The Right Time (JP Theme for 2023, pt. 1)- February 1, 2023 (46-47/365)

The Kairos Year Of Right Time, Right Place

Shared by Joseph Prince, January 08, 2023

Last year was a Year of Rest and Acceleration for Pastor Prince’s church, and they’ve enjoyed a lot of testimonies pointing to how Christ has certainly brought people to rest, but in movement at the same time – and not only movement but accelerated movement. One such testimony involved family issues that have lasted for as long as 6 years, which were only resolved in 2022 – at the tail end of the year. Pastor Prince also reminds us that the themes for each year don’t cancel out when the new year turns… The revelations apply to us for the previous years, up until today.

Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. Ecclesiastes 9:11

9-11 isn’t a number we’ve taken lightly since the turn of the century. Our brothers in the USA recognize, more than anyone else in the world, how these numbers symbolize tragedy… and as if to add insult to injury, that’s the same number sequence they dial when they have an emergency. But Pastor Prince also pointed out that the same number represented the first verse of a Psalm we kept on proclaiming in our global emergency – that is, the Covid pandemic. Before we dialed for emergency, we cried out for help, starting with Psalm 91:1 – “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.”

When we’re under someone’s shadow, or as it says, when we’re abiding in someone’s shadow, it indicates exactly how close we are to this person, or this entity. In the case of Christ, we run to Him for shelter, but we find ourselves close to Him, and so close that we are in His shadow. We’re as close as we could ever be to Him, which means that we are under His shadow – which means we both are in the same shadow.

But going back to the verse that was pointed out. Solomon, who was given wisdom by no less than the wisest of the wise, shared this peculiar observation. It sort of explains how, say, people with less experience may bump into someone, and they would be given a position that eventually fits them; this, among other similar fortunate events.

Now, the word ‘Time’ in Hebrew is the word ‘iv’ (? unfortunately I only purchased the audio so I can’t be sure of it, so it’s ‘iv’ from here on out), and ‘Chance’ is ‘karah’; We want this right timing to happen to us – we can ask to be the fastest or the strongest, but apparently what we want more than all this, is for the right timing to fall upon us. The Greek equivalent of ‘iv’ is ‘Kairos’, which is why Pastor Prince is adding ‘Kairos’ to the proclamation of the theme of this year. We’re looking at what we may think is ‘chance encounters’… but is it really ‘chance’, or do we find greater depth and meaning in ‘karah’?

But going back to ‘iv’; We want our encounters to involve us being in the right place in the right time. And apparently there’s only so much we could do for us to be in the right time in the right place – But this deficiency we have, more than anything else, should lead us to seeking the Lord more – He can take us to these encounters, and it has nothing to do with chance.

And we don’t need to strain in prayer to be with this God superior to time and chance – We’re reminded that when we pray in the name of Jesus, we pray, representing Christ; It’s not just about us mentioning ‘in Jesus’ name’ – nothing wrong with that, but we need to be aware that in our prayers, Christ prays with us – so close that we pray, again, representing Christ.

Time and Chance happens to us all. ‘iv’ is right timing; and again, it’s ‘kairos’ in the Greek, which is ‘opportune, seasonable, and the right time.’ The opportune moment is a favorable moment – the right time. Kairos is also a ‘favorable time’. ‘Kronos’ differs from ‘kairos’ by way of the quality of the time… and while we live in kronos, it’s God who brings us to kairos.

Peter preached the following, as early as Acts 3:19-21: Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.

The word ‘times’ in ‘times of refreshing’ is kairos. And this kairos comes, as Peter says, ‘from the presence of the Lord’; The world doesn’t seem to get any better, but for those of us in the body of Christ, we will be in times of refreshing – in the right time, at the right place.

Pastor Prince emphasized in the earlier parts of the message that we should take notice of the first mentions of things in the Bible. Now in the case of ‘time’, or ‘iv’, to be specific, it was first mentioned in the times of Noah – of all times, it was the time when an ark was constructed for relief and rescue, while the rest of the world was, in his words, ‘liquidated’. Pastor Prince also mentioned that the same word for the pitch used to seal the ark entrance was the word for ‘consecration’; as if to point out that by the consecration we have in Christ, we are both protected from the waters of the outside, and kept from releasing what life we have within. The seal also emphasizes how if we fall, we may fall, but we will still be in the ark, never falling outside of it, because we are sealed within. If we fall, we fall IN Christ – we don’t fall out of Christ.

