Monday, 2 May 2011
TEARS IN HEAVEN
Hello again folks! Most people look at the end-times prophecies of the Bible with either fear or trepidation. Some [quite rightly!] view it with hope and anticipation. A few years back; I preached on the subject of : "Tears in Heaven". And this last weekend I was reminded or urged or poked to present it again via this particular forum. Back in 2001 I asked this question: "What tears will need wiping away in Heaven?". Of course; these could be the tears of receiving full and True Salvation and/or the joy of meeting up with old friends et al. Now please read the following four  scriptures:
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
"The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree."
Let them be before the LORD continually, that He may cut off the memory of them from the earth." [Psalm 109:15]
"For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind."
What I want to put across today is this. The Bible tells us that upon reaching the eternal state of Salvation; we will know all things fully [to paraphrase a portion of I Corinthians 13]. That sadly means that we will also remember unsaved family members; friends; colleagues and even enemies. Imagine the pain of remembering forever those beloved acquaintances who you encountered; lived with and loved during your lifetime who were not born again? It is my personal belief; that in part; the above scriptures are not meant to frighten and threaten. They are meant to comfort. I believe that it is possible that God in His mercy will wipe away our memories not only of pain and grief ... but He will also heal our recollections. He wants us to look forward and not backward.
The flip side of this is that those souls who end up in Hades may well remember their unforgiven sins and lives forever knowing that not only are they damned; but that they are doomed to be be forgotten for eternity too - and by all the [saved] folks that they lived their lives with. We are told of worms; fire; angst and regret in the Word but the possibility of abject loneliness and abandonment is - to this writer - just as bad; if not worse because God intended us for fellowship amongst other things. We are social beings.
I write this to comfort those who are saved and have a burden for all those unsaved folks who daily surround them. I also write this because in these truly dark days; we possibly require even further motivation to reach out and tell forth the True Gospel - while we still have the [so-called] 'freedom' to do so. If ever there were some new material for you to preach with - then here it is!
DECEPTION is the name of the game in the Last Days. Real Bereans [Acts 17:11] are truly needed; watchmen must warn; evangelists must compel; DO NOT BE DECEIVED and watch that periphery!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 02-May-2011