Forum II: September 2nd

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 August 12th, as a practical matter so as not to be overwhelming, was spread out over 4 consecutive days and concluded our initial E-mail Forum presentation WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH.  We are now continuing in greater depth on a weekly basis every Wednesday thereafter, having begun with August 19th.  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… 

  • Unconditional 
  • Unfailing 
  • Unchanging 
  • Unending


ETERNAL PROVISION: GIFT OF MY HOLY SPIRIT:

DIVINE HEDGE OF THORNS III


Friends, brothers and sisters…

Several Wednesday’s ago, on our August 19th Forum II posting, I began a series of testimonies documenting the incredible truth that over these many years of my life I should have been dead 15 times that I am fully aware of, and probably many other times that I am not aware of!  God had Personally intervened in my life to stay the hand of death over and over again.  Were it not for Him, my body would be in the grave and my soul would be in hell right now…but God was not willing that I should perish.  The Free gift of eternal life is an unconditional right offered to every soul to freely choose to receive as their own…or to reject it or ignore it.  In His Omniscience…His foreknowledge of all things all at once and at the same time from eternity past to eternity future…He knew that on October 17, 1981 I would freely, of my own free will, enter into a saving relationship with His Divine Son Jesus and make a solemn vow to become the bride of Christ, thereby being born-again.  In His Foreknowledge He knew in eternity past that I belonged to Him, and knew the day and the hour of my salvation.  Therefore it was His determined purpose to protect my body and my soul, and keep me safe until that momentous day and hour!  There could be no one or any thing that could snatch me out of His hand!  He is the Sovereign All-Ruler over all Creation… and nothing can touch my life unless He specifically, consciously, and deliberately allows it to do so, or Personally causes it to do so…and all for His Own good purpose.  There is no such thing as a random occurrence, an accidental happening, or an incidental incidence.   All that He does is necessarily the very best, very kindest, most loving thing that can possibly be.  Oftentimes I say to Jesus, “Lord, I don’t understand, but I trust You.  I know that You make all things work together for my good.”

I had posted an incredible testimony entitled Divine Shield on my website about being shot at in the ghetto of Brooklyn, and how the Lord intervened to protect me and keep me safe in an impossible situation.  Here is a link to that testimony: I encourage you to read about this manifestation of the Lord’s great Name and mighty Power on my behalf:  https://preservechristianfamily.org/2017/06/04/divine-shield/

The Lord’s amazing interventions in my life to be my Shield and Protector in continually staying the hand of death began when I was just 4 years old.  Continuing my account of the 15 times I should have been dead were it not that God Personally intervened to stay the hand of death…1st: shot at in Brooklyn; 2nd: Taxicab @ 4 yrs old; 3rd: Point Lookout; 4th: Radio electrical cord; 5th: 7 horrors of PA; 6th: Hitchhikers mountain joy ride; 7th: Presence of evil; 8th: Van on Brooklyn side street…

Sometime in the late fall of 1984, I was driving my car along the elevated portion of the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn.  It was early evening, and there was a torrential rainstorm severely limiting visibility.  This was a route used by truckers, and there were many tractor-trailers flying along the highway at 65 MPH, making the driving very hazardous in that kind of weather!  At that time, I had an old and large 1971 Chrysler station wagon.

Quite suddenly, I heard a loud dragging sound coming from under my car.  I was approaching a portion of the highway where it was dividing for those who wanted to continue along the Prospect Expressway to the left rather than remain on the Gowanus on the right.  In the center of the Highway where it was dividing, there was a narrow grass median; I pulled onto the median and got out of the car in the torrential rain to see what the dragging sound was.  I couldn’t believe it!…both the tailpipe and the muffler had become unhinged, and was what was dragging along the road!  I didn’t know what to do…in those years there were no cell phones!  All I could think of was to wait inside the vehicle for a police car to come by.

After a little while, I saw in my rear view mirror a tow truck pulling onto the median behind me.  I thought, “Wow; what a blessing this is!”  I got out of my car and walked back to the tow truck to ask him to tow me off the Expressway and on to a local side street, where at least I would be safe…there was no other place I could think of for him to tow me to in that area.  Before I could say anything, he said emphatically and bluntly, from inside his truck, “You better get your car off this median, or you’re going to get killed!”  Before I could even answer and request him to do that, he pulled off the median and drove away!  I was speechless!

I got back in my car, thinking about what he had said…and knew I had to get off this median, where tractor-trailers were continually flying by, mostly on my right, continuing along the Gowanus.  I decided to go left along the entrance to the Prospect, and get off at the nearest exit…dragging my tailpipe and muffler along at 30 MPH, sparks flying, with my hazard lights blinking, hoping no one would rear-end me!  I breathed a sigh of relief when I was able to get off the highway at a nearby exit and onto a side street, where I just parked and waited for a police car to come by.

