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?