does the Bible say?
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
to 'The Place called Heaven'' audio sermon
HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIE? WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HEAVEN AND HELL
said, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom
of God. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born
again." (John 3:3, 7)
people wonder what happens when you die. Do you just die and that's
it, ITS ALL OVER. Does your body just lie in a grave forever, OR IS
THERE MORE? Is there an after life, is there a heaven and is there
WOULD THE DEAD TELL US ABOUT LIFE AFTER DEATH - IF THEY COULD? IS
THERE REALLY A HEAVEN? IS HELL REAL?
would the dead say happens after you die? Would they tell us of Heaven,
would they tell us of Hell or would they say there is nothing in the
the deceased share with us words of encouragement and blessing of what
they are experiencing, or would they hurl verbal accusations against the
preachers, pastors and theologians who lied to them about ETERNITY and
the wages of sin, WHICH IS DEATH? (Romans 6:23)
DOES THE BIBLE SAY HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE?
Bible tells us that one day we will die, and after death comes the
judgment. The Bible tells us there is a Heaven and a Hell.
Bible tells us that when we die, we will certainly be judged, and then we
will go to Heaven or to Hell for eternity.
AND HIS DEMONS CAN TRANSFORM INTO "ANGELS OF LIGHT"
when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits,
and unto wizards that peep, and mutter; should not a people seek their
God? for the living to the dead?" (Isaiah 8:19)
and his demons: translated into angels of light. I am not referring
to the hocus pocus of spiritualist mediums who "mutter and
peep" during their
séances. (Isaiah 8:19) These medium are supposedly communicating
with the dead, and often conjure up masquerading demons who give only
half truths, lies and deception. These mediums are in violation of
God's word. (Isaiah 8:19)
I speak of Satan and his demons: Translated into angels of light, I am
not referring to the group of occults that make up the New Age Movement.
I speak of Satan and his demons: translated into light, I am also not
referring to the weird, occult spirit guides, yoga flyers, channellers,
pyramid power, crystal balers, soul travelers and clairvoyants who make
up the New Age Movement.
AND HIS DEMONS HAVE THE ABILITY TO TRANSFORM THEMSELVES
INTO "AN ANGEL OF LIGHT"
Satan and his demons (evil spirits) are transformed into "an angel
of light", their mission is to deceive the spiritually ignorant into
trusting and believing their lies.
and his demons make people believe they are "An Angel of
Light", that they are good spirits, instead of evil spirits.
The mission of Satan and his evil spirits is to sway gullible, trusting
people to believe him and not to believe in Jesus Christ, who is the
"light of the world."
and his demons are recruiting people for Hell. Satan and his evil
spirits, the demons, are working over time to turn people from Jesus
PAUL WARNED IN 2 CORINTHIANS 11:14-15 THAT SATAN CAN TRANSFORM HIMSELF
INTO "AN ANGEL OF LIGHT"
such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into
the apostles of Christ. And no marvel: for Satan himself is
transformed into "an angel of light". Therefore it is no
great thing that if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of
righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2
Paul warned that Satan has the ability to transform himself - as do
his ministers - into “an angel of light” (2 Corinthians
11:14,15), seeking to deceive the spiritually ignorant and gullible
into trusting his lies rather than believing in Jesus Christ the true
"light of the world"! (John 8:12)
am referring to the words of Jesus Christ Who said, 'I AM THE WAY, THE
TRUTH AND THE LIFE, no man cometh unto the Father but by Me." (John
14:6) "Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest". (Matthew 11:28)
TOLD THE STORY OF HEAVEN AND HELL
gave us the answers of what happens when you die. Jesus clearly
tells us in the Bible of what happens when you die.
TOLD THE STORY OF TWO MEN WHO DIED AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM AFTER THEY
DIED. JESUS GAVE US A LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH
allowed us to look beyond the veil to see what happens at the time of
death and 'after death'! Jesus
told the story of two men who died and what their final outcome
STORY OF LAZARUS & THE RICH MAN
the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Heaven, paradise.
The Rich Man died and was sent to Hell.
was terminally ill, unable to work and had to resort to begging, in order
to stay alive. The other man whom Jesus did not name, was very rich with
no thought for God or anyone else. He had no compassion for the poor, as
was evidenced by his treatment of the beggar who was carried daily to his
gate and subsisted only on the crumbs which fell from his table!
