AND IF I DIE ?

 

                                                                                           

Introduction:

 

 

To begin with, the bible says: "No one can keep himself  from DYING or put off the day of his DEATH. That is a battle we cannot escape; we cannot cheat our way out" Ecclesiastes 8:8.

 

Some One Once Asked Me: Pastor Ezra, What convincing evidence can you  give from the Bible to proof that it is truly the word of God to be listened to and trusted?  He was right! And I believe that you equally reading this tract, may be asking the same or similar questions. You are equally right. 

 

It is therefore my responsibility to answer, than give the impression of just  trying to waste your time with some common human mental religious illusions as is generally perceived today, having no true base of truth to be trusted.

 

 I have Three(3) convincing evidence drawn from Genesis 3:14-19:

 

" So the Lord God said to the serpent, ...."Cursed are you above all the livestock  and all the wild animals! ... And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."  ...To the woman he said," I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you." ... To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I command you not to eat....  By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."

 

We see all of these materializing in our lives, whether we like it or not. Educated or not, we see the power of these words of God exerting itself upon us irrespective of our will. If as such, then any other thing written in the holy scriptures   will come to pass in our lives whether we like it or not.

 

So, it is for our own good to obey this command of God in  Joshua  1:8-9  that says:

 

"Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."

 

1)  What Is Physical Death?

 

 The bible says: ".... you will return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return" Gen 3:19. Physical death therefore, is the separation of the spirit from the  physical body.

 

For God said,  "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness,... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Gen 1:26-27.

 

If  God is spirit, then automatically His image in man is the spirit of man. We know that a human being is made up of : Spirit-Soul-body. A  human being is therefore a spirit that has a soul living in a body. At physical death, the biological body nourished by oxygen becomes lifeless and the spirit which is in God's image leaves and goes back  to God its  owner. For the spirit man which is in the image of God to have  lived in the physical, it needed something of the physical. So, God took soil from the physical world he had created and made the house of the spirit man to  live in. To this the bible says: Then God took some soil from the ground and formed a man out of it; he breathed life-giving  breath into his nostrils and the man began to live".

God therefore put the spirit of man in man's house-biological body as it is written: The LORD  who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and FORMS the SPIRIT OF MAN within him" Zechariah 12:1.

 

So if you die today, what is to be buried is not you but the biological body made of soil.  And since God is spirit and exist for ever, so is  the human spirit. It goes back to God who  disposes of it depending on how we spent our life on earth while in the physical body. Either in Paradise-under the alter in heaven( Rev 6:9), or in Hades-hell(Luke 16:19-3, 1 Peter 3:18-21). God shows us physical death every day during our sleep in what we call dream.  The spirit leaves and is in the invisible, and while there, it doesn't even occur that we have left a body on the bed.

 

So, we must not be afraid of physical death, but spiritual death because physical death is God's will for us and we can't escape from it. It can come at any moment either through: accidents, sickness, difficult delivery, poisoning, witchcraft,  etc... The fundamental problem is: Where does my spirit go to after physical death since there are two destinations? To Hell or to heaven for eternity ? The bible says: " It is appointed for man to die once, then comes the judgment"  Hebrew 9:27.

 

2) What Is Eternal Spiritual Death?

 

Eternal Spiritual death is the eternal separation of the human spirit from God, after Physical death. This is that which is not the will of God for us. The major cause of this is sin, which is living our life on earth in this physical body,  disobeying  the word of God. God wants that all of us escape from spiritual death, by repenting from our sins. When we do this, He rejoices in heaven as the bible says. It may be in some hours to come, days, weeks, months or years, the fundamental thing is to be ready, because it must come.  The bible says: " Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders  nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6 :9-10. Are you still living a sinful life ?

 

3) What Is Eternal Spiritual Life?

 

This is the reconciliation of the human spirit with God through repentance from sins. After physical death he lives in enjoyment forever. That is why Jesus Christ said: " Unless a man is born again, he cannot enter the kingdom of  God....Born of water and the Holy Spirit" John 3:3-5. And Act 2:38 illustrates  clearly the 3 fundamental steps to take:

 

1) Repentance from sins(Luke 24:45-47, Mark 1:14-15, Matthew3:1-2)

2) Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins(1Peter3:20-21)

3) Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit( Act 8:14-17, Act 2:1-4, Matthew 3:16-17).

 

All those who are reborn in Christ, and are living a holy life here on earth in their physical bodies, have a wonderful eternal plan reserve for them in heaven and the new world God is going to create (Rev 6:9, Rev 21:1-5, Isaiah 65:17-21, Luke 18:29.

 

4) What Really Is This Wonderful Plan Of Eternal Spiritual Life That God  Has For Us After Physical Death That Apostle Paul Saw And Was Anxious To Leave His Physical Body(Die Physically) As To Begin Enjoying  It?

 

Apostle said " I desire to depart from this body and be with Christ which is better by far better.." Philippians 1:23. He saw heaven and the new world God is going to create. To this, our Lord Jesus Christ said:  "I tell you the truth," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God   will fail to receive many times as much in this world  and, in the world  to come, eternal life." Luke 18:29-30.

 

A) How Possible Is This?

