Your spiritual life should not be in ignorance. In 1Cor. 12:1, 2 the Apostle Paul admonishes, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.” According to 1Cor. 12:1, 2 spiritual ignorance leads to spiritual deception.
It is not God’s will that you be spiritually ignorant. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). You cannot worship God in spirit and in truth when you are spiritually ignorant. This is because Satan presents himself to us as an angel of light (2Cor. 11:14). You cannot walk in the truth when you walk in Satan’s deception.
The Apostle Paul teaches in 2Tim. 3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” This persecution is a spiritual temptation by Satan who presents himself to you as God. Then, when in your ignorance you accept Satan’s temptation to believe that he is God, he can work all kinds of adversity and deception in your life and body. Our Lord Jesus Christ endured the same spiritual temptation by Satan (Matt. 4:3-11).
In Rev. 3:10 this spiritual temptation by Satan when he presents himself to you as God is also known as the hour of temptation. The Master says in Rev. 3:10, “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”
According to Rev. 3:10 you will escape and triumph over the devil’s temptation by keeping the Word of God in Christ.
Spiritual ignorance leads to faith in seducing spirits and doctrines of devils that pose as God, and as angels of God (1Tim. 4:1; 2Thess. 2:3-12).
Your Spiritual Activity
Every person is spiritual, and therefore also spiritually active – even if you don’t consider yourself to be spiritual. Even the person who does not believe in God is spiritually active. 1Thess. 5:23 teaches that man is spirit, soul, and body – that is, two parts spiritual and one part physical. Man is a trinity.
Dreams and visions are the most common spiritual activity of any human being. Even the atheist and the agnostic dream dreams and experience visions. Some people who believe in God or in a god are less spiritually active than others. Those who are less spiritually active will dream less, and even experience no visions.
Your Spiritual Instinct
One of man’s spiritual instincts is faith. Hence, no man is without faith. Even atheists will believe in something, or in someone, even if it is only in themselves.
Every time you believe in something, or in a god, you exercise your spiritual instinct and enter the spiritual world. By exercising your faith you will either enter the Kingdom of God, or the kingdom of Satan.
When You are In the Spirit
You are in the spirit when a spirit comes over you. Each person regularly goes into the spirit, and then sees into the spiritual worlds. When you are in the spirit you see with your spiritual eyes in a dream or in a vision. Every time you experience a dream or a vision, you are in the spirit. When you are in the spirit, you also hear with your spiritual ears.
When you are in the spirit you are in contact with one of the two spiritual kingdoms. The two spiritual kingdoms are the kingdom of Satan, and the Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ. Dan. 7:13, 14 teach us that God gave His Son Jesus Christ all power in Heaven and on earth. Therefore, when the Holy Spirit comes over you, you are in the spirit by the Spirit of the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
When a spirit of the kingdom of Satan comes over you, you are in the spirit by a spirit of the kingdom of Satan.
Biblical Examples of when Man is in the Spirit
The following three apostles describe their experience of being in the spirit:
The Apostle John
This is how the Apostle John describes his vision in Rev. 1:10, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.”
The Apostle Peter
In Acts 10:10, 11 we read, “And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth.”
Here, the Apostle Peter’s experience of being in the spirit, while receiving a vision of the Holy Spirit, is described as a trance.
Acts 11:5 also testifies: “I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me”.
The Apostle Paul
In Acts 22:17, 18 the apostle Paul testifies, “And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; And saw Him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me”.
The apostle Paul also describes his experience of being in the spirit while receiving a vision from the Holy Spirit as being in a trance.
Visions of God
In Ezek. 1:1 the Prophet Ezekiel testifies, “Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.”
The Prophet Ezekiel calls the dreams and visions by the Holy Spirit of God visions of God. There is a difference between the dreams and visions of God, and the dreams and visions of the spirit of this world. Satan is the spirit of this world and, the whole world lies in the power of Satan (1John 5:19).
