Read the Signs of the Times

Read the Signs of the Times

This article includes some recent sermon material and focuses specifically on the very recent death of Billy Graham. The excerpted pieces of sermons from the last month have some other information inserted because this is a thrilling time you absolutely must not miss and for which you should prepare.

Matt. 16:2-3 2He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; 3and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.

You can miss God even as He moves in your midst… if you have not set your heart on knowing Him…on seeking Him…on loving Him.  True Seekers will understand the outworking of the eternal will of God as it is being worked out in history. They will embrace it in their decisions on the way to their destiny. 

In that light, every thought, every word, every action takes on eternal repercussions.  Every decision is history in the making and eternity in the shaping.  Unsettling times and seasons need to be seen as God bringing all things together for good. (Rom 8:28)

Within the general concept of time (Chronos), there are special times, Kairos: the Sons of Issachar, the “fullness of time” at the birth of Jesus, and the rebuke above for not knowing the times and seasons when they are staring you in the face. 

“Kairos” times are turning points and can be likened to the early and the latter rain that God uses to bring forth His bounty.  We are in such a time now! In 2016 we saw 2017 as the year of breakthrough. In 2017 we saw the year 2018 as the year of breakout. (Micah 2:13) We just had an anointing service Wednesday as release of the end-time over-comers anointing (Priest; King; Prophet; Double Portion; Satan Bruising Heel = Overcome).

I said, “Mark this date as the shifting”. The death of Billy Graham marks that shifting. His ministry goes back to 1947/48. To put it all in context, I offer the following background:

From 1948 Israel came into focus as God’s sign of restoration. “First the natural and then the spiritual.” Earlier parallel activity of Israel and the church is seen in the Balfour declaration when the First General Council of the Assemblies of God was held.  This year, Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary – signifying coming out of bondage/captivity.

In 1947/48 we see another principle surrounding major movements of God. They are often accompanied by leadership shifts, showing in the natural what is invisibly unfolding in the eternal will of God. Examples of this would be the people of God leaving the wilderness and entering the Promised Land as Moses was replaced by Joshua.

Other examples: the death of Uzziah and Isaiah’s vision, the death of John the Baptist and the release of Jesus’ ministry, and even the death of Jesus and the birth of the church.

Thus, we experienced the deaths of Aimee Semple McPherson, Smith Wigglesworth and the Jeffries Brothers in just 3 months. God immediately replaced these key leaders with Billy Branham, Oral Roberts, Tommy Osborn, and Billy Graham to be immediately followed by the Latter Rain Movement of 1948.

Billy Graham exploded on the scene. He had 200 at his first meeting and three weeks later had 15,000. Since our church began I have been telling you that when Billy Graham, who would be last of these ministers to die, was gone, it would define a total global shift in the Spirit.

Mark Chirona delivered this prophecy in 2012 while appearing as a guest on TBN. Here is the transcript from the video.

“We are coming into perhaps the most significant day in church history. There are a number of things that are going to begin to converge. We talked about (the book of) Luke and the signs. There is going to be a convergence of the signs. With it there is going to be an acceleration and they are all going to overlap. When that happens, there is a company of people that have been hidden in God for a season but they are coming out of hiding and they are going to stand in the courts of Pharaoh. Like Moses did (Exodus 7-12) and Elijah did (1 Kings 18:20-40), they are going to challenge the spirits. They are going to challenge the powers of Egypt.

The earth is going to see a 21st century manifestation of the demonstration of the Spirit, not from one or two, but from a many membered body. God is going to have the church of His dreams. All of the institutionalizing that we have done to the church, all the things we have done to try to make it our thing instead of God’s thing, God has had the church under wraps for 2,000 years. Maybe that’s why there are 2,000 cubits between where this generation is and the ark because God wants a church that has been in hiding and prepared for power by severe testing, severe trial, severe tribulation in every single season and they feel like they are not going to be used and it is too late and it is all over. That is the company that is prepared for power.

They’ve been like John the Baptist in the wilderness eating locusts and wild honey, strange food. They have had to learn to glean from the word when they were just getting little pious platitudes from preachers all around the country. They are being weaned away from everything that is contradictory to the powerful truth of the word of God. That company is coming out of hiding. They are going to cross Jordan. They are going to move into a manifestation of power where there will not just be power on one or two, but there is going to be power on multiplied thousands and thousands.”

As soon as Mark Chirona finished, Evangelist Benny Hinn added this prophesy,

“The sign will be Billy Graham’s death. You are talking about a people in hiding, just like Elijah was in hiding, but when he came out, he challenged the prophets of Baal. And the Lord said to me in 1989, when Oral Roberts and Billy Graham go home, it will be the key, it will be the sign of the beginning of the greatest revival. Oral is home and Billy is about to go home, and when he does, I’m telling you, the whole Church, get ready.”

Billy Graham’s death signifies the days of Church as we have known it are over.

