William Andrew Dillard

“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43.

Those who subscribe to the theory of evolution as the force and explanation of mankind have no hope beyond the grave. But Christians have a strong basis of faith and hope for what lies beyond the veil. That hope is abundantly supported by assuring evidence. Let’s think about it.

The Old Testament Tabernacle and Temple consisted of two rooms: the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. The two were separated by a thick veil. Priests entered the Holy Place in service, but only the High Priest could enter the Most Holy Place and that on the Day of Atonement.

The Holy Place foreshadowed the church, and the Most Holy Place foreshadowed heaven. While much more could be said about this, the point is when our High Priest became the sacrificial Lamb, He entered the Most Holy Place of heaven, making the way for believers, and that veil of the Temple was “Rent in twain.” Upon the death of His saints which is said to be precious, each one follows the path prepared by Jesus right into the Paradise of that Most Holy Place.

Of course, there is another route too many will take. In mere seconds after you slip behind the parted veil of earthly life, you will finding yourself being greeted in joy by angels, departed saints, and Jesus Himself. or you will be getting your first look and terrible experience of indescribable torment. Either way, your future will be irrevocably fixed and eternally unchangeable.

In the gospel of Luke, a record is given of two men moments away from going behind the veil of earthly life. When Jesus was being crucified, two thieves were hanged, one on either side of Him. They cast insults toward Jesus, Mark 15:32

However, one of them realized Jesus’ innocence, and his own sin, and destiny. He rebuked the other thief and asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom. evidencing repentance and faith. Jesus responded, “I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). Salvation for the man was immediate. He knew that day where he would spend eternity.

Realizing that we are sinners and placing our trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection assures us that we can immediately know where we will spend our eternal tomorrows. When time comes as it unerringly, but too soon will, for you to irresistibly enter behind the parted veil, where will you find yourself? It is not wise to wait about this decision to trust Jesus. Most people do not have a last minute opportunity. Life is short; hell is hot; and heaven is real. The grace of God fixed so you may have eternal bliss by faith in and through Jesus

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