Truth to Open the Understanding
Truth to Open the Understanding by George Hawtin. The winter is past; the rain is over and gone. Winter is the season of the year when all things lie dormant in a state of typical death. It is a time when trees are stripped of their leaves and fruit is forgotten, when the flowers die, song birds fly away, and even great beasts hibernate in dens of the earth. Winter is a time when men’s lives are sustained only by that which has been stored away, and should it continue long, all things would perish from the earth.
The six dispensations from innocence to grace have for mankind been a long, dreary winter of death. They have been a time of great and dreadful death when all but a few of the hu-man race have been in a state of spiritual sleep. The heavens, once wide open to Adam, have remained closed since the fall while men have groveled in gross darkness and appalling ignorance, knowing not that all about them a radiant, eternal world of light and glory and liberty shines with a brightness of a million suns. (George Hawtin)
Now when anyone falls asleep, a strange thing happens to him. Except for his breathing he is in a state of death. Realities are shut out from him. He knows neither where he is nor who he is. Whether he is alone or in company he knows not. Friends and acquaintances, sickness, pain and joy are all forgot-ten to the sleeper, for he like the dead knows not anything.
It may be hard for you to understand what I now tell you, for sleep may hide it from your eyes, yet some will surely un-derstand that a glorious awakening is even now at the door. Long ago in lovely Eden, we are told in Holy Scripture, God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam. Gen. 2. In that sleep all things were shut out from him. The glory of the angels, the magnificence of the eternal world, wisdom and understanding with counsel and might were obliterated by the deepening stu-por that fell upon him. Knowledge was gone, and even the wonderful glory of God’s presence was shut out from him so that he knew not anything of the eternal realm and little, indeed, of the natural realm. (George Hawtin)
The omissions of God’s word are often as important as forthright statements, and here I think we have an omission of tremendous importance. Though it is said that a deep sleep fell upon Adam, it is not said that Adam ever awoke from the deep sleep that came upon him. All his remaining nine hundred years he remained dead asleep to eternal things. Certainly I could be wrong, but I myself am convinced that never again were the heavens open to Adam as heretofore, and never again did any of his posterity completely walk in all the light and presence and glory of God until that wonderful day when Jesus Christ, the second Adam, was baptized in Jordan and the heav-ens opened to Him, and, being opened to Him, they never more closed except for that one awful hour as He suffered vi-cariously on the cross of Calvary.
Truth to Open the Understanding
The winter is past; the rain is over and gone. Winter is the season of the year when all things lie dormant in a state of typ-ical death. It is a time when trees are stripped of their leaves and fruit is forgotten, when the flowers die, song birds fly away, and even great beasts hibernate in dens of the earth. Winter is a time when men’s lives are sustained only by that which has been stored away, and should it continue long, all things would perish from the earth.
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