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Most people would be left destitute if they planned their futures as carelessly as theyve prepared for eternity. Drawing on the principles in 2 Corinthians 5:911, John Bevere reminds us that all believers will stand before God and receive what they have earned in life. In building their lives to be ready for that day, and maintaining an eternal frame of reference, readers will develop significant lives. In keeping sight of the goal, readers will learn to labor for rewards that ...

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Most people would be left destitute if they planned their futures as carelessly as theyve prepared for eternity. Drawing on the principles in 2 Corinthians 5:911, John Bevere reminds us that all believers will stand before God and receive what they have earned in life. In building their lives to be ready for that day, and maintaining an eternal frame of reference, readers will develop significant lives. In keeping sight of the goal, readers will learn to labor for rewards that endurefor timeless eternity.

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Bestselling Christian author Bevere (Under Cover; The Fear of the Lord) turns his heart and pen to eternity. So many people, he says, live without heaven on their minds, yet eternity is planted in their hearts. His goal is to open readers' eyes to what awaits them: whether the end result will be horrible suffering or great joy, all will face God's judgment. Bevere uses the allegorical story of King Jalyn, his kingdom of Affabel, and the capital city of Endel and its inhabitants to help readers understand how life choices affect their eternal future. At first blush the allegory seems contrived, but Bevere adds depth to characters such as Double Life, Deceived and Charity. He is certain to offend some conservative evangelicals with his talk of visions and dreams, and his opinion that Christians can sometimes lose their salvation. Readers can't argue, however, with his knowledge of the Bible. Bevere urges Christians to get to work for God and asks tough questions about why some are not doing so. He doesn't sugarcoat his belief that heaven is imminent and that many people, Christian and not, are wasting their lives on useless pursuits and priorities. This book will linger long in the consciences and hearts of readers. (Apr. 10) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780446578660
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 4/10/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 312,113
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Driven By Eternity

Making Your Life Count Today and Forever
By John Bevere

Warner Faith

Copyright © 2006 John Bevere
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-57866-5

Chapter One


Teach us to make the most of our time ... and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful! Psalm 90:12, 17, NLT

The desire of most people is to live a life that counts. This is a right and godly aspiration. It was Moses' request in the above prayer. He began by asking for wisdom to make the most of time. Many things lost in life can be restored; however, time misused can never be recovered. Once the sun goes down, the day is forever gone.

His prayer concludes with, "Make our efforts successful." The exact phrase is repeated. Why repeated? Moses didn't have a problem with grammar or memory. Rather, this represents a literary style found in Hebrew writing. The repetition is a form of emphasis. In English when we want to emphasize the importance of a word or phrase, we have several methods. We can make it bold, italicize it, underscore it, use all capitals, or add an exclamation point for emphasis. These are all ways of calling the reader's attention to something that is very important. However, the Hebrew writers would write a word or phrase twice to bring emphasis, and they weren't known to overstate-they were always careful with their words. The fact that this wasrepeated twice in Scripture shows it is not only God's will for us to succeed, but He is passionate about it. He is the one who has placed emphasis on it.

We were created to be successful. God wants our life to be significant! It was God's desire first, not ours. He makes this known throughout Scripture. Let me just list two, "The Lord your God will make you successful in everything you do" (Deut. 30:9, NLT, emphasis mine). Notice the word everything, not some things! Again we read: "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success" (Josh. 1:8, emphasis mine).

It takes godly wisdom to enjoy success. Scripture states, "He who loves wisdom loves his own best interest and will be a success" (Prov. 19:8, TLB). Wisdom gives us the knowledge and ability to make right choices at the opportune time. True wisdom is not given to the mentally sharp; it is for all who fear the Lord and are found in Christ. In order for you to build a life of eternal significance, you must do it through godly wisdom, and that is what this message is all about.

Wisdom breeds success, which brings enduring satisfaction and rewards, "If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you" (Prov. 9:12, NIV). Not only does the Lord desire your success, but He longs to reward you for it. Again we read, "Day by day the Lord observes the good deeds done by godly men, and gives them eternal rewards" (Ps. 37:18, TLB).

The fact that God desires us to succeed has been emphasized in a good segment of the church in recent years, as it should. However, success is many times perceived the way society defines it, rather than the way God views it. It's seen through the eyes of the temporal rather than the eternal. This creates a blur in understanding, which results in misguided pursuits. We will all one day stand before the Judge of the universe, Jesus Christ, and if we've made our life count through godly wisdom, we will be rewarded eternally.

If we've been misguided in our affairs, we will either be punished or suffer eternal loss. So it's wise to spend a few hours finding out what He is looking for.

This is the focus of this book: Making your life count not only today, but throughout eternity. The Bible is clear about how to do this. If we are to be motivated by the eternal, let's start off by getting an understanding of it.


