The Unseen Spiritual World

Life dealt each a different set of cards

Steve Jobs

Fabulously famous, riches beyond imagination, influentially powerful

However it is good to think upon these words from the bible in the book of Ecclesiastes written by the wisest man, Solomon:

Ecclesiastes 9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath. 3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.

Compared with the last words of Steve Jobs before he passed away due to cancer at age 56.

 

An event unto all

Many years ago, I had an opportunity of accompanying a church minister, who is also a counselor, to visit some families who are close relatives of prison inmates.

During that time, it was the season of Christmas and this counselor with the Prison Fellowship for Christ participated in a program to bring Christmas gifts to close relatives of inmates who are attending the Prison Fellowship for Christ as part of sharing the festive cheers.

So we brought along the donated Christmas gift and visited one family who consist only of a sixty plus woman staying by herself as her brother was in prison. This visit was memorable as she narrates that her husband had just passed on not too long ago. He has been sickly and weak for quite some time and she has been caring for him. Upon entering the house, the place seems gloomy and being Chinese has some of their traditional praying altar and deities that Chinese have come to believe are able to protect their worshippers.

As the convicted brother has turned to Christianity while in prison, this minister started to explain the Christian teachings about salvation through the atoning death of Jesus and eternal life through faith in Him to this elderly lady.

What was heartening was that she did acknowledge about spiritual reality as she just witnessed the death of her sickly husband before his last breadth.

The inevitable reality

Her account of the story: “That very night that she sensed that her husband was very deathly sick, she has prepared herself by being at her side to provide emotional comfort to him, being the only two people in that small house. It was a long night but events are very vivid in her mind as the moment is one of utmost importance, passing through the river of death.

Time was past midnight and she recalled that she heard the sound of dragging chains along the floor outside of the house approaching to their main door. And then appears the two death messengers with their chains with one the head of a cow and the other the face of the horse. She did not appears frightened as she is emotionally prepared for the inevitable moments to be upon her husband and instead pleaded with these death messengers for more time to spend with her husband before they chained and took his soul away with them. They were then gone and she then spent few more hours till before her husband gave up his last breadth.”

This woman heard the chains dragging sounds, saw the two death messengers from Hades and saw her husband’s last breadth and the departure of his soul to tell us as a witness to this spiritual event. Poor woman! And do we believe? Yes!!! and so should she believe in the gift of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ to escape such eternal damnation as happened to her husband.

Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

What is the price you would give for your soul?

Is there a price or is your soul priceless?

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Matthew 8:36)

Hades

IN its original languages, the Bible uses the Hebrew word sheʼohlʹ and its Greek equivalent haiʹdes more than 70 times and is related to death.

In most languages there are no words that convey the precise sense of these Hebrew and Greek words.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave [Sheol], whither thou goest. There is no work, planning, knowledge nor activity in Sheol.

Isaiah 5:14 “has enlarged itself and has opened its mouth wide without limit.” Although Sheol has already swallowed, so to speak, countless dead people, it always seems to hunger for more.

‘the Grave is never satisfied nor is enough.’ (Proverbs 30:15, 16)

Sheol never becomes full (Proverbs 27:20). It has no limits.

Sheol, or Hades, is thus not a literal place in a specific location. Rather, it is the common grave of dead mankind, the figurative location where all of mankind sleep in death regardless of race or religion.

Advice from Solomon:

Ecc 12:13 – Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

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