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The Afterlife- Part 2

David Shin

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David Shin

Dr. David Shin is the President of Ouachita Hills College.

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  • September 6, 2014
    11:30 AM

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Our Father in heaven we thank you so much for how you bless this church we thank you for the souls and the disciples that have happened organically as a result of individuals that were committed to Christ and we pray that you bless us as we move forward with the vision of making this church a training center for Christian workers as we set up Bible University we pray that you would help us by your grace Lord help us to focus on quality rather than quantity help us to work that the way that Jesus worked and we pray that you give us the same dedication the same spirit that fell upon the Apostles would fall upon this church in a powerful way bless us as we open your word for a few moments here but we have these things in Jesus' name amen amen Today we conclude our 2 part series in titled the afterlife and I want to begin by sharing a little bit about my perspective of flying. For whatever reason whenever I get on a plane it comes it becomes a very how should I say a spiritual experience in that every time I get on the plane it is a coming to Jesus moment. I don't know what it is but whenever the pilot comes over the airways and says please fasten your seat belts we are going to be facing a little bit of turbulence that's really code in my estimation for it saying for those of you that have any religious beliefs now is the time to express them you know because because that's what happens and I want to tell you on particularly Trans Atlantic or trans. Pacific flights were flying into Japan and we hit some turbulence over the ocean and it was really rocky The plane is jolting ups up and down and when you look at the stewardess and you see a little bit of stress that's when you start to get worried and you're clutching clutching the armrest and what usually happens is a person thing like this father forgive me for my many sins Please Lord I'm sorry please I accept you as my Savior and Lord if there's anything in my life that I need to confess to police I leave them over to you and that's that's what happens and I believe that for me in my spiritual experience it's probably good to at least fly once a year because this this is a prayer that that regularly happens I want to tell you that many times it's it's hyper. Accelerated and I guess that's the word by my imagination in that sometimes I mean that moment I imagine us plummeting into the ocean and crashing and I think sometimes what would it be like if I died on this plane and I imagine that as we plummet we crash and it's like aha oh what's going to be the next reality for me and did you know that the Bible actually tells us it's really one of 2 options let's say I'm in this plane Trans Atlantic flight and you know planes have been just disappearing no days have noticed and suddenly that plane just plummets into the ocean and smash up all right that's my last moment my last breath and I don't know what happens and then the next moment is really going to be according to the Bible one of 2 realities only one of 2 realities there's only 2 options that we have and I want you to invite you I want to invite you to turn with me in your Bibles the John Chapter 5 our scripture reading verse 28 and 29 you're only going to wake up in one of these 2 realities. And these are the words of Jesus Mark Chapter 5 John Chapter 5 seeing if you're awake here John Chapter 5 I've got to go to my next slide John Chapter 5 Verse 28291226 in the Bible that is provided for you there in the pew All right the words of Jesus do not marvel at this for the hour is coming in which how many in which all who are in the graves We'll hear his voice meaning the words of Jesus the words of God come forth those who have done good to the resurrection of live and those that have done evil to the resurrection of condemnation the Bible tells us that all of us in this room will rise to one of 2 resurrections either the resurrection of what the Bible called life or the resurrection of condemnation you're going to wake up either at one or the other so the Bible tells us and this is our study here today that these 2 resurrections are separated by a period of 1000 years except you won't know it's 1000 years because as we said 2 weeks ago when we die and pass out of the time space continuum you have no consciousness of time it's the next moment so let's say I'm in that plane again the plane plummets into the Atlantic Ocean Ah what happened and either Pastor David Shinn wakes up here. Or I wake up a 1000 years later and I wake up here that is what the Bible tells us according to our consciousness we have no consciousness of time which means that if I wake up here I'm not going to be like all what's taking the Lord so long as 1000 years it's not like that at all it's like aha oh I'm meeting praise God right side OK or it's up oh no wrong one OK but believe it or not there are thousands of people I don't know how many people die every day but there's a lot that are dying and waking up in one reality or the other this is happening according to their consciousness the Bible tells us that this period of time called the Millennium separate these 2 resurrections and when Jesus died on the cross he assured the reality of a universal resurrection universal resurrection for those that are saved and those that are lost and I want to invite you to turn our open your study guide and we're going to go through this very quickly. This is a brief outline of today's presentation if you have a study guide raise your hand we have our. Individual in the back that will give you a study guide to take this home because I'm going to go through this very quickly look up these tax because this is arguably one of the most important concepts for us to understand because it has to do with our personal salvation keep your hand raised coming around here are going to start up in the beginning of our study guide and read the introduction the