"Ephphatha": Mark 7:31-37- Proverbs 20:12

Amos 8:
11 "Behold, the days are coming," declares the Lord GOD, "when I will send a famine on the land-- not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.
12 They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it.
13 "In that day the lovely virgins and the young men shall faint for thirst.

Daniel 12: 4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."

2Timothy 3:
1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,
4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,
7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith.
9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

Truly we are living in the days of just such a famine, which the Lord proclaimed through the prophet Amos. Notice that the famine is not the lack of availability of the Word. It is the lack of hearing it. More so, it is the Lord who causes it.
In the passages I cited here, we have Amos and Daniel, both prophets prior to the Incarnation, and the apostle Paul, a post-incarnate preacher and teacher, chosen by God to build His church. Even though centuries separate these men from one another, and us, they are all bringing the same message, and so must we.
A time is coming, and now is, when those who appear to be believers will be running hither and yon for a "word from the Lord".

How many conferences does one need to attend in order to ascertain God's will? We have His Book! The saints know His revealed will.
The saints gather locally to worship, pray, and teach that will, revealed through His Word..
There are those however, who are always looking for a new revelation.
There are also many, professing to be teachers, apostles and prophets who have a "fresh word from God".

Why would God give a new word for us to follow when we virtually all who are seeking this new word haven't been able to follow the words that He has already given us, let alone understand them?
Why would He only give these new words to a select and small group of "the anointed"?

All that are saints, are a kingdom of priests. There is no separate class of “clergy” in the church which has been given revelation, beyond, outside of, or above the scriptures. This is gnostic, and pagan, to the core.
Paul encouraged all to prophesy, i.e. proclaim God's word to and over one another. These words which we proclaim are the Scriptures.

Then there are those who propagate the erroneous teaching that the scriptures are mysterious and even confusing. They can't be understood even by the most mature of believers. All interpretations might be correct, so we don't debate the issue. This is the love of God; tolerance of all points of view, heretical or not.
The hermeneutic by which the scriptures are interpreted is a cultural and historic one. This would then relegate the Word to the era in which it was written in, and open up the wide gate of addition to and subtraction from the Word. This is a romanized/westernized hermeneutic.
It seems that the Bible is the only book on earth upon which none of its' alleged adherents” can agree.

The word is understood only by revelation of the Holy Spirit. Receiving and believing on the Word, is a sign that one is chosen by God and indwelt by His Spirit.
The Holy Spirit always confirms what is the true Word of the Lord.

Eph 1:
13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,

1Thess 1:
4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,
5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit,

The Word is the weapon of the preacher, prophet, and intercessor.

Eph 6:
17b ………..and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

Heb 4:
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

The word, i.e. the revealed will (secrets) of God is given to His friends. It is not given as revelation, to everyone.

Psalm 25:
14 The friendship (secret) of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.

Gen 18:
17 The LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,…..

James 2:
23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"--and he was called a friend of God.

Exodus 33:
8 Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent.
9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the LORD would speak with Moses.
10 And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door.
11 Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.

Matthew 13:
11 And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

John 15:
13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

We have many examples throughout the Scriptures which show how revelation came to man. We are to use the scriptures as the measuring rod by which all teaching and prophetic utterance are proven to be of God.

John 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Genesis 1:
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.

John 1: 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Matthew 4: 4 But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" (See also verses 7 and 10)

John 6:
45 It is written in the Prophets, 'And they will all be taught by God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me--
46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father.
47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
48 I am the bread of life.
49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."

John 5:
37 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen,
38 and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent.
39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,
40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
41 I do not receive glory from people.
42 But I know that you do not have the love of God within you.
43 I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.
44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.
46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.
47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?"

“Eat my flesh” Jesus said.
Jesus and the scriptures are inseparable. He is the Word made flesh, and He is the bread which came down from heaven. Man lives by “this bread alone”.

John 6: 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever."

Luke 24: 25 And he said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?"
27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

In Daniel 12: 4 the prophet is told to shut up and seal the book, i.e. the prophecy given to him until the time of the end. This is often interpreted as, there is revelation which has yet to be made known, and in the “end time” it will be revealed when this book is opened. (the “futurist only” perspective is not a sound perspective)
In the context of chapter 12, it is evident that this is not true.
Daniel is simply being told to quit writing as the prophecy is finished, so shut the Book and seal it. All that has been revealed which has been extant from the time he wrote it, will find its’ complete fulfillment in the end of days.

Daniel 12:
8 I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, "O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?"
9 He said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.

13 But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days."

Daniel could rest in the fact that the completion of his work, that is the prophetic preaching of God’s Word was finished. We too may rest easy as we have this revelation in its’ entirety in the Book which we call the Bible.

Deut 29:
29 "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Matthew 6:
9 Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

1John 5:
14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

2Timothy 3:
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God, and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

How can we do the work of God unless we read, teach and understand the Scriptures?
If scripture is a baffling mystery, or worse yet incomplete revelation which requires new truths to be revealed, then we are truly in a sorry place. How can we then test the new thing being taught as truly coming from the Lord?
The pursuit of signs, wonders, and a new word are for those who run to and fro. They cannot hear the Word. They are dying of starvation in a house full of bread, which by the way is the translation of the word “beit lechem” (literally, house of bread) or as we call it Bethlehem.
The Lord said an evil and adulterous generation pursues these things.
Signs and wonders follow God’s people. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, speak the already revealed Word of God. Intercessors pray for the already revealed will of God to come to pass.
Then the entire Body walks this out in obedience. There is no famine of the hearing of the word for those who have ears to hear. There is no famine for the elect, that is, the friends of God.
I will gladly attend any event which does not offer to sell me something that was “unknown: until some self-appointed apostle/prophet/shaman decided to reveal it. I will attend any event which glorifies God through biblically based worship and the prophetic revelation of the Scriptures.

Psalm 138: 2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.
Psalm 119: 89 Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.

Ecclesiastes 1: 9 What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

All Scripture is breathed out by God,…….
And God said (breathed out) let there be………
It is written,……….

Sola scriptura
Soli Deo Gloria

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Comment by Stevo on March 26, 2012 at 6:12pm

I think this is about a time when the Word of God isn't proclaimed, thus a famine of hearing God's Word. The fact that they seek God's Word to and fro tells me that they would like to hear it, but it's just not out there. At least that's what I'm getting from it. 

But I really like what you said about "seeking a fresh Word from God" when we already have His Word.


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