(15) Proven Mathematically; “Foursquare without Error, Demonstrated” QED (Quad Errata Demonstrandum).
Fairly recently a man who had come to me a few years ago and a few times thereafter till recently (and had also asked for my contact details) sent me an e-mail: He and his wife both had a dream in the same night and he wrote me those dreams asking whether I could tell him what they meant.
His dream was that he was at the Mission; which is still like a continuation; or was born out of the Bible school Mission but which had/has experienced revival in the meantime and has spread to different countries.
In the dream the man was being taught at the Mission on a blackboard: “Bible mathematics”, out of the book of Job. His wife’s dream was that she also was at the Mission and was being taught “wisdom”.
(On the Island of Timor in Indonesia God also granted revival in the same decade, with similar manifestations as described in the Biblical revival of the followers of Jesus in Acts 2. I am not aware that the Timor revival spread much; the reason could be; that people calling themselves Christians, with jealousy in their hearts, did (and are doing) their best to destroy it. That most likely resulted in the revival church or mission self-protecting from the outside attacks. Another reason of that movement appearing not to spread widely; could be the lack of communication methods; it is in the mountains).
As I looked at the dreams and started praying; what they meant; it suddenly came clearly to my mind:
Both these Christians were hungering and thirsting for revival, and in the dream they were at the Mission, where they were being taught such. The mathematics in the book of Job also stood out clear.
As I carry on I pray that God may give us the correct heart attitude, and that He may bless the words that I write, which includes the quoting of His Word; the Bible.
This is what I replied: Job was a righteous and greatly blessed man (Chapter 1: 1-3 in the book of Job). The devil then suggested to God that he was only righteous because God had given him so much in wealth, goods and family. God answered; allowing the devil to take away what Job had. By that God wanted to test Job so that He could bestow still greater blessing on him.
When the devil had destroyed everything, even Job’s children; Job still worshipped, saying that God has given and has the right to take again. The devil thereupon tried further; saying that it was because Job was still strong (had his health). Thereupon God allowed the devil to take that also. We find Job’s reaction to that in Job 1: 21-22; he did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
It resulted in Job sitting on an ash heap and scraping his wounds which he had from top to toe (open; that the puss can come out). His four friends heard about it and visited him. For seven days they sat there, stunned. All Job said; though in many words; was that he could not understand why all this came upon him. In job 19:25–26, he also adds: “I know that my redeemer lives and —– I shall see God”.
His friends had sat stunned for seven days, when one of the friends began speaking and said that God punishes unrighteousness, Job should confess his sin, and God would heal him.
Job’s answer was a firm; No! He had not sinned.
The second friend said the same and received the same response.
When the third friend also said the same; Job got angry and answered that God is punishing, without cause/reason.
Upon that Job’s fourth friend spoke; saying that though he was the youngest , he could no longer keep quiet, he was bursting with what he felt should be said. To begin with he addressed the first three; telling them that they had grievously sinned. What was their sin? They were not as righteous as Job and they did not draw forth revival in Job; if they had, he would have either confessed or told them to leave. (God was not in it, or with them, in what they spoke).
Later on God confirms that they had sinned seriously; they had to sacrifice seven rams; not even lambs; and seven cattle and had to ask Job to pray for them to be forgiven by God. (Job 42:8)
Then to Job the fourth friend spoke like this: “Job you have sinned in that you have depicted God as unrighteous”, and Job acknowledged: “I have sinned” (Job 40:2).
God’s love is so great, He also says in the book of Luke, “He who causes one of the least of my children to stumble; it were better for him if a millstone were tied to his neck and he were thrown into the deep ocean” (A millstone was a formidable stone). To me that seems to imply that it’s more serious to accuse his child than to accuse (or be angry to) Him. God’s love is so great.
When Job had made this confession, God answered by sending a whirlwind. (Job 38:1)
Can we even imagine what that meant to Job? There he was sitting on the ash heap with scraped open wounds on his entire body; now the ash is whirled into those as well as into his mouth, eyes, ears, nose; everywhere. The result was however good; Job stops complaining and sits in stunned quietness; directing his heart towards God and He can begin speaking to Him; revealing Himself “In everything”.
When man becomes quiet, and directs his heart towards Him; then God can speak. We should even aim to be; where we are not just quiet in the troubles God sends; but where we are thankful to God for allowing the troubles.
It is important that we don’t miss what God tells and shows him. He is shown that God is in everything; even the monsters of the sea (the biggest of which have probably died out by now) as well as the monsters of the land. In fact GOD IS IN EVERYTHING.
Suddenly Job realized: “I knew you by hearing but now I can see you with my eyes”. (Job 42:6) Now job sees himself as; and confesses to be; a “dust and ashes” sinner. (Job 42:6)
This is an awfully important statement. So often we who have become aware of the presence of God and have thought, or have spoken out: “I have seen Him”, are the most difficult to convince.
Should we carefully consider how it was in between our “believing we will see”; and “seeing” God; we would undoubtedly remember that we often had the thought: “I think I will be OK because there and there and there I “saw” (experienced) Him. Job also knew Him so well that he was able to say so. The matter becomes even more understandable when we read in the first chapter (Job 1) that he regularly sacrificed in case his children had sinned; which I presume he also did for himself. In the New Testament sacrificing is replaced by confessing of sins and accepting His sacrifice of Himself for us (the sinless lamb sacrificed for us; Jesus”) so that His forgiveness becomes reality in our lives.
We have come to the first practical step we can take; but to do so we have to keep in mind what we find in Hebrews 11:6 that “Without faith it is impossible to please God”.
We also find in Proverbs that the beginning of wisdom is to fear God (we can’t have the end if we don’t have the beginning). There is a third aspect which we can improve (or have improved, divinely) as we go along; that is to hear his voice; “My sheep know my voice and they follow me”. In a way; to be the least, is a fourth requirement, and also requires a conscious decision.