WHAT TIME IS IT?
With the corona-virus pandemic causing so much havoc across the globe, the Lord has been prompting some things in my spirit over the past 3 weeks. I found myself asking the question, “Lord, what are you trying to tell us that we are not hearing, what do you want us to see that we are not yet seeing?” Then I heard the question in my spirit, “What time is it?”, and the Spirit of the Lord directed me to Luke 19: 41-44.
Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem
41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” (NKJV)
The people had been chanting, on their way to Jerusalem, ‘Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest’. This same people a few days later would be crying out, ‘Crucify Him, crucify Him’. The scripture says, as they approached Jerusalem, and as Jesus saw the city, He wept over it. Why did He weep over the city? What was hidden from them, how did that happen and by who?
The Messiah, the Prince of peace, Yeshua, spoken of throughout the Old Testament, was in their midst, but the people did not know or recognize Him. These same people were in the synagogues. They were temple worshipers, fulfilling all the religious rituals of the time but blinded.
John 1:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV)11 He came to His [ a ] own, and His [ b ] own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the [ c ] right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Can the pursuit of our religious activities without personal intimate relationship with Him, unfulfilled expectations, and disappointments cause us to be blinded? In verses 43 and 44 of Luke 19, Jesus predicted the invasion and destruction of Jerusalem, “…because you did not know the time of your visitation”. Is that going to be you or me?
Do we understand or recognize the time or season in which we live? I believe that the Lord, Jesus Christ, is calling His people, His church, to draw nigh to Him. Corona-virus pandemic? Really? I am not underestimating, in any way, the impact of this virus on our lives and society as a whole. While it is necessary for all of us to take the recommended preventive measures and precautions to avoid and contain the spread of this virus (visit cdc.gov/covid-19), I feel very strongly in my spirit, that it is time for all the Bible-believing Christians to rise up and pray.
When we see our churches, schools, colleges, universities and malls closed, businesses folding, hotels empty, beach accesses blocked off, and the livelihood of millions of people threatened, these are not business as usual days. We, individually and collectively as the church of our Lord Jesus Christ, should be moved to be on our knees and cry out to God for His mercy and for Him to reverse the course of this corona-virus. It is time for all of us to plead our case before the throne of heaven and declare death to this virus. The Lord is calling us to a lifestyle of prayer.
Jesus is coming back and the time is sooner than we think. In Matthew chapter 24 and Mark chapter 13, Jesus predicted some of the signs that will precede His coming and He repeatedly told His disciples to watch and pray. The time is on us, not the time to fear or panic, but to pray. Jesus said, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up our heads, because your redemption draws near.”(Luke 21:28) It is an exciting time in which we live. Jesus is with us in the boat, in the fire, or through the waters. Hallelujah! I love all of you. Thanks for all your prayers and support over the years. God bless you all.
Sincerely in His grace,
Dr. William Nyone