God created us with two eyes so we can see two separate fields of view. Then He designed our brain to put those two views together to get a complete field of vision. This reminds us that the two “lenses” of the chronos times and the kairos signs give us the complete picture of the end-times. The chronos is the predetermined set length of time. The kairos are the characteristics or signs associated with that time frame.
When we have both together, we can have the same degree of awareness of Christ’s “due time” as a pregnant woman who knows when the birth of her child is near. Many believers are familiar with the kairos signs, but not the chronos times. Many look for the signs when they ought to look for God’s witness in His Word. The signs primarily concern Israel. His witness details the prophetic times of the whole earth.
As the time for His return draws nearer, God is bringing understanding to His Church and removing the man-made barriers that limit what we should see and know about the nearness of Christ’s return.
Sooner or later as a Leveler you will hear these questions: “How can you be so sure? What makes your view the right one?” The two key pieces of the prophetic puzzle we have just examined—times/seasons and the binocular view—lay the foundation of the path. In the next “gathering” we will discover another piece that directly relates to these questions. As we continue to fit the pieces together, our confidence will grow. All the pieces will fit easily; we won’t have to cram them in to force the fit. Nor will we have any gaping holes or missing pieces. That’s how we can be so sure.
Are you up for exploring the biblical landscape to prepare the way for the Lord’s return?
Do you have your binoculars with you?
We’re now ready to sift through the end-time puzzle pieces to look for a corner piece. Scattered throughout Jesus’ end-time teaching are two words: the time and the season. The Greek word for time is chronos (pronounced crow’-nos), where we get our word chronology (a listing of the timing of events). The Greek word for season is kairos (pronounced kie’-ros).
God gave us a beautiful picture of how these two words work together: an expectant woman. As soon as she finds out she is pregnant, she knows the approximate time of her baby’s birth—in nine months. She doesn’t know the exact date, but she can mark her calendar accordingly and begin making preparations. As the months pass by, she sees the corresponding signs of her pregnancy: that certain “glow,” the snug of her waistband, her protruding belly, food cravings, and contractions. When the birth pains ramp up and her water breaks, this signals the birth is a hand.
Here’s the catch. She needs to experience both the chronos time and the kairos signs. Otherwise, there is no healthy birth. A woman can’t just decide to announce that she’s pregnant. There at least has to be the initial sign of the necessary hormones in her bloodstream. If none of the other signs appear, then we know the announcement is a false alarm. A woman’s loved ones may notice her protruding belly across several months and wonder if she’s expecting, but unless the timing has been validated, that “sign” is another false alarm and signals something else is happening.
When it comes to the end-times, we likewise need both the chronos timing and the kairos signs. Not recognizing both elements is why there have been so many false predictions about Christ’s return. Understanding both God’s timetable and the biblical signs keeps us safe. We don’t have to worry about being fooled. That’s why this is such a crucial piece that defines the end-times picture for us.
Can you identify some of the time elements of Christ’s return?
Can you identify some of the signs of Christ’s return?
Another mountain of church tradition that so often blocks the way of would-be Levelers is the end-time phrase, “the last days.” It’s time to bring it low so the path is level. Here’s the dilemma in a nutshell.
In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus refers to the tribulation of those days being signaled by the abomination of desolation and the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. That happened in 70 AD, as the Apostles were establishing the Church. A few years later, the Apostle John describes himself in Revelation 1:9 as a “companion in the tribulation.” From Jesus’ description of the tribulation traits, we recognize them now in our own time: wars, rumors of wars, pestilence, famine, persecution—you get the picture.
Some Church traditions point to a future time of tribulation in the last of the last days, but no one seems to be able to pin down exactly when that starts. So how do we scale this hilly terrain? How do we reconcile all of these views? By looking at the most telling trait—at its true color and shape.
It’s revealed in Acts 2. It was prophesied into the earth in Joel 2:28-32. What distinguishes the last days is the outpouring of the Spirit. It began in the Upper Room with the apostles and disciples. It continued as the Church established a foothold on the earth.
Is the Spirit still being poured out today? If you answer yes, then you automatically know that we are still in the last days. If you answer no, then you need to find two to three clear Scriptures that specifically say the Spirit is no longer given to new believers.
The bottom line is that we have an important border piece of the prophetic puzzle: the extended nature of the last days. The last days coincide with the Church Age, which has lasted for almost 2,000 years! Chances are this answer to the dilemma raises more questions for you.
Glad you asked! We’ll tackle those questions when we next “gather together.” What other questions come to mind for you?