Month 3:23, Week 4:1 (Rishon/Pesach), Year 5935:079 AM|
Omer Count Day 15/50
Gregorian Calendar: Friday 24 June 2011
"God Told Me..."
Fantasy, Insight & Inspiration
There are a great many people today, as there always have been in every age, who claim that God told them 'this' or 'that'. Yet many mathematicians, scientists, musicians, artists along with religious people alike all claim some 'revelation' or 'inspiration' that comes from 'somewhere else' that combined with their own minds and feelings to create something entirely new. They may call it different things but they are all essentially referring to the same thing. Psychologist Hadamard calls it simply "a sense of scientific beauty" whereas others like Einstein go further and call it "God". Thus British physicist Paul Dirac would maintain that it was his keen sense of beauty that enabled him to divine his quantum field equation for the electron.
"Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because Torahlessness (lawlessness) will abound, the ahavah (love) of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved" (Matt.24:11-13, NKJV).
One interesting thing that I have myself noted about inspiration is how global it is in scope. It isn't something that is given piecemeal, like pieces in a puzzle, that can later be assembled. I often describe revelation as a 'package' suddenly 'deposited' from elsewhere, not of our own origin or invention, which must thereafter be unpacked. I think artists can readily appreciate this as not untypically they are able to maintain the totality of their creations all in their mind at once. It's 'all' there and simply has to be translated to canvass.
Mozart gives us a detailed description of how his music came to him which is worth reproducing:
Yah'shua (Jesus) in His teachings does not merely take the Torah and reset it in a new framework (Himself) but looks down on it from a higher spiritual altitude and gives us a new perspective of it, giving it more depth, width and length. His view, as Deity, is not merely global but universal - the theological canvass includes everything. Revelation may then either be expansions of pre-existing emet (truth) or it may be a totally different perspective of something or of everything. The latter is immediately apparent as we look at the Johannine writings, especially his Gospel, for though the same message of salvation is preached and taught, it is done so in a very different way to the synoptic writers (Matthew, Mark and Luke).
"When I feel and in a good humour, or when I am taking a drive or walking after a good meal, or in the night when I cannot sleep, thoughts crowd into my mind as easily as you could wish. Whence and how do they come? I do not know and I have nothing to do with it. Those which please me I keep in my head a and hum them; at least others have told me that I do so. Once I have my theme, another melody comes, linking itself with the first one, in accordance with the needs of the composition as a whole: the counterpoint, the part of each instrument and all the melodic fragments at last produce the complete work. Then my soul is on fire with inspiration. The work grows; I keep expanding it, conceiving it mroe and more clearly until I have the entire composition finished in my head though it may be long. Then my mind seizes it as a glance of my eye on a beautiful picture or a handsome youth. It does not come to be successively, with various parts worked out in detail, as they will later on, but in its entirety that my imagination lets me hear it".
In Mozart there is a 'package' too, one that might be described as a 'core module' which he, as the musical artist, then unpacks, expands and arranges however he wants. It is a dual creation, starting outside him which he then shapes and stamps with his own personality.
Revelation and inspiration are enormously complex things as they can have multiple sources, as we know. Divine, human and demonic can also mix, making for different degrees of purity and impurity. It is therefore a very serious matter to say "God (or Yahweh) told me..." How do we know?
These "false prophets", moreover, may not necessarily have malicious intent - they may simply be unable to discern what is coming out of their levim (hearts). And there is a difference between one who is seriously trying to mislead (knowing what they are doing) and one who is not aware of what is inspiring them. Anciently, one who had a prophetic gift, would spend time amongst others with the same gift to ensure a disciplined learning in discernment. Such "prophesied among the prophets" (1 Sam.10:11, NKJV). These prophetic schools ought to be organised today for the same purpose because of the spiritual anarchy in the churches and assemblies. Anyone these days can pop out of nowhere, without being tested, and claim to be a mouthpiece for Elohim (God).
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of Elohim (God); because many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1, NKJV).
How shall we "test the spirits"? I suggest in several ways:
Obviously those who go around blatantly breaking the commandments are not to be trusted and should not be listened to. Testing prophetic pronouncements may not be possible unless there is a time limit. Testing theology is notoriously difficult because of the sincerely held theological positions believers have. And testing the fruits of the Ruach (Spirit) can only be done by being around them for a long time. For this reason we should tread warily with any prophetic pronouncements unless they are from trusted brethen with a proven track record. Just saying "God told me this..." doesn't mean that He did and we should never be intimidated by anyone who comes pretending to be a prophet. Each man and woman needs to find out the emet (truth) for him- and herself.
- 1. Observe the life of the one claiming to speak in Yahweh's Name - are they living a life marked by set-apartness or holiness? Is their walk kosher?
- 2. Does what they say of a theological nature match up with Scripture?
- 3. Do the things they predict come to pass?
- 4. Do they have the fruits of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit)?
Fathers, don't let anyone 'get revelation' for your wife or your children - that's your job and toqef (authority); and wives, do not seek to get revelation for your husband, for that is the business of heads. And don't let charismatic pastors or evangelists bully you into accepting everything they say. Everyone has the obligation to test!
Some purported 'revelation' may simply be the activity of creative minds not connected to Yahweh. It may well be revelation but from the wrong source. Don't go hunting after prophets and prophecies - go to Yahweh yourself. In this day and age of many voices claiming to be from 'God', be careful!
Comments from Readers
"Uhhhhh, this is so true. My ex-wife frequently went around saying "God told me" this and "God told me" that and I was held in sway by that for many years thinking that she somehow had a superior connection to "God" and so I had assumed she was on a more spiritual level than myself. But then I started really examining the Scriptures, and realized that the things that I'd been taught by others wasn't necessarily so. Then I started taking on the real role of a husband and father as a leader and all hell broke loose. I never had gone around boasting "God told me this" or "God told me that" and even nowadays am hesitant to say "Yah told me this" or "Yah told me that," and can only think of 2 things in 7 years where there was a specific message where I could actually come out and say that. Other revelations are just simply knowing that something is true or false. Ironically, my ex-wife tells me that I'm in need of medication as she believes I'm schizophrenic -- yet she still more than ever goes around saying "God told me" this and "God told me" that.
"On the order of boasting in humility, she would say this regarding how she viewed wifely "submission": "I am a submissive wife. I submit all the time when I 'submit' an idea [directive] to you" -- she was using the judicial definition of "submit" as in "suggest" or "argue" as in "he submitted that such measures were justified" (Anon, USA, 27 June 2011).
Many marriages have sadly been wrecked by women doing this, mistaking their feelings (usually intense) as being "God". Debi Pearl in her seminal work, Created to be His Helpmeet (highly recommended by this ministry) tells the story of a wife who did this, assumed unscriptural headship (which her husband wrongly accepted because he believed the lie that she was more 'spiritual' that he was), destroyed her husband's job and self-esteem, spiritually castrated him, and in the end was so completely possessed by demons that she finally broke down under the pressure of the dark forces that controlled her, and went insane.
You may, if you have read the book, recall it - I know your ex-wife has or had it. It is a deadly serious matter to assume toqef (authority) out of divine tavnith (pattern) for it has both temporal and eternal consequences if not repented of. I fear that the schizophrenia - if it is that - may simply be a self-projection, a not uncommon way the soul shifts blame when it refuses to repent (Lev-Tsiyon, 27 June 2011) .