The Choices You Make Here Are A Big Deal
Remember, our next book is 1 Timothy, and I have titled this series — It's Time To Clean Up The Church. So get ready for some hard-hitting teaching for our modern church. Head over to the website as you get time to get your 1st Timothy Scripture Journal. So our text today is from Daniel 12:2. And it reads:
And many of those who sleep (death) in the dust of the earth (inactive) shall awake (active/resurrection), some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. — Daniel 12:1
So we are getting close to the end of Gabriel's explanation of the vision to Daniel. Here we learn about the resurrection, which is the first mention of the resurrection in the Old Testament. I believe Gabriel shares this with Daniel to give him hope and clarity in light of all the wars, tribulations, and sufferings leading up to the end of time. He's reminding him that mankind will encounter many situations that look like the end, but they are not. And here's why — there is no end. Nothing ends but time itself. Take, for example, physical death. Death in this text is called "sleep" because it's a temporary physical state. It may look permanent, but it's not. There will come a time when all mankind will be raised from this illusion of death (physical sleep) to a new physical state that never ends. And the choices we have in the present time have a bearing on this "everlasting" state — meaning our choices here impact our eternal state there. The options are either everlasting life for those who chose Jesus Christ or everlasting shame and contempt for those who do not.
Fellas, don't be confused. The only thing that ends is time itself. You will live forever in a perpetual state: everlasting life or everlasting contempt. But you only get this time to choose which side of that eternity you will be on. And I hope that you will choose to join me and many others in eternal life.
If you are ready to make this choice for the first time, you can do that today. Accept, believe, and confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior by faith. Surrender all of your life in this time to him and live all in for him who lived all in for you, and you will receive the gift of relationship and everlasting life with him.
ASK THIS: Do you want eternal life?
DO THIS: Surrender all your life in this time to Him!
PRAY THIS: God, I surrender all my life in this time to you!
PLAY THIS: I Surrender.
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