Jesus said, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”
To answer the original question about which the title of this article is based; “Can man influence what happens to him when his life ends?” The answer is given to us in the purpose for why God created the earth and all of humankind that have walked upon it.
Mankind was put on this planet Earth that by his own volition he would seek righteousness through the Only Begotten Son to return to the heavens to be eternally in the presence of God. If he chooses not to seek that return then put very simply – he dies and is totally destructed “Dead as a door nail”; as they say.