ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DATES
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DATES
Ecclesiastes 3 verse 2 "A time to be born, and a time to die, a
time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which was planted."
Have you ever been to an airport or train station? Do you
remember seeing those big boards that announced the arrival and
departure times of the planes and trains? Have you ever read
birth announcements in the newspaper? How about the obituaries?
These articles give the birth arrival times and the death
departure times of people.
Have you ever thought about the day you will be departing this
earth? When you arrived here as a brand new baby, you were
allotted a certain amount of time here on this earth. This time
could be as short as a few minutes or it could be a hundred
years or more. You were born at a certain minute, hour and year.
You will also die at a certain minute, day and year. Throughout
the earth's existence, there have been many people daily
arriving and departing this earth. We are all just pilgrims and
strangers here, journeying through this world for an allotted
Where were we before we were born? The LORD has said in his Holy
Word, in Jeremiah 1 verse 5, "Before I formed thee in the belly
I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I
sanctified thee, and ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."
Yes, we came from the LORD. King David wrote this in Psalm 127
verse 3, "Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD; and the
fruit of the womb is his reward." Just to think that the LORD
knew us before we were formed in the womb is an awesome thing!
Many people believe that a fetus is not a human being. Even the
government of the United States of America has declared this to
be so. The LORD God has said otherwise. Remember John the
Baptist? He leapt while in his mother's womb. Luke 1 verse 4
tells us of this event. "And it came to pass, that, when
Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her
womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost." Verse 42
goes on to say, "And she spake with a loud voice, and said,
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy
womb." John the Baptist, while still in his mother's womb,
recognized that Mary was the mother of Jesus...that is why he
leaped (for joy) in his mother's womb. He arrived before Jesus
was born, and his mission was to announce to the world the
arrival of Jesus, the Savior and King. When his mission was
accomplished, he departed this world. Jesus, too, departed this
world. His hour of departure via the cross was predetermined by
Where do we go after our departure from this earth? The answer
to this question is found in Luke Chapter 16. We have two men
involved in this. One was a beggar who was born and destined to
live in a life full of poverty. The other was a very rich man
who had all the things and comforts money could buy. Here is
what the Bible says about them in Luke 16, verses 22 and 23:
"And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by
the angels into Abraham's bosom. the rich man also died, and was
buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and
seeth Abrahan afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom." The beggar
and rich man both had departure dates. One's destination was
heaven, and the other's destination was hell.
Each day that we live on this earth is a day closer to our final
destination. Will you be like the beggar and go to heaven or
like the rich man and go to hell? Call upon the name of the LORD
and you shall be saved.
The apostle Paul was born and he died. His life on earth was a
life of two very different seasons. In his first season, he
persecuted Christians because he thought he was doing the right
thing. He was serving the devil. He did not know the real truth.
When Jesus gave him spiritual sight, he became a new man and
began a new season of his life. He became a servant of Jesus
Christ, and diligently worked for his Master. When at the close
of his life, Paul spoke these words in 2 Timothy 4 verses 6 and
7, "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my
departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have
finished my course, I have kept the faith." The latter season of
his life was what counted...the first season of his life was
washed away by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. His flight
departed to gloryland. His battles and struggles were over...he
went home to be with Jesus.
Over the course of my 53 year pilgrimage on this earth, I too,
have had two seasons like Paul. During my first season, I was
indifferent to Jesus, blinded to the truth by the prince of this
world. Then one day, Jesus saved me and I became a different
man, a servant of my Lord and Savior. I have seen many births
(arrivals) and deaths (departures) of loved ones, friends and
others. I lost a son, and two granddaughters while they were
still in their mothers' wombs. My father and mother have gone
and many other loved ones. I know that one day I will see them
again on heaven's bright shore. How do I know? I know because
Jesus came into my heart and I belong to him.
Arrival dates...departure dates...Have you made your
preparations for your final destination?
John 8 verse 32 "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall
make you free."
Copyright 2005, Irvin L. Rozier