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Where Will You Spend Eternity?

By Watchman | March 12, 2009

                                        “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father.  He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.  Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.  Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.  For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.  Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth–those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”  (John 5:22-29)

          I’ve been told several times lately that there will be no judgment because Jesus died for the sins of the world.  This “Universalist” attitude is becoming more and more prevalent among people who take the existance of God for granted, but refuse to study the Scriptures that He gave us in order that we should know, understand and follow His statutes.  Their reasoning seems to be “I wouldn’t like anyone I know to go to Hell. Jesus is love, and He would send no one to Hell.  Therefore, Hell does not exist.”  However, this position does not take into account God’s other attributes:  God is indeed love, but He is also holy, just and a “jealous God who will not give My glory to another.”  When we accept Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for  our sins and make Him Lord of our lives, Jesus “steps” into us so that when God looks at us as we approach Him He sees the perfect and holy face of His beloved Son, rather than the unrighteous men and women in bondage to sin that we were before being set free by the precious blood of Christ.  John wrote that “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie”.  Walking with the Lord requires us to walk in the way of righteousness and the light so that “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us {continually} from all sin.” (1 John 1:7) 

     Beloved brothers and sisters, several months ago, in an earlier post (see  “The Mark of the Heart and the Year of Reckoning”), I addressed some words of warning I received from God dealing with what we were about to encounter in the world.  Surely we can see the judgment of God now falling upon the nation and the world as we continue on a path of demanding His benefits without acknowledging the Creator and giving Him thanks.  We have sinned in pride; accepting His gifts as our own accomplishments.  We have allowed the sins of pride, blasphemy, abortion, sexual promiscuity,  perversion, and greed to take root in our hearts and our lives throughout the world; we have promoted our self-serving agendas above the holy law of the most high God.  Judgment is beginning to flow down upon us as the Lord is lifting His hand of mercy from us.

     I have been reluctant to ask anyone reading The Watchman the following question because I have hesitated to say what might be considered trite or even a bit heavy-handed, but as we enter these last days in which we encounter the “birthpangs” of the Father’s wrath against our rebellion and unbelief, I can no longer put it off.  Are you saved?  If you were to die tonight, or if Jesus were to return, do you know where you would go next?

     I know (BELIEVE ME, I know) how strong the temptation is for those who have not completely submitted their hearts to the Lord to say, “I’d go to heaven.  I’m a good person.”  Well, Scripture tells us “But we are ALL like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags…”  (Isaiah 64:6, emphasis mine.)   Ecclesiastes 7:20 says “For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin.”  Do you see the truth, beloved ones?  None are righteous by virtue of their own efforts–not me, not you, not Billy Graham or Mother Teresa.  We have ALL “sinned and come short of the glory of God.”  That is a death sentence.  If you say you are not a sinner, you are either lying or you are in a very spiritually dangerous state of denial.  Hell is a real place, created originally for Satan and his fallen angels, and those who willfully refuse to accept God’s authority and love will go there after death (see “There Will  Be Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth”, Oct. 2008). 

     As I wrote once before, the Lord impressed upon me that there was going to be some big disaster coming that would shake the foundations of our nation.  I assumed, when the economic crisis hit, that the disaster had arrived.  Later though, when I was in prayer for the nation, the Lord assured me that although the economic situation around the world was a natural consequence of not giving the glory for our successes to Whom glory was due, the worst was yet to come and was not merely economic in nature.  This week, this word has been confirmed for me by several others to whom the Lord has given words or visions regarding the coming judgments, including Pastor Dave Wilkerson who was given a vision of devastation here in the United States shortly to come.  God is finished gently asking us to return to Him.  Most people’s choice as to in whom or in what they will place their faith has already been made.  If you are reading this, you are most likely already a believer or you have not quite made up your mind.  To those of you who are unsure of your beliefs and your destiny, decide now.    Soon, there will be no option  to sit on the fence.  You must choose to follow God, or you must choose to follow Satan. Yes to God, or no to God.  You cannot just vote “present.”  It is too late for that.  Beloved brothers and sisters, if you are not sure of your ultimate destination; if you are unsure about whether or not you are living in the will of God, choose Christ. 

          Jesus said that “not every one that says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father in heaven.”   A vague acknowledgment that a “divine power” exists somewhere is not enough.  The will of God the Father is made manifest in holy Scriptures:  repent of your sins, submit yourself to Him and to His will, and accept Jesus the Christ as your Lord and Savior.  Jesus paid the penalty of the death we deserve by taking our sins to the cross with Him.  Once we repent and turn to Him, our “old selves” are crucified up on that two-thousand-year-old cross with Him, and the “new selves,” born of the Spirit into eternal life, are all that God will see when He looks upon us!   If you haven’t yet done so, go to God now and ask Him to forgive your sins and make you new. If you’re not quite sure what to say to Him, see my page “You Must Be Born Again” so that you can see how unbelievably simple it is to approach the throne of God for forgiveness.   The desire of my heart is to know that as many people as possible are touched by God in these last days and will spend eternity in heaven, so I will be praying that these words reach the hearts of those who may not have made the decision to love and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.     Maranatha!

 

Melissa

 

Topics: Current Events and the End of the Age, Salvation | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Where Will You Spend Eternity?”

  1. S. A. H. Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Thank you for having the courage to write this. It is, obviously, an anointed message to all. It caused me to pause and “take inventory”! It is, most assuredly, a time to examine one’s heart and to seek the Lord, while there is still time.

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