Knowing the signs of the times.

Scripture:
 From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take. – 1 Chronicles 12:32

Observation:
This chapter opens with a listing of all the men of David’s mighty men and those who enlisted in his military service before and after he became king of Israel. Among the thousands of men who came to Hebron to make David their king were 200 men from the tribe of Issachar. These men were known as men of wisdom, godly wisdom, who could discern the signs of the times and were able to tell Israel the direction God was leading the nation.

Application:
We need more people in the body of Christ today who are willing to listen to the voice of God the Holy Spirit, as he directs us in our daily lives and in regards to the direction of our nation.

God has raised prophets among our people to raise a flag of rallying behind the Missio Dei, God’s will in the earth. These prophets have also been charged with warning the people of the USA to awaken and heed the warnings to return to God with a repentant heart or face the coming judgment on our nation.

Jesus said that it not for us to know the day nor the hour of his return but to be able to discern the signs of the times and to know the season of his return. He chastised the religious elite in his day for being to tell the seasons for planting crops but couldn’t even know the signs of his first or second advent!

Jesus told us to watch and pray about his return. Many would say that he can come at anytime “like a thief in the night,” however, we are not to overtaken like a thief in the night because we are children of the day. There will be no pre-tribulation rapture. It occurs on the Day of the LORD! There are simultaneous events. The reason Jesus wants us to watch and pray is because we can pass from this life like a thief in the night, for no one knows the hour and day of their passing.

His time is an appointed time described by Paul in the 2nd letter to the Thessalonian church.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-8 New Living Translation (NLT)

Events prior to the Lord’s Second Coming

Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him. Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day [the Day of the LORD] will not come until [1] there is a great rebellion against God and [2] the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction. He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.

Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you? And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.

Are you able to discern the signs of the times? Are you able to see that the stage is being set for the return of the LORD! Look around you; bible prophecy is being fulfilled daily! Look! Listen! Learn!

Prayer:
Father, I know that your Son’s return is sooner than many would like to think about or even know! They want to continue on as though nothing were going to change. I pray, Father, that you would open the eyes of your people and show them the Truth of your Word! May they see through the lies they’ve been taught over the decades. Help us to raise up people who are able to see the signs of the times and give godly guidance as to how the nation should go. If not, they peril at their own defiance. May your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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