Hastened in Its Time

By Francis Frangipane

There isn't one church leader I know who does not believe we are living in the end times.   Exactly where we are along heaven's prophetic time line is debatable, yet everyone has his or her own catalog of confirming end time signs. If it is true that we have, perhaps, less than a generation before the end of the age, we should expect is to see a divine hastening of spiritual realities.

Indeed, this ministry often quotes Isaiah 60:1-3 concerning the manifestation of the Lord's glory in the end time church.  Yet, Isaiah's revelation concludes with this added encouragement: "I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time" (vs 22).   Let's personalize this hastening: our maturing and transformation will be accelerated in the days ahead!

Consider also Paul's word: "For the Lord will execute His word upon the earth, thoroughly and quickly" (Rom 9:28).  There is no reason the Lord cannot do things quicker should He choose to: He created the universe in seven days!  I love that the end times are not just about God moving quickly, but also about Him accomplishing a deep and thorough work in us.  Indeed, if we want the quick, we must focus on the thorough.  Yet, His promise is for both a quick and thorough work!

On the Road to Damascus

By Francis Frangipane

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit" (Jn 12:24-25).

There is a profound truth about spiritual growth hidden in Jesus' remarks.  He likens our growth to the same pattern seen in a life cycle of a seed.  There are two aspects to the seed: a husk and its kernel.  The husk is the harder, outer covering that protects the tender, inner kernel. Of course, it is the kernel, not the husk, which contains the power to bear fruit and reproduce.

However, once the seed is planted in soil and watered, the outer husk must break. Its completeness and usefulness "dies." Without the death of the husk, the seed will never produce fruit and will abide by itself alone, just as Jesus said.