Saturday, October 31, 2020

What is Man's DESTINY?

 

Do you know where you're headed?

Does life make sense?

What are you on earth for?

What will the future bring?

Find all the answers from SCRIPTURE.


From the OLD TESTAMENT, through GOD:

Before the fall from grace.

27 So God 

created man 

in his own image, 

in the image of God 

created he him; 

male and female 

created he them.

28 And God blessed them, 

and God said unto them, 

Be fruitful, 

and multiply, 

and replenish the earth, 

and subdue it: 

and have dominion 

over the fish 

of the sea, 

and over the fowl 

of the air, 

and over every 

living thing 

that moveth 

upon the earth.

Genesis 1:27-28 (King James Version)


After the fall from grace (unto dust we return).

16 Unto the woman he said, 

I will greatly multiply 

thy sorrow 

and thy conception; 

in sorrow 

thou shalt bring forth 

children; 

and thy desire 

shall be 

to thy husband, 

and he shall 

rule over thee.

17 And unto Adam he said, 

Because thou hast hearkened 

unto the voice 

of thy wife, 

and hast eaten 

of the tree, 

of which I commanded thee, saying, 

Thou shalt not eat of it: 

cursed is the ground 

for thy sake; 

in sorrow 

shalt thou 

eat of it 

all the days 

of thy life;

18 Thorns also 

and thistles 

shall it bring forth 

to thee; 

and thou shalt eat 

the herb 

of the field;

19 In the sweat 

of thy face 

shalt thou eat bread, 

till thou return 

unto the ground; 

for out of it 

wast thou taken: 

for dust thou art, 

and unto dust 

shalt thou return.

Genesis 3:16-19 (King James Version)


God's WILL stands.

10 Declaring the end 

from the beginning, 

and from ancient times 

the things 

that are not yet done, saying, 

My counsel shall stand, 

and I will do 

all my pleasure:

Isaiah 46:10 King James Version (KJV)


GOD is in control of EVERYTHING.

11 So shall my word be 

that goeth forth 

out of my mouth: 

it shall not return 

unto me void, 

but it shall accomplish 

that which I please, 

and it shall prosper 

in the thing 

whereto I sent it.

Isaiah 55:11 (King James Version)


God ordained us for His PURPOSE (as in prophet Jeremiah).

4 Then the word 

of the Lord 

came unto me, saying,

5 Before I formed thee 

in the belly 

I knew thee; 

and before thou camest forth 

out of the womb 

I sanctified thee, 

and I ordained thee 

a prophet unto the nations.

Jeremiah 1:4-5 (King James Version)


How GOD carved the destiny of prophet Jeremiah.

6 Then said I, 

Ah, Lord God! 

behold, I cannot speak: 

for I am a child.

7 But the Lord said unto me, 

Say not, I am a child: 

for thou shalt go 

to all 

that I shall send thee, 

and whatsoever 

I command thee 

thou shalt speak.

8 Be not afraid 

of their faces: 

for I am with thee 

to deliver thee, 

saith the Lord.

9 Then the Lord 

put forth his hand, 

and touched my mouth. 

And the Lord said unto me, 

Behold, 

I have put my words 

in thy mouth.

10 See, 

I have this day 

set thee 

over the nations 

and over the kingdoms, 

to root out, 

and to pull down, 

and to destroy, 

and to throw down, 

to build, 

and to plant.

Jeremiah 1:6-10 (King James Version)


God is the author of FREEDOM and captivity, lest any man think he is above God.

11 For I know 

the thoughts 

that I think 

toward you, 

saith the Lord, 

thoughts of peace, 

and not of evil, 

to give you 

an expected end.

12 Then shall ye 

call upon me, 

and ye shall go 

and pray unto me, 

and I will hearken 

unto you.

13 And ye 

shall seek me, 

and find me, 

when ye 

shall search 

for me 

with all your heart.

14 And I will be found 

of you, 

saith the Lord: 

and I will turn away 

your captivity, 

and I will gather you 

from all the nations, 

and from all the places 

whither 

I have driven you, 

saith the Lord; 

and I will bring you again 

into the place 

whence I caused you 

to be carried away captive.

Jeremiah 29:11-14 (King James Version)


Only GOD sets the appointed time for everything.

