IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I SEE, AND HEAR WHAT I HEAR
BY: ROBERT D. TORANGO
II Kings 6:15-17 “And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, a host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
The setting: The plain of Dothan, an upland plain on the caravan route from Syria to Egypt, and about eleven miles north of Samaria where the King of Israel is staying. It is here that Joseph was forced into slavery, Gen. 37:17. The word Dothan means “two wells”. Two men awake early in the morning from a night’s sleep and find themselves surrounded by an army of Syrians in their war chariots. One man is very nervous and afraid, and is deeply concerned with how they are to escape from this predicament. The other man is calm and unconcerned with the obvious danger. The characters: Elisha the prophet (which sees); A young man who is employed as Elisha’s servant.
The story: It is the time of the Prophets. From the time of Samuel, a school is formed to meet the demands of prophets in the land. There are three Hebrew words translated as “prophet” in the Old Testament. One word is “nabi” and means “to announce, call a declarer, announcer”. It is the most generally used of the three. The other two Hebrew words are “roeh” and “Hozeh”, both meaning “one who sees” and sometimes designated as “seer”. The more general term “nabi” is given to the general population of prophets such as the students in the school and involves an interpretation of the will of God in general for the nation of Israel and for certain individuals. The other two terms rendered “seer” suggests a more complex and complete gift other than seeing a vision and interpreting it to the best of one’s ability. It suggests the gift to see things that others do not and to “know” things that others do not. Samuel was called both Nabi and Roeh and was both Judge and Prophet, being one of the rare ministries that actually live to see two distinct orders of God take place in their lifetime and, even more rare, to function in both orders.
The age of the Judges gave way to the age of the Prophets in order to meet a certain need in the land. God was setting up an order much like the priesthood again. He wanted to speak to His people through prophets much like He used to speak through the Urim and Thummim to the High Priest and consequently to His people. The priesthood was limited in their communication with God by a “yes” or “no” answer to their questions. The Prophet was to give specific futuristic instructions to the people concerning what was to take place, and a select few had a gift that let them see and hear things that could have an immediate impact on the lives of their Kings and nation.
The Prophet order brought judgment to the land in a way that the Judges never was able to. They overthrew kingdoms and dethroned Kings by uttering a few inspired words and were used to anoint new Kings. Samuel “saw” the arrival of Saul before he ever arrived to him physically. He also “knew” the first company of Jesse’s sons were not the right ones to anoint King of Israel and kept asking Jesse if their wasn’t any more sons. When finally he rested his eyes on David he “saw” in him the stuff of a king! The mark of a “seer” was his ability to see beyond the obvious and peer into the window of God’s perfect will. To a true “seer”, there is a certain realm where things that are, aren’t and things that aren’t, are. Samuel was the father of this strange and mysterious order of prophets and his school of prophets continued throughout the age of the Prophet. One of the greatest of all prophets was Elijah, the prophet of fire. A man that dwelt in the wilderness much of the time, his ministry was one of violent judgment and miraculous demonstrations.
Elijah was the type of prophet that the watchmen on the walls of the cities kept an eye out for and when sighted or rumored to be coming to their fair city everybody in the place would come down with a nervous condition. Usually a delegation would be sent to him ahead of his arrival at said city and they would respectfully inquire as to his purpose for coming to their place of abode. This was done in regard to his office which was an office that either blessed or cursed. If he was coming to their city it wasn’t to relax and have a vacation. He was going to either bless them and their habitations, or he was going to carry out a judgment of destruction on them.
It is easy to see why Brother Elijah dwelt alone in the wilderness for much of his time. After all, I wouldn’t think he got invited to too many socials and dinner engagements except by those who liked to live life on the edge! A “seer” will make everyone around them feel uncomfortable sooner or later. Even today, if a ministry has a gift of discernment, you notice people acting funny around you at times. You must be careful not to stare at them or look their way at the wrong time lest they think the Lord has revealed something to you about them. We all know how many times someone will accuse the preacher of “preaching right at me”, whereas most of the time that was the last thing on the ministers mind. “Seers” will have that effect and must learn to live with it.
