Clergy View: Time of visitation


God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.

What is meant by time of visitation? The above text message, from Hebrews 1:1-2 KJV, tells us that God is still speaking to us, reminding us that He is the Omnipotent, the Almighty God, who has created all things seen and unseen. It is His will that all people would be saved. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come unto repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9. He is still calling people unto repentance through His Son, Jesus Christ.

God has given times to hear the gospel of Christ, times of visitation to entire nations, cities and individuals. When Jesus taught and called his hearers to the kingdom of God, these people and their home areas had the time of visitation. The Bible mentions names of some such localities, as we can read from Matthew 11:20-24. He also denounced these towns because they did not repent and said, “Woe to you.”

We have recently been through a pandemic, called COVID-19, which has touched nearly all parts of the world. The Bible speaks about plagues in the Old Testament, and also in the New Testament. Read the 15th chapter of the Book of Revelations. Jesus spoke of the signs of the last times saying, in part, “there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places.” Matthew 24:7. The dictionary definition of pestilences is: Any sudden fatal epidemic is designated by this word, and in its Biblical use it generally indicates that these are divine visitations.

“God wants His created people to pause and think, therefore, He has allowed this pandemic to take place so that we would acknowledge that here on this earth we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” Hebrews 13:14. He has not left us hopeless, for God has established His Kingdom here upon this earth, of which Jesus spoke about when he began his public ministry: “Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17. “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.” Ephesians 4:4. “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14. It is from this kingdom that the gospel is preached by grace and truth: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16.


The Bible explicitly states that Jesus is the King of his Kingdom, or the head of the body of Christ, meaning that there is only one kingdom of God. “We, being many, are one body in Christ, and everyone members one of another.” Romans 12:5. Jesus brings this out clearly in his high priestly prayer in John 17. Read the entire chapter and specifically verses 6-11.

When God calls, it is then an acceptable time. “For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I helped thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2.

God is still today using His messengers to preach the gospel to penitent sinners. When you have found that treasure, you can rejoice of the grace that you have found the kingdom of God, its beauty and preciousness. Once we will be taken from the kingdom of grace to the kingdom of glory.

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