Understanding the Times
By Jared Laskey
July 18, 2016
Recently Dr. Miguel Alvarez of Regent University read 1 Chronicles 12:32 which says, “From the sons of Issachar, those having understanding of times and what Israel should do: two hundred of their captains with all their brothers at their command.” He then challenged us to understand the times, relying on the Holy Spirit in order to know what to do for our nation.
Looking at American culture today we can see that the door is open for multiple marriages within marriage, polygamy as well as marriage to animals and inanimate objects to be debated in the court system. These lifestyles may become trendy and encouraged as there are behaviors currently being tolerated and celebrated.
Politics will continually be shaken up as more and more young people come of age and vote, not according to political persuasion but according to what is promoted through pop culture. Untrained and unschooled people will want to be in public office having no clue how to conduct meetings, who serve themselves and not the people who vote. In a selfie obsessed culture one can easily have a pessimistic outlook but, because of what God has done and can do, there is more in store.
Society may seemingly turn a blind eye to blatant cover ups and criminal activity of politicians, and instead of correcting corruption and misuse of the office they are in reality reflecting themselves as they cover up their personal secrets, but this is something the Church can pray through. By initiating times of confessing to one another the Church will become more attractive to people who want authenticity and honesty.
Terrorism is growing more barbaric and attacks could potentially be aired live through social media. Terrorists thrive on headlines and will try to do whatever it takes to strike fear into people’s hearts to push their agenda. Major public events will continue to be targeted where the media are present. I am personally praying for protection on the upcoming Olympic Games and other widely broadcast events as nothing is exempt from attack.
Relaxed standards within the Church and doctrine set aside for motivational preaching needs to be stopped and a return to deep repentance and humility fully reliant on the Spirit of God needs to be set in place. Scriptural depth may be lacking currently in many churches but a deep value for it will regain speed as spiritual fathers take their place to intentionally bridge the generational gap, testifying to the grace God displays in their lives.
A generation of young people are now rising up who are accepting and hungry for the supernatural with intellectual expression within a community that appreciates them. This is exciting news because the Church has the fellowship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who express vitality in community toward one another and life to the world. The power of the Spirit glorifies Jesus and can reach hearts through multi-media and every cultural expression and venue. There will be no dividing line between ‘secular’ and ‘sacred’ as a revelation that everything a person does is worship manifests. Power needs to be evident not only from the pulpit but also in work-places and public spaces as the Church lavishes love on anyone and everyone. The Church should be creative and innovative; instead of mimicking what the Friday night club has, the Sunday morning worship expressions should put the clubs to shame and be on display every day of the week.
Resources within the Church should go toward the discipling and training of leaders, not just for vocational ministry but within all career fields. An army of Spirit empowered and Scripturally engaged people needs to arise, moving in the five-fold offices and gifts of the Spirit in every sphere. Every person should be taught how to study the bible and share it with others. Children and youth ministries should no longer be considered second rate, but should be looked upon as the training of an Army fulfilling the Great Commission.
Our nation is on the precipice of a great move of God. Multiple fasting initiatives are being promoted, but as in the times of Esther, the Church should reclaim and incorporate a pivotal three-day fast that will save a nation from moral and cultural ruin, bringing about a great Godly shift in the life and culture of our nation.
As the men of Issachar knew what Israel was to do, we need to pray for an awakening and share the love of Jesus. Awakening transforms society as a whole, and we need more believers who know the Holy Spirit intimately to impact their place of school, work and neighborhoods, as missions are to be a way of life. As Dr. Alvarez told us, missions are now from everywhere to everywhere, the unreached people groups are right next door. Now is the time for the Church to not only understand the times, but to know what to do and then go for it with Jesus at the lead.
This article was later edited and published on February 7, 2017 at HelloChristian here: Understanding the Times We Live In
Jared Laskey is starting Destiny Open Bible Church in Virginia Beach, VA. He served in the Marine Corps from 2006-2011 and ministers living to see Jesus awaken this generation to the power of His Holy Spirit. You can follow him on twitter @jaredalaskey, or contact him through his website, firebornministries.com. He has recently co-authored a book called Veronica’s Hero you can find on Amazon here. It describes how God worked in a young woman who received news that her husband paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country