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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 s
poke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit
(2 Pet 1:20-21).
By Malcolm B Heap, Midnight Ministries
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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 being.
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 (Dan 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 intellect 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 29:29).
Obedience from the heart separates the true from the false. That was the crux of the matter in the article Light Versus Darkness.
Jesus numbers His faithful (Rev 7:3-9). He also seals them with His own seal of ownership, guidance and protection (Rev 7:4). 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. I have seen this time and time again: a meaningful number of words in each article!
As just one example, the article Light Versus Darkness, when it appeared in Newsletter 26, contained 7735 words.
7735 = 5 (His preparation) x 7 (His perfection) x 13 (Satan or opposing Satan) x 17 (deliverance).
‘By The Mouth Of 2 Or 3 Witnesses’
In second Corinthians, Paul reiterates a long-standing spiritual principle:
By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established (2 Cor 13:1).
He said this in the context of dealing with upset or disputes in the Church, which were creating schisms (1 Cor 1:11-13).
Light Versus Darkness described one such situation. It's hard for believers trapped in the middle of such scraps or dogfights to see who is right and who is wrong. Whom do you trust and whose word should you treat with suspicion?
The principle above, which Paul echoes from Deuteronomy 17:6, 19:15, and Numbers 35:30, shows the way.
When the Pharisees contended with Jesus, they sought further witness of the truth of His words:
You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true (Jn 8:13) they complained.
But Jesus' witness WAS true, even though there was no other person apparently backing Him up. They couldn't see the Father, but Jesus was backed up by the Father. What further need did He have of witnesses? He had more than enough – not that they heeded His words, even so!
I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me (Jn 8:18).
That witness or testimony was in front of their very eyes. They saw it in the miracles Jesus did. They heard it in the words of wisdom that came from His mouth. There was plenty of evidence of the Father, the Supreme Being, behind His ministry! But they rejected it!
In the same way, our ministry comes under fire from equally scurrilous individuals. Yet, when these people claim to love God, claim to uphold truth, it's hard for the undiscerning to see through them.
For example, in Light Versus Darkness, Ed Spurlin's account of the dream he had, coming "after some intense times of prayer", could easily convince the gullible that here is a man of God, and God is answering him. So, they assume there's no problem there. Since there is a schism, the problem must be here.
Well, all sorts of people pray, and they pray for all sorts of reasons. Even some of the wicked find a blessing in prayer. It depends what is their penchant.
Never forget Solomon's life. Was it not a type of the very Millennial rule of Christ? Yes it was. Was he not the wisest man who ever lived in his day? Right again. But look what happened to him. He lost out on eternal life, because he allowed his worship of God to become contaminated by idolatry and substitute. He put what he wanted for himself, first. That falsity led to apostasy.
God will play second fiddle to no-one else!
But people erect all sorts of falsity in their worship. Most of it revolves around what THEY care about – what is important to them. It can be the customs they grew up with; the traditions of their church where they differ from true biblical traditions; what they are used to doing or believing; and the grip of their own self — illustrated in self-importance, self-indulgence, self-centredness, self-will, self-determination, self-reliance, etc.
Self is often the biggest aspect of a person's compromise in worship. It can govern everything! Self-motivation is the main root of falsity and apostasy!
'Sacred Name' Apostasy
A man came to meet with us many years ago. He had exited a fundamentalist Sabbatarian church, but had been 'hooked' by erroneous subtle teaching that relied upon using Hebrew names for God. (See A Message To Those Who Use The 'Sacred Names', a Midnight Ministries booklet.) He went even further into empty ritualism, insisting on having a beard.
While he was with us, God spoke to Richard with a prophetic word for the man's benefit: Apostasy comes in strange guises.
Indeed! The traps of the devil are very subtle!
We tried to point out to him that his theology was amiss, but he wouldn't listen. That's why God gave another witness – God’s own! But the man didn't listen to that either. Most don't. And all such people will end up in 'hell' after death, because they followed the route they wanted to go, not the narrow way God showed.
Revelation From God
So, revelation from God is the second witness.
It certainly has been for us from the start of this ministry. What we say treads on toes. It began with the publication of God's Church – Whose Authority? That book undermines the foundational structure of ALL churches!
Without another witness to corroborate 'ours', God provided revelations in dreams, to substantiate the accuracy of what was written.
The same has been the case with Why Keep Christmas? Prophets and Prophesying; Life After Death and many other publications where the content treads on conventional toes.
People cannot just say, "Oh that's just Malcolm Heap's crazy idea. He's really way out, man!"
No. Because what I have written has had God's seal of approval, often in more ways than one.
And when it comes to divisions and skirmishes like that with Ed Spurlin and John Trescott (in Light Versus Darkness), God provides revelation through others, like this second witness from Kassahun Ayele:
3rd March 2004. K. I saw tears running down from the eyes of Malcolm. When I asked why he is crying, he told me that a woman who was close to him didn’t want to marry the Man he brought to her. I tried to comfort him.
Yes, many are called, but few are chosen! Malcolm B Heap
Further Reading: God’s Great Genius (GGG) Testing The Spirits (TTS)
The Faith Once Delivered To The Saints (FOD) Apostasy In God’s Church (Apo)
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