A Part of God’s Plan for World Peace Today
Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 28, 2015
Balaam Opened His Eyes
Numbers 24:1-13 NLTse By now Balaam realized that the LORD was determined to bless Israel, so he did not resort to divination as before. Instead, he turned and looked out toward the wilderness, (2) where he saw the people of Israel camped, tribe by tribe. Then the Spirit of God came upon him, (3) and this is the message he delivered: “This is the message of Balaam son of Beor, the message of the man whose eyes see clearly, (4) the message of one who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who bows down with eyes wide open: (5) How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob; how lovely are your homes, O Israel! (6) They spread before me like palm groves, like gardens by the riverside. They are like tall trees planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters. (7) Water will flow from their buckets; their offspring have all they need. Their king will be greater than Agag; their kingdom will be exalted. (8) God brought them out of Egypt; for them he is as strong as a wild ox. He devours all the nations that oppose him, breaking their bones in pieces, shooting them with arrows. (9) Like a lion, Israel crouches and lies down; like a lioness, who dares to arouse her? Blessed is everyone who blesses you, O Israel, and cursed is everyone who curses you.” (10) King Balak flew into a rage against Balaam. He angrily clapped his hands and shouted, “I called you to curse my enemies! Instead, you have blessed them three times. (11) Now get out of here! Go back home! I promised to reward you richly, but the LORD has kept you from your reward.” (12) Balaam told Balak, “Don’t you remember what I told your messengers? I said, (13) ‘Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the LORD.’ I told you that I could say only what the LORD says!
As soon as we look at these texts, we see it mentions time. That mention of time points out when Balaam began to change. His eyes began to open. Moses told us, Balaam resorted to divination before that time. Does that mean those sacrifices were part of divination?
Moses didn’t record a lot of details about divination. It should be obvious why he left out those details. After we saw how little Balaam understood about God, there was no time to waste explaining what we’re better off not knowing. It is more important to stick to the basic essentials and leave the deceptive details to others.
It only took a moment of understanding for God’s Spirit to cover Balaam. Let’s take a minute to open our eyes to how Moses emphasized this point. Look at the three words related to time, now, before, and then. Theirs order tells the story of a spiritual movement. Now look at how many times Moses repeated words related to seeing or vision. This is a great example showing how sight or vision relates to spiritual understanding.
Let’s look at how Moses reacted to Jethro’s visit. Moses told his father-in-law all the details about Egypt. Moses saw those details first hand and therefore was a witness. Although Balaam was in Egypt and didn’t see all those events, Balak opened that same door when he requested Balaam’s presence. Balaam was given his own personal witness. God gave his donkey the ability to talk and sent an angel to talk to Balaam to arrange a brand new personal witness to share. Not as amazing as what happened in Egypt, but it was exactly what Balak needed to hear. But Balaam was not concerned with reaching out to Balak, so he missed that opportunity. Balaam was missing the most important ingredient, love.
I’m sure each of you have missed dozens or even hundreds of opportunities to witness. I have to look at the world scene today as a joke the world is playing on itself. There is a war between radical factions many European nations are turning into a religious war. After all, when we look at historical facts, we see how their experience in fighting religious wars. Maybe it’s in their genes, or the way their taught. God always works with people where they are and with what little light He is able to give them. God can’t give them too much light, because they are in such a state of spiritual darkness, too much light would blind them. All the prophets are predicting one thing. Details differ, but the outcome is the same. The problems is, the vast majority of their proof texts comes from scripture explaining events during the last seven plagues. If they ever read their Bibles, they’d see the last seven plagues begin after Jesus finishes judging the world. And this is part of the problem. About half the modern day prophets will fight any thought or statement on the judgment with their last dying breath. It doesn’t fit the rest of their theology which is based on making money. They are just like Balaam.
God is working with this world on the most basic, fundamental level anyone could imagine. I feel this may be the last warning to the world before Jesus begins judging the living. That is a very serious matter and if we know God, we’ll know how God will try to reach this world in quick succession on many different levels. One of them is weather. Here in the north central US, we’ve been seeing snow storms forming in the south and traveling north. You can look at radar images and see how it appears the world has been turned upside down. God is also reaching put, opening doors in a big way with seventy million refugees those wars produced.
