Fatherly Talk 8.17a Transitions

In September, we entered into a new transition, coinciding with the Jewish Calendar of the New Year. There are many types of transitions and this transition is one of the most important especially in the beginning of the Seven Year Famine (2020-2027). Anyone who does not believe in the cycle of seven times seven years is either blind or deaf; as by now every human being on earth knows that this year 2020 is so different from any other years in modern history. And those who never believe in the prophecy of the coming USA civil war in 2012, when it looks impossible, are now seeing even unbelievers in 2020 believing in this now judging by present circumstances.
Sometimes transitions happen gradually while others happen suddenly. Sudden transitions are like the following done in almost one day:
• Israel coming forth from Egypt to become a nation of its own (Exodus 13:3-5)
• The progression from theocracy into monarchy at the appointment of Saul as king (1 Samuel 10:17-25)
• The sudden rise of miracles under Elijah in the prophetic ministry (1 Kings 17:1)
• The instant division of Israel into two kingdoms, south and north, under Rehoboam and Jeroboam, respectively (1 Kings 12:1-17)
• The sudden appearance of John the Baptist followed by Jesus as the Messiah ushering in the New Testament (Mark 1:1-14)
• The rise of Paul as an apostle to the Gentiles sent from Antioch (Act 13:1-2)

Slow transitions are as follows:
• The transition from wilderness miraculous provision (which might have lasted for one year but was delayed up to 40 years) to Canaan fruitfulness provision (Exodus 16:4-35; Joshua 5:10-12)
• The transition between Israel being led by judges to being led by kings to being led by prophets. The time of judges (with overlapping judges for different regions lasted about 300-400 years. The time of kings leading lasted through the life of Samuel to the reign of David which was about 120 years (50 years of Samuel plus 40 years of Saul plus 30 years of David). From David, who reigned 40 years to the death of Solomon and a few kings later before Elijah showed up, it was a period of nearly 100-120 years.
• The transition between the Old Testament and the New Testament. Firstly, there was the nearly 400-year gap between the last Old Testament book of Malachi and the book of Matthew. Then when the fullness of time came for Jesus, we see appearances of Gabriel to Zechariah and then to Mary (Galatians 4:4; Luke 1:13-38). After these appearances and the birth of John the Baptist and our Lord Jesus, there was another thirty years when they both grew up to full age.

Although there seems to be a division between the sudden transitions and the slow transitions, they are both similar in principles. There is always the preparation and the testing that takes place before the transitions are completed. If we take the amount of time to prepare each human vessel for God, even the sudden transitions can be considered slow transitions. What exactly is involved in each transition? Transitions would bring forth the following:

  1. The preparation of the human vessel or vessels to usher in the new era.
    God does not go by our human clocks or calendars. God measures human chronology by the human vessels He raised for each dispensation, phase or era. Noah was the beginning of a new dispensation for humankind (Genesis 6:5-8). Abraham usher in the walk of faith prequel to the gospel (Romans 4:9-25). Joseph going into Egypt, though a tragic moment in his life, was the beginning of the fulfilment of the prophecy of Genesis fifteen when God will bring Israel into Egypt. Moses ushered in the law and the various animal sacrifices for the Tabernacle and for the future Temple. Each of these human vessels was a calendar and with them reaching the fullness of their calling, brought forth the new transition of God’s working with humankind.
  2. With each transition comes a new message, a new revelation or a new method; a new way in which God deals with mankind.
    God accepted the burnt offering all through the time of the patriarchs (Adam, Abel, Noah, Abraham) but everything changed when Moses implemented the Tabernacle and the law. The burnt offering was incorporated into one of the five types of sacrifices plus the division of the people into priesthood, high priest and non-clergy. With the new methodology was a new revelation of the name of God (Exodus 6:2-3).
  3. With each transition, new callings and positions are created to bring about what God is doing upon the earth.
    The division of Israel into twelve tribes began in seed form under Jacob who was renamed Israel. This division of twelve tribes was adjusted through the time of Moses, with Joseph becoming two tribes and the tribe of Levi remaining a priesthood serving tribe scattered through the cities of Israel. Under David, there were divisions of armies for warfare, priests for worship and administrators over the kingdom of Israel. New callings, new jobs, new divisions that did not exist pre-David or pre-Israelite kingdom (1 Chronicles 18:14-17; 23:2-5; 25:1-5 26:1-18). Under our Lord Jesus came forth fivefold ministries of apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors and evangelists; and other administrative organizations within the church, the Bride of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12; Romans 12:3-8).
  4. With each new transition, God manifest different things to the people upon the earth.
    The people in Noah’s time were to repent and follow him into the Ark but did not. The family of Jacob had to follow Joseph into Egypt. The people of Israel in Egypt had to follow Moses out of Egypt. The people of Israel had to make David their king before they enter into their full destiny as a nation. The ushering of the church in the New Testament had to follow the doctrine of the apostles for a good foundation to be laid.

