Dr. Les Thompson and his family have been dear lifetime friends of our family. He and his family have ministered to Latin American pastors through LOGOI over the past sixty years. Recently he left this world to meet His Saviour and Friend in Heaven. Ed, his youngest son, and Director of LOGOI, describes the final moments of his life.
It is with great joy to announce Dr. Les Thompson is alive and well—more alive today, in fact, than he has ever been. On August 30th, 2011 at 3:30 in the afternoon, everything was ready and Jesus came and got him just as He promised in John chapter 14. Dad is right where he has longed to be for so long; he is with his Lord and Savior. For us, the tears flow easily as our hearts are full of wonderful memories of a loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend. But make no mistake, we are thrilled for Dad; he is finally home!
The last word Dad spoke was the word, “forever.” He seemed to be fading and Mom was tenderly reciting Psalm 23 with him, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I have all that I need.” Dad wasn’t able to speak, but he mouthed the words. The last phrase of this wonderful Psalm of David says, “and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” As Mom said those words, Dad took a deep breath, opened his eyes, and in his strong, normal voice, said aloud, “Forever!” It was the last word he would speak in this world.
Where will you spend eternity: Heaven or Hell? You say you don’t believe in eternity and Heaven and Hell? You say you believe that once you’re dead, you’re dead! Do you really believe that you, an eternal human soul, are in existence for a short life time and then it’s all over? Do you really believe that you are no more eternal than an animal? Suppose you are right and that when you are dead, you are dead. Suppose there is no Heaven and no Hell and no eternal existence.
If you are right and I, a Bible believer, am wrong; what have I lost? At worst, I have lived in a dream world for over seventy years ever since, as a young boy, I put my trust in Christ. I have lived a full life of rejoicing, assured that my sins are forgiven and that I am bound for Heaven. I have lived an exciting life with purpose and satisfaction and joy.
On the other hand, suppose the Bible is true. Suppose Jesus is God as He claimed to be. Suppose what He said about Heaven and Hell is true. Suppose what He said about eternal life and eternal damnation is true. One moment after you die, where will you be for eternity?
When I put my trust in Christ as a nine year old boy, Heaven became my eternal home. I became a citizen of Heaven. I have not renounced my citizenship on this earth. I am proud to be an American, but that citizenship is only temporary and passing. I joined the ranks of those listed in Hebrews 11, for whom this world system has little attraction. I am a stranger and a pilgrim passing through life on this earth.
Oh, I enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. I enjoy a wide variety of beautiful music, both sacred and secular.
I enjoy delicious food and I delight in the love and intimacy of family life and friends.
For over sixty years as a Christian, Jesus has been my life. My chief desire is to live to influence people to know and glorify God by coming to Him through His Son Jesus who died on a cross for our sins and rose again. . We who trust Him can walk and talk with God in this life and be prepared to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
What is Heaven Like?
Paul writes in I Corinthians 2:9 that it is beyond our wildest imaginations and words cannot describe it. The Bible drops little hints and paints word pictures for us concerning our eternal Home.
Heaven is beyond the dimensions of time and space. It is where our holy God dwells. Matthew 6:9 Revelation 4 & 5
Heaven is indescribably beautiful. The Lord Jesus Christ has gone there to prepare our eternal home. John 14:3 II Corinthians 12:2-4 Revelation 21 & 22.
There will be no sin or temptation in Heaven. Satan will have no access to Christians in Heaven. There will be no self-righteous people in Heaven. Only sinners, who have been cleansed of sin by Christ’s blood and have been given God’s righteousness will dwell with God in Heaven. Revelation 5:9 20:10; 21:27
Heaven will be an eternal rest from our struggles and labors. Revelation 14:13
In Heaven we will enjoy a holy intimacy with Christ and with all God’s family. There will be no more loneliness or estrangement. We who belong to Christ will continue to be part of God’s eternal family.
How can we be sure of Heaven?
Faith in Christ as our Saviour from sin is the ONLY way to Heaven. Contrary to the lies of Satan, there are not many roads to Heaven. John 14:6
For the Christian, eternal life and Heaven begin at the moment of salvation. I John 5:11-13; John 3:36
At the moment of death, our soul is immediately in the presence of God. II Corinthians 5:1-8 When Christ returns for us in a meeting we call the rapture, the bodies of Christians dead and living will be glorified and caught up to be with the Lord forever. I Corinthians 15:50-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18
However the Christian, though presently bound to his sin-cursed body until death, can presently enjoy living in the presence of God in what is called fellowship. Romans 6:1-14 Ephesians 1:3 Colossians 3:1-3 I Corinthians 1:9 I John 1:3-10
If you are a Christian, you look forward to eternity with Christ in Heaven. At the same time, you can presently enjoy an intimate walk with God each day. Are you living and walking in the glory of His presence right now? Only sin can hinder that walk. Confess it to God as sin and discover the joy and victory of Heavenly citizenship and an intimate, personal relationship with Christ. .