HOLY BIBLE, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD IS THE ONLY BOOK YOU CAN RELY ON FOR
ANSWERS OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIE
LAZARUS DIED HE WAS CARRIED BY ANGELS INTO HEAVEN (PARADISE).
last breath 'didn't end it' for Lazarus. Jesus stated that "he
was carried by the angels into paradise - Abraham's bosom" -
where he was comforted. When the "rich man" died, he was
undoubtedly afforded a splendid funeral, but that wasn't the end for him
either! Here is 'THE REST OF THE STORY', as Paul Harvey would put it!
RICH MAN CRIED IN TORMENT IN HELL AND BEGGED FOR A DROP OF WATER
in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and he cried and said,
Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip his
finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this
refused his plea, stating: "Between us and you there is a great gulf
fixed" with no traffic allowed between the Two Places! Then the
'doomed man' became missionary-minded and pleaded that Lazarus be sent to
urge his five brothers to repent of their sins, "lest they come into
this place of torment"! Again Abraham had to refuse his request
saying, "They have Moses and the prophets; Let them hear them".
rich man remonstrated, saying: "Nay, father Abraham: but if one went
unto them from the dead they will repent." Abraham got the last
word, however: "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither
will they be persuaded, thou one rose from the dead." (Luke
will it take, to cause people to repent? What will it take for people to
forsake their sins and be converted? What will it take for people to
turn from their wicked ways and give their lives to God through Jesus
Christ our Lord?
need to think long and hard of eternity. We aren't able to
speak to the dead to find out answers. We can't ask the deceased
what happened when they died. We must rely on the Bible scriptures for
the answers which are clearly written.
people are fortunate enough to get a 'FINAL WAKE-UP CALL' in
their life. This "final wake up call" could be in the form of a
national disaster, a terminal illness or someone close to them dying.
final wake up call causes them to re-examine their lives, and
forces them to look at the big picture. Each one of us will
eventually die, that life here on earth is short, but what comes
after death. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU DIE. Is there an after
life, is there a Heaven and a Hell, and where will happen to them when
people continue rejecting the Lord, thinking they have all the time in
the world, that they are indestructible and not worrying about the future
or eternity. But one day it will be too late for these people, because
when you die, you will not receive any wake up calls or be given a second
chance. Each one of us has only one life, and each one of us will
one day die. And each one of us must carefully consider the
question, "What happens when you die."
person alive today has the ability to choose his own path, God has given
us the choice. Satan and his demons are hard at work transforming
into "Angels of Light". Beware of Satan trying to fool
you. Beware of people who claim they are speaking with the dead.
Beware of Satan and his evil spirits who are lurking everywhere,
transformed as "angels of light".
turn to Jesus Christ, the true angel of light. Turn to the Holy
Bible scriptures for the answers. Think carefully before you
believe people who are trying to turn you away from Jesus Christ.
These people could be Satan and his demons transformed into "Angels
TESTIMONIES OF INFLUENTIAL MEN!
time ago while preaching in Norway, I was given a copy of the powerful
testimonies of a number of very influential men, who had expressed their
personal beliefs in no uncertain terms. Here are several of them.
AUTHOR AUGUST STRINBERG STATED: I ASCRIBE ALL MY MISFORTUNE TO THE FACT
THAT I HAVE BEEN GODLESS
before his death, well-known Swedish author, August Strinberg, made this
statement. "Clearly said: I ascribe all my misfortune to this one
fact, that I have been godless!
GOD YOU CANNOT RECEIVE ANY BLESSINGS
individual that has broken contact with God, cannot receive any
blessings. All this talk about 'being your own man and making your own
happiness' is chaff! "If the Lord does not build the house,
they labour in vain who build it. That is the whole truth!
misfortune can also strike a person of faith, we know. But the outcome is
not the same. These accidents seem only like trials that pass over and
leave peace in their wake!
curse rests upon everything that an ungodly person puts his hand to. If
money comes his way, it will disappear like it came. Nothing remains,
nothing prospers in the life of the ungodly!"
WINSTON CHURCHILL: CHRISTIANITY IS THE MOST SECURE FOUNDATION FOR A
Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain visited Norway
shortly after World War 11, he spoke at Oslo's University. Here are some
of his remarkable words.
order to make excuses for myself, I could mention the school teachers of
my youth who rejected Christianity. But I will lay the blame upon myself.
