EPIPHANY: A manifestation of a divine or supernatural being
1. An Appearance or manifestation of a god or other
2. An Appearance or manifestation especially of Deity.
3. A Revelatory manifestation of a divine being.
Genesis 18:1-33. (Orthodox Jewish Bible)
1 8 And Hashem appeared unto him in the terebinth trees of Mamre; and he sat in the entrance of the ohel (tent) in the heat of the day;
2 And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, hinei, Shloshah Anashim (Three Men, [Yeshayah 6:3]) stood by him; and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the entrance of the ohel, and prostrated himself on the ground,
3 And said, Adonoi [Hashem, see v.13], if now I have found chen (favor) in Thy sight, pass not on by, please, from Thy servant;
4 Let a little water, please, be brought, and wash Thy feet, and rest under haetz (the tree);
5 And I will bring a morsel of bread, and refresh Ye Your hearts; after that Ye shall pass on; because for this purpose are Ye come to Your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
6 And Avraham hastened into the ohel unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly shlosh measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes.
7 And Avraham ran unto the herd, and brought a calf tender and tov, and gave it unto a servant; and he hasted to prepare it.
8 And he took curds, and cholov (milk), and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under haetz, and they did eat.
9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Hinei, in the ohel.
10 And He said, I will certainly return unto thee at this time next year; and, hinei, Sarah thy wife shall have ben (son). And Sarah heard it in the entrance of the ohel, which was behind him.
11 Now Avraham and Sarah were zekenim (old ones) and well stricken in age; and [in childbearing] it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
12 Therefore Sarah laughed [titzchak, sounds like Yitzchak] within herself, saying, After I am grown old shall I have pleasure, adoni being old also?
13 And Hashem said unto Avraham, Why did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I which am old of a surety bear a child?
14 Is any thing too hard for Hashem? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, in due season, and Sarah shall have ben (son).
15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And He said, Oh yes but thou didst laugh.
16 And the Anashim rose up from thence, and peered toward S’dom; and Avraham went with them to send them on the way.
17 And Hashem said, Shall I hide from Avraham that thing which I do;
18 Seeing that Avraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and kol goyei ha’aretz (all the nations of the earth) shall be blessed in him?
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall be shomer over the Derech Hashem, to do tzedakah and mishpat; that Hashem may bring upon Avraham that which He hath spoken [promised] of him.
20 And Hashem said, Because the outcry of S’dom and Amora is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the crying out [for punishment] of it, which is come unto Me; and if not, I will have da’as.
22 And the Men turned their faces from thence, and went toward S’dom; but Avraham stood yet before Hashem.
WHEN THE LORD CHOOSES TO APPEAR AS HUMAN
Few times, the Lord would appear in the form of human to visit his chosen one. It takes a man sensitive to the things of the Spirit to recognize the Lord’s appearance. When you find favor before the Lord, he may choose to appear physically. Abraham recognized the Lord (Harshem) in human form when he appeared. Abraham was highly spiritual and he ran after God so as not to miss the opportunity of this visitation. Abraham understood the significance of this visit from the Lord. The Lord never comes empty-handed and without delivering a message; He comes always with a Blessing. Be spiritually alert to receive the Lord as your God and the Blessings he delivers during the time of your visitation. Abraham found favor before God. The Lord re-affirmed his promise and covenant with Abraham, Sarah and his seed, with specificity. The Lord gave the exact time for the visitation to come to pass; Sarah in her old age would bear a son of promise.
When the Lord chooses to appear in human form, revelations, dreams and visions are operational. Impartation of spiritual gifts, knowledge and understanding are abundant. There is divine direction, clarification of visions and mysteries are revealed. Questions are answered and revelations interpreted. All these experiences leave an eternal effect from such visit that transform one’s life completely. Destinies are released and purposes get aligned to God’s will. So much happens when the Lord chooses to appear before a man.
The time of the Lord appearing is an opportunity to plead your case and negotiate in prayers with the Almighty God. The Lord never hides anything he plans to do on Earth from him that is favored of him; when you are his friend; His prophet. A Friend of God is he who continually seeks his face and abides in the place of fellowship with his Spirit. Become intimately connected today and God will do wonders in your life. Shalom
Dr Toyin Ogundipe