“The vision of the Almighty”–isn’t that what we Christians want? That our eyes be open? That we could see clearly as God sees? That we could with childlike wonder behold the things He has already projected onto His prophetical screen? For until now, “eye has not seen…the things that God has prepared for those who love Him” (I Cor. 2: 9).
“The vision of the Almighty,” God’s vision, only comes when a person has their eyes opened by God Himself. To fully comprehend our calling and election and to make it sure, we must see what our Father sees concerning this earth.
Where can we find the vision of the Almighty? It has all been written in a book. It is all there. Yet few have read it. But why can’t it be read? Because Yahweh “has poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes; the prophets, rulers and seers has He covered” in this deep slumber (Isa. 29: 10-13). Both the multitude and their clergy are asleep.
And His vision is like a sealed book that nobody can read because it is closed to them. Why is this so? Because “with their mouth…they do honor Me, but [they] have removed their heart far from Me…”
The vision of the Almighty is contained in a sealed book. And only He can open a person’s eyes, thus opening it to the reader’s understanding.
But the vision is all there if “we have eyes to see and ears to hear.” It is just like when the Spirit signs off each message to the churches in Revelation 2 and 3: “He that has an ear to hear, let him hear what the spirit says unto the churches.” Certain humans at certain times have eyes and ears that are capable at that moment to see and hear.
God’s vision, which is His plan and purpose, is vital for us His offspring to know. For “where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29: 18). And, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” What knowledge exactly? The knowledge of the Almighty’s vision, His plan, His purpose. Without it, masses of humanity will fall into the dusty tombs of hopelessness.
And so, as always, He is revealing His vision to a few. It has been written in His book long before man’s creation. It is unchanged from the beginning of time. And it is rare to be able to glimpse into God’s mind, to see what He sees and what He will accomplish in the near future.
That notwithstanding, God has revealed His vision, plan, and purpose through a very curious character in the scriptures. His name is Balaam, a sorcerer, hired by Balak king of Moab to curse the children of Israel. But Yahweh directly intervened in their plot, appearing to Balaam, and directing him to bless Moses and the Israelites and not curse them (Num. 24: 2-9).
Ironically, it is through Balaam’s words of blessing that God reveals “the vision of the Almighty.”
First, the “Spirit of God came upon him. And he took up his parable.” A parable is not a nice little story to make it easier to understand something. To the contrary, it is a dark saying, mysterious to the hearers. The same Hebrew word for “parable” is used in Psalm 78: 2: “I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old.” This is quoted in Matthew 13: 35. Jesus/Yahshua spoke exclusively to the multitude in parables, “that it might be fulfilled by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.” Secrets. God’s secrets, found in the parables. And one of the parables that unlocks the secret of God’s vision is found coming through Balaam’s lips.
And Balaam continued, “Balaam…the man whose eyes are open has said…which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty…” And then he begins to describe what he witnessed in the trance. He saw the Holy Land in a blessed state, both physically and spiritually–fruitful valleys, trees planted by Yahweh Himself lining the waterways. Obviously, this is not today’s Israeli state, a state of paranoia and danger, with walls separating the haves from the have-nots. To the contrary, Balaam saw the twelve lost tribes of Israel thriving, strong as a lion in their dealing with other nations. He saw them blessed.
This vision is synonymous with the New Jerusalem with its tree of life planted on either side of “the river of water of life,” bearing “twelve manner of fruits” (Rev. 22: 1-5). And most importantly, Balaam saw the “vision of the Almighty…there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel” (24: 15-25).
Here he sees Jesus/Yahshua, the King of kings, coming to earth to rule and reign in the kingdom of God. And He shall rule with a rod of iron. This is the same picture we see in Revelation upon Christ’s return.
In essence, the “vision of the Almighty” concerns the establishment of the kingdom of God in this earth. A kingdom is a form of government that has a monarch. His name is Yahshua, called Jesus by most English speakers. He will sit on His throne that He will share with the overcomers of all things in this last church age. God’s vision concerns the restoration of the rule of God through His Son and the other Christians who will bear the royal mantle of rulership in His kingdom. His vision includes their growth and spiritual rise to kingship with Him. When god gives you His vision, “the vision of the Almighty,” you will sing of His kingdom in all of its glorious ramifications.
But before one can aspire to sonship and kingship with Christ, one must have knowledge about it. Got to know about it first. When our eyes are truly opened to see all this, then all of the exasperated strugglings with God, all the anxieties experienced through the months, years, and decades are answered by Him when He gives a person the knowledge of “the vision of the Almighty.” With this knowledge we can prepare our hearts for the reality that lies before us, to be one of His chosen ones, one of the firstfruits unto God.
The Royal Priests
The Spirit through Peter called us, the sons of God, “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood.” We have been chosen or elected by God in this age to be kings and priests. Our destiny is to “rule and reign with Christ” and to be mediators and priests, carrying His vision to the masses of humanity during the 1,000 year reign of Christ here on earth.
But how can we help the multitudes if we do not have God’s vision, plan and purpose–which is this: He is all about reproducing Himself in us in the environment of His kingdom. And for those who follow Him in His vision, unimaginable blessings await–right here on earth. Kenneth Wayne Hancock