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Sheol and Death.
Their are different beliefs about death and hell or sheol. Most people want to believe that they would not go to hell after death. But it all depends upon what we do on this earth. This is the staging ground for our entrance into heaven. If we don’t accept Jesus here and now, we don’t have any chance of making it into heaven. The bible say in Hebrews 9:27, once we die then comes the judgment.
I have watched people die in hospitals or homes. As I paid attention to the person, I saw their spirit separate from their body. It happened sometimes instantly and sometimes over a period of days or weeks. How I recognized it was talking to them. As their spirit began to separate from their body, there was a delayed reaction in answering me. My grandmother was dying over a period of 2 weeks. I went to the hospital to see her. As I stood in the door of her hospital room. I says to myself in my head, I hate to see you like this. I sat down next to her and she turned to me and said, don’t say that, don’t say that. My great aunt who was sitting there, said she is talking out of her head. But I know that she heard what I said because her spirit was separating from her body. People who are dying can hear and speech to us as their spirit separates from their body. But once the connection is broken between body and spirit, they can only speech to us through the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 12:1-2).
There is a Jewish belief that when a person dies, their spirit lingers on earth for 3 days (John 11:39). This is why Jesus was died for 3 days. When Jesus was on the cross, the thief on the right side of Jesus ask Him to remember him when He enter into His kingdom. Jesus said, this day you will be with me in paradise. Paradise was not heaven. All the saints that died before Jesus died and rose again, where placed in Paradise. The Jewish word for hell is Sheol. As Jesus explained in the parable of the beggar Lazarus, there is the bosom of Abraham or paradise. Hell was split into two places. One was made for the saints before they could enter into heaven. The other was a place of torment with the devils in hell (Luke 16:22-26). Jesus descended into hell to do 2 things. One was to led captivity captive, the people in paradise, back to heaven. And the other was to take the keys of death and hell away from the devil (Ephesians 4:8; Revelations 1:17).
That is why we can say that mortality has put on immortality. O, death why is your sting and grave where is your victory? It is because we have the victory through Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection. The sting of death is sin and we have been forgive through the blood of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).
Today, the place called Paradise no longer exist. When all the saints went to heaven, there was no need for it. On the other hand, hell and torment are still there. Sadly, hell is filling up with people who refuse to hear and listen to God and Jesus. Our chance for redemption is here on this earth. Once we die, there is no more time. The judgment of God is final. This is the story of Sheol and hell.
It’s a day before Christmas and it’s mad dash to finish up last minute preparations. Buying those last minute presents and maxing out your credit cards. Is this the real meaning of Christmas? Is it about material wealth? All too often people just ignore the real meaning of Christmas. It is about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We think about our troubles and don’t see what really happened when Jesus was born. His country was occupied by a foreign power. They killed whoever didn’t obey their rules. Jesus was hunted by the authorities to kill Him, even as a child. He had to live incognito for most of His life. But this was the plan of God for Jesus and mankind. When we share with our families the Christmas food and fellowship, let us also share our faith in the Creator of all this, Jesus. I hope and pray that everyone has a blessed Christmas day and New Year. Crain.
Peace on Earth.
When the angels appeared to the shepherds in the fields between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the angel of the Lord spoke to the shepherds. It says in Luke 2, that the shepherds were deathly afraid. They had never seen an angel or a heavenly vision. The angel said to them, I bring you good tidings of great joy…in the city of David a savior is born, which is Christ the Lord…Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and good will toward men. After the angels left and they closed their mouths for they were all flabbergasted. They said to each other, let us go and see this sight. This is the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Have you ever thought about the cost of peace on earth? It is true that Jesus came to bring peace to mankind, but He also said that He brought a sword to set at variance a man with his father (Matthew 10:34-39). The peace that Jesus is talking about is peace with God, not peace on earth. And everyone can have this peace, if they chose it. It comes down to our choice in life. So, what is the cost of this peace that God brings? Not surprisingly, it is the same as the price that Jesus paid, His death. To enter into this peace of God, one must die to themselves. You cannot enter heaven without dying, both spiritually and physically. The spiritual death occurs on this earth and our physical death is the only way to enter into the other side of this world, which is God’s realm. So you see, the cost of the peace of God is death. Jesus is our example, that is why He paid the price for us to have the peace with God. Now, it is up to you what you choose to do. You can have the form of godliness and deny the power or you can have the peace of God, here and now and in the world to come.
I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas et Bonne Annee.
It is never good to carry our emotions on our sleeve. To have our emotions exposed to world for everyone to see. We should be cool and calculating about everything. I was told this all my life. I should never get too emotional about any thing. But it’s too late for all of that. God made me emotional. I have the emotions of God. In Galatians 5:22-23, It says. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. These are the emotions of God. I get excited about being like God. It is because I am suppose to. In 1983, during the US Congressional declared Year of the Bible, a Gallup poll was taken in the US. The question was what was the most important 3 things in your life. You guess what the answer was. It was love, joy and peace. The first three emotions of God listed in Galatians 5:22. God has put in place our whole life. It has always been right in front of our face all of our lives. It ranges from life, to health, to prosperity, to wisdom and all the way to emotions. We are to become just like God in this life and in the world to come. We are never to use our emotions as a weapon. This is where they become dark and sinister. If we live with just love, joy and peace, we will do well in this life. Now how do we obtain those emotions? That is easy. We ask God to forgive us of sins and accept Jesus into our hearts. It will change your whole prospective about this life and the world to come. Be blessed in the Christmas season and hope that you have a prosperous New Year.
