DAYS OF THUNDER 4, Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2022
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 – 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.
Times and seasons
Day and night
Daniel 2:20-22 – “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His. 21 And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. 22 He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.”
Recently Queen Elizabeth died…
People who respect the authority and the Kingship of God respect His timing of things.
Hebrews 1:1-2 – God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
The voice of God and the ways of God are connected with the timing of God.
THERE IS A VERY SPECIFIC WORD FROM GOD FOR SPECIFIC PEOPLE AT SPECIFIC TIMES.
We must learn to connect with God in the timing of things.
If we are out of synch in the timing of God, we are cursed!
Deuteronomy 28 – In the morning you will say I wish it was evening and in the evening you will say I wish it were morning.
Ecclesiastes 10:16-17 – Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning! 17 Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your princes feast at the proper time—For strength and not for drunkenness!
Jesus described the destruction of Jerusalem by exclaiming
“YOU HAVE MISSED YOUR DAY OF VISITATION!”
Jesus rebuked those who did not understand the signs of the times in His day:
“O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky, but can ye not discern the signs of the times (Matthew 16:3).”
When people are in synch with God’s heart, they get into synch with God’s timing.
God said, “Surely the sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing it to His servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7)
God not only knows the end from the beginning, He tells us that He makes it known!
Isaiah 46:10 – I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.
God said, I have even from the beginning declared it to you; before it came to pass, I showed it to you (Isaiah 48:5).
Jesus said the Holy Spirit “will teach you all things” (John 14:26).
Friends confide in one another. Abraham was called God’s “friend” (Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23).
And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do (Genesis 18:17)?
Now, because of Jesus’ atonement, we are called friends of God:
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends (Jesus, John 15:15).
The Bible also says that Jesus was crucified so that the blessing of Abraham, part of which was friendship with God, would come upon the Gentiles — us (Galatians 3:14).
He gave Noah advance notice of when the flood would be
He told Abraham how long the Israelites would be in Egypt (Genesis 15:13).
He revealed to many the very day of Elijah’s rapture (2 Kings 2).
He told Jeremiah how long the Babylonian exile would be (Jeremiah 29:10).
He told Daniel exactly when Messiah would come the first time (Daniel 9:25-26).
WE MUST LEARN HOW TO PROPHETICALLY COOPERATE WITH THE TIMING OF GOD
1 Chronicles 12:32 – And of the children of Issachar, who 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 under their command
WE MUST LEARN TO GAIN PROPHETIC WISDOM IN THE TIMING OF GOD.
“OH, GOD. TEACH ME TO NUMBER MY DAYS THAT I MIGHT APPLY MY HEART UNTO WISDOM.”
WE NEED SUPERNATURAL INTELLIGENCE WHEN IT COMES TO TIMING
Hebrew: Word to the Jews – Lunar calendar – word to the bride; the church
Gregorian: Word to the nations – Sun calendar – word to the people and kings of the earth
That’s why we have to be willing to know the Hebrew calendar with the Gregorian calendar.
5783 Hebrew / 2023 Gregorian
83rd verse in Old Testament: Genesis 4:3 – And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord.
83rd verse in New Testament: Matthew 4:19 – Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”