Discerning the Times”

 

The children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; (1St Chron 12:32A)

Tell me, if the Lord felt It important to bring this to light, that these men had an understanding of the times and what they ought to do, then where does that leave us?

Should we not also seek to know the times and what we ought to be doing?

The reason for so much of the Bible being prophetic is to help the believer, especially in these end times to not panic or to become anxious of what we are seeing and experiencing. That is why so much prophecy is coming forth today, it is to refresh us and reveal to us many things that have been sealed up for the latter days. In God’s mercy to us, He is opening to us an outline if you will of coming events so you will not be surprised, swayed or disillusioned. Disillusion can cause faith to falter so it is of utmost importance for us to know the mind of the Lord.

Many Believers say I really don’t care about all this prophecy stuff, Or, they may believe that the prophecies are to complicated to understand. Besides, if we are believing in the Messiah, does it matter, I will still go to heaven won’t I?

The Holy Spirit inspired men to write these words. Would a parent find enjoyment in seeing his child attempt to use something that was too complicated for him? The parent will try to educate the child by helping him to comprehend, to learn the correct usage.

This is exactly what the Holy Spirit will do and how He wants to help us if we get still and study and simply ask Him for guidance. There will be great loss in the days ahead but without His guidance and without our education from Him, many will perish and or suffer needlessly. Without a vision the people perish, vision is the language of the Holy Spirit.

Obviously, there are differing viewpoints on this topic yet regardless of what “we think”, there really is only one authoritative figure whom we should be listening, the Holy Sprit. He is the way the Lord communicates, He is the Spirit of Truth, He is the one who inspired the written word.

“Not by My power or by My might but by My Spirit says the Lord!”

The Idea being presented here by the Holy Spirit is that we have been commanded to “Know the Seasons”. Just as the “Sons of Issachar and to prepare accordingly for what lies before us.

“He (Jesus) answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites!You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.
Matthew 16:2-3 NKJV

Jesus was not criticizing them for discerning the weather OR “what tomorrow would bring.” Why would the God of all creation spend so much of His time using prophets both of old and prophets of today warning us? It is the same subject matter, that if our sin continues and if we do not repent, we will be judged!

It is estimated that between one forth and one third of the entire Bible (Torah with the Tanach) along with the New Testament is prophetic. Many times we pass scriptures up without any thought as to the prophetic relevance of the verse.

Example
having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. Eph 2:15-16 NKJV

This one new man from the two that He Yeshua (Jesus) created in Himself was the Jew and the Gentile. These two will comprise the one new man. These two will become the Bride that has been set aside to Tabernacle (live with and be be established in His presence) with Yeshua for all eternity.

Question, has this happened in the natural? No, it has not happened in the natural but since the Lord sees His creative work in it’s completeness, it is done!

But to us in the natural, it is a future event or we would consider this a prophetic word!

My wish is to encourage you, “end time events” are not too difficult to comprehend. We are about to adventure in to the book of Revelation and help you to see that this is far easier than you might have imagined.

Throughout the Scriptures there are “keys” that open up and lead to other chapters and verses. Yes, for the “most part” the Bible is Chronological but there are many overlapping times lines that we will also address. Of all the books in the Scriptures, there is only one that promises a special blessing when it is read………..Revelation!

 

To be continued…..
Note: since the time I wrote the above article, I have written a book titled,

“We Need More of Him”, released in early 2012.
The book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and other bookstores both in book form and also in E-versions for your readers.