2 And the Lord answered me, 

and said, 

Write the vision, 

and make it plain 

upon tables, 

that he may run 

that readeth it.

3 For the vision is yet 

for an appointed time, 

but at the end 

it shall speak, 

and not lie: 

though it tarry, 

wait for it; 

because it will surely come, 

it will not tarry.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 (King James Version)


The iniquity of the fathers is visited upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.

6 I am the Lord 

thy God, 

which brought thee 

out 

of the land 

of Egypt, 

from the house 

of bondage.

7 Thou shalt have 

none other gods 

before me.

8 Thou shalt 

not make thee 

any graven image, 

or any likeness 

of any thing 

that is 

in heaven above, 

or that is 

in the earth beneath, 

or that is 

in the waters 

beneath the earth:

9 Thou shalt 

not bow down thyself 

unto them, 

nor serve them: 

for I 

the Lord 

thy God 

am 

a jealous God, 

visiting the iniquity 

of the fathers 

upon the children 

unto the third 

and fourth generation 

of them 

that hate me,

Deuteronomy 5:6-9 (King James Version)


Every path is directed by the LORD.

24 Man's goings 

are of the Lord; 

how can a man then 

understand 

his own way?

Proverbs 20:24 (King James Version)


The upright man's end is PEACE.

37 Mark the perfect man, 

and behold the upright: 

for the end of that man 

is peace.

Psalm 37:37 (King James Version)



From the NEW TESTAMENT, through JESUS:

JESUS chose and ordained us, in God's SERVICE.

16 Ye have not chosen me, 

but I have chosen you, 

and ordained you, 

that ye should go 

and bring forth fruit, 

and that your fruit 

should remain: 

that whatsoever ye 

shall ask 

of the Father 

in my name, 

he may 

give it you.

John 15:16 (King James Version)


JESUS speaks of God's WILL; our destinies hinge upon that Will and our obedience to the LORD Jesus.

39 And this 

is the Father's will 

which hath sent me, 

that of all 

which he hath 

given me 

I should lose nothing, 

but should raise it up 

again 

at the last day.

John 6:39 (King James Version)


True believers of JESUS are given eternal life.

28 And I give 

unto them 

eternal life; 

and they 

shall never perish, 

neither 

shall any man 

pluck them 

out of 

my hand.

John 10:28 King James Version (KJV)


We are to have tribulation.

33 These things 

I have spoken 

unto you, 

that in me 

ye might have peace. 

In the world 

ye shall have 

tribulation: 

but be 

of good cheer; 

I have overcome 

the world.

John 16:33 (King James Version)


All the world wait for the LORD's Return, as prophesied in the Book of REVELATION; everything has been prophesied.

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, 

which God gave unto him, 

to shew unto his servants 

things which must shortly 

come to pass; 

and he sent and signified it 

by his angel 

unto his servant John:

2 Who bare record 

of the word of God, 

and of the testimony 

of Jesus Christ, 

and of all things 

that he saw.

3 Blessed is he that readeth, 

and they that hear 

the words 

of this prophecy, 

and keep those things 

which are written 

therein: 

for the time 

is at hand.

Revelation 1:1-3 (King James Version)



Through the Apostles in the NEW TESTAMENT, from JESUS:

God prepares something for "them that love him".

7 But we speak 

the wisdom of God 

in a mystery, 

even the hidden wisdom, 

which God ordained 

before the world 

unto our glory:

8 Which none 

of the princes 

of this world 

knew: 

for had they known it, 

they would 

not have crucified 

the Lord 

of glory.

9 But as it is written, 

Eye hath not seen, 

nor ear heard, 

neither have entered 

into the heart 

of man, 

the things 

which God 

hath prepared 

for them 

that love him.

1 Corinthians 2:7-9 (King James Version)


We are "predestinated" to be conformed to the image of JESUS.

28 And we know 

that all things 

work together 

for good 

to them 

that love God, 

to them 

who are the called 

according 

to his purpose.

29 For whom 

he did foreknow, 

he also did predestinate 

to be conformed 

to the image 

of his Son, 

that he might be 

the firstborn 

among many brethren.

Romans 8:28-29 (King James Version)


The future -- and thus our destinies -- is told by JESUS in Scripture:

Matthew 24

Book of Revelation


Supporting article:

"Why Did God Create Man?"


(Image source: George Bakos)


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