Vision is a topic that seems unwise to talk about at this time, considering that people are only concerned right now with holding on to dear life. Rather, we may want to talk a little bit about what our understanding of vision should be. However, the truth is it is for the same reason that it is right to talk about vision, with or without trying to explore it in any particular context. While many among us are mourning, and weeping, and grieving and so us all because of the havoc the pandemic has caused, there is life after the pandemic.
So, like to a prayer, I urge you to hold on to that dream, that thought, and to your vision. And who knows? after the dust settles, that thought of a solution to a problem which started to take hold in your mind during the quarantine or Stay-at-home-order, may yet blossom and become a source of help and inspiration to many for sometime to come. Hold on to the vision, do not let go! PEACE AND COMFORT!
It is amazing and noteworthy how sidewalk manners are changing since the pandemic broke–at least in places where I walk. More than ever before, it appears it’s just now about people. People walking in opposite directions on the sidewalk act very deferentially as they approach each other and one another. Those with more space on their side often leave the sidewalk to create the needed space for social distancing. This is followed by acknowledgment–by waving hands in greeting, a raised fist, or a simple ‘hello’ said from a safe distance.
So, where was all this love and consideration for people prior to the coronavirus outbreak? They were always there but not put to real use. This makes us all human. But Jesus was and is always about people. If this is one lesson we learn from the pandemic, it is a good thing for the world and of course for people who live in the world, no matter how small a sample this might be at this point. It could very well become a trend in all facets of human life and should be encouraged. But unselfish love and consideration come from the truth of God’s Word, in a universal way. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”–FOR ALL! John 15:13. “You are my friends if you do what I command.” –John 15:14. It shouldn’t take a coronavirus pandemic, but the love of God and His truth to spread love and consideration all over the world.
He said, “It is finished!” Done! Mission accomplished! Now we have access to God as human beings never had prior to the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is the same who tells us His own part of the deal is done.
What then are we waiting for who have not learned to trust in the Word, and who do not depend on it to live life on earth? Use it! It is available, because, “It is finished!” –John 19:28-30. And put all your cares on Him, because He cares! —1 Peter 5:7.
This is just another reminder that the corona virus is still around. In fact, it has now been declared a global pandemic by the Wold Health Organization. What that means is that it is now seen to be more widespread than previously thought. It also means it will likely get worse before it gets better.
Protect yourself and people around you from easy contact with the virus by following the advice of the professionals. *Wash your hands often with warm water and soap. *Avoid crowds. *Practice social distancing. *Sanitize surfaces. *Use hand sanitizer among otherthings
For those who pray.
While you pray for your community and loved ones to put a distance between you and the virus, it is important to follow the advice of the experts. The scourge will pass! PSALM 91:1-6, 9-10.
It was 7:30 AM, local time, and a Christian family got ready to leave home. The man would drive his two daughters to school, drop off his spouse at work, and then get himself to his own office for the day’s work. They never left home without saying a prayer. On the day in question, that was not the case, because they were literally running out of doors as they realized that being late to school and to work for that day was hardly avoidable. As they got into the car however, the man said, “We shall take just a minute to say a prayer before starting out.” They did just that. It turned out that the one minute they spent praying in the car was the exact same amount of time it took for the man to avoid a dangerous riot happening in the volatile community where his office was located. Many cars were smashed and people got hurt but he was able to make it out safely.
“Pray without ceasing.”
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are admonished to pray continually. But somebody once asked how it is possible to pray without ceasing. To start with, any time, every time is a right time to pray, because the Spirit of God moves and leads prayer once we are indwelt by the Spirit. In other words, the Spirit teaches us to pray. But somebody may say, ‘I don’t have the time to pray.’ That is because you are thinking of a specific position–like kneeling, clasping the hands with head bowed, or some other pious behavior. Know this however, that Prayer has no locationand has no specific position. Prayer is bringing God with you wherever you go; it is an attitude of heart. Prayer is faith expressed, a commitment to God which affirms that you understand that He hears you. Prayer is communication with God. It can be done silently–1 Samuel 1:9-17–and can be said in a room filled with a thousand people and yet no one feels disturbed.
The testimony used above of a praying family is just one of many examples. And one may ask at what point God answered their prayer. This family does not depend on what is happening outside in order to pray, although prayer will also take that into account. Rather, they pray regardless of circumstance, including when things are looking up, in what then may be called a prayer of thanksgiving just like the one they said in the morning before they left home.
Whether somebody just started praying because of a scare like the coronavirus for example, or because of some other serious matter, it is okay. Just remember that there is hardly any expertise in speaking to God. He will respond to all who faithfully seek Him. But you must acknowledge Him in all your ways. A faithful prayer-life needs persistence, commitment, and a constancy of confession. It all starts with the Spirit of God. The indwelling by the Spirit is not often automatic, and the believer may need to seek God diligently for it to happen (Acts 10:1-48, 19:1-7), as this marks the beginning of real spiritual growth.
