We all want revelations from God, but sometimes they come like a sharp slap in the face. We are shocked and stare in unbelief that the truth so ministered to us is so far from what we thought it to be.
Such is this revelation: The deeper we go spiritually into Yahweh’s truth, the less Christians want it. If the man of God keeps it simple and unchallenging, which is what babes in Christ desire, then many will follow. Once the Spirit starts leading us “into all truth,” then the excuses start to come.
Remember Christ asking those around Him, “Have you counted the cost to follow Me? Are you able to be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with? Are you able to put your hands to the plow and not look back? Are you able to sell all that you have, take up your cross, and follow Me? (Lk 14: 28; Mt 20: 22; Lk 9: 62; Lk 18: 22). These are questions posed not to little babes in Christ, but rather to those who desire to go all the way with the Master and be like Him and His early apostles and prophets.
The Parable of the Great Supper
To illustrate this, Christ is seated having supper in a chief Pharisee’s house. One of the Pharisees says to Him, “Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.” In response to that, Christs relates the Parable of the Great Supper. A certain man invited many people to a great supper. But they all started making excuses. One had to take care of land he had just bought. Another had to go test his oxen that he just bought. Another just said, I have married a wife, therefore I cannot come. The servant told His lord about this, so his lord told him to go out and invite the poor to come. I did, and they still won’t come. Then, said the lord, go and compel them to come to my supper. And know this: All of those that were bidden and made excuses won’t be tasting my supper. They are going to miss out.
The meaning of this parable is this. The lord giving the supper is Christ. The great supper is the marriage supper spoken about in prophecy (That is a whole other teaching that must be straightened out a bit later). Anyway, it is a supper with Christ that we do not want to miss. But it is a heavyweight happening, not for spiritual babes in Christ, and it is only for those who can handle the heavier portions of the truth. For we see that those who would not come to His supper were those who were centered in on earthly things—the land, business, and the wife who had a hold on the man. They were more interested in their little lives than the things that Christ is doing in the earth.
God is trying to get people to come and be a part of His kingdom which is coming to this earth upon His return. Remember the Pharisee saying to Him, “Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.” This parable is telling us secrets about His kingdom soon to fill this whole earth. His government is coming.
In the parable, finally the Lord says to compel them to come to my supper. Huge word, “compel,” with a huge meaning. “Constrain them to come in.” In the Greek, it is necessitate them to come in, which means oblige them, force them, and to quote someone who should know, “Make them an offer that they can’t refuse.” The point is that God will bring about world events that are so dire that the people will be forced into crying unto Him for their very survival. Those of us who have fought in wars know that there are no atheists in a foxhole. Everyone will say their prayers, and so will the people during the great desolation that will engulf the earth just before Christ’s return. The dire condition will necessitate people to flow into the kingdom of God—literally. They will come to the supper.
It is all about God’s purpose: The reproduction of Himself, Love. And His plan: Using His kingdom as the environment where the reproduction will take place—in us! For what is the very first thing that we are to seek after? “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and everything else will be provided.”
What Saddens the Heart
And yet, many who have prophesied in His name, and have served on the mission field, and done many great works will be rejected. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
This is a sad day. Those rejected will not have inquired about just what is “the will of the Father.” We’ve got to go deep in our studies, leaving no stone unturned, digging deep and putting our house on the rock. It all goes together.
Why won’t the masses of Christians go deep into the studies? I believe that they are too distracted—so distracted that they will mistake the plaintive cry of God’s true teachers as just another evangelical advertisement, just another “heavenly” huckster heralding his wares. Like the religious people in Isaiah and Jeremiah’s day, they will think we are crazy, cleaving to some goofy oneness doctrine.
The masses are so distracted with their technological wonders, phones, tablets, where it is possible to carry around several of the world’s largest libraries in your shirt pocket. Yet, so many would rather take selfies and enjoy the latest cat video on youtube.
And yet, despite all the distractions, God is calling out His elect, a remnant of people with ears to hear His voice. He makes His presence known in various ways to each, through dreams, visions, and revelations. But without more true knowledge and wisdom, these connections with the Spirit will eventually stop coming; they always do.
But the chosen few will with a parched throat continue to cry to Him, and He will hear and feel their sincere hunger and thirst for Him, and He will see their desire to have a walk with God on a grander scale. And they will long for a closer relationship, but they will begin to realize that they do not have the knowledge to get where God wants to take them. It is like the 19 year old landing a job at General Motors on the assembly line. But he longs to be an engineer, but lacks the knowledge that 4-5 years in college will bring.
Same thing. It is going to take patience and endurance. Much patience. Just read all the verses containing “patience,” and you will see how important the concept is. Now you are studying, digging deep.
God has ordained teachers who can show the steps that it takes to get where He wants us to get. How will you know when you find one? “A man’s gift makes room for himself.” If he has the gift for you, you will know. And his gift is the secrets of the Father’s heart, purpose and plan on how He will use us to make it all happen. Kenneth Wayne Hancock
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