The Glory Celebration, "Arthur, Arthur, Arthur"
In my life I have faced death often. Twice I preached with a man holding a knife or razor blade at my throat. I’ve walked along the roadsides of every nation and major inhabited island group carrying a twelve foot cross just inches from traffic and many other dangers. I was taken out to be shot before a firing squad. So often I have wondered what will happen at the ‘moment of death’. I know I’ll go to be with Jesus and that heaven is my home but what happens at the moment? What will the transition be like? God gave me the following I think not just for me but for me to share with other followers of Jesus so that we can face death without fear prepared to meet God.
Recently I awoke during the night at home. I could feel the Glory of the Lord along my skin that was touching the bed. It felt like warm oil flowing. I felt tingling and sparkling and glowing inside my body. I began to feel my spirit lifting and separating from inside my body, yet still inside me. I had never felt my spirit before. I felt I was dying and it was wonderful! I felt peace and beauty. I was full of love and excitement.
Then...the room was filled with angels zooming about in a playful manner. Up, over and around. They were clothed in glowing silver colors. They were shouting "Arthur, Arthur, Arthur". I was awake and in the darkness I could still see the ceiling and door outline. The angels were happy and playful. They seemed to be welcoming me 'home'. A new angel joined the group. It was red, golden and orange with sweptback wings. It zoomed about and would hide, then reappear peeking from over my head. It was smiling and would say "Arthur" and then laugh.
But immediately to my right I saw The Glory of the Lord like I had seen in 1979 along the Amazon River in the vision of the Glory of the Coming of the Lord. I had seen it before and was now seeing the golden red flowing Glory of the Lord. Then beside the Glory was the bright white, silver, utter white Glory like the garments of Jesus that I had seen when I saw Jesus at Lake Tahoe many decades ago. I know that Jesus was there just behind the Brightness. I did not see Him but I knew He was there in the bright Glory. All of a sudden the ceiling of the room opened and there was the sound of like millions upon millions of voices shouting "Arthur, Arthur, Arthur, Arthur". It was like the heavens were welcoming me home after a long journey.
Then I felt something shaking my arm. I looked and it was Denise. She said, "It's OK, it's OK Arthur, I'm here with you." She had gone back to sleep and when I looked up...all was normal in the room.
The angels, the Glory, the brightness...gone! My spirit was fully in my body.
I lay awake for hours remembering everything over and over. I was waiting for the return of everything and my body was still tingling and sparkling. I wanted the angels and the Lord to return for me. But I realized that God had given to me a glimpse, a small window, and a brief look at the moment of my death to come. I now know what death will be like for me. There is a celebration coming. No fear, just Glory!
In the morning I told Denise all that I had seen. All I could do was cry and weep with joy at what had happened. I will never be the same. So, until then... I'll labor faithfully in the vineyard of this earth, lifting up Jesus, carrying the cross, sharing the Gospel, loving people...for I know that for me death will only bring a smile!
Should you be saved and have Jesus in your heart you can face your departure from this earth with joy and peace knowing that the angels will be there to bring you into the Presence of God in heaven. The angels will be calling your name with joy. The Glory of the Lord will be there for you at that moment.
There is a whole world of Holy Glory about God's children but just unseen to the human eye most of the time.
The apostle Paul said "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord" 2 Cor. 5:8;
Jesus said Lazarus "died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom." Luke 16:22;
Elisha was walking with Elijah "and as they were walking along together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind" 2 Kings 2:11;
Enoch: ‘walked with God; then he was no more because God took him away’…Gen 5:21, ‘By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death, he could not be found because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was well pleasing unto God’ Heb. 15:5
Moses and Elijah after centuries were recognized talking with Jesus on the mountain. Matt. 17:3, Luke 9:30;
When Jesus died on the cross "tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. And after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many." Matt. 27:53;
Jesus said ‘Lazarus come out’! and the dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen and cloth around his face. Jesus said ‘take off the grave clothes and let him go’… John 11:3-44
Jesus called a little child to Him, sat the child in the midst of them…take heed that you do not despise one of these little one, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 18:2,10
“Of the angels…are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”
“Jesus said “I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents”
Twice the angels ministered directly to Jesus:
After the 40 day fast and temptation the scripture states about Jesus, “the angels came and began to minister to Him” Matthew 4:11
On the Mount of Olives as Jesus prayed just before the cross, He was in agony and sweat great drops of blood was falling to the ground; “Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him” Luke 22:43
Jesus said, “the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels!”…“So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth and separate the wicked from among the just.” John 13:39,49
Just before Stephen was stoned to death, "he being filled with the Holy Spirit gazed into heaven and saw the Glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And said, 'Look I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God'. Acts 7:55-56.
Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know… I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me! John 14:1-7
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?....For I am persuaded that neither death nor life , nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus or Lord.” Romans 8:35-39
“As it is written: ‘eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor. 8:9, Is. 64:4
“Now this I say brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery, we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality… Death is swallowed up in victory. Oh death where is your sting? Oh hell where is your victory?... but thanks be to God who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 15:50-58
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…then I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying ‘Behold the tabernacle of God is with man and He will dwell with them and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold I make all things new!’…He said ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.’…I saw no temple in it for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light! There shall by no means enter it anything that defiles or causes an abomination or a lie but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life…the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on there foreheads. There shall be no night there. They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light and they shall reign forever and ever…These words are faithful and True…Surely I am coming quickly!” Revelation chapters 21, 22
Should you not be saved by the Blood of Jesus shed on the cross. You are unprepared to die. Jesus tells the story of two men, one rich the other named Lazarus. “The rich man was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But the a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments." Luke 16:23
There are only two destinies for us. It's either heaven or hell.
Some people say don't frighten people. Well, this is something to be frightened and concerned about. Death for the saved will be glorious but for the lost it is the beginning of eternal unending horror.
The Bible declares "Prepare to meet Thy God" Amos 4:12! Invite Jesus into your heart and repent of your sins. Believe that God loves you and that Jesus came from heaven to earth to live without sin and fulfill all the prophecy concerning the Savior Messiah. Jesus died on the cross for your sins and mine. He died and was buried and arose on the third day. He ascended to heaven and ever lives to make intercession for whosoever will call upon His Name. Please pray, "Dear God I need you. I open my heart and invite Jesus who died on the cross for my sins to save me. As best as I know how I repent and turn to put my trust in Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Give me a new life. Make my home in heaven and forgive my sins. I am now your child and my name is in Your Book in Heaven. I'm not ashamed of Jesus and confess you as my Savior. I want now to share Jesus with others. Thank you Jesus!" God bless you, Pilgrim followers of Jesus, Luke 18:1
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