THE VOICE OF THE LORD
BY: WADE E. TAYLOR
FALL – 2001
“Behold. I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door; I will come in to him and dine with him. and he with Me.” Rev. 3:20 NKJV
This verse immediately follows the message to the Laodicean church, which is the seventh and last church that is addressed by the Lord. These seven churches span the entire church age. Thus, when we come to the Laodicean church, we are approaching the end of the church age. That we are living in the time of the Laodicean church is evident through the word of correction that is given to this church.
“Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor; and blind, and naked.”
“I counsel you to buy of Me gold tried in the flre, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve, that you may see.” Rev. 3:17-18
We live in a time of unprecedented prosperity -“rich and increased with goods. “For years I have been saying that this is the reason why the Lord is outside, knocking. Rather, the Lord is within this church, perfecting a people for His end-time purposes. The present day abundance of material goods provides us with ample opportunities to overcome.
The Lord is outside knocking on a “closed” door, because we are at the end of the church age. There is nothing further in relation to the church. Beginning with Ephesus, each of these churches leads to the following church. But there is no church that follows the Laodicean church.
The response of John to this knocking confirms this.
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said. Come up hither; and I will show you things which must be hereafter: ”
“And immediately I was in the spirit: and. behold, a throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.” Rev. 4: 1-2
The end of the Laodicean church age is the time during which the Lord will begin the process of His return. Thus, He is saying, “If you hear my voice and respond, I will come and make Myself known to you.“ (Rev. 3:20)
There is a progression of revelation concerning the manifestation of the presence of the Lord that begins in Genesis.
” And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God…” Gen. 3:8
Voices do not walk, but this voice did, because there is a two-fold message in this. The fact that they “heard the voice” tells us that the Lord desires to speak to those He is in fellowship with. The fact that His voice is “walking” tells us that there is a progression in what He speaks. Thus, there is a “present word” that did not apply to any past generation or time.
From the time of Adam, the Lord walked through history for a thousand years, and the flood cleansed the earth. He then walked another thousand years and Abraham was called out to become the father of faith, and the friend of God. He walked another thousand years and Solomon dedicated the temple in manifest glory. As the Lord walked through another thousand years, John the Baptist was called apart to be prepared to introduce Jesus. Then He walked through the two thousand years of the church age.
“On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You. And He said to them, Go, tell that fox, Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.“ Luke 13:31-32 NKJV
“Today and Tomorrow” refers to the two thousand years of the Church age. Jesus being “perfected” in the third day speaks of His taking His place as the head of the Body. He is presently standing at the door of the “third day” knocking – seeking out a corporate” John the Baptist.” who will make Him known as the present, active head of His body.
“If anyone hears” tells us that He is presently “walking” within the range of our hearing, and is seeking for those who will respond to His call. There are many today who are spiritually hungry and are searching for something further. If these will become quiet and intently listen, they will hear this “present knock” of His desire to make Himself known, beyond that which was available to any past generation.
When Jesus appeared the first time, He came as a “lamb” and submitted Himself to the cross in our behalf. But in His return, He will come in a very different way. We have a description of how He will look in Rev 1:14-15: “His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; and His feet like unto fine brass, as If they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters.“
We are the “feet” which will move the Lord through this time of transition into the Kingdom. His feet being like “fine brass as if they burned in a furnace” speaks of the “baptism of fire,” in which those who are responding to His voice are being prepared for the outworking of His purposes in the earth in our day. His voice being as “the sound of many waters” tells us that the Lord is preparing a corporate body who will all say the same thing, having been lifted into” apostolic” enabling power.
“After this I looked, and behold a door was opened in heaven.” (Rev 4:1a) The Lord has walked as far as He can go in the earth realm. Now the call is for us to come higher, into the Kingdom.
“And the flrst voice which I heard was, as it were, of a trumpet talking with me.” This is a call to spiritual warfare, in order to bring us above all that hinders. Here, He will show us “things which must be hereafter.” That is, the Lord will reveal to us the process of the closing out of the church age and the birthing of the Kingdom age, and the outworking of our part in this process.
“And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold a throne.” This is a time of transition from the Church into the Kingdom, during which we are being called to a higher realm.
