John chapter 9
If you are destined to have your eyes opened in this final generation, then so shall it be. You can read the details of how it will happen in this 9th chapter of John.
Jesus is about to perform the sixth of the eight miracles or signs recorded in this Gospel of John, and it has to do with being able to SEE. You see, if you are destined to have your eyes opened in this final generation, then so shall it be. And you can read the details of how it will happen in this 9th chapter of John. Perhaps your eyes have already been opened. Or perhaps you're are just now starting to "wash yourself" in His Word. Or then perhaps this chapter won't make much sense to you at all, because in this final generation of the fig tree none but God's elect have their eyes opened by Him. The rest remain sound asleep.
Let's begin chapter 9.Romans 11:8
(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
Here was a man who was born physically blind. But as we will learn, he was born that way so that we can "see" how we are born spiritually blind.John 9:1
And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
The question is, "WHY was this man born blind? Was it because of his prenatal sin or his parent's sin?" The answer to this question is the key to understanding the meaning of this miracle, or "sign" as John calls it. Actually, there was nothing wrong with this man (see next verse), other than the fact that he just couldn't SEE. (Well, perhaps his chosen lifestyle wasn't the most desirable, but even in that, God was able to make him well known, to fulfill the purpose and destiny God had planned for Him.) And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
He was PURPOSELY born blind so that the works of God should be made evident, so that you and I can SEE how Jesus opens the eyes of His elect. This blind man did not come seeking Jesus. There was no altar call. He was not asked if he wanted to see. Christ came to him and opened his eyes because he was destined to have "eyes to see" and be delivered up in the synagogue as a witness.Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Note: If you already have eyes to see then you know the blind man was chosen before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4) to fulfill the ministry to which he was predestined. He may well even have volunteered for the job while waiting, in heaven, for his turn to be born here on earth in the flesh
When the "sun is darkened and the moon no longer gives her light", i.e. at the 6th Trump when the true Light, the truth, is removed because the false messiah, Satan the devil, is cast from heaven to this earth (Rev. 12:7-9) and deceives the whole world into believing he is Jesus, then the plowing and the seed planting will be over. Only the harvest will remain. In fact we are told to keep our mouths shut when a passerby says, "Hey, isn't it great that Jesus is in Jerusalem?". I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
We will learn the significance of all this after the next verse. Just notice that it is the Lord who has taken the initiative here. The blind man did not come to Him, He came to the blind man, to give him eyes to see.John 9:5
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
It is He, Jesus, the same Potter who formed man from the clay, who was made from the living water and the dust of the earth, Who anoints the eyes of those who are born innocent, yet blind from birth for a season, and through whom the works of God are to be made manifest. They indeed are His elect. It is He, Jesus Christ, who then SENDS them forth to be "WASHED of water by the Word", even the living water which flows forth from the Virgin, even the Word of God. Ephes. 5:26 "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word..." And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
And AFTER being "Washed", no, AFTER washing himself, in the water, the Word of God, he came back "Seeing".
So the question is, "Do you bathe daily?" If not, you are not only still blind, but for sure your theology stinks!
Note: There was a symbolic reason why Christ told the blind man to go wash in the pool of Siloam. It was not just a matter of convenience. Here are quotes from two reputable Bible dictionaries on the topic "Siloam":
The source of the famous "Pool of Siloam" is the above mentioned "Virgin's Fountain"...("Hastings Dictionary of the Bible", Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, pg. 914.)Also from Smith's Bible dictionary:
It has been lately proved, by exploring, that the water flows from the Virgin's Fountain to Siloam; and there is a remarkable ebb and flow.." ("Smith's Bible Dictionary", A. J. Holman Company, pg. 288)I'm sure you can "see" the significance.
One last thought. If you go back and re-read verses 5 and 6 you can not help but notice the order and similarity to Genesis chapter 1.First the Light came into the world, then He formed the man from the clay of the earth.
