The attitude of the sky has a direct influence on the attitudes of the masses of peoples that live below it. OK, that sounded strange. However, most of us would agree that the weather for the day affects our day, the way we feel, the events we have planned, etc. Most of us could awaken in the morning, take a look at the sky and get a good feel for how the day will go, at least for the next couple of hours. And thus we plan our days accordingly.
What is the Forecast?
How about the weather men and women who forecast for us daily and nightly? Yet, unfortunately, they are the punchline of many jokes because of the inaccuracy of the forecast. The amazing thing is that the predictability of the weather is more accurate now than it has ever been in the course of human history. Ten years ago tornadoes could not be picked up by radar. Today you can see rotations, clouds that have the storm “signatures” that may produce super cells and funnels.
I used to live in an area that was called “the tornado alley of Georgia.” Basements were our friends. We were constantly watching the storms and became somewhat accustomed as to what to look for as it pertained to the intensity of the current storm at hand. Presently, I preside in Peachtree City, GA; home of the National Weather Service. They are the ones that issue warnings for areas when severe weather threatens. My guess is that they have the most sophisticated weather equipment available, save the military and the government. I have watched documentaries in which they have weather stations all over the country that take hourly measurements to give us the most up to date information about the weather that is technologically possible at this moment in human advancement. With all of these prophetic valuations, how is it that most of the time it still seems like the forecast is at best a 70/30 chance of happening. I can attest though that is does seem that the closer the weather system, the more accurate the forecast appear to be.
The Appearance of the Sky
With the understanding of weather in our day, it elevates the magnitude of the statement Jesus makes when discussing these matters with the Pharisees:
And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed. Matthew 16:1-4 ESV emphasis mine
With all the technology we have today, and the possibility of inaccurate forecast, it is astonishing to me that Jesus rebuked the Pharisees because they were able to predict the weather more accurately than the times in which they were living. This being stated more than two thousand years ago at that. Think on it; we have had 2000 years to grow in our accuracy of the weather and still their commendation came in their ability to predict the weather, however, their condemnation came in their failure to predict the times.
I recently wrote two articles on the subject of the times: “Taking Hold of the Times,” and “Understanding the Times,” so my focus here will be on the prophetic vision needed to understand the times and the sight needed to see prophetically. If we look at the sky, we can gauge the day. If we look at the Scriptures we can gauge the times. It has to do with our focus, or the place we are giving attention to with our vision. Most prophecy teachers in the mainstream today watch TV or world events, then they open up their Bibles and find a passage they deem that coincides with said events and begin to prophesy the happenings as prophetic Biblical interpretations. Many years ago while discussing this phenomena, my friend Avi and I realized that they were Interpreting the Scriptures according to the times, rather than interpreting the times according to the Scriptures.
In “Prophetic Essence,” I mentioned that I had been able to avoid accidents on the road because I was always looking ahead. Likewise, I am also good at catching things when they fall because I move my hand to where the object is falling to, and not trying move my hand to where it is at because by the time I reach there it has already fallen past my hand. Instead, my hand is already there waiting on the object to catch up with my hand. We see the clouds and understand by their appearence that they are moving toward something, therefore we make a prediction. In the same light we read Scripture, and understand through the intelligence of the Spirit that it is moving toward something, and make a prediction.
The Pharisees should have been able to understand the times according to the Law and the Prophets that this was the hour of the revelation of the Messiah to Israel. For lack of prophetic vision they missed it (Prov 29). They wanted a sign from heaven that Jesus was the Messiah, but He was spoken of in the Writings and if they had understood that, they would have taken part in the Spirit of the prophecy and developed the vision necessary to partake in its fulfillment–the coming of the Messiah, Yeshua.
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. John 3:8
I believe that there is a key here that Jesus was clarifying. The same way we view the clouds we can also view what the Spirit of God is doing, and out of that prophetic sight, we can speak or prophesy His heart for the season. We are like spiritual Doppler radars. Through the Spirit we can pick up what the prophetic weather patterns are like and how that will effect the spiritual climate of other places.
Prophetic Weather Patterns
As I write this I have a friend who is on a mission trip. Before she left I saw an image in the Spirit of her flying into the country and region where she was going to minister. I then saw her seeing an aviation map that showed weather patterns and the flights landing and taking off in the region. I felt like God was giving her the sight to see the things happening in this region in the Spirit. With this sight, this knowledge of what is happening she would be able to prophesy accurately into the area the will of God for the present and coming seasons.
The supernatural realm drives the occurrences of activity in the natural. We are seated with Jesus in heavenly places which means that even though we are in the natural we can affect the supernatural if we understand who we are and the power that Jesus has toward us who believe. With this sight we can be effective in our ministry as prophets to the nations. And I believe that with this sight we can see into the times and season of Israel and as a Church that administers the kingdom of God to the earth, even bring the sight needed for this nation forever captured by God’s heart to finally recognize the Messiah and declare “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Red Skies at Night
The decade of the 1980’s was a transitional period. The culture of the time was odd. People were all over the place, trying different things. During this time some interesting music was produced. I was a young kid then, but the peculiarity of the songs remain etched on my brain. When I hear them it brings me back to that time. Many of the songs were about the times and even prophetic. The prophetic at that period though had no outlet in the Church, and those with the creativity to become prophetic were often misunderstood and found themselves outside the Church with no one speaking to the gifts inside of them and helping them to establish a relationship with Jesus. “Sinners”, “freaks”, and “New Agers” were their designations by those with positions but no prophetic vision.
The era of the 80’s was also marked by the waining years of the Cold War, a battle of nuclear arms primarily between the US and the Soviet Union. Thus the music was also stained with the substance of the times. One of the songs of the time was by “The Fixx.” Their song “Red Skies” was released in 1982:
Red skies at night
Wo oh oh oh oh
Red skies at night
Wo oh oh oh oh
Should have taken warning it’s just
Running, hiding, lost
You can’t find, find a place to go
Someone’s taking over
And it looks like they’re aiming
Right at you
Someone said we’ll be dead by morning
Someone cries leaving
Red skies at night
Wo oh oh
Obvious apocalyptic tones that pertained to such an era; “red skies at night” seem to reflect the imagery of nuclear bombs and fire at night. I can’t help however to compare it to the words of Jesus. The ability to see what is happening is vital to the address of our times. How effective do we desire to be within the Kingdom in our generation? Will the songs of our generation be more significant than the understanding we had in the times we lived in?
What will the coming decade hold and how will it be writ in history?
Lord give us the sight to see the prophetic weather patterns that enable us to prophesy Your heart into our generation.
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