“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, unless he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets.”
The LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,
The king answered Daniel and said, “Surely your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, since you have been able to reveal this mystery.”
No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from My Father I have made known to you.
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be fulfilled, just as He proclaimed to His servants, the prophets.”
YHWH in His sovereign grace has reached down to mankind and revealed Himself and His eternal purpose for all to know Him. He did this by revealing Himself to the prophets in the Scriptures, and by sending His own Son, Yeshua Messiah as recorded in the New Testament. There is a progressive self revelation of YHWH as we begin in the book of Genesis a journey to the fulfillment of all the promises in person and work of Yeshua Messiah. YHWH does not give a full complete revelation of everything about Himself and His purpose for mankind in one quick brief presentation. The will of YHWH was gradually revealed. An infinite God cannot reveal more than finite men can understand. YHWH is patient. He progressively reveals truths about Himself and His purpose for mankind. Here a little, there some more, like bringing all the pieces of a great puzzle together until we see the complete picture. Each revelation of Himself to men in the Scriptures was true and accurate.
He used different methods of revelation. Sometimes He revealed Himself through dreams, at other times by visions, at other times by voices or plain explicit language, sometimes by internal sense that YHWH was leading and guiding, some times by angels, etc. YHWH used narratives, prediction, lengthy arguments, logic discourse, prose, symbols, types, and poetry. YHWH spoke in His creation of the world, Adam and Eve, judgment against Cain and acceptance of Able, deliverance of Noah and his family in the flood, the call of Abraham and His descendants to be YHWH’s chosen people, His mercy shown to David, deliverance of the slaves in Egypt and judgment upon Egyptians gods. He spoke to Elijah in a still quiet voice, and the thunder to Moses, the daily sacrifice of the priests, and the Day of Atonement, the sweet singer of Israel in the Psalms, the promise of one greater than king David, the wisdom of Solomon, prophecies of the coming of the Messiah, the judgment of the exile in Assyria and Babylon, the deliverance by the Persians, etc. Through it all there is the sovereign hand of YHWH directing all of history.
YHWH’s final Word came when “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Yeshua Messiah is YHWH’s ultimate and final Word. In Him all the promises of YHWH are fulfilled. He is the final Word; we do not have to turn somewhere else or to another book. There is no progression of the revelation of YHWH beyond Yeshua. There is nothing else to be said. He is the final Word from YHWH.
We have two great needs. We need a clear revelation of who YHWH is and what He demands of lost sinners. We also need to be reconciled to Him according to his standard of righteousness. YHWH has fulfilled those two needs by revealing Himself and providing a right standing with Him by means of the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of YHWH.
YHWH spoke to the patriarchs in the Scriptures through His prophets in many different ways on many different occasions. YHWH revealed everything we need to know in order to have a personal relationship with Him.