We’ve heard the expressions, “They were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” or “right place at the right time.” Also, often used is “Now is not the right time.” The fact is “Timing is everything.”
God provided a New Testament Greek word, “kairos,” to express the Lord’s perfect time. It is for us to recognize the kairos moment and then participate.
I will address a point of controversy in an upcoming post, but for now, be aware there has been sharp disagreement among Christians on the timing of “the rapture” (the sudden “taking up” of the saints). Such disharmony ought not to be. Those who take the Bible literally–as I and many do–understand what is described in what’s called “the classical rapture passage,” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, as a still future or prophetic event. But when will it occur? When will be it be on the time spectrum. God’s sovereignty requires the necessity for kairos time. In other words, what we call the day of the rapture will be highly anticipated by God’s saints who understand the Scriptures. There will be no mystery for God’s redeemed people.
Our Creator operates on a “fullness of time” basis (Galatians 4:4). He placed lights in the heavens so we “know” His signs (Genesis 1:14). He also reveals His plans through his servants, the prophets (Amos 3:7, Isaiah 42:9, etc.)
God is a God of order, of perfect timing, and not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). He wants His people to comprehend that beyond a doubt He is their Savior. It is then up to us to prepare to face terrible times (2 Timothy 3:1, Luke 21:23) ahead of Jesus’ Glorious Return to rescue the saints.
Perhaps you are hearing this for the first time. It may be difficult to accept that times and seasons for major redemptive events are for his people to know. Don’t misunderstand, for many the suddenness of events will be a surprise, like a thief in the night. Those who heed God’s prophets, however, will not be in the dark. They are children of the light (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
Simeon and Anna were anticipators. They waited with eager expectation for the redemption of Jerusalem (Luke 2:38). We meet them in the temple. Where else would they look? (Malachi 3:1)
Why was Simeon, a righteous and devout man, moved to enter the temple and cast his eyes upon the Christ-child, the one he called the consolation of Israel (Luke 2:25)? He was controlled by the Spirit. Simeon saw Jesus with his parents. He took the baby in his arms then praised God, saying, “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised…” (2:29)
Simeon and Anna understood that “timing is everything.” For knowing the promised time they were rewarded, as all saints will be. It is never a guess. Christ’s return will be met with confident anticipation by a great multitude of chosen people, all of whom followed God’s prophets.
Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the suffering of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled, set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:10-13 NIV)