One of the biggest challenges for the church to communicate the Gospel with our generation is that feelings are defining the truth, and opinions are substituting the Scriptures – The Word of God. If someone does not feel it right, it isn’t the truth; and people’s opinions and worldviews are superior to any religious book, even if it is the Bible.
But we do not have any other source to learn about life and death. We believe that the Scriptures are the rule of faith and practice. The Bible can tell us with authority why we die, and what happens when we die.
In the book of Revelation 20:11-15, we have this dreadful text:
“ Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.  And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.  The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.  If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
As we saw there is a SPIRITUAL DEATH, a death that began with the first rebellion. There is a PHYSICAL DEATH, a death that was the consequence of that first one. Now in this text John is talking about the ETERNAL DEATH, I call It THE FINAL DESTINATION.
John is mentioning the last chapter in the life of humans. That is after the resurrection. Everyone will be in the presence of God and they will be judged by what they did, their works. If their names are not in the Book of Life they will be condemned to death, the eternal death.
We know that that death is eternal. We also know that that death is irreversible. That means there is no appeal for the decision. God will have the final word. And finally, we know that that death is just. God is a just judge, and His decision is right.
It is very important for us to understand and learn that we cannot do anything with the first death – the initial rebellion. It is done and we just live under that curse. We also cannot do anything about the last one. God Himself will make that decision. We cannot change anything when we get at that point.
The only time that we have to do something about death is right now, during the time that we are still living and have the chance to accept and surrender our lives to Jesus as our Savior and Lord.
My friend, I pray that you already made that decision, if not I pray that the Holy Spirit will touch your heart, help you to recognize and believe in what Jesus did for you, and accept His offer.
Have a blessed week,