By Teresa Poucher
Saul of Tarsus, also known as Paul of the New Testament, was very much a God-fearing man. He was well educated, taught by Gamaliel, a Pharisee doctor of Jewish law.
Saul persecuted the new Christian faith. “…How that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God and wasted it:” (Galatians 1:13) He was sincere, yet sincerely wrong.
In Acts, chapter nine, Saul is on his way to Damascus to arrest more Christians and bring them back to Jerusalem when suddenly he is struck down. A light shines brightly upon him and he hears a voice: “Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He gets up off the ground. He prays and fasts for three days. Now he is humbled and groping in darkness. He is depending on a servant to lead him. Directed and prayed for by a Christian that he would have had arrested. As Ananias prays, he receives his natural vision, as well as a revelation that Jesus, is both Lord and God. He is filled with the Holy Ghost and is baptized in Jesus’ Name.
He had to become blind to realize he couldn’t see Truth. “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18) Strong’s Concordance equates the word “vision” (H2377) to “revelation.” Since the last book of the Bible is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, shouldn’t the end -time revival be one of revelation?
Dear Lord, give us a revival of revelation in 2020 that we might have 20/20 vision for the end-time.