The Sons Of Issachar: Understanding the Times We Live In
Our God is a God of order and wisdom. In His covenant plan, He promised Abraham land, children, and prosperity. He determined the boundaries of that land, and then eventually changed the name of Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, to Israel, the name of the land. Jacob had sons, who became twelve tribes who were each a part of the whole land of Israel. If we bless Israel, we are blessed with all the covenant blessings of the original promise to Abraham. Each tribe of Israel had a redemptive blessing.
When God brought this people out of slavery in Egypt to move toward the promised land, He brought them out by armies. Each tribe was a warring army with a redemptive gift. Without each tribe warring for their portion, the full plan of God for the land, called Israel, could not be fully manifested in the earth.
They moved toward their promise as the trumpet sounded and His presence, which was central, shifted them toward their destiny. Three of the twelve tribes moved together. Judah, the apostolic warring leadership tribe who understood sound, moved first. Then came Issachar, the Torah tribe, who would bear the burden for victory and wages. This tribe understood time and could interpret the Word of God in time. They were connected to Zebulun, the wealth tribe, because provision for the journey and the supply for victory were important.
Jesus, Yeshua, our Messiah was out of the tribe of Judah. His obedience of submission, brought about the fullness of Father’s plan to redeem man. He became the Passover Lamb to bring all of mankind out of slavery and death. When Israel rejected Him as their Savior, He turned His heart toward the Gentiles. He grafted us into this glorious covenant that God made with Abraham. His plan, the New Covenant, allowed the redemptive quality of each tribe to come alive in us. This will allow us to see His plan for Israel fulfilled and His glory cover the whole earth. Through the Gentiles receiving grace and power to become sons of God, Israel is now becoming jealous and turning toward their Messiah. There will be no wall between Jew and Gentile in the future-they will be One.
THE TIME IS NOW! All nations in the earth can now become His inheritance. The time has come to harvest the nations, and develop One New Man, Jew and Gentile, as One. May the Issachar anointing to tell time become alive in you now!
God wants us to understand and interpret our times so we can prosper in every season and have wisdom to advance! God is beyond time, but because of His love for us He reaches down and intervenes in time. A big part of walking in God’s blessing involves seeing time from God’s perspective and how His cycles operate.
The pagan world saw time as endlessly repeated cycles leading nowhere. The Church has focused on time being linear, with a clear beginning and end. But in reality, both are part of God’s plan. God is moving history to a clear destination, but in the process, He uses cycles to move us forward and draw us closer to Him.
God’s Appointed Times: Breaking into His Cycles of Blessings!
When the power of grace enters into time, many situations are rearranged. There is not an understanding of the full concept of judgment in the Body of Christ. When God is ending one season and beginning another, or taking us through transition, He has to end or bring to death some old situations. This is why the tribe of Issachar could understand time. They knew how certain structures had to end so that the new season that God had would begin.
Issachar was the ninth son of Jacob and the fifth son of Leah. The tribe of Issachar was positioned strategically with Judah and Zebulun (Numbers 2:5; 10:14-15). Zebulun, the tenth son of Jacob and the sixth and last of Leah, meant “dwelling, habitation.” Zebulun was the tribe of war, ships, and trade. Judah was the fourth son of Jacob and Leah. His name meant “may He [God] be praised.” Judah prophetically was always destined to go first as the war tribe that would conquer.
You can see now why the famous Scripture from 1 Chronicles 12:32, “And of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs; and all their kinsmen were under their command” (Amplified version), had such significance at the time. The tribes were in a tremendous conflict and transition. The government was changing. They were moving from the government of the house of Saul to the government of the house of David. David was of Judah. Issachar could give great insight on how to make this shift. The Issachar tribe had several distinct characteristics in its DNA.
One that I want to discuss is Prosperity!
The people of the tribe of Issachar would become servants to many, work for wages, and live a comfortable life. By understanding times, you will prosper!
Most Christians don’t know that God has His own calendar. God’s timetable is clearly revealed in the Bible! This calendar was followed by the Jews in the Old Testament, by Jesus, by the apostles in the New Testament, and the early Church for hundreds of years. During the Dark Ages, the Church turned from God’s calendar and adapted the pagan Roman calendar. As a result, we lost many of the blessings of Heaven that God wanted to pour upon us in time.
The Good News is: God is restoring His appointed times! The appointed times of God are not some legalistic burden. As a Believer in Jesus, you are free to celebrate them or not. (Don’t get legalistic!) But when we choose to align our lives with the appointed times of God, we enter His cycle of blessing! His times are built around the harvest feasts. Once we understand these times, we go from increase to increase.