Breaking The Tenses Of Time
|Currently, while in Canada, I was sharing with the people how our understanding of the past, present and future is dramatically changing. A day will soon come when the people of God will no longer be divided by the tenses of time. This means we will eventually break free from the on going cycle of a new year.
The first time the New Year was celebrated on January 1st was in Rome in 153 B.C. (In fact, the month of January did not even exist until around 700 B.C., when the second king of Rome, Numa Pontilius, added the months of January and February.) The New Year was moved from March to January because that was the beginning of the civil year; the month that the two newly elected Roman consuls—the highest officials in the Roman republic—began their one-year tenure. But this New Year date was not always strictly and widely observed, and the New Year was still sometimes celebrated on March 1.
In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar introduced a new, solar-based calendar that was a vast improvement on the ancient Roman calendar, which was a lunar system that had become wildly inaccurate over the years. The Julian calendar decreed that the New Year would occur with January 1, and within the Roman world, January 1 became the consistently observed start of the New Year.
This is not to say that the celebration of another year is not meant to be a joyful occasion, but we must be careful not to let the limitations of a new year keep us from walking in the present fullness of the kingdom of heaven now. Its easy to become prey to the hypnotic power of time, which seduces many into believing that the end of a year, and the beginning of another, will somehow set them free from the old and bring them into the new.
If our goal is to manifest the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, then its important to realize that heaven is not broken up in increments of time. We are not here to serve time, but time is here to serve us. Often as we approach another year we do so knowing that a mixture of disappointments and victories are behind us. Thus, we posture ourselves toward a new year, hoping it willxceed our former expectations.
News Flash: Entering into another year, does not produce instant gratification freedom from previous challenges. Continuing in the love of the Father and His kingdom does.
In the kingdom of God, time does not have the power to keep you from engaging with all the tenses of time simultaneously. In the spirit, in Christ, there are no restrictions of time. In other words, you don’t have to wait for 2016, 17, or 18 before interacting in their intended fruitfulness.
At MTI, we celebrated the 2015 before it actually manifested in this time. During those moments we celebrated with Aaron and his sons. They appeared in the midst of our celebration carrying torches of fire. They broke the barrier of time revealing that the fire of the Lord in their day modeled an eternal fire that would forever burn throughout time. The fire they carried in our midst was a reminder that we are now ministering flames of fire destined to burn throughout the ages.
And of the angels He says, “Who makes His angels winds and His ministers a flame of fire.” (Hebrews 1:7)