A Word About Revelation Knowledge
Dr. Allen M. Barber

It is rather obvious that some of my readers who themselves do not know the Word of God are running my articles by other so-called theologians and ministers to "check me out so to speak" instead of studying by the Word what I write via revelation and understanding of over 40 years study and research and much of that from the original languages - Hebrew and Greek.  People who have to have someone tell them what is truth and what is not because they won't pay the price of countless hours of study in the Word of God just want a quick fix.  No one will ever know the Word of God by that method. Moreover, how would you know if the person you are relying on to critique what others write has revelation knowledge instead of theological intellectualism. May I also say that in the area of eschatology, you need a good understanding of both secular and biblical history.

The Lord rebuked the false prophets because they stole or repeated what other prophets knew by the revelation of God the Holy Spirit.

Jeremiah 23:30 (NKJV)

30  "Therefore behold, I am against the prophets," says the LORD, "who steal My words every one from his neighbor.

The central idea of this verse implies these false prophets have no revelation knowledge of their own - they have no Word from God, but speak out of their own mind or worse repeat what others have said. We see a lot of that in the dispensational camp as the dispensation theologians often quote each other for authenticity rather than the Word of God.

The early Church depended upon revelation knowledge from the Apostles to "help" guide them into the truth (notice I said "help" not as the sole source). Even the Bereans examined the great Apostle Paul's teachings by the Old Testament Scriptures, that is, his teachings on the Torah (the Law). They did not examine him by another apostle, but by the one true source, Sola Scriptura. Even Paul said the revelation he received was not from man, but from the Holy Spirit. He purposely did not seek out the original eleven apostles to teach him the things of God, but went into Arabia for three years. It was there that the Holy Spirit revealed to Paul the doctrines he would later write that make up most of the New Testament.

After the original apostles died and the Church went underground because of Roman and Jewish persecution, the Roman Church and later Protestantism, emerged and supplanted genuine revelation knowledge with rituals and theological intellectualism.  The principal difference between the modern Church and the Church of Acts is a lack of revelation knowledge among the ministers and the people. If someone comes along with revelation knowledge, he is branded a heretic or false prophet because the accusers have no Holy Spirit revelation themselves. Revelation knowledge of the Word of God is foreign to the majority of Christendom because the people for the past several centuries have been fed a steady diet of intellectual and emotional sermonizing. It is the husks not the meat. Even though I have a theological education from three seminaries and an earned Ph.D in biblical studies, the revelation I have received from the Word came via a 10-year wilderness experience (spiritually speaking). 

I have taught many home Bible studies as well as pastored several denominational Churches and often I would hear from the people (many aged saints) that what I was teaching was new to them. My journey into revelation knowledge began in 1982 when the Holy Spirit gave me a rhema from Mark 2:22 - You cannot put New Wine into old wineskins, lest the New Wine break the old skins and the good wine spills on the ground. I understood from that word the New Wine was the Holy Spirit and the revelation of the Word of God and the old wineskins were old dead formal religion.  Catholicism and Protestantism are nothing but old dead formal religion that has millions of professing Christians trapped in an intellectual stoic attempt to worship God. Ministers are not taught Holy Spirit revelation in the seminaries thus they come out with their minds stuffed with mere intellectualism and maybe a few goose bumps. The result is the people sitting in the pews are fed a weekly diet of "husks" and not the meat.  

Watchman Nee has an excellent book every minister should read, The Ministry of the Word, in which he devotes a couple of chapters on the importance of revelation knowledge. Without revelation knowledge there are no ministers and no true churches, just man-made religion. What did Jesus tell us?

John 16:13 (NKJV)

13  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

This is a clear as the nose on our faces. The Holy Spirit will guide the individual believer into all (not some) truth.  We don't need someone else to tell us what is the truth. However, in order to do that, believers must know the Word of God for it is the source of all truth, not commentaries.

