Great regret is approaching. This regret can be avoided if we properly discern the signs of the times in which we live.
This is an Issachar moment of history. Issachar was a tribe descended from Jacob and Leah. The sons of Issachar had a unique assignment. “From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take” (I Chronicles 12:32). We casually toss this verse about without understanding its meaning.
Issachar is a name defined as “there is recompense.” Recompense is an action that will “make amends for a loss or harm suffered.” The name Issachar is both revelatory and restorative. Most of our understanding of this group stops at the revelatory part. We understand the prophetic insight of the sons of Issachar that can see what is happening. If we don’t add on the restorative part we will miss the true meaning of the Issachar anointing.
I Chronicles 12:32 uses a phrase to denote the ministry of the sons of Issachar – “All these men understood the signs of the times.” That understanding, then and now, will not always be the popular interpretation of reality. The word “times” is defined as “an opportunity.” Discerning the signs of the times is the ability to see the opportunities of Heaven for redemption and restoration that are hidden in the surrounding darkness waiting to manifest.
In each season of human history, God will assign certain people or groups to bring a clear understanding of the times. They will help individuals and nations know how to respond to the events unfolding on their watch. This revelation will be met at first by mockery and shaming tactics until events begin to transpire that will be impossible to deny and dismiss.
We are about to see biblical prophecy fulfilled in our midst. Prophecies dismissed as having already been fulfilled or declared no longer relevant, will transpire and cause concern in the unbeliever and sadly in some believers who have succumbed to the spirit of the age. We will need the descendants of the sons and daughters of Issachar to help us discern what is taking place and how to respond appropriately.