New leaders, new revelation, new callings and positions and a new structure always result with each transition that is brought forth by God. God’s people don’t always follow easily and many times there is a period of struggle and resistance from followers before the leadership appointed by God on the earth becomes clearly visible. It took nearly twenty-two years, from the time Joseph was seventeen to when he was thirty-nine, before the brothers of Joseph accepted him as their leader. It took the tribe of Judah roughly thirteen years before they accepted David as king (assuming he was seventeen when he slayed Goliath) and the rest of Israel around twenty years before they accepted David as king over them. It took the early church nearly fourteen years before they accepted Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles and the new doctrine regarding the Gentiles that they don’t have to follow Jewish laws and ordinances (Galatians 2:1; Acts 15:6-29). Even after the Jerusalem council, there were still those who resisted the Council rules on the Gentiles, and they became the opposers of Paul’s doctrine (Galatians 6:12-15).

When the law was first given, it was not easy for the people of God to follow and there were early transgressors who had to be put to death (Numbers 15:32-36). Even Aaron himself lost two sons because they tried to bring fire which was not from the proper place of the Burnt Offering (Leviticus 10:1-2). Paul’s revelation that the Gentiles don’t have to keep Jewish laws and customs was not an easy doctrine to accept for the traditional Jew (2 Peter 3:14-16). It was also very hard to try to please two groups of culturally different people, such that inconsistencies can cause offence (Galatians 2:111-16).

In line with this train of thoughts, we must spend much time in prayer and worship with God knowing that:
• God has chosen us to lead this end time move
Just as God chosen men and women of old through different dispensations, we have been given a great responsibility to take the burden of this calling and spend time in the presence of God preparing ourselves to lead God’s people on earth. The callings and gifts of God are without repentance and though many would like to be the limelight leaders in this move and be the chosen ones, it is not men’s decision but solely God, who has predestined from the foundation of the earth. As was in the time of Moses, God has not chosen us because we were smart, talented or better than any others on the earth but rather He has chosen because of His love for us and His desire to show His mercy and grace (Deuteronomy 7:6-8).
• God’s revelation in this end time is concerning the establishment of the kingdom of God in the time of the ten toes (Daniel 2:44), and of His three-part Second Coming (the kingdom on earth – the glorious bride in fullness as per Ephesians chapter four and five; the Rapture and the Second coming landing on the Mount of Olives). To that end, we must prepare ourselves for He has released the understanding of the Seven Thunders revelation that was sealed since the time of Apostle John but unveiled in 2012 (Revelation 10:4-7).
• We are called into various new callings and divisions that prepare towards the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth; its synchrony with the four living creatures and the Seven Spirits of God, etc.
• There is a separation of the wheat and the tares taking place and God is separating us from the world and calling us to be holy as He our God is holy.
We are now almost through into the first year of the Seven Year Famine and only God knows all the details of things which are about to take place. The world has never been in the position that we have it today in the year 2020. Let us rise in our prayers and in our worship to the secret place of the Most High and behold the glory of God in the face of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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