by Wilfred Hann
DISCERNING the times is surely not a dauntless exercise. It has its challenges, even for researchers and historians. It is often difficult to determine what is or is not a critical development or trend in the moment. What data item is merely distracting noise, or what piece of news is important and relevant?
What today is an indication of what is to come in the future?
As a result, most people go through life without a concept of the times nor an understanding of the “linear” cosmology of the world. Time passes … ho hum.
Well, recent times have been far from “ho hum” for at least two reasons. For one, epic and material changes are taking place … and rapidly. Quite frankly, there are so many shifts underfoot of late, the range of possible scenario types playing out ahead is extremely large. (Please see the Signs of the Time feature of the January 2010 EVR for a more in-depth perspective on this point.)
The second reason is that many of the huge shifts underway, are significant viewed from a Biblical perspective. What we mean by “Biblical perspective” is the cosmological timeline of God’s purposes and dealings with all mankind.
After all, there are appointed times and therefore also seasons to be recognized. Apostle Paul confirmed this linear timeline view, saying, […] knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness — a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and at his appointed season he brought his word to light” (Titus 1:1-3).
Jesus Christ chastised the Pharisees on this particular point, saying: “You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times” (Matthew 16:3).
We can conclude therefore that we would do well to discern the times in view of the Bible’s pronouncements. To that end, this same merciful God even chose to prove his very existence to mankind by telling us in advance as to some important points and events on that timeline in advance. When we sense and discern the seasons of those events that are described literally in the Bible, there is compelling reason to sit up and take notice.
However, as the Bible indicates, while we are expected to be able to discern the times, we still cannot foreknow the exact timing and details of future events. That said, just what are some of the significant developments on the boil? In no particular order:
1. Tensions between China and the US are rising. From this spectre, a major change in epoch is likely underway … a new chapter for the world is being opened. Confrontations are now more direct. It was only a matter of time before the agendas of these two nations would no longer be mutually compatible. Please see the Signs of the Times column in this issue for a further insight as to the significance of trends in Asia today.
2. Google. Indeed, Google, the major web search engine is withdrawing from China. This very event may be a signpost …a marker of the times with respect to the aforementioned point. A major worldinfluencing corporation such as Google has decided to leave behind a potential business opportunity in a land of 1.3 billion potential consumers.
3. Global Debt. Governments around the world are plunging into greater indebtedness at an alarming rate. It is an unprecedented development during peacetime. This issue’s Personal Perspectives column outlines the potential “Biblical”:significance of this rather sudden acceleration of late. (See graph on pg.1)
4. Europe on the Ropes? Many analysts today believe that the European currency union must soon collapse. The development path to the state of the European Union today has been probably one of the most singularly amazing developments of the past half-century. Could its economic and monetary marriage soon dissolve? It would be sure to have great repercussions on the world’s power order.
5. Rise of Islam. That there may be an Islamic connection to geopolitical trends in the world today, has been seared into the consciousness of most North Americans ever since 9/11. However, this influence is much more significant and complex than most people know. The influence of Islamic elements, in many different ways, is very like a prime vector of the “appointed season” of our times.
What is going on and why?
In times of tragedy the same questions arise. "Who was at fault and why has this happened?" (Author: The Editor)
The Fall of Damascus
With the current high levels of instability in the Arab nations, (former Jerusalem-based) journalist David Dolan examines the situation in the light of Isaiah's prophecy concerning the destruction of Damascus. (Author: David Dolan)
Storms over Britain: who is to blame?
In the political domain the 'finger-pointing' of our blame-game culture has been much in evidence. Clifford Hill looks 'under the surface' of the deluge through a spiritual lens. (Author: Clifford Hill)
A Word for Great Britain
Lance Lambert, the international Bible spoke the following word in advance of the rioting and violence in the UK. We are now seeing the impact on our climate. (Author: Lance Lambert)
Is Isaiah speaking to Syria today?
A prophesy given through the prophet Isaiah almost three thousand years ago carries an ominous message for the Syria and its capital. (Author: Watchman)
Three voices; one message?
The following are three separate 'words' from three different believers set in juxtaposition to one another. (Author: Christians Together)
Mt. Carmel message
International Bible teacher Lance Lambert gave out this message during a gathering of Christian leaders on Mount Carmel in 1986. (Author: Lance Lambert)
Dawn or Dusk?
