The man of God in his introductory message to the members of Pensa Knust painted a brief picture of the creation story. In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve and in the mind of God, man was to be immortal. But man sinned and the entire plan changed. There are four pivotal events that precedes the end of the age;
- The flood of Noah.
- The first coming of Christ ( His birth, death and resurrection).
What we are looking up to is the second coming of Christ, the speaker mentioned. In the mind of God, although man fell and he was depraved, He set out to reconcile man to Himself. Christ came to die for us so that we will reunite with God. And thus, whoever believes in this said Christ has eternal life. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10). If we believe in Christ, although we die physically we will live forever in the spirit.
The focus of the message is to know what happens when we die. (Hebrews 9:22).
(It is appointed for man to die once, after death judgement).
The book of Luke talks about the popular bible scripture of Lazarus and the rich man.This rich man had purple linen(a symbol of royalty). The rich man and the poor man both died. Death is no respecter of social class or beauty, everyone dies, the speaker pointed out. The poor man was buried and he was sent to Abraham’s bosom. Abraham’s bosom signifies comfort, inner contentment and joy.(John 20)
In hell, there is consciousness contrary to popular belief.
What is eternal life?.
Eternal life has two meanings, no beginning and no end( 1 Corinthians 5:10).
If we know the word of God and we do not apply, we will be beaten with many stripes. One thing that cannot go to heaven is sin, he said.
Eternal life cannot be found in anyone other than Jesus Christ. Whoever does not have the son does not have eternal life. Christ has been given fully for us. (John 17:1-3)
The speaker went on to speak on the coming of Christ. We have three words that describe the coming of Christ;
- The first word is Parousia
- Apocalypses( where Christ will be revealed).
After rapture, we have the great tribulation. 7 years of great tribulation where the Antichrist will be revealed. Not all Christians will make it during the rapture.
The great white throne judgement (Revelations 20).
This judgement is for unbelievers. Two books will be opened: the book of life and the book of records. The book of records is for unbelievers.
The New Jerusalem was a typology of the garden of Eden. There is no fear of anything, no exam, no fear whatsoever. Sometimes we forget Christ will come. Christ will come and He will come soon. Your soon can be tomorrow, it can be the next minute. It is not about evangelizing or preaching the word but about developing a personal relationship with God. Success is not what you achieve in life but where you will be in eternity, the speaker mentioned.
God Bless His Word!