Word-Vision

For the simple joy of knowing
God is ever near you
That He is not hard of hearing
Nor incapable of speaking

Then you might say
I prayed but heard naught
I sought but found not
I waited but got naught

And the only thing worse
Than waiting is silence
‘I expected a revelation thus’
Not a psalm of patience

But if you want a vision
You only need to open
Your eyes like fearful Gehazi
And read writ of the holy pen

Prayerfully open the Bible
Then you will see a vision
Every promise is a revelation
Random flicks yield tailored finds

Say not ‘there is no open vision’
Or that days of prophets are gone
Look and see timeless inspiration
As each verse is a mine of unction

Wisely Unwise

It is a paradox when the wisest man that ever lived – King Solomon, advises us not lean on our own understanding. Surely the purpose of wisdom and knowledge acquisition is to have a foundation, a base of our thoughts and actions?

If we are are to acquire wisdom, what good does it do if we cannot rely on it?

Instead, Solomon says ‘trust in the Lord with all your heart’. This reveals the dichotomy of wisdom versus faith. Reasoning and believing are binary options we must choose from.

In the days of Christ’s earthly ministry (A Greater than Solomon), He came to a startling conclusion. He thanked the Father that the truth of the age was hidden from the wise and prudent and revealed to the ‘babes’ and simpletons.

How could it be? The Pharisees were the intellectual giants of Jewish theology. Each of them had invested many years of learning, discipline and argument to attain to the scholastic levels required to be a teacher of the law. The scribes and the priests too who were custodians and devoted students of the prophetic scrolls were wise and prudent. Yet they failed to see that Jesus was the Messiah.

They were leaning to their understanding and missed the object of their learning: the desire of all ages – Christ. What they sought was simply revealed to those who could accept it in its simplicity.

Which brings us to revelation. No one can ‘learn’ God except it is revealed to him. The knowledge of God cannot be attained by intellectual deduction. If it was, the Pharisees and scribes would be chosen for the twelve disciples. Infact, Jesus would have been crowned the High Priest, instead of suffering a cursed death for our sins.

It was revelation that opened Peter’s eyes to the identity of Christ. He rightly identified Him as the Son of God.

To the greatest thinkers of the age, Christ was an impostor, a Beelzebub, the Prince of devils masquerading as a holy man.

These learned folk admittedly were a minority of the Israelite population at the time. Forty years later, in 70 A.D, when Jerusalem was destroyed, the flower of Jewish learning was destroyed as well. The intellectual elite perished in their numbers. Why? The were blinded by their superiority complex and had missed their day of visitation.

The Christian folk, largely ‘ignorant and unlearned’ escaped the destruction. They had been warned by revelation. They were instructed to watch for the signs. Once the signs were manifested they were to run for dear life. They did.

Revelation comes only to the trusting not the knowing. Those who hearts are wide open will receive the knowledge that comes from above. Those who are proud and knowing will not know, while those begin from the point of unknowing will become all knowing. From knowing in part of earth, then they will know even as they are known.

Trust in the Lord, lean not to the understating garnered by years of manmade gospel.

In the great, bloodless contest with reasoning and revelation, leaning to revelation is the only option for those who want to stand after the storm’s judgement wrath is passed.

Importance Of Revelation – Elisha & Sons Of The Prophets

After Elijah was taken bodily into heaven, the double portion of his Spirit came upon Elisha, who witnessed his rapture first hand.

There were other prophets who knew about Elijah’s exit but did not have a Revelation of what really happened.
Soon after Elijah’s disappearance, the sons of the prophets began to lobby for a rescue party to be sent to look for him. Perhaps the chariots of fire had suffered engine failure and had landed on a mountain far away?
Elisha refused to authorize the search. He knew where Elijah was. But they pressed until he became ashamed, lest he look like an uncaring disciple.
The search party wasted three days in a forlorn escapade, and came back sorrowful.
As it was then, so it is now. The rapture is a revelation only to those who are watching and waiting.

Importance Of Revelation – Jannes/Jambres & Moses

Call it a fulfilled prophecy. Four hundred years after God told Abraham that his descendants will leave their land of captivity, Moses appeared on the scene.

His message was clear. The time of deliverance for Abraham’ seed had come.

He had two signs to go with his prophetic message. He was not the only miracle worker though.

Jannes and Jambres could create snakes too. Pharaoh was enthralled by their wonders. Why would they then believe the message of the Exodus?

Though they could make miracles happen, they failed to see that only Moses had the prophecy of God for that age.

As anointed but blind guides, they led their convert – Pharaoh to a watery grave beneath the Red Sea.

Importance of Revelation – Esau & Jacob

Isaac had twins. Esau was the elder and Jacob the younger. Esau was a noble man. An example of machismo. He hunted, trapped and loved the outdoors. He was a father’s dream.

Jacob preferred his mum’s company. Preferred to hunt in the kitchen. A domesticated sissy?

Jacob valued the birthright. He knew it’s spiritual implications. Esau was gruff and rough about everything. Including the birthright.

He lost it. Traded it for convenience. For a meal. He could not comprehend its significance. Jacob bought it and sold it not.

The Word of God is our birthright. Don’t sell out for money, popularity or pleasures.

Importance Of Revelation – Cain & Abel

 

Two religious men were called of God to offer a sacrifice. They both did so earnestly. One sacrifice was accepted and the other was rejected.

Abel offered an animal for his sacrifice. Cain, the ultimate vegetarian, offered fruits and vegetables.

Abel’s altar was messy and bloody. Cain’s altar was beautiful and succulent. God chose the ‘dirty’ altar over the ‘clean’ one.

How did Abel know that blood was the essence of the sacrifice? How did he know that without blood, there would be no remission of sins? He knew this by faith – a revelation.

Cain had no revelation. He worshipped God by his mental deduction – which was wrong.

Sincerity and religiosity without a true understanding of the Word is like a well without water or a cloud without rain.