clear teaching of Scripture is that there are 2 resurrections Jesus himself affirmed and taught this in John Chapter 5 years 2829 these 2 resurrections are separated by a period of 1000 years the 1000 years of Revelation chapter 20 is often called the Millennium the word millennium is simply a Latin composite of 2 words merely meaning 1000 and meaning years the 2nd coming of Jesus and the resurrection of the righteous mark the beginning of the 1000 years the saints of all ages described as Blessitt and holy in verse 6 will be raised in the 1st resurrection friends this is the resurrection that you want to wake up in Amen. Now the question is what is going to happen in that resurrection and if you look in your study guide here are events at the 2nd coming of Jesus so if we have some more people up here if you could pass them out to these individuals up front are so here is the 1st event at the resurrection or at the 1st resurrection at the beginning of the millennium here are the events at Christ's coming the believers are resurrected you can fill it out in your study guide these are events at the beginning of the millennium at the beginning of the 1000 years at the 1st resurrection believers are resurrected how do we know this person US alone in chapter 4 verse 16 where the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ will rise 1st there you have it when Jesus comes the 2nd time that is when the righteous dead are resurrected there is going to be also a group of people that are alive when Jesus comes righteous and dead now this is the thing if you die and the 1st thing that you see is a cloud and Jesus coming in the clouds of glory. You'll know that you're in the right resurrection All right so just keep that in mind alright when you die the next thing you know you see clouds trumpets angels the dead are being resurrected would you like praise God I'm on the right side that's where I want to wake up all right now we'll go through in a minute what to look for if you're in the wrong one all right so this is what the Bible tells us the dead in Christ rise then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air that is going to be a glorious day a glorious resurrection a glorious reunion now on that day this is what's going to happen I believe in my estimation as I've imagined the events of the 2nd Coming when Jesus comes a 2nd time and we're resurrected and 1st of all I'm going to be like praise God All right I made it I think I'm going to be pinching myself because this is all all the things that I believe here it is Jesus coming and I'm like praise God I'm on the right side all right now they say the there's 3 surprises when you get to heaven all right number one you're there praise God Number 2 the people that you thought would be there are not there and number 3 the people that you thought never would be there are there all right those are the 3 surprises and this is probably what's going to happen is that on that resurrection day as we're caught up to glory and as we're caught up in the clouds I think there's going to be a lot of searching I'm going to be searching all right I'm like I'm here and I'm going to like all right where is my wife all right so praise got to you you're here for God you are now my sister are 8 months you know my my parents are my grandparents and you know and then you go on from there church members you're like praise God you're here praise GOD YOU'RE and then Heaven forbid that you're on that cloud and you're like men. I can't find this person if you see him this is going to be the dynamic in the cloud as were ascending to glory it's it's kind of going to be bittersweet in that reality you know this is going to be an experience that all of the saved are going to have at the 2nd coming this person is missing they've got to be here and then it starts to settle in they're not here they're not here we'll cover the events of the millennium in a little bit and thus we shall ever be with the Lord so here are the events at the 1st resurrection when Jesus comes the 2nd time believes are resurrected believers receive immortality praise God we're not going to the same bodies we went down with all right we can have perfection this side of the face is going to look like this side of the face all right we're going to have all together OK receivers receive immortality going to go through this quickly the waking wicked a living are consumed by the brightness of His coming are those that are alive that have not accepted Jesus are going to be consumed the wicked dead remain in their graves believers ascend to Heaven with Christ right so these are the events you can look these texts up in your spare time this afternoon or next week perhaps So these are the events believers resurrected believers receive immortality wait good living consumed with a dead remain in their graves believers ascend to Heaven with Christ All right this begins a period of time known as the millennium now the millennium has 2 main purposes. One of the purposes is for the Devil to be given a period of time to think about all the things that he's done because everyone is dead and he doesn't have a lot to do I want to invite you to turn with me in your Bibles to the Revelation chapter 20 verse one into Revelation chapter 20 verse one into the last book of the Bible page 1423 Revelation 20 verse one into. Bible says that I saw an angel coming down from heaven having a key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand he laid hold of the dragon that serpent of old who is the devil and bound him for how long a 1000 years now the Bible especially the Book of Revelation in this case is a not talking about a literal chain a spiritual beat being cannot be chained by a literal chain this is talking about a chain of circumstances and the bottomless pit the translators have actually translated a bottomless pits but it's the Greek word abuse us which is the same in the Greek Septuagint as in Genesis one where it says the earth was without form and void so it's basically saying that the earth is going to be in a state of desolation so the devil is going to have this period of time according to Revelation chapter 21st one and 2 as we've just seen where he's