WHO CAN INTERPRET THE TIMES?

This is a time of revelation. It is a time of uncovering truth and exposing lies. Both personally and collectively, the Holy Spirit is digging deep into those things that have been hidden in times past to free us of the roadblocks that are keeping us from our destiny.

But even in this time of revelation, it is also a time of confusion. Though we look at the signs of the times and talk of all that is being revealed in our nation, there are many differing interpretations to their meaning and their purpose. Whether it be headlines and breaking stories, words or impressions in prayer, or dreams and visions of things to come, understanding these various revelations is causing much debate. The growing number of various predictions and timelines concerning our future is leaving many scratching their heads. We are finding it painfully obvious that getting a revelation is one thing, but interpreting it is another.

You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? (Luke 12:56 ESV)

Most all who are spiritually attune in this hour agree that a mighty move of Holy Spirit is soon coming upon the earth. But, is He coming to move us into place or take us out of the fray? Is He coming in the Last Day exposure of the Anti-Christ or ushering in an era of Kingdom expansion long before that last and final Day? Depending on one’s interpretation of the revelations given, we are headed in two different directions!

A revelation is simply the “raw data” that is presented in a dream, a vision, a passage of Scripture, or a word. It is that initial “intel” which is seen or heard, outside of human initiative. According to 1 Corinthians 2:13, true revelations are not born of the flesh but can only come by the Spirit. But this is also true of interpretation. In the Old Testament the prophet Daniel received many visions and revelations, but he needed an angel to interpret them for him (see Daniel 7:15-16). In the New Testament we are taught about the gifts of the Spirit. One is the gift of tongues in an unknown language. But there is also another gift of interpreting that tongue (see 1 Corinthians 12:10). Spiritual interpretation was so important to the early Church that the apostle Paul said that if there was no interpretation available, one was to stay silent (see 1 Corinthians 14:28).

As a prophetic dreamer for many years, I have realized how subjective interpretation can be. The more symbolic a revelation is, the more subjective an interpretation can be. It’s no wonder that the most prophetic books in the Bible that are the most symbolic (Daniel, Ezekiel, Revelations), are also the most divisive among believers concerning the End Times. Books have been written on these interpretations and entire ministries have been built on various perspectives of these “last day” passages. The question is, have these interpretations made us more unified as a result?

My whole point in sharing this is simple. Perhaps we need to reconsider the weight that we place upon these various interpretations and look more closely at the initial revelations. For example, the most important revelation concerning the End Times is that Jesus is coming back for a glorious Bride without spot or wrinkle (see Ephesians 5:27). Rather than debating when and how this is going to happen, we should focus on being fully ready for His return. This not only has to do with our salvation, but our sanctification. The Bride that Jesus is returning for is not divided in purpose, irrelevant to the culture, or void of power over our adversaries. His Bride will be one of unrivaled spiritual authority and oneness of the Spirit that overcomes every foe and principality that stands against His throne. This alone should cause many to examine our current state and our readiness to assume that role.

Another revelation given in the past two years through countless dreams, visions, and prophetic impressions, is that President Trump has been anointed and appointed to serve two consecutive terms as President of this nation. Since the 2020 election, the various interpretations of how and when this is supposed to manifest have been greatly debated, and greatly divisive. It has become quite obvious that the true spiritual interpretation of that revelation has not yet been given. Does that disqualify the initial revelation? Or, does it call us to be even more diligent in separating out any interpretation of our own imagination and pursue only what the Spirit reveals. (In a recent YouTube video, I suggest looking deeper into the sovereign season of time we are in when considering God’s specific purpose in this revelation.)

In 1 Chronicles 12:32, the sons of Issachar were known to have “understanding of the times” in “knowing what Israel should do.” Perhaps they were demonstrating a taste of this gift of the Spirit in interpretation that is so desperately needed today. It is not enough to have a revelation of the Spirit. We must also rightly discern the purpose for which it was sent.

So shall My word be that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

A good starting point for interpreting revelation is to simply ask the “why.” Why was it sent? What is its purpose? Rather than fixating on the fulfillment of a word or promise, I believe Holy Spirit is compelling us to dig deeper; to search for the treasures of His heart and not just the timing of His plans. Rather than handing us the manifestation of these revelations on a silver platter, He is lovingly forcing us to ask more questions and give less predictions. Reminding us of the power of the secret place, He continually invites us to listen more carefully and discern more deeply the inner workings of His heart and His ways.

