Fire Evacuation plan!

I’ve learned a great deal about building code as I finish my basement. But one thing that I’ve learned above all is that the code is there for our protection. It’s not meant to punish the electrician, the plumber, or anyone else. And it’s not just there to protect the home owner from shoddy work.

It’s there for specific safety reasons to protect our lives and our property.

Take for example, the amount of wires that are allowed to be inside a junction box behind your electric plug. There is a limit to how many wires can come in/out of that box to prevent overheating and reduce the risk of fire. It’s a safety regulation.

There are codes on how many nails should be in boards that hold your walls up. Even code on how and where to place windows. Specifically, there is a code to address the requirement for an exterior window or door from every bedroom in your house for evacuation in case of fire. Even a code on the minimum size of such window and the distance from the floor it must be!

So why is this important. Well, for safety, it’s the law. We must abide, because these are the constraints that experts have placed on how to construct houses in order to properly be protected.

There are even experts that remind us that we should have a Fire Evacuation Plan, describing where your family will meet in case of fire, an assembly point so to speak outside the home, and across the street.hell-fire-burns-for-eternity

Do you have a fire evacuation plan? Not just for your house, but for your life and your family’s life?

In this case, the plan consists of Jesus, and nothing else. He will protect us, not only in case of fire, but from the fire that is real and described quite dreadfully in Revelation.

There will be a day when we are all judged. That day will result in one of two outcomes: an eternal life in Heaven with Jesus, or an eternal death in the lake of fire. Which do you choose?

Make a plan today to save yourself through Jesus! He already showed us how, just accept Him and His plan for your eternal future.

Difficulty 7: When do you go to Heaven?

This question first implies that the person we are talking about is a Christian.

Jesus told us in John 14:6 that “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Assuming that one believes and trusts in Jesus, then the question of when we go to Heaven is valid.

Does a person go straight to judgment and Heaven or do they “fall asleep?”

Let’s first look at Scripture to understand the text:

  1. 13 …we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. – 1 Thesallonians 4:13-17
  2. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.– 2 Corinthians 5:8
  3. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment – Hebrews 9:27
  4. Jesus said to the thief on the cross beside Him: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” – Luke 23:43
  5. I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; – Philippians 1:23

These verses appear very contradictory. Some would claim that the first verse says that once our bodies die, we remain in the ground until the Lord returns.

However, the second verse implies that when we die, we become “absent” from the body and go immediately to Heaven.

The third simply implies that at some point after death, all people will face judgment.

The fourth statement, addressed to the thief, may be understood as a personalized fact dealing solely with that one individual, or a universal truth about everyone.

The fifth statement returns to the implication that once we leave earth (depart) we are with Christ.

Based on these, many experts believe that our spirits will depart our bodies immediately upon death, and go to Heaven (or Hell). When Jesus returns, our bodies will be resurrected, our spirits will join the new bodies, and we all (including those in Hell) will face judgment for eternal sentencing.

I used to be a large proponent of soul sleep. Now I realize that I could have been wrong. I’m not admitting a mistake, just acknowledging that I don’t know for sure. But it might not be the only doctrinal thought I’m wrong on. However…

We don’t need to know the timing of when our spirit faces Jesus or even when our body is resurrected, we just need to know that Jesus is the one who can and will make it happen. I’m leaving the “how” and “when” up to Him. After all, I still don’t know how it’s possible that God just spoke and the world was created, but I know it happened. Thankfully I don’t have to rely on my intelligence to figure it all out.

Think about this, even Jesus does not know what day He will return, only the Father in Heaven, but . . .  Jesus knows He’s coming back.

And the good news for those who are unhappy with their current bodies? 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 summarized states that our bodies will be raised imperishable—that is, a perfect body, one without disease, decay, or death. In this life our bodies wear out and die. With resurrected bodies, we will be perfected in Christ and imperishable. That’s right, no more diets! 🙂

The epitaph of Benjamin Franklin when he was young summarizes what we need to remember – it’s not about the details or even the timing, but all about the Author and His plan:

The Body of B. Franklin
Printer;
Like the Cover of an old Book,
Its Contents torn out,
And stript of its Lettering and Gilding,
Lies here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be wholly lost:
For it will, as he believ’d, appear once more,
In a new & more perfect Edition,
Corrected and Amended
By the Author.

Coming Back!

Today, I was reminded of a video I first saw years ago as I read the following passage:

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. – 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (NIV)

Here is a link to the video: Are YOU ready for the Rapture?  While the video itself is not true (in terms of it already happening), it is biblical, in the sense that when no one expects it, Christ is going to come back and gather His children, Christians.

For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:27 (NIV)

And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.  Matthew 24:31 (NIV)

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Matthew 24:36 (NIV)

Are YOU Ready?