What About when You Die?
Do You Have To Stand Before Your God ?
"WHAT MAN IS HE THAT LIVETH, AND SHALL NOT SEE DEATH?" PSALM 89:48
"ALL GO UNTO ONE PLACE; ALL ARE OF THE DUST, AND ALL TURN TO DUST AGAIN." ECCLESIASTES 3:20
Sooner or later everyone accepts the stark fact that they will die. Their body will stop functioning and be put in a box in the ground or be burned and scattered: either way there seems to be nothing left and eventually all is forgotten.
"The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree." JOB 24:20
All through the ages men have wondered whether this is all there is to life - just a few years and then nothing more, or what? Jesus, the Son of God, tells us in plain words:
"Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which ALL THAT ARE IN THE GRAVES SHALL HEAR HIS VOICE, AND SHALL COME FORTH; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." JOHN 5:28-29
This means all the dead - every man, woman or child that has ever lived - will be raised out of death, and will be JUDGED BY GOD for the things they have done in their lives:
"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell (the grave)
delivered up the dead which were in them (this means everybody!)
: and THEY WERE JUDGED EVERY MAN according to their works." REVELATION 20:12-13
"For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then EVERY ONE OF US SHALL GIVE ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF TO GOD." ROMANS 14:11-12
"For we must ALL appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that EVERY ONE may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." 2 CORINTHIANS 5:10
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered ALL NATIONS: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats." MATTHEW 25:31-32
Jesus tells us what the judgment of the wicked will be:
"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into EVERLASTING FIRE, prepared for the devil and his angels." MATTHEW 25:41
"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." REVELATION 20:15
Moreover, God's Word tells us who those people will be:
"But the fearful,
and unbelieving (ANYONE who does not believe God's Word)
, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers (people who fornicate - this means any sex outside marriage)
, and sorcerers (people who deal with magic and evil spirits and so on)
, and idolaters (people who worship false gods and images)
, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." REVELATION 21:8
This is GOD'S WORD. It is strict, and it MEANS WHAT IT SAYS !
The wise men of the world say that this is all nonsense but DON'T LET THEM DECEIVE YOU - YOUR ETERNAL LIFE IS AT STAKE. The Bible says that ALL HAVE SINNED (ROMANS 3:23) - THIS MEANS YOU. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE GOD'S FORGIVENESS IN JESUS CHRIST YOU WILL RECEIVE THE REWARD OF YOUR SINS - YOU WILL DIE FOREVER (the second death). This does not mean losing consciousness or being destroyed: Jesus says
"their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched" (MARK 9:44). BE NOT DECEIVED.
"I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work." ECCLESIASTES 3:17
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord." ROMANS 6:23
ONLY THROUGH JESUS can you receive eternal life. This is a free gift of God, which is offered to all who will repent and obey His Word.
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME." JOHN 14:6
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And WHOSOEVER LIVETH AND BELIEVETH IN ME SHALL NEVER DIE. Believest thou this?" JOHN 11:25-26
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." JOHN 5:24
Jesus made it clear how He gives eternal life to us:
"It is the spirit that quickeneth" ... that is, it is the spirit that gives life. JOHN 6:63
"He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive...)" JOHN 7:38-39
"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." JOHN 4:14
"Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." ROMANS 8:9
Moreover, the Bible shows us clearly how to go about receiving the gift of the Spirit:
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." ACTS 2:38
"And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied." ACTS 19:6
Having these scriptures set before you, God commands you NOW to repent and turn to Him - obey His Word.
"How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him..." 1 KINGS 18:21
"...behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." 2 CORINTHIANS 6:2
"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." JOHN 12:48
Never forget that one day you will stand before the throne of God and give account of yourself. Every moment of your life will be brought before you and weighed. You will be called upon even to explain the way you have received this leaflet, even as you are reading it now, for it consists only of God's word, and will judge you. Don't be fooled into putting off considering God's offer of salvation - you have no way of being sure: Today may be your last day. Look to yourself now - consider where you stand!
"...Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live." ISAIAH 38:1
There is nothing more foolish than to assume that you can wait a little longer before repenting, being baptized, and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. Once again, TODAY MAY BE YOUR LAST DAY. This may be the very last chance you will ever have to obtain God's forgiveness until the moment you kneel before him. Jesus spoke of a rich man who presumed that he could take his ease for many years: he was wrong.
"But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." LUKE 12:20-21
The moment is surely coming when God will take your last breath and you will never again have opportunity to repent of your sins and be saved in Christ Jesus. If you do not repent, then you will burn for ever in hell fire: This is God's unalterable Law. God wants to save you, and calls on you now to repent and believe His Word:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." JOHN 3:16
This is the choice; it is your choice. Do what God's Word says (ACTS 2:38).
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but
he that believeth not SHALL BE DAMNED MARK 16:16
"I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:" DEUTERONOMY 30:19
THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BE SAVED BY GOD - REPENT NOW - TURN TO THE ONLY TRUE GOD.
THE HOUR IS LATE !!
Compiled by Pentecost Revival Centre, Ballarat, Australia, approx. 1968-1972.