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Life or Death, Blessing or Cursing

The LORD was the Creator (see Christ The Creator) of life and the freedom to choose how to live it. It was that liberty that permitted righteous and obedient Lucifer to choose to become arrogant (Satan was the creator of arrogance) and putrid Satan.

"28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty [see What Does Satan Look Like?], thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground [see The Fall Of The Light Bringer], I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee." (Ezekiel 28:13-17 KJV)

"I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life"

Unlike Satan and the foolish angels that became rebels along with him, all of whom are going to spend eternity caged in lightless pits ("1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever" Jude 1:13 KJV), humans who refuse their chance to obey God will simply be obliterated. Their physical bodies will first be incinerated (see They Shall Be Ashes) and then even the memory of them will be erased ("65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind" Isaiah 65:17 KJV).

Salvation is a choice that must be made, sooner, or later (for when, see the Fact Finder question below). The experience of the ancient Israelites was an object lesson of salvation.

The Word Of God

"30:11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. 30:12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 30:13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 30:14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 30:16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

30:17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 30:18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.

30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them." (Deuteronomy 30:11-20 KJV)

Fact Finder: When will salvation happen for those who choose to accept the LORD's offer of eternal life?
See When Will You Be Judged? and Could Christ Return Tonight?


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