Dear friends and neighbors…
Thank you for your response to our invitation to participate in this E-mail Forum presentation WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH. It is our sincerest desire that you have been greatly comforted, especially now during these troubling times.
Our initial presentation which was launched on April 22nd, as a practical matter so as not to be overwhelming, was spread out over 4 consecutive days and concludes our E-mail Forum presentation WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH. We are now continuing in greater depth on a weekly basis every Wednesday hereafter, which had begun on April 29th. Feel free at any time to E-mail any questions you may have, or to contribute any thoughts and input. We will always get back to you on a personal one-to-one basis, so as to maintain confidentiality and your privacy. None of your personal information will be shared with anyone else in the Forum; we will honor and respect confidentiality in all matters.
If you remember nothing else from this Forum, never forget this: GOD LOVES YOU.
God’s Love 4 U is…
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into your Kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in Paradise .” [Luke 23:42-43]
Friday, 10 AM…the phone in my office in Brooklyn, New York, was ringing. It was my mother in Florida…telling me that my father was admitted to the hospital the day before, is on a respirator and kidney dialysis for his one remaining kidney…and the doctors want to remove him from life support because the prognosis is terminal. All I could think to cry out in panic was, “NO!…don’t let them do that; I am on my way down!” I knew if they did, my father would be ushered into Hell; he had never received the free gift of eternal life…offered to every soul…through entering into a saving relationship with Jesus the Christ as the bride of Christ, and thereby being born-again!
The date was May 6, 1994. I had been praying for my father since the day I was born- again on October 17, 1981 [see testimony on this website: https://preservechristianfamily.org/2020/04/12/forum-june-3rd/]. We were raised Catholic, but my father never wanted to talk about God. He was especially incensed when I told him shortly after my salvation that I had begun tithing; he was ballistic, because I was already struggling financially at the time.
I was talking with the cab driver on the way to the airport…it was only 11 AM…telling him that my father was in the hospital in Florida and that they wanted to remove him from life support and I needed to get down there. He asked me, “What airline?” I replied, “I don’t have a ticket.” He exclaimed in disbelief, “There is no way you are going to get on a plane…especially to Florida! This is Mother’s Day weekend!”
I entered the terminal, and got on a really l-o-n-g line to a ticket agent. All the while, I was just crying out to God, “Please make a way for me to get on a plane! Please don’t let my father pass away before I can get there! [I had been praying for my Father’s salvation for years.] Please give me just one more chance to present Your Gospel of salvation to my father!” I just continued to pour out my heart to God as I waited what seemed to be forever on that line!
Finally…I was in front of the ticket agent, and in desperation I just poured out my heart to her concerning my father being in the hospital on his death-bed and my urgent need to get to Florida. She listened patiently, and then replied, “You’re in luck; I have 1 ticket left.” I boarded the plane just thanking and praising the Lord for providing that ticket for me, and continued to cry out to Him the entire trip, “Please don’t let my father pass away before I can get there! Please give me just one more chance to present Your Gospel of salvation to my father!”
The cab driver pulled up at the Hospital entrance in Florida and I hurried to the area where my father’s room was located. I saw my mother with my sister, several friends, and several doctor’s huddled together in conference. When I walked into the midst of that conference, they were again strongly recommending that my father be removed from life support…to which I emphatically proclaimed, “We are NOT doing that! No way!” My sister, who was not saved at that time and lived a life of arrogance in the face of God, was pushing my mother to agree to what the doctors were recommending, but I was determined not to let it happen! [For the miracle of my sister’s salvation, see testimony: https://preservechristianfamily.org/2020/04/09/forum-june-24th/]
The conference over for the time being, we all decided to go to my father’s room. There was no way I was going to be able to talk to him about the Lord…especially with my sister present. I began pleading with God in my heart to make a way for me to be alone with my father, with no one else present. Shortly, we all decided to leave the hospital to have dinner, and then return. As we walked toward the Hospital exit, I kind of lingered behind…and then was prompted by the Lord to turn around and go back to my father’s room.
Finally…I was alone with my father! I took hold of his hand and began to talk to him; he could hear, and understand, what I was saying…and since he could not talk, he would respond when asked by squeezing my hand. The Spirit of God was upon me…I could sense it…and I just presented the thoughts He gave me to present, and spoke the words He gave me to speak…concerning sin and repentance and acceptance of Who Jesus was… the Divine Son in the Triune God, the Lamb of God Who came into this world to become the One only all-sufficient atoning sacrifice through His death on a cross and subsequent resurrection, thereby securing forgiveness for his [my father’s] sins and restoring his relationship with God that had been severed by sin. I asked if he would like to receive Jesus as Lord of his life and Savior of his soul, and become the bride of Christ. As my father squeezed my hand to say “yes,” I led him in a prayer and he accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. Hallelujah!
I made arrangements with the Hospital to stay with my father in his room that night. Every time he awakened throughout the night, I was there to take hold of his hand to comfort him. In the morning, as I was preparing to leave, my father’s countenance was radiant; I knew he had truly accepted the Lord! That was a confirmation of the Spirit!
I had to leave that Monday to go back to New York, but I was filled with peace and joy! The Lord had graciously answered all of my prayers! My father was saved! On the flight back home, I was just thanking the Lord, and asking if He might raise up my father off his death bed so we could have opportunity to testify together in the presence of the congregation of the Lord’s great name and mighty power! Well…the Lord did not grant that request; my father went home to be with the Lord just two weeks later, on May 26th. But it no longer mattered! Hallelujah! Surely, I will enter Your gates with thanksgiving, and come into Your courts with praise…singing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs, and making music in my heart to You, Lord! [Ps 100:4; Eph 5:19; Ps 150]
I don’t know whether in the depths of your heart you really believe there is a God in Heaven or not, but this I do know…my father was dead in his trespasses and sins, but the Lord in His Omniscience knew my father would accept my invitation for him to accept Jesus on his death-bed. Not willing that his soul would perish, He therefore Personally intervened to stay the hand of death, and wonderfully opened up the way for that one more chance for me to be able to get to Florida and present the Gospel of salvation to my father! Mine was the blessing of being used as a ministering spirit, sent to serve those who are inheriting salvation!
I proclaim to you Christ Jesus…the One Who existed from the beginning, from Eternity Past, Whom I have heard with the ears of my own inner being, and have seen with my own spiritual eyes. I have gazed upon Him and have spiritually touched Him with my own hands. He is the Word of Life. His Life is continually being revealed to me; I have seen it and testify to it, and I proclaim to you that He is the One Who is Eternal Life. He always existed with the Father, and is now continually being manifested afresh and anew to me. I proclaim to you what I have personally seen and heard in the depths of my soul, so that you also may enjoy this same fellowship together with us. The fellowship I continually enjoy is with the Father and with His Son, Christ Jesus. I am writing these things so that you also may fully share together with me in this fullness of joy. [1 John 1:1-4]. It is our birth-right as a child of the Most High God!
Friends, brothers and sisters…
There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell. You must be a born-again child of God. I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom. I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]
If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”
He walks with me and He talks with me: