Matthew 12:36-37 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof on the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
The week was one of pondering; much about what to place here when time permitted. These days are so hectic that I wonder how much longer I can continue in this venue or if it’s time to let this season go. Each of us will, at some point, utter our final sentance. (And submit our final post) Everyone that we know in this life, we will encounter for a final time. We often say to another “see you later” or “see you next week” when we simply cannot secure such an outcome. This could be the final posting here, or there could be others to follow. Therefore,everything that we say and do should be of benefit to another. In this electronic realm, everything that we place here should be such that if one stumbles across it years from now (although I seriously doubt that that amount of time remains in this age) it will encourage, instruct, and most importantly of all, point to Jesus Christ, the only name under heaven, given among men whereby we “must” be saved.
This morning, I stumbled across “this site” which features the final words of various people of notariety in this life. The final moment when they are about to make their final departure from the theater of atoms and take their place in the fabric of the eternal. In that final moment all of the fame, fortune, trophies, and pleasantries of this world lose any relevance and the only thing that matters is their standing with the eternal God who created all that is. While these can be read by going to the link at the beginning of this paragraph, some of them stood out as “astonishing” which are as follows:
( 1 ) “See in what peace a christian can die.” This was spoken by writer Joseph Addison as he entered eternity on June 17, 1719. (My wifes birthday; except for the year) For all who are in Christ this is how we should view our inevitable departure from this realm. When a saint is called home, the sadness that we feel in that they are no longer with us, is overshadowed by the knowledge that they are with Jesus and the saints who have gone on before. That great cloud of witnesses that we shall join at our appointed time.
( 2 ) “I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my blood the church may obtain liberty and peace.” These were the words of Thomas A Becket, archbishop of Canterbury in the year 1170. While I don’t know the circumstances surrounding his demise, he states being ready to die for Christ and his final concern seems to be the well-being of the church. I was reminded of how the apostle Paul was burdened with the state of the early church when I read this. The next one is far more contemoprary.
( 3 ) “I am going face to face with Jesus now…I love you all very much. I will see you all when you get there…I will wait for you.” Karla Faye Tucker became a christian in Texas while on death row and her testimony is an incredible one. She died of lethal injection on February 3, 1998. One of the saddest aspects of the ordeal was the circus mentality outside the site where the execution transpired, although I’ve heard that this is commonplace when a high-profile execution takes place. Even if the person being executed is the most malicious of criminals, this is inappropriate. It often seems that our culture has lost all respect for human life and reverance for God. Karla Faye Tucker was involved in a hideous crime, but she repented of her sins and accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. Most (but not all) of the following excerpts from the link seem less optimistic.
( 4 ) “How were the receipts today at madison Square Garden?” I wonder if P.T. Barnum has ever received an answer to this question. He was an entrepreneur who passed away in 1891. Without a doubt “we cannot take it with us.”
( 5 ) “Codeine…burbon.” These were the final words spoken by actress Tallulah Bankhead before she entered eternity on December 12, 1968.
( 6 ) “I should never have switched from scotch to martinis.” It’s astonishing; the things that a person can think about in their final moment as is revealed here by the final words of Humphrey Bogart who passed on January 14, 1957. It should be noted that all of these people are still very much in existance and will be throughout the eons to come.
( 7 ) “I must go in, the fog is rising.” Poet Emily Dickensons final words seem “eerie” and must have sent chills down the back of any who heard these words firsthand in 1886. They remain poetically disturbing 122 years later. I pray that anyone who reads this and does not know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord would come to him now. We never know when our final second will be upon us. We may see it coming or it may come as a surprise, such as transpired in the next example.
( 8 ) “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist….” It almost sounds scripted, but these were the final words of General John Sedgwick who, in 1864, discovered that the confederate soldiers were far better marksmen than he anticipated.
( 9 ) “Curtain! Fast music! Light! Ready for the last finale! Great! The show looks good, the show looks good!” Much could be written about “putting on a show.” Initially it was going to be the topic of this mornings post (Isaiah 29:13) however, this came up instead. Showman Florenz Ziegfeld passed away on July 22, 1932 and this was his final statement. Whatever a person holds dear will come forth in their conversation and I imagine that this truth is magnified greatly when one is knowingly engaged in their final performance.
( 10 ) “Why do you weep? Did you think I was immortal?” It seems that King Louis XVIII of France had a better grasp of his own mortality than did those in his presence. He passed away 293 years ago. We tend to live our lives, day in and day out, as though it’s going to be the same forever. We unwittingly expect each day to closely resemble the one previous to it, unless we decide to make a change.
( 12 ) “All my possessions for a moment of time.” In 1603 Englands Queen Elizabeth I understood that regardless of how much is accumulated in the physical world, it becomes the property of another and holds no weight in eternity.
( 13 ) I am a queen, but I have not the power to move my arms.” Louise, Queen of Prussia, passed away in 1820. It seems that quite a number of leaders, as their time draws near, realize what King Solomon understood in his later years. “All is vanity.” Without a doubt, only what’s done for Christ will last.
( 14 ) “I am about to…..or I am going to…..die: either expression is correct.” French grammarian Dominique Bouhours seems to have strove for grammerical perfection right up to his final moment in 1702.
The last two are almost too disturbing to copy, but they serve to remind us of the dangers of not remembering our Creator in the days of our youth. They also remind us that the devil is out to destroy priceless souls and that, unlike us, he doesn’t have “off days”
( 15 ) “D**n it…..Don’t you dare ask God to help me.” As Joan Crawfords final moment was at hand, on May 10, 1977, her housekeeper began to pray aloud. The housekeeper understood that one was about to enter eternity and that this persons salvation was in question. We cannot make them drink and this must have been heartbreaking for the housekeeper.
( 16 ) “Go on, get out-last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.” In 1883, Karl Marx took his final breaths. His housekeeper had asked him to give his final thoughts so that she could write them down for future lists such as this one. Today, on September 6, 2008, he is a believer, however, the second resurrection has no power.
Everyone has a final word. Everyone that we rub shoulders with in this world; the day will come when we have done so for the last time. Everyone will stand at the judgment seat of Christ. Every one will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. I pray that this will cause us all to examine ourselves and seek to be closer to the Lord Jesus than we have ever been before. I would encourage any who do not know Jesus Christ as Savior to call upon him today in sincere repentance. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. He promised in John 6:37 that “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
Note: A new site has been added to the “End Times/Prophetic Sites” page. Raiders News Update is the web site of Tom Horn. Tom is a pastor who, for the past several years, has been studying the fields of transhumanism, (cloning) nano-technologies, UFO encounters and a host of other issues. We are seeing the ramping up of end times supernatural phenomenon that will eventually cause the whole world to wonder after a lie. Things that, in truth are not new, but are manifesting in these final moments of the age. (Careful when typing in the web address as errors can take one to web sites for the Oakland Raiders)