Summary: Some of these appointments are voluntary appointments and some of them are involuntary appointments But whether they are voluntary or involuntary we recognize appointments are necessary in life.
Three Big Appointments.
We all realize the need for making appointments in life. Appointments are as much a part of our lives as breathing itself is. There are two kinds of appointments.
Some of these appointments are voluntary appointments and some of them are involuntary appointments But whether they are voluntary or involuntary we recognize appointments are necessary in life.
Hebrews 9:27AMP And just as it is appointed and destined for all men to die once and after this [comes certain] judgment,
Every Sunday we have a voluntary appointment to be in the house of God.
We have a 10AM appointment for Bible study and fellowship.
We have coffee in every adult class, and a good place to get biscuits.
We have an 11AM appointment for worship and the Word.
We believe for salvations, Revival, complete deliverance, signs and wonders.
Key note—Setting the time for these appointments helps us to arrive at the same time. P.H
• Sometimes we miss appointments because we forget about them.
• Sometimes we miss appointments because of circumstances that come up and prevent us from keeping them.
However, the Bible mentions 3, Appointments that we ‘all’ will keep.
Let’s look at these three appointments:
First—The Appointment with Death:
We are told:
Through out the world approximately 155,000 people die everyday.
• That’s, 6,458 an hour.
• 108 people a minute.
• Every second 2 people die.
For every breath you take approximately seven people have died.
Again, this evenings text—Hebrews 9:27TPT Every human being is appointed to die once, and then to face God’s judgment.
Death is everywhere, and it happens to everyone. However, we do not want to talk about it!
But we must talk about it because one of these days we are going to be one of those numbers.
I think about death frequently:
I drive by cemeteries daily.
• I read the obituary column and I see friends who have past from this life.
• I conduct many funerals as a pastor. Yes, I frequently think about death.
Illustration—I even think about how I will die. If I had my choice I would like to die like a preacher friend of mine. That is, after a busy day of serving the Lord he went to sleep one night and woke up in heaven.
A dentist was asked what the worst thing about being a dentist was. He said, “The worst thing about being a dentist is that you can have a book full of appointments that people don’t keep. You would be surprised how many will call in and cancel the appointment the day before, or just never show up for their appointment.”
But when it comes to having an appointment with death, we are not given any choices. The Lord Jesus Himself makes the appointment, He sets the date, time and place for our appointment with death.
Psalm 23, speaks about walking through the— “Valley of the shadow of death.”
Illustration—Notice, death here is related to a shadow.
• A shadow is something very close to us.
• A shadow is something we can’t get away from.
Every day we walk in the valley of the shadow of death, death is always near us.
• We are only one heartbeat away from death.
• We are only one breath away from death.
• The Word of God says we are only a step away from death.
Since those things are true, and since death can come at any moment, it pays for us to be prepared.
Amos 4:12NLT Therefore, I will bring upon you all the disasters I have announced. Prepare to meet your God in judgment, you people of Israel!
God say’s—You’re guilty, prepare for judgment.
After, our appointment with death—
II. The Appointment Of Judgment.
Again, from the text, the Bible states in Hebrews 9:27, "But after this the judgment.”
The Greek for God’s judgement, is literally “a court trial.”
We are told in, Romans 14:12NLT Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.
Again, God’s Word says every one of us have an appointment with Death, and after this judgment.
That means Saints and Sinners.
There will be two judgments:
A. The Saints:
The Saints will stand before the Lord at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Look at 2 Corinthians 5:10, as Paul writes to the Corinthian Christians, we read, 10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
As Saints stand—multiple degrees of rewards they will receive in heaven. P.H
B. The Sinners:
Sinners will stand before the Lord at the “Great White Throne Judgment."
Look at Revelation 20:11-15. We read, “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.”