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Be Not Afraid or Overcoming the Fear of Death by J. C. Arnold click here
Heaven And The Angels by H. A. Baker click here
Help Heavenward by Octavius Winslow click here
How Many People Die A Day click here
Lights & Shadows Of Spiritual Life by Octavius Winslow click here
One Thing is Needfull by John Bunyan click here
(Serious Meditations upon the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, & Hell)
On Mourning the Dead Sermon by John Wesley click here
Revelations on Heaven by 7 Columbian Youths click here
Soul Heights and Soul Depths by Octavius Winslow click here
(Soul Depths, Prayer Out of Soul Depths, Contrition and Confession. Forgiveness and Fear, Waiting and Watching, Watching for the Morning, Hoping in the Lord, Final and Full Redemption, Soul Heights)
The Saints Everlasting Rest by Richard Baxter click here
The Thomas Welch Story by Thomas Welch click here
Visions Beyond the Veil by H. A. Baker click here
What City will You be in When Death Knocks on Your Door
by P. B. McKinney click here
"Death comes to take me where I long to be;
One pang, and brighter blooms the immortal flower.
Death comes to lead me from mortality,
To lands which know not one unhappy hour;
I have a hope, a faith--from sorrow here
I'm led by death away--why should I start or fear?
"A change from woe to joy--from earth to heaven--
Death gives me this--it leads me calmly where
The smile that long ago from mine were driven
May meet again! Death answers many a prayer.
Bright day, shine on! be glad--days brighter far
Are stretched before my eyes than those of mortals are!
"Death comes, but with it comes the Lord of death,
The Christ who gave His life a sacrifice for me;
And I with joy will yield my parting breath,
Wrapped in the splendor of the home I then shall see–
And thus from GRACE to GLORY I shall go,
Have passed from earth, with all its scenes of weariness and woe."
If you were to ask, "How many people die on an average day," you would get a wide variety of answers. Typical answers would range around 300 to 5,000 people. Surprisingly, over 150,000 people die every day. On average, 1.8 people die every second.
What is the spiritual destiny of these people? Obviously, no one really knows for certain how many people are going to Heaven and Hell. We can, however, come up with a ballpark estimate. There are many comprehensive studies that break the world's population down by religion. If you compare these belief systems with the Bible, you'll have a basic ideas to how many people believe in the Biblical plan of salvation.
Based on these studies, it has been estimated that only 7% of the world's population is going to Heaven (this means that 1.68 people are going to Hell per second). Even if this research is wrong and 75% of the world is going to Heaven; we still have 38,000 people going to Hell every day.
The Cancer Society tells us that over 160,000 Americans will die this year from lung cancer and 40,000 will die from breast cancer. We are also told that almost 3 million people worldwide will die from AIDS this year.
Are these pronouncements morbid or inappropriate? No, of course not. They serve a valid purpose. They inform us of a serious problem that needs to be addressed. It tells us that millions of people are dying needlessly. These pronouncements are intended to bring a serious problem to our attention. They are intended to challenge us to action and tells us about a serious problem;
a problem that many of us would like to forget. People are needlessly dying and going to Hell. Although curing people of diseases is important, isn't being concerned about a person's eternal destiny even more important? Yes, this may make us feel uncomfortable, but hopefully it will challenge us into action."
And what are the cheap things now?
The knowledge of God, the free salvation of the Gospel, the favor of Christ, the grace of the Holy Ghost, the privilege of being God’s son, the title to eternal life, the right to the tree of life, the reversion of a mansion in heaven, the promises of an in-corruptible inheritance, the offer of a crown of glory that fadeth not away. These are the things that no man hardly cares for. They are offered to the sons of men without money and without price: they may be had for nothing,—freely and gratuitously. Whosoever will may take his portion. But, alas, there is no demand for these things! They go a begging. They are scarcely looked at. They are offered in vain. Such is the world!
But a day is coming upon us all when the value of everything shall be altered. A day is coming when bank-notes shall be as useless as rags, and gold shall be as worthless as the dust of the earth. A day is coming when thousands shall care nothing for the things for which they once lived, and shall desire nothing so much as the things which they once despised. The halls and palaces will be forgotten in the desire of a “house not made with hands.” The favor of the rich and great will be no more remembered, in the longing for the favor of the King of kings. The silks, and satins, and velvets, and laces, will be lost sight of in the anxious want of the robe of Christ’s righteousness. All shall be altered, all shall be changed in the great day of the Lord’s return. “Many will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”
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