going to have a time to reflect on the things that happened the last 10001000 years when he's been wreaking havoc on havoc on planet Earth a desolate destroyed planet earth so that's going to be the state of Earth all right everyone's going to be dead during the 1000 years going to have a period to meditate on the things that he's done it is kind of like a sabbatical when the earth rests for 1000 years now in the meantime we're going to be in heaven now why does God give us this period of 1000 years during the millennium God will answer every question as we've just noted earlier when you get to heaven there's going to be those surprises and there's going to be some surprises where you're going to say like Lord I just don't understand why this person isn't there let's say I'm in heaven and my mom isn't there I'm going to have some questions all right I'm going to go to the Lord and say Lord Lord I knew my mom I knew she was dedicated why isn't she here now can you imagine if the Lord just said oh you just got to trust me. You know now go back to the streets of gold and whatever you know I'm going to have a lot of questions and it's not it's going to be quite unsettling now it's going to make matters worse if I'm in heaven and my mom's not there and I look over at my neighbor and my neighbors Adolf Hitler I'm not saying that's going to happen but you get my point now I'm going to say wait a minute my mom's not. But Hitler is mine. And then God says I'm not going to open up the vault not going to open up the books that is now what happens when you get to heaven you're going to have you going to have the opportunity to go through all of the records I don't know if it's going to be some sort of high tech videotape but they're going to roll it all right they're going to roll it and what you're going to see is the stuff that you don't see this side of heaven the secret life one incentive to go to heaven by the grace of God Amen because I don't want anyone going through my stuff and then all right and that's the thing is that they're going to be able to roll the tape they're going to be able to see and what they're going to recognize is that God did everything possible to save that person and that person ultimately chose not to be saved and that's why they're not they're God's going to give us 1000 years to go through all the records that we ever want to and the Book of Revelation says that in the end every person is going to say just and true are your judgments we're going to say God you were there you were right you made the right decision that's going to be the events during this period of the 1000 years in heaven as we move on after every person has recognized that God was a righteous judge. The 1000 years are completed so everyone following me here a 2nd coming 1000 years we're in heaven Satan's on earth with nothing to do and the events at the end of the millennium are as follows Christ Saints and the city descend from heaven this is what the Bible says Christ Saints and the city descend from heaven we're going to be inside the New Jerusalem how do we know this Revelation chapter $21.00 verse 12 then I John saw the holy city New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride adorned for her husband so this is what happens Christ Saints and the city descend from heaven the wicked dead are raised and so this is the indicator now if we die and the 1st thing that you see is a gold city you're on the wrong side Furthermore if you see a gold city and you look next to you and you're like oh at all Fittler Mussolini Ganga's Khan Julius Caesar Oh no I mean you're on the wrong side all right this is what the Bible is telling us if you see the city when you are raised in the resurrection you have been resurrected a 1000 years too late you missed the 1st one you're on the 2nd one this is a very solemn thought for us to recognize because no one in this room unless you have a terminal illness you do not know the approximate time of your death that's why I believe that in many ways or in some ways it's actually better to some degree it's like the silver lining of having a terminal illness because you can make your life right with God But we have the opportunity to do that right now friends Amen don't leave it to chance we're going to wake up because if you see the city it's too late the wicked dead are raised but the rest of the dead did not live again until the 1000 years were finished so here we have the 1000 years. The 1st resurrection is here the Saints are in Haven't Satan is here on Earth then we have the resurrection of condemnation that happens a 1000 years later every person is going to experience this reality and at this point in the millennium when the city is there and the Saints are inside and the unrighteous are outside for the 1st and only time in human history every person that ever existed on planet Earth will be there at that one time at that one place facing each other through those transparent walls the moment has come the executive judgment is about to take place we move on Satan is loosed he has the opportunity to deceive he has the opportunity to go out now when the 1000 years have what is the Bible say have expired at the end of the 1000 years Satan will be released from his prison and go out to deceive the nations which are in the 4 corners of the earth he has not changed even though he knows he's on the wrong side and he goes out to deceive the people that are resurrected and they say we're going to take this city notice the mind has not changed the character has not changed these individuals go out to take the New Jerusalem they went up on the breath of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city and this is a part the Bible says a strange act of God and fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. So here are the events at the end of the 1000000 Christ Saints city descend the wicked dead or lose Satan lose the Last Judgment Satan and sinners destroyed Earth cleansed and renewed in the Bible tells us and God will wipe away all tears from their eyes it's not going to be a happy moment there's going to be tears that are shed as the wicked and saints Satan and sinners are are destroyed at that time right before