“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Heb. 9:27) The wise man, or at least the thinking individual, would see clearly the inverse of this statement, “Each man is appointed one life, then death arrives.” In other words, you get one shot, one chance, and it would be smart to live it to the fullest.
That is how most people think my friends, “grab all the gusto you can” was a commercial advertisement from many decades ago, today that has been changed to “You deserve it.”
I have never met any, who when they had the chance, enjoyed waking up each morning, going outside, sitting in a chair, and just watching the world go by, for let’s say fifty plus years, it does not happen. People want to experience life, they do not care for stagnation, and so that is why nearly every nation on the planet is doing just that to their citizens, lockdowns prevent people from doing what comes naturally, making their own decisions as to the path they want their lives to take, as much as they are able. Those in authority know exactly what they are doing, and they also know the coming results of their forced obedience upon their citizens, open rebellion.
As long as they continue to pay their law enforcement officers and their military, the end result that has been pre-determined will occur, forced obedience of the populace. One thing above many others must take place simultaneously though, their desire to live life to its fullest must be exhumed from their thoughts, hence the continuous lockdowns. The mandated vaccinations will offer those who cannot see these truths a way out, a way to at least live and enjoy some semblance of the life they would desire. My friends, I would start getting used to seeing armed guards in places that they did not use to populate, no matter which nation you live in.
For the born-again believer, the verse in Philippians 1:21 must stand against what is coming, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” It is our calling card, it is what may embolden those who will come after us, those who will fulfill Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” I have met no other true brothers and sisters in Christ who want to stay here, and I have also not met one that wants to leave until everything that the Savior has called them to do has been accomplished, according to His will, for His glory, with character and integrity. “Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.” (Phil. 1:24)
We will die, or we will be raptured, it should make absolutely no difference to you which one occurs, what should matter is that you have a heart, a desire to be profitable to the kingdom, that you are sacrificing yourself daily for His glory. You will die, if you are not part of the rapture, in exactly the way the Lord has intended for you to die, and if you are that willing servant, you may rest assured that He will be glorified in that death. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15)
Unless for your own reasons, or it is being forced upon you, you do not know the hour or the manner of your death, but you do have every available opportunity of how you will live your life, unless you are behind bars, you have that free will. The only topic that you must debate within yourself is how much you are willing to pay, how much are you willing to be inconvenienced with, how much are you willing to suffer for that full life. Most people, lost and sad to say saved, believe that the fulness of life comes from experiences, from adventures, from family and friends, when nothing could be further from the truth. The temporal should not be at the top of your list, glorifying God should be, and with that will come a fulness that is incomprehensible, death will not be your friend, but he will no longer be feared. Ponder that verse often, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”