Oh, the joy and privilege of knowing God! How could mortal man be more blessed? Enoch walked with God, and so sweet was their walk that God took him (Gen. 5:24)!
Yet before this glorious translation, God revealed to this beloved friend–though but the seventh from Adam–things concerning the very end of time when the Lord would return with ten thousands of His saints, as recorded in Jude.
The biblical record testifies of other brethren that walked and communed with God down through time, to whom history was revealed long before it ever happened. See Daniel, the beloved of God, with his divine visions and angel visitations.
Note the apostle Paul’s revelations of the great falling away to come (2 Thess. 2:3) and of his insights into the condition of the religious people in this end of time (2 Tim. 3:1-5).
The apostle John saw wondrous scenes before him while at Patmos, revealing the history of the New Testament church throughout the entire Gospel Day unto the the Final Judgment Day.
Surely God communicates with His faithful children and reveals things to His holy apostles and prophets.
And the apostle John was not the only one privileged to see events yet to come to pass; we see another example of this in a letter written by the pious John Fletcher to Bro. Wesley. It is dated London, May 26, 1757. Here is an excerpt of that letter:
I rejoice that you find everywhere an increase of praying souls. I doubt not but the prayer of the righteous hath great power with God; and cannot but believe that it must tend to promote the fulfilling of Christ’s gracious promises to his church. He must, and certainly will come at the appointed time; for he is not slack, as some men count slackness; and although he would have all to come to repentance, yet he has not forgot to be true and just. Only he will come with more mercy, and will increase the light that shall be at evening tide, according to his promise in Zechariah xiv, 7. I should rather think that the visions are not yet plainly disclosed; and that the day and year, in which the Lord will begin to make bare His arm openly, are still concealed from us.
The spiritual senses of this holy man of God rightly discerned the time yet to come–our time, the evening time of the Gospel Day. I do not doubt that as this faithful brother read the scriptures in Zechariah, his heart stirred within him as the Spirit of God illumined his understanding. Near the end of time, God would again make bare His arm with increased blessings upon His church! The day and the year Bro. Fletcher knew not, but that it would be “at evening tide” he understood.
What treasures of truth are revealed to those who know their God! In meeting with the apostle John in Patmos and, many centuries later, with Bro. John Fletcher as he searched the writings of the prophet Zechariah, no doubt God delighted to reveal His sweet secrets to them.
We that are presently living in the lengthened shadows of this evening time are enjoying the fulfillment of what Bro. Fletcher saw in prophecy. Blessed are our eyes and our ears, for…
“It shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.” Zech. 14:6-7.
“It shall come to pass”! The Lord hath spoken it! All can be free from the shroud of long years of apostate religion–not clear, yet not fully dark–meaning the foggy mists of sectism. Yes, every hungry soul can be free of the gloomy cages and unbiblical conditions of false religion, for in this “blessed evening time it shall be light.” Oh, how we hail this bright day of the restoration of God’s church! His called-out people have returned to this one fold where holiness prevails and the presence of God is in the midst.
How beautiful to see our mighty Lord make bare His arm in His church in this very end of time. How fitting for the closing out of this time world!