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Series on the After Life : Part 1

August 21, 2012

New Series called: The After Life -Part 1 of 3

Welcome! Jesus Christ is Lord!

In the book Driven by Eternity there is a lot of awesome information, but one section completely floored me. I learned a lot, some of it to be completely honest was hard for me to grasp, understand and maybe even believe. But as I re-read it a few times, and referenced the scriptures listed I was filled with complete excitement, awe and joy. I’ve really been seeking God for guidance, and wisdom with this I-Challenge You project. I want to make sure that I am doing exactly what He needs me to do. And of course being the ever faithful God that He is, I was presented with a new task and challenge to hopefully spark this project.

This mini-series will be based off of this section I read in this book, and the scriptures that back it up. As the title states it will be about the The After Life, a title I know will draw much interest, many skeptics and tons of questions. All I can do is pray for guidance, and wisdom to make sure I don’t put any false or misleading information. Nothing will be my opinion, words or beliefs. Everything will be based off of the Bible, and the interpretation of these scriptures by John Bevere ( author of Driven by Eternity, book in discussion). I will put the interpretation in my own words to avoid plagiarism, but in accurate detail to his words.

I am very nervous and scared to write on this topic due to my lack of experience and Bible knowledge. But I am very excited also and by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit I want to obey the call I feel God has placed on my heart on this topic. I also pray that all who read this will have an open mind and heart. Hollywood has twisted this truth into movies and fairy tales. Thats why when we read and hear this stuff we have a hard time believing it is true. But we have to remember that this was done on purpose to deceive us, Hollywood has copied parts, twisted and diluted other parts of the Word of God. Almost every movie has Biblical ties, with Good and Evil, saviours, angels, demons, etc. So be prepared.

Heres the first verse to get us started:

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 NLT

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.

As many of us know or have heard the rapture is planned for the Church. The rapture is mentioned several times in the Bible (including the verse above), and is therefore a part of Biblical truth. The timing of the rapture is unknown for the Word says: no one knows the day or the hour. Only the Father knows (Matthew 24:36, among many others). But scripture does teach us that it will take place during the 7 years of tribulation. The argument is whether it marks the start of the 7 years, or if it comes in the middle. The Bible makes it very clear that the timing should not matter. What matters is whether or not you are ready. Spiritually.

Because Christ never appeared to all on earth, this is not the Second Coming of Christ (some will argue this, but lets not get stuck on this, its not important). The Second Coming of Christ happens at the end of the 7 years of tribulation. This will be the great battle at the valley of Megiddo, this battle is called Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). Christ will return with Heavens Armies to defeat the Antichrist, the False Prophet, world leaders, and the armies of the nations that have forsaken God and followed the Antichrist (Revelation 19:11-21). The Lord and Heavens Armies will be victorious in this battle. This is where Satan is bound and imprisoned into the bottomless pit for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-3).

(valley of Megiddo)

Now this is were things got real interesting for me. I never really payed attention to this part of the scriptures, but it is simply mind-blowing. Again remember that this is all from the Bible, which is the everlasting truth that never wavers or falters.

Micah 4:1-4 NLT

In the last days, the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem will become the most important place on earth. People from all over the world will go there to worship. Many nations will come and say, “Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the Temple of the God of Israel. There he will teach us his ways, so that we may obey him.” For in those days the Lord’s teaching and his word will go out from Jerusalem. The Lord will settle international disputes. All the nations will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. All wars will stop, and military training will come to an end. everyone will live quietly in their own homes in peace and prosperity, for there will be nothing to fear. The Lord Almighty has promised this!

Theres a lot going on here but the part that blew me away is that people are remaining on earth after this great battle. The whole world will prosper and worship God Almighty after this battle! The whole world will have nothing to fear, no war or training for war! why? Because satan has been removed! Satan the deceiver of this world has been locked up for a thousand years. Why a thousand? I don’t know ask God. But for a thousand years the world will prosper. I am blown away by this. It makes me so happy and excited to think of a world where people can live without fear…

Sorry for the length of this post, but this is the short and quick version. I hope and pray all of you learned something and have been encouraged, intrigued and fearfully motivated to live stronger lives for Christ!

Stay tuned for Part 2.

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