“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 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.
It’s always good to write down the words that the LORD gives to us.
There are many reasons for doing this, and yet one of them that stands out above the rest is seeing when those words come to pass.
For the prophet Habakkuk was told that the vision awaited an appointed time. He was told to wait for it and that it would surely come when the time was right.
Many of the prophetic messages and visions today oftentimes speak of “right now” or “very soon” these things will begin to take place, and yet what many fail to understand is that “right now” has a different meaning to man than it does to God Himself.
His time frame is much different than ours. He lives outside of time; for He is the God of the past, present, and future, all at once.
We live in the time frame of space-time dimensions of length, width, height, and time.
God lives beyond our physical world; He is Spirit.
Psalm 94 says, “For a thousand years in Your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.”
This is not to imply that we are not living in the last days; we certainly are. In fact we are probably living at three-minutes-to midnight.
But there is an appointed time for God’s words and prophecies to be fulfilled.
Let us always keep these things in mind when we are attempting to understand the many prophecies that are floating around on our computer screens and hearing these days.
Let us always keep in mind that our time frame is much different than God’s.
Let us not jump to conclusions and rend our hearts in fear, thinking that the things prophesied will occur within the next month or even next week.
Truly, yes it is possible that the events spoken about and prophesied by many, will occur soon, but we truly don’t know for certain as to when they will happen.
It is always unwise to set a time frame or to predict when a certain event will occur.
One puts themselves in a very precarious place when they do this.
God’s prophetic words are multi-dimensional and can be understood on different levels.
Certainly some prophecies are stated clearer than others and are more emphatic in their use of words and phrases.
But even upon reading them, one takes note that oftentimes there can be a deeper meaning to what at first seemed to be very clear cut and stated.
“But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God,” 2 Peter 1:20-21.
We know that we interpret certain verses within our own frame of understanding, and yet it is stated above that no prophecy of scripture was a matter of a person’s own interpretation.
For we read further, seeing that men spoke and prophesied not under their own human will, but that they were moved and inspired to speak by the Holy Spirit Himself.
And also within this text where Jesus was confronted by the Pharisees, He asked them a very pointed question:
“Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question: “What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?” They said to Him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “Then how does David in the Spirit call Him ‘LORD,’ saying, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, until I put Your enemies beneath Your feet”’? If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his son?”” Matthew 22:41-45
If then we need divine wisdom in knowing how to interpret certain Biblical texts, then even how much more do we need to know how to interpret the many modern-day prophecies that we see now?
May we be like the Bereans who in the Book of Acts studied the scriptures day and night, to see if those things said were true:
“The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed,” Acts 17:10-15.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came 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?