In the opening of Apostle Peter's second epistle this phrase remains in my spirit; "we are given great and precious promises". He goes on to tell us if these things do not become real to us as believers we will not be able to "see afar off". To see "afar off" is to go past natural eye sight and be able to see by the Spirit into deeper truths. Consider this; it is by His Divine Power we are made partakers of His Divine Nature and are blessed with Divine Knowledge allowing us to see with Divine Perspective.

     Divine Perspective is having spiritual vision that sees beyond the surface meaning into the heart of the matter. Even though things are shaking like never before we must always see the kingdom that cannot be shaken!  Listen to the words of the Apostle James: "My brethren be not many masters (teachers) , knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. (stricter judgement) (James 3:1) So-called Bible teachers are a dime-a dozen, time and time again I have seen them set the wrong perspective by yielding to carnal traditions of men thus creating a stronghold in the churches that is very hard to break. There is a stricter judgement for those who set a religious perspective apart from God's Truth! "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter".(Proverbs 25:2) Regardless of what denominations might teach, the "absolute truth" of God's word must be revealed by the Spirit in order to maintain Divine Perspective. God purposely hides truth from those who are not hungry. We see it clearly as Jesus calls Laodicea the "lukewarm church". "The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever that we may do all the works of this law".(Duet. 29:29)
     One example of Divine Perspective would be in the Temple as Jesus turns eight days old. Much ado that day as the Temple filled with babies needing the customs of the law fulfilled. Lying in wait were the old prophet and the old prophetess, full of the Holy Ghost and armed with revelation from God. While others only saw eight day old babies, 
Simeon saw the Consolation of a dying nation. The Greek word Simeon used for consolation is very similar to the word for Comforter. Simeon whom the Bible says had the Holy Ghost upon him (Luke 2:25), took the pure essence of the real Holy Ghost into his own bosom, then he blessed God and went to be with the Lord in perfect peace. The sign of the Ages had arrived!

     Anna the prophetess represents another aspect of our Savior's arrival. Her name in Hebrew means Grace. "And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel , of the tribe of Aser:...(Luke 2:36)  Of itself these Hebrew names tell a story; Grace was always in the Temple!! She served God with fastings  and constant prayer. From the tribe of Aser she is "very happy" Down through the Old Testament Aser always meant happy.As the daughter of Phanuel she has "a vision of God". "And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem".(Luke 2:38) Grace Grace marvelous Grace, "coming in that instant" This should build our confidence in a perfect God with a perfect plan! Simeon announces our Comforter, and Anna coming in the same instant lets us know the Holy Ghost and the Grace of God go hand in hand in our redemption! His Grace never ends and it arrives at a moments notice at that lovely name of JESUS !

In-Christ Always  (elmer.hart@remnanthighway.com)


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