"In the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede, Daniel, still in exile in Babylon, observed in the word of the Lord to Jeremiah, the number of years for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely seventy years."
"For thus says the Lord: 'When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you... to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me, and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.'"
Jeremiah 29:10, 11
So Daniel gave his attention to the Lord God, to seek Him by prayer and supplication.
In the spring of the year 2008 -- more than six years after receiving from God the Revelation and Message to the Churches in the Christian Handbook 2, I am pricked in my heart by this word from Jeremiah:
"Who has stood in the council of the Lord, that he should see and hear His word? Who has given heed to My word and listened?"
I believe the Revelation; I believe that He is "reviving His work in the midst of the years" -- that in the midst of these years I am now living, "He is making Himself known." I have heeded His warning to "come out" -- to separate myself.
Beyond that, I have tried to take to heart the teaching He gave us that multiply the Revelation: I can number the ways God is reviving His work; I can quote His purposes and speak of what He is doing now -- looking, calling, separating, unifying, gathering -- summing up all things in Christ;
I can say, "I have come to Mt. Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem..." as recorded on the final page of the Handbook and try to picture myself there; I can remind myself over and over that God's eyes are now on the kingdom (also on the last page) but the years go by and the Revelation remains only information in my mind and memory, there is no understanding in my heart.
Yet, God has said:
"The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but the things which are revealed belong to us..."
God has given us the Revelation; it belongs to us! But the last part of this verse is a mystery to me: "that we may do all the words of this law."
Lord, how do I "do" the words of the Revelation!
So I, too, gave my attention to the Lord God, to seek Him by prayer and supplication.