Then How Shall We Live?

THE POTENTIAL
Of Redeeming the Time, in Evil Days

If all of them are correct, we are going to suffer devastating earthquakes, a pole shift, economic collapse, internal division bringing down our government, defeat in war, enemy occupation on our own soil, a catastrophic geographical division of our land, a volcanic eruption in the North West, the sinking of our coasts, an asteroid strike, Tsunamis, nuclear holocaust, and darkness over the entire land as our cities burn.

Oh, my! Two of the videos I posted this week gave you a taste of what is out there…. But what are we to believe? Who are the people making these assertions? Those I shared and those I listen to are the visions of men and women who know God, love His word, recognize His voice, move in the prophetic, and have a track record that proves the authenticity of their relationship with Him. But their visions are wildly different though equally apocalyptic. So what do we do with this? Are we to listen? Or do we walk away, discounting their witness as irrational?

Prophetic Hyperbole

Maybe, because of the exaggerated dramatic pictures God has flashed upon me, to show me truth about myself, I kind of get what is going on. He uses exaggerated drama to nail a subtle truth. I’ll never forget one picture. I was an ancient captive, on a forced march in a long line of conquered subjects, barefoot with tattered clothing, my hands bound before me, a trophy of Rome’s victory. The Lord said, “You will walk this way no more.” A year later, I was a different person, no longer cowed by the spirit of shame that had made me feel so bad about myself for so long. Had there been no exaggerated dramatic picture, if God had just whispered, “Girl, you have a problem with unresolved guilt,” I would have batted that thought away like an errant fly. It took prophetic hyperbole to jerk me awake to what I didn’t even know was going on.

The language of The Old Testament and the mindset of The New is highly exaggerative, using figures of speech that are not meant-to-be translated literally.[1] God often communicates in pictures, images, symbols and figures of speech never meant to be taken literally. If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out… (Matthew 5:29)

The prophets spoke in hyperbole, using exaggeration for effect, the same way that God spoke to them … in exaggerated imagery that communicated what they had no shared words for.

… and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. (Revelation 6:13)

Jesus was not telling the aged disciple that literal stars were going to fall to the earth… He was using an image from John’s experience to express what they shared no word for. (asteroids? meteor showers?)

In a similar way, I believe God is communicating with men and women today, using dramatic imagery and exaggerated hyperbole … not necessarily intended to be taken literally … but to awaken us to what is taking place… for which we have no shared word. 

Chronos vs Kairos

In these last few blogs, I’ve experienced a measure of angst. I haven’t wanted to press matters of timing. I don’t want to say too much, say too little, or play it safe… if I’m being entrusted to report to others what I’ve been shown.

Yesterday my pastor heard me out. As I finished, he addressed my angst succinctly: “Valerie you are caught in the tension between chronos and kairos.”

And so are we all.

The ancient Greeks had two words for time. The first was chronos–clock time–time that can be measured – seconds, minutes, hours, years. Kairos refers to specific moments reserved for a breakthrough, the right moment, the opportune moment.

Until God flashed that picture of me walking as a captive, I was passing time (chronos) like a horse with blinders plowing the same field every day… But when God broke in, telling me I was not going to walk that way anymore, it was an announcement, a revelation. It was a moment of breakthrough (kairos), a revealing.

In The New Testament, the Greek word expressing “to uncover or reveal” is apokaluptó.

Perhaps the value of the apocalyptic messages we’re receiving does not lie in their literal interpretation … but in their capacity to uncover or reveal what we wouldn’t see with our heads down and our blinders on. Maybe apocalyptic messages make us more like hawks.

Which is a better model for effective time stewardship? The horse with blinders who plows the ground for hours and hours every day? Or the hawk whose sharp senses are scanning sky and land? [2]

Ephesians 5:15-16
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time (kairos), because the days are evil.
 

Our bodies live in chronos, our spirits yearn for kairos. We live in the tension between the two. Chronos can be measured. Kairos defies measurement and can only be experienced. When days are evil, we need kairos moments that lift us above, giving us hawk vision.

Apocalyptic messages uncover and reveal what we do not see with our heads down. Will we discount them for their hyperbole and exaggeration? Measuring them by literal interpretation? And keep plowing? Or will we survey land and sky, like hawks, attuned to the opportunities we can redeem (buy out of the slave market)… those ineffable kairos moments that catch us up in His purpose, where He reigns over evil days?

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Two things have taken place since I published this message this morning, and I think they are important enough to add on:

FIRST a friend came up to talk about my messages from this week, to tell me that the graphic of the U.S. map with X marking the spot really grabbed her. She has a very close walk with the Lord, so I asked her what that huge X spanning the nation meant to her.  She answered that one word had leapt into her mind as she had looked at that image. “Breadbasket

Earlier in the week, in my message Tough Love, I shared one of several verses from Isaiah that had leapt out at me: The Lord is going to remove both supply and support, the whole supply of bread, and the whole supply of water.

SECOND a friend called to tell me the essential details of Rick Wile’s message about alarms ringing everywhere.  The orchestration of circumstances defies the possibility of coincidence. The warning is ominous. To read the hi lights, I’ve included the link below. [3]

 

 

[1] http://www.tentmaker.org/Biblematters/hyperbole.htm, Gary Amirault

 

[2] http://www.lifeofasteward.com/redeeming-the-time-a-closer-look/

 

[3] https://z3news.com/w/rick-wiles-alarms-ringing/

 

 

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  1. J Nicholson says:

    Well written, Valerie

  2. J Nicholson says:

    Well written

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