OK, we got us a man, blind from birth, who has now had a remarkable change in his life. He can now SEE! He has been touched, yes his eyes have been anointed, by the very Word of God. And guess what! The neighbors have NOTICED the change!
Some have a hard time believing this is one and the same person! Do you know the feeling? The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
Did you have a former lifestyle before you were touched and anointed by Him, whereby you are now able to SEE?
Hello there! Neighbor? Yes, it really is me! No, I do not have a twin brother. (Hopefully they won't say, "Hey, Do you remember the time we....", in front of everyone.) Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
"So it really is you! My, how you've changed! Tell us how your eyes were opened?" (For God's elect the theme is always the same as described in the next verse. But oh my, are some of those details of their former lives ever something. Hey, I know. It takes one to know one.) Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
1. Jesus, the original Potter, prepared new "seeing" eyeballs for the man.John 9:11
He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.
2. He then mended the clay vessel, whose eyes hadn't worked since birth.
3. He then told him to go clean up his act and scrub-up in the Word.
And Behold, "Eyes to See! No more darkness! A new child of the day! One who could now see the Light, the truth!"
They now want to know where Jesus is. Why do you suppose that is? Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.
Well lookie here! The formerly-blind-but-now-with-eyes-to-see (FBBNWETS) man is DELIVERED up in the synagogue. Imagine that! They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
Next we will get to SEE a "go-round" between the kenites and one of God's elect. Now I don't want to spoil it for you, but it is really not much of a contest at all. You see, all that washing in the Word causes wisdom to shine forth from His children of light.
Can you imagine what it must have been like for the blind man when he had finished washing in the pool of Siloam when he lifted up his head and wiped the water from his face with his hands and then opened his eyes, and SAW for the FIRST TIME EVER! Can you imagine the excitement he must have had? I'm sure he wanted to see EVERYTHING he could.
Well, I tell you of a truth, if you truly wash yourself in the Word of God you will experience that same exhilarating feeling as you SEE things for the FIRST TIME EVER! And you won't be able to get enough. I know folks who have shouted out loud after finally SEEING something for the First Time Ever. "Yes, I see it! I see it!" Of course the next words out of their mouths are usually, "I can't believe I never saw this. It is right here in the Bible, plain as can be. Why isn't this stuff taught?"
And now back to our once-I-was-blind-now-I-can-see (OIWBNICS) predestined friend who has just been delivered up before the council in the synagogue. Oh, and guess what? Your not going to believe this, but remember all the "flack" Jesus got for healing the man who was impotent for 38 years because He healed Him on the Sabbath day? Well He did it again on the Sabbath day. And these Sabbath keepers are going to "raise Cain" about it, so to speak.
And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
"It was as easy a 1, 2, 3. He put clay on my eyes, I washed, and now I do see!" Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
The "some of the Pharisees" would be those tares, the kenites, and they were the ones in charge, don't forget. Others such as Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathaea disagreed with their irrational logic, which was distorted by their religious jealously and hatred. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
And Jesus was that Prophet of Deuteronomy 18:15-18. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
Now, were these "certain of the Jews" happy for this man that he has now received sight? Oh no, just the thought that this could be true was cause for concern. They couldn't "afford" to have a prophet running around who performed miracles because people would follow Him! And some people already were!Deut. 18:18
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
So they immediately went into their "lawyer mode" and called forth their first witnesses to the stand.
These folks were scared to death of these Pharisees, because the word was out that if anyone did confess that Jesus was the Messiah they would be EXCOMMUNICATED from the church. This is typical of religions, yes even many "Christian religions". You either believe what they teach or you're OUT! We're not here to learn the truth. We are here to perpetuate the church and collect tithes.John 9:18
But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.
 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
The parents were very careful in their answers. Too bad they were intimidated by the church leaders. They should have said, "We don't know, but it sure is a miracle of miracles, isn't it!" Instead, they took no position and said, "He's an adult, why don't you ask him?" His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:
 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
They threatened people. That's not very God-like, is it?John 9:22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.
