Revelation from God is often misunderstood as a private interpretation of scripture. I have a post already done that is coming out in a few days concerning “private interpretation”, so keep your eyes peeled for that one! In this post however, we’ll be examining what it means to get a Revelation from God. This will help us to be more able to discern between which is which, and will avoid us from the potential of either being deceived by a some imagination of the heart that someone is promoting, or on the other hand, even possibly found standing against some light shed by God himself into a matter.
As aforementioned, we’ll be looking into what private interpretations are in a following post coming soon. I had originally intended to lay it all out on one post but I don’t like to make these too long. For some people they are already too long, so I try to break them up and release them in a timely fashion. So keep your eyes open for that coming soon. Let’s get on with God’s revelations to us!
What is a Revelation from God?
A revelation from God is not just the last book in the Bible. It is something that we all have the privilege as Spirit filled believers in Christ to experience in our walk with him and in our feasting on his Word. Most of the New Testament is filled with revelations given to us by Christ himself and also through the apostles. The Old Testament is full of them too, but those given in the Old Testament are more likely to be found without scriptural backup, because there wasn’t any yet. But most if not all of the revelations given to us in the New Testament can be scripturally based in the Old Testament somewhere.
For example, when God told Noah to build the ark because he was going to wipe out all flesh, you won’t find any
previous scriptural heads up about that. Noah wouldn’t have found any either. It was a direct Word from the Lord, a revelation to Noah (as well as a set of instructions) about what God was going to have to do to fix a world wide problem. As far as the Word is concerned, there was no scriptural references that Noah could fall back on to insure that the particular revelation given was true or not.
I hope you get what I am trying to say about that. The earlier in time you go back, the less people had available to fall back on scripturally, so God would personally show up and say something loud and clear. Typically in cases that haven’t been previously dealt with.
But in the New Testament, there are all kinds of references given in the Old Testament for what was going on during the time period of Christ and the apostles. For example, the book of Revelation itself is almost impossible to understand unless you have a sound grip on the Old Testament scriptures. You can find of Old Testament references being made throughout the entire book of Revelation are all over the place.
The life, death, and resurrection of Christ himself is all over the Old Testament, and that was what the apostles were telling everyone, the Jews of the day in particular. They didn’t have a New Testament as we do to point at different scriptures to find whether or not a revelation is consistent with the Word. They had to know and understand the Old. Jesus said himself (of himself):
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
In other words, Jesus himself was the revelation into the scriptures they would constantly search out. But they wouldn’t see it. In fact, they probably couldn’t see it. Christ was talking about things that concern the spirit of a man, not the flesh (in most cases), and being spiritually dead, nobody can understand the things of the spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
For any who aren’t saved or in other words born again, it takes a revelation from God just to get them to understand how to get to know Christ, never mind the spiritual ramifications of anything he said or taught. When you think about it, that’s the very first revelation that we as Christians ever received that compelled for us to be brought into the fold. There are several different ways that can happen, but it’s still a revelation.
All scripture in the days that Jesus walked the earth in one way or the other was pointing directly to him. That is still true today, the Old Testament points and builds up to his coming, and the New deals with what we are to do since he’s already come. Moreover what to do to be ready for his second coming!
How does a revelation come?
Throughout the Bible, we can see several different ways that the Lord used to get a message across to someone. Just ask the apostle Paul, or John on the isle of Patmos. But I guess I’ll testify to how the Lord reveals things to me personally, as I am the world’s greatest authority about whatever I’ve experienced. Not what anyone else has experienced.
His Written Word
Most often the Lord uses his own Word to point something out that had never occurred to me before. I believe that’s how it happens with most people who prayerfully get into the Word and go spiritual treasure hunting. The Holy Spirit lifts a veil that had somehow caused us to not understand a verse in the past, then all of a sudden (usually when you are seeking out an answer to a thing) there it is.
When the Holy Spirit does that with me, it’s a feeling that can’t be described (not with my limited vocabulary anyways) in any way that would give it justice. There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you realize and are personally given evidence of the Creator of the entire universe, actually paying attention to you enough to fill you in on something that will help you. Again, I can’t find words that gives the feeling I get when he does that any justice.
