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I have dedicated my life to reaching the world with the good news, that sinful man who has been separated from fellowship with God, for the act of rebellion. Out of love, God has offered salvation plan, and restoration to fellowship with Himself.
Through placing one‚Äôs allegiances in the redemptive work which was accomplished on the cross by Jesus, God‚Äôs only son. The righteous paying the penalty of death, for the unrighteous, that through faith in the redeemer, the unrighteous are rescued from judgement and made righteous in gods sight.
I have been proclaiming this message Through Art, Poetry, and Writings. It‚Äôs my hope that God has been speaking through my work, and not just admiring my God given talents.
I have had people tell me they love my work, but please drop the preaching. If I horned their request, they would latter, try to blame their unbelief on me, for leaving out biblical truth that accompanied my work. It would surely be selfish of me, and dishonoring to God.
My Friends, today what I want to do is share with you, is scripture that in plain black and white, spells out the future events that everyone who ever lived, will participate in. So please read this article with your undivided attention. Read it like your life depends on it! Because you‚Äôre eternal destiny depends on it!
There are only two destination in live after death.
According to Jesus, when a person dies, and enters eternity, there are two separate places a person can go. Heaven for the faithful to God. Hell for the rebellious. Side note, until Jesus redemption work for sin was completed, the faithful use to go to a place call Abraham‚Äôs Bosom, which was in the earth, but not a place of judgement or torment. Once Christ accomplished his redemptive work, Then Abraham bosom was transported to Heaven, God Heavenly domain.
Also, the rich man did not follow god, This does not mean that all rich people are Godless. On the flip side, being poor does not mean a person is God fearing.
Luke 16:19-31 The Rich Man and Lazarus
19 ‚ÄúNow there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. 20 And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, 21 and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man‚Äôs table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. 22 Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham‚Äôs bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried out and said, ‚ÄėFather Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.‚Äô 25 But Abraham said, ‚ÄėChild, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 And [a]besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.‚Äô 27 And he said, ‚ÄėThen I beg you, father, that you send him to my father‚Äôs house‚ÄĒ 28 for I have five brothers‚ÄĒin order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.‚Äô 29 But Abraham *said, ‚ÄėThey have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.‚Äô 30 But he said, ‚ÄėNo, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!‚Äô 31 But he said to him, ‚ÄėIf they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Through Adam, all Sinned, Through Jesus, Sinner Can be Made Righteous.
When Adam and Eve Disobeyed god command not to eat of the tree of Knowledge of good and Evil, they fell out of harmonies fellowship with God, and their bodies as well of all creation took on the corruptness of death and decay , booth the living creature as well as the planet it‚Äôs self.
The Order of Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:20 - 28
20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in [h]Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ‚Äôs at His coming, 24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, ‚ÄúAll things are put in subjection,‚ÄĚ it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.
Heaven and Hell are Two Temporal Places.
Now we are going to look at two final places that are going to exist for eternity. For Hell is a temporal holding place for the rebellious, the dammed. Heaven is only a temporal place for the faithful Children of God. It is true we will all will have to give account to God, but the believing and the unbelieving will appear at separate judgement seats. The believers will be judged on their steward ship of what the Lord has given them. They will receive rewards according to their faithfulness.
The unbelieving, because they refused God‚Äôs salvation plan, will be shown all their evil deeds, and compare them to the righteousness of Jesus the Christ. They will then enter the wrath of God for eternity.
We first will look at the Judgement seat for the Unbelieving, and there finale place of existence.
Judgment at the Throne of God
11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose [g]presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and [h]books were opened; and another [i]book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the [j]books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if [k]anyone‚Äôs name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Now lest look at the final place of existence for the redeemed Children of God.
The New Heaven and Earth
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‚ÄúBehold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will [a]dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them[b], 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.‚ÄĚ
5 And He who sits on the throne said, ‚ÄúBehold, I am making all things new.‚ÄĚ And He *said, ‚ÄúWrite, for these words are faithful and true.‚ÄĚ 6 Then He said to me, ‚Äú[c]It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. 7 He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 But for the cowardly and [d]unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and [e]brimstone, which is the second death.‚ÄĚ
9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls [f]full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, ‚ÄúCome here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.‚ÄĚ
The New Jerusalem
10 And he carried me away [g]in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her [h]brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 12 [i]It had a great and high wall, [j]with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 The one who spoke with me had a [k]gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the [l]rod, [m]fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. 17 And he measured its wall, [n]seventy-two yards, according to human [o]measurements, which are also angelic measurements. 18 The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like [p]clear glass. 19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
22 I saw no [q]temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its [r]temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth [s]will bring their glory into it. 25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; 26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those [t]whose names are written in the Lamb‚Äôs book of life.
How do I know if I am a child of God, or an enemy of God?
In the book of John the third Chapter, Jesus is visited by a religious leader. I believe this leader came seeking truth, so Jesus reveals to him that eternal life is not obtained through religiosity, but is a spiritual birth given from God to those who will receive God‚Äôs redemptive plan. Which would be carried out Through His sacrificial lamb, Jesus God‚Äôs own Son.
John 3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The New Birth
3 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; 2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, ‚ÄúRabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these [a]signs that You do unless God is with him.‚ÄĚ 3 Jesus answered and said to him, ‚ÄúTruly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born [b]again he cannot see the kingdom of God.‚ÄĚ
4 Nicodemus *said to Him, ‚ÄúHow can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother‚Äôs womb and be born, can he?‚ÄĚ 5 Jesus answered, ‚ÄúTruly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‚ÄėYou must be born [c]again.‚Äô 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.‚ÄĚ
9 Nicodemus said to Him, ‚ÄúHow can these things be?‚ÄĚ 10 Jesus answered and said to him, ‚ÄúAre you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. 12 If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. 14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15 so that whoever [d]believes will in Him have eternal life.
16 ‚ÄúFor God so loved the world, that He gave His [e]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the [f]only begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.‚ÄĚ
My dear friend, after seeing the evidence presented to you from the Holy scriptures, will you turn away from you rebellious living, against God? Will you humble yourself, and admit to God, and yourself that you can never of your own power, cleans yourself of the stains of sin.
Put you trust in that Jesus die on the cross, not for His sin, for He was God who committed no sin. He died on the cross to pay the debt of your sin, which is death, owed a righteous God.
Are you ready to ask God to make you clean, and give you eternal life? To except God offer to become a member of His eternal family, and start a new journey in your life, to live and serving the king of the universe?
It is my hope you will be joining me as a citizens of God‚Äôs kingdom, of the new havens and earth He is preparing for His children.
Written by Stephen J. Vattimo 3/6/2020
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