reasonably-priced tickets they had purchased, they could visit her, but they had to fly on short notice. Therefore they could not tell her exactly when they would arrive.
Cindy was overjoyed. With what renewed zeal, interest, and eagerness she began to dust, wash, and tidy everything in her home! She began baking several snacks. Her parents were coming, and she wanted to be prepared for them in the best manner she could.
In a far greater way, how should the study of eschatology excite God's children to prepare for their Lord's coming?
Are you stirred by the study of eschatology? Does the announcement and study of Jesus' return upon the clouds in glory motivate you, either with fearful emotions or loving desires?
How do the closing verses of the Bible describe the hope of true Christian eschatology?
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ be with you all. Amen.
Questions from Rev. A. Hellenbroek's Divine Truths -Chapter XXI
1. Will man live forever?
No. "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Heb. 9:27).
2. Does every part of man die?
No, the soul is immortal. "Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the
soul" (Matt. 10:28).
3. Where can a soul go after death?
Only to one of two places: hell or heaven. "Wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth unto destruction, and many there be which go in thereat; but strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto li/e, and few there be that find it" (Matt. 7:13).
4. Do souls go to heaven or hell immediately after death?
Yes, as we can see in the case of Lazarus and the rich man. The rich man immediately lifted up his eyes in hell, and Lazarus was carried into Abraham's bosom (Luke 16:22-23).
5. Is there a purgatory?
No. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth" (Rev. 14:13). The penitent thief went immediately into heaven without passing through purgatory. "Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with Me in paradise" (Luke 23:43).