John 17:17 (NKJV)

17  Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

Do you want to know the truth? Then you must have more than a mere intellectual curiosity of the Word - you must love the truth enough to spend time studying the Word of God every day even if for only 30 minutes (everyone can spent that much time in the Word, but you have to turn off the TV, cellphones, iPads, etc. and get alone with your Bible and listen to the Holy Spirit).

 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Notice this verse does not say "read" the Word, but to "study it."   Reading is necessary, but it is not a substitute for study.

The Apostle John said this about our ability to know the Word of God:

I John 2:20 (NIV)

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.

27 As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you and you do not need anyone to teach you. But His anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in him.

What is meant by you do not need anyone to teach you?   Does that mean we don't need teachers in the Church? Certainly not for we know teachers are one of the domata - office gifts. What John is saying is that we do not need to rely ONLY on external teaching to know the truth for the Holy Spirit is the INNER teacher. As we study the Word of God, the Holy Spirit rubs (the meaning of anointing) the truth of the Word into our spirits (the spirit knows, the mind understands). Then as we listen to teachers, we will recognize what is the truth because we ourselves know it.

Now a word of caution; not everyone is on the same page when it comes to spiritual knowledge and especially revelation truth. If we hear something for the first time that is revelation knowledge, the Holy Spirit will move in our spirit's in a positive way to let us know it is not heresy just because we had not heard or known it before. In the same way, He will disturb our spirit's if something is not the truth.  Satan works through the mind, but the Holy Spirit works through our born again spirit.

A few years ago I was teaching a sizeable home Bible study to a group of predominantly Baptists. The age range was early 20's to 70's.  Many of the aged Baptists have never heard some of the things I was teaching from the revelation given to me, yet they kept coming and I could tell by the look on their faces, they were learning truth that had been hidden from them all their Christian life. One young lady in her early 20's and who was a recent convert to Christ, asked how we could know if someone is teaching the truth. My answer was threefold:  (1) Personal knowledge and understanding of the Word via study (2) compare with what is being taught by the Scriptures. If it doesn't line up - reject it (3)  Does the teacher quote others for authenticity or the Word of God?

In her case, she was too new in the faith to know much about the Word, so I told her to study the Word and listen to teachings and at the same time to trust the Holy Spirit to guide her into all truth.  She learned to trust the Word I was teaching and grew in the Lord. I also told her to pay attention to how many times I compared Scripture with Scripture rather than give my own opinion.  When she moved to take a job in another city, she gave me a plaque that hangs on my wall. It is a quotation from Martin Luther. One excerpt is as follows:

Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason, I do not accept the authority of Popes and Councils for they have contradicted each other.

I wrote this as a challenge and encouragement for the readers of this website to study and know the Word of God for themselves not rely solely on what I teach or anyone else for that matter. It is our obligation to know the Word of God. II Timothy 2:15 is in the Greek imperative mood and is a "command" not a suggestion.

So for those who read my articles and forward them to some minister or theologian who has no understanding of the revelation the Holy Spirit has taught me in order to rebuke or instruct me in a negative way (for example the errors of dispensationalism and secular Zionism), it is a waste of time - mine and his or hers. On the other hand, I correspond with colleagues I recognize as having revelation knowledge of the Word and learn from them. However, I left the "husks" years ago and will not go back there.  The first ten years of my pastoral ministry I taught the saints "husks" - intellectual sermons not Holy Spirit revelation. It was not that I was teaching heresy, but I was merely exercising my mind to preach a sermon with three points and a poem rather than the deep things of God. What I said was truth, but very shallow truth at that.

Paul addressed that in the Book of Hebrews (I believe Paul is the author of Hebrews):

Hebrews 5:12-14 (NKJV)

12  For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
13  For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
14  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Unfortunately, we have a lot of spiritual babes in the Body of Christ - many aged adults.

I want all my readers to learn the truth from this website, but I want them to first know the Word of God from their own personal study.  This will be mandatory in the days of tribulation when Bibles will be confiscated and burned. The only Bible we may end up having is what is in our hearts.