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Bible readers may have noted that God spoke
audibly from Heaven, five times, by my count. The first was to Abraham, from a bush that was burning, but was not burning
up (Exodus 3:4-10; and Moses, speaking to the Israelites, reminded them that they had heard God’s voice from the midst
of the fire (Deuteronomy 4:12-13). The second time God spoke and was heard was in the New Testament at Jesus’ baptism
(Matthew 3:17); the third at the transfiguration, when Jesus met with Moses and Elijah (Matthew 17:5-6); and the fourth in
Hebrews 5:5, when God said of Jesus, "Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee," and the fifth in the following
verse, Hebrews 5:6, when He said, "Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec."
These can be confusing to me; especially these last
two, as I don’t know when they were spoken. Thankfully, there’s no reason to be concerned, as I repeat from other
Conquest articles, that our first and main importance is that we’re saved and living for the Lord.
But one more instance is to be noted, that I’ve
never heard preached nor mentioned; that Jesus also spoke audibly from Heaven, to Saul, later renamed Paul, when Jesus stopped
him on the road to Damascus. He was going there to arrest even more of those who were preaching that Jesus was the Christ
who had been prophesied for centuries. Read that episode in Acts, chapter nine.
And this is just a few more proofs that God and Jesus are two separate
Beings; yet are one, with the Holy Spirit, as man and wife being one, yet are separate.
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.