In the years just before Billy Graham died, the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Ovadia Yosef, died. He was greatly beloved and revered as exhibited by more than 600,000 men attending his funeral where they prayed for Messiah to come! This is significant because there has never been 600,000 men gathered in Israel since Moses who convened them to prepare for God’s appearance at Mount Sinai to reveal His law.

Now, it would seem, God is ready to reveal Himself again to the Jewish people. Indeed, since that incredible day, many ultra-Orthodox rabbis have come to accept Jesus as Messiah, the Son of God. According to Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, a saved ultra-Orthodox Rabbi who has been called a modern day Paul because of his evangelization of Rabbinic Judaism within the ultra-Orthodox of Israel, many are preparing to divulge this new faith to their followers.

Related to this growing revelation of Jesus as Christ (Hebrew: Messiah), is the death of another famous Rabbi, Yitzhak Kaduri, who passed at the age of 108. He was a greatly revered leader in Israel who acted as a modern day prophet of God and was recognized as Israel’s sage.  In the years before he died he frequently made reference to the Messiah coming soon. At his death, he had left a sealed note with instructions that it be opened one year after his death.  When opened, it said, “I have met the Messiah and His name is Yeshua”!

One of Rabbi Kaduri’s major prophecies was that Messiah would come shortly after the death of Ariel Sharon whose nickname was “King of Israel – the Lion of God”.  However, his name actually translates as “Jerusalem levelled”. 

He changed dramatically toward the end of his life and pushed hard for “land-for-peace”, actually building a wall to separate part of Israel as a Palestinian state. Ezekiel 13:10 states that there would be one who built a wall that would greatly anger God. A heart attack stopped him from completing his mission and he laid in a coma for six years.

Prime Minister Sharon died in the first quarter of 2014. In the second quarter of that year Russia annexed the Ukraine, setting in motion the Middle-east conflict that will lead to the War of Gog and Magog.  In that same month of June, ISIS was born, again setting up for the major conflict that brings the judgment of God on the earth.

Interestingly, the film “Noah” was released that same month of June, 2014. Earth has only been judged once before, by water. Peter tells us we ought to be living as those who know it will be judged again by fire.  That is what the signs of the times are pointing to but this is not something for believers to fear; rather, believers can look forward to the greatest evangelistic period the world has ever known.  Jesus said, “This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached to all nations and then the end will come.

Why is the film release date of Noah meaningful? Consider this interpretation of the genealogy of Genesis 5, the first 10 generations:

Genesis 5:1 1 This is the book of the genealogy of Adam…
Genesis 5:3
3 And Adam… begot a son… and named him Seth.
Genesis 5:6
6 Seth lived one hundred and five years, and begot Enosh.
Genesis 5:9
9 Enosh lived ninety years, and begot Cainan.
Genesis 5:12
12 Cainan lived seventy years, and begot Mahalalel.
Genesis 5:15
15 Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and begot Jared.
Genesis 5:18
18 Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch.
Genesis 5:21
21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah.
Genesis 5:25
25 Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and begot Lamech. Genesis 5:28-29 28 Lamech… had a son 29 and he called his name Noah…

Taken together with the meaning of these names we find:

Adam = man in the image of God

Seth = substituted by

Enosh = frail man

Cainan = lamenting

Mahalalel = the Blessed God

Jared = shall come down

Enoch = teaching

Methuselah = of his death and shall send

Lamech = to the humble

Noah = consolation

Reading that as a sentence we have: Man in the image of God, was substituted by frail man lamenting, but the Blessed God shall come down teaching of his death and shall send to the humble, consolation.

Fear not believer! You are not appointed to wrath.  Before his death in 2016, Prophet Kim Clement prophesied:

“A release of the gift of Faith has been given to the people of God. In the death of Billy Graham and Oral Roberts, a veil shall be torn that shall bring evangelism to the earth as never before.”

“‘A departure of great men that shall release an acceleration upon this nation and the church, who shall see the Lord in a way, and salvation shall be the order of the day in streets, in factories, on buses, on trains, and in planes. God says, “I’m about to take over the marketplace, and you are the people that shall bring this to pass,’ says the Lord.”

“A generation of African Americans, shall rise up, and they shall preach; they shall preach with a style that has never been heard before. They shall be the perpetrators and the creators of a brand new soul spirit sound that shall reach the unreachable and touch the untouchable.”

“They tried to remove the children’s heart; the children’s prayer,” but God says, “I’m going to restore prayer into the hearts of the children.”

Yes, there are exciting times ahead.  They will not all be pleasant but they will all be glorious! The days of the greatest revival in history are taking shape in your lifetime. As I already said, true Seekers will understand the outworking of the eternal will of God as it is being worked out in history. They will embrace it in their decisions on the way to their destiny. 

In that light, every thought, every word, every action takes on eternal repercussions.  Every decision is history in the making and eternity in the shaping.  Unsettling times and seasons need to be seen as God bringing all things together for good (Rom 8:28)