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. (Ephesians 1:17 NIV)

Ultimately, revelations are given in order to know Him better. Like hidden treasures, they are given to reveal more of His heart, His glory, and the workings of His Kingdom. That which is to come is not about validating our impressions or proving our interpretations but revealing the Christ and the majesty of His reign. Interpretations will come and go, but the revelation of Christ will always be the greatest pearl of all.

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  1. When you talk of the symbolic books you say Revelations instead of Revelation. It bothers me when the ‘s’ is added.

  2. What a sensible, reasonable, wise commentary on the issues in properly interpreting the times!! This is exactly where my thoughts, musings, and prayers have been focused as well. Thank you so much, Wanda, for clarifying this issue so articulately and so clearly. It is very evident Holy Spirit guided you to address this right now, and I appreciate the heavenly wisdom He imparted to you more than I can express. God is so good as He walks with us through these crazy times. Yes, our intimate friendship with Jesus will help us guard our hearts as He directs our way through this ‘jungle of information’, as my husband heard. The Bride WILL be ready when Jesus returns and can we all agree we are NOT yet prepared for Him? What a patient, loving, beautiful God we love and serve!♥

  3. Today the Lord told me He wanted to begin to use me. Oh boy, I said yes and I had an incident today! I kept reminding myself that He says He’ll give me the words. It did not turn out the way I wanted! I said Biden’s name and I said he’s a liar and not a Godly man. Laughed me to scorn And I told her the reasons why I said what I said and learned real quick just how much people believe in the fake news! I am praying for her eyes to be opened to the truth. I won’t EVER give up on my God! I’m trusting Him and standing for Him!

  4. I really appreciated this message. I’ve learned over this past year that there are many many interpretations of messages in the Bible especially when it comes to end times. There is so much division now a days. What I’ve come to realize is it doesn’t matter what one believes about when the Lord returns or when the church is raptured. What’s most important is that we continue looking up and are busy doing the Lords work. What’s most important is that we trust in his promises and look to him for the peace only he can provide. When I focus so much on when things will happen I’m taking focus off of him. I’ve decided to live each day like today is the day. I’m living for him and trusting in him

  5. Wanda:
    Thank you very much for this Question. Thanks for being a prophetess in the time we are in. I have prayed without ceasing as it seems to me. I hear often from the Holy Spirit, “Do Not be Deceived”. Lately with the manifestation of covid virus I’ve studied often Matthew 24:7,8,9.
    7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
    8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
    9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
    I believe we ARE in the midst of “begginnig of sorrows”. And all likely we are seeing verse 9 into play.
    https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=5115
    Quoted.
    If Democrats are successful in getting the “Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2021” pushed through the Senate, health officials will soon have access to the vaccination status of every single American citizen.
    So they will know exactly who is complying year after year.
    Needless to say, this is the sort of “Big Brother” technology that I have been warning about for many years.
    At one time, the privacy of our health records was something that was sacred in this country.
    But now all that is being thrown out the window.
    They want to be able to punish those that are not complying with their mandates, and once this system is established life in America will never be the same again.
    This will be the hight of tyranny and oppression. God Help us All.

  6. What is the symbolism in the picture? Why is Pope Francis in there? Is it because he is for one world religion, government, and economy? He backs Biden, Pelosi, and the Free Masons. I’m Catholic and disagree with him on many matters.

  7. I have been pondering the same question for some time. Why does it seem there are two opposite scenarios playing out: The Great Reset or the Great Awakening.
    The theory that Jesus may have already returned and the evidence covered up is starting to make sense. Are we possibly in the post-millennial period where satan has been released for a short time or season and deceives the whole world? Bible doesn’t say much about this period.
    There is evidence to suggest that much of history and timelines have been rewritten. Look at how they are trying to do it today. If you research Tartaria, some believe this was the 1,000 year reign of Christ. Much of Tartaria was destroyed along with the electrical grid and advanced technology that supported it. Fortunately, much has also survived and these buildings were converted into present day churches. We are not able to duplicate the architecture in these elaborate structures.
    If you have ever heard of Project Blue Beam, a holographic simulation of the return of Jesus (I think it also involves aliens), ask yourself why have a fake return if the real one is coming?
    You can easily research all this using DuckDuckGo. If anything, at least check out the Tartaria cities and ask yourself, who built all this and where did all these people go?

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