It Is Appointed

It Is Appointed

Pastor Don Carpenter

Isaiah 24:2

A little girl crawled up in the lap of her Grandpa and cuddled close. Then she looked into Grandpa’s face with those big blue eyes of hers and said, “Grandpa, can you please make a sound like a frog?”

Grandpa thought for a moment, then smiled and said, “Ribbit. Ribbit.”

Suddenly, the little girl leaped from his lap and ran into the kitchen yelling as loud as she could, “Mommy, we are going to Disney World…we are going to Disney World…we are going to Disney World!!!”

The young mom hushed her child and said, “Honey, why do you think we are going to Disney World?” The little girl, gleaming with joy, blurted out, “You said we can go to Disney World when Grandpa croaks!”

In 2020 the world turned upside down. The COVID pandemic forever changed the way people in this generation think about a lot of things. Thank God that we have come a long way from lock downs and hoarding toilet paper. We can take a few minutes and consider what caused world wide hysteria on this level? I believe it was the universal confrontation with the inevitable, the fact of death. Our society is not as equipped to handle the sense of imminent threat of death. A Pew Research Study conducted in November 2021 found that one in six Americans did not believe in life after death at all. The Bible gives us haunting truth that we often try to suppress, but in the dark, in the quiet hours when all you hear in the screaming of your own conscience and the moaning of regret deep within your soul… this verse rings out and cannot be silenced.

Hebrews 9:27 KJV

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Today we are going to quit running. We are going to rationally and Biblically look at this issue. It Is Appointed.

It Is Appointed To All Men

Isaiah 24:2 KJV

And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; As with the servant, so with his master; As with the maid, so with her mistress; As with the buyer, so with the seller; As with the lender, so with the borrower; As with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

Religious Status Will Make No Difference

 Isaiah 24:2 (KJV)

 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest…

Social Status Will Make No Difference

 Isaiah 24:2 (KJV)

 … As with the servant, so with his master; As with the maid, so with her mistress…

Financial Status Will Make No Difference

 Isaiah 24:2 (KJV)

 … As with the buyer, so with the seller; As with the lender, so with the borrower; As with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

Christian Song Writer Steve Tayler wrote an interesting allegory comparing the promise of Hebrews 9:27 to what it would be like if a meltdown were to occur at London’s famous wax museum:

 • Meltdown at Madame Tussaud’s, the queen is losing face

Meltdown at Madame Tussaud’s, a national disgrace

 • It’s the middle of the night at the London shrine

Could have been the janitor, could have been divine

Someone said the thermostat never did work

Now we’ve got the temperature going berserk

 • Meltdown at Madame Tussaud’s, the queen is losing face

Meltdown at Madame Tussaud’s, a national disgrace

 • Celebrities, statesmen, history’s elite

They’re dripping in the hallways, they’re starting to secrete

They’re pouring out the pores, they’re shrinking on the spot

Someone take a photograph, get ’em while they’re hot

 • Meltdown at Madame Tussaud’s, the president looks alarmed

Meltdown at Madame Tussaud’s, a general’s been disarmed

There is more to that silly song, but you get the point. It is appointed unto men once to die… no exceptions.

Once To Die

Hebrews 9:27 KJV

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

There will be no do overs

Romans 5:12 KJV

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Christ Offers Eternal Life after death.

John 3:16 KJV

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.

You Know Its Coming, Get Your House In Order.

2 Kings 20:1 KJV

In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.

Once To Be Judged

Those Without Christ Will Be Judged Only On Actions.

Romans 3:23 KJV

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Revelation 20:11–15 KJV

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Those In Christ Will Face A Rewards Based Judgement.

1 Corinthians 3:12–15 KJV

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 

Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 

If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 

If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

So there it is, the news we all know is true, but no one whats to think about it. Ignoring it does not make it go away. We are all going to die. It is appointed. We are all going to be judged. It is appointed. God in His love and mercy has provided so we need not face the second death, Hell, but can be assured of eternal life in Heaven. Jesus paid the price for our sin! Once you embrace that, get your house in order… and banish fear forever. Jesus has conquered sin and death. There is no reason to fear the fact of death… it is appointed.

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