Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | June 26, 2009

WOW! What a week! (post concerning Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett & Ed McMahons death)

Lets just take some time to give God all the Praise and Worship that He deserves first of all for still being in the land of the living. If you can read this posting, you owe God a praise! God has been so good to us and I personally thank and praise God that the death angel did not come knocking at my door. (I hear a hammond B-3 organ tuning up in my head…….a praise break is about to break forth)

This has been a trying week in the media for all of us here in the United States (as well as world wide). I think its safe to say that the majority of us grew up watching Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson on television (and for those that did not have tv, I am sure you knew about them just by reading about their lives in the newspaper). None of us ever thought that we would get to the 4thfull week of June and have this many celebrities die back to back. While death is the result of sin, it still at times comes as a shock to us (perhaps because at times we take for granted that we are just suppose to wake up in the morning and start our day).

Human beings are creatures of habit, we wake up, brush our teeth, comb our hair, get dressed and go about our daily duties for the day whether work or school. I think its safe to say that at times we dontstop and think that death is imminent for us. Instead, we keep on going as if we are “suppose” to live forever during this dispensation of time.

Hebrews 9:27 clearly says “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” The bible is clear that we are going to die. There is no escaping that. Now, at the rapture of the Church of our Lord, those who are alive and remain will not taste physical “casket ready”death however you will die to your old sinful nature, your going to be changed from mortal to immortality. Those that litterallytasted the “casket ready” form of death are going to rise from the dead (shaking off them grave clothes so to speak) and they too will have brand new immortal bodies. Now those of you who refuse to be born again of the water and of the spirit will be going to hell. Revelation 20:6 says Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. If you are not a part of that first resurrection, you are going to hell. I cant put it any clearer. I’m not trying to scare you, I am not trying to force you into serving the Lord, however I am explaining to you what will happen to the JUST and the UNJUST.

Turn with me to Revelation 20:9-15

10And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

   11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

 12And 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.

   13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

   14And deathandhell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

   15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

If your name is NOT found in the lambs book of life, you are going to be cast into the lake of fire (along with the devil, his angels, and all the false prophets). Revelation 20 is a graphic description of what is going to take place during the end of days. I did not say it. THE BIBLE said it.

The good news is that Revelations is not all gloom and doom. Look what happens to us who have been baptised in Jesus Name and filled with the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues. Turn with me to Revelation 21:1-6

1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

   2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

   3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

   4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

   5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

   6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

Thank you Jesus. I am so glad I do not have to go to the lake of fire and be tormented day and night but I get to go to the New Jerusalem to be withJesus (who is God almighty) and live withHim forever (along with all those names who are found in the Lambs book of life. Ooooooooo I cant wait).

Bottom line saints and sinners alike, will you be ready when death comes knocking at your door? Are you ready? YOU get to choose your final destination. I’ll repeat that. YOU get to choose your final destination. The choice is your today.

If you have not been baptised in Jesus Name, received the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues I suggest you choose to do so immediately to guarantee your ticket into the New Jerusalem. If you have already done this, I also admonish you to get the fruit of the spirit found in Galations 5:16 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

There is no fruit from the flesh. The fruit of the Spirit is Christ-likeness, the life of Christ lived out in the life of the believer. As we walk in the Spirit this fruit will be seen in our lives. Do others see Christ in you? Are you exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in your life?

With that being said, I am praying for the families of those that have lost loved ones (including the big time celebrities as well as those that did not make the news). I also am praying that everyone who reads this post today makes it their business to live for God.


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