Life on earth is characterized by different seasons as designed by God. These seasons are expected to shape human behavior and activities in the earth. Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3 says, “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
The sons of Issachar were gifted with the ability of tracking seasons and defining appropriate activities. In 1 Chronicles 12:32, they were described as men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do per time. From Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 1 Chronicles 12:32, we see that there is a correlation between seasons/contexts and appropriate human activities and lifestyle in the earth. When it is winter, we know too well to get thick clothing. When it is summer, we lose the thick clothes for lighter and freer ones.
Everything that was prophesied by the prophets as well as the teachings of Jesus Christ that point to the end of this age has started happening. In Matthew 24, Jesus Christ told us about upsurge in false prophets, global political and economic crises, natural disasters etc. Today, false prophets are everywhere, swindling and deceiving people, there’s global terrorism, wars in the Middle East, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes in different parts of the world etc.
Paul wrote about the falling away of man (1 Timothy 4:1-2), increasing moral decay among believers (2 Timothy 3:2-7). God also promised that there would be a shaking that would cause things not built on the Word to fall apart (Haggai 2:6, 21; Hebrews 12:25-27). We have witnessed the fragmentation of Soviet Union and Brexit. More so, the Trump effect is still unfolding, which is indicative of continued fragmentation.
“You were taught with regard to your former way of life to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Ephesians 4:17 -24
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
All these are pointers to the effect that we are approaching the finish of all things. Peter succinctly describes the end thus: “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and Godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming » - (2 Peter 3:10).
Here, we see Peter again pointing out that there is a correlation between contexts and appropriate activities and lifestyle. Now that the end is near, we ought to promote holy and Godly lifestyle because God is coming for a Church without wrinkle and spots; a perfect and a matured Church (Ephesians 5:27).
Having defined the context in which we exist, Peter also described the kind of lifestyle we should lead and promote. This is the season to emphasize accurate lifestyle, maturity of the saints and bringing all of God’s purposes to the finish in the earth. In essence, the accurate emphasis in our context is Christlikeness. And this is what we are about here at TFChurch, as we prepare ourselves for His return.
The awareness of this context of the finish has to be engrained in us, because it is meant to define who we are, our emphasis as well as calibrate our actions and activities. The correctness of our actions largely depends on the timing and context. While the five wise virgins fuelled their lamps at the right time, the five foolish ones did so at the wrong time and they missed the return of the Bridegroom (Matthew 25).
Any spiritual experience, activity, encounter that does not lead you to Christlikeness is invalid in this context of the Finish.