Elijah is fresh from calling down the fire upon 100 men of King Ahaz when he meets Elisha. Elisha is farming his land when the prophet of God walks by him and throws his mantle upon Elisha’s shoulders. He is immediately seen leaving his family and land and takes up with the prophet. He is eventually given a choice of anything he wants from God and chooses a double portion of Elijah’s power. The trick is, he must see Elijah’s departure to heaven. It ends up that he eventually overcomes the Prophets attempts to escape from him and he sees the departure. It is almost the same thing that he sees at the place that the story opens up at in the valley. He sees Elijah taken up in a whirlwind after becoming separated from him by chariots of fire. The prophet’s mantle is left for Elisha and he immediately puts it to use upon the waters. The other apprentices of the school of prophets see the spirit of Elijah upon him.
From that time on he is given the sight. A new world is opened up to the former farmer. He is introduced to things the ordinary man or woman never dreams is present. A veil is parted and behind that veil is a world of creatures and events that are impossible to relate to anyone else. So, he keeps them to himself and understands that they are not meant to be seen except by a special class of men of God with the “sight”. It is with this background that we want to look into the situation we read about that is happening in the Plain of Dothan. It is a scene that is ancient in its typography and is as relevant as the present time. Two men, one a normal man with an appreciation of God and serving him in the best way he knows how, another man that is blessed (cursed?) with “the sight” and knows things that he will never be able to relate to any other being on earth. The one man is nervous over his obviously perilous situation.
All he knows is what his eyes tell him. They tell him he is about to die. Surrounded by a formidable display of manpower and weapons, much more than anyone would normally send to apprehend two men, he is overcome by the helplessness of his position. The other man rises from sleep and views the same army, the same seemingly hopeless situation and stretches and yawns like you might expect someone to do in contemplation of another day at the job. Since misery inevitably loves company, the young man turns to the seer and asks why he isn’t concerned that they will both die in a little while. It is without a doubt one of the clearest examples of the most ancient of contrasts in the history of the world. Two realms or dimensions that exist at the same time, separated by a veil of blindness installed by God since the garden of Eden, one not any more real than the other in reality, yet unnoticed and unseen without “the sight.”
The obvious evidence throughout the Word of God concerning these two realms is that the blindness or, at best, the murkiness of being able to look into the other dimension seems to be from the earth side. By that I mean that the creatures in the heavenly dimension don’t seem to be as hampered looking into the earthly dimension as vice versa. Sort of like a one way mirror. As we all know, mirrors usually reflect a view of the dimension where we are viewing from. In the days of the Bible, plates of metal were used as mirrors. They were buffed and shined until they gave off a reflection of the person gazing into them. They required constant upkeep of buffing and shining in order to keep their luster. Hence, the observation by the Apostle Paul in I Cor. 13:12, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” He is referring to the difference between our experiences now in an imperfect state and when that which is perfect is come.
To those of us whom the perfect has come unto, that which is in part is done away. The darkness of the looking glass of God is clearing, and we are seeing and hearing things that were kept hid to former generations but are now on open display to those who would see Jesus high and lifted up and His train filling the temple. The true wonder of this day of revealing is what is being revealed. We are looking into the mirror and we are seeing something that wasn’t there yesterday. Or at least, we didn’t see it with yesterday’s vision! Could it be that as we allow ourselves to be carried along in the flow of this river of life that we will see the unseen and become blind to the seen? I believe it to be so. We will never see defeat again, or senseless destruction, or punishment without rehabilitation, but we will only have eyes for the purpose and plan of God’s total restoration for His creation.
