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All people like to know about their future.  It is very admirable to plan for our tomorrows but most people find it difficult to have a good grasp about what is going to happen tomorrow.  God’s Word is the best planning guide that is available.  That is the only authoritative source with which we can trust our life.  Bible is crystal clear about what to expect and how to prepare for your future.

Jesus Christ has taught us clearly about what will happen after death:

Nobody else could be as authentic about that subject as Jesus could.  He is the only one who ever lived on earth who has absolute knowledge of the past, present and the future.  Jesus Christ is the only one who has tasted life, death and resurrection.  He became the firstfruit of resurrection (1 Co. 15:23).  The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the pledge that all those who trust in Him will be resurrected at His return.

Before the resurrection of Jesus Christ, when people died, the righteous and the wicked went to a place called Sheol which had two compartments separated by an impassable gulf or chasm. In Lk. 16:22-31, Jesus told the story of a poor godly man named Lazarus and an unnamed rich man, in which He tells us where people go when they die.

Abraham’s Bosom:

The first compartment in Sheol is called Abraham’s Bosom, a place of comfort.  Lazarus, the beggar in the story, died; angels carried him to Abraham’s bosom, the resting place of those who put their trust in God before Calvary (v. 22).

Hades:

The second compartment is what the Bible calls Hell or Hades.  The rich man died and was buried, his spirit went in to a place called Hades, a place of torment (v. 22,23).

A great gulf:

A great gulf or chasm is fixed between Abraham’s Bosom and Hades; no one can go from one place to the other.  But they could see, what is on the other side.

An Intermediate State

Bible reveals that there is an intermediate state where the soul of every human being will spend between their physical death and the Resurrection.  For a believer who received salvation and eternal life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Resurrection will occur at the coming of the Lord in the clouds or as it is known as the Rapture.  For the person who never accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, their resurrection will occur after the millennium at the final Judgment know as the Great White Throne Judgment.

Since the Cross of Jesus Christ, all believers or the righteous who die, their soul will go to Paradise.  Jesus said to the dying thief on the cross, “Today, you shall be with me in paradise.” (Lk. 23:43).  After the resurrection of Jesus, the abode of the soul of all righteous people who died before His resurrection were transferred from Abraham’s Bosom in Sheol to Paradise in heaven.

The Final State

The best thing to do in preparation for our future is to accept eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.  That will guarantee that “we will be with the Lord forever” in heaven (1Thes. 4:17).  Those who die without that eternal life, after the Great White Throne Judgment, they will be thrown into the lake of fire forever (Rev. 20:15).

The best estate planning you can do is to plan for the eternal state with the Lord Jesus Christ.    Otherwise, you will be the biggest looser, forever.  In His presence, there is great joy.  Inherit that and be best winner.  Amen.

(More to come in the next article WHAT WILL HAPPENT AT THE END)

– Pastor Jose Abraham

Praying early in the morning.  Be united to pray with other saints of God.  We are praying for the Lord’s favor to be upon us from 6 to 7 AM on Saturdays.

Psalm 119:147-148 says “I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.

My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises” (NIV)

More scriptures to prepare you for praying in the early morning are listed below:

Psalm 5:3

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

Psalm 57:8; Psalm 22:2; Psalm 55:17; Psalm 59:16; Psalm 88:13; Psalm 130:6; Genesis 19:27; Isaiah 26:9; Mark 1:35; 1 Chron. 23:30; Col. 4:2; Psalm 42:8; Genesis 22:3; Genesis 32:24; Luke 6:12; Psalm 63:1; Psalm 63:6; Lament. 2:19; Job 1:5; Joshua 6:12; Joshua 6:15; Exodus 24:4; Joshua 8:10; Lament. 3:22-23; Psalm 46:5; Exodus 34:4; Psalm 108:2; Psalm 92:1-2; Isaiah 33:2; John 8:2; Isaiah 50:4; Psalm 119:62; Psalm 119:55; Acts 16:25.

Pastor Jose Abraham

1We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him (Heb. 2:1-3; NIV)

Salvation through Jesus Christ is a priceless possession.  God in His mercy has provided us the free gift of eternal life through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, without which we will all be lost forever without any hope. Eph 2:8,9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Salvation and eternal life are free, but it is not cheap.  The incomparable Savior has paid an incomprehensible price for that great salvation.

Heb. 2:1-3 is a warning to all who heard the gospel.  “We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. . . . how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?”  We must carefully navigate our life through the sea of life paying careful attention to the teachings of God’s Word, so that our boat may not drift away into danger.  The people of old who heard the message spoken by the angels, when they disobeyed, received just punishment for their disregard for the Word.  The NT teaches that we have a greater responsibility to pay more careful attention to the Word, because “how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?”

We don’t have to despair hearing this warning.  We have the best help available to us.  The Author of our salvation is sitting at the right hand of God The Father in heaven. He is interceding for us and ready to forgive us all sins when we genuinely repent and confess our sins to Him (1 John 2:1,2; 1:9).  As our heavenly High Priest, He is fully aware of all our weaknesses (Heb. 4:14-16).  He will give us the power of His Holy Spirit if we sincerely ask Him (Luke 11:13).   That is the power we need to overcome our sins and weaknesses (Gal. 5:16; Phi. 4:13).  And the Holy Spirit will guide us through the truth of God’s Word (John 16:13).  That is how we continue our journey through the perilous waters where sin and Satan can knock us off course.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.  He alone is the captain of our salvation.

Are you in a state of spiritual turmoil? How’s is your eternal life?

If you need spiritual help or prayer feel free to contact me.

– Pastor Jose Abraham

“How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?” Hebrews 2:3

The good news of the salvation through Jesus Christ is the message of the Bible. This salvation is described as a great salvation because of its unique characteristics. What makes it different from all others is:

1. This salvation was first announced by the Lord Jesus Christ himself.

2. This message of salvation was confirmed to us by those who directly heard from Jesus Christ Himself, that is, the twelve disciples (apostles).

3. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will (see Heb. 2:3,4).

Beloved, our salvation is a great salvation, because it has been delivered by the Son of God Himself, who is greater than the Old Testament (OT) prophets and even the angels of God. Explore why:

• Jesus Christ is better than the angels (Heb. Chapters 1 & 2). • Jesus Christ is better than Moses, the OT law giver (Heb. 3).

• Jesus Christ is better than Joshua, the one who led his people into the Promised Land (Heb. 4:1-13).

• Jesus Christ is better than Aaron, the great high priest of the OT (Heb. 4:14-7:28).

• Through Jesus Christ, we have better hope (Heb. 7:19).

• Jesus Christ gave us a better covenant than the OT covenant (Heb. 7:22).

• Jesus Christ gave us a better promise (Heb. 8:6).

• Through Jesus Christ, we have a better sacrifice than any other OT sacrifice (Heb. 9:23).

• Jesus Christ offers us better and lasting possession (Heb. 10:34).

• Jesus Christ prepares us a better country (Heb. 11:16).

• Through Jesus Christ, we have better resurrection (Heb. 11:35).

• Jesus Christ provides us better provision (Heb. 11:40).

Therefore, our salvation is a great salvation offered by a Unique Savior. There is no salvation in anyone else. Is your salvation a great salvation? Accept Jesus Christ as the Savior and Lord of your life and inherit eternal life.

– Pastor Jose Abraham