FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-10
In Ephesians 1:3-10 we are told, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.” This fullness of times is different from the fullness of time in Galatians 4. In Galatians 4, it is in the fullness of “time/chronos.” Chronos is a word used for a leadership generation, usually a 40 year period. In Ephesians 3, the dispensation of the fullness of the times, “the times” is the Greek word kai-roi, which describes a different measure of time. Kai-roi/seasons is a word used for a time period based not on a calendar-beginning or calendar-end, but the thumbprint-move of God. What we find is that there is both a fullness of times and fullness of seasons. Fullness of times is a period defined in calendar years, describing one’s leadership generation. And fullness of seasons is a period defined by the thumbprint of God, describing a specific move of God like healing, the baptism of the Holy Spirit or restoring the prophetic. Kai-roi/seasons or movements of God can be shortened or they can be extended and chronos/leadership periods can be shortened or extended all by the issue of fullness. It is obvious that God has a central thing in mind here. He wants the job done and when you and I sign up for that job, our intercession and our active participation can extend or shorten any given season. If it is necessary to shorten an antichrist-like leader’s time in office in order to gain a greater harvest, then pleading fullness before the Throne is the pathway to just such a goal. If we want a harvest out of America, we had better plead for the shortening of the leadership generation of all those individuals who continue to fill the cup of iniquity. Fullness of iniquity means judgment and destruction. Yet in such times, our prayers can stay God’s Hand, so we can gain time to bring in the fullness of harvest.