And Another Year.
It’s December 1st and it’s another year gone by. When I was 25, I didn’t think much about time. All I thought was I will live forever. It is true that I will live forever, but not in this world. My time is running out. I have prepared for that contingency. My life in the next world is assured by submitting and following Jesus Christ. But what upsets me is that my life on earth is just about over. I don’t know the time or place but it’s is coming. Time seems to be speeding up. This year has gone by so quickly. And what have I done to improve my life and the lives of others? From my prospective. it’s not enough. I want to do more than I am now. There is so much to accomplish before I pass on. That desire to accomplish more woke me up at 4am this morning. And I am writing this blog to affect the lives of as many people as I can. And hopefully, the effect is distinguishable. When I first started writing this blog, I asked the Lord if He would show me if I was reaching anyone. I wrote a blog that went viral. It traveled around the world and produced 15,000 comments in a month. Now that was changing people’s lives. They heard me and I was glad. It is time for more viral blogs to be written. I hope and pray that your life is one of joy and peace in this Christmas season.
I was thinking about the many things that disconnect us. People are more disjointed than ever. All you have to do is to pick a subject and you will find examples. But what is sad, is that it’s the norm rather than the exception. In recent events, there is the Covid-19 epidemic. This one event, in world history, has separated all the people for fear of this disease. The panic amongst our leaders was real and effective. No one would go near each other for fear of catching the disease and/or dying. What it created is an atmosphere of fear and distrust. People are using the first thing that disconnected us, the cell phone, to talk to each other. We are social beings and need to communicate and fellowship with each other. Even though we think differently, there is a need in us to be with each other. And when that need is not met, we begin to have emotional and physical problems. There is in this country a rampant emotional problem, that rivals Covid-19, it is depression. Depression is caused by not having your emotional needs met. The saddest thing I have ever seen is a person that is lonely in the middle of a group of people. Being disconnected is not a by-product of the pandemic, it is the purpose of it. The whole exercise is about controlling the population and changing people’s attitudes. It is time to reconnect with our fellow man. To begin talking to each other and meeting that social need of communication, face to face. As the commercial says, try it, you will like it.
For years now the struggle against authority has been raging. I can’t say that rebellion began in the 1960’s, but it came of age in America. I grew up in a conservative home. My parents tried to teach me self-constraint. It was like water on a duck’s back. It didn’t really take effect until my rebellion started to cost me. I will tell you the truth, it cost me a lot. I wouldn’t listen until I was almost 30 years old. That is because I was so close to death. I had burned down everything that was good and true in my life. I finally figured out that my parents weren’t as dumb as I thought they were. Each person has to come to that reality or they will lose their life, literally. Authority is portrayed as something useless. You don’t have to go far in America to see people who have lost the constraint of authority. All you have to look at the mess that was in Missouri and Maryland. Then you can look at people who believe in authority in South Carolina after the church shooting. In the 2015 there were 9 police officers killed in the line of duty in America. If you don’t recognize what this whole plan is I will tell you. It is a plan to discredit God Himself. Without God in charge, who will fix the problems of man? You can see for yourself the failed plans of our government to fix anything. Every great civilization has fallen because of the lack of God in their lives. Soon Christianity will be outlawed in America. What will happen is the fall of America. The church will have to go underground just like the 1st century Christians did. There was a Roman Centurion who went to Jesus to ask for help. His servant was sick. As the soldier approached Jesus, he began to ask for help. Jesus said I would go to his house. The soldier said, I am a man under authority. All I have to say is to do this or that and it is done. He ask Jesus just to speak the word and his servant would be healed. Jesus said, I haven’t found so great a faith in all of Israel. You can’t be in authority without being under authority.
I have been listening to music of my youth. I like ballads more than anything else. As I listened I remember my youth and wasted time I spent. I can see all the opportunities that I had. I am listening to Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle”. We all want our lives to count for something. We don’t want to be irrelevant. This is where our family comes into play. The support they give encourages us to go on. Sometimes you can get lost in the world. The saddest thing is to be lonely in midst of people. This is where we need to seek help to live the way we are suppose to. As I watch programs on TV that talk about getting needed help for depression, I think about how lonely they are. We were never made to be alone. We are social beings and need each other. Jesus walk around doing good so that people would not feel alone. God’s word always talks about how much that He loves us and wants to share His life with us. That hole in your heart can only be filled with Jesus. There is no other thing in this world that will satisfy your heart. We can block off the world and people from our lives, but we can never live alone.
This is the song “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce.
What are your limits?
What are your limits? How far will you go to achieve your goals? Do you know what you want to do with your life? Can you see yourself doing what you dream about? Have you achieved your goals yet? These are important questions in your life. And what you do with them will make the difference in reaching your goals or not. Do you ever think about your life and whether you are accomplishing anything? You can ask anyone if your dream is real and achievable. Most will say no. But there will be a few people that will encourage you to go on. Listen carefully to what is being said, then choose the right way to accomplish your dream. Everything depends on you and your choices. Do I dare to pursue my dreams, even if no one agrees with you? You cannot let your fears stop you. What will happen if you pursue your dream and it fails? Edison tried 2000 ways to make a light bulb, before he discovered the right way. Do you know what Edison said about his light bulb? He said, I found 2000 ways how not to make a light bulb. Edison invented the light bulb in 1879. In his home, that is a museum today, the light bulbs he invented 143 years ago are still burning bright. So, what are your limitations? Do your limitations make any sense? Then what is stopping you from your dreams?