Then, maybe I'll find ONE who will carry that for me. "Nothing can
come against the future of a people who has the Christian ethic as their
leading light. Christianity is the most secure foundation for a
DWIGHT EISENHOWER: THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS THE SUREST STRENGTH AND
PRESERVE THAT AMERICA HAS
a radio and television speech, US President Eisenhower said: "The
Christian Faith is the surest strength and the greatest preserve that
America has. On the battlefields we learned that there are no atheists in
the highest sense, the Bible is to us the unique repository of eternal
spiritual truths. In the most tangible sense, it is the ultimate and
indispensable source of inspiration for America's life in freedom."
GEORGES CLEMENCAU WAS AN ATHEIST & REJECTER OF GOD
French President, Georges Clemencau was an atheist and God rejecter.
Shortly before his death in 1929, he wrote this letter to his friend,
Gustav Herve (1871-1944), French politician & publicist:
friend! I will soon leave this world. You know that during my entire
life-time I have run roughshod over Christianity, and similarly, so has
my republican government done!
am now convinced, however, that it is impossible to build an ordered
society upon unbelief. If I had understood this earlier, I would have
without fear of being ridiculed stood in the breach for it, like you are
doing. "I hereby give you full authority to officially make known my
testament, as an educational lesson for the next generation."
the conclusion of a speech, Prince Bernadotte (1859-1958) of Sweden,
stated: "To all here present I wish to testify, that the greatest
thing in my life is to be a witness for Jesus. A person could easily
believe that someone in my position should always be happy, but that is
not the case. "Being in possession of the very choicest of what this
world has to offer, wouldn't give an individual peace. The heart of man
longs for something better!
after receiving the Lord Jesus Christ into my heart, that restless
longing for something more was gone. My desire and goal in life is to be
a witness about His love in word and deed. "And I wish to say to all
who listen to these words, that it is a joy to serve Him, a great - great
ARE SOME MORE POWERFUL WITNESSES FOR JESUS AND HIS GOSPEL, WHICH PROVE
THE ENNOBLING AFFECT CHRISTIANITY HAS HAD AND CONTINUES TO HAVE UPON
INDIVIDUAL LIVES AND SOCIETY AT LARGE!
PRINCE HAAKON MAGNUS:
an interview with NRK TV Oslo, on July 20, 1991, Norway’s Crown Prince
Haakon stated: “Jesus is my hero, my role model”.
interview took place on Haakon’s 18th Birthday and his declaration
about Jesus was in response to a question he was asked about whether he
had any other role models outside his immediate family.
said, “I believe that Christianity is a very fine model, whether people
are religious or not. In many ways Christianity is the strength that
carries us in Norway. Especially when times are tough and difficult, it
is important that people know that there is a spinal-cord in our faith,
asked if this faith was important for him personally, Haakon answered:
“Yes, since very young. I have a very strong relationship, especially
with the New Testament. I remember my confirmation was a strong
experience for me - not just the ceremony in the Palace Chapel, but also
preparing for it”.
NORWEGIAN ROYAL FAMILY:
Royal Family has always had a strong Christian influence on that nation!
As the Nazis were invading Norway, during World War II, King Haakon was
forced to flee with his family and the entire government to England.
to the Norwegian people on BBC radio from London on Christmas Eve 1940,
the king stated: “Men have removed my name from the official prayers of
the Norwegian Church. I include in my prayers, my Christmas wishes and
thoughts for all the Norwegian people, that you will join with me and
mine in a red-hot prayer for the future of Norway”.
this godly man was crowned in 1958, he said: “It seems only natural to
me that the king should pray for forgiveness for his deeds”.
years before his death, King Olav spoke in ‘King Haakon’s
Cathedral’ in Copenhagen. His closing remarks were: “I pray that this
Church will continue to be a great blessing to the Danish people, even
until the Coming of Jesus Christ”. When the service was
concluded, the Bishop asked King Olav if he believed in the ‘Second
Coming of Jesus Christ’, to which the king answered emphatically, “JA
VIST!” meaning “YES, OF COURSE”!
MAJESTY KING HARALD:
a 1995 interview, King Harald expressed himself thusly: “It is good to
receive letters from people informing me that they are praying for me.
There is power in the ‘folded hands’, and when that power is
concentrated on the work of the king, clearly it feels good”.
a letter published after his death, Robert Browning, the famous poet,
quoted the utterances of men of genius concerning the Christian faith.
