Are You

PREPARED or UNPREPARED

For Eternity?

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The date has been set, the very year, yes down to the minute and second when you will leave this life1 Psalms 39:4-5. As a high tech jetliner flying across the heavens, you too are racing to your final destination. Each second of the clock brings you closer to that exact moment, a moment known only to Almighty God. You cannot avoid this appointment, your attendance is as sure as the fact of your birth2John14:6. You will be neither early nor late, and you will be in the appointed place in that hour3 Ecclesiastes 3:1-2. All details but one have been arranged for you, giving you the choice of coming to your appointment PREPARED OR UNPREPARED.4Matthew 10:32-33; Revelation 22:17

Those who come prepared have Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. They believe from their heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God,5Acts 8:37; Romans 10:10 that He was born of a virgin,6Matthew 1:20-25 that He lived a sinless life,7Hebrews 4:15 and that He died and shed His blood on a cross for their sins.8Matthew 26:28

PREPARED believers accept the fact that Jesus Christ rose bodily from the grave and walked the earth,9Luke 24:39; 1Corinthians 15:3-8 then ascended in bodily form into Heaven10Acts 1:9-11 where He now sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding on their behalf.11Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25 Knowing that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father,12John 14:6 they have repented of their sins and have been made clean by the Word of God and have been born again.13John 3:3; John 15:3; 1Thessalonians 2:13;Denying the sinful things of this world,14Titus 2:11-14 they now live their life in obedience to Christ.15Hebrews 5:9 Only these are PREPARED, and will live with the Lord FOREVER.16John 14:1-4; John 17:24; 1Thessalonians 4:17

Those who have NOT believed the Gospel and surrendered their heart and life through faith to the obedience of Jesus Christ, are UNPREPARED and will be required to pay to the fullest extent possible.17Matthew 23:33; Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15 We are told that the debt is very great and those attempting to pay it themselves will be making payments for many years - FOREVER. In spite of the impossibility of their ever making full restitution, the UNPREPARED will be sent to attempt payment of their debt. The conditions they will be required to endure are unbelievable. Fiery flames will torment them - FOREVER.18Isaiah 66:24; 2Thessalonians 1:8-9; Jude 1:7They will be denied water - FOREVER.19Luke 16:24 The screams and the wailing of tortured souls will be heard - FOREVER.

It is said the un-Godly will gnash, or grind their teeth together and gnaw their tongues due to the severe pain - FOREVER.20Matthew 13:42;49-50; Revelation 16:10There will be no light but total darkness - FOREVER.212Peter 2:17; Jude 1:13 These lost souls will remember their former life and it's lost opportunities - FOREVER.22Luke 16:25

Where there is no God there can be no love or kindness, nor will there be any rest from their torments - FOREVER.23Revelation 14:11 In spite of their concern for living loved ones, they will be powerless to prevent them from joining them - FOREVER.24Luke 16:27-31 Escape will be impossible as there will be no other place to go to - FOREVER.25Hebrews 12:25 Hope will be a distant memory as despair will be their constant companion - FOREVER.26Ephesians 2:12

God made the certainty obvious in the Bible that all who reject His Son Jesus Christ are servants of Satan27John 8:37-49 and their end will be with him in the eternal lake of fire - FOREVER.28Revelation 20:10 There are only two options after death, Heaven or Hell and we have just described Hell, the destination of all those who hate the things and people of God.291Corinthian 16:22

Perhaps you say, I don’t hate the things of God, I love God. The Bible clearly tells us those who claim to know God, yet do not keep His commandments, are liars,301John 2:4 and Revelation says all liars, among others, will have their part in the lake of fire.31Revelation 21:8

God in His loving compassion and sense of fairness has given you a choice. The Bible tells us that He has revealed Himself to ALL people, so that THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE.32Romans 1:19-20 In other words, when we hear the gospel of Jesus Christ we can believe it if we choose to because we already know the truth in our spirit.33Romans 8:16; 1John 5:6

Refusing to soften their hard hearts and believe, many will perish in Hell,34Mark 16:14-16 because they have relied upon their own thinking and reasoning35Proverbs 14:12 allowing Satan to lull them into a false security, feeling they had an understanding with God. The reality that there are no understandings, no plea bargains, no compromises, and no exceptions36Acts 17:30 will take multitudes of people by surprise. After having lived in a world such as ours where monetary reward or the right word in the right ear gets a dismissal or leniency God's way will be unacceptable for the hard hearted. We need to remember this world and it’s ways are corrupt and will pass away,372peter 3:10 and God, who is just and true in all His ways shall reign,38Revelation 15:3-4

These same hard-hearted unbelievers get angry and they dismiss a Biblical message such as this one as scare tactics, or label it as hate literature. None of this diminishes in any way the truth of the message. Because God deemed your soul so valuable and knowing the determined hardness of many hearts He ordained the use of fear if need be to save you. In His Word God said; And others save with fear pulling them out of the fire…39Jude 1:23

The clock continues to tick away the seconds toward the appointment we all must keep, and as you read these words thousands, possibly millions, have kept their final appointment. Is yours the next one? The Bible tells us when their time came, MOST WENT UNPREPARED to their final appointment!40Matthew 7:14 How about YOU? This message has come into your hands for a purpose - BECAUSE GOD LOVES YOU41John 3:16 - and if you are UNPREPARED He is pleading with you to believe and get PREPARED.42Ezekiel 20:36

Scripture References

  1. Psalms 39:4-5
  2. Hebrews 9:27
  3. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
  4. Matthew 10:32-33; Revelation 22:17
  5. Acts 8:37; Romans 10:10
  6. Matthew 1:20-25
  7. Hebrews 4:15
  8. Matthew 26:28
  9. Luke 24:39; 1Corinthians 15:3-8
  10. Acts 1:9-11
  11. Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25
  12. John 14:6
  13. John 3:3; 15:3; 1Thessalonians 2:13
  14. Titus 2:11-14
  15. Hebrews 5:9
  16. John 14:1-4; 17:24;1Thessalonians 4:17
  17. Matthew 23:33; 25:46; Revelation 20:15
  18. Isaiah 66:24; 2Thessalonians 1:8-9; Jude 7
  19. Luke 16:24
  20. Matthew 13:42;49-50; Revelation 16:10
  21. 2Peter 2:17; Jude 13
  22. Luke 16:25
  23. Revelation 14:11
  24. Luke 16:27-31
  25. Hebrews 12:25
  26. Ephesians 2:12
  27. John 8:37-49
  28. Revelation 20:10
  29. 1Corinthian 16:22
  30. 1John 2:4
  31. Revelation 21:8
  32. Romans 1:19-20
  33. Romans 8:16; 1John 5:6
  34. Mark 16:14-16
  35. Proverbs 14:12
  36. Acts 17:30
  37. 2peter 3:10
  38. Revelation 15:3-4
  39. Jude 23
  40. Matthew 7:14
  41. John 3:16
  42. Ezekiel 20:36

I wrote this over twenty years ago and it was on our website then and has been printed by various churches over the years. It is my prayer that those who read this that are not prepared or are unsure, will make sure they are prepared for eternity. Jesus died so that none would have to go unprepared. ~ JimOtiny cross