Veiled visitations are used in those times when Jesus chooses to come and talk to someone but not reveal who He was at that moment. We might never understand why or even know that we have had one, but that does not mean that it was not an encounter. The Bible tells us that this can also happen with the angels and that we might be entertaining angels without even knowing it. This would also be a veiled visitation.
I do not have any personal modern examples of this, but have heard others speak about having them. You will find many books about the angelic where people have encountered angels in ordinary situations but have not realised it until afterwards. The response for most after this type of visitation is "I think that I just spent time with an angel," or "I think that was Jesus I just spoke with." Some never know while others feel they know for sure. I have the ability to see in the Spirit so I have always wondered if I would identify them during the encounter, but this is just a personal question. If it ever happens I will make sure that I share it.
I put Veiled Visitations with Christophanies and Theophanies because it seems that neither form of encounter are currently very common. While Christophanies and Theophanies are more typically experienced with the prophetic office that does not mean that only prophets will have those encounters. Jesus has the right to visit whomever He chooses. Veiled Visitations are for anyone whom God needs to speak to in a different manner, regardless of whether you walk in the prophetic office or not.
I really believe that the closer we get to the end of the age the more we will see these types of visitations, even if we do not know for sure if it was Jesus or an angel we spoke with.
The angelic is a topic that seems to be growing in peoples hearts and is raising many questions, so this will be a frequent topic I will write about.
Angelic visitations are increasing everyday. More and more people are talking about seeing angels. There are several ways in which these could take place.
An angelic visitation could be a face-to-face encounter in the natural realm. This is when they step out of the Spirit into this realm. Sometimes we will see the Spiritual Realm enter into the natural realm with a great white light around the angel. There will also be times when they will come into our realm with no light at all but still appear wearing white garments.
You could also entertain angels according to Heb 13:2 and not even know it. I touched on this on the blog post "More on Veiled Visitations." This would happen and you might not even know it had happened and sometimes after they had gone you might say to yourself or an other “I think that was an angel I just spoke to.” The angelic would appear like you and I so we would not be able to tell in the natural that they were not human. They could do this for many reasons that we might not even be aware of, for example: we might need help with something that would take a greater level of wisdom than we walk in; the Lord could be testing us for reasons unknown, or bringing us comfort at a specific time etc.
The most common angelic visitation are ones that come within dreams. Some of the reason for this is because it is the time when we are not busy and will not miss what God needs us to know. While we sleep we are not going anywhere so an angel could bring us a message in a dream about our life or about someone else. The reasons for this are endless and many have written books on this subject.
One more that I want to mention is the angelic coming to you in a vision. This could be happening while you are praying and you feel the atmosphere change around you. While you have your eyes closed an angel appears and speaks to you. This is a vision and you are seeing the angelic through your spiritual eyes not your natural ones. This is where we move into the Seer Realm, which is the realm of seeing in the Spirit.
The timing of God is a subject that seems to be lacking in understanding in many Christian walks and is why so many are not sure what is going on, or what God is doing. This lack of understanding keeps us walking around the mountain instead of moving forward into the deeper levels of God. We can say ‘I am waiting for God to open the doors so that we can enter in,’ but God is saying ‘I am waiting for My Sons and Daughters to begin to move forward and come closer to Me.’ If we look at a basic definition of the timing of God it would look like this:
The timing of God is being where God wants you at this moment.
Let’s look at this. God does not live within our structure of time yet He has created it for you and I. This means it is for our benefit to have the time system that we have. We still need to understand that this is not the time system that God works by. The time system that we have on Earth that is the closest to God’s time system is the Jewish calendar. We see God do more things on the Earth following this calendar than the Roman calendar that we live by. For so many years Christians have thrown out the ways of the Jews and because of this we forget that Jesus is Jewish and was the one who set up this calendar and the feast days for the Jewish people. Yet saying this God is not bound to any calendar and still follows His own. We walk so much with our natural eyes and live with so many material things that we put them before our spiritual eyes and what is happening in the Spirit.
Understanding God's timing means a change of mindset from looking around us and then looking up to God to drawing very close to God so that we can look around Heaven and then look back down on Earth. This is not about having a spiritual encounter but is about walking with God. Understanding something is not always about seeing, feeling, or hearing something, it is coming to the place of knowing something through the eyes of understanding, no matter what that looks like.
This a topic we will spend much time looking at because it is very important in the times we live in now. But for now let’s look at a few practical ways and questions we need ask God so that we can begin to walk in a greater level of understanding of His timing.
First is coming to God to spend time with Him with no agenda. This needs to be done on a regular basis not as a one time thing. The reason for this is if we always are bringing things to God then we do not give God the opportunity to bring anything to us. When we give God this opportunity it lines us up with what God wants and then we begin to fulfill what He desires instead of what we desire. Second is doing whatever God wants no matter the cost. This might mean great sacrifice on our part, but we need to remember that He will not ask us to do anything we cannot handle. Third pray. Begin by asking God to help you to fulfill God's heart for your life at this moment in time. Fourth ask God to grant you understanding of His timing. Ask Him to show you the difference between what is going on in the natural realm versus the Spiritual realm. Then ask Him what it will take for you to walk in His timing all the time.
