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Commencing Countdown, Engines On
by Wayne Blank
God Speed, or God's Damnation - It's Up To You
The adult Israelites of the Exodus were made to wander in the wilderness as a death sentence for refusing the opportunity to enter the promised land when it was given to them. The journey itself did not require 40 years to complete, since the spies had just traveled there, accomplished their mission, and returned - all in 40 days (Numbers 13:25). Those unrepentant ones are a prime physical example of the spiritual Damnation choice that people make for themselves.
"Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed me: Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed The Lord. And The Lord'S anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of The Lord, was consumed." (Numbers 32:11-13 KJV) (see A Journey Without A Destination)
God forgives and grants salvation to the truly repentant. Those who reject the sacrifice of the Savior by refusing to obey Him "crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame":
"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned" (Hebrews 6:4-8 KJV)
Fact Finder: How is it that different times of resurrection mean different times of judgment?