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Ezekiel And John

Ezekiel And John

30 August 2010

Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 8-11; Revelation 4

Scripture:

1 Then I looked, and, oh!—a door open into Heaven. The trumpet-voice, the first voice in my vision, called out, “Ascend and enter. I’ll show you what happens next.” 2 I was caught up at once in deep worship and, oh!—a Throne set in Heaven with One Seated on the Throne, (Revelation 4:1-2 MSG)

Today I read from Ezekiel 8-11 and Revelation 4, descriptions of visions God gave to Ezekiel and John, two men exiled far from their homes – Ezekiel a young man in Babylon and John an old man on the Greek island of Patmos.

In the visions described here, both men were carried in the spirit to the Temple of God, Ezekiel to the Temple in Jerusalem and John to the eternal Temple in Heaven. Both men saw God’s glory, saw fantastical beasts and angelic beings. They were given a glimpse into the supernatural spiritual realm that surrounds worship – visible only with eyes of the spirit. Both men saw worship in the Temple of God. John saw pure, selfless, God-honoring worship in the Temple where God dwells eternally. Ezekiel saw false, idolatrous, self-gratifying worship in the Temple that once belonged to God.

Each was commissioned to return to the everyday world with a message that contained:
• Judgment and Restoration
• Warning and Promise
• Correction and Encouragement
• Fear and Hope

I wonder if these elements should be present in every message delivered by one who has been with God? Should every messenger who attempts to communicate vision seen through spirit eyes temper warning with promise, correction with encouragement, and fear with hope?

Prayer:

Father, What must I do to be carried in the spirit to the place where I can see clearly? How can I see through spirit eyes and not merely through the scratched, blurry lenses of my soul? How can I see “visions of God” and faithfully tell others everything God has shown me? Please work in my heart so I will see what you want me to see and say what you want me to say.

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