While reading tonight I found myself thinking about Prophecies and Visions: not of the false kind, of which we hear or read daily coming from every ‘Tom’ Dick’ and Harry’ [and ‘Kim’] or anyone else who knows how to boot up a computer and hit send-no I mean the real ‘deal’; those which are given by God to His people.
My belief is God does neither of these things–give us a word of prophecy or a Holy Spirit inspired vision for naught. In other words God will not and does not waste time imparting either of these to any of His children for the sake of our entertainment, or to make us feel ‘spiritual’…No, if He chooses to do so, its for a reason. Which brings me to my next thought…
What would the reasons be, and why would He choose to reveal something concerning a future event or situation to certain people but not to others, especially if what is revealed is not good or a warning?
I could be wrong but believe I know why certain Christians are chosen to receive these revelations–if by visions, or a word of prophecy, and its really very simple–its because God knows they will care.
A.W. Tozer’s little book, “God Tells the Man Who Cares”, came to me while questioning this in my mind tonight, and the title answered my question. Its because the person will care enough to warn or intercede with much tears in prayer: or both. God does not reveal things or tell those who do not possess His heart toward mankind. Nor will He reveal things to those who do not have an ear to hear or that walk haphazardly before the Lord. Moses is a good example:
God has nothing to say to the frivolous man. It was Moses, a trembling man, that God spoke to on the mount, and the same man later saved the nation when he threw himself before God with the offer to have himself blotted out of God’s book for Israel’s sake. – Tozer, God Tells the Man Who Cares, page 9
Which brings me to a further thought:
Why would God reveal certain things to those whom He knows will care enough to fall humbly upon their face in prayer concerning what they’ve been shown or told, if it wasn’t because their intercession ‘could’ impact the outcome?
Any thoughts welcome…
“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death.” The words had been spoken by the mouth of the prophet: “Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die and not live.” Hezekiah “turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord … and Hezekiah wept sore.” God responded to his cry and prayer “I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee … I will add unto thy days 15 years.” (2 Kings 20:1-6)
When King Josiah heard of the wrath of the Lord against the people of Judah, he humbled himself before the Lord and cried out to God, Who answered him: “Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord, when thou heardest what I spake against this place … and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before Me; I also have heard thee, saith the Lord.” (2 Kings 22:19)
And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. (Jonah 3: 5-10)