Finally a police officer came by…and then several others.  I recounted to them all that had happened, and that I was thankful to have been able to get off the highway alive.  One of the officers was coming back to my car…he had walked from the back of my car toward the place where I had exited, and then proceeded to call a fire truck!  He looked at me and said, “You’re lucky you weren’t blown up!  There is a trail of gasoline that has been dripping out of your tail pipe; one spark could easily have ignited it, and would have acted like a fuse to your gas tank!”  Oh Lord, I thought, You intervened in my life once again to stay the hand of death!  Once again, You were my shield and Protector!

Do you really think these were just fortunate “count my lucky stars” coincidences?  Continuing my account of the 15 times I should have been dead were it not that God Personally intervened to stay the hand of death…1st: shot at in Brooklyn; 2nd: Taxicab @ 4 yrs old; 3rd: Point Lookout; 4th: Radio electrical cord; 5th: 7 horrors of PA; 6th: Hitchhikers mountain joy ride; 7th: Presence of evil; 8th: Van on Brooklyn side street; 9th: Dragging tailpipe & muffler…

During the late 1980s, I had purchased a home in Brooklyn…one unit of a duplex residence.  The house had an unfinished basement, and my plan was to finish the basement, where I would live, and rent out the main portion of the house for…at that time of my life…the necessary income to finance the mortgage.

Everything went according to plan.  I did all the work myself in making a complete finished basement apartment…including a kitchen and all the necessary lighting, outlets, and electrical wiring.  One of the licensed electricians from my employer’s Company was really helpful in checking it out and then connecting the electrical control panel to our electric service provider.

There was an entrance to the basement apartment from the back yard…actually 2 doors.  You would enter from the back yard door, go down a few steps to a space where there was a water connection for outside hoses and a small storage area, and then another door to enter the apartment.

One evening I had retired for the night…and was awakened…I knew later it was the Lord Who awakened me…sometime very early in the morning.  I heard a very faint sound… like running water.  I thought I should check out the bathroom to see if the toilet was running…and when I swung around on my bed to step out, I stepped into water that was nearly knee deep!  The entire basement was flooding with water!  My immediate thought was that if this water has reached an electrical socket along the wall, I am going to be electrocuted!  I realized that I had no other option but to wade to the basement door and get out.  It was then that I found the source of what was happening…the outside hose attached to the water faucet had somehow come off, and water was pouring out full blast into that small landing area and into the basement!  I shut off the valve to stop the water, and then decided to go into the bathroom…which was right by the basement entrance door…and with a bucket just kept scooping up the nearly knee deep water and emptying it into the bathtub!  Gradually…I guess for over an hour…I was able to scoop nearly all the water out of the flooded apartment, one bucket at a time, and then just mop and squeeze out the rest.

Afterwards, I realized the water I was wading in was high enough to reach those lower wall outlets…certainly the waves caused by my wading in the water was…but somehow, I don’t know how, the Lord intervened in my life once again to stay the hand of death!  Once again, He was my shield and Protector!

Do you really think these were just fortunate “count my lucky stars” coincidences? Continuing my account of the 15 times I should have been dead were it not that God Personally intervened to stay the hand of death…1st: shot at in Brooklyn; 2nd: Taxicab @ 4 yrs old; 3rd: Point Lookout; 4th: Radio electrical cord; 5th: 7 horrors of PA; 6th: Hitchhikers mountain joy ride; 7th: Presence of evil; 8th: Van on Brooklyn side street; 9th: Dragging tailpipe & muffler; 10th:Brooklyn basement flood…

In very early January, 2000, I was returning from visiting my mother in Florida.  I had driven down there for the Christmas holiday…but what was very different about that trip was I was pulling a small house trailer that I had on the property in upstate New York where I had my cabin.  I was heading back to the cabin to drop off the trailer at the cabin property, and it was fully loaded with boxes of stuff and small furniture!  I was pulling a lot of weight!

It is a long drive, especially pulling a trailer…a two full-day, 24 hour trip.  I was on Rt 81, a major highway, and had just crossed over from Maryland into Pennsylvania.  Everything seemed fine…I was really glad about finally getting closer to home.  Suddenly…out of the clear blue…I heard a loud crash, and then completely lost control of my Jeep Cherokee pulling the trailer!  The trailer was literally dragging along the road pavement…at 55 MPH!  This was a major truck route…and huge tractor-trailers were flying by me, on both sides!  All I could think of was getting rear-ended and steam-rolled by one of these trucks!  I remember crying out, “Oh Lord…HELP!”

