Ghost; and with it
the boldness to preach the Gospel, loving their lives not unto
the death, as we see here:

"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, KJV

For a related article which discusses at length the Apostle
Peter's miraculous transformation from coward to a pillar of
the Early Church, please consider reading "Peter: Faith Tried
In The Fire".

Thus far, through Scriptural research, I have shown that it
is not God's Will for any of us to try to hasten our deaths,
so that we can reap the benefits of Eternal Life. If we are
God-fearing Christians, the Lord needs us here for as long as
possible in order to get the job done; and the closer we come
to the end of all things, the more difficult it will become
to accomplish this task. However, according to the prophecies
of the Prophet Daniel, in the final years of the reign of the
Beast and the False Prophet, some people will have a great
ministry, as many of the world's lost will seek the truth in
the last, dark, dying days of the current worldly systems.
Daniel wrote:

"And they that understand among the people shall instruct
many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by
captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall
fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many
shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of
understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to
make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is
yet for a time appointed."
Daniel 11:33-35, KJV

The above verses are just one example to show what God will
require of people who know the truth. Some Believers shall
indeed fall, and like the first Disciples, we may possibly
even deny the faith due to our own human frailties; but as
with them, the Lord will not cast us aside; for we have the
promises of His Word, as we see by these verses:

"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that
cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
John 6:37, KJV

"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never
perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
John 10:28, KJV

"If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny
himself."
2 Timothy 2:13, KJV

". . . for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake
thee."
Hebrews 13:5b, KJV.

As I noted a moment ago, when Peter and the other Disciples
abandoned Jesus, and then cowardly hid from their Jewish and
Roman persecutors, it was a sobering lesson to them of how
weak they really were in the flesh, and how much they really
had to depend upon God's Spirit for their faith and strength.
Once they learned this lesson, the Lord poured out His Holy
Spirit upon them in Acts chapter two, and they became bold
witnesses for the Lord. Perhaps they too felt abandoned by
the Lord for a time, but in the end, they realized that He
had been with them all the while, just as He is now with us.

In the beginning of this series, I pointed out that one of
the primary reasons why people in these obscure groups are so
easily led astray, is because they depend upon others to tell
them what the truth is, instead of looking for it themselves.
Of course, if from the very beginning they reject the Bible
as the true frame of reference in their lives, then they will
be even worse off. The leaders of these groups will have an
even easier time in deceiving them, because these lost sheep
don't even know what the truth is to begin with. In the case
of New Age and UFO groups like the Heaven's Gate cult, they
have been deluded by a false religion which is an odd blend
of Christianity, New Age thought and Eastern religions. This
is indeed a deadly, deceptive mixture. For their part, Jim
Jones and the Peoples Temple attempted to mix Christianity
with communism. With their stockpile of weapons, Koresh and
his Branch Davidians seemed to mix Christianity with some of
their political ideologies. The members of the Order of the
Solar Temple followed a belief system that mixed ancient
Christianity with mysticism. All of these groups failed and
ended in tragedy.

It is an inevitable, foregone conclusion that we will all die
one of these days, just as the moon is sure to rise, and the
sun is sure to set. As the Apostle James informs us, our life
is like a cloud which briefly passes through the sky, and is
then gone:

"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."
James 4:14, KJV

By God's Grace, some of us will die peaceful, natural deaths.
Others may face tragic deaths, either through chronic health
problems, accidents, acts of violence, or by whatever means
the Lord allows in our lives. As evil times progress, some of
us may experience martyrs' deaths, as is revealed through the
verses which are found in the Book of Daniel, as well as in
other places in the Bible. Regardless of how we die, we all
need to recognize that God is in control of our lives, and we
should leave it that way. The Lord put us here, and He knows
exactly when, as well as how, He wants us to leave. For us to
interfere with His plans in any way is foolish and selfish;
and it is in fact attempting to usurp His Authority over our
lives. That God is fully aware of each of our existences is
clearly made evident by verses such as the following:

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every
purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to
die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is
planted;"
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, KJV

"Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them
shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the
very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not
therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows."
Matthew 10:29-31, KJV


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