Visions of God are not the usual dreams and visions that all people from all different religions and cultures experience. The ordinary dreams and visions that we all get stems from the power of Satan’s veil of death (Isa. 25:7; 2Cor. 3:15, 16; Heb. 10:19; 20).
In Joel 2:28 the Word of God says, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.”
Joel 2:28 reveals three important spiritual facts:
- All people on earth mentioned in the Bible had dreams and visions long before the prophet Joel’s prophecy in Joel 2:28 (Gen. 20:3; 40:5; Judg. 7:13; Dan. 2:1; 4:4, 5).
- The spirit of Joel 2:28 that is poured out by God is the Holy Spirit of God, and not the spirit of this world.
- The dreams of Joel 2:28 are visions of God. Visions of God are visions of the Holy Spirit of God, and not visions of the spirit of the god of this world.
2Cor. 4:3, 4 teaches us that the god of this world blinds the minds of unbelievers. The god of this world blinds the minds of unbelievers with his dreams and dreams, so that they cannot see the visions of God in the Light of the Glory of God. Satan is the god of this world.
The Appearance of Visions of God
In Ezek. 1:4 the prophet Ezekiel gives a description of the vision of God. Ezek. 1:4 reads, “And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.”
According to Ezek. 1:1, 4 visions of God have the following characteristics:
- The Heavens are opened,
- A whirlwind,
- A great cloud with a fire infolding itself,
- A brightness was about the cloud,
- The colour of amber came from the midst of the fire.
1) The Heavens Opened
Ezek. 1:1 mentions an important characteristic of the visions of God. That is, visions of God are with the heavens opened. The prophet Ezekiel testifies in Ezek. 1:1, “Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.”
The words “heavens opened” refer to the veil of Satan which lies upon the soul of every man. The Word of God declares in Isa. 25:7, “And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.” Isa. 25:7 corresponds to 1Joh. 5:19, and speak of our Lord Jesus Christ who will destroy the covering (veil) cast over all people. The Apostle Paul also teaches that when you convert to the Lord Jesus Christ, that veil over your soul is taken away (2 Cor. 3:16).
The term “heavens opened” also means that when the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ appears unto you in a dream or a vision, then you will see that veil over your soul being lifted up. Thus, there is a difference between the dreams and visions of the Holy Spirit of God, and the dreams and visions of Satan – the spirit of this world.
Not every dream and vision of the Holy Spirit is described in the Bible as with the heavens opened. This does not mean that the Holy Spirit also appears without the heavens being opened.
Acts 10:11 teaches that the Apostle Peter saw the heavens opened when he received a vision of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, he does not testify to it in Acts 11:5-7.
The Heavens Opened and the Glory of God
The Holy Spirit always appears with the heavens opened. This is because the Holy Spirit and the Glory of God is the same Person who raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead (Rom. 6:4; 8:11).
The following scriptures also testify that the appearance of the Holy Spirit was with the heavens opened: Matt. 3:16 Mark 1:10; Luke 3:21; Acts 7:56; Rev. 4:1; 11:19; 19:11.
The Apostle Paul teaches in 2Cor. 3:7-9 that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is in the Glory of God. This means that when the Holy Spirit appears to you and ministers unto you, or performs a miracle for you, it will always be in the Glory of God.
The Holy Spirit and the Glory of God are inseparable. Therefore, when you see the heavens open, you will also see the Glory of God. Any spiritual appearance that is not in the Glory of God in Jesus Christ is from that wicked one.
2) A Whirlwind
Ps. 50:3 testifies, “Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.”
When the glory of God does not move, it is calm round about Him. When He moves, He sounds like the elements of a thunderstorm, with the sound of a great wind, and the rumbling of many waters.
The appearance of the Holy Spirit and His unique sound can never be imitated. The Holy Spirit is not a storm, His appearance merely looks and sounds like some elements of nature.
In Acts 2:2 we read, “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”
Acts 2:2 teaches us that the coming of the Holy Spirit sounds like “a rushing mighty wind”. There was no rushing mighty wind in the house, just the sound of a rushing mighty wind that filled the whole house.
