"As you yield to My advances, as I draw you ever closer to the veil, to the realm between the earthly and the heavenly, call on the keys, and I will reveal to you the beauties you are about to enjoy!"

When Morning Dawns

First Published September 1979

Leaving this life is just like going from one room to another and closing the door. It's passing from the physical realm to the spiritual realm, abandoning this world for the other. It's really very simple: Everybody does it when they die!

In fact, it's a tremendous blessing for a Christian to die. I've had what would be called a near-death experience, and it's wonderful! It's similar, I presume, to what the astronauts feel in their weightlessness. Right now we're burdened by this old body. But in the spirit you don't have this weight. You're no longer weighted down with the flesh and burdened with the problems of this physical life. You've graduated from this grade of earthly life.

It's a wonderful feeling! You feel like you're floating on air when you're rid of the dead weight of this body. I once had what they now call a post-death or near-death experience, and I remember thinking, Ah, this is great! I feel light as a feather, I never felt so good! I don't feel heavy anymore! I felt like I could just give a little shove and I'd float right off.

I was sitting up in my bed, but my body was lying in the bed behind me. I was sitting half in it and half out of it. But because I knew the Lord had more work for me to do here and more lessons for me to learn, I had such a will to want to come back that I prayed, Lord, let me return to my body. Then all of a sudden I was back here in the natural, normal, material realm.

But you know, so many people try to ignore death. They don't like to think about it. It's something that is going to happen to everyone sooner or later, but most are not prepared for it, and have made no preparation whatsoever.

So many people have already got money, good jobs, families, homes, cars-everything. But they're getting old and death isn't far away and they're still not satisfied. They still don't have the answers. And they're afraid to die. Of course, it is a lot easier to be a skeptic when you're young and not facing death daily. But when you're about to die, you don't understand so you fear and you long for an answer.

Some people live all their lives in fear of death, as the Scripture says: "Who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage" (Hebrews 2:15). Bondage through fear! They fear dying because they're not prepared to die. But thank the Lord, we who are Christians are.

For us, dying is the easiest thing in the world. It's easy to die when you're a Christian because you know where you're going. We don't have to fear, because we're ready to go.

Death for the Christian is no great loss, because "to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21). If we die, sudden death, sudden glory! Our troubles are over! There's a little pain for just a moment, only a little tiny bit of pain for just a moment because of this physical body, and then we're free. We're free-so free! It's a sudden release. It's really wonderful!

Death will be sweet release to a new world and a new life, because the minute we die, we're instantly freed spiritually, liberated from the flesh into the world of the spirit. This is why the apostle Paul flaunted in the face of death, "O Death, where is thy sting? O Hades [grave], where is thy victory?" (1 Corinthians 15:55).

Jesus took the sting out of dying. We pass through death, yes, but without the sting; through the grave with victory for us, not the grave! It's a homegoing, a relief, a deliverance, our coronation day!

There'll be light in the sky,

From that palace on high,

When I come to the end of the road.

Sweet relief from all care will be awaiting me there,

When I come to the end of life's road.

When the long day is ended, and my journey is o'er,

I shall rest in His blessed abode.

There the ones that I love will be waiting for me,

When I come to the end of life's road.

-Author unknown

Death is marvelous! It's freedom for the Christian. It's a wonderful liberation. For the believer in Christ it is being set free from this old body that gives us so much trouble. What better deliverance can you have than to get rid of the whole thing? The old body's heavy, it's tired, it gets sick and hurts. But we will enter a new world of freedom from the shackles of the flesh, into the vast and boundless universe of the spirit. The end of the road for us will be just the beginning.

We will meet our departed loved ones again and find our lost loves and be joined with them eternally in everlasting happiness in an eternal life of love and joy and heavenly happiness forever with the God of love and those we love.

(Jesus, speaking in prophecy:) "Oh what a day that shall be when you shall join with Me in My kingdom to reign with Me for evermore. You shall have joy such as you have never known, and you shall see glories such as you have never seen, and you shall know that it has been worth it all-all that you have suffered and all that you shall yet go through.

