"Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his"(Números 23:1)!
It has been said. "All is well that ends well." This is at least partially true, but how do you make anything end well? How do you end a marriage well? How do you end a war well? How do you end a friendship well? These are hard questions to answers. We should always do and say everything with the end in view. If we do not go up In the rapture, we all must die. It is up to us whether we die the death of the righteous or the death of the wicked. Our final end will be what we make it.
THE END OF A REBELLIOUS LIFE
Rebellion Is in the bloodstream of every member of Adam's fallen race. This rebellion manifests itself primarily against any type of authority. Children rebel against parents, workers rebel against supervisors, and society rebels against law enforcement. Ultimately, all rebellion reaches the throne of God, because God is the final authority. God cannot save a rebel. If one is ever to be saved, all rebellion must be broken, and a total surrender must be made to the Lord Jesus Christ.
THE END OF A REVELER'S LIFE
A "reveler" Is one who delights In merry-making in a riotous or noisy manner. This is characteristic of our day. This springs from a rebellious heart which has no consideration of others. These are pleasure-seekers who think only of self-gratification. Belshazar, King of Babylon, Is a good example of the end of a reveler's life. In a drunken party stupor, he took the vessels of the temple and drank wine from them. God wrote his doom on the wall saying, ‘Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting" (Dan. 5:27).
3. THE END OF A RIGHTEOUS LIFE
A righteous life Is a life lived right with God. It is a life in submission to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a life lived under the rule of the Word of God. A righteous life never ends. It is eternal. But, it will terminate as far as this world is concerned. What is the death of the righteous? The apostle Paul describes It this way: "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness" (2 Tim. 4:8).
Pastor Billy Bryant USA