“He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority,”Acts 1:7.
“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end — it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay,”Habakkuk 2:3.
There are many prophetic messages we see lately which say that “very soon” these events will unfold and that disaster will strike.
And yet, even with the truth of these words, we can’t precisely know when they will unfold.
You see, God’s time is not our time.
Our world is made-up of the segments of time in a day, and we make plans according to the time frame in which we live.
We live in a world where the time clock alerts us when to get up in the morning and it offers us a myriad of other schedules and dates to follow and keep track of.
Our world is regulated by time, for without it meetings wouldn’t occur at a certain time, trains and air travel wouldn’t be scheduled, and bells wouldn’t ring when it was time to go to school or enter a certain class room.
And yet even without the precise dividing of time into years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds, the Almighty’s time runs at a completely different schedule.
For we should know that actually God resides outside of time itself. God Himself is timeless, for even in the beginning He was, and unto the end of days there is no end.
“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day,” 2 Peter 3:8.
When we begin to try and pin-point when the end of our world will happen, we run into dangerous territory.
When we try to set dates for God’s arrival back to our earth, or conclude that this event or that one is surely a sign for the end, then we are grappling with things that are not necessarily within our reach.
And yet we should know that we are indeed living in the last days here upon this fragile earth.
For it should be quite evident to all that the signs are everywhere pointing to how the prophetic time table is unfolding according to scripture.
And yet with the awareness and definitive understanding of this knowledge, our understanding of the myriad of prophecies that speak of “very soon” these things will happen, we must know again, that our time table is not the same as God’s.
Certainly God does give us signs and a road map for this life, but oftentimes, we misread the map, and we haven’t studied it well enough to conclude where our next destination will be.
“Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command,”1 Chronicles 12:32.
May we be students of the word and of the spirit.
May we be like the sons of Issachar who knew and understood the times and the seasons that we are living in.
But may we bath this understanding in divine wisdom, and apply it to our understanding, not then relying upon erroneous mindsets and opinions.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson ofIn His Truth Ministriescame to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?