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After a stunning series of miraculous comeback’s, one would have to live in Antarctica to know nothing about “Tebow Time”. However If you have no clue what that is then please stop reading this right now and proceed to Google :-). One major headline recently proposed the question, “Tim Tebow: God’s Quarterback?” In response, I assert that there is little to no need for me to add to the abundant pontificating of the Tebow phenomenon (which I really haven’t followed very closely at all). However, I felt that it would be prudent in the spirit of the sons of Isachaar to offer this perspective. These sons were some of King David’s infamous mighty men who understood the times and knew what should be done within the context of those times. We are living in a time where the whole of creation is longing to be awakened and released into full contact with it’s Creator. But God sends awakening by first sending awakened ones.

I live in a city that is affectionately called “Nap-town” by those who are hip to using such language. The biblical principal of the power of the tongue has not so surprisingly caused much of the atmosphere of the city to reflect the nature of this nickname. Many discerning individuals who have lived here for any length of time can attest to the “sleepy” spirit that is on the region. While fast-paced thinkers quickly find themselves frustrated with the Hoosier lifestyle, most would defend it not so much as sleepy, but as “comfortable”. Although there are pockets of resistance, this widespread complacency has by and large given place to an apathetic pursuit of God and no real spirit of prevailing victory over the realm of darkness in recent regional church history. Moreover, it has created a city that only seems to pulsate with life around the energy generated by a winning professional sports team or a traditional main event like the Indy 500.This is not a phenomenon that is unique to Indianapolis. Without question, we could assess the spiritual climate of many cities around the nation and soundly discern strengths and weaknesses that are unique to that particular region. But what role should the sons and daughters of God play in shaping the atmosphere of a city? Undoubtedly, God cares about whole cities and His influence within them. Take for example Psalm 46:4 which says: There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High. This scripture clearly points to these facts:

-There is a consistently flowing source from which we should draw most of our vitality.

-This source changes the atmosphere. The term “make” implies that this river takes the city from a state that is other than glad, and thrusts, creates, renews, or transforms the atmosphere into one of joy.

-These cities are where HE HIMSELF LIVES.

If the Holy One lives within ME and I live within this city, that means HE lives here.In light of this we have to examine ourselves and ask, how is our presence in our city/town visibly influencing the cultural or spiritual climate of our city? Using this question as a measure of the corporate authority and fruit of today’s Church in the West, i would say that we left the banks of the river long ago.As a result stadiums, coliseums, and arenas have been constructed as sanctuaries for a billion dollar entertainment industry that provides temporal distraction from the mundane and stirs us with an exciting false gladness on any given day. The Glory of divine communion, ethereal power, and mystical majesty that lends itself to eternal awe; has been willfully replaced with empirical activity, human energy, and cerebral study. As a result, many well intentioned ministries (and ministers) are filled with the very ingredients of the vitriol that causes disruption to the clarity and vibrancy with which one hears and interacts with the Holy One. Through the consistent drone of today’s depressing news feeds, lust-filled solicitations, and idolatrous celebrity worship, society is being lulled beyond sleep and into the death grip of Babylon. With a gross famine of the Word of the Lord in cities around the nation, we find ourselves as witnesses of the ancient Romans 8:19 condition:

For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

It’s the longing. I would submit to you that this is why Hollywood is so successful. This why in a crushed economy, people are still willing to give their money to men in suits who write checks to men in tights. Whether it’s the woman with the “perfect” teeth, hair, body, voice, or personality in an imperfect situation on the reality tv show; the quarterback with thighs like tree trunks and a rocket arm who overcomes all the obstacles, or the baller who can leap over skyscrapers; we are captured by our longing to see divinity. In our frail condition, these “larger than our lives” individuals are the closest to Sons and daughters of God that we can imagine. Therefore we’ve built textile mills to create and mass produce not only the individuals that can be put on display to fulfill our need, but all of the accessories that will help maintain the illusion of there godlike-ness.

So back to the question. Does God have a favorite quarterback? Does He choose sides in a football game? Does the One who created the Heavens and the Earth REALLY care about such petty things in the midst of famine, war, disease, poverty, and so much abounding injustice?  My answer would be no. But He does care deeply about the longing. As a result, He will use the both the high places and the low places in our lives to reveal His Son. He will even use the foolishness of overpaid men pounding each other to get a piece of dead pig across a line, if that will capture the hearts of His beloved creation and turn them toward the majesty of the fellowship that we were designed to have with Him throughout eternity. So in His mercy, he places true sons within the  system that not only deflect the glory of man’s worship away from themselves and back to their Father through the message that they carry, but who (like Jesus) actually ARE the very message of Heaven to the generation of those who are alive in that time.  Since one of the primary characteristics of what signifies a true son in the Father’s House is his access to and understanding of the heart and mind of his dad. These sons actually know the Father’s will and are absolutely zealous for it to be done. When they get closer to accomplishing it or experience any measure of success or failure, they are absolutely zealous for the Father to be glorified.

Speaking as a true son in the house of the Lord, I believe that Tim Tebow is a prophetic sign to nations of the earth in this hour.  I think it is no coincidence that Tebow’s popularity is getting more press than Santa Clause at a time when the incarnation or First Advent of Christ is traditionally celebrated across the globe with increasingly less reverence.As a sign, God has released him  and others to change the spiritual climate of a nation and prepare the way of the second coming of Christ while Satan has released demonic sign’s like Lady Gaga to unleash the Anti-Christ spirit in greater measure. As I looked at his name on a news headline the other day, it was as if the letters of his name rearranged to reveal a clear statement to the earth: Tim Te bow= Time t Bow. God is saying that just as Tim has comeback with the Broncos in the fourth quarter and won in overtime, we are in the fourth quarter of human history approaching the Second Advent of Jesus, who in overtime will come with all of heaven on a white horse and administer full defeat to His enemies. While analysts marvel at his fourth quarter “comeback” ability,  and sociologists discuss his influence on the role of faith in the public sector, people from every nation and language are imitating his position of reverence before the Father.( Whether they realize it or not, the “tebowing” pose is a manifestation of this blazing message from heaven..It’s time to bow. When the glory of God is fully revealed in the Son, there will be no more analysis, argument, debate, or controversy…just the manifestation of “tebowing” all across the heaven’s and the earth in full measure according to Revelation 14:11:

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’”

We’ll among those that on saw in Revelation 7:9-10:

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10And they cried out in a loud voice:

   “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

Then we will receive our full inheritance as sons and daughters and our longing will be fulfilled as we finally behold the first Son.  But  until then as God continues to release signs in the heavens and in the earth throughout 2012, let us be sober and vigilant. Pray to be like the sons of Isachaar, that we might train our sense to discern between what is holy and profane. As it was when Jesus was on the earth, let the mind and heart of the Father be in us…the sons and daughters.