9/23/2005 ~ Books Will Be Opened

Be Ready ...

"... be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."
~ Matthew 24:44

Jesus knows the sting of death and the separation from loved ones.

... I go to prepare a place for you. ... ~ John 14:1-3

Jesus has gone before us and prepares a place for all that are holy.

Are we waiting to get ready or are we waiting ready?

We can not put off being ready.
Being ready today does not necessarily mean that
you'll be ready tomorrow.

Tomorrow is promised to no man.

... you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? ...
~ James 4:14


~ In Revelation the Spirit calls to hear   
what is said to the churches 7 times.

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches. ..."
~ Revelation 2:7

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches. ..."
~ Revelation 2:11

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches. ..."
~ Revelation 2:17

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches."
~ Revelation 2:29

"... He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches."
~ Revelation 3:5-6

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches."
~ Revelation 3:13

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches."
~ Revelation 3:22

We must be ready to learn and teach in holiness.

But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
~ 1st Corinthians 14:3

... He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, ...
~ Romans 8:29

Examples have been presented for our adoration.
God is in Control.

... "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; ...
~ Revelation 14:7

                 ┌─> Jesus is not mentioned as coming back to this world.
... And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. ...
~ Revelation 20:1-10

... And there was found no place for them. ... ~ Revelation 20:11

... All nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them
one from another, ... ~ Matthew 25:31-32

He has delivered us from the power of darkness ... ~ Colossians 1:13

... "My kingdom is not of this world. ..." ~ John 18:36

... we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. ~ Romans 14:10

All souls shall bare naked in front of our Lord Jesus Christ.

... and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast ...
~ Revelation 14:11

                 ┌─> Christians can fall from grace.
... anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 5:9-11

... making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; ...
~ 2nd Peter 2:4-6

... both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. ...
~ 2nd Peter 3:2-13

Examples have been given; this world will not be rejuvenated.

And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and
books were opened. ... ~ Revelation 20:12

... it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, ...
~ Hebrews 9:27-28

... the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear ...
~ John 5:28-29

The Bible is a Book of Books.
It speaks of three ages called Dispensations:

Adam   Noah   Abraham
         Isaac    Jacob
Law of Moses
PATRTIARCHAL AGE -> Law of conscience

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past ...
~ Hebrews 1:1

... God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, ...
~ 1st Timothy 3:16

Jesus is Now; Now is Jesus.

... the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day." ~ John 12:48

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
... ~ Colossians 3:17

We must be doers and not just hearers!

... He who sent Me Is with Me, The Father has not left Me alone, ...
~ John 8:29

In peace our aim is to please Him.

... For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, ...
~ Psalm 90:1-4

We live in a time when
We are all challenged to know God.

... they were judged, each one according to his works. ~ Revelation 20:13

... help ... my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.
~ Philippians 4:3

... registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all,
to the spirits of just men ... ~ Hebrews 12:23

... I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; ... ~ Revelation 3:5

... enter ... only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
~ Revelation 21:27

We will be judged by how we responded to His word.
We will be revealed to how we have treated all people.

... and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
~ Hebrews 4:13

... that He might diliver us from this present evil age, ... ~ Galatians 1:3-5

Some men's sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, ...
~ 1st Timothy 5:24

                 ┌─> Life can be a series of missed opportunities.
"... And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous
into eternal life." ~ Matthew 25:41-46

Judgment is based on how we live our lives.
God knows your name.

          ┌─> Affirms resurrection.

... Death and Hades dilivered up the dead who were in them, And they were
judged, ... ~ Revelation 20:13

                   Don't want to miss out. <─┐
... the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain ...
~ 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18

The word rapture does not occur in the Bible however,
rapture = carried away.

Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire.
This is the second death. ~ Revelation 20:14


The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. ~ 1st Corinthians 15:26

Who else goes to the second death?

And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast
into the lake of fire. ~ Revelation 20:15

"... the lake which burns with fire and brimstone,
which is the second death."
~ Revelation 21:8

The only way your name gets in the book of life is to obey God.

God has given us the hope of new bodies without temptation
and all the things of goodness.

Do you look forward to being with great men like
Noah, Abraham, Daniel, and all of God's children?

There are no tears in heaven.
Never having to say good-bye forever.
Don't you want this for all that you love?

Put your faith in Jesus!
For now it is the time to spead the Gospel!

... is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe
will be condemned."
~ Mark 16:16

Disciples = learner, teachable.

Pray that we are welcome.





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