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Joseph Prince - God Has Set Apart A Favorable Season For You

Joseph Prince - God Has Set Apart A Favorable Season For You
Joseph Prince - God Has Set Apart A Favorable Season For You
TOPICS: Favor, Seasons of Life

Ecclesiastes 9:11, 9:11, 9:11. That date should remind us of something, as well as it's the emergency call of U.S. And for those of you watching from U.S., amen, this is your call for help. Even in the book of Psalms, the psalm of protection, what is the psalm? Psalms 91, verse 1, "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shelter, the protection of the Almighty, the Shaddai, and all throughout the day. Whether it's day or night, amen, He shall surely deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge," amen. Praise the Lord.

So it's a psalm of protection that ends with long life, amen. Praise the Lord. So, 9:11, we read that last week and we're gonna show you verse 12, okay? Right after verse 11 is verse 12. Am I right? So notice that verse 12 comes on like this, "For man also does not know his time". Okay, I tell you what, let's read verse 11 first. "I returned and saw under the sun that, The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise," but we believe it. We believe it. We teach this to our children. If you are not fast, amen, you lose the race. If you are not strong, you will lose the battle, amen. Don't think of battle as just, like, going to war. There are battles between companies, corporations, all right? Even arm wrestling. All right, it's friendly, right, but battle. Battle as a whole. "Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time," say it, time, "and chance happen to them all".

Okay, so "time" is "eth" in the Hebrew. This is the Hebrew word for "time". Many times it's used for favorable time. Sometimes it's used for bad times, yes, but there'll be a qualifying remark before that, okay, an adjective to describe. "Evil time" for example. Then you know it's evil time. But for the most part, it's favorable, okay? Now in the counterpart, which is the Greek, your Bible, Old Testament is in Hebrew. Your New Testament is in Greek. So the Greek of "time," right time, and there's a Greek version also called the Septuagint of the Old Testament. In the Greek, "time" is "kairos". Now, "kairos" is most frequently used for favorable opportunity.

Now, is there also some bad news of "kairos"? Yes, but like "eth," it would be, there'd be a qualifying remark there, like "Evil time," that kind of thing. It would tell you. But very seldom so, all right? Most of the time, it's favorable. Very few moments it's used for in a negative way, all right? Just the word "barak" in Hebrew for blessing, for the most part, it's the word "barak," "barakah," amen? "Barak" is blessing, okay? But "barak" in a few verses can mean the curse, the reverse. But you don't have to worry, the context will tell you, all right? Just think of "barak" as blessing. That's for the most part, okay? Are you with me so far? So there's time, right time, and there's "kairos," all right, in the Greek for "time," and chance. One day I'll teach on this. It's the word "pega," all right? But at the present moment it's the word "chance". "Happen to them all". "Happen" here is "qarah". We touched on "qarah" last week, amen. We touched on "eth," "kairos," and "qarah".

And like I said, one day I'll teach on "pega". But look at this. This is what's gonna happen this year. The Lord is saying it's a kairos year. It's a favorable year for all of us, all right? That doesn't mean the whole year is favorable. It just means that we are entering, God's people is entering, not the year itself. We are entering. When I say this kind of thing, people of the world says, "Okay, it's for all of us". It's not for all of us. It's for the people of God. Some people don't even bother to hear the message, amen. It's for God's people, all right? It's not for people who don't believe that God speaks, that God even exists, amen. Like the Bible says, "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God,'" amen. So it's true for God's people. Just like when God sent the plague to Egypt, that represents the world, God's people are in Egypt. So how? For example, the swarm of flies.

Now, the word "flies" is in italics, so the swarm there, some people says it's mosquitos, a swarm of mosquitos. Some say it's a fly that sucks blood, all right? Whatever it is, the word there is "swarm". God sent a swarm across Egypt, but the Bible says, what happened? All right, "In that day I will set apart the land of Goshen," where God's people, "in which My people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there, in order that you may know that I am the LORD". Another plague is the cattle disease. These are, so flies are around you, amen? So God is saying this year, flies, by the way, are pictures of evil spirits. God is saying, "I don't care what evil spirit or powers of darkness is near you, amen," God will make a distinction. It will influence the people. And usually when they're influenced, they're very depressed, amen. They're oppressed, but it will not happen to you. That's God's people.

And then we come to cattle, cattle disease, all right, in Egypt. Their cattle came down with disease and the cattle died. And this is referring to food, our drink, milk, and our meat, all right? So whatever you eat this year, whatever you, let me show you the verse first. "And the LORD will make a difference between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt. So nothing shall die of all that belongs to the children of Israel". All that belongs to the people of God, right, nothing will die. So there is a separation. So there are bad things happening to the world, darkness is coming upon this earth, but let's believe God.

