Choose Life – “Whirlwind Of Excitement” – An Uplifting Verse from the OYB reading of the day – June 21

Scripture:  2 Kings 2:11    NASB    “Whirlwind Of Excitement”

“As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.” 2 Kings 2:11

I preached one time that Elijah went up to Heaven in a chariot.  My favorite heckling congregant corrected me right after I said it.  (He didn’t even wait till I finished.  Just interrupted.)

Well, he did go up in a chariot!  And he was powered by a whirlwind.  Along with Enoch (cf. Gen. 5: 24), he is one of two people that didn’t experience death.  At least, they haven’t died yet (poor Lazarus died twice!, cf. Jn. 11: 14).  That is the reason many have conjectured that Elijah and Enoch may be the two prophets who get offed prophesying during the Tribulation (cf. Rev.  11: 3 – 12).

Hebrew 9: 27 says, “just as it appointed for man to die once and after that comes the judgment . . . .”  Everyone is going to die physically once.  If you have trusted Christ, when you’re body gives out, you’ll be in Heaven before you know it!  You don’t have to wait for the next chariot.   Scripture says that you have already “passed [past tense, it has already happened] from death to life” (Jn. 5: 24).

You don’t have to wait for a chariot.  In fact, angels will escort you to Heaven (cf. Luke 16:19-22).  Isn’t that a comfort?  If you haven’t already, trust Christ today!

 

If you can, do will find that you have chosen life (Deut. 30:19)!

Fun Application:   

 

When my mother died years ago, she was basically in a coma.  Nurses told me that she couldn’t talk but that there was a good chance that she could hear me.

My mother had trusted Christ years earlier.  I had just flown in and hadn’t gotten to talk to her before she lost her ability to communicate.  I whispered in her ear that angels would be coming to take her to Heaven.  I sure hoped I was right since I couldn’t recall the Scripture to prove it.  What a terrible thing to give false information to a dying person, especially your own mother!  Looking back, I think I was inspired by the Holy Spirit since Luke 16: 22 would seem to indicate that angels are involved in getting to the right place.

Do you know anyone who is dying?  Are they saved?  If they are, you now have a comfort to share with them.*

 

*You can google “ICU nurses and angels” for testimonies of those who have sensed the angels’ presence around those who have trusted Christ and are about to be transported to Heaven.

 

 

 

The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:   The Bear Facts

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