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Knowing Times and Seasons
Copyright by Peter McArthur 2006
Published at Smashwords
The Bible text used is The Literal Translation of the Holy Bible (LITV) by Jay P. Green Snr.
Chapter 1 : Natural and Spiritual Seasons
Chapter 2 : The Hebrew view of Time
Chapter 3 : The Feasts foreshadow Seasons
Chapter 4 : Be like Issachar
Chapter 5 : The Wise shall understand
Chapter 6 : Watching, seeing, hearing and doing
Chapter 7 : How the Bible measures Time
Chapter 8 : Scriptural references to Time
Chapter 9 : Definitions of Discernment
Chapter 1
Natural and Spiritual Seasons
Before we look at the Spiritual Seasons and Divinely appointed Times of God, we need to
lay a foundation. That foundation will be found in the natural seasons, for it’s a principle that
the Natural Realm speaks to us of the Spiritual Realm. This is why the seven Feasts of the
Lord (Lev 23:4-43) are associated with agricultural seasons. And of course the Feasts in the
“natural” speak of their fulfillment in the “spiritual” through the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the natural flow of seasons there’s clearly a pattern; Summer, Autumn, Winter, and
Spring. This never changes except perhaps for the shortening or lengthening of some
seasons occasionally. Even the seven days of the week are patterned for us, with the last
day becoming a day of rest, the Sabbath. (It’s important to note that only the seventh day of
the biblical week was given a name; the other six days are simply known as the “first day”,
the “second day”, etc. [Gen 1:5 / 2:3 and Exo 20:11]. This highlights the importance and
sanctity of the day.)
So patterns become vital in our understanding of spiritual issues. We recall that Moses wrote
down the pattern for the building of the Tabernacle Tent (Exo 25:8-9), just as David handed
onto his son Solomon, a pattern for the building of the first Temple (1 Chron 28:11-12).
As we read Scripture it’s obvious that patterns occur over and over, especially in the Old
Testament and finally surfacing in the New.
These things became examples [Lit: a shape, pattern] for us, so that we may not lust
after evil, even as those indeed lusted.” 1 Cor 10:6