It is of vital importance that we so arrange our lives in this present time of intense busyness that we will, as an over-comer, hear the present “knock” of the Lord upon the door of our hearts.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Rev 3:21 NKJV
OUR PART IN END TIME INTERVENTION
Divine Intervention is the state in which the initiative passes from man to the Lord, and man enters into a cooperative relationship with the Lord, in which the Lord is in the lead, and man follows.
” And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, We give Thee thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and who wast, because Thou hast taken Thy great power and hast begun to reign.” Rev 11:16-17 NAS
On many occasions in the past, “intervention” has been exercised by the Lord, but its fuller and more frequent workings were interrupted by man’s taking in hand the government of the church. However, in these last days, the Lord is again beginning to accomplish His purpose through intervention.
The Lord’s attitude toward His servants is so loving, tender, and compassionate, that His hand is being moved on their behalf, due to the increase in satanic activity. Indeed, the heart of the Lord is yearning over His people. The Lord will, however, continue to use His servants in many ways, both old and new.
Therefore, to be a part of the new, the question each of us should ask is, “Am I spiritually in the place where the Lord can use me, and, can He exercise through me a sufficient power to accomplish His purpose?” Exceedingly important then is our personal attitude toward the Lord’s present day intervention and our ability to rightly respond.
Although all that the Lord accomplishes by intervention is a sovereign grant, it is not dispensed without regard to conditions being met. Deep intense spiritual desire, earnest seeking for the manifest presence of the Lord, and for His highest will, along with sacrifice, and a willingness to suffer, have always marked those who have been mightily used by the Lord.
Whenever the Lord finds this intense earnestness, He both stimulates and lifts our desires. Our spirit is liberated from warped soul conditions, and the flame of faith and devotion mount higher and higher. Intervention in no way interferes with the ordinary means of grace, but rather, these are intensified.
“Intervention” is a transfer from our limitations into the unlimited grace and power of God. “Come up with me into the mount and be there.” It is the Lord carrying us above the ordinary, into the extraordinary and miraculous.
Extensive and varied preparation is necessary so the Lord will be able to capacitate us into the place where we become available to Him for the large interventions, which are essential to the sovereign works of this, the great Day of the Lord. For we are, at best, but a limited vessel to contain the vast and mighty works, which the Lord may choose to commit to us.
“Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly, above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.“ Eph. 3:20
At this present time, there is, through intervention, a sovereign “lifting” into the Kingdom realm, of those with a hearing ear and a willing spirit.
“Behold, I stand at the door; and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door; I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven, and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said. Come up hither; and I will show you things which must be hereafter:” Rev 3:20; 4:1
“Come up hither.” Here, the Lord will no longer be limited by our measurements, but through the super- abundance of His sovereign intervention. He will release upon us a lavish bestowal by divine measure.
When one enters this realm of intervention, he comes where the human and the divine flow together, so that the human becomes absorbed into and saturated with the divine. This produces an altogether different class of Christians from those who are commonly seen.
“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne. as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear; let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Rev. 3:21-22 NKJV
These will no longer ignore or quench the Holy Spirit’s leadings, but will wait and watch for them continually. They are keen in their perception of the Lord’s voice, and they are those who “follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes,” They no longer work “for” the Lord, but are wrought upon by the Lord to enter into a cooperative relationship “with” Him for His higher purpose.
“And have made us kings and priests to our God: And we shall reign on the earth.” Rev. 5: 10 NKJV
Elijah did not originate nor plan the scenes at the test with the prophets of Baal; for he said in his prayer to God, ” Let it be known this day that You are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word.” The plan originated with the Lord and Elijah was the instrument or agent for its outworking.
In order to attain this Intervention state, many changes must be wrought in us. As the Lord desires fully responsive powers and faculties through which to operate, we must make an effort to develop these within us.
When the power of God comes upon us, and due to some infirmity or bias within us, a full responsiveness may not at first be effected, we should not become discouraged. As we remain available and continue to listen, a further and fuller inundation may sweep away every barrier.
This is a learning process. As John the Baptist was prepared in the wilderness, so also, we are being prepared through our present circumstances for the intervention of the Lord that is about to take place.
May each one of us be aware of this, and respond to the gentle knock of the Lord upon the “door” of our present dissatisfaction and desire to go further.
Note: Edited and expanded by Wade E. Taylor, from the writings of Seeley Kinne.
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