Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: “There is nothing! Just blackness!”

These are the words I have heard several times of late. When I hear them it saddens me. For I know. Without a doubt. That there are many that actual believe and accept this to be the reality after the death of the bodies our souls occupy as we live our lives in this temporal plain of existence. Here is the thing that sticks out to me whenever I hear these words spoken.
The person is aware. The person has a conscious recollection and a tangible knowledge of this “blackness.”
Isn’t that interesting?
How is this possible if there is nothing?
I have had two personal experiences in my live that I wish to share at this moment. The first was a few years back. I woke up from my sleep in the middle of the night with what I later found out was an ocular migraine. My left eye was totally shutdown. I was blind in one eye. There was nothing but blackness when I closed the other eye, yet I was aware. I was and am alive.
The second came in a one of my dreams. Thus the name “dreamwalker,” which is associated with Act 2:17.
In this dream I found myself falling within total blackness. I was aware and I knew I could feel myself falling. Several other things took place, but they are unimportant to this article, so I will go on. As this fall neared its end I knew I was approaching what is called Hades or hell.
What is important is that the blackness was in this situation. So could these people actually be experiencing this blackness? I would say yes.
It is God blinding them. Not allowing them to see what is beyond. Why I would not know. I could speculate, but how? I don’t have enough information to give a true idea of what or what is not beyond this temporal world having never had a near-death experience.
However, from what I do have knowledge and experience. I can safely and without doubt know that God is real. Jesus did live, die and rise again.
So is God blinding people that are living in sin or living in an apostate state? I would again say yes.
By God showing them Hades or hell would be He imposing upon their freewill to choose to follow Him with all their heart, mind and soul.
Now there is documentation that shows where there have been near-death experiences of blackness. However there is nearly an equal amount that shows where God has revealed heaven unto people. This again is too allow those in doubt to question, to look, to learn and to come to their own determination about Our Creator God.
I have seen, read and learned enough to know that we are His creation. For this I praise God and His Son.
One thing we have to remember in these times leading up to the return of Jesus Christ is this:
There will be billions that ask and accept Jesus to be their Savior during the Tribulation. Not before, which is the times we are now living. For now we must endure the trials and tribulations that are to come for those of us that confess to be “Christian.” For us we have much pain, anguish and agony in our futures. I pray Christ will give me the strength to endure, for that is His promise unto those that ask.

All for naught

This is what it is like to seek to have power and rule over others. It is a task that will end in folly. It has no true lasting goal, no true lasting achievement, and no true lasting acclaim. It is for nothing but a waste. Especially when it is sought after for the lust of the power and the riches many associate with leadership.
Now you have to understand how someone who truly attempts to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ approaches leadership.
There may be a need for someone to lead, in fact in some cases it is unavoidable, but to a Christian it is not something they desire to do, they do it out of a need to help those that are in need of someone to guide them.
The Bible makes a clear distinction between those of the world that seek to lead and those that or of Christ and are chosen to lead. Those of the world think themselves better and lord it over those they deem to be below them. Now even though this description by Jesus was made nearly two thousand years ago it has never changed. Why? Because humanities base nature has never changed especially if they do not know Jesus as their Savior.
Those that follow Christ know that they are required to make of themselves almost literally slaves to those they have been led to lead. The goals are to please and help those that are below them as Jesus Christ Himself did for all of humanity. He was God and put on the mantle of humanity, lowering Himself to our level. However, that was not enough. He didn’t come upon this planet as a lion to lead the Jewish people in revolt, but he came as a lamb to teach and love with His kindness and words. Pleading with them to see the glories of His Father God. Yet they rejected Him and subjected Him to the worst death allowed in this time.
Must Christian leaders seek to kill themselves? No, but they must be contrite and not over power and not even a great orator. Why? For they know that this life does not contain their true rewards, but the eternal life that is yet to come.
This is why seeking after leadership and or wealth comes to nothing. For once we enter into the eternal as time goes by none will remember their actions be they good or bad. That is why it is for nothing.
An example of this is those of ancient history. The Minoan civilization that was destroyed when Thera erupted in the Mediterranean Sea sometime between 1642-1540 BC. We have some artwork from them, some building fragments, but nothing else. Not who led them, not really anything.
That is the future that is to come for all except those that have received the eternal grace of Jesus Christ by asking Him to be their Savior.
This is why seeking power and riches and feeling superior is a waste. What is the true riches, the true reward is seeking eternal salvation in the service of the Creator of the Universe.