Summary: Many times people ask, how do we survive these times we live in, but the survival is not really in the times but in eternity of times.
Surviving Eternity Matthew 24:34-35 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Many times people ask, how do we survive these times we live in, but the survival is not really in the times but in eternity of times. What do I mean? Surviving eternity. Jesus said, John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? Today we have terrorist, floods, fires, earthquakes and even volcanoes. The worst thing people do today is watching too much news. Fear has gotten a hold on many, sleepless nights and troubled days, even today, I hear of many hundreds of people waiting in line for hours just to get a flew shot. Now it’s not just the unsaved that are troubled but also the Christian. Putting their mind and faith in the world and its troubles. To survive eternity is to believe in Jesus and Gods Word. We all are going to die aren’t we? Many talk of having Heaven on earth and being rulers on this earth and don’t even know enough about the scriptures to teach it. Sects, cults all are taking their toll on this worlds population. Deceiving many due to the state of this life and the rising influence of the antichrist. The antichrist is not just a man, whom we learn of in Revelations, but he is also a spirit. A spirit that has and will deceive with any means he can to get your immortal soul. Your soul is what we need to understand. The soul of man never dies, not like the spirit that with an animal, goes back to the dust of the earth. The spirit of man goes to judgment and then eternity. Does anyone really believe that they will live as they are forever? I’m afraid to say, yes. There are people today that believe that they will remain the same ,without change ,forever. I hope that there is none here today that believe this. Jesus said in John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” he shall live forever” Now even as I talk to many who are not saved, they always tell me that they believe in Jesus. But they are hesitant to make a commitment to Him or to their own salvation. They understand that eternity is real and that hell is real, but there is something that is always getting in the way for them to ask for forgiveness. Surviving eternity is freedom of choice, Heaven or Hell is your choice. You can survive eternity in Peace and Joy or you can spend eternity in flames and burn forever. Believe it or not, there are religions today that preach , that there is no hell, no lake of fire, no judgment on the unrighteous. We speak of eternal duration preceding the present time. God has existed from eternity. We also speak of endless or everlasting duration in future, and dating from present time or the present state of things. Some men doubt the eternity of future punishment, though they have less difficulty in admitting the eternity of future rewards. This is a hypocritical stand in many who divert people’s minds from judgment and doing the will of God. If there were no punishment in Gods word, then why would anyone accept Jesus as their Savior. There would be no reason for His sacrifice or our repentance.
(ISBE) 1. Contrast with Time. Eternity is best conceived, not in the merely negative form of the non-temporal, or immeasurable time, but positively, as the mode of the timeless self-existence of the Absolute Ground of the universe. The flux of time grows first intelligible to us, only when we take in the thought of God as eternal - exalted above time. Timeless existence - being or entity without change - is what we here mean by eternity, and not mere everlastingness or permanence through time. God, in His internal being, is raised above time; in His eternal absoluteness, He is throned above temporal development, and knows, as the Scriptures say, no changeableness. The conception of eternity, as without beginning or ending, leaves us with but a negation badly in need of filling out with reality. Eternity is not a mere negative idea; to make of eternity merely a blank and irrelevant negation of temporality would not satisfy any proper theory of being; it functions as the positive relation to time of that eternal God, who is King of all the eons. Revelations 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.