Sunday, December 12, 2010

It's not Mom who cannot see.

The Word for today:
Daniel 7

A few days ago, we wrote that, like the book of Revelation, the book of Daniel is an apocalypse.

An apocalypse, we explained, means an unveiling.

All of which begs the question:
"An unveiling of what?"

To which our instant answer would probably be:
"An unveiling of the future."

Is that right? Is the future being unveiled in these prophetic books?

I don't want to keep you in suspense any longer. And I don't want you to think I'm teasing you with biblical concepts, so here's the answer:

The veil isn't being lifted off the future. It's being lifted off our eyes.

This principal is dramatized in the very first verses of our Bible. When God says, "Let there be light," we must not assume that God invented light at that point. To think that God had spent eternity in darkness is ludicrous.

So let's read this all-too-familiar verse anew:
"Let there be light. And there was light."

Light, you see, already was. It wasn't created, or invented.  Like the Word, it was always there:
"In the beginning was the Word..."  (John 1:1)

Sometimes, especially in these philosophically benighted times, we have the notion that perception = reality. This is a very serious error. Whether or not we see it, or assent to it, or subscribe to it, reality is.

When something is "covered," that something is, more often than not, our willingness to see. For example, there are many who "cannot" (read "will not") see the Light of the World:
Even to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, a veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses' writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, then the veil is taken away. (2 Corinthians 3:14-16)

Little kids will hide their eyes and tell their Moms, "You can't find me."  But it's not Mom who cannot see.


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