"As I have told you before, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live' (John 11:25-26). In that day you shall rise to life and love and music and hope in a land with children that shall live forever with Me in My house that I have gone to prepare for you-the real you, which cannot die but shall live forever (John 14:1-4).

"So lift up your eyes and raise your heart and cling to your faith and you shall live forever with Me in My Father's house in which there are many mansions. Look! Behold the beauty of the Lord in the days of eternal sunshine and the breath of everlasting spring and the glories of the flowers of life that shall be forever."

When morning dawns, farewell to earthly sorrows!

Farewell to all the troubles of today.

There'll be no pain, no death in God's tomorrow,

When morning dawns and shadows flee away.

How little then these trials of life will seem,

How light the heavy burdens we have borne!

The deepest sorrow, like a passing dream,

Will be forgotten in that blessed morn.

When morning dawns, farewell to earthly sorrow!

Farewell to all the troubles of today.

There'll be no pain, no death in God's tomorrow,

When morning dawns and shadows flee away.

-Author unknown

God's visible creation is an illustration of the things in the spirit, of that which is invisible. Everything God created, everything God ever made, all the visible creation, is in some way an illustration of something spiritual. The Bible states: "Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead" (Romans 1:20).

So therefore the spirit world is not so terribly different from this present existence that we can't even comprehend it or can't even understand it. Otherwise, when we got ushered into it we would be completely lost. It would be just too far out, too totally different, we wouldn't even be able to relate to it.

So we are going to be much the same as we are now, except that we're going to have supernatural bodies, our eternal bodies, spiritual bodies like the Lord had when He was resurrected (Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:2). His new resurrected spiritual body could materialize or dematerialize, appear or disappear. Think of that! It could pass from one dimension to the other and go through locked doors and solid walls (John 20:19, 26).

Our old, decaying, natural, physical body will go back to the dust. We will trade in our old, worn-out, earthly model for an entirely new heavenly model that can even fly, and with a lot more power than we ever dreamed of. We'll be able to circle the globe in nothing flat and even visit other planets and stars and ride the whole range of the universe. With our new spiritual bodies we'll be able to move, not with the slow speed of light, but with the speed of thought. All you'll have to do is think yourself someplace and you'll be there.

But even though you'll have a spiritual body then, you're going to have a lot of the same characteristics that you have now, just as Jesus did after His resurrection. He could even eat and drink and they could feel Him and touch Him as well as see Him, and yet He was in a miraculous supernatural body, His new resurrected body (Luke 24:36-43).

It's still going to be you. You're even going to look a lot the same, only better-much better! Children who I knew that had died were older, full-grown and beautiful, when I have seen them in the spirit. And the old people that I have seen in the spirit world, looked younger.

So although you may have the same characteristics that you have now, you'll be better off there. You'll be in more direct communication with the Lord, actually experiencing the fullness of the realities of God and the world to come.

Heaven is a beautiful place to be, full of beautiful people having a beautiful time. It's really wonderful. The spirit world is wonderful!

God is not a cruel tyrant, or a monster who is trying to frighten everyone into Hell, but a God who is trying to love everyone into Heaven. "For God is love" (1 John 4:8). He wants to help and save you and make you happy with His love. In fact, this is why He created you: To love and enjoy Him forever-to enjoy life as well as death!

Are you ready to go? Dying is wonderful if you have Jesus! But there's so much work to do here yet. For Christians, death would be the easy way out. But we have to live that others may get ready to die. We've got to try to live a little longer to carry out what God wants.

But when your time comes and you die, well, then you've finished

your earthly task. It will be your graduation to the heavenly world of the hereafter with a crown of glorious eternal life with Him and your loved ones forever.

Just make sure you're prepared by receiving Jesus as your Savior so you will know you're safe and bound for Heaven, and you will be ready when He comes for you.