A 'word' received by Clifford Hill has attracted a variety of responses from Christian leaders in the UK in terms of what may lie ahead for us in the nation. (Author: Clifford Hill / Editor)
Is there a Samuel waiting in the wings?
If those first chosen by God fall into sin they will bring calamity upon themselves. But the Lord will raise up new blood for His glory. (Author: Watchman)
A Most Annoying Shofar; a short story
Howard Bass, a pastor in Be'er Sheva asked those in his company what they felt the Lord was saying to the churches. He received the following reply from Hannah Weiss in the form of a short story. (Author: Hannah Weiss)
Battle for the Nation's Soul
In the wake of last summer's riots Dennis Wrigley of the Maranatha Community speaks of the social and moral breakdown in our nation and the destruction of the family. (Author: Maranatha Community)
The Euro bailed out with Islamic finance
Philip Wren considers whether interest-free Sharia finance — akin to pawn-broking — could be used by European governments as the 'solution of choice' in the present crisis. (Author: Philip Wren)
The Middle East and the shaking of the nations
We are living in tumultous times with historic events coming to pass on almost a daily basis. Tony Pearce of 'Light for the Last Days' offers some comments. (Author: Tony Pearce)
A word from Lance Lambert
Lance Lambert, the international Bible teacher and speaker who lives in Jerusalem, spoke the following word of warning to the church. It is a call to 'stand in the gap' to see God's purposes revealed. (Author: Lance Lambert)
A Jehoshaphat Mission
During a spiritual 'time out' at the end of last year Clifford Hill felt that he was receiving a fresh word from the Lord concerning the state of the nation. (Author: Clifford Hill)
Lance Lambert update from Israel
Lance Lambert's 'most grave' update of his life; and that was before Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Reporting from Israel he spelt out the dangers facing our world. (Author: Lance Lambert)
The Kings of Sodom
Steve Taylor brings a word which has been 'burning within him'; and offers his thoughts and writings to the wider body leaving each believer do with it what he or she will. (Author: Steve Taylor)
Many are sensing a profound significance in these present times. Nations are losing control of their destinies; and believers surely need to discern the spiritual dynamics and be sure of where their ultimate trust lies. (Author: Christians Together)
David and Goliath: an end-time view
As the return of Jesus Christ draws ever-nearer so will the powers of darkness rally to defeat the end-time purposes of God. (Author: Hadyn Olsen)
A great shaking
International Bible teacher Lance Lambert who lives in Israel has given out the following prophetic word which has been placed before international church leaders. (Author: Lance Lambert)
James Bond, Putin and Ezekiel
The Word of God prophesies an event – still future – wheverby a coalition of nations will mount a combined military attack on Israel. Geo-political developments in the region need to viewed through the lens of Ezekiel's forecast. (Author: Christians Together)
A plague on all your houses
Rev. Dr. Clifford Hill gives a summary view of the context and reaction to the General Election and the spiritual implications of what we are seeing around us in the nation and the world. (Author: Rev. Dr. Clifford Hill)
The Earth coughs and nations are brought to a standstill
Peter Horrobin of Ellel Ministries ponders the volcanic eruptions and the people of the world flying through clouds of spiritual darkness. (Author: Peter Horrobin)
We've Lost the Culture War
A comment from across the pond on the [lost] battle to preserve traditional Judeo-Christian values. But it's not just in America that we see these things. (Author: Brannon Howse)
A Strong Letter to the Apostles
As a follow-on to the 'Lakeland Outpouring' Andrew Strom writes in strong terms to the Apostles in North America. (Author: Andrew Strom)
Jean Darnall - a recent interview
Chris Hill met Jean Darnall when she was in the UK in the 60/70s. In a recent visit to America he recorded a 30 minute interview with her. (Author: C & L Ministries)
What is the Spirit saying in and for 2010?
