Commentary By: Gordon King
Understanding the times that we are living in is a command given to us by Jesus Christ. We are to know not the exact time of Christ’s return, but we are to know the season.
“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.“
“Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— 36 lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!“
While we do not know the day nor the hour, we will know the season, this is the reason for Jesus giving us signs to watch for in the Olivet Discourse. We as believers are to know the times by the signs of the times.
“Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.“
The apostle Paul also wrote much about the signs of the times and what men would be like in the last days.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!“
1 Timothy 4
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,”
1 Thessalonians 5
“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”
My point with all this is that we as believers are not to be ignorant of the times. Many believers avoid topics such as bible prophecy, they may think that it is too complicated, or they may not want to think that we could actually be living in the last days. Perhaps they are happy with their life and just don’t want it to end. Whatever the case may be, the good Lord has spoken, and we are commanded by God to know the times, understand the times, and be watching at all times!
The sons of Issachar, during the time of King David, understood the times and knew what to do, they knew that they must support David as King.
1 Chronicles 12:32
“of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command;”
Likewise, we as children of God should understand the times and know what to do!
We must know when the time of Christ’s return is near, that what is happening in the world around us is part of bible prophecy being fulfilled, and that the beginning of the Tribulation period is close at hand. We must know what to do by being ready and alert, by seeking God and spreading the good news.
Time is not on our side, it continues onward even though we may or may not be ready for it. We don’t have the luxury of waiting to see what will happen next, we must decide if we are for God or against Him. We are given this day but not promised another. Today is the day of salvation, there may not be another tomorrow. If you are not yet saved then I strongly urge you to do so now!
Love one another, encourage one another, and act peaceably among one another. These are the commands of our God in heaven. Let us bear each others burdens, pray for each other, and let the love of God shine through us!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!