Our culture seems to be obsessed with the walking dead. Movies based on the popular Twilight vampire novels have become major blockbusters. Television shows such as “The Walking Dead” and “True Blood” are seen by millions each week. And some of the most popular titles on bookstore shelves feature zombies and others who live among humans as the ‘walking dead’.
Particularly during the Halloween season, peoples’ interest in creepy creatures that come from the other side of the grave rises. And you might end up with a handful of trick-or-treaters on your doorstep dressed as zombies, vampires, or werewolves. Not to mention the fact that you might be dressed up as such creatures yourself.
Many people laugh off such interests as being all in good fun and nothing more than harmless entertainment. But did you know that one day every dead person will be called out of their grave and there will be an assembly of all the dead at the end of the world? The Bible tells us about this event in Revelation 20:11-13 which reads: “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”
This passage tells us that all of the dead will come out of their graves and will go to stand before God at what is called the Great White Throne Judgment. It will be the largest gathering of people in the universe. At this gathering, God will judge each and every one of the dead “according to their works” — the things that they did in this life. This passage goes on to say that “death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
God will judge all of the dead based on whether or not their names are written in the book of life. Those who do not have their names in the book of life will be thrown into Hell or the lake of fire. Those whose names are written in the book of life will not have to go through this judgment at all and will go to live with God in Heaven for all eternity.
My friend, Hell is an awful place. It is a place of unceasing fiery torment. It is a place of agony and pain. It is a place of intense suffering without dying. And worst of all, it is a place of separation from God forever. All of those unfortunate souls who are called out of their graves to face God at the Great White Throne Judgment will end up in this awful place.
You do not have to go to Hell, however. You can have your name written in the book of life. Having your name written in the book of life will guarantee that you will go to Heaven to be with God after your life on this earth is complete. God does not want you to go to Hell because of your sins. That is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins — because He knew that we could never make it on our own. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
We can have eternal life in Heaven if we accept Jesus Christ’s invitation to begin a relationship with God by receiving Him into our lives by faith. When we do this, we will be saved from our sins and from the consequences of sin which is eternal punishment in the lake of fire. Jesus Christ said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” There is no other way to eternal life in Heaven except through Jesus Christ.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, you will begin a relationship with God that will last for eternity. If you want to begin your relationship with God through Jesus Christ right now, you can pray something like this to let God know about your decision:
Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!