If you listen, you can hear God and all the angels in Heaven cheering when they hear world leaders standing up to say they are a Christian nation. Especially with all the events happening and judgment of the living fast approaching. Jesus is looking for some kind of sign so He can say He knows them.
For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. “You parents–if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.On judgment daymany will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’ “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. (Matthew 7:8-24 NLTse).
God is making it as easy as He possibly can. Nations claim they know Christ, so God in His infinite wisdom gave them power to prove their claims. God sent them millions of people in need. But what did those self proclaimed Christian nations do? The first thing they did was looked at the crowds and said, “this is too hard for us.” They questioned how they were going to feed,.cloth, and care for those millions of people. Those idiots knew they didn’t have the resources or power themselves to complete the task, but did any of those self proclaimed Christians turn to God for advice, an answer, or help? No! Not one of them turned to God. Not one of them listened to God’s Spirit. They were just like Balaam and Balak. They had a plan all their own and refused to budge. They refused to listen to God.
If any of those leaders would take ten minutes to listen to God, they could open their eyes to see how God provided everything for the refugees Moses led through the wilderness. They’d been walking around the wilderness for over two years before those nations began closing their borders. Those nations missed the greatest opportunity in the history of the world. Those nations could have witnessed God’s miracles first hand when God send manna from Heaven, and made water flow where no one has ever seen it before. And they could have listened to stories about Egypt from first hand eyewitness accounts. But one after another, those nations turned those refugees away.
The same exact things is happening today. So called religious leaders refuse to listen to God. Like Balaam, they claim to be great priests and greater prophets. Jesus said, “I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.” What laws do you think Jesus was referring to? Wasn’t Jesus including the laws of the prophets and laws of context? Laws of the prophets not only demand all prophets explain exactly how God spoke to them, those laws also show us, the first role of a prophet is to lead people back to God. Not make up interpretations to prophecies, or explain current events. That’s God’s role. Send people back to God and He will explain how those events effect each individual life. There is no way a human prophet can do that. No human prophet has ever been given the ability to be in all places at all times. They like to act like they have that vision, but can they prove it?
Some people are in need of aid, and God knows exactly where to send them. God knows exactly how to prepare that aid, where, and when it will be required. God has the ability to prepare some people to bring food, others will provide water, some will provide the right kind of psychological counseling and support, others moral counseling, and others simple, personal, spiritual support. No prophet was ever given all those abilities. Jesus explained that is another parable He taught about this subject.
“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever seeyou hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. ForI was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever seeyou hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ “And he will answer,‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:31-46 NLTse).
If prophets taught people one little law of context and sent them back to God, they would be like Balaam, and begin to open their eyes to see the full truth of the matter. They could learn to listen, and deliver the right messages at the proper time. If those modern day prophets knew how to lead people to God, they’d know how God would deal with them, and they would pray God would use them in an effective manner. Not the negative picture they are spreading today. All those self proclaimed prophets have to teach people is how to listen to God, and read the full story in scripture. One simple, basic law of context.
Just those few sections of scripture sum up what is happening today. But how many people stop long enough to see the prophetic details in simple parables they learned as a child? God knows, that’s as far as they progressed. So God has no other choice but to meet them at a childlike level and work from there. God also wants to review stories about that wilderness journey to show how He provided food, water, and made it so their clothing and sandals would not wear out. God would remind them, all of this was done for His glory. God doesn’t expect them to perform miracles. God will take care of those details. God will look over and set up every detail. And God is waiting to perform miracles beyond our imaginations.
Those world leaders are engrossed in solving problems with that invading force. They placed themselves in the same position Balak did. World leaders have a plan and refuse to budge. Their lack of patients blinded them. They are seeking after personal glory and concerned about personal wealth. Just like Balak was. No wonder they can’t understand or see the obvious answer. If they got off their high horses, went through open doors to help refugees today, and let God perform the miracles He has planned, don’t you think that would be enough of a world event to make those radicals stop and think for a moment? At least it would put an end to their so far successful recruitment efforts.
World leaders have to stop closing their eyes to the obvious solution and take the first step forward by showing a little faith.