I know some may not agree with my perspectives here but yet I share my convictions based on scripture and hope this can help someone cope with their own bereavement too!
I HAVE APPOINTMENTS TO KEEP
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth
unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to
the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Revelation 16:14)
Often times we ponder over the meaning of life. But we certainly dwell
more on wondering about beyond this life. What shall happen when we
die? Will we go straight to heaven as soon as our eyes close in death as
taught by some people? Or if our lives have been badly lived and we deserve
hell fire will we go straight to hell as suggested by some? Yet some have exercised their mental genius to come up with the concepts of purgatory and
even a state of limbo.
So just what does happen at death? I am pacified to know that the
dead know nothing. Their very memory is forgotten the moment they die.
There is no free spirit roaming around without a body remaining to comfort or torture me.
Incidentally, Satan did visit me several times as I slept in my room a
month or so after my wife died. Three or four times I spoke to Mandy after
she had already died. She came back to me in such sweet dreams and made
me so happy but yet nonetheless surprised to see her.
So, still in dreamland, I challenged her by saying to her, “Mandy you
are supposed to be dead, what are you doing here?” She answered me and
said “God decided that I was not supposed to die and He sent me back to
you. And so I came back.”
Nice try Satan! (Ecclesiastes 9:5) Even Mandy herself, both of whose
parents had already rested in the Lord, said many times to me that she had
made appointments with her parents and she wanted to keep the appointments and meet them in heaven one day. And that appointment in heaven
will only become a reality after Jesus comes to take his children to heaven.
(1 Thessalonians 4:16) Otherwise there would be no need for the second
coming because then we would all just go straight to heaven by death and
quickly be with Jesus. Who would He need to come for if we are all there
already? Why would anyone need to be resurrected when they have already
gone to heaven? Jesus did not call Lazarus down from heaven after he had
died, but out of the grave. ( John 11:43).
True, after death the next thing will be the resurrection but that shall
happen only at the second coming of Jesus. So blessed is he who dies in the
Lord as he will be resurrected to be given a new immortal body and life
eternal. (Revelation 14:13)
May God give you peace as you remain grounded in truth. Let not
Satanic attacks ever have any power over you just because you are mourning. The Lord is with you!