I have heard the voice of Christ within several times, but I must confess, it was brief each time, but wonderful. So rare is the occasions that I try to retain and cherish them. I am often enlightened and sometime corrected by the Holy Spirit, but there is no voice—I just suddenly feel elated from an inspiration or shamed by a precious Spirit of rebuke. Yahweh has not often talked to me in an audible voice, but a few times I have heard him, or perhaps an angel, from without.
The revelation of “restitution” came to me through an audible voice. I was gathering plums after a storm in 1963 when a voice from the air said, “Ishmael shall receive a blessing, but in Isaac shall my seed be called.” I suddenly knew that my former concept had been wrong, for I had been taught that Isaac symbolized all that came to Christ in this age and those that had gone on unsaved and doomed in hell were symbolized by Ishmael. As I have said, hearing Yahweh speak from within has been rare and brief, but a brief word can convey a volume of understanding.
Sometimes the Holy Spirit comes to me and reveals things; I do not know how he came, but I have suddenly I grasped a prediction and I know that I know and nothing can change my mind, and it always comes to pass just as he revealed it. The Holy Spirit often speaks to me through prophecy, visions, dreams, as well as the Logos (written Word).
Paul instructs us, in 1 Corinthians 14:1-6, to “follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men, but unto God: for no man understands him; howbeit in the spirit he speaks mysteries (that only Yahweh understands. But he that prophesies speaks unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself (we all need to do this as often as opportunity affords); but he that prophesies edifies the church.
“I would that you all spoke with tongues, but rather that you prophesied: for greater is he that prophesies than he that speaks with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
“Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?”
Job 33:14-16 informs us, saying, “For God speaks once, yea twice, yet man perceives it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.” Wow! Isn’t this fantastic? He whispers in my ear while I sleep.
Paul teaches us to “try the spirit.” So many people take this to mean that we are supposed to judge people. I disagree. Paul plainly says judge the “spirit.” We should not be fearful of being misled. If we come to the Father with an open mind, the Holy Spirit will do his job. He is on the job to comfort, teach, and lead us into all truth.