There is Eternity After This Life
“For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live” (Romans 8:13 NIV).
Brethren, I have been battling to find a way on how to best present this week’s article to you and in obedience to the Lord, I have prayed that He help me. I intend being very brief with this article. Last week (14 November 2016) I promised to share a message from the Lord regarding my mother’s eternal destiny. Well, I have it ready for you and I pray that you learn and take caution.
Why We Decided to Write This article?
Now my intention regarding this article is not about seeking for public sympathy, nor is it to elevate my mother. Instead my prayer is that the Lord use this testimony and my mother’s broken life to save souls for eternity. Personally, it is always not a pleasant thing to write about one’s close family member without being emotional, however, if it involves God’s work then it is no longer about us and our feelings but about Him and what is important to Him (Leviticus 10:6). The Bible clearly declares that the Lord is no respecter of person’s (Romans 2:11), He judges each person according to their deeds (Romans 2:6). I would also like to add when the Lord tested Abraham’s it was not about his feelings regarding Isaac, but about what God required (Genesis 22:2). We also need to understand that through every experience good or bad, the Lord’s ultimate aim is to save lives and souls (Luke 19:10). Like we repeatedly shared on this website, we have given some brief accounts about our failures to draw attention to the unacceptable behaviors that displease the Lord with the aim of warning people and saving souls. Likewise, the Apostle Paul also pointed out that God used the mistakes and failures of the Israelites as an example to warn and teach us His ways (1 Corinthians 10:11). Similarly, the Lord has been using many of our testimonies to warn others and this week’s message falls into that same category.
Brief Insight Regarding My Mother
Since we are sharing a testimony about my (Brother Glenn) mother, it would be prudent to give a very summary of her life. My mother died on 15 August 2016 at the age of 77, from a long battle with a lung disease which gave her breathing problems. Born in poverty, and the daughter of illiterate parents. Physically, she had a very small frame, in fact, her bodily frame mirrored her heart fragile, peace-loving and just content with her own life. Although I spend most of my adult life away from my mother, she never changed from how I knew her since I was little. Some might argue and say ‘you are giving an appreciative message about your mother,' indeed I am! The qualities I will always remember my mother for was her quiet and non-confrontational spirit. She always overlooked offenses directed at her without retaliation. Being familiar with hardship and a life of sufferings, she endured the pain of losing my father, the disrespect from others and even from some of her own daughters and grandchildren, yet when we threaten or attempt to take action, she would intervene and plead for mercy for those who wronged her.
From my recollection, she had no experience of a normal family life where love and unity resides, but only a life of emotional pain and abuse, being counted and seen as a nobody in the eyes of those who offered her some food or a place to stay with some of her young children. Being illiterate and unable to count, she further endured the abuse and deprivation to her possessions. Therefore, to me, my mother was the face of suffering, and she seldom complained about her circumstances, being content with whatever the Lord provided. She preferred the simple life and minding her own business. Faith wise, she had a simple faith in God, I would say enough to say thank you to God for another day and to carry her through the day’s troubles.
Which Side of Eternity Did She GO?
Just before we reveal that my wife and I had a discussion before my mother passed away and she said that we should miss no opportunity to lead her to the Lord so that when she dies, she could go and rest because all she knew in this life was just hardship (Hebrews 4:1). Therefore, at every opportunity we had, we shared the gospel with her and encouraged her to pray and seek the Lord. Briefly, my stepfather died during October 2015 and three days before he died, I led him to the Lord, but the Lord did not reveal to us which side of eternity he went to, and neither did we seriously ask the Lord about him. My mother was still mourning his dead. However, earlier this year (2016) the Lord gave Charis a message for my mother encouraging her to seek God because my stepfather was in Heaven. The Lord also commanded Charis to go witness to my mother because her time of departure was near.
Being conscious of this, we made every effort to win her soul for the Lord, discouraging her from her smoking habit which was the very thing the Lord warned her about. I have on several occasions spoken to my mother about her smoking, and the addiction of this habit was so strong in her that she once declared that only death would separate her from it.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, during the early hours of November 6, 2016, I had a vision from the Lord after a few months of prayers on her ‘where about’. In the vision, I could not see her form, neither did I knew where I was, but I heard my mother’s usual voice out of the darkness saying, (I knew she was addressing one of my unsaved sisters) “S… you must not come to this place” (Luke 16:28) and in the vision, I Immediately felt a heavy sadness, and it was then that I realised that my mother died and went to hell. This revelation came as a complete shock to all of us because about four days before my mother’s passing I asked Charis to pray for her and to lead her to the Lord again through the prayer of repentance which she did. Since we expected my mother to be in Heaven, after receiving this vision, I enquired from my elders sister who looked after my mother regarding her final moments and she reported to us that my mother still desired smoking and her appetite for it was as strong as ever because she still desired for the last puff of smoking before dying. The Lord later revealed to me that my mother did not desire Him but her habit and this was idolatry (Colossians 3:5).
In conclusion, the Lord is warning many people including Christians that the pursuit and desire for earthly pleasures will only reap them eternal death. I have tearfully shared this experience, and I, therefore encourage you to learn from my mother’s experience and live your life free from evil desires. You can overcome the spirit of selfish desires by praying daily, and reading your Bible and living according to the Word of God and the Lord will deliver you (Matthew 11:28). Incidently, this was the same portion of scripture I had engraved on my mother’s tombstone, please obey it! Although my mother was warning one of my unsaved sisters in the vision, she is WARNING YOU TOO! There is a real Hell on the other side of this life, the Lord has revealed about this place three times to me, fear the Lord and make Him your only desire!
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