A point I make on a regular basis is we don’t know when we will die. Over a year ago, my brother-in-law went to sleep thinking he would wake up 6 – 8 hours later. He didn’t. One day each of us won’t wake up tomorrow or we won’t live through the day. While the death rate from the pandemic is relatively low, there is no guarantee it will stay low. People are ignoring the various things medical experts warn to do and not to do. It’s obvious that ignoring the experts has seen the infection rates and death rates climb.
I raise the point about forgiveness when will we die for several reasons. First, as I point out in a number of Bible verses below, nobody knows when they are going to die. I have talked with suicidal people who took enough psychiatric medicines they should have died. They survived. I have seen people who accidentally overdosed and died by ignoring the warning labels on their medicines. I know of one well-known OTC medicine that if you don’t take it with food, it may kill you.
There are many examples in the Bible that point out we don’t know when we are going to die.
Here are some: Ecclesiastes 3:2 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes+3%3A2&version=KJV
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
Ecclesiastes 7:17: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes+7%3A17&version=KJV
17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?
27 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
20 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?
The pandemic is a wake-up call for everyone in the world; a message from God. I posted about a 104-year old World War II veteran who survived COVID-19: 104-year-old WWII veteran survives COVID-19, released from hospital on birthday – ABC News December 3, 2020. If you search online, you will see young people who have died from COVID-19.
Throughout history God has given messages to nations that turning away from God is not a wise thing. The nation of Israel repeatedly turned its back on God in the Old Testament. Each time they did, God sent them prophets to warn them to turn back. Most of the prophets were ignored and the citizens of Israel paid the price. Once they realized the prophets were right, the nation of Israel was restored. This is not only a message to Israel, but to all nations.
I know many people don’t believe in God or they believe that God will forgive all, that’s not what the Bible teaches. There is a Hell and will be a Lake of Fire. Yet, some false Christian denominations remove Hell from their Bibles or don’t preach about Hell in their sermons. I even seen some false Christian leaders claim there is a purgatory. Jesus when He talked about the rich man and Lazarus made it clear when you die, you go one of two places – Heaven or Hell/Lake of Fire. Don’t you think if purgatory existed, that Jesus would have mentioned it?
Hell was meant for the Devil and his fallen angels. God made it so easy to get to Heaven that many people think it’s too simple and too easy. God gives us the choice – choose Heaven or choose Hell. Sadly, many people choose Hell. We are approaching the end times. There are plenty of signs that point to the end times approaching fast. It doesn’t matter if you don’t believe the end times are approaching. The Bible gives plenty of signs that are coming true on a regular basis.
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