Deuteronomy 6:4 – “Shema Yisra’el, Yahweh Eloheynu, Yahweh echad!”
On July 02, 2015, we looked at The Foremost Command and concluded that if you want to fulfill the requirements of the first and foremost commandment, then: Shut up and listen! Today, we will continue this topic and determine how to and hear from, enter into his presence, and experience Yahweh.
Hearing from Yahweh does not come naturally to most human beings. It takes patience and practice. It takes a conscious decision to put aside one’s own agenda and wait on for Yahweh to speak. One can employ the methods listed below:
Shut Up And Listen
Psalm 37:7 – “Rest in Yahweh, and wait patiently for him . . .”
Psalm 37:34 – “Wait on Yahweh, and keep his way . . .”
Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God . . .”
Psalm 130:5 – “I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.”
Micah 7:7 – “I will look unto Yahweh; I will wait for the God of my salvation . . .”
Again, we see the first step to hearing from Yahweh is to Shut Up And Listen. Find a quiet place, enter your prayer closet, calm your thoughts and emotions, then wait for him to speak.
Enter Into His Presence
Psalm 45:15 – “They will enter into the King’s palace.”
Psalm 95:2 – “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving . . .”
Psalm 96:8 – “Ascribe to Yahweh the glory of His name; Bring an offering and come into His courts.”
Psalm 100:4 – “Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise.”
Enter through the gates of the heavenly throne room with thanksgiving and come into Yahweh’s presence. Many of the prophets were taken into the presence of Yahweh, and so can you. Isaiah says he saw “Yahweh sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted” (Isaiah 6:1). Micah states: “I saw Yahweh sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him” (1 Kings 22:19). Ezekiel, Daniel, John, and others have also seen Yahweh upon his throne (see Ezekiel 1:1-26, Daniel 7:9, Revelation 4:2-4). Scripture tells us very plainly that we have been “raised with Yeshua and seated in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 2:4-6).
Experience His Presence
Ezekiel 43:2 – “And, behold . . his voice was like a noise of many waters . . .”
Acts 22:7 – “I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue . . .”
Revelation 14:2 – “I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, as the voice of a great thunder . . .”
Yahweh speaks to many in many different ways. Both Job (Job 4:16) and Elijah (1 Kings 19:12) describe Yahweh’s voice as being a gentle voice in the midst of silence. Peter describes it as the pouring out of the spirit (Acts 2:1-18). Paul describes it as a voice from heaven speaking in Hebrew (Acts 9:4; 22:7; and 26:14). Both Ezekiel and John describe it as a voice of many waters (Ezekiel 43:2; Revelation 4:1; 1:15; and 14:2). John also describes it as a trumpet (Revelation 1:10 and 4:1), and as a great thunder (Revelation 14:2). Yahweh’s voice has many different qualities and may sound similar to those descriptions above, or may have a completely different sound to you.
Genesis 15:1 – “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision.”
Acts 11:5 – “I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision.”
Luke 1:22 – “And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision . . .”
Yahweh frequently uses dreams and visions as well as speaking. Jacob and Laban both had dreams in which Yahweh spoke to them (Genesis31:11–24). Joseph had numerous dreams in which his family bowed down to him (Genesis 37:5-10). Pharaoh’s chief baker and his chief butler both had dreams the same night (Genesis 40:5). Pharaoh also had dreams, as did Nebuchadnezzar, and many others including Joseph (Yeshua’s earthly dad), Peter, Saul (Paul), and Zechariah (John the Baptizer’s dad). Perhaps Yahweh will give you a dream or vision as well.
Is It Really Yahweh
Malachi 3:6 – “For I, Yahweh, do not change.”
Hebrews 13:8 – “Yeshua is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
1 John 4:1 – “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God.”
Is the voice you are hearing really Yahweh? Are the dreams and visions really from Yahweh? True messages from Yahweh will conform to what is written. True messages will always be in harmony with Yahweh’s unchanging, eternal nature. Test the messages you receive to see from which spirit they originate. If they are from Yahweh, then what you hear or see will not contradict Yahweh’s word – the holy scriptures. If they are from Yahweh, then others with whom you share your insights will confirm their holy origin. Once confirmed, write them down in a journal if this helps you remember – record the vision or message as Yahweh commanded Habakkuk to do, then wait for it to be fulfilled (Habakkuk. 2:2).
Benefits Of Waiting Upon Yahweh
Isaiah 30:18 – “ . . . blessed are all they that wait for him.”
Isaiah 40:31 – “But they that wait upon Yahweh shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Waiting upon Yahweh brings blessings. Hearing from Yahweh will only increase your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:23). Hearing from Yahweh allows you to soar to greater heights, walk and run without becoming weary or fainting!
Hearing from Yahweh is possible. Many have heard from him throughout history, and since he does not change, it is still possible today. He may speak to you in a small, still voice. Or, he may speak in a loud, thunderous voice! He may come to you in a dream, or in a vision. When he does, nothing you hear or see will contradict his word – the holy scriptures. Your message, dream, or vision will be confirmed by others. Your message will bring you all the fruits of the spirit in abundance and give you increased stamina to endure the hardships of this mortal life.
Numbers 6:24-26 – “Y’varekhe’kha Yahweh v’yishmerekha. Ya’er Yahweh panav eleikha vichunekka. Yisa Yahweh panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom.” Or as I translate it in English: “Yahweh blesses you and keeps you. Yahweh makes his face shine upon you and is gracious to you. Yahweh lifts his countenance upon you and makes you whole.”
July 02, 2015 The Foremost Command