Make sure, number one, you are a child of God. Notice it happens to all of them, you know? Many of them are backslidden. Many of them are now flowing with Moses. Not all of them are perfect. I'm telling you, of course none of them is perfect. None of them, what I'm saying is that it's like holy or whatever, amen. None of them could keep the Ten Commandments because it was not yet given. They just have to belong to God. And they are all God's people, amen. For us, by spiritual birth, new birth. For them, physical birth. They're the people of God because they are the children of Israel. Okay, the next one, so nothing you eat or drink is gonna affect you. Now, the third one is the hail. "Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, there was no hail".

So hailstones would come down from the heavens, from the sky, upon Egypt. Hailstone destroys all their crops, destroys their houses, destroys, they'll be destroyed if they are outside, right? But there's no hailstone in Goshen where the people of God lived. And "Goshen" in Hebrew means "near". Then we have, so, that's from the sky. So nothing surrounding you, nothing you eat and drink, nothing from up there coming down, amen, heavenward or whatever, will hurt you, will touch you this year. So drop down to the last one. Last one of course is the plague on the first born, but second to last one is darkness, thick darkness. "Moses stretched out his hand towards heaven, and there was thick darkness". Thick darkness, you cannot see in front. You can't see your hand in front of you, all right? But the Bible says, "They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. All the children of Israel had light in their dwellings".

So think about it. It was such a darkness that the Egyptians who knew how to, you know, strike a flint together. In those days, they don't have matches. They strike flints together, amen, and get light. Of course they know how to burn it. Of course, but no flint could give them light. So this light from the, in the Israeli houses is supernatural. Because if it's not supernatural, the Egyptians would find recourse to it as well. It was supernatural. Listen, child of God. This year, when darkness comes upon families, and values are all upside-down, and people don't care anymore, movies don't care about restrictions anymore, they don't care about, you know, whether your child is too young.

I was watching an innocent YouTube program about a singer that my son likes, right, and his life story and all that, and he's famous among the younger ones and all that, and just an old song that was revived back, and all of a sudden this guy used profanity and I had to stop it because, I looked at my son and I said, I feel so sad, because I thought it was an innocent kind of thing and that guy used profanity. I lost all my respect for him. And I told Justin, "That's a bad word. Don't use that word. It's a bad word". People who lose control use that word, amen. It's not people who are in control. It's not strong people that use that word. Weak people use that word. And so the world is like that, but we'll have light in our dwellings, amen? We'll have light in our dwellings. I thank God that Justin didn't watch it by himself. Right time, right place. Father and son was there, so I was there to instruct. I was there to help, amen? Praise the Lord.

You will have light in your dwellings. Light means always, you know, you don't have to talk so much, amen. You can just say a word and there'll be light in the heart of your teenager. There'll be light in the heart of your boy. There'll be light in the heart of your daughter, amen. Light means revelation. Light, there's supernatural light. This is not natural light or else Egyptians would make that light as well happen in their dwelling place. This is gonna happen, amen, in the year 2023. That's why this is verse 23, amen. "Oh Pastor, chapter and verse", I told you last week already, God has His way of just, why not? He can do it, right? Praise God, amen.

Go back to Ecclesiastes 9:11. So it says here, "Time", "eth" and "kairos," Hebrew and Greek, "and chance happen to them all". Now, we go to the next verse, but there are people. "Man also does not know his time". Again, "eth" and "kairos". In the Greek, it is "kairos". They do not know God's favorable time. And when they do not know God's favorable time, guess what? They are, "Like fish taken in a cruel net, Like birds caught in a snare, So the sons of men are snared in an evil time". So if it's an evil "eth," there's always a word "evil" to qualify it so you know it's not, you know? It becomes an evil time because they don't take advantage. Then the Bible says that now is the time of salvation. By the way, the word "time," "kairos". Now is the kairos of salvation. There's no right time to be saved, amen. Get saved as soon as you can. Jesus seldom tell people, in fact, He tell people, "Come to Me, I'll give you rest".

He's a preacher of rest, amen, because He finished all the work for us. But there's one time He tells you, "Make haste," amen? What is that? To Zacchaeus, "Come down. Make haste". Make haste, why? Make haste to be saved. Don't let one moment pass by. If you're not saved, your heart should stop beating, and you step into a Christ-less eternity, amen, that's gone. There's no more chance after that, amen? Amen. Make haste to be saved. And all the people said, "Amen".

So this is like, you know, you cannot, with all your boastings, and your qualifications, and your erudite learning, you cannot put yourself in the right place in the right time to avoid tragedy, amen. Accidents can happen on the road. People die through accidents on the road, all right? And sometimes, many times also it is not because of your negligence. It is the other person's negligence. We need the Lord to put us at the right place at the right time. You can be the smartest and the wisest man in Singapore, all right, and somebody else kill you on the road. It's not your fault.
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