By Michael Danforth
Over the years it has become more and more evident that most people
or make reference to the future according to their eschatology. When I
of eschatology, am speaking of a theological term that designates the
of what will happen at the end of history, in this case, ours. This is
particularly true concerning the event of the "second coming" of
I have watched international events unfold across our nation; I have
listened to and read many responses. Some of these responses have come
through strong prophetic utterances or simply words of wisdom and
There are those who look to prophets and such hoping to get some
insight on present day events as they continue to unfold. Since there's
many that lack the inability or relationship to hear God for
seems their only recourse for any clear understanding is via prophet,
prophetess, or anyone else that has the ability to perceive the outcome
tomorrow. Since we live in a time when the maturity in the body of
strongly lacking, we are truly thankful for those that God has ordained
such at time as this to hear His voice above the clamor of our own
Yet, I do believe that there is presently an acceleration of tremendous
growth occurring within the corporate body of Christ, more than any
time in our history. No doubt, there are those that would theologically
debate the quality of that growth.
Right now there are various public figures within the corporate church
if, for no other reason, feel the pressure of giving an account or
explanation for all that is happening right now in the homeland
the United States and the world abroad. And rightfully so.
After all, wisdom and counsel of the spirit of God in times likes these
not an unfair request for those who consider mature Christian leaders
the comforting or insightful voice of the God's spirit.
However, I do think in all fairness that the eschatology of those who
speaking should be a strong consideration concerning the validity of
which is being said. Those who might be putting a large amount of
trust in those they believe to be the most anointed or in tune with
voice need to consider the eschatology of such.
For example, if someone believes that we are on a road to ultimate
and that our only salvation in the end is to be "raptured out"; then
is a very strong chance that their ability to hear God is going to be
within their perception of their definition of the end times. There are
anointed leaders that believe that gross darkness is unavoidable, and
best that we can do is hold down the fort until Jesus comes. Therefore,
of what God speaks will be interpreted through the lenses of a final
Armageddon theology. I know there are theological terms that describe
of what I am writing, but for the sake of those that might not be as
such as myself, I would rather keep it within a layman's format.
Another example would be those that perceive the end times to be ever
increasing rather than decreasing. There are those that see everything
within the context of the body of Christ becoming stronger and not
They see that the kingdoms of this world are becoming the kingdoms of
They are not looking for a way out of this world, they are looking for
into the revelation and power of God's kingdom. They believe that in
end, those who are in Christ will be the prevailing force in the earth.
These are just two small examples of a much larger view that it is
out there today. So, before you embrace the words that are coming forth
this hour, via the holy spirit, it would serve you well to know from
eschatology it comes. No matter who this man or woman might be, how
or how gifted, let there be no doubt that their perspective of how
will is purposed toward the final outcome on earth, will bear a great
influence upon their ability to interpret their dreams, visions and
It would also serve us to remember that the office of the prophet was
part of God's initial plan for the people. Is the office important?
Certainly! As well, every other office and function of the spirit is
important. And yet, as important as all this may be, there must come a
when the corporate body of Christ matures enough to hear God for
As long as you are dependent upon hearing God through someone else,
life is at a greater risk than hearing Him for yourself.
Thank God, we have medical physicians that are qualified and capable of
helping those who cannot help themselves. And yet as wonderful as the
medical field may be, it is an alternative of God's original design.
primary intent is for all to walk in a faith that reveals His healing
in our lives.
In the meantime, may we see and listen with great discernment to that
is of the spirit and that which is of the flesh. "Till we all come to
unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect
to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should
longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind
doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of
plotting, but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things
who is the head--Christ-"(Eph 4:13-15)