But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dreams, and the visions of the head upon the bed, are these; (Daniel 2:28).
And Joseph said unto Pharoah, The dream of Pharoah is one: God hath shewed Pharoah what he is about to do (Genesis 41:25).
I find it fascinating that God can write a script and stuff it into a man’s subconscious mind and allow it to manifest physically as dreams. Please, the use of man in this post includes male and female. So, the man would suddenly start having strange dreams or repeating visions. It could be very disturbing when you have dreams and visions but you do not know how to interpret it. In fact, it is actually killing and unsettling to be in such situations.
Those were the cases of King Nebuchadnezzar and Pharoah! They had dreams and visions. They knew that there were something extraordinary about the dreams but they could not make anything out of the dreams and visions.
Many people living on this planet today are like Pharoah and Nebuchadnezzar. They know that there is something that they are seeing, hearing, dreaming and occasionally feeling but they cannot figure it out. Some people know somehow that resolving the enigma could catapault them into higher heights and set them on the path of their destiny. However and most unfortunately, they can’t just simply connect the dots in a sensible way.
But the truth is, there is a God in heaven who revealeth secrets. One of the demerits of formal education is that you are holding a very small fraction of epistimological singularity but you have been made to believe that you have acquired a level of mastery in your field. It actually takes the humility of Socrates to know that we need to know that we do not and can possibly not know everything. Then, we can be open to know till we get functional knowledge which we can apply to cause positive changes in our lives and in the lives of others.
By design, education for capitalism is embedded in specialisation and not in generalisation model of skill and knowledge acquisition. Nothwithstanding, one is faced with problems of life which are beyond their field of expertise and those challenges must be faced.
For instance, I am certain that if the two Kings in our case had political or administrative problems, they would have solved them with ease. This leads us to a question of how we might engage with problems outside our comfort zones.
This is where revelational knowledge comes in. Upfront, note that as soon as Daniel and Pharoah explained the dreams to the kings, the kings quickly agreed that the interpretations were in tandem with the dreams. There is always a strange unraveling of events when one steps onto his or her path of destiny. For instance, Pharoah had to restructure government in Egypt and set up a global food chain, etc. All those happened to support Joseph’s destiny.
What you and I need is a revealed path of our destiny. But, can I shock you. As soon as we were born, our paths of destiny were revealed as well. Good examples are sighting of the star of Jesus by the three wise men. The second was the personal dreams of Joseph. Jesus also knew from a very tender age that God sent him on a mission to save the world.
Revelational knowledge is a knowledge of how you can navigate a matter or even life through an understanding of the totality of who you are. Revelational knowledge is receiving a vision of how to work out the “dot connecting” of your life. It is about gaining insight into the overall grand plan of one’s life and receiving daily doses of the revelation of the next thing to do.
Whenever I have an opportunity to share the gospel of Christ with anyone, my aim is usually to communicate the essence of regeneration. This is because revelational knowledge is available to regenerated minds. Regenerated minds are minds embodying the mind of Christ. As put in Philippians 2:5 – “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”.
We must not go through life confused because we can’t figure out how to know who we are. God is in the best position to tell us who we are because he made us. He makes us know through revelational knowledge. Here are things I suggest for one to grow in revelational knowledge:
1. Be born again. The Holy Ghost is the one who teaches and coaches the regenerated how to deepen their revelational knowledge. This is why being born again is basic.
2. Rhema not just logos. The Bible contains your personal stories in coded forms. If you know what you are passing through, you can tell where it is written in the Bible if you know the Bible. As you increase in the knowledge of the scriptures, you suddenly realise that nothing is new. Stories repeat with different casts and settings. More importantly, it will give you options of pathway in the play of life you are involved in.
3. Believe. If you do not believe, you cannot see the glory of God. Believing is like wearing a magnifying glass and facing the right direction. When your believe increases to the level of conviction, actions taken represent faith. Faith is the output of believe.
4. God loves you. Perhaps this might be difficult to sell to those who have been hurt in the past. Here is what you need to know. God is dealing with you based on your purpose not based on the amount of times you feel pleasures instead of pain. What God does if you are ready to walk your path of destiny is to give you grace and show you mercy. With grace and mercy, you would be empowered to survive all storms of live and receive mercy when you go astray. So, God has a comprehensive cover for everyone who dare believes.
In summary, revelational knowledge is not book knowledge. It is even beyond Bible knowledge. Yet, to live purposefully on earth, everyone needs the revelational knowledge because everyone has been created for a purpose. My prayer is that God who revealeth secrets to mortals would give you the grace to operate at the level of revelational knowledge in 2019. Amen.