Every believer is encouraged by the Lord of the church to discern what the Holy Spirit is saying to the body of Christ. I don't know about you, but this is where I am at. (Author: The Editor)
Prophesy from Alex Buchanan
Alex Buchanan was, while in active ministry, a pastor, author, teacher and pastor to pastors in the UK and beyond. He gave out this prophesy in July 1975 while working with Leeds City Mission. (Author: Alex Buchanan)
David Wilkerson's anguish
A recent message from David Wilkerson has arrived from a number of different sources, each suggesting that Wilkerson's message is worthy of a listening. (Author: David Wilkerson)
A 'word' from an Inverness believer
Roddy Lightbody, a Highand believer, passes on what he feels He has received recently from the Lord as a word to God's people. (Author: Christians Together)
A great flood in 2009
There are more than a few ideas about what we can expect in this year of 2009. In summary Steve Hill might say: Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. (Author: Steve Hill)
Clifford Hill senses that God is calling out 40 years after the 'charismatic movement' of the 60s and giving the church a 2nd chance. Check it out. (Author: Clifford Hill)
Evangelicals and Islamists in Common Cause
A piece in the Spectator has put the spotlight on a critical theological issue for the church and Israel in the present day with respect to God's purposes (Author: Christians Together)
David Wilkerson's latest messages in question?
David Wilkerson has recently reiterated a word of warning regarding impending calamity: however not everyone is agreed that it is from the Lord. (Author: Christians Together)
THE Issue of this Hour
David Wilkerson surveys the present scene in the context of what he earlier anticipated; and poses what he feels is the real issue facing Christians. (Author: David Wilkerson)
David Wilkerson identifies four fears
The prophet Isaiah identifies four great fears in an earlier age and also in our modern world which God refers to as a "cup of trembling" (Author: David Wilkerson)
Is God demolishing the church?
J Lee Grady has written: "The wrecking ball of heaven is swinging. It has come to demolish any work that has not been built on the integrity of His Word." (Author: Watchman)
Earthquake in the City
In 1989 a book entitled: "Earthquake in the city" was published which detailed much of what we see around us in the current economic collapse. (Author: Christians Together)
Economic Judgement is Imminent - 4 Predictions
Andrew Strom sent out a series of messages over 2006/7 in which he spoke of the economic calamity coming upon America. And we all know it's not just America. (Author: Andrew Strom)
Believers are urged by the Bible to "be Bereans" and to place nothing or no-one above the acid test of whether or not a teaching or practice is scriptural. (Author: PJ Miller)
A quart of wheat for a denarius...
The world again appears to be on the verge of a period of major food inflation. This may not be overly obvious yet but he precursors to this global development can hardly be ignored. (Author: Eternal Value Review)
From IFB Dec. 2007 Prayer and Bible Week
A word given at the Intercessors for Britain Prayer and Bible Week in Bawtry Hall on Monday 31 December 2007 (Author: )
What is the Spirit saying to the church(es)?
As the sun rises on a new year, what do you feel that the Lord is saying to us? This is what one of the saints is sensing. (Author: )
An interview with Leonard Ravenhill
Leonard Ravenhill became one of the twentieth century's greatest authorities on revival. His message is drastic, fearless, and often radical. (Author: )
A word for this hour?
We desperately need seers who can see through the mist---Christian leaders with prophetic vision. Unless they come soon it will be too late for this generation. (Author: A W Tozer)
The 1965 Prophecy
I am going to prepare you for the coming days by a hard path that will cause many to cry out continually unto Me. For when the going is easy men do not seek Me... (Author: Stanley Frodisham)
Power, Sex and Money
The world is always very ready to attack the church; but so often the church presents the world and the media with an open goal - or score's an own goal. (Author: )
In one hour everything is going to change
The prophet Isaiah warns us that in the last days God is going to “turn the world upside down.” He declares, “Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down”(Isaiah 24:1). (Author: David Wilkerson)
To the church and the nation of Britain
A word given by Stewart Dool of Intercessors for Britain during July 2007 (Author: )
The Word and The Spirit
A prophecy attributed to Smith Wigglesworth which speaks of a revival as a result of a coming together of the Word and the Spirit. (Author: Smith Wigglesworth)
Two Winds of the Spirit
A prophecy given in 1987 regarding two winds that would blow in and through the church - the first refining and the second empowering (Author: )
Is there any word from the Lord
This is a section of the web site dedicated to offering and the testing of what the Spirit is saying to the church(es) in our present day. (Author: )
Jean Darnall's Vision
The Prophecy given to and spoken out by Jean Darnall is one that has stood the test of time and taken root in the hearts of many of God's people (Author: )
A Song Amidst Disaster
David Wilkerson has long since spoken about disasters coming upon America. Here he expands on this with a further message for the Christian church. (Author: Christians Together)