Does God Set a Time for Persons to Die?

“The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away.” (Job 1:21). People often quote this verse to support the idea that God has a set time in which he takes each person’s life.

The righteous man Job thought that God had taken away his possessions, including the lives of his ten children; thus he made the above quote. Job was mistaken.

Job 1:12 plainly shows that God allowed Satan to test Job to prove Satan a liar in the end. So, it was Satan who took away Job’s possessions and caused his children to die in a great wind. (Job 1:14 – 19) God did NOT take the lives of Job’s children.

Further, note at Job 2:6 that God told Satan to save Job’s life.




Hence, it is never God’s desire to take persons’ lives unless he was destroying wicked ones who refused to change such as those in Noah’s day, Sodom and Gomorrah, Pharaoh and his army, or wicked ones in the future.

(Psalm 37:9, 10) Sin is the main cause of death, in the past and today. (Romans 5:12; Romans 6:23) Also, Ecclesiastes 9:11 indicate that a person may die by accident due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

God ALLOWS death to happen but he does not CAUSE death. So, God does NOT have a set time for each person to die. God calls death an enemy.

(1 Corinthians 15:26) Thus, God hates death and will remove it at his appointed time. (Revelation 21:4)

Kenneth Kayman

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