Somehow I was able to gradually slow down while maintaining control of the jeep/trailer, and make my way over to the shoulder on the right side of the road… dripping with sweat!  After I had gotten a tow truck to get me to a local auto repair shop, I found out that the trailer’s axle had snapped…broken in two!

Afterwards, I realized that the Lord had once again somehow intervened in my life to stay the hand of death!  Once again, He was my shield and Protector!  Someone said to me, “You can thank your lucky stars you’re still alive!”  Lucky stars?  All those times I should have been dead?  No…I knew full well it was the hand of God!  There was Divine intervention!  And I am still alive today to tell you about all the many, many times [so many of which I have already recounted to you] of the Presence of God in my life…and not only just staying the hand of death!

Do you really think this was just one more fortunate “count my lucky stars”  coincidences?  Continuing my account of the 15 times I should have been dead were it not that God Personally intervened to stay the hand of death…1st: shot at in Brooklyn; 2nd: Taxicab @ 4 yrs old; 3rd: Point Lookout; 4th: Radio electrical cord; 5th: 7 horrors of PA; 6th: Hitchhikers mountain joy ride; 7th: Presence of evil; 8th: Van on Brooklyn side street; 9th: Dragging tailpipe & muffler; 10th:Brooklyn basement flood; 11th: Broken trailer axle…

Sometime in the late 60s [I graduated from Notre Dame in 1964], I decided to go skiing for the first time ever with some friends who were into the sport.  I really knew practically nothing about skiing…so they showed me a few basics, like how to get up after falling down, and how to walk from one place to another without continually slipping and sliding, and going nowhere with all of that effort.  They took me over to a beginners hill, and told me to practice for awhile until I got more comfortable with what they had shown me.  Then they went off to do their own skiing.

There I was on this “beginners slope”…which really was quite flat and not very exciting.  After a short while, I began to feel more comfortable on skies, and began to use my ski poles to push myself along a little faster on this rather flat slope.  I had to push really hard to get up more and more speed.  I was kind of looking down at my skies and poles while pushing along, and when I looked up…I gasped!  I was at the edge of a very steep hill!  I didn’t quite know at that point how to stop, and so I went over the edge and proceeded to fly down this very steep hill!  Being scared to death, I was crouched down with my feet/skies perfectly close together…which is a position that makes you go even faster!  I was yelling to warn people down the slope to get out of the way so I wouldn’t steam roll over them!  Then I saw directly ahead of me a forest of trees, and a 90 degree turn that was necessary to continue down the slope and avoid flying into the trees!  I hadn’t learned anything about turning…especially at that speed, and I was really in a panic!  Then the Lord prompted me to do a power slide…like in baseball, sliding into a base!  That stopped me just barely in front of the trees!  I got up, and continued flying down the slope…having to do my power slide once more to avoid hitting the trees!  Finally, I got to the bottom of the slope…dripping with sweat!  Looking way uphill from where I had come, I asked a skier near me, “How do I get back up there?”  He asked if this was my first time skiing here, and I told him this is the first time I have ever been skiing…period.  He looked at me, incredulously, and said, “Well, you just came down the expert’s slope!”  I thanked the Lord once more for intervening in my life as my shield and protector, to stay the hand of death!

Do you really think these were just fortunate “count my lucky stars” coincidences?  I will be concluding my account next Wednesday of the 15 times I should have been dead were it not that God Personally intervened in my life to stay the hand of death!

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 and my God, I owe my body and my soul to You!  If it were not for You, my body would be in the grave, and my soul would be in Hell…15 times over that I am fully aware of and can testify to, and surely many more times that I am not aware of.  Though I had sinned against You for so many years, so very often, and so very deeply…even so, You Personally intervened in my life to stay the hand of death!  If it were not for You, Father, I would be in Hell right now [except for those 3 occasions when I was still a child, and those occasions after I had been born-again]…and I full well deserved to be there; but You would not have it.  You were not willing that I should perish.  How many times Satan had come for me to claim my life and to claim my soul, but You would not permit it.  No…You were my Shield and my Protector; You protected my soul, and You kept me safe…even from the very pit of Hell!

Jesus the Christ tells us plainly, clearly, beyond the shadow of any doubt in Scripture: Everyone whom in eternity past the Father had known would accept His free gift of eternal life, and thereby declared as belonging to Me, will indeed come to Me.  My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.  No one can snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.  For I have come down from Heaven not to do My will but to do the will of My Father Who sent Me.  And this is the will of Him Who sent Me…that I shall lose none of all whom My Father has given Me, but raise them up at the Last Day.  Whoever, therefore, comes to Me I will never turn away.  My Father’s will is that everyone who looks with faith to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the Last Day. [John 10:27-29, 6:37-40] 

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.”

Holy [A video/song well worth watching and listening to]:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcx2O9WXvn8&feature=youtu.be

 

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