James H. Cagle
The Bible says, “All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; . . . This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: . . . and after that they go to the dead” (Ecc. 9: 2, 3, Ecc. 2: 14).
An event is defined as “a thing which arrives, occurs, happens or takes place on an occasion.”
Death should be viewed as an event that takes place in our life rather than the final event that ends our life.
All the living know that they will eventually die. “For the living know that they shall die” (Ecc.9: 5). And the living prepare for death as if it were the end instead of an event in which their spirit is separated from their body and is transported from this world to a different world where the conditions of their existence are totally different from what they are here.
We prepare for and attend events throughout our life. We go to church, political, school, and sporting events. One event ends and we attend another and then another. Events are a big part of our life and take up a lot of time.
Death, not the lengthy process of dying that some suffer through before they actually die, is the shortest event we will ever experience. The moment this event begins here it ends there in eternity.
If a person sees death as the end of their existence instead of that event that transports them into their new existence in the afterlife, they will not be prepared for death. If a person does see death as that event that transports them into their new existence in the afterlife, and not as the end of their existence, they will be prepared for death. It takes faith in God’s Word to see death as an event and not as the end.
Death is that one last event in this life that brings us to the very first event in the next life. Death, because it is an event, is not a termination of life but a continuation of life. Death is that event that brings us to the portal where we leave behind our brief existence on earth to enter an existence that will be eternal.
For the Christian death is that event in which they become absent from their body but present with the Lord in Heaven. For the lost death is that event in which they become absent from their body but present in Hell.
Death is that one event that will eventually come to all. But in the event of the Rapture, the Christian will escape death, and be transported into eternity in the presence of Jesus Christ.
In the event that one is lost at the time of the Rapture, and is therefore left behind on earth, they will experience the disastrous, catastrophic, and painful events that will unfold during the Tribulation period.
All the events of world history have been part of God’s eternal plan. He knew before the foundation of the world that His Son Jesus would eventually die on Calvary for sinful man. And how men viewed that event and the death of His Son, while they are yet living, would determine in the event of their death where they would spend eternity.
Our Nation’s At War
Wake us from our contented state and help us to see that the time is late;
That the judgment of our country is coming due if we don’t repent and return to you.
The foes of Justice, Truth, and Light; they that would make what’s wrong seem right,
And would tell us that darkness is the same as light, by thy grace and power must be put to flight.
While seeking to worship our Savior and King, we left our homeland and took to our wings.
With our freedom we flew across the dark foam, Thy Word as our standard, we began our new home.
Until the greatest nation in all the earth, for Truth and Righteousness, God brought to birth.
And gave us a heart to be governed by God, to make us a people, “One nation under God.”
They seek to destroy our nations foundation, and enact laws to our devastation.
Laws that won’t honor our human rights, and will plunge our nation into darkest night.
They cannot do this by power and might, but by making people believe their wrong is right.
While politicians fight for their personal agenda, they’re quietly finalizing their addenda.
Our freedoms and liberties they do not love, but use them to further their plans thereof.
If their plans are fulfilled we’ll all be slaves, in the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”
If each, would rise from their bed of ease to find God’s power again on their knees;
For it is the Lord that is on our side, that calls us to revive and resist sin’s tide.
Give me the strength I need to prevail. For the sake of others let me not fail.
I will do my best to make up the hedge. For your cause, O Lord, my life I now pledge.
I will follow the path that is true to God’s Word, ‘til my Savior’s call to come home is heard.
Then may I say, when I kneel in His sight, “For God and Country, I have fought a good fight.”James H. Cagle