the Glory Testimony 5
Suddenly I Was in the
Presence of Jesus Once Again
by Rev. John Hamel
following is an excerpt from the JHM article "The Word of Wisdom."
I Was in the Presence of Jesus Again
1984 I was making plans to move immediately from Las Vegas, Nevada to Broken
Arrow, Oklahoma to attend
morning an individual approached me and offered to write me a check for ten thousand
dollars to foot the entire bill. The moment that offer was made, down
in my gut I knew something was wrong. I went to the
Lord about it and while on my knees in prayer, I was suddenly caught up in a
again I was being allowed by Almighty God to see
into the spirit realm.
in the trance I found myself standing on an ocean dock in what appeared to
be a tropical environment. It appeared to be some sort of paradise. There were palm trees everywhere, a blue
cloudless sky, bright sunshine and a cool ocean breeze.
me was a giant white sea-going vessel in dry dock. It was a bit of a “rust
bucket” actually. There were many men seated in captain’s chairs
hanging over the sides from ropes, scraping and painting all over the massive white, rusted
not sure how long I stood there watching in fascination as the men worked
diligently to prepare this vessel for its voyage. I had no idea in the world where I was.
All I knew was I was experiencing great joy standing there in the sun of
this unfamiliar paradise.
I was aware of the Master, Jesus, standing directly beside me.
looked down at His hands and He was holding what appeared to be some sort of
small pad and a pen-like device as if He were taking notes about something.
What He was holding could even have been Heaven's equivalent of an electronic device and a
stylus. After all, everything in Earth is just a replica of something
back at the men working I
then asked Jesus regarding the rusty, unprepared vessel, “What is it?”
answered, “It’s you.”
knew immediately Jesus was speaking analogously. He was telling me that the
huge ship represented me being prepared for something He had in store.
knew when He said that to me, whatever I was being prepared for, I was
simply not yet ready for it!
I just asked Jesus outright, “When will it be ready?”
answered very kindly, “In nine months.”
should have been disappointed but somehow disappointment just never seems to
be an option when you’re in the presence of Jesus. Unless you're
I felt pretty good standing
there beside Him in the sun looking at that giant vessel symbolizing me in my rusty, unready condition.
I came out of the trance as quickly as I had entered into it.
was still on my knees just as I had been prior to the trance. I may only
have been caught up in that paradise for a matter of earthly minutes but it
sure felt much longer while I was there.
now knew that Jesus had just personally told me that I would not be going to
next year. This, of course, was a Word of Wisdom because it concerned the future.
the trance it was also revealed to me that I was presently an unready vessel for His purpose. This was a Word
of Knowledge. It is not
unusual for the Word of Wisdom and the Word of Knowledge to operate together.
I stood beside Him in this paradise, Jesus
was telling me to not go to
as I had planned. His
plan and purpose for me was to wait and go the following year. I was
not to leave Nevada and go to Oklahoma for another nine months. He needed to do further work in
me before I would be ready to fully benefit from the Bible School experience.
obeyed Him and the metaphorical rust scraping and painting continued over
the next nine months.
also knew in my heart that I was to refuse the ten thousand dollars offered.
In the natural this might have been a very difficult thing to do. But
having been in the presence of Jesus and realizing it was not His will for
me to take the money, there was a supernatural grace imparted to me to
decline the offer, which I did.
As it turned out,
that individual was trying to make improper inroads into my life with that
money and soon became my enemy. The Lord knew this would occur and was
protecting me from being controlled by someone.
following year I proceeded to
as He had
over the next two years, four families
paid my tuition, housing,
transportation and all other expenses. I never told one of them my needs
nor asked any of them for anything. The Lord put it on their hearts to
generously do this for me.
This put me in position to where I did not have to work full-time and I was
able to benefit greatly from my studies.
it's God's direction, it's God's protection.
God guides, God provides.
When it's God's will, it's God's bill.
When it's God's decision, it's God's provision.
I gotten ahead of God's timing, taking the ten thousand dollars and disobeying
what Jesus had shown me in the vision, I would have been one sunken vessel!
because I obeyed what He had revealed to me in the trance, He was able to
protect me and provide for me!
always opens the spout where the supernatural protection and provision comes
Blessed ... John and Barbara Hamel
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