Revelation by Seance

“The proliferation of astrologers, seers, mediums, and other later-day ‘prophets’ is one direct result of widespread dissatisfaction with present circumstances and the wistful desire of millions throughout the world to know the future. Feeling that ‘science’ and ‘humanism’ have failed, people shift their faith to pseudoscience and superhumanism, still desperately searching for meaningful answers for their future….

Even many Christians are overly impressed by such seers, attributing their psychic abilities to demonic powers. If they are really supernaturally guided, however, even by demons, one would think their predictions would have a better percentage of success.

The fact is that neither angels nor demons are omniscient and therefore they can know little more about the future than human beings. It is true that men and women can—through planning and working—influence the future to some degree. Also, through analyses and reasoning they could to some extent predict the future. By virtue of their greater powers and greater knowledge, plus their ability to share such knowledge and abilities with other invisible spirits, it is no doubt true that angels and demons can both foresee and influence the future more that could human beings.

But only God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and  omniscient. Since He created time, He stands outside time and thus knows and controls all events everywhere through all time. He may, on occasion choose to share some of His knowledge with His holy angels, or with chosen men. To this extent—and only this extent—can we really know the future, which brings us to the purpose of the Book of Revelation.

This capstone on the wonderful structure of the written Word of God was written specifically to provide knowledge of the future. This is made clear in the very first verse:

‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto His slaves things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His messenger unto His slave John (Revelation 1:1).'”

-Henry M. Morris, The Revelation Record,Wheaton,IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1983, 18-19

The Firmest Foundation

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
to you that for refuge to Jesus have fled?
 
“Fear not, I am with thee; O be not dismayed!
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
 
When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
the rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
 
When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
my grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.
 
The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell shall endeavour to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake.”
   
 -From A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, compiled by John Rippon, 1787

Mortal Worship

In Revelation 5 the angelic hosts, the living creatures and the elders cry, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” And “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”

Yet only we, mere mortal men, can say “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain for me, and purchased me for God “You have made me to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and I will reign upon the earth.” And “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain for me to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”

Personal testimony of Gods redemption is reserved for us, the vilest of transgressors for whom He shed his blood. We were shown mercy, not on account of our own deeds, but so that we may worship Him with personal testimony of His grace.