We’re in this same sort of situation, considering what’s been going on in the last 3 years. Destruction in the form of the pandemic and its resultant fear – that’s what was flooded and flowing in from the outside. But by Christ we’ve all been kept safe from it – He’s been with us through all the suffering. And, at the end of the forty days and forty night of the flood, the ark rested in Mount Ararat. Noah sent out a raven, and then a dove… and it was in the evening that the dove returned with an olive branch. Now, the word ‘evening’ was the first mention of ‘iv’.

It’s no accident that it was mentioned at this time, in the story of Noah. ‘iv’ could have appeared in the recalling of the stories of Adam and Eve, or of Cain and Abel, etc; but we see ‘iv’ mentioned first in the story of Noah, which may very well be the first story of redemption in the Bible. For so many days the ark was keeping people safe in spite of the waters raging and rising, and when it all ended, the dove came with a message of peace, in the form of an olive branch, a sign of what eventually came – the ark resting on Ararat, a name that means that ‘the curse have been reversed’.

The first ‘iv’, the first ‘right time’ was an olive branch – a message of hope, and of a future of safety, the end of peril; Christ was the living Word who is our Living Hope, in whom we are safe – He is the end of the Law who finished the curse; He reversed our curse – which means, the curse that was supposed to materialize has now been replaced with the manifestation of blessing; That’s what this year is. There’s a lot of talk in the anti-Christian airwaves of attraction and manifestation, but while the words that are spoken may have some sort of metaphysical effect, it is the word spoken in ‘iv’; the word spoken in the right time – that’s how the curse truly fizzles, and that’s how the blessing comes to be.

Now it doesn’t necessarily mean that this manifestation comes according to our expectations. Abraham and Sarah were waiting for a son for 20 years. That tells us that just as the word is spoken at the right time, so it also manifests in the right time. That’s kairos.

Pastor Prince points out that it’s no less than the dove, the representation of the Holy Spirit, that comes in ‘iv’. And that’s true for us as well – we’re brought to the right time, by no less than the Holy Spirit. He orchestrates the circumstances for us to meet people in the right place at the right time. It’s the Holy Spirit who moves in the hearts of so many people, and even if we call them coincidences, God doesn’t move that way. We, therefore, need the movement of the Holy Spirit more this year.

Another time ‘iv’ is used, is also in the ‘episode’ of Abraham and Sarah: When the angels visited them, they mentioned the following: “I will surely return to you about this time next year (‘according to the time of life’, in some translations), and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him.” (Genesis 18:10); the mention of ‘time’ here is also ‘iv’. And God, not taking any chances, mentions ‘iv’ again in verse 14: “Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time (‘iv’) I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” (Genesis 18:14)

This is the Kairos year – the year of manifestation. Is there anything too hard for the Lord?

There’s nothing too hard for God. Nothing too difficult for Him.

Let’s take a look at how Paul communicated the same verse in the Greek, in the New Testament, in Romans 9:9: For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.”

The word ‘time’ used here was kairos. And what was the story in question here? It was concerning Sarah – at the time mentioned, He would return, and she would have a son. The Holy Spirit shall also come, and what we’ve been praying for, what promises we’ve hoped for – they shall manifest.

But let’s keep looking at other places where kairos is used. Paul says the following to the Galatians: And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9) – Paul says kairos, referring to the due season. The context of ‘doing good’ here is giving, and what Paul is saying is that if we’re giving, let’s keep on doing so – for in kairos, we shall reap. Don’t give up! If you’ve given up on praying, pray again – your kairos is coming, and you shall reap!

At around this time, Pastor Prince clarifies – when we talk about reaping, or when we talk about being in the right place at the right time, let’s not always assume that it is something easy, or fortuitous at first glance. It may not look favorable at first, but when we look back at it, that’s when we discover – and the praises come out even more.

I’m wrapping it up here for now. The audio clip is halfway done, and this is the first of 2 audio clips where Pastor Prince talks about his theme. So far, we’re seeing that the right time is a favorable time, an opportune time, and a time of refreshing. It’s ‘iv’ and ‘kairos’; It’s a time we may not realize at the time, was a time when a curse was reversed. It’s a time that we couldn’t work out for ourselves, one we couldn’t bring ourselves to out of our own effort. It’s a time we’re brought to, or a time brought to us, by the power of the Holy Spirit – for us to behold at the right time, for the benefit of the body of Christ.

I’m excited. There’s certainly much more to come.

Until the next post, God bless you.

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