In a Facebook conversation the other day, looking at times and seasons to determine the state of the world came up as it does among people who claim to be prophetic. I do not deny revelation is being gained by viewing crises and calamities. However, it is not revelation of Truth.
As prophetic Christians, we are not to first look at the earth and global events to determine, “times and seasons” and so, make decisions on how to live. If we do that, all we will see are travail and pain and plan accordingly. This travail and pain are only indicators of change and the clashing of two kingdoms. This is normal and is generally useless when determining what to do now or next.
As prophetic Christians, we are to first look at Jesus to determine the times and seasons of the Father. Jesus is the perfect will of the Father and we are to model how we live our lives with what He said. Looking at Jesus is the only way to determine how to react or feel when a calamity occurs. Oh look, a hurricane is coming! Jesus commanded the storm to cease, so should we. Oh look, poverty is everywhere and we owe money to people! Jesus pulled money out of a fish’s mouth. Oh look, people are hungry and need something to eat and drink and I have few resources! Jesus made wine from water and turned a tiny amount of food into more than enough for everyone to get full and have a lot leftover. Oh look, someone we care about died. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.
As prophetic Christians, we are to emulate Jesus because as He was anointed, so are we. As He was filled with the Spirit, so are we. As He was powerful, so are we. As He was in full authority, so are we. As He went to the Cross and died, so did we. As He was raised from the dead, so are we.
The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside us, and as the second Adam, Jesus restored us to full sonship (and daughtership) and we are now alive because He lives in us.
Jesus is our sign and wonder to follow and determine the times and seasons. The time of the Kingdom is always now and the season is unending grace. Instead of letting what is occurring to determine the outcome of a problem, become the answer to the problem and change the time and season.