Friday, February 13, 2009

Death comes suddenly

Douglas C. Wielinski* was sitting in his home in Buffalo at 10:30 in the evening of February 12, 2009. Perhaps he was watching his favorite television show. Perhaps he was thinking about going to bed. In any case, the next moment, he was in eternity. You see, a plane crashed into him in his home. It was not spiralling, not chugging, not in distress at all. It simply fell below the radar and plummeted without warning into the Wielinski home. It killed one and injured others on the ground. There were no survivors on the plane.

The resident who was killed is in eternity. We all go there when we die. We go either to heaven or to hell...and we go there whether we believe in hell or not. Christians who have decided that God is real, Jesus saves, and sin prevents us from with with both of them, have asked for forgiveness of their sins and know they will dwell with Jesus in heaven forever. Those who refuse to believe, or whom have simply put off deciding, will wind up in hell, paying eternally for that unbelief or that indecision.

The bible is clear, "Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts" (Heb 4:7).

The bible is clear: "Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away" (Jam 4:14)

"Behold, now is "THE ACCEPTABLE TIME," behold, now is "THE DAY OF SALVATION" (2 Corinthians 6:2)

We also know the truth that Paul shared in Corinthians, that "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed." 'In a moment,' at a time no one knows but will be sudden and unexpected, we will be called to be with Jesus. This is known as the rapture, from the Greek word harpazo, translated Latin Vulgate, rapio or raptus. Suddenly Christians will be gone and unbelievers will be left behind to face the antichrist and life on a satan-ruled world where God's restraining hand has been lifted. Shudder!

The Wielinskis did not know that at 10:30 pm on 2-12-09 a plane would fall on them. Likewise, while you do not know what the morrow holds, but one of these morrows eventually WILL hold eternity. Will you embrace Jesus and spend eternity with Him? Repent of your sins and claim the free gift of grace He extends to you? It is time to end your indecision.



(* authorities have not positively ID'd the home's resident as Douglas Wielinski though they suspect he was the one, and he is missing)

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