A few mornings ago I was spending some time with the Lord and I heard him speak the same thing to me three times. Actually, I can’t remember exactly how many times he asked me but three sounds good. But I promise I’m not making anything else up.
The Lord asked me, “Do you see the writing on the wall?”
When I heard it the first time my brain began to whirl with activity. I didn’t know what he meant. I asked him to explain and all I heard was the repetition of the same question. I know that phrase usually has a negative meaning. The writing on the wall typically is a warning of something terrible coming. But the strange thing was that I didn’t have any kind of heaviness or sense of impeding tragedy in my spirit.
When I was finished spending time with the Lord, I glanced one of my walls where Isaiah 54:17 is written out. That was certainly writing on the wall but I didn’t feel like it was what God wanted me to see. At least not entirely. It’s a great confirmation though. No weapon formed against you shall prosper!
The other day I asked the Lord to explain again and this time I heard him tell me that he wanted me to pay attention to the happenings of the world. I’ve never really invested much time into keeping up with world events. I figured that if God wanted me to pay more attention then he would let me know. Well with the writing on the wall thing and the word he gave me for 2016, I think he’s letting me know.
The Lord told me the reason why he wanted me to pay more attention is so that he can let me know what his plans are in the midst of it. The purpose isn’t for my intellectual or social growth. It’s to be informed about what God wants to do in spite of, or along with, world events.
So I processed it all for a while and started to wonder if I was hearing right. The question about writing on the wall confused me so I wasn’t sure I had the right interpretation or heard correctly. And then I saw this word from Kat Kerr that the Elijah List published.
The reason I’m sharing this word and telling you all of this is because I don’t think I’m the only one who needs to see the writing on the wall. I think many of you do as well and so I think the word from Kat Kerr is for you also.
Mainly focus on the first part and don’t get hung up on the rapture and stuff that comes later.
“Why You Need to Know the Times and Seasons of God”
Kat Kerr, Jacksonville, FL
The Word talks about “knowing” the times and seasons of God (see 1 Chronicles 12:32) and how important it was to have an understanding of them. Israel only had success when they operated in harmony with God to carry out His will, His way, in His time, not man’s. Even though there were other nations and kingdoms that had powerful armies, highly skilled craftsmen, wise leaders, and those who could strategize powerful campaigns – none of those things could win over the supernatural edge of knowing what God had planned for specific times.
God established an entire tribe whom He gave the gift of not just knowing His times and seasons, but recognizing the signs of the times and correctly interpreting them. They also had knowledge from God on the proper course to take, or in other words, they knew exactly what ought to be done and how to do it.
God is Anointing and Appointing Sons and Daughters to Know the Times and Seasons
In this Kingdom Age now on the earth, God is anointing and appointing His sons and daughters (see Romans 8) who choose with their will to surrender, lay down their lives, walk in love and share the truth, are spiritually-minded, and speak life to represent Him by manifesting and demonstrating the power and glory of God.
These sons and daughters will also “know” the times and seasons of God, recognizing and properly interpreting the signs (not with head knowledge), and give counsel of what should be done and how to do it.
Whoever chooses to receive and apply God’s counsel through these sons and daughters will prosper and be in peace – even world leaders, governmental authorities, and those in the marketplace will seek them out. When these sons and daughters speak, in the spirit realm, things will shift and it will cause things in the natural to move that seemed impossible to change.
They do not waste their time arguing or debating the irrelevant assumptions or prophecies of others who are not rightly discerning the signs for God’s times (and therefore are giving advice that will result in confusion and fear). Even though what these others are saying may somewhat line up with what the Word says will happen, they do NOT know the times or seasons that those things will occur, and their proclamations pull the Body of Christ off track, delay or hinder destiny, bring discouragement, and allow the enemy to laugh at us.
What I take from all this is that we should be aware of what’s going on in the world not so that we can get caught up in fear or mind numbing debates, but so that we can release the abundant life of Jesus into the midst of whatever is going on.
Jesse and Kara Birkey