Here is one from the eminent Charles Lamb, British author and critic
a gay fancy with some friends as to how they would feel if some of the
greatest of the dead were to appear suddenly in flesh and blood once
more, on the final suggestion, 'And if Christ entered this room?' he
changed his manner at once and stuttered out as his manner was when
moved, 'You see if Shakespeare entered we should all rise; if HE
appeared, we must kneel."
distinguished French author Victor Hugo (1802-1885), wrote: “England
has two great books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare
and the Bible made England”.
believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to mankind. All of
the good from the Saviour of this world is communicated through this
Book; but for this Book, we could not know right from wrong. All of the
things desirable to man are contained in it”.
1931, Alexis de Tocquille was given a commission by the government of
France to examine the prisons and penitentiaries of America. While in
that country, he gathered information for a penetrating study of American
society and politics.
led to the publication of his two volumes on ‘Democracy in America’
(1835, 1840) which won him a reputation in Europe and a seat on the
‘French Academy’. The Encyclopedia Britannica says: “...his
writings proved him to be one of the shrewdest, if more pessimistic,
political observers of his century”.
wrote: “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her
commodious harbours and her ample rivers, and it was not there: in her
rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I
went into the churches of America, and heard her pulpits aflame with
righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power.”
W. Kates’ article in ‘The Churchman’ states: “It is hardly to
such a man as Napoleon Bonaparte one would turn for spiritual
enlightenment: but it is interesting indeed to note what he said about
Jesus of Nazareth and the Christian religion:
see in Lycurgus, Numa and Mohammed only legislators who, having the first
rank in the state, have sought the best solution of the social
problem”, said Napoleon, “but I see nothing there which reveals
divinity...nothing announces them divine. On the contrary, there are
numerous resemblances between them & myself, foibles and errors which
ally them to me and to humanity.
IS NOT SO WITH CHRIST”, he continued in this conversation with General
Bertrand, one of his companions during the twilight days of his meteoric
career! “Everything in Him astonishes me. His spirit overawes me, and
His will confounds me. Beside Him and whoever else in the world, there is
no possible term of comparison. HE IS TRULY A BEING BY HIMSELF. His
ideals and His sentiments, the truths which He announces, His manner of
convincing, are not explained either by human organization or by the
nature of things.
birth and the history of His life; the profundity of His doctrine, which
grapples the mightiest difficulties, and which is, of those difficulties,
the most admirable solution; His Gospel, His apparition, His empire, His
march across the ages and the realms, is for me a prodigy, a mystery
insoluble, which plunges me into a reverence which I cannot escape, a
mystery which is there before my eyes, a mystery which I cannot deny or
explain. Here I see nothing human. “The nearer I approach, the more
carefully I examine, everything is above me, everything remains grand -
and of a grandeur which overpowers."
religion is a revelation from an intelligence which certainly is not a
man. There is a profound originality, which has created a series of
maxims before unknown. Jesus borrowed nothing from our sciences. One can
absolutely find nowhere, but in Him alone, the imitation or the example
of His life.”
ANOTHER PLACE, NAPOLEON WROTE:
know men; and I tell you that Jesus is not a man. Superficial minds see a
resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of
other religions, that resemblance does not exist. There is between
Christianity and other religions, the distance of infinity...”
CHIANG KAI SHEK:
is the personal testimony of Taiwan’s President Chiang Kai Shek to his
people, after fleeing the onslaught of China’s communist chief and mass
murderer, Mao Zedong. “How I wish that all the people would read
the Bible, worship and believe in the One and Only True God! The Bible
which is God’s living, inspired and true Word teaches us about the
triune God: Father, Son & Holy Spirit".
Bible also declares that we can attain righteousness by our faith in His
Son Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself through His death on the cross, and
shed His blood as an offering for sin. God’s righteousness by faith in
Jesus Christ exalts a nation. That has been proven historically.
is FREEDOM’S rock. His love covers a multitude of sins. Everyone
who believes on Him shall receive eternal life!”
of the world’s most beloved hymns was written by John Newton. Here is
the first verse of that song:
Grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see.”