Jesus had more to say about Hell than anyone else in the Bible. Either He was a monstrous liar and deceiver to teach such a thing, or else He is God who speaks only truth. You have to decide who He is before you can decide about Hell. One thing for sure, if Jesus was not God, He certainly was not a good teacher.
God is holy and righteous and there can be no sin in His presence. Mankind has followed his father Adam into sin and the entire human race is cursed by sin and under the wrath of God. Romans 5:12-19 John 3:36
BUT WAIT! Our holy, righteous, just God is also a God of love and grace. In His love and wisdom He has provided His only begotten Son, Jesus, who came in a human body to this earth to suffer God's wrath for our sins. He is wholly God and at the same time He was wholly man, when He walked this earth 2000 years ago. Though tempted as a man, He was totally without sin. Hebrews 10:1-5, Hebrews 7:26-27. He is willing to save all who come to Him by faith and receive the Gift of salvation He has provided. Those who reject that Gift, continue on their way to Hell. Ephesians 2:4-10
What did Jesus say about hell?
It is a place of fiery, inescapable, conscious, bodily torment.
It is as eternal as God and Heaven.
It is a place of memory.
It is a place of darkness.
It is inescapable.
It is a place where every unbeliever will spend eternity with the demons and the monsters of human history.
Is it NOT a place of annihilation.
Matthew 5:22, 29-30; 10:28; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-31; Romans 2:3-6; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8
God is not willing that anyone should perish. II Peter 3:9 He has set up road blocks all along the way to keep you out of hell. Perhaps it is a Christian relative or friend who has prayed for you for years. Perhaps it is someone who has come to you with a Gospel tract. Certainly this web site is another road block on your way to Hell. If a prisoner on death row is given a pardon by the Governor, he must accept the pardon to walk free. If you end up in Hell it won't be because God did not love you. It will be because you rejected the pardon God in His love provided for you in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
In the night when all is quiet, that still small voice of God keeps speaking to you to turn from sin to Jesus. Most of us are given many years of opportunity. Every heart beat is another opportunity to turn to God. One day that heart will stop beating. One day you will take your last breath on earth. Where will you be one minute after you are dead; Heaven or Hell? There is no other choice. Your body will eventually be buried or cremated. But what is more important, your soul will immediately be either in Heaven or in Hell.
For further information about your eternal future, go to my link on PROPHECY
Although we read and hear of deathbed conversions, don't count on getting saved then. The fact is that the longer one rejects God's salvation, the harder the heart becomes until in time, one is beyond feeling. NOW is the day of salvation. NOW is the accepted time. Don't put it off. Tomorrow may be too late. Proverbs 29:1 II Corinthians 6:1-2. You or I could be in eternity within the next hour.
If a string with a knot in it were stretched from earth to the most distant star, the size of the knot would represent the length of our time on this earth in contrast with eternity. We live in the realm of time for a few short years. Eternity stretches ahead in Heaven or Hell. Are you prepared for Heaven? Have you put your trust in Christ?
Are you living for temporal (time) values or for eternal values. All of us have values. Our values are revealed by the choices we make: by how we spend our time and money, by the friends we choose and the spouse we eventually marry. Our values also determine the church we attend and our involvement in that church, as well as the school we choose for our family.
These choices we make will have eternal consequences. Whether we are the most popular student, or the most brilliant, or the best athlete, or voted the most likely to succeed; will in the light of eternity not really matter. What will matter will be our relationship with God and our desire to live for His glory.
For King Solomon money was no object. He tried everything life had to offer: including the search for knowledge, the pursuit of fun, wine, women. homes, gardens, orchards, and fabulous treasures he gathered from all over the known world. No doubt, he was a billionaire by today’s standards. As he neared old age, he concluded that his life had been vain and empty, a total waste. How sad! Solomon had started out so well in humble dependence on God; but he blew it all by living for temporal values and ignoring God’s will for his life.
Jesus asks us a penetrating question recorded in Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”