Discerning the Times:
Now is the Time!
In I Chronicles 12, the Kingdom of Israel was being turned over to David. The northern tribes of Israel were being gathered to meet David and coronate him as King. In verse 32, the Bible reads, “And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.” The phrase “understanding of the times” means the understanding the time in which God is going to move. The Tribe of Issachar knew that it was in God’s timing for David to rightly take his place over the entire Kingdom of Israel.
There is a Biblical principle we learn from these verses. The Spirit of Issachar is discerning the times. This means discerning what God is about to do, but also how the people of God should respond to the upcoming events. The events in the world all point to the return of the Lord. The Lord has placed the Spirit of Issachar on my life. To this end, the Lord has given me the following understanding of the times: Now is the time! Now is the time to answer your calling! Now is the time to complete your Kingdom assignments! Now is the time to prepare for the final end-time push! Now is the time for you to build Kingdom reward! Now is the time to make things right with your family and others! Now is the time to get your life in order! Now is the time!
There is a great harvest of souls coming for the Kingdom of God. What we do right now, in this prophetic time period, is crucial to what we will be doing when this harvest comes. We can simply be in the midst of the harvest, or we can be administrating the harvest. We can simply be part of the harvest or we can be assisting with the harvest. Either way, the harvest is coming. How we prepare for it will determine what we are doing during it. The amount of Kingdom reward we receive will depend on how we prepare now. We need to ask God to apply healing salve to our eyes so we can see what we should do to prepare for this harvest (Rev. 3:18). You do not have much time to work for the Lord, for “…the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4).