… It is appointed unto men once to die... (Hebrews 9:27)
“Death is a subject no one can treat lightly. It is too final for that. Beauty, honour, wealth, earthly power, hopes, and dreams – all are swallowed up in that finality”, wrote John Meyers, in his book Voices from the Edge of Eternity.
For years now I have tried to figure out the real happenings in the afterlife.
I tried to figure out the activities of the world beyond. I’ve heard stories, theories and beliefs from different sources and… the truth lies bare in God’s word. My heart echoes it.
It tells me of a place where you can’t go to by accident; a place where your work here determines your fate; a place of no diplomacy, no tribalism, no “churchianism”, nepotism or hypocrisy. A place of transparency both in the kingdom of light and darkness, where you reap only what you sow, where there are no second chances.
Getting Ready For That Death Day
As you think about that day, which everyone – white or black, male or female, rich or poor, educated or illiterate – must face, here are some things to note and act on:
1. Your daily activities matter as we journey from the known to the unknown.
Your daily involvements are vital as we trade towards our final and eternal abode. When you die, how will it be? When you die, where will you be?
2. The Bridegroom has delayed His coming,
yet when you die how proud and confident will you be to meet Him?
3. When you stop breathing, and life is no longer meaningful here.
When nothing will matter again. On that day, oxygen won’t be useful anymore, because your spirit and soul will be leaving your flesh behind. Six feet underground will be its destination, while your spirit moves on to it’s eternal abode.
4. There will be no time to right all the wrongs you’ve done.
5. Mummy, daddy, wife, hubby, children, friends will be no where to be found.
And your wealth, knowledge and influence will be left far behind on earth.
How will it be when you die?
For what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world(on earth) and loose his own soul (when he dies).
A Glimpse Of Eternity
A lot of stories of the death-bed experiences of different people abound.
Even those who kicked against God and life after death, when standing face to face with death, spilled words that showed there was something awaiting them beyond the life here.
“The French writer and philosopher, Voltaire (1694-1778) was a deist. He opposed Christian beliefs fiercely and said that the Gospels were fiction and Jesus thus did not exist.”As death approached, “Voltaire was tortured with such an agony that he gnashed his teeth in impotent rage against God and man. At times he pleaded, “O Christ, O Lord Jesus!” then again, “I must die, abandoned of God and man!” Even his nurse couldn’t tolerate the scene of horror. Such was the end of a man who had a high intellect, excellent education, great wealth and much earthly honour – but without God.”
And how about God’s own children, like Martin Luther King…
His last words were, “O my Heavenly Father, my eternal and everlasting God! Thou hast revealed to me Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ! I have preached Him! I have confessed Him! I love Him and I worship Him as my dearest Savior and Redeemer! Into Thy hands I commit my spirit.”
“Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
For God so loved the world (humanity) that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Jesus is the only way to the kingdom of eternal light and joy. Accept the power in the atoning blood of the only begotten Son of the Father, and trust me you will need not fear about what will happen WHEN YOU DIE.
— Written by Ebere Kingsley Chukwuka.