I’m sure that some of you readers are already on alert with a question like this. And some of you may already have an answer floating around in your head that goes something like this, “No one can see God and live, the bible says so!”
If that is your response, keep this in mind. Matthew 5:8 (NKJV) says, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” This is a literal meaning. And, those words are written in red, which means that Jesus spoke them.
In the days we’re currently living in, there are numerous reports of people all over the earth being caught up in the Spirit realm, and some even to third heaven. Some are having angelic visitations on earth and in heaven, seeing Jesus face to face, and even standing before God’s throne. These visitations are happening to men, women and boys and girls of all ages regardless of their religious, economic, vocational or cultural position.
Actually, this has been happening for decades but it is increasing in these last days.
Contradictions in Scripture?
I’m aware that the content in this article will be rejected by many people inside and outside the church as a whole and I’m ok with that. But I’m also confident that there may be a small handful of people here in the U.S. or abroad that might just want to see for themselves what God has to say about this truth in His word.
It seems that scripture, at times, contradicts itself regarding the subject of humans being able to see God or His Son with our physical eyes or by any other means until we get to heaven.
For a couple of examples, see Exodus 33:18-20. Moses asked God if He would show him His glory. God told Moses in verse 20 that no man can see God and live. Yet, prior to that request, verse 11 says that the Lord spoke to Moses face to face as a man speaks to his friend.
Another example is in 1Timothy 6:16. It says God dwells in unapproachable light whom no man has seen or can see.
These scriptures appear to make it very clear that “no one” can approach God and live. However, there are many scriptures throughout the entire bible that make an open and shut case about us being allowed to come into His presence.
There are also many other scriptures that offer concrete proof of those that lived before us who have encountered Him in dreams, visions, trances…and even transportation from one geographical place to another.
There are many people in the Old Testament that had divine angelic encounters, as well as meeting God Himself. I’d like to use King David as an example in the Psalms because he’s one of my heroes.
Even though David committed adultery and had Bathsheba’s husband killed, God still said after David repented, that he was a man “after God’s own heart!” How do you think David was able to receive that kind of recognition and attention from God? Did God overlook something in David’s life? Of course not! Nothing escapes God’s attention…ever!
David was a courageous warrior on the battlefield and he carried that same passion and tenacity into his personal intimate time of worship with God.
I love Psalms 63:1-2 in the NKJV. It says, “Early will I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee, my flesh longs for thee in a dry and thirsty land where no water is; vs. 2) To see thy power and thy glory so as I have seen in the sanctuary.” This is loaded with amazing revelation when you study these key words in the original Hebrew language.
In verse 2, the word “see” in the original Hebrew text is râꞌâh, and it means: to see literally, to self-appear, to present, to let see, to shew self to others, to have a vision, to look at, observe and look upon. This is just “one word” in one phrase, of one verse. And Psalms is loaded with this kind of revelation, not to mention the entire rest of the bible. David actually saw in an open vision or else he saw into the Spirit realm. But he “did” see the power and tangible glory of God manifest in some form visibly before his eyes.
Whether you believe it or not, and whether you understand this or not, David was describing his experiences with God when He chose to tangibly manifest Himself during those times of worship. This is not spooky, dangerous, new age, nor is it heretical. It’s biblical and it is for us today just as it was for them in the Old and New Testaments.
In paragraph two above where I referred to Matthew 5:8, the word see in the original Greek language is: optanomai. The literal meaning is: I appear, am seen, or allow oneself or myself to be seen.
There are probably many more, but I found 14 different references (not just single verses) in the Old Testament where people had supernatural encounters with God. And in the New Testament there are at least 13 references that describe divine, heavenly encounters with angels or Jesus. And I just came across a few more this week that I haven’t time to thoroughly research but I know they describe how Jesus wants to “show Himself” to His disciples and to those that love Him.
Seeking First the Kingdom
Let me make something very clear at this point to put to rest any potential questions, misunderstandings or issues that may arise in the future from this article. I am not an authority on the subject of “divine or heavenly encounters.” However, I am most certainly confident that it is our God-given, blood-bought covenant right for these things to happen for any of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Secondly, we cannot think for a single moment that we can “make them happen” by manipulating God or twisting His arm or exerting some futile, fleshly effort to make this happen. Thirdly, if you’re seeking this experience so that you’ll have something to brag about to your friends on Facebook or elsewhere, I seriously doubt it will ever happen for you.
Every testimony I’ve heard and book I’ve read on this subject was recorded and written by people that I consider to be very mature, genuinely humble, and seriously committed to the Lord with their entire being. So much so that the only thing they came away with after having an encounter was an intensified wonder, awe, and increased love of and for God and His people. And this is exactly what should happen.
I have come to understand first, and then believe, that in order for us to have divine encounters with Jesus, angelic hosts and other heavenly beings, we must be able to be trusted with the “secrets of His covenant” and we must fear Him and respect Him highly (see Psalms 25:14).
And, we must be satisfied with simply “seeking Him” for who He is and not for the goosebumps or other manifestations that can occur when He shows up. He alone will know when our love for Him is pure enough that He can trust us with revelations that are weighty and precious. If He were to release blessing and revelation into our lives before we’re ready it could actually destroy us in many ways. But the biggest one is through the door of pride—one of the most dangerous and deadly.
I must try to bring this to a close because I sense that there is much more to say but I’m concerned that it would be so long that you may lose interest. I’m going to include references/titles etc. at the bottom of this article for some great books that describe what I’ve been writing about above. I know these authors are like those whom I’ve described above. They are humble, Godly, passionate, kingdom seeking people who love God’s people, all of them.
I must share this one scripture that clearly describes the truth that Jesus promised, He will manifest Himself to us. I personally believe that if we’re going to experience any promise in God’s word we “must” renew our mind to that truth by memorizing and meditating on the truth until it drops into our hearts. Then it will finally become a living breathing reality at a cellular level—in other words it begins to consume your thoughts.
21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
The word “manifest” in this usage in the original Greek language is: emphanizō. It means: to appear, come to view, reveal, exhibit, make visible, present oneself to the sight of another, be made conspicuous.
If you reject this truth, you actually have to exercise your will in openly denying that Jesus will not do what He said He would do.
I hope this gives you something to chew on for a few days.
Final thought, what if you learned to be so proficient at seeing in the Spirit that you could “always” see the enemy coming or you could know his plans before he gets there? Wouldn’t that be worth it?
Visions, Visitations & the Voice of God by Lyn Packer
Gazing into Glory by Bruce D. Allen
The Seer Anointing by Kevin Basconi
How to See in The Spirit by Michael R. Van Vlymen
Serving You Truth,