Those who leave their earthly  bodies now through physical death, are kept under the

alter of God in heaven-Paradise( Rev 6:9), waiting for the second coming of Christ.  When he will appear in the sky for the rapture  at any moment from now, those  reborn in Christ  unto a holy life will have their  physical bodies transformed as it is written:

 

"Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 .Then those under the alter in heaven-Paradise will resurrect  and together with those transformed will be taken by the Lord in heaven as it is written: " For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.

 

Taken up to heaven where they shall all be with the lord in heaven like angles having no marriage for 1000yrs(Luke 20:35),  fire  will then pour upon this earth to consume everything on it as written:

 

On that day the heavens   will disappear with a shrill noise, the heavenly bodies will burn up and be destroyed, and the earth and everything in it will vanish…as you wait for the day  of God…the day when the heavens will burn up and be destroyed, and the heavenly bodies will be melted by the heat. BUT WE WAIT FOR WHAT GOD HAS PROMISED; NEW  HEAVENS AND NEW  EARTH, WHERE  RIGHTEOUSNESS  WILL BE  AT HOME ”2 Peter3:10-13.

 

God will then  judge and throw into  eternal lake of fire the ungodly who died without living a holy life in Christ  as it is written:

 "And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

 

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them....The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.  Rev 20:10-15.

 

After this present world is replaced with a new one, God  will then bring down  all the saints in heaven  to live on it forever as He had intended from the beginning when he was creating Adam and Eve before they sinned and disrupted his program.

 

B) Which Is This HOLY  CITY  Coming Down  From Heaven?

 

The bible says after the final judgment and eternal lake of fire:

 " Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away , and the sea was no more. And I saw the HOLY  CITY, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I hear d a loud voice from the throne saying, Behold, the dwelling of God is with men.  He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.( Revelation 21:1-6, Rev3: 12).

 

The  HOLY  CITY  coming down  from heaven refers to the Saints or believers who  were raptured and those who had physically died first. They have all been enjoying the 1000yrs  like angel in heaven before now. They are the ones  clothed  with a New 

earthly everlasting imperishable  body to accomplish Isaiah 65:17-25. Or is there any place in the bible that  God says he will create from the soil other new Human beings as Adam and Eve to live like this? If there is, please kindly quote  the text.

 

C) How  Is Life Going To Look Like  In This New  Coming World ?

 

To this the bible says: I am making a new earth and new heavens. The events of the past will be completely for gotten .Be glad and rejoice forever in what I create. The New Jerusalem I make will be full of joy , and her people will be happy . I myself will be filled with joy because of Jerusalem and her people.

There will be no weeping there, no calling for help. Babies will no longer die in infancy , and all people will live out their life span.

Those who live to be a hundred will be considered young....People  will build houses and live in them themselves-they will not be used by someone else. They will plant vineyards and enjoy the wine,  it will not be drunk by others. They will fully enjoy the things that they had worked for. The work they do will be successful, and their children will not meet with disaster. I will bless them and their descendants for all times to come. Even before they finish praying to me, I will answer their prayers. Wolves and lambs will eat straw , as cattle do, and snake will no longer be dangerous.  On Zion, my sacred hill, there will be nothing harmful or evil ( Isaiah 65:17-25 GNs).

 

So, God is going back to what He had intending from the beginning before man sinned.  In his thoughts of creating an earth and putting man on it, He wanted a holy world with holy people living for his glory. But unfortunately man sinned  in the garden of Eden which is in the present day Iraqi(....Then the Lord God planted a garden in the East....A stream flowed in Eden  and watered the Garden...The third  river is the Tigris..and the fourth is Euphrates " Genesis 2:8-14.

 

Refer on your maps where  river Tigris and Euphrates are found. God tried their obedience to him by asking them not to eat the fruit. It could have been any fruits(orange, apples, papaw etc), but what matters was the word that God pronounced on it. So this shows how powerful the word of God is, that he commands us to study it day and night as to obey  everything written in it. Many are deceived by the devil to claim the forbidden fruit to be sex, whereas God had already commanded them to multiple and fill the world which was to be done through sex.

 

If this is the lovely plan of God for us, then no need for much  regret  after physical death if we lived a life pleasing to the Lord. It may be in some hours to come, days, weeks, months or years, the fundamental thing is to be ready, because it must come.

 

Do you want to surrender your life to Christ so that He transforms you into a new creation ready for eternity with Him at any moment when physical death comes? If yes, then repeat this prayer for yourself and be free to contact us if need be :

 

Lord Jesus, I have sinned against you in my thoughts, words and action. I deserve to perish eternally in the lake of fire, as your just punishment for my sin. You however, died on the cross so that I may not perish but have eternal life. I repent of my sins and renounce all my sinful ways and sinful practices. I give up all such practices, including what  brought me gain and pleasure. Wash me in your precious blood and receive ma as your child.  Come into my heart now and be my savior and Lord. Fill me now to overflow with the Holy Spirit, and let His fruit and his gifts be manifested in my life beginning from this moment. Thank you Lord, for hearing my prayers. Glory be to your holy name. Amen

      

 

 

 

Be blessed as you read on.

Sincerely

Br.  Ezra Orando Chea A.

Non-denominational Bible Teaching Ministry for the Perfecting of Saints in Ready for the Rapture

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