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Times of Visitation

written by Asher Intrater
August 02, 2013

In a previous article (Weeping over Jerusalem – July 19, 2013), we discussed how Yeshua repeatedly prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem. He explained to the people of Jerusalem: “You did not know the time of your visitation” – Luke 19:44.

This concept of “visitation” is found repeatedly in the Hebrew prophets. While it may mean simply “visit,” the root PaKaD often refers to punishment and judgment, such as “visiting the sins of the fathers upon the children” – Ex. 20:5. It can also mean visitation for blessing and restoration (Gen. 21:1; 50:24; Ex. 3:16; 4:31; Ruth 1:6; I Sam. 2:21; Ps. 8:4; 65:9).

Yeshua’s words in Luke 19:44 fulfilled the prophecy given to Moses after the Golden Calf: “My Angel shall go before you, and in the day of My visitation, I will visit their sin upon them” – Ex. 32:34. The Angel of YHVH who had saved them at the Exodus would one day come to visit them for their iniquity.

In Luke 19:44 Yeshua was also referring to, or even quoting, the “time of visitation” for Judah as prophesied repeatedly by Jeremiah (5:9, 29; 6:6, 15; 8:12; 9:9; 10:15; 14:10). Visitation for Israel was prophesied by the “northern” prophets (Hosea 2:13; 8:13; 9:7, 9; Amos 3:14; Micah 7:4). Visitation judgments can refer to other peoples and nations as well. For example:

Ps. 59:5 – heathen nations
Isa. 10:3 – Assyria
Isa. 23:17 – Lebanon
Isa. 29:6-7 – nations attacking Jerusalem
Jer. 46:21; 50:27, 31; 51:18 – time of visitation for Babylon
Jer. 48:44 – year of visitation for Moab
Jer. 49:8 – time of visitation for Edom
Ezek. 38:8 – Magog coalition of nations

Some of the most difficult passages in the Prophetic books are the extended descriptions of judgment against the nations. Those judgments are often based on their treatment of Israel. The punishment of the nations comes to its fulfillment at the Second Coming of Messiah.

Jerusalem’s time was 33 AD for visitation, 70 AD for destruction, and 1967 for recapture. The time of full punishment for the nations has not yet come. Israel is a pattern nation. As it had a “time of visitation,” so will the nations have theirs. It will be a horrible time. It will be the coming of the great and terrible day of YHVH.

The “time of visitation” of the nations in punishment will coincide with the “time of favor” for Zion.

Ps. 102:13 – You will arise, comfort Zion, for the time for her favor, for the appointed time has come.

That time of visitation for restoration was what Yeshua’s disciples asked Him about in Acts 1:6, “Will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” They thought there would be no visitation of judgment but just favor. They could not then have correctly understood, for Yeshua said clearly, “It is not for you to know the times and seasons set by the Father in His own authority” – Acts 1:7.

Although we do not know the exact times, we may have discernment about them (I Chron. 12:32, I Thess. 5:1-4). There are appointed times and seasons; including a time set for the judgment of all human beings (Acts 17:31).

There was a time of visitation in punishment for Israel. Today we are in the time of gospel grace to the nations until the fullness of the Gentiles comes in (Luke 21:24, Romans 11:25). Then there will be a “time of visitation” for the nations of the world. That time is growing nearer every day.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.


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