The Deceitfulness Of Date Setting On God's Events
He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know"(Acts 1:9).
The Lord Jesus Christ is warning Christians who fall into the trap of date setting for His coming or His judgments. This goes against the spirit of hope that we are encouraged to have and who hopes for something he knows about? (Romans 8:24-25). Love will continue to draw people to Christ, not judgment which is for the disobedient! There is a YouTube channel where dates for events are set. Remember what we said elsewhere on this blog, the Lord will NOT give a date for certain things to happen, because people will expect, He will unveil His Presence and calamity for the world 'as a thief in the night' (Revelation 16:15; Matthew 24:43; I Thessalonians 5:2).
The Day Of His Visitation
A few years ago, the Lord gave me a promise through a message to us that He was going to bless me with a spiritual gift. What exciting news that was to me! I immediately inquired from the Lord what type of spiritual gift it would be and when I'll be receiving it, but the Lord's gentle answer on about three occasions was the same, "Your father must just continue to pray, he will receive His spiritual gift".
It then happened that one Wednesday evening while I was preaching the gospel the Lord bestowed the spiritual gift upon me with power and those who listened to the message I preached confirmed that they felt God's awesome Presence and that I was not the same as before (1 Samuel 10:9). The following morning the Lord said, "Your father has received his spiritual gift", and this has remained with me ever since, I humbly worship God the Father in Jesus' name!
On another occasion, the Lord promised our ministry a prayer house and a vehicle to help us in our witnessing ministry, He did not reveal dates or times on when we would receive the promises after a period of more than two years, but every time we would inquire when the gifts would be coming, He again encouraged us to continue in prayer. As it was, for this gift, there was no announcement but just confirmations in dreams and visions, we knew the Lord blessed us with a prayer house only on the day we signed for the property. Hallelujah, What an AWESOME GOD WE SERVE!
On yet another occasion, I trusted the Lord for another blessing and He promise that I would receive it and that I should just continue believing and praying for the thing daily which I did, and surprisingly, the next morning the Lord announced that I will be receiving the thing I prayed for on that day and GLORY TO THE LORD ALMIGHTY, IT WAS SO!
Similarly, when God Almighty promised Abraham that He would bless him with a son and make him the father of many nations, Abraham had to wait for almost 25 years hoping against hope and the Lord proved His faithfulness at His own set times (Genesis 17:4-5; 18:10).
In addition, when the Father was about to send our Lord Jesus Christ into the world, He send His messengers to announce the coming of the Messiah in the flesh (Isaiah 9:6; Micah 5:2; Luke 2:11; John 1:29).
Essentially, today's message is a warning from the Lord to the brethren to guard against some people who are preaching 'date settings' in the Holy name of the Lord. Over the years, we have witnessed how countless people were being shamed for giving dates in the name of the Lord which has never come to pass. Brethren, we must escape the trap of date setting, the Lord, God Almighty alone determines the times and seasons and when He reveals it to His servants they will announce His plans, while He will execute His will on the day of His choosing (Isaiah 49:8).