|END OF OUR WORLD
I've told you I read a lot. Always have, and that's why my daughters
often give me books at gift-giving time. I was reading (again) one Starlett gave me in 1996 when one of Gary Lawson's
"Pre-History of the Far Side" book was already in its 9th printing.
not familiar with him, Gary looks at everything from a different viewpoint than we...uh...normal people do, and one panel
had two fishermen out in their boat, and on the horizon, they see three atomic bomb blasts filling the sky. And one
says to the other, "I'll tell you what this means, Norm...no size restrictions and no fish limit."
And a lot of people will be just as unconcerned when the world comes to an end...until they realize what's really happening.
They'll be thinking about whether the fish will be biting this weekend, or the round of golf they have planned for Sunday,
or hoping it will be sunny and warm when they head for the lake as soon as they get off Friday afternoon.
What a rude awakening. They won't be able to say they weren't warned. Second Peter 3:10 says, "But
the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." and two
verses later, 2 Peter 3:12 says, "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being
on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat."
And there are many,
many other warnings in the Bible of that time. And most ministers and evangelists speak of it often. The time
to prepare is now. If you haven't, I remind you that you don't have to make an appointment with anyone, or wait
until Sunday at church...you can talk with the Lord right now, as if he's sitting there beside you. Because He is...with
us always, the the Bible reminds. Talk it over with him as if He were your closest friend. Because He is, whether
you've realized it yet, or not.
Think about it.
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.