Read carefully these two Scriptures


"No one can begin to understand eternity." Job 36:26, TLB

"He has put eternity in their hearts." Ecclesiastes 3:11

Eternity. What is it? How can it be defined? How can it be understood? One dictionary defines it as infinite time, yet another, the state of existing outside of time. How can one dictionary define eternity to exist within the state of time, and another as outside time? And why has it gone unquestioned? Wouldn't we question one of two science books if they define something in our world to exist in different states? Suppose one book defined a fish to be a vertebrate living in water while another reports they live in environments free of water. We would immediately conclude one to be wrong and throw it out. Yet why do we not question and throw out one of the dictionaries' definitions of eternity?

The truth is that eternity cannot be mentally comprehended. Our minds are finite, prohibited from grasping perpetual or everlasting concepts. Allow me to illustrate. Take a moment and imagine where the end of the universe is. Think of its outer limits. If you can, then what do you find at the external boundary? A wall? What's it made of ? How thick is it? Would the outer side of the wall be the exact point of the end of the universe? If so, what is beyond the outside of the wall? More space? Wouldn't this constitute a continuation of the universe? Where is the end? Can your mind take in the endlessness of the universe? Just stop and think about it.

Or what about a bottomless pit? Can you imagine falling into a hole in which you never stopped falling? You would never hit or even see the floor; you just keep falling and falling forever. Two things, not just one, short-circuit our mental reasoning here: first, no bottom; second, an endless time of falling. It's hard to comprehend, and it sounds like a concept from science fiction, yet there is such a place referenced seven times in Scripture. What about God Himself, man's Creator? Pause a moment and think of His beginning, or I should say, "No beginning." Scripture declares that He is, "from everlasting to everlasting." If He wasn't born, if no one created Him, then how did He begin to be who He is? How did He evolve? The truth is He didn't evolve into God, for the Psalmist declares, "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God" (Ps. 90:2). Meditate on this a while. If you do, you'll frustrate your intellectual reasoning since, as Job wrote, "no one can begin to understand eternity."


What is in truth declared unreachable to our natural mind is placed in our heart by the Creator. Eternity is known in our heart. It is born in every human being. This is why "the fool has said in his heart, 'there is no God'" (Ps. 14:1, emphasis mine). Notice Scripture does not say, "The fool has said in his mind." There are many atheists who emphatically deny the existence of God, but in their heart they know He exists, for it is planted there. They've not yet hardened their heart to a complete degenerated state.

I have a friend who, years ago, was a staunch atheist, or so he thought. He wouldn't allow anyone to witness to him; in fact, he ripped a Bible from the hands of a coworker one day and threw it on the ground and stomped on it, cursing the man and his Bible. He accused this Christian man of being weak and brainless.

Later, after years of confessed atheism, he suffered severe chest pains. Doctors opened him up for exploratory surgery. They immediately closed him up and told him he had less than twenty-four hours to live.

While he lay on the bed that night, he realized he was going to his eternal abode and it was not at all where he wanted to end up. How did he know that since he would not allow anyone to share the Scriptures with him? Could it be he had eternity planted in his heart, just as Scripture states of all mankind, "For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts" (Rom. 1:19, NLT).

That night his heart stopped. He left his body and descended into deep darkness. The darkness was so thick he felt he was wearing it, not a glimmer of light could be seen. After falling for what seemed to be quite some time, he heard the horrifying screams of tormented souls. He was pulled by a strong force right up to the gates of hell when suddenly he was able to retreat back to his body. He had been revived.

The next morning he called for the only Christian man he knew. His friend came and proclaimed the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Once he'd received Jesus Christ into his life as Lord and Savior, his friend prayed for his healing. Three weeks later he walked out of the hospital and is still alive at the writing of this book. He's a walking miracle.

As an atheist, he proclaimed there was no God, yet eternity was planted in his heart. The fool, on the other hand, is the one who has not just denied God mentally, but has resisted in his heart to the point of a seared conscience. He is beyond reach. It's one thing to hold firm to a belief in your intellect, that can be changed; but it is quite another thing to completely harden your heart. The New Unger's Bible Dictionary gives this definition: "In Scripture the 'fool' primarily is the person who casts off the fear of God and thinks and acts as if he could safely disregard the eternal principles of God's righteousness."

A fool can actually acknowledge God mentally, but he denies His existence in his heart, which is reflected by how he lives. The fear of God is what keeps our heart within reach of the Holy Spirit; if lost, there is no hope left for us. Paul said, "Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent" (Acts 13:26, emphasis mine). Only those who fear God are capable of hearing the Words of eternal life.