The Sound of the Holy Spirit
The description of a rushing mighty wind in Acts 2:2 is similar to the description of a whirlwind in Ezek. 1:4. Acts 2:2; Ezek. 1:4 is a description of the sound of the Holy Spirit.
The sound of the Holy Spirit is an inseparable part of the visions of God. The sound of the Holy Spirit in the Glory of God is also described as the noise of many waters. In Ezek. 43:2 we read, “And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.”
The Holy Spirit of the Glory of God is not a wind of any sorts; neither does the Holy Spirit feel like a light wind, or a gentle breeze. The Holy Spirit merely comes with the sound of the thundering rush of a massive flood of waters, and the sound of a rushing mighty wind (a whirlwind).
The Voice of the Almighty
The Voice of the Almighty is also the voice of the Holy Spirit. Ezek. 1:24 give us this description of the voice of the Almighty, “like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host”.
The “noise of great waters” refers to the sound of a great flood. The “noise of an host” refers to the sound of a great army of soldiers as they march on a hard terrain. Both of these descriptions correspond to the thunderous rumbling of a whirlwind (Ezek. 1:4), and a rushing mighty wind (Acts 2: 2).
The “voice of speech” refers to the Voice of the Almighty that sounds like myriad voices that simultaneously speak the same words with the sound of thunder. Elíhu, Job’s friend testifies, “God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend (Job 37:5).
His voice cuts through soul and spirit, and joints and marrow (Heb. 4:12), and shakes the whole earth (Joel 3:16; Heb. 12:26). I could barely stay on my feet! I am convinced that I was spared the full power of the Almighty’s Voice so that I could endure and survive.
An earthquake by the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ is without destruction. Unlike the destroyer, when the sound and power of the Holy Spirit shakes the earth or a building, there is no destruction, (Acts 4:31; 16:26).
While Satan can conjure all sorts of sounds, he cannot imitate the sound of the Holy Spirit of the Glory of God in Christ Jesus. In Isa. 48:11; 42:8 the Word of God is emphatic, “I will not give my glory to any other.”
The Voice of a Trumpet
The Voice of the Almighty is also the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Angels. In Rev. 1:10, 15 the apostle John describes the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ, “a great voice, as of a trumpet…his voice as the sound of many waters.” Here, the sound of the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ is described as the sound of a trumpet and also the sound of many waters.
This description means that the Voice of our Lord Jesus Christ does not sound like the ordinary trumpets we know. The “sound of many waters” also corresponds to the description of the voice of the Almighty in Ezek. 1:24.
Moreover, the apostle John declares in Rev. 4:1, “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me” Rev. 4: 1 refers to Rev. 1:10. Note, it was not a trumpet that spoke, but the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ and the voice of his Angel sounding like a trumpet.
Heb. 12:19 also refers to the sound of the Voice of God as a “the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words”. Heb. 12:19 refers to Ex. 20:18, 19; Deut. 4:10-12. The description “voice of words” correspondents to “the voice of speech” in Ezek. 1:24 and refers to a myriad voices. The Voice of the Almighty sounds like a myriad voices speaking at once.
The Sound of His Voice and Not the Sound of a Trumpet
The Voice of our Lord Jesus Christ is a thunderous voice that sounds like a myriad voices and words, with the sound of a trumpet and the sound of many waters.
It is with this shattering voice of His that our Lord Jesus Christ rebukes Satan and his works against you when you believe and confess the Scriptures (Jer. 23:29; 2Thess. 2:8; Heb. 10:23; Jude 1:9). For the word will surely come out that you call out by the Word of the LORD against Satan and his works against you (1Kings 13:32).
It is also this Voice of our Lord Jesus Christ that all people will hear, living and dead, in the last day of our Lord Jesus Christ (Rev. 20:11-15).
In 1Cor. 15:51, 52 the Apostle Paul teaches that “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” The words “at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound” refers to the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Almighty, that will be heard (sounded).
The Apostle Paul also teaches in 1Thess. 4:16, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” The “trump of God” depicts the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Almighty God.
God bless and guide you.