For me anyways, when that happens it is quite often a revelation that breaches the barrier between how I think of something and what God thinks of something. Me being an imperfect human, riddled with faults, limited understanding, and incorrect ways to think about things, every once and awhile needs insight from the Almighty himself in order to rightfully understand something, typically about him. We all do. So when the Lord opens my eyes to something found in his Word, it’s by way of a revelation that goes way past what I am capable of coming up with myself. Those of you who have been keeping up with these posts & pages know I’ve said that several times before.
It always makes sense, and stays true to everything else in his Word. A true revelation from the Holy Spirit may wind up going against the grain of popular beliefs, but never goes against the grain of any of God’s written Word. God’s Word is never the problem, it’s man’s presuppositions that are the problem.
I truly believe that this is the most common way that the Lord desires to give us revelation concerning himself, or his plans. That’s why there is always such an attack against getting into his Word in the first place. It’s more and more clear every day, that the world is at war against God and his Word. Don’t ever allow anything to get in the way of your personal time with God. Stay in his Word, because he’s waiting to commune with you in it and through it.
That’s a second way that the Lord helps me out to understand something I otherwise would not have understood. This doesn’t happen nearly as often as a revelation via his own Word, but often comes when I’m doing something else, inquiring about maybe something that has to do with what I’ve read in the Bible concerning him. I’ve posted a few of those occurrences here on this site. One of the most recent is called God and Time.
I ask a question, and the Lord answers it by way of a simple picture. Sometimes the explanation goes without saying, but other times, he fills me in as to what I’m looking at and why. And as I’ve already mentioned, it’s always something that I would be completely incapable to come up with on my own. That’s a good rule of thumb to discern between the Lord telling you something and you just imagining something. God’s smarter.
You know yourself pretty well. And if you are honest with yourself, you can probably determine what you are capable of conjuring up all by yourself. I’d say that it’s the best bet that it’s God talking to you or showing you something, if it goes way beyond what you could think or conclude on your own. I would actually add that maybe he comes and helps you out with some information if it is something impossible for you to figure out on your own.
God does most of his work in the realm of the impossible (at least of man’s standard of impossible).
As far as visions go, these for me are the most rare and also the most strange. That being said, I can only attest to the vision that the Lord gave me. That was at a time of personal crisis, I wrote about it in a previous post called Supernatural Truth – A Vision. It wasn’t a dream or anything like that. I wasn’t even laying down, but was sitting at the end of my bed sitting upright, and the Lord took me for the ride of my life. Whether or not anyone believes me, doesn’t matter at all. I was there and knew all the circumstances involved.
So I really don’t have too much input concerning visions aside from the limited experience I’ve just described. I can say that it is yet another way for the Lord to give us information that we otherwise would not, or better yet, could not, attain on our own. There’s also no mistaking it when a vision does occur. You don’t wonder if you were just daydreaming or not. It’s crystal clear when it happens.
I can also attest that it is not dreamlike at all. The phrase dreams and visions are quite often thrown around together. I’ve never had a dream that was anything like the vision that I did experience.
I have had a dream or two that I would consider to be from the Lord. And they did follow the guidelines of containing information that was way outside my realm of understanding at that time, sticking to biblical information and did not have anything new to add to it. In my opinion, or to better say it, in my experience, I believe these may be more for the individual.
For example, the Lord has never led me to share anything that he may have given me via a dream. If it was something between he and I than that’s just the way it is. Know what I mean? When the Lord comes and has something to say or show us in a dream, I’d tend to think it’s of a much more personal nature.
Now that I’ve said that, there are tons of people that have dreams of the end times, and dreams of this happening and that happening, and they’ll tell you flat out that they are to share this with everyone. That’s between them and God and I am nobody to say that they’re wrong. So I’m not bashing people who do get dreams from the Lord about impersonal things. And I’m not saying that he doesn’t work that way. I’m just saying that my experience has been much different than that concerning dreams.
Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
Jesus greatly desires for us to learn of him. He wants for us to have a clear picture of himself, and is willing to give us revelation and insight into a spectrum of areas in order to give us a hand with that. I’ve rattled off some of the experiences that I’ve had with the Lord. None of it was because I’m super holy or special in any way. I would say that I’ve been quite the opposite, and if it weren’t for Christ in me, I’d be nothing but a worm.
The only answer that I could give as to why the Lord might have shown me things, is simply because I asked. I remember one of the instances where the Lord spoke to my heart. He told me something that I had never heard anyone either preach or talk about. I asked the Lord, “Why haven’t I ever heard anyone talk about that before Lord?”
He simply replied, “Because nobody ever asked.”
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