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"He hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead" (Acts 17:31).

"It shall come to pass."

When this statement appears in the Bible, it means that event is eternally fixed.

While we can grasp that about events that have already occurred, we sometimes aren't too sure about the ones still in the future.

For example, God had an appointed time for the children of Israel to come out of Egypt. He set that date in Genesis 15:13 when He told Abraham,
Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years.
Not One Day Late
Sure enough, after the Israelites went to Egypt, they were afflicted. And 400 years to the day after Egypt began to afflict Israel, God brought the Israelites out just as He promised (Exodus 12:40-41). He wasn't even one day late!

What's more, He saw to it that day that the Israelites were blessed, equipped and ready to go on.

"Well, that's easy to believe, Gloria. I believe God's Word."

Yes, it's easy to believe an event that's passed. But what about one that is still to come—like the second coming of Jesus? Just as surely as God set an appointment with the children of Israel, He has set an appointment with us. As Acts 17:31 says, "He hath appointed a day...."

The end of things as we know them in the earth is drawing near. God has notified us both through His written Word and by His Spirit within us that Jesus is coming back for us. It's not some fairy tale someone made up. It really will happen.

We don't need to fear the coming of the Lord, or choose to disbelieve it because we can't comprehend it. We're to be excited about it. God's plans are always good. They always turn out right. It will be a glorious time. He ordained it years ago. It's a perfect plan. It's a divine appointment.

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Gloria Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God's WORD to their lives.

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