our very eyes according revelation had 21 verse one now I saw a new heaven and a new earth God will recreate the earth for the 1st heaven in the 1st earth had passed away and also there was no more sea god will recreate the earth right before our very eyes and the Bible tells us that sin affliction will not arise the 2nd time friends this is going to be a reality and I am shared with us last night and he talked about how when we get to heaven a trillion years is only a drop in the bucket Can you imagine 5 trillion years living in heaven and that's not even a millisecond of eternity and what the devil wants to do he wants us to trade this life for that life and he has a soul wrapped up in the reality of this world that we miss out on this reality and God is calling to us today. Saying if you have not accepted me as Savior and Lord of your life do it today because you don't know where you're going to be tomorrow you're going to either wake up here or wake up at the 2nd Coming and friends let's not leave it to chance a man let's make the decision only you can decide right now when I'm but you to stand with me as we prepare to close every head bowed and eyes close I want you to want to make a simple appear if you have not accepted Jesus as your savior or you are not sure of your salvation every head bowed eyes closed and you don't know if you were to die today going home you don't know where you're going to wake up you are unsure of your salvation you can be sure right now the Bible says that we can know that we are saved by the grace of God and you want to say Lord Jesus I want to accept you as Savior of my life I want to be sure and you want to say Jesus come into my heart today if that's your desire I want to invite you just raise your hand just between you and God a simple God bless you God bless you a simple physical responses or someone else I want to say Lord Jesus I want to accept you as my Savior the citizens are being made today for eternity and you want to say Lord come into my heart today just put your hand up say Lord bless you. My 2nd appeal is this you have not been baptized Jesus says unless you're born of water in the spirit you cannot enter the Kingdom of God God is giving the opportunity right now to publicly respond to the voice of God and you want to say I want to prepare for a baptism. We need to come to the point where we care more about what God thinks that man thinks and God is asking us to make a stand because he went to the cross for us won't you get baptized for him and you want to respond and say I want to prepare for baptism just put your hand up just very quickly and say Lord I want to prepare for baptism is there someone here today that feels the Holy Spirit calling and speaking to their hearts and saying I want to prepare for baptism or invite you to raise your hand or someone God bless you in the back God bless shoes or someone else you're going to spend a lot of time but just want to give the opportunity and say Lord I want to prepare for baptism God bless you God bless you. My last appeal is this you by the grace of God want to say Lord use me I want to be the individual that is a Christian for in my profession a 2nd I want to be the individual that is a Christian 1st and a student 2nd I want to be the individual that makes you 1st last and best in my life and I want to say this year as we begin this school year as we begin in September as we begin in our workplace or whatever it may be after this summer and you want to say Lord Jesus lead me to one person this year at least the one that I can lead to the foot of the cross and you want to say Lord I dedicate myself to this mission Jesus will do it friends he's in the mission of seeking and saving the lost and you want to say Lord use me to reach one person this year just like the campus theme is for this year. Each one reach one and you want to say Lord Jesus I don't know how but I want to open myself to reach one person for Christ this year I wanted you to come for for a special prayer dedications or some one God bless you God bless you is there someone else each one reach one the one person this year to the foot of the cross by the grace of God we can do this not in our own effort but allowing God to use us that's all we're doing right now and saying Lord use me to reach one person this year for the gospel for the grace of Jesus Christ and say Lord put a soul on my heart this year lead me to the person open my eyes and God will do it friends he's in the business of saving souls for his kingdom godless. Blish spirits together as we pray our Father in heaven we thank you that heaven came down we thank you that Jesus did not stay in the comforts of heaven but came down to this earth and lived here and died and suffered for us so that we might have hope and Lord we thank you that even though angels could have done this work you have called us so that we might develop a character like Christ to seek and to save that which was lost to partner with heaven and the salvation of souls and Lord by the grace of God We don't want to be alone in that 1st resurrection we want our family there we pray today that not one family member that is represented here would be lost Heaven forbid that anyone is missing Lord help us to be there with our coworkers help us to be there with our fellow church members help no one to be missing for this is going to be a reality Lord and we pray that right now you would help us not to sell out heaven for the pleasures of this life. Help us to recognize that the lies of the devil would not take foothold in our hearts that we would not forsake heaven for the pleasures of sin for a season help us by your grace use us Lord this year to reach at least one person and leave them to Jesus Lord May you shine through us in our work place as we are going about our class responsibilities as we are going about our daily duties may you shine through us so that others may see Jesus in us may we reflect the character in the glory of God by your grace and by your spirit helpless to that. We ask the same as in Jesus. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more service to visit W.W.W. audio Verse dot org.

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