The Seal of God
No prophecy of Scripture
is of any private interpretation [origin],
for prophecy never came by the will of man,
but men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit
(2 Pet 1:20-21).
The text above is a living text. It is being fulfilled by God every day!
Jesus demonstrates that He continually walks
in the midst of the seven golden lampstands – His people, who are to live by
His Word (Rev 2:1). And the testimony or evidence that He does, is expressed
in these words:
The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of
prophecy (Rev 19:10).
Prophecy is inspired communication. What God
moves you to say or write is termed prophecy.
Dreams from God are part of prophecy.
Prophets move in this gift continually. It helps them fulfil their calling.
It is the seal of God upon their lives.
There are other seals of God, too, validating
or authenticating what is from Him. One which I have been shown in my
ministry is tied in with numbers.
The Wonderful Numberer
Our booklet God's Great Genius
contains this little explanatory gem:
Daniel was a man of immense spiritual depth.
He extolled God in a way that reflected his deep convictions. So devoted was
he that, by comparison, many Christians today would find it hard to utter
similarly sincere expressions from their innermost beings.
O Lord, the great and awesome
God, who keeps His covenant of love with all who love Him and obey His
commands... (Daniel 9:4, NIV).
Daniel knew His God! He trusted Him
(Daniel 6:23). He was devoted to Him (vs 4,10). Because of his awe for God,
an angel appeared to him and entrusted him with secrets which no other
mortal was privy to. They were to be hidden from all until the time of the
end, and even then God says He will reveal them only to a select few (Daniel
12:9-10). Those few are the ones who stand in awe of their Maker.
In his prophetic book are some remarkable
revelations given him because of his holy devotion to his God. Yahweh
[Hebrew meaning 'I am'] revealed to Daniel something of His divine nature
and magnificence that few other mortals have ever witnessed. One particular
aspect of the nature of God has been concealed in the pages of Daniel's
writings until these last days. Although it has been there all along, it has
been hidden from most. It is found in Daniel 8 verse 13.
One has to admit that the Authorised
translation leaves much to be desired:
Then I heard one saint speaking, and
another saint said unto that certain saint which spake... (KJV).
Most translations pass right over what this
verse contains. The wording is obscure and, as a result, the meaning has
become clouded and obliterated in translation. Only in this end time can we
become aware of its immense significance, due to the devotion of other
equally dedicated individuals – modern day Daniels such as Ivan Panin, Milo
Mahan, and Ethelbert Bullinger, who were given insight into the perfect
numeric designs of Scripture.
The Concordant Version renders this text:
"Now I am hearing one saint speaking. And saying is one saint to
so-and-so, the Speaking One..."
We know from John's gospel that the Word, or
the Logos (Greek), is the One who was in the beginning who made all
things (John 1:1-4,14). Very God, He was responsible for bringing every
physical thing into existence. Other texts confirm this (Colossians 1:16;
Hebrews 1:2; Ephesians 3:9). He was our very Creator, who also gave Himself
as a living sacrifice to bring us to Himself! (John 3:16.)
Called the Word of God, He was the
Speaking One of Daniel 8:13. The words "so-and-so" are totally
inadequate to express what the Hebrew, Palmoni, was meant to convey.
The margins of some Bibles give a better rendering as: "the Numberer of
secrets" or "the Wonderful Numberer".
This title conveys one of the most
fascinating of all biblical facts – God's incredible ingenuity, His vast
mathematical expertise which He demonstrates for us in His preserved Word. (God's
Great Genius, pp, 21-22.)
Jesus Still 'Numbers' Today
As John wrote in Revelation 19:10, Jesus
continually leaves His seal of ownership upon what He gives His servants.
The prophetic gifts are always at work where He is.
Such 'secrets', however, are only privy to a
few who are open – like always, only to those who believe (as in Mark
16:17). They are hidden from the majority.
Belief is tied in completely with willingness
to obey, and obedience in the spirit is predicated upon humility. So, you
can see why Daniel was privy to some wonderful 'secrets' from God. Things
which no other mortals were chosen to receive.
The secret things belong to the Lord our
God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our
children forever, that we may do all the works of this law (Deut
Obedience from the heart
separates the true from the false. That was the crux of what was covered in
the previous pages, as tedious as it may have been to read it all.
Jesus numbers His faithful (Rev 7:3-9). He
also seals them with His own seal of ownership, guidance and protection.
There is prophetic evidence.
If you are faithful, you will see this in
your own life. He guides His servants.
I said earlier that God provides a seal upon
'my' work when He uses me. As the Wonderful Numberer, His stamp of approval
is in the number of words used.
As just one example, the previous piece –
Light Versus Darkness – contains 7735 words.
7735 = 5 (His preparation) x 7 (His
perfection) x 13 (Satan or opposing Satan) x 17 (deliverance).