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July 21, 2021 8:00 am
So so so Dr. Tony talked about that and why most of what we think about the afterlife is upside down. The land of the living wage of the land. The land of the dying.
On the way to the land celebrating faithfulness. This is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas, president of the urban alternative. Some people say life is too short to be religious today. Dr. Evans explains why eternity is too long not to be as he takes a look at what happens when we die.
Let's join him with challenging subject to her prophecy capable subject because the subject that we will all have to deal with if Christ be not, that is the prophetic subject of death to avoid the discussion of deaf people have softened its impact. We call it being laid to rest. We say somebody has inspired. We talk about the fact that people have the past away. Not thinking about it and talking about it doesn't make it disappear. We will all face it and mostly everybody here has pasted the life of somebody in your sphere of knowledge so I want to share three things about death today from Luke 16, three things. The first thing that we want to share with you today is the ability of death.
In verse 22.
The poor man died, they were told and the rich man also died that know how to locate you regardless of your station in life, and purple that purple was the tool garments of the day was royalty Splenda was part of the lifestyles of the rich and famous, but he died. We told Lazarus, who the bag is a candidate for welfare, but he also got. So whether you're rich or poor line between black and white or in between whether you are lower or in between, as Hebrews 927 says it is appointed unto men once to die in case you didn't know this guy by appointment date has already been written on the calendar. You may be late for a lot of things in your life you will be on time for this. You are not in the land of the living.
On your way to the land of the dying.
I tell you this, but during the land of the dying on your way to the land of the living fact we don't know the only people marking the person next to you didn't look old.
While technically, technically, we don't know people because you only know if your old bike not your birthday.
See if you live to be 50 you get to make up 95 just a young but says we don't know anybody that day. You really don't know folks are here today. You might be a lot older than your age so insert someone no. So so so inescapable. Think about the man was opened up his eyes and he found himself at the pearly gates and St. Peter St. Peter greeted them at the pearly gates and said son. Have you done any good things in your life. What was yeah I'm a woman was get ready to be robbed of a person and I stepped in between her and the robber was that he said about 30 seconds ago because you just never know. The second thing I want to share with you is what is there. We noted at the book but what exactly is it why. In fact, doesn't even exist to get rid of this thing called deaf people have conjured up speculations.
One speculation is reincarnation. The belief that you will based on your life now you'll come back as something else in the hope that there is some force out there to bring me back. And even though I may only come back as a critic or from something will allow me to this energy field to keep on going and so the speculation of reincarnation, there is the speculation of purgatory, and in between destiny that affords me after my death the opportunity to get right. If I was wrong in this life. There is the speculation of annihilation, that is, when this life is over.
We cease to exist and so this is all that there is live to die. I am not today to tell you what everybody else thinks speculation is one thing, revelation is something else. God has not been silent about death, about what is what happens when you partake of it. So let me help us understand the word in the Bible.
Death means separation not cessation of stopping something, it means the separating of something so get that synonym in your head that is separation. God told Adam and Eve on the day you eat of this fruit. You shall surely die. But on the day they ate of the fruit. They did not die but was still walking and talking in living and raising kids and all that God said in the daily you shall surely die because God was talking about the first kind of death, spiritual death, which means separation fellowship with God. They were removed from the God that happened that day even though they were physically alive. They were spiritually separated and God called the one type of separation, or death and spiritual death.
Separation fellowship with God, but also because of their sin into the second definition of death physical physical death is where the soul is separated from the body. That is where the soul is separated from the body, you also give you you are you so you are not your body. Your body is really a house holding place for the resident who lives there and the resident who lives in the body is you your soul your mind, your emotions, you will in your consciousness that makes up your soul. That's why when the Bible speaks about your life.
Throughout the Scripture will talk about the word soul soul that shall surely die. Some of the life the person I know they want to focus in our world to be on your body how good you look where you live what you drive all the stuff that is external but not ask you to look good until you start didn't know they may have a beautiful body but afflicted soul, your shoulders, you that life is your soul leaves the body. It separates picture sticker. It comes out and all you are left with is the shell or the skin on the below, because that which gave it life, let it fly let it rise has been extricated from it, because it's been punctured and the life principle of the blue has been removed so the blue lace when you leave this world. The skin is still here.
The shell is still here like principle has escaped and the soul leaves the body. Separation at your funeral. The only president will bring you because the Salt Lake's shall remain to deteriorate and disintegrate until the new bodies given so there is a separation so there is the spiritual separation due to sin that is separated us from the publisher about God, resulting in a little separation from the immaterial part of us are so when the soul leaves the body. There is 1/3 kind of death and eternal death, which is eternal separation from God. My point is I want you to understand that not mean the end of life.
It means a separation has occurred at all. Please, so it is incorrect to say about a person is not there might their life has just begun. But what will that life be like that's what Dr. Evans will tell us about when he continues her message a few moments.
The first, as we take time to celebrate 40 years of God's faithfulness. Through the work of the alternative doctrine ensures a little of how the local church grew into what would become a worldwide ministry. A friend of mine in Crawford limits came down and begin the church with me during those early days.
