1-Everyone has an appointment with death

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Biblical Rules of Death, Part 1

The Biblical Rules of Death: Who, What, Where, & Why we have to die

Rule #1: Everyone has an appointment with death (Heb 9:27)

When Adam and Eve doubted God and obeyed Satan (the serpent), they committed sin (Genesis 3). In doing so, they brought the curse of sin upon themselves and all their generations.

They also caused a division between God and mankind. It was demonstrated when God evicted them from the garden that He had provided (Gen 3:23). That separation from God continues as long as an individual is guilty of sin (Isaiah 59:2). It is also seen now in the appointment that each of us has with death (Hebrews 9:27)

Because everyone sins, everyone dies. To understand why, visit our Judgment of Actions article. With only a few exceptions, every person who has been on the face of the earth has died – or will die (Ezekiel 18).

Enoch and Elijah were exceptions to death: Enoch in Genesis 5:23,24 & Elijah in 2 Kings 2:11 both escaped physical death. A third person (Moses) did die but his death is unique (Deuteronomy 34:5,6). God’s reason(s) for making exceptions to His laws are not always clear. However, the sovereign God makes the rules and can exempt them at His own pleasure. One possible reason was that Moses and Elijah were seen with Jesus at the time of His transfiguration (Matthew 17:3). Also, these two are often identified as the two witnesses in Revelation 11.

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Mankind almost universally believes in some type of life after death. Even the staunchest atheist will often cry out to God on their death-bed. (See our article, “What if You Do Not Believe in God.“) The certainty of physical death creates a need to evaluate everything that is related to death. Understanding death, and making preparations for the afterlife, has been a primary focus for both individuals and nations throughout time. It must also be a priority for each of us today.

Study Questions:

1 – What event broke the fellowship of God with His creation?

2 – Name three people who escaped the normal process of dying?

Next in this series is “God cannot look on sin“.

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