Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness.
These are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the LORD's instruction.
They say to the seers, "See no more visions!" and to the prophets, "Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.
Leave this way, get off this path, and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!"
I wonder how important is the Presence of God to us. How much do we value the knowledge of God through our Lord Jesus Christ? The degree to which we want to have the prophetic realm in our lives may be an indication of how much we are desiring God. When Isaiah had to write the words we read above the people had lost their focus and desire for God. Religion was OK but relating to the Lord was not their deep desire at all, sadly. The people shied away from the prophet sent by God and his message about the Presence of God was unfortunately an offence to them.
People with pride do not like to be told that they are in the wrong! When we, as Christians, are confronted with an unpopular issue by the Lord we soon discover whether we justify ourselves and our position, or still have a humble heart open enough to be challenged once more. We don’t know it all. The things of God are truly unsearchable if we come to realise that the knowledge of God is far, far greater than anything we can think or imagine. Who does not get baffled when we read a couple of amazing verses in Revelation about the Throne Room in heaven:-
Revelation 4:2-5 (NIV)
At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God.
To say this is an awesome description is an understatement! Straight away it tells me there is so much I do not yet know or understand about the wonderful, holy and powerful, glorious Presence of God. Are you hungry to know more when you read something like this? Is it not there to make us hungry? Don’t you also wish to be “in the Spirit” like the apostle John was, when the Lord revealed this prophetic vision to him?
The apostle Paul was always so hungry for God!
Philippians 1:21 (NIV)
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Philippians 3:8, 12 (NIV)
What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
I think we can see that Paul had already “died” in many ways to be able to say such things. He embraced the Cross of Jesus fully, both for his righteousness and the way to be sanctified. The Cross is in every sense costly as it painfully does away with sin and brings into being the jewel of a life ready for eternity. Paul put it this way:-
Colossians 3:3 (NIV)
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.