Coronavirus, Another Means of God Speaking to Humans #5
In the first article I have introduced this topic and have started with a means of God interacting with the first man, Adam. I continued with this by telling us some of the ancient means and which are still applicable today in article 3. This article is emphasizing that there are different means of God speaking to humans, and nations, therefore, it is of no need that one imitates or copies someone else. I shall continue with expatiation of other means in this article.
6. Through Judgements
When people are going against the will of God, he can bring judgement on those erring people to bring his people to himself.
This was what he aims at achieving when some people gathered themselves together against Aaron and Prophet Moses in the wilderness. The judgment which God unleash on them is to bring the people to himself. It is a way of speaking and interacting with them in the wilderness (Num 16).
King Jeroboam was prophesied unto that he would become the King of the ten tribes because of what King Solomon did which God was not pleased with. (1 Ki 11:29-32). But after getting to the throne he deviated from the way of the Lord and led the people of God away from their creator. This grieved the Lord and he had to raise a prophet to tell him of the judgment that would be handed over to him (1 Ki 13). By the judgement and sign pronounced unto him the people know they have been led astray, led away from the Lord.
Through judgments, people fear God and their hearts draw near unto God.
7. Through Angels
There are several places in the bible where we have found angels of God appearing to people and instructing them of what would happen to them, of what the Lord has for them, their children, and the nation.
“And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
“And the angel of the LORD said unto her, return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
“And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
“And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
“And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, what aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.” (Gen 16:7, 9, 10, 11 & 21:17)
When Hagar the maid of Sarah did not know what to do, neither what would become of her and the children, the angel of the Lord appeared to her to tell her what would happen to her, to tell her the plans of God for her life and that of her pregnancy and her son’s future.
In the same way today, God through the angels still speaks. Though, the angels may not come in the means we are hoping for him to come, the angels may not appear physically, he may appear in our dreams, revelations and at times through those we know, God could through them be instructing us of what to do, the steps to take.
8. Through the Son – Jesus
In the last hour, the end of the world God is interacting with man and talking to man through his son, Jesus Christ. How is God talking to us through his son, Jesus Christ knowing that Jesus is no longer with us in flesh and blood?
God has commissioned us, believers to go to all the world to speak about the son, speak about this salvation. It is through this that God is speaking to mankind today. The onus is on each person in the world to listen to the word being spoken to them about Jesus.
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
“Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds” (Heb 1:1-2)
9. Through Nephew/Relatives
All bible students would remember that many of the early disciples of Christ were brought to him by their relatives. One outstanding history was that of Nathanael.
“The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
“Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
“Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, we have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
“And Nathanael said unto him, can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
“Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
“Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.” (Joh 1:43-48)
Another example was the history shared about Apostle Paul when he was in the prison, about forty people were said to have ganged against him, plotting his killing, not known to them that nephew of Paul was around, hearing what they were saying. He let them conclude their plans and he went to Paul to tell him what they plot against him, he also called guards who led the boy to the captain and the man of God was delivered from their hands. (Acts 23:16-22)
If these people have not listened to their relatives what is theirs’ they may not possess, but they yielded to those people and are saved. Other means of God interacting and speaking to man continues in the next article.