These witnesses are no help, "We re-call the defendant back to the stand." Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
"Now listen real good Mr. Canseenow. We, the seminary degreed Pharisees, the obvious authorities in religious and spiritual matters which should be evident to you not only by our high ranking titles and positions in the temple, but also by our holy outfits and dangling phylacteries, just happen to know that this Jesus is a sinner. You see, He has on more than one occasion broken the Sabbath which we can easily document right here in the official Talmud. So let us hear you simply give God the praise for your restored sight, leaving this man out of it."24] Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
The defendant, now on trial for Jesus' sake, wisely avoided passing judgment and simply stated the incontrovertible, uncontestable, irrefutable, plainly visible FACT that whereas he was once blind, he could now see them! And from "hearing" them he was beginning to SEE what kind of evil characters they were too! He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
This is the famous lawyer trick of asking the same question over and over again, hoping to "catch" just the slightest variance in a minute detail, and using that to thereby discredit the witness and then declare all of his or her testimony to be false. Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
And they certainly don't like it if you don't "play their game" but rather make them look foolish for asking the same question again and again.
"I'm sorry. I all ready answered that question and obviously you don't believe my testimony! So what difference will it make if I tell you again? Will you change your minds and also be His disciples?" He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?
Oh Boy! This chosen-to-receive-sight man, now with eyes that see, speaks boldly and without fear to these mighty and powerful religious men. Do you think he was afraid, like his parents, of being excommunicated? Of course not! These hypocrites have just excommunicated themselves from the TRUTH. Who would want to be a part of their church anyway after having your lights turned on!
This is so typical of their kind and displays yet another of their MO's, "When you cannot argue substance, then BLAST your opponent!" So they reviled him! Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.
And now that they are "hot" under the holy collar they accuse Him of the charge that is cause for his excommunication.
Can you believe it? They can't tell if a "good thing" is of God or not!John 9:29
We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
"This is just incredible! You guys are supposed to be men of God and know of His goodness. And here is a man who has performed a miracle and given me sight, and you DON'T KNOW whether it is of God or not? You've got to be kidding! Are you BLIND?" The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
"And you so-called holy men of God say you KNOW that He is a sinner and yet we know that God doesn't listen to sinners?" Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
"Tell us, oh wise sages, do you know of any adult in the history of the world that was blind from birth and then someone came along and touched him and restored his sight?" Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
The obvious conclusion that this had to be a man of God carries with it the implication that these Pharisees were not too bright! If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
"You little twerp! You are nothing but a low-class, low-life sinner. How DARE you give us a Bible lesson, you, you.....YOUR OUT OF HERE!" They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
And so they excommunicated him because they could not tolerate nor refute the wisdom and common sense from one of God's elect. Big whoop!
Note: When God's elect in THIS generation are delivered up to the synagogues, the wisdom and common sense that they will speak will just as irrefutable as the example set forth here!
The delivering up of those with eyes to see, i.e. God's elect, will once again be because of Jesus Christ, for His name's sake.Luke 21:12
But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.
Remember, "That the works of God might be made manifest?" Now open your eyes wide! If you are one of God's elect, then it is for this reason that you were born blind, but now have eyes to see. Should you be intimidated or worried about what you will do or say? Nah! And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
What a time that will be! What an honor and privilege to have eyes to see and ears to hear! But remember this: There is a REASON why He has opened your eyes! For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
Because if He has, then you have a destiny! Do you see?
Now we'll conclude chapter 9 of the Gospel of John where Jesus has opened the eyes of a man who was born blind, until the Light of the World came and touched him. He is a type of God's elect who are also born blind (spiritually) but who, like the physically blind man, are predestined to make manifest the works of God.
So the questions are: Has He anointed your eyes? Has He touched you? Have you been washed, or are you washing, in the pool of Siloam which flows from the Virgin's Fountain, i.e. His Word, the Living Water?
