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He Doesn’t Take Away by Death by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

He Doesn't Take Away by Death by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is
death (1 Corinthians 15:26).

In most religious circles, when funerals are
being conducted, it’s common to hear the
officiating minister say, “The Lord has given,
and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the Name of
the Lord.” But the Lord doesn’t “take away” by death.
He’s the giver or author of life, and death isn’t from
Him.

The Bible lets us know that death is an enemy,
and refers to it as the last enemy that shall be destroyed.
However, it’s already been defeated as the scriptures
show us.

God never takes anybody away by death. The
only people He took away from this world, He took
them alive. Enoch, the Bible says, walked with God and
suddenly, he was taken away from the earth by the
Spirit of God—alive into heaven (Genesis 5:24). Elijah
was also taken away alive (read 2 Kings 2:11).

What about Jesus? He too was taken away alive!
And for those who believe in Him, they’re going to be
taken away alive. Hallelujah! 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
says, “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven
with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with
the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise
first:Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught
up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord
in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” This
is how God “takes away”; it’s not by death. It’s called a
translation.

Moreover, those whom God took away knew
ahead of time. Enoch, the Bible says, before his
translation, had the testimony that he pleased God.
Elijah knew he was to be taken away and he discussed
it with Elisha (2 Kings 2:9-11). The Lord Jesus was in a
meeting with His disciples, after discussing with them,
He levitated (Acts 1:9). He had told them He was going
to leave that way.

For the rest of us, we’ll have the same witness in
our spirits that our departure is very close, so much so,
we’ll be talking about it. There’ll be an urgency in the
spirit and we’ll preach the Gospel with greater fervency,
compelling men to believe in Jesus Christ. While we’re
at it, suddenly, the trumpet will sound, and we’ll all be
taken out of this world. Glory to God!

PRAYER
Thank you, precious Father, for you have abolished
death and brought life and immortality to light
through the Gospel. Thank you for granting me
eternal life in Christ, by which I live eternally in your
presence, and for your glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
2 Timothy 1:8-10; Hosea 13:14; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 23:12-35 & Job 40-42

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 9:1-9 & Joshua 11


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