Prophecy is a miracle! An unseen God speaking to people whom He can see but who have no ability to see Him, except by the Spirit. No one can see God with his or her human eyes; it is from beginning to end a spiritual experience, even when the individual is drawn into God’s presence by what appears to have a physical existence, like Moses’ Burning Bush–Exodus 3. Except the Spirit is leading the effort, there is a possibility that the prophets and their works can be approached just as writings to be read. It is available, so we can read and learn about the life of Isaiah the Prophet or about the Prophet Jeremiah, but what may be missing is the complete appreciation of what we are interacting with. In every respect, God’s revelations to biblical prophets and to prophets today are all aimed at revealing God’s intended interventions in the human situation, in order to bring us the needed help useful for living peaceably in God’s created space, the earth. Such intended divine intervention revealed to a human is prophecy. Prophecy is a miracle!
In all of God’s speaking to humans, prophecy is the most prominent and the most dynamic, because it reveals God’s intended line of action in order to bring a God Effect to a human situation. While God reaching out to individuals may be very useful, prophecy usually affects life in general and/or the earthly population as a whole, and which for the sake of what is revealed can also address only particular sections of the human population. In essence, what is revealed through prophecy could be directed at specific persons, groups, or the larger population. In any case, it is a divine outreach to man. And whether it is the entire Word of God as represented in the Bible or it is the Word as embodied in Christ HIMSELF–hardly any difference– to understand what prophecy is about, we must look beyond the cold print. It is the living and faithful Word of God. The changes and effects the living Word is designed to bring to human lives also exist in the realm of the miraculous because it is far beyond what one person or preacher says to another person–1 Corinthians 3:5-7.
Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Scripture passage quoted here, John 1: 12-13, which is very real for born-again Christians, proclaims a miracle. And it starts with the prophetic word of God, which is the first part of the miracle. On believing in the name of Jesus, and receiving Him as Savior and Lord into one’s life, something happens. What happens aligns with the prophetic Word as given in Scripture. “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”–2 Corinthians 5:17. When this happens, there must be a change in lifestyle, in confession and in actions. There can be no two ways to it, except the experience is not genuine or is incomplete–Acts 19:1-7. Incidentally, however, this same Scripture passage seem to be what those have in mind, among others maybe, who claim all prophecies have seized. It becomes therefore, a case of interpretation. This can be done from the Spirit of God as all word from God is supposed to be handled, or by intellectual and learned reasoning which can in no wise read God’s meaning, because the Spirit of God is not at the forefront of the person’s interaction with the Word. Attempting to interpret God’s Word without the Spirit of God is a dangerous pastime.
To be a part of the miracle and to partake in the benefits prophecy in any form offers, everyone who seeks a relationship with God through Christ must as of necessity, be a student of the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit is not in the equation, Christianity cannot take root and bear fruit the way it was meant to be. But thank God, He hears all that we speak and ask, and knows when we are desiring of that relationship in the Spirit.
While we were away, the clocks did not stop, and time did not come to a standstill. The hustle and bustle of life went on as usual, as if it did not matter what is happening in one’s own life. And yet we all grew a few weeks older, perhaps three weeks older from the last time we read from this blog. It is all a pleasure when we have or think we have something important to communicate and have the time and space to do so. Yet it is not what or how we communicate that is most important, it is the intent and what we hope to achieve that come first. For example, when I started blogging thirteen years ago, and in my websites earlier, the message was that this is done to inform all of what God is speaking to our world today, in the End-time Move of God. That message has not changed.
But imagine that you have been away–out of sight and out of view as it may seem, not for three weeks, not for four weeks, but for twenty-five years. Would anything have happened in your life in twenty-five years that you would like to share? Most likely yes!
Time Is the Difference
Time is the difference between the middle-aged woman and the two happy friends, and indeed in each of their life stories. But time is an asset granted by God for the fulfillment of human desires on earth which themselves must fulfill God’s purposes. So if anyone is thinking that time is just there waiting for when we are ready to do something , anything, or just to fulfill an ambition, then think of The Rich Young Ruler, Matthew 19:16-22, Mark 10:17-22, and The Parable of the Rich Fool, Luke 12:16-21. Life is fleeting and no one and nothing has been able to guarantee it, except the Creator.
So while we were all away, we should have learned a little more, matured a little more, and gained a little more wisdom. And since wisdom is not always tied to age, it doesn’t matter what set us apart in the first place. Whether we were away and apart from each other and from one another by physical separation, by mental calculation, or from an emotional place, it matters now where and how we stand. You may even have been away to enjoy a well-deserved holiday, or sequestered for a reason. It matters now what we have to share, the wisdom we now bring to the table–wisdom to build.
Just a predictive ability does not make a prophet, nor is prophecy simply a regurgitation of what has been made known to the prophet.
Prognostication. Divination. Prophecy
Many take prophecy to mean ‘making predictions.’ The understanding here is that God speaks to a prophet who simply quotes Him. But this is only half the story. For those who know, predicting the future is not a way to describe what a prophet does. Just a predictive ability does not make a prophet, nor is prophecy simply a regurgitation of what has been made known to a prophet. The prophet is first and foremost called to God’s righteousness; to live a righteous life and to model it, showing to everyone else how God wants us to live in the world. This is the only setting that gives prophecy meaning; for the prophet not only to tell us but to show us. In other words, a prophet’s life will model absolute obedience, even when he or she is feeling stupid about it. The reason is that God’s wisdom which the prophet operates in actually neutralizes his or her own wisdom. Following the line of this thought, because other things may behave and act like prophecy, a distinction has been made here.
