Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
The O.T. was written in 39 different books reflecting different historical times, locations, cultures, and situations. These included visions, symbols, and parables, written in both poetry and prose. Though the literacy form and style varied, it was always God’s revelation of what He wanted His people to know. The revelation of the O.T. described God’s program of redemption (1 Peter 1:10-12) and His will for His people (Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Jews understood the “last days” to mean the time when Messiah (Christ) would come (Numbers 24:14; Jeremiah 33:14-16; Micah 5:1-2; Zechariah 9:9, 16). The fulfillment of the messianic prophecies commenced with the advent of the Messiah. Since He came, it has been the “last days” (1 Corinthians 10:11; James 5:3; 1 Peter 1:20, 4:7; 1 John 2:18). In the past, God gave revelation through His prophets, but in these times, beginning with the Messiah’s advent, God spoke the message of redemption through the Son.
The writer of Hebrews says that in the old days, God spoke in many different ways. God spoke through the prophets. God spoke to Moses through a storm and thunder up on the mountain and through a burning bush. God spoke to Elijah through a still small voice which, by the way, was not some inner impression, still a voice. In the book of Numbers chapter 22, God even made a donkey talk. So God did indeed speak in many different ways. But in these last days, says the writer of Hebrews, God has spoken to us in His Son. Jesus is the final speaking of God. Everything that God has to say to us, He has said in His Son Jesus Christ, and we have a perfect, inerrant, infallible, all-sufficient record of that in His Word. Jesus is the final speaking of God.
The Holy Spirit brings people to our mind, guides our steps, convicts us of sin, draws unbelievers. We, as Christians, are led by God’s Holy Spirit in His sovereign will. But, when people say God spoke to me, God told me to tell you, or something to this effect, they have entered some very dangerous territory. If God is speaking that way today in a direct quotable sense, outside of Scripture, then whatever God is saying should be just as authoritative as any verse in God’s Word. It should carry the same authority. God does not speak less authoritatively on one occasion than He does on another. If God is speaking, God is speaking. If God is speaking today outside of Scripture, then what we’ve got is an open canon of Scripture, suggesting the Word of God is not sufficient. That’s where the battle is being called today. The truth of the matter is, despite the supposed direct revelations of the likes of Beth Moore, Sarah Young, and others, God does not speak today through direct or divine revelation and they canons are indeed closed and the Scripture is indeed sufficient. This is the way God speaks to us today, though the Scriptures.
If you want to hear God speak to you, there’s one way I can guarantee you will hear God speak. That is to read your Bible. If you want to hear God speak to you audibly, read it out loud. Here’s how you know God’s will for your life. Read and study the Word of God, obey it. Pray for wisdom. The Word of God is sufficient.