God was saying the time of judgement is coming, when his dangerous side will be displayed. God is called a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:24-29), for unravelling of those things that do not come from him. The writer of the book of Hebrews says that soon the heaven and earth will be shaken. He added that we have a kingdom that cannot be shaken and so we should serve God with fear, the God who is a consuming fire.
God has promised to make a difference between those who serve him and those who do not. These are serious times (Malachi 3:18). Paul wrote that we should redeem the times because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15-17).
A revelation word to Daniel said that at the time of the end, knowledge shall increase (Daniel 12:4) and people shall run to and fro. That is the world becoming a global village and the economy becoming knowledge-driven. We are in that time, and it will increasingly be so as time goes on.
Time is being contrasted, more is being done in a shorter time. The time when nothing seems to be happening is behind us, now there is rapid movement of God, this is the time when a day is like a thousand years (2Peter 3:8), and the time when a thousand years is a day is behind us.
There was a time in the history of the world when development over a thousand years was nothing compared with a day in technology, scientific and intellectual development now. And the bible says the first the natural then the spiritual (1Corinthians 15:26). So the speed of things in the natural is the same in the realm of God.
In the word of God through prophet Isaiah, he said: wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of our times (Isaiah 33:6). In an explanation of a vision to Daniel, we read that in the time of the end, those who know their God will be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32). It is all about knowledge, it is about you know. This is not the time to be empty-headed. You are only as relevant and the knowledge you carry.
The sons of Issachar were described as those who understood the times, knowing what Israel should do per time. These are people who do not act anyhow. Because of their timing sensitivity, they make accurate judgement. Solomon wrote that there is time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1). When we act based on right timing, then we can maximise time, our effectiveness is increased.
Jesus when talking to his brothers once said: my time has not yet come. They had told him sarcastically that he should go to the temple and make a show of himself, make a name for himself (John 7:1-8). But the use of his time was not for that, but to glorify the father.
Hosea said: It is time to seek the Lord (Hosea 10:12). It is always time to seek God. We seek him to bring out the best in us, because everything we are find full expression in who he is.
John the Baptist said he (Jesus) must increase while he must decrease (John 3:30). It is all about him, he gives meaning to the use of our time. He amplifies it, and as we use time to engage with God who dwells in eternity, we get to lay up treasure for ourselves in heaven.
Paul said that we should not be fools but wise understanding what the will of God is, saying that will help us redeem the time. Redeeming the time is all about making the best used of every opportunity, and there is no better way to do that except doing the will of God in every situation.
That was the key to the maximised life of Jesus. He did not do what others were doing, or even what occurred to him, he leveraged on his relationship with God to do things that were simply mind-blowing. He was not a conformist. He stood out by his words and works.
He recognised that he is the light of the word, and said: I has to work while it is day because the night comes when no man can work (John 9:4-5). He understood spiritual timing. He was aware of the divine agenda of God for his life and walked fully in it.
The height of it was his death on the cross, which was all in the plan of God, making more impact with that than with everything else he did. Actually everything else led to that. Apart from the fact that the miracles blessed the people, and the teaching helped them, they attracted attention to him from the religious authority and set the stage for his eventual death through their machination.
Also in those times of his ministry for more than three years, he trained some people, majorly the apostles, whom he mandated to carry on his words to the whole world after he died and rose up from the dead. They carried his name beyond what he did himself. That happened because he modelled the will of God to them, and they were trained to do the right thing, in what they saw Jesus do as he walked in the will of God.
His was a life lived accurately, because he lived by the will of God. Temptation is not just about sin but it is anything to pull us away from fully doing the will of God. For example, King Saul did not commit any moral sin but the sin of not doing the will of God. James said he who knows what is right and does not do it, to him it is sin (James 4:17).
Jesus was to die on the cross but he faced the temptation to not go to the cross, he told the disciple who were sleeping when that time was near (in the garden of Gethsemane) that they needed to watch and pray so that they do not fall into temptation (Matthew 26:36-46), adding that spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
So prayer is to strengthen us in the will of God, and a gateway to angelic intervention (which Jesus experienced as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane) to get us to walk fully in the will of God.
Jesus came out of the garden with his heart settled, and faced the inquisition which lead to his death with uncommon dignity, telling Pilate: you do not have power over me except that which is given to you from above (John 19:10-11). All that came from a place of prayer. Therefore the time of prayer is the time to be into the will of God.
In the lines of prayer Jesus taught, one of it was: let you will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-10). And as we pray in the spirit speaking in tongues we are built to do the will of God in all circumstances (Jude 1:20).
- Jesus in Gethsamane, a devotional reading by Chuck Smith (calvarytraining.org)
- What Jesus’ prayer in the garden should teach us (food4consumption.wordpress.com)
- John 7:53 – 8:2 (On The Mountain) (tworiversblog.com)
- Daily Tidbits 5/31 – All the Ends of the World Shall Remember (littleguyintheeye.wordpress.com)
- Separating from the World: END TIMES SURVIVAL (endtimesprophecyreport.wordpress.com)
- Jesus teaches us not merely how to avoid temptation, but how to be prepared for temptations to come (adw.org)
- Chapter 25-Christ in the Old Testament (reformedontheweb.wordpress.com)
- Prayer’s (jesusavesisrael.org)