DID YOU KNOW that most people tend to equate life after death as joining their family and friends in a permanent, joyous reunion?
But does anyone consider what is required of them? Matthew 7:14 says, “. . .Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” So the popular concept of a giant reunion with all your family and friends just isn’t Scriptural, is it? For there are requirements, and not everyone wants to meet them.
I realize that this is an exceedingly painful subject, but it is better to face reality now, while there is still time to make changes in our lives and bring the truth to our loved ones, than to bury our heads in the sand and later wake up to the horror that someone we love dearly will spend the rest of eternity in the Lake of Fire. Now you can do something about it. Later may be too late!
Saying a little prayer is not an insurance policy. Neither is joining a church, being baptized, doing good deeds, or being very religious. According to Scripture, eternal life is knowing the Father and His Son, Y’hoshua the Messiah -- and that begins here on earth. It is not something we have to wait for. After death is only a more beautiful and more perfect continuation of the relationship that already has been established.
How is this relationship established?
First, we have to repent of all our transgressions. And what are transgressions? “Whoever commits sin also transgresses the Torah, and sin is transgression of the Torah.” [1 John 3:4]
What is the Torah? The Torah is composed of the first five books in the Scriptures -- called the instructions for having life -- that were given to Moses by YHVH.
You may be asking yourself, “If I am not Jewish, why should I study the Books of Moses?” There are many, many answers to that question, but for now, let’s look at two very simple, very direct verses: “Imitate me, just as I also (imitate) Messiah.” [1 Corinthians 11:1] And, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” [1 John 2:6]
To walk in the footsteps of the Messiah is to make the decision to be obedient, just as He was obedient: Whatever the Torah says to do, if it can be done, we should try with all our might to do it. If we stumble, we must repent and ask the Father for forgiveness, in the Name of Y’hoshua the Messiah; and the Word says that He is faithful to forgive. Then we must turn away from whatever caused us to stumble, and be careful to avoid doing it again.
Many say that it is impossible to keep the Torah. If that is true, how do you explain Luke 1:5-6? “There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before Elohim, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of YHVH blameless.” Their sins were covered, because they always repented and brought sacrifices when they sinned. It was only after the Messiah Y’hoshua came and shed His perfect blood --because He was obedient, even unto death -- that our sins could be forgiven and the debt marked “paid.”
Please check out these statements in Scripture, for it is not the traditions of men that count, but what YHVH says. Purchase a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (the least expensive one is fine), so you can make sure the words mean what you think they are saying, plus a copy of The Interlinear Bible of Hebrew, Greek and English. Most importantly, please do not study the Word through denominational-colored glasses. Ask the Father, in the Name of Y’hoshua (His true Name -- the one His mother called Him) to open up the Truth of the Scriptures to you. His Truth, His Word, this washing by the Water of the Word, will give you life and set you free!
“Give me understanding, and I shall have life.” [Psalm 119:144b]