Prognostication is the ability to predict future events based on present signs and symptoms in the environment. An economist for example, will be able to predict a recession by simply observing trends in the economy. Divination on the other hand looks to the unseen or the supernatural–gods, spirits, powers of the unseen world–in order to interpret what is happening in the world, or in order to predict future events.
Prophecy is God’s divine will and purpose, revealed to a prophet, and keeps human beings informed of what God’s intentions are regarding His created earthly space–the world–and how He wants people who live in the space to relate to Him and to one another. It may also identify specific issues in the world or in our local environment and what God plans to do about them. Above all, this will let us know that human life is to be lived to please God in any circumstance. So what is the relationship between these three?
There is a little bit of a prophet in every human being but the ability to make prognostications may also involve specialized training, an economist for example. People are able to make predictions based on anything; real life experience, training, knowledge of the environment among others. Prognostication and divination could behave like prophecy but they are not. In these instances, people by their own effort try to draw information to fulfill a need but with prophecy, the prophet’s role is to receive. He plays no role in when God releases His information or what He uses it for, but the prophet must handle the messages according to the revelation–living, working, and moving only by obedience. If it is not Holy Spirit inspired, it is not prophecy, it is divination.
The Miriam-Webster dictionary of English language defines prophecy as “an inspired utterance of a prophet.” It further refers to prophecy as “a prediction of something to come.” While these two descriptions are accurate, the dictionary tells us still that it is “specifically: the inspired declaration of divine will and purpose.” There’s hardly any description that can be more accurate, because prophecy is about God and His Word and how He plans to use it to affect human life on earth.
To do that, He separates some people to Himself, called prophets, and put His Word in their mouth, to speak to whoever and in whatever place of His choosing, and to speak exactly what He says to them–no more and no less. In GOD’S END-TIME MOVES, shown below,the topic of Prophecy occurs in chapter six, page 58. And will here give the first few lines regarding this topic, in order to help others better appreciate God and His will for His creation.
“Prophecy is God’s stated intentions communicated through a prophet. It is usually a statement of what He wants to do or bring about in the world. God communicates His intentions to a human being, a prophet, who has been enabled by God to hear Him speak.” This is the crux of the matter; that God, by His own wisdom alone, chooses those whom He enables to receive messages from Him for onward transmission to fellow human beings, with only one purpose in mind–to enable us live in His created earthly space the way He would have it done. In other words, the prophetic utterance is given to mankind to help us understand how we ought to relate to God and to one another, and above all, to please God. There is no living a Godly life which is not based on His will. To do His will is to hear His truth, to believe it and live it.
Prophetic utterances and declarations, based on visions and revelations, are given solely for one purpose; to reveal God’s will and how to do it. All other things follow once this is in place. And the numerous other attendant things following such revelations and/or visions fall into one of two categories. Is it pleasing to God? or is it in opposition to God’s will? Put another way, are all our motives and intentions right with God, or have the people, including the prophet, set out to please themselves?–2 Timothy 3:2 & 4. Prophecy is Word revealed by God to do what He says it will do or can do.
Does God use a different kind of wisdom separate from the one He allows us? The answer is no. Just as there is only one Holy Spirit, there is one wisdom from above –James 3:17. The difference between God and humans is at what level we participate in these gifts. These gifts emanate from God and He does not struggle to use them, but we do.
Wisdom is a gift from God. It is know-how. When we live by God’s wisdom, He by that wisdom teaches us how to do the things of God, or to do things that are pleasing to God. In an active relationship with God, wisdom cannot be missing, but forms the dynamic foundation for the relationship which operates through the Holy Spirit. And this is the wisdom that acknowledges God and rightly accords first place to Him above all that exists, seen and unseen. But human wisdom by itself is not necessarily that elevated because it can be put to good and evil use. So when the Bible speaks of the ‘wisdom of the wise’ it refers to the wisdom that is worldly based; that is, from human understanding which denies God. Here, we speak of the wisdom which is a gift from God through the Holy Spirit, and which seeks to please God always. So what relationship has wisdom with vision and prophecy?
Prophecy exists and operates by the wisdom of God. And so does vision. There is no prophecy that exists outside of God’s wisdom, and visions and revelations have no life of their own without wisdom from above, unless of course they exist outside the realm of Christianity. Christianity here by extension or by inclusion reaches back to God’s revealed Word to Israel and the prophets arising therefrom. The gods of the nations, by contrast, also have their own utterances and revelations, which are classed outside of biblical prophecy.
Prophecy and vision are in line with God’s wisdom to do only one thing–God’s will! And the offshoots can go in various other directions. This blog space therefore, propheticwisdom.vision, is here to connect for you and for all, how God uses these three elements to advance His will on earth and to keep man, His creation, connected to Him for all time.