I have been teaching for several months that we are in a "set time" for
the manifestation of God's people. We are standing in the midst of what
God has been prophesying for generations. The kingdom of God is here, and
I believe it is our responsibility to wrap this age up.
In Psalm 102:13 David makes a prophetic statement during his prayer
saying, "You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favor her,
yes, the set time, has come." In this passage, "Zion" refers to the church
and “set time” to an actual chronological moment in history when something
An important part of this teaching about the manifestation of the church
is "vengeance" and "recompense"; but God's vengeance is not defined the
way most people think it is.
His vengeance has nothing to do with emotional resentment or hate; rather
it is affliction that proceeds from the love of justice. It took vengeance
for Moses to move the children of Israel out of Egypt. One plague after
another came upon Egypt, destroying the country's economy and livelihood.
Yet pharaoh, the king of Egypt, still would not release God’s chosen
people into their destiny. God eventually had to deal with pharaoh in the
most extreme manner. Why? Because of a “set time”--a time set by God
Things had happened with Israel just as the Lord had spoken it to Abram
(see Gen. 15:13-14). Israel went into captivity for 400 years, and the set
time for their release could not be altered. Not even by one year or day.
God manifested His prophetic timetable through Moses, whom He had raised
up to execute His plan of deliverance (see Ex. 3:19-22).
Pharaoh didn’t know he was trying to resist God's “prophetic season." Have
you ever tried to stop a season that has begun? Maybe like wearing short
sleeves outside on a cool fall night hoping that you can delay winter?
Forget it! You can’t do it.
Now, most people who have been in bondage (slavery) for 400 years would be
satisfied just to be free, but the plan of God for Israel included more
than that. He promised them one more thing besides vengeance: “When you
go, you shall not go empty” (Ex. 3:21). The Bible calls this “recompense.”
Isaiah writes: "For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, the year of
recompense for the cause of Zion" (34:8), and "Say to those who are
fearful-hearted, 'Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with
vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you'” (35:4).
The word recompense means "to compensate; to make a return of an
equivalent for anything given, done or suffered, to make amends, to pay
back" (emphasis added). This recompense of Israel was to be a payback for
all the years they worked and were not paid, and were afflicted and held
in bondage as slaves in Egypt.
Because of our enemy’s resistance, many of the things God has placed in
the hearts of His people have never been done, built, started or invented.
Businesses do not exist that should have been started and should be
producing millions for God's kingdom by now. There are schools that should
have been built, ministries that should have been started, marriages that
should have been consummated and contracts that should have been awarded.
It's no wonder that Christianity has not been attractive to many people--
they have witnessed the church being bullied, when the truth is that the
church has a strength that cannot be measured. Think of how many kids in
our high schools might have been saved from trouble, incarceration—even
death—if God’s presence had been in those schools through His Word.
Well, God says that “the set time has come" for the Lord to favor Zion.
That means the set time has arrived—it is now, it is today. He is
announcing to us that our struggle ends today.
Everything that has been resisting you, everything that has been held back
from you, ends today. Say it out loud: “Everything resisting me, my
struggle, ends today!” Your season of frustration and failure is over.
Your season of success and victory has begun.