ALL GONE! Nothing lasts forever

Pharos lighthouseThe Pharos lighthouse of Alexandria, built in the third century BC, was regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Standing 450ft or 137m it was one of the tallest man-made structures on earth for many centuries. Pharos served as a prototype for all later lighthouses in the world.

Following the death of Alexander the Great, Ptolemy I Soter announced himself King in 305BC and shortly after commissioned the construction of the lighthouse. It took 12 years to complete and was finished during the reign of his son, the second Ptolemy (Ptolemy II Philadelphus)

Ptolemy chose the architect Sostratus to design that mammoth structure. Ptolemy insisted that the building should bear his inscription as a personal memorial, and of course his order had to be obeyed. However, Sostratus didn’t think the king should get all the credit for his work and devised a plan.

Sostratus put the title of Ptolemy on the front of the lighthouse in a thick plaster, which would be eye-catching at first but later would be worn away by the elements. Secretly he cut his own name in the granite underneath the plaster. For decades the sea dashed against the inscription and gradually eroded the plaster façade, until it was finally obliterated, leaving the name “Sostratus” standing in bold relief!

While the Pharos lighthouse stood for centuries and gained fame, it was badly damaged by three earthquakes between 956 and 1323, and before long it became an abandoned ruin.

The lighthouse was gone.
Ptolemy’s name was gone.
Sostratus’ name was gone.

 factfactEvery thing in this world
will perish.
All our possessions
will one day end
on the rubbish dump.

 WHAT/WHO WILL LAST FOR EVER?

Hebrews 13:8
JESUS CHRIST is the same yesterday, today, and FOR EVER    

Isaiah 40:28   NLT
The Lord is the EVERLASTING GOD, the Creator of all the earth.

Deuteronomy 33:27
The ETERNAL GOD is your refuge        

Psalm 146:10
The Lord shall REIGN FOR EVER

Psalm 9:7 NLT
the Lord REIGNS FOR EVER, executing judgment from His throne.

Psalm 66:7 NLT
by his great power HE rules FOR EVER

Hebrews 1:8
YOUR THRONE, O God, is FOR EVER and ever

Revelation 11:15
The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord
and of His CHRIST, and HE shall reign FOR EVER and EVER!

Revelation 22:5 NLT
And there will be no night there; no need for lamps or sun;
for the Lord God will shine on them.
And THEY will reign FOR EVER and EVER.

Psalm 72:17
HIS NAME shall endure FOR EVER;
His name shall continue as long as the sun.  

1 Peter 1:25
THE WORD of the Lord endures FOR EVER

Isaiah 40:8
the WORD OF OUR GOD stands FOR EVER

Psalm 119:89
FOR EVER, O Lord, YOUR WORD is settled in heaven

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should NOT PERISH,
but have EVERLASTING LIFE.

1 John 5:11
God hath given to us ETERNAL LIFE,
and this life is in his Son.

John 10:28
I give them ETERNAL LIFE, and they shall NEVER PERISH

Hebrews 10:14
by one offering He has PERFECTED FOR EVER
those who are being sanctified.

 eternity where

lightning 2lightning 2Matthew 25:46
these shall go away into
EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT:
but the righteous into LIFE ETERNAL.

 WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY?

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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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12 Responses to ALL GONE! Nothing lasts forever

  1. ALL GONE! Nothing lasts forever | MEETING IN THE CLOUDS – хороший пост, спасибо

  2. This is a great reminder, Angela. Sometimes I think about the length at which some people go to accumulate more stuff. I often wonder whether these people think they and their stuff are going to be around forever.

    Let this be a warning to them, because in the end the only thing that lasts is Salvation.

    Happy Easter! God blesses.

    • So true Noel.
      This makes me wonder what sort of legacy I am leaving, and I think again of the old quote: “When people think of me after I’m gone, my desire is that they think of the Christ who dwelt in me and lived through me”

  3. Rob Barkman says:

    Angela,

    Another blessing for us all. How true it is that nothing this world has to offer is lasting. May the Lord bless us all with a knowledge of what is truly important in this life. Christ and His Word! Lord bless you Angela!

  4. Pure Glory says:

    Praise Jesus that we will sing his praises for eternity. He along deserves our worship and honor!

  5. Debbie says:

    What a great post to remind us of the only One who will last! Thank you so much, Angela. What an encouragement to have you posting again! God bless you!

    • Thanks Debbie . . . and I must say (since comments are closed on your posts) how very pleased I am that you are again posting and blessing me with your “simple poems” and inspired thoughts.

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