Eternity has been planted in our hearts, even though it's impossible to comprehend with our minds. So in defining it, I ask you to listen with your heart; in fact, the same is necessary to benefit from this entire book. How do you do this? First of all, acknowledge your need for the Holy Spirit to help you and ask for His assistance, which we have already done (see Introduction). He will commune with your innermost man, not head. Second, stop to ponder and meditate when your heart is stirred or gripped by a statement of truth. Don't race through this book; if you do, the benefit to you will be limited. To receive the full impact of God's eternal word to you, apply these two steps and you will be changed forever. David says, "Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You" (Ps. 119:11). Don't just read for a mental understanding, which can be easily forgotten or lost, but let His Word be hidden in your heart through contemplation and prayer.

Eternity is everlasting; there is no end. However, it's not just a matter of ceaseless time, as it is not subject to time. Eternity transcends time. To speak of eternity in terms of merely perpetual duration is to miss the full picture. To capture the best view of eternity, we must look at God Himself. He is not limited in power, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and all glory, just to name a few. He is self-existent; forever was and forever will be God. He is called the "Everlasting Father" (Isa. 9:6). Young's literal translation reads, "Father of Eternity." He is called the "King of eternity" (1 Tim. 1:17, AMP). All that is eternal is found in Him; in fact, eternity itself is found in Him. All that is outside of Him is temporal and will change. No matter how good, noble, powerful, or enduring it may seem, it will eventually cease. Even the earth and universe will change, but He will not:

Lord, in the beginning you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. Even they will perish, but you remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing. You will roll them up like an old coat. They will fade away like old clothing. But you are always the same; you will never grow old. Hebrews 1:10-12, NLT

Not only will He never cease, but He remains eternally the same. Scripture declares:

"All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever." Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:24-25

He is eternal; therefore, what He speaks is eternal. He cannot lie, nor can what He says be broken. If it weren't so, then all would collapse into utter darkness, for He is light and upholds all things by His Word. There can never be a change to what He says, or else He would no longer be eternal. That is a sure foundation upon which we can build our lives.


Many today are not building their lives on the eternal-God's Word-but rather cultural thinking, tradition, assumptions, and emotional feelings about who God is. This doesn't just apply to people who are not Christians, but to many believers as well. It's a scary thing to believe something temporal as being the eternal truth. If this is done, your foundation is faulty and setting you up for a sure fall. You'll believe a lie and are in a deceived state.

I am amazed at how many people I meet who base their lives on what's not eternal. Some will tell me of God and their belief in His Son, but whom they declare just isn't the One revealed in His Word. The deception runs deep. How can they believe what they have simply imagined within their own minds, shaped by a society that has already been declared contrary to God's nature? Jesus said:

He who ... does not receive My words, has that which judges him-the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. John 12:48-49 (emphasis mine)

There is a Judgment Day, which has been appointed from the foundation of the world (Acts 17:31). That day will not bring new revelations of truth; rather, it will measure all things by what has already been spoken. His Word, which we currently possess, will judge us in that last day. It is eternal. It is final. There are no exceptions, alterations, or revisions. Wouldn't it benefit us to know and live by what He says, rather than assume what He said?

The judgments made in that day are called eternal (Heb. 6:2). In other words, the decisions made that day, which will be based on how we lined our lives up with His eternal Word, will determine how we spend the rest of eternity! There will never be any changes to those decisions, for they are called eternal judgments.

So many, both believers and nonbelievers, are ignorantly allowing the appointed judgment to hasten toward them without cause for investigation. They've taken a false hope in concepts that are not found in the Bible. Some think God will take into account all the good they've done and if it outweighs the bad, they will find favor. Others who profess a new birth experience have thought that they will not stand before Jesus as Judge because He is their Savior. They believe they are exempt from any form of judgment. They will be most surprised. Then there are some who think everything will just pan out. They are trusting in an unscriptural mercy.

None of these concepts are what the New Testament reveals and teaches. These notions and many others that people have devised in their own imaginations are temporal, not eternal, and will not stand in that day. There will be stunned men and women, and I personally think there will be more professing Christians than unbelievers who are shocked on Judgment Day.

CONFIDENCE AT THE JUDGMENT We don't have to go into judgment with fear, but we can go with confidence:

And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we are like Christ here in this world. 1 John 4:17, NLT

Notice the words "as we live in God, our love grows more perfect." The key that will give us confidence on Judgment Day is the love of God being made perfect (or matured) in us. Now here is where many in the church falter. They see the love of God in the light of the temporal, not the eternal. There is love and goodness, which are admired by society and many in the church but determined by human measures, and are contrary to the love of God. Let me illustrate a few that are common.