We will not be observers of the limited God that the main-line Church system preaches, but we will see the King of Kings and Lord of Lords sitting upon the throne of our hearts and ruling and reigning, not in some far off millennia but even now, today! Won’t you let Him buff you and shine your dark reflection and turn your life into a looking glass revealing His love and salvation to all who look upon you? Then step into the fire of His presence my friend and allow Him to make you His express image in the earth. It is important to understand that the first two millenniums have revealed the ministry of the Son in the earth, but this third day will reveal the Son in the Heavens and all the host with Him. Revelation 15:2, 3, 4 says, “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? For thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee: for thy judgments are made manifest.” Revelation 21:18 and 21 says that “…the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.” and “…the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.”
The third day will do more than just reveal a reflection of our present state of being in the earthly dimension, but it will allow us to see into the invisible dimension where the throne of God and the city of God is. Not in outer space somewhere but in the heart of men and women. John saw and heard things that none of the scholars of the Religious ranks have ever figured out because they are bringing it all into an earthly dimension. But John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day and we must have the same sight as John. It will remain a mystery until we see as John saw and hear as John heard. Not in a historical aspect although you may be able to read that into his revelation, but if that is your focus you will be missing the whole point. It is not an end-time revelation of things to come as much as it is an interpretation of things that have already been done. It is not written to reveal things such as an individual antichrist or the seals of God or the kingdoms that rise and fall, but it is revealing and making manifest only one thing, the Lord Jesus Christ! Not as we see Him through our dark glass, but as He is viewed in the unlimited vision of the Spirit.
Our natural mind, which operates much like a computer, when confronted with images and icons of the Spirit world will just keep giving the same old message to us. “Error! Unable to read present format. Please insert proper disk operating system and reboot!” We are going to have to unplug this natural mind and pay the price and receive the mind of Christ and learn a new language. Paul had an experience where he was caught up into a third dimension and saw and heard things that were unlawful for him to utter. They were not relevant to his dispensation. So he was given a glimpse into the future when those things would be relevant and indeed they would be preached openly in pulpits around the world as it is today. Howbeit, I have to believe that Paul’s ministry was never the same after that. He no doubt preached with more conviction and greater assurance those things he was able to preach as a result of seeing and hearing those things he couldn’t preach.
The mirror of God shows things that are not readily seen by the natural eye. The Greek word for glass in I Cor. 13:12 is a word that means to “gaze (i.e. with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable: and thus differing from simple voluntary observation and that which denotes mechanical, passive or casual vision.” It is amazing to me how we can look at our selves day after day and see no change and indeed, maybe some regression, until we look one day and, lo and behold, we look wide-eyed into the looking-glass of God and see a new creature, perfect and complete peeping at us from behind our veil. I ministered recently to a group that the butterfly was always inside the genetics of the worm, waiting for his day of revealing. He waited along with the worm the time of limitation, crawling on the ground and imprisoned to the earth until an appointed time of release and together they went into the cocoon, the worm and the butterfly, and through metamorphosis the butterfly released not just himself, but the worm also. Together they crawled into the cocoon, and together they soared away from the cocoon, only this time the worm was hid into the butterfly. Christ in us the HOPE of glory, us swallowed up into Christ the EXPRESS glory! The things that are seen are not eternal forms. They are temporary and are but shadowy figures of things to come.
There are some in our midst who have seen a glimpse of another world of fiery chariots and horsemen and winged creatures and spirits of just men made perfect, of angels and seraphims and messengers and warriors, of rivers and cities and walls and gates, of heavens and hells and white thrones and judgments, of winds and fires and earthquakes and lightning, of mercies and truth and love and salvation, of martyrs and loved ones and saints and fellow-laborers, of thrones and dominions and principalities and powers, of laughing and rejoicing and singing and dancing. In essence, they have seen the face of God. But don’t ask them to relate to you those things in detail. For some reason, the things that are seen lose their detail and sharpness when spoken of to those who desire an intellectual picture of them. So most of the time the seers just look at you and say, “If you could only see what I see, and hear what I hear!”
Rev. 7:9-17 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sunlight on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” See? Then Listen.
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IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I SEE AND HEAR WHAT I HEAR [Robert D. Torango] 1