Can anyone hear God's voice, or only prophetic people?
Hearing God's voice is essential to walking with God and living out the fullness of our callings on the Earth. Everyone can hear God's voice, but prophetic people are ones who seem to pick up on His voice sooner and stronger than others. This is because they are called to walk in this area and are called to hear the voice of God for others.
There are times when God will make His voice so clear that there is no doubt who spoke, but this does not happen very often. One of the many reasons that Christians have a hard time hearing God is that they have not taken the time to learn about His voice. I am talking about asking God a question and waiting and hearing Him answer back right away, like you would with another human. This should be a normal relationship with God, but it is sad to say that this is not usually the case.
Jesus said in John 10 “My sheep hear My voice.” This indicates that we need to be one of Jesus’ sheep first. This means being a Christian who is walking with God, not just one who shows up to church on Sundays and thinks that is it. Being one of Jesus' sheep means spending a lot of time with Jesus so that we can understand the way He speaks to us. Knowing the sound of His voice is key. Much of the time it will sound like our voice but it will have a strength and authority that we do not have.
A good practice with learning how to hear God's voice is to write down everything that He speaks so that you can judge it to see if it comes to pass. God requires us to test everything and that includes the things we feel that God is speaking to us. Hearing God's voice is about building a good relationship with Him and will take a good year of listening to Him speak everyday before one can come into any maturity on hearing the voice of God.
God spoke to me this morning about writing again so I got my book, sat down on the couch and starting writing down what He had to say to me. I had not written anything in about a year because of the season I was in. There are seasons for everything and I knew that I was coming to an end of a season and because of that I had been asking Him what is next. I did not think that what He had planned for me was going to bring me right back to where I was a few years ago in a season of writing. One thing I have come to understanding about walking with God is making sure I always stay in His timing. I would love to say that this is easy and I have done a good job, but I would not be telling the truth if I stated that.
I love the new seasons with God, but when He asks me to go back and continue on with something I had done in a past season it feels like I am moving backwards. This is not the case, but it brings us to the place of understanding what is means to walk in timing with God and the joy of starting something new. The challenge is placing it down when it is not finished and picking it back up once you have gone through a time of training and testing. My heart is to go to new levels with God and share them with others, and in order for me to do that I will go through large desert seasons when I feel alone and not doing a whole lot.
Walking in God’s Timing is hard because it requires a lot of faith. You have to trust yourself and believe that you are in the right place even if everything around you is stating something different. God’s Timing does not line up with the World and can even lead you down a different direction than other’s are walking, even those who are close to you. The only way you really know if you are walking in God’s Timing is by hearing His voice. Everything stems from this. It is about walking in relationship with Him. The closer you get to God the harder it is to fall out of His Timing, but Understanding the Timing can take a life time of walking with God.
In this blog we are going to begin to look at secrets. Remember that God shouts His truths and whispers His secrets. I refer to these types of encounters as secrets because these are areas which we have to engage in. Truth encounters can take place regardless of whether we want them or not, although they should be desired to let God know that you want to experience Him at that level. In order to experience God's secrets you have to walk out in faith and grab hold of them. This is even true with dreams.
Let's look at the still small voice. The still small voice is the Holy Spirit, which is different than the audible voice which comes from the Father Himself. The still small voice can be easily missed because it will sound like your voice, but will be spoken with an authority that is not yours. I touch on this in my blog post "God's Voice is for all to Hear." I refer to the scripture verse from John 10 where Jesus said ‘My sheep hear My voice.’ The voice that He is referring to here is the voice of the Holy Spirit, which is the same as hearing Jesus speak in the Spirit. If you were to have a visitation from Jesus then His voice would sound different than the still small voice because you would be face-to-face with Him.
The still small voice is very gentle and will not talk over our voice, which is why it takes faith to stop and grab hold of it. It can take years of focusing on listening to the still small voice before you come into any maturity in hearing it. This is about relationship which takes time to build so we need to make sure that we are in no hurry when it comes to growing in this subject. This will not happen unless you set some time aside everyday to develop and cultivate this type of relationship. If you do so then you will find that it is the greatest type of encounter you can have because it is very personal. We like the bells and whistles and the big stuff, but just because we have some type of major encounter, which I call a truth encounter, that does not mean you will change or come into any form of maturity. However you cannot consistently hear the still small voice without maturing.
So let’s mature in The Lord together and grow in our relationship with Him through listening to the still small voice.
Timothy, author and friend of God, shares out of a place of daily walking face-to-face with the Lord, encountering both the angelic and the saints of old, seeing and understanding things from a heavenly perspective.