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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Chapter 1 The Eternal 1
Chapter 2 The Kingdom of Affabel-Life in Endel 17
Chapter 3 The Kingdom of Affabel-The Day of Judgment I 36
Chapter 4 Eternal Home of the Dead 56
Chapter 5 Judgment of Deceived 75
Chapter 6 The Great Falling Away 101
Chapter 7 The Foundation 127
Chapter 8 The Kingdom of Affabel-The Day of Judgment II 142
Chapter 9 Heaven 165
Chapter 10 The Judgment Seat of Christ 184
Chapter 11 God's Custom House 196
Chapter 12 Multiplication 222
Chapter 13 Personal Influence 246
Appendix A Scripture Relating to Eternal Rewards 261
Appendix B Salvation, Available to All 273
Notes 279
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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    One of my favorite Christian books! John Bevere really gets your attention in explaining the requirements for salvation and the heavenly rewards for those who live their lives according to God's plan.

    After reading this book (and a few others of his) and seeing him on GodTV and his DVD's, I believe that John Bevere is clearly annointed by God to write and share what God has revealed to him about the kingdom, and his message is one you will not want to miss.

    John Bevere explains through an allegory that many people that consider themselves Christians may not be heading to heaven after this world, and that hell is definitely real. (He uses biblical scripture to support all of his arguments throughout the book.) After this, he delves into something that is not commonly talked about in most Christian churches. It is that while receiving salvation is the most important step, our lives (status, responsibilities, etc.) in eternity will be directly related to how we lived our lives on earth. All believers (having already received their salvation) will be judged based on whether or not they were obedient to God throughout their lives. In fact, John puts forward that we will be judged on each and every action and thought here on earth, and our true motivations will be judged. (Wow! That really woke me up!) Significant rewards and responsiblities will be given to those who really trusted in Him during their lives, and live accordingly with a heart turned towards God. Even "regular" people, like accountants, teachers, and stay-at-home moms, can earn these significant rewards as God judges us based on how we live our lives in comparison to His plan for our lives. On the other hand, even people who are pastors and missionaries may see their works "burned in the fire" at judgment if they were not following God's will for their lives. John Bevere gives the example of a pastor who was called to be an accountant. If the pastor does not follow God's plan, none of the souls he saves as a pastor may be credited to him at judgment. So this pastor can still enter heaven, but may have a much lower status than a stay-at-home mom who lived God's plan out in her life.

    In summary, I thought this was a very eye-opening book. I have been a Christian for over 11 years, reading a number of books, attended many hundreds of sermoms, etc., and much of what John writes is not common knowledge among Christians. I could not more strongly recommend this book. I actually bought 10 extra copies to give out to Christians and non-believers alike. I think the book is a very effective message to both bring new souls to Christ as well, as well as to inspire Christians to re-examine their lives in the context of eternity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2010


    God truly anointed John Bevere to write this book/Driven by Eternity. It is an excellent read. If you are thinking about buying this book to ready it, do it! You will not regret it, it is full of truths and a page turner! I examined myself and repented throughout reading this book. There are so many theories and false truths that I was basing my salvation on that was not correct and I thank God that I was led to read Driven by Eternity and changing my life for Jesus. Thank you God for touching my life through this book and leading John Bevere to write it as you spoke to him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007

    A Highly Recommended Life Changing Book Worth Reading

    I was very impressed with this book, The concepts that are presented in the book are challenging and the intent is to try and get people to truly examine themselves in the light of what scripture reveals on the topic of eternal rewards and punishments. Alot of the modern contemporary & seeker sensitive churches today are so focused on being seeker friendly & shying away from the full gospel Bible based preaching & teaching that is pulling people away from the flowing of holy spirit & not having intimacy with God. The Church needs to return to Bible based full gospel preaching & teaching equiping people to prepare for eternity. For those of you who have read The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren should read Driven by Eternity: Making Your Life Count Today & Forever. This is book is realistic, & life changing. I highly recommend this book to every church & small group bible study class because the church really needs a revival & we need to get back to focus on preparing for eternity & make a difference in people lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009


    Besides the bible, this is one of the best books I've ever read!! I would recommend this book to anyone. It lays things out very clear with scripture to back everything up. This book is full of revelation!!!! Everyone should read it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008


    I love how John Bevere constantly challenges believers to fulfill their true purpose in life. He reminds us what is important and discusses things the Church may leave out. He also supports everything with multiple references of scripture throughout the Bible. This book is particularly interesting in calling attention to the foundations of belief that all Christians should have. Our life now is relatively nothing compared to eternity. We need to focus on God's Word and His plans for us, and prepare for the eternal life we will have after our physical death. Bevere helps us refocus on this basic principle (our judgment and, therefore, eternity). Definitely an insightful, thought-provoking read.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011


    I just listened to the audiobooks and it was totally life changing! Everyone needs to listen to it!

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