Dr. Walter Olsen
Can we discern the times we live in? This is so important because of the plan God has revealed in the Bible. We don’t have to be ignorant considering what is going on in the world about us or of the Lord’s return. We don’t know dates, but we can know something of God’s overall plan for the ages.
Jesus said, “...when ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There shall be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?” (Luke 12:54-56).
If one does not know the Lord and the truth of the Bible, he is left to human reasoning as to what is going on around him. He is also left to human reasoning as to how to prepare for the future. Those who believe the Lord know that the violence and corruption of the world about them is something the Lord had predicted long ago. The Lord, through the Apostle Paul, warned of the dangerous times to come. The Lord has also given ample truth regarding His return. It remains for us to believe and trust Him for our future. Believers can rest in the fact that their citizenship is in heaven. Through faith and the truth of the Bible, we can discern much of the times we live in.