Knowing The Time
Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Intro: The Bible says Ecclesiastes 3
- 1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
- 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
- 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
- 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; (Bud Hall reminded me of John the Baptist – a reed shaking in the wind)
- 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
- 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
- 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
- 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
The question is, who decides what time it is?
How can we know the time?
Do we have to wait for someone to tell us?
Do we get an email from God?
I. It’s Time to Wake Up
- Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
If there is anybody in our society today that should be “woke”, it is God’s people.
We don’t blindly follow the world and its agenda.
We never have.
Maybe God allowed a pandemic and a bunch of power hungry bureaucrats to take over the world to get the church to WAKE UP!!
They’ve been lulled to sleep, much like Samson fell asleep in the devil’s barbershop.
II. It’s Time to Work
- John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
NOTE: The guidelines for PURE RELIGION is found in James 1:27. It requires visiting the widows.
Our Governor has forbidden that.
Does that sound like “make no laws prohibiting the free exercise of religion?”
III. It’s Time to Watch
- 1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
- 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
- 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
- 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
- 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
- 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
SEE I Peter 5:8 – a verse I memorized when I was 7.
- 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
IV. It’s Time to Witness
- 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
- 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
- 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
V. Time to Worship
First Mention Principle – time
- 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
- 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
The first instance where time is mentioned, there is a conflict surrounding one’s personal relationship with God.
There’s a right way to worship, and there’s a wrong way.
God is the one that determines how it’s done.
Cain’s version made logical sense, but God did not approve.
Cain was no doubt sincere, but he was sincerely wrong.
God respected Abel’s worship because it aligned with God’s plan.
Cain was very wroth.
Notice how Abel’s obedient worship and sacrifice made Cain angry.
I John 3
- 11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
- 12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
- 13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.