GOD’S FOUR KEY APPOINTMENTS FOR MAN
PLEASE READ IN THE BIBLE (JOB 7:1; ) (HEBREWS ) (NUMBERS 35:11-15)(HEBREWS -20)
In the passages of scriptures listed above we have what we might describe as “God’s Four Key Appointments for Man”. God’s four key appointments involve YOU personally. These appointments are between YOU and God. Sometimes in our social or business life we have appointments we are required to keep. There may be times when we arrive late or we are unable to keep the appointments at all. This will not happen, however, with God’s appointments. YOU will be there and you will be on time. We want to consider this subject by way of the following outline:
God has appointed man life (time) and he must live it. God has appointed man death and he must experience it. God has appointed man a time for judgment and man must appear for it. God has appointed man a place of refuge from the coming wrath and judgment and man has the opportunity to avail himself of it. Dear reader, do you know about God’s refuge? Have you availed yourself of God’s refuge? Let’s consider this subject beginning with;
God has appointed man life (time) and he must live it. In (Job 14:14), Job spoke of “All the days of my appointed time”. Job understood that his life, his time, was appointed by God. It could be that you have never considered that your “life time” has been appointed by God. King Solomon wrote in, (Ecclesiastes 9:9) “All the days of the life of thy vanity which God hath given thee under the sun”. Our days have been given to us by God. God has given life to each of us that have been born into this world. Our life is made up of that precious commodity called “time”. Have you ever given thought as to what God expects from you, from the time appointed to you? It says in, (Ecclesiastes 12:13) “Fear God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man”. History has proven that man is not only ignorant of God’s commandments, but he is both unwilling and unable to keep the commandments of God. In fact, the Bible paints a very dark picture concerning man. Man is an ungodly sinner, a condition that begins from birth. It says in, (Psalms 58:3) “The wicked are estranged from the womb: They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies”. Did you ever notice that a young child does not have to be taught to do wrong? He does this naturally. But, he does have to be taught to do right as long as he lives. It says in, (Proverbs 22:13) “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child: but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him”. The Bible discloses that man is a sinner by nature and by practice. What man is in himself and what he has done are alike sinful. What man is within himself is far worse than anything he has ever done. The Lord Jesus said, (Mark 7:21-23) “FROM WITHIN, out of the heart, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man”. From these words we see the connection between mans sinful nature and mans sinful conduct. The guilt of sin applies to all mankind, to all who are born of human father and mother. It says in, (Romans 3:9-12; 23) “Jews and Gentiles, they are all under sin”. “There is none righteous no not one”. “There is none that understandeth there is none that seeketh after God”. “There is none that doeth good, no not one”. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. Dear reader, this includes YOU. There are no exceptions and no exemptions. God’s word means what it says and says what it means. This is God’s portrait of fallen sinful humanity and a dark picture it is, indeed. Man truly deserves to go to hell. He is unclean and deserves nothing but punishment. This leads us to God’s second key appointment for man;
God has appointed man death and he must experience it. Speaking about death, Job said in, (Job 7:1) “Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth”. We each have an appointment with death. It says in, (Hebrews 9:27a) “It is appointed unto men once to die”. We all know the truth of this statement do we not? Most of us have family and friends that have kept their appointment with death. We will keep ours also, at God’s appointed time. Why is it so that man must die? It was never part of God’s original creation. When sin came in death came in. God said to Adam, (Genesis 2:17) “In the day that thou eatest thereof (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) thou shalt surely die”. Adam and Eve disobeyed and sinned against God and death came in. It says in (Romans 6:23)” The wages of sin is death”. It says also in, (Romans 5:12) “Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”. Death is the direct result of sin. The brevity of life, which is emphasized over and over again in scripture, is also the result of sin. There are no “Methuselah’s” in these days that live to be 969 years. There are no “Abraham’s” in these days who live to be 175 years. (Psalm 90:10) gives us the divine allotment of the life of man in the normal course of events. It says, “The days of our years are three score and ten (70) and if by reason of strength they be fourscore (80) years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow, for it is soon cut off and we fly away”. Mankind, however, can not count on having seventy years. There are many whose lifetimes are much shorter because of disease, accidents, etc. It is a sobering experience to walk through a cemetery, any cemetery, and observe the ages of those who have died. Many were relatively young when they kept their appointment with death. It says in, (James 4:14) “Ye know not what shall be on the morrow, for what is your life? It is even a vapor (a puff of smoke) that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away”. Life is not only brief it is uncertain. It says in, (Ecclesiastes 9:12) “Man knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them”. Dear reader, are YOU prepared for eternity? Are YOU prepared to meet God? Have YOU taken refuge from the coming storm of God’s wrath and judgment? Death will end your opportunity to be saved. If you die in your sins there will be sudden and eternal confinement in hell and the lake of fire. Man has another appointment following death. This leads us to;
God has appointed man a time for judgment and man must appear for it. It says in, (Hebrews 9:27) “It is appointed unto man once to die, BUT AFTER THIS THE JUDGMENT”. Those who die in their sins, unsaved, will be resurrected for judgment. It says in, (John 5:28, 29) “The hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice (the Lord Jesus Christ), and shall come forth … they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (judgment)”. Please note God’s following appointments related to the subject of judgment:
We are given various details concerning this judgment which is called “The great white throne judgment” in (Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8). This is the final settlement of God’s controversy with fallen man. There will be no mercy or grace shown, only inflexible, invincible justice. There will be no mistakes, no absentees, no appeals and no escape at this judgment. The verdict is final. Please notice the following about this judgment. We have;
In (Numbers 35:11-15) we read the account of six cities provided by the mercy God to be a place of refuge for the man slayer. The man slayer would escape for his life from the “avenger of blood”. Since there were six cities, there was always a place for the man slayer to go to flee from impending judgment. Within the gates of one of these cities was a place of safety. Within, he was perfectly safe; without, he was thoroughly exposed to judgment. By way of application, we may liken this picture to the condition of a guilty sinner before a holy God. Dear reader, if YOU are unsaved, still in your sins, you are in imminent danger. You are only a breath away from an eternity in hell and the lake of fire. YOU have an urgent need to flee for refuge. Jesus Christ is the Savior of sinners. He is God’s place of refuge. It says in (Hebrews 6:18), of those who are saved, that they, “have a strong consolation, WHO HAVE FLED FOR REFUGE TO LAY HOLD UPON THE HOPE SET BEFORE US”. God gives strong encouragement in His Word to all who have fled to Christ for refuge from coming judgment. It says in, (Romans 8:1)”There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus”. To be “in Christ” means that one has believed on Him and received Him as their personal Savior. (John 3:18) “He that believeth on Him is not condemned (judged): but he that believeth not is condemned (judged) already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”. (John 3:36)”He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him”. Have you believed on Him? Are you “born again”? Are you “in Christ”? It says in, (2 Corinthians 5:17) “”If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): old things have passed away; behold all things are new.” Have you had this conversion experience?
Dear reader, I can tell you on the authority of the Word of God, that God loves you. He wants you to be saved. It says in , (2 Peter 3:9) “The Lord is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”. God has proved this by sending His beloved Son to die on the cross for your sins. You are traveling the “highway of life”. Now that you have read this message, you have come to “the crossroads”. Which way will you go? Will you continue to reject the Savior and God’s offer of salvation? Or, will you believe on Him and receive Him as your Lord and Savior? It is your decision and your responsibility.
Please give this matter your most serious attention. Will you be a believer or a non-believer? Your eternal destiny depends on your decision.