epitaph of John Newton’s tombstone, in his own words give a powerful
testimony of GOD’S GRACE in his life: “I was an infidel, libertine
and slave trader, but by the rich mercy of Jesus I was preserved,
restored, pardoned and appointed to preach the faith I long laboured to
IS THE GREATEST PHILOSOPHER: HE
CHANGED MY LIFE - GOVERNOR GEORGE W. BUSH:
the current Republican primary (Feb/2000), Texas Gov. George W. Bush made
a very profound statement, more intellectually brilliant than many of the
theologians, philosophers and politicians I have studied for the past
forty years! When asked by reporters, "Who do you consider the
greatest philosopher"? he answered, "Christ. He changed my
have often used those very same words, stating unequivocally that the
'PHILOSOPHY OF JESUS' like: "Do unto others as you would have them
do unto you" and "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart...and thy neighbour as thyself", is unparalleled among any
group of secular philosophers or religious gurus you may name!
yourself: "Could anyone improve upon His parable of the 'Good
Samaritan' which He used to lecture the lawyer who asked, "Who is my
neighbour?" The answer is, "CERTAINLY NOT!"
look at the statements and actions of some of the so-called great
philosophers we have had to study over the years:
- (427-348 B.C.):
the Greek Philosopher - a student of Socrates, a Greek teacher of wisdom
and ethics - in 375 B.C. stated:
men & women should be forbidden by law to live together in separate
households and all women should be common to all men. Similarly, all
children should be held in common. No parent should know its child or
child its parent.”
you heard of anything so warped, wanton & twisted, coming from the
pen of a so-called brilliant philosopher? Without doubt, Plato was a
DEVIANT and PERVERT of the first degree!
reading such a carnal, lustful and immoral statement about the sacred
state of marriage, love and family, how could anyone trust his opinions
about God, existence, the purpose of life, death or the ‘afterlife’!
The teaching of Socrates, who advocated that “virtue is wisdom”, was
most certainly lost on his protege Plato.
HAD A LOT TO SAY ABOUT LIFE!
said, “I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. No man cometh unto the
Father but by Me”. (John 14:6) He stated, “The thief (devil)
cometh not but to steal, kill and destroy. I am come that ye might have
life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) And He spoke
about ETERNAL LIFE: “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”. (John 3:16)
supposedly brilliant philosopher lived to be almost 100 years of age and
died as an unbeliever. And, that is sad!
wrote the book, ‘Why I am Not a Christian’, even after having had the
privilege of reading the greatest of all books, ‘THE HOLY BIBLE’,
which is the Word of God.
Christ declared that “Search the Scriptures for in them ye think ye
have eternal life, and they are they which testify of Me”. (John 5:39),
and St. Paul stated that “the scriptures are able to make thee wise
unto salvation”. (2 Tim. 3:15)
cannot compare Jesus Christ, the Son of God, with a SPIRITUAL ILLITERATE
like Bertrand Russell, who at an advanced age - when he should have known
better - allegedly dispensed advise about loosening our moral codes to
give more license to “free sex”!
Russell Lowell was a literary genius and one-time U.S.
minister-ambassador to Great Britain. Here is his answer to a sarcastic
challenge any skeptic to find a ten-square-mile spot on this planet where
they can live their lives in peace and safety and decency, where
womanhood is honoured, where infants and old are revered, where they can
educate their children, where the Gospel of Jesus Christ has not gone
first to prepare the way. If they find such a place, then I would
encourage them to emigrate thither and there proclaim their
challenge any pointy-headed University professor, seminary theologian or
media talking-head to come up with a better philosophy than the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, which changes hearts and lives for the better!
REGULARLY QUOTED THE LAW, PSALMS & THE PROPHETS!
stated, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately
wicked (incurably sick): who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9;
Jesus declared, "For from within, out of the heart of men,
proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts,
covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy,
pride, foolishness." (Mark 7:21,22)
stated: "Repent, and turn yourselves from all your
transgressions...A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will
I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh,
and I will give you a heart of flesh.
will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and
ye shall keep My judgments, and do them." (Ezekiel 18:31; 36:26,27)
BIBLE SAYS: "Therefore, if any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a
new creation; behold, old things are passed away; all things become
new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Christ is not only the Savior of the world, the Great Physician and
Healer of broken hearts, minds and families, but He is also the greatest
Teacher and dispenser of Wisdom and Understanding this world will ever
YES, THE WORLD'S GREATEST PHILOSOPHER, AS WELL, BECAUSE HE CHANGES HEARTS
AND LIVES TODAY! AND ISN'T THAT WHAT EVERYONE HOPES AND LONGS FOR?
the Person of the blessed Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ is reaching out even
now to bring forgiveness, love, peace, joy & healing to each one of
us at this very moment!
said, “Come unto Me, all ye who labour and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest”. (Matthew 11:28) Amen
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