Summary: The Rich Man And Lazarus
An Appointment with Fate
I love the verse in Psalms Chapter 122 vs. 1 which says “I was glad when they
said unto me; let us go into the House of the Lord.” Isn’t it wonderful to be in
the House of God this morning where there is always a welcome sign above the door?
I remember during my childhood my mother and father would take me to
church and we would sing songs of Zion that would just thrill your soul; “Oh I
want to see Him look upon His face, there to sing forever of His saving grace.”
When we all get to Heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be, when we all see
Jesus we’ll sing and shout the victory. What a glorious time of singing.
And I remember our pastor preaching messages that would make you hunger
and thirst to know more about Jesus Christ. I thank God for the souls that were
saved, but even though hundreds of souls are saved every year for Christ, there
are still countless numbers of souls that are going to be ushered into eternity
without hope, without a savior, and without hope of eternal life.
The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27: “It is appointed unto men once to die and after
this the judgment.” We all have an appointment with death, and how we have
lived our lives will determine the destiny of our souls.
The 1950’s were said to be a time of leisure, a time when there seemed to be
plenty of everything, and to some people plenty of time. But in 2005 some 55
years later, time has erased in people’s minds their need for God.
Before 911, the American public rested comfortably in a cocoon of peace, but
when disaster struck on September 11th America dropped to her knees asking
God for help. Why were they not praying for America before? A recent poll
said that 83% of the American people believe in God. That leaves 17% that
doesn’t believe in Heaven or Hell or just doesn’t believe in anything. May I say
to you today that we are not living in the last days or the last hour, but we are
living in the last moments before the tribulation. The stage is set, the curtain is
being drawn and the final act is finished. All prophesy has been fulfilled. The
Archangel is poised with the trumpet of God awaiting the signal from God the
Father for Jesus to come and take His children home. When that trumpet
sounds the Bible says all the dead in Christ will rise first then we which are
alive and remain will be caught up to meet Him in the air and so shall we ever
be with the Lord. When the trumpet sounds millions of Christians will in a
moment be missing from this earth. Children will be taken from their parents
and babies snatched from the womb. There will be mass confusion as you have
never seen before and for that 17% that does not believe in anything the Bible
says in Philippians chapter 2 verses nine through 11 that every knee shall bow
of those in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and every tongue shall
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, including Satan himself.
I have been watching the Christian channels and even on the radio it talks
about the new European Union that has been formed that the Bible speaks of. It
has completely taken God out of its constitution and bi-laws. One day I look for
“One Nation under God” to be removed from our pledge of allegiance and “In
God We Trust” to be removed from our currency. The Ten Commandments
are being viewed as guidelines on how we may choose to live instead of the Law
of God on how we will live. The sanctity of marriage is being challenged by
homosexual marriage, our halls of justice are corrupt and our government of
the people, for the people, and by the people is no more than a lie because the
voice of the people in this country is not heard but overlooked.
We are living in a world so pre-occupied, and so hurried that God has been
traded for survival and paying bills, but I tell you this morning that there is
coming a day of reckoning, a day of judgment when we will all stand before the
living God and give account for all that we have done, and all these will be
weighed in the balances and found wanting. I wonder this morning which side
of the scales you will be found. What will the outcome for you be? You have a
choice this morning. You can leave this place a new person, saved by the grace