The Veil
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THIS VALE OF TEARS

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This world is a vale of tears & broken dreams!

"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy."
(Psalms 126:5)

The world as seen by the last living Apostle:

1John 5:19 "And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness."

Our Lord Jesus commenting on our lives in this world

Luke 14:26 "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple."

Matthew 10:39 "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it."

Matthew 16:25 "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it."



Our Fatherís attitude toward this world:

1John 2:15-16 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."

The Veil of Death

THE RESURRECTION: The Hope of our Salvation (1THESS 5:8)

1COR 15: 12-14 "Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.

And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty."

1COR 15:20 " But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep."

1COR 15:50-57 "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed----

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."

55 "O Death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?"

56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

 

THE VICTORY IN JESUS

John 11:25-26 "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. "

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Christian Reflection on Death
and the Possible Choice given to Paul at Lystra:

1. The Situation: Acts 16:19-20 "Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead."

2. That which followed: 2Cor 12:2-5 "I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities."

3. THE AFTERMATH

Acts 16:20-24 "However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

4. THE CHOICE

Phil 1:21-25 "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.

For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.

Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.

And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith,"

Physical Death from Godís View:

2. Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints."

THE LAST MESSAGE of PAUL & PETER:

A. Paulís impending death &; his warning against false teachers:

2TIM 1:11 "It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:"

2Tim 4:3-4 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."

2TIM 4:6 "For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand."

B. Peterís impending death and his warnings about false teachers:

2PETER 4:12-15 "Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;"

2Peter 4:13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you,

2Peter 1:14 "Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ has showed me."

2Peter 1:15 "Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease."

2Peter 2:1 "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who secretively shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."

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The Promise Amplified

John 14:2-3 "In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, so that where I am, you may be also."


Revelation 21:4 "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."


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