Now it came to pass that the formerly blind man, now with the new eyes to see that Christ had graciously given him, was delivered up in the synagogue to give testimony of He who had opened his eyes. In other words he was delivered up for His name's sake. This again is the destiny of God's elect as foretold by Jesus Himself in Matthew 24 and Mark 13. And this man's reward from the religious leaders to whom he told the absolute truth, was to be excommunicated from the main stream religion. But you can be sure that he was delighted, for you see, he was not intimidated by the Pharisees as were his parents, who were afraid of being put out of the church. Though they had physical sight, they were still blind and are representative of the many good people in our churches today who remain protected by the spirit of slumber.
There is no question that the once blind man believed in God as evidenced by his testimony to the Pharisees. Now load John 3:16 into your mind before reading the next verse and remember that Christ hadn't paid the price on the cross yet.
Here we see Jesus came again unto the man and this time asked the question, "Do you believe in the Son of God?" He did not ask, "Do you believe in God?", but rather in the Messiah.John 9:35
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
He asked the Lord to reveal Him! He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
And Jesus said unto him, You have both SEEN Him (you now have Eyes to See), and it is He that TALKETH with thee (You now have Ears to Hear). And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
You see, you must have eyes to see and ears to hear in order to truly "believe" in the Son of God as it is written in John 3:16. Just saying you believe doesn't make it!John 9:38
And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
God's elect are born blind and He gives them eyes to see, when He is ready, without their even asking. And we will learn from Jesus' other miracles that He will also give sight to those of freewill who are blind but truly seek after Him. But there are also many who already claim that they see, yet their eyes remain closed. And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
This is an important question and Jesus' answer allows us to "see" the reason for the spirit of slumber that Isaiah and Paul talked about. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
Here it is:
We can understand that for those who "claim to see" and set themselves up to lead and teach others their traditions of men, thereby refusing the Light to enter in, that they are held responsible. But remember when we quoted Romans 11 concerning the spirit of slumber that God has allowed to overshadow the people in this final generation? Remember it is for their protection, because our Father loves them, that because their sin in worshipping Satan when he comes as the false-christ will be done in blindness, which means in ignorance, it will not be counted as a sin unto death.John 9:41
Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
There eyes shall be remain closed until the 7th Trump when all eyes will be opened and every eye shall see Him.
Finally, let's take a close-up look at the massive and epidemic vision problem which has spread throughout our land today. It is called CED, which stands for Closed Eye Disease. But remember, it is curable and if you want to have your eyes opened, you do not need a referral from your PCP or HMO. You can see the Physician right now!Rev. 1:7
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him...
If you have ears to hear you can hear snoring everywhere you go. And yes, our Father takes full credit for allowing them to slumber.Isaiah 29:10
For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.
This is so classic. One takes the Bible to a Doctor of Theology, a PhD, a seminary graduate, and they cannot explain the simple Words of God, for to them it is a mystery! They cannot see. And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
One then takes the Bible and asks a layman, perhaps a churchgoer of 30 years, to explain God's Word. But they cannot for they think that you need a degree from a seminary. And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
And so we have the blind leading the blind leading the blind.
Yes, the people go to church and repeat in unison that stuff in the programs. Their lips move when they say praise the Lord and Amen and Hallelujah. They even sing praises and hymns, but their hearts aren't really in it. They do not hunger for the bread nor thirst for the water. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
And what are they taught there? They are taught the traditions of men, precepts of men, which are not much more than mere fairy tale stories of apples and snakes and nursery rhymes. (Three Blind Ministers, three blind ministers, see how they run, see how they run!)
Just like it did when the man Jesus elected to open his eyes confounded the Pharisees. Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
Woe to those ministers and preachers who seek to hide, who REFUSE to take off the sunglasses of traditions and continue to work in the dark. Who sees them? You know Who sees them. Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
We won't always have this blindness and darkness among us, though it shall get MUCH darker before the Dawn of the new age rises at His return. Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
 Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
Has this day arrived for you? And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
This 9th chapter of the Gospel of John has been a real "eye opener" for many. And we now know who it is that opens our ears that we might hear and our eyes that we might see. It is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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