You know both of us were preaching.
It was mainly evangelists, so he was traveling a lot so the bulk of the load following me because I was local. Most of the time my wife Lois was involved with music. My sister-in-law Elizabeth was handling the kids soon so we just kept plowing along and people would invite people we were meeting in a house we grew out of the house. We went to a clubhouse in an apartment complex.
Then we went to a little fellowship hall in the church that they let us use and we outgrew that and then we bought a little A-frame building in 1980 that held a few hundred people, and we went up to four services and that we went to a high school then we go to family life Center next to the A-frame building that we get older thousand 10 and then that led to the building of the sanctuary, which shows 3300 that led to the building of the education center so we went from 10 people to close to 10,000 people over those years and out of the church group social service ministry to meet the social, as well as spiritual needs of the community, and out of that out about church grew the urban alternative where a Lois work with me to get cassette tapes back then. Of the people who wanted to hear messages and that would ultimately lead to radio the growth and impact God has blessed this ministry with is nothing short of a miracle. None of it would be possible without the faithful contributions of people like you and that's why I want to let you know about a special package we put together is her way of saying thank you, when you make a donation to help keep this outreach going. It starts with our current two volume 12, message, audio collection, prophecy, and our world, and also includes a copy of Tony's popular book prayers for victory in spiritual warfare. Together, this powerful package will help you better understand what's in store for our future and give you the tools to help overcome spiritual attacks as you walk through is unfolding plan, we like you to have a copy of prophecy in our world and prayers for victory in spiritual warfare is our gift when you make a donation to help support the work of the alternative. But don't wait. This offer ends this week. Details are available for email@example.com you can also sign up for Tony's free weekly email devotional again that's Tony Evans.org or call our 24 hour resource request line at 1-800-800-3222 and let one of our friendly team members help you.
That's 1-800-800-3222. Right now Tony's back was part two of today's lesson is inescapable.
Separation not annihilation or cessation of existence that makes it the third thing about it lets you stay time and enter into one or two eternal destinies you choose, but you only have two choices with total that the rich man died and the poor man died in verse 22. The program was very told of the rich man was very little of the poor man was taken away by the angels into Abraham's bosom and in Hades, he lifted up his eyes when you see her mother holding a child against her breast against her bosom. It is a place of provision. When somebody raises their hand on the bosom of another person as a position of rest. Abraham was the father of the faith says Lazarus was escorted noticed the angels talking why because Hebrews 114 says every believer has an angel assigned of them and one of the jobs of your angels when you die is to escort you also look into paradise. The place of rest and divine provision so you have a personal escort as a believer into the very presence of God. The rich man dies in Hades and he saw Abraham far off and not wait a minute. The rich man and he can see, not only can he say he can recognize because he saved Abraham and he sees Lazarus and he knows he cries out for mercy and was 24 and water to cool my tongue. Why am in line he can fail noticed something else about rich friend. Please retain this simple nature can poke around. You tell Lazarus what to do because he's the bed of the rich man Abraham said to him, verse 25 child remember during your life you received good things in letters mappings. No Alzheimer's is those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and you live your life without coming to grips with his salvation will remember this day that you are here you are. The good news you ignored it one more time. You will remember the time when you are satisfied with religion and abortive redemption that was religious because he says father Abraham says that between us and you a great 26 says you can't, we can come to you and not be able to go there to recognize, never talk to know that this gap is so big it can't be crossed in either direction. This issue is the most important issue of your life because it has to do with your initial before you, you're going to die.
It is inevitable and it cannot. Apart from the return of Christ be avoided immediate eternity. Every media there's no there's no soul sleep. Second residence 58 says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Chapter 1 2123 Paul says I don't know whether to stay here with you want to go home to be with the Lord because there is no data. Coffin in acts chapter 7 versus 54 to 60. Stephen was being stoned to death.
He looks up anything Jesus rise standing on the right hand of the father and he says them will receive my spirit. The split second that night and is the split second you interact return will delay this no soul sleep.
If you are a believer today all know that you will ever experience will be to help you get if you're not a believer today.
The only happen you're ever going to experience is the heaven you get this life, but as long as you got breath in your lungs so your body, you have a choice about your eternal destiny God will allow you to choose. You can choose not the choice is yours. You get to make but you don't know when time Dr. Tony Evans will come back in a moment with the final story about what God does for us when we make the choice to stay with us if you'd like to get the full-length version of today's message to review on your own or share with your small group family or friends is available as a part of Tony's two-volume series, prophecy, and our world.
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Father was driving his son when he was driving his son swooping into the open window was a B. This this BS flying around the car BS flying around the cry father raised his hand and grab after a few seconds he opened his hands. Cannot you open up and vanish out in the state has already done me the confidence once they are doing now is making a lot of noise and compensate the bickering is overcome some of the equity in the alternative, Tony celebrating 40 years of generous contributions from listeners like you