I read a comment sometime back, "One by one, God is calling his children home". Yesterday I was once again reminded of that comment when I learned of the passing of another saint. Because sin came into this world we can no longer live forever here. We all must leave. We live in a day when the reality of eternal destinations has become twisted out of truth. Go to any funeral, memorial service, or wake and listen to the speakers. Almost no one goes to Hell anymore. It don't matter how sinful the person was they all get to Heaven. But God's Word tells us otherwise: Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. --Matthew 18:3
Unless the heart has become hardened, people are aware that the end of this world is soon. The Scriptures point to many things that are happening right now as things we need to be watching for.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. --II Timothy 3:1-7
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. --Mark 13:8
So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it[f] is near—at the doors! --Mark 13:29
It all seems doom and gloom and no one wants to think about it. Many have allowed themselves to become hardened to it.
But for the redeemed: And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. --Mark 13:20
And the BEST: And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. --Revelation 7:13-17
13 months ago my middle brother died in a car accident. The life he had lived was not that of the redeemed. He chose to believe the lie that there was too many apologies he would have to make if he got saved. He felt like he'd made too many blunders. However, he had a mom who has always prayed "Lord whatever it takes to get my children to Heaven". I've had doubts that he made it to Heaven. One of the verses read in church this past Sunday said otherwise: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. II Timothy 2:13
Don't grieve for those who are being called home now, but rejoice because they won't have to face the persecution. And as was my brother's death that was going to be the only way he made it to Heaven.
Christian, don't stop praying for your loved one because God will be faithful. Christian, don't give up in your own walk. Heaven, our the true destination is closer then we realize.
Scoffers like to ask, "so you are better then everyone else cause you are redeemed". The real answer to that is just the opposite. We are redeemed because we say our need of a saviour. The sinner has turned away from this free gift with the attitude I don't need a saviour.
I leave with you this song. Worthy the Lamb