Special Revelation

God’s disclosure of things that cannot be known through man’s reason given through various avenues such as Scripture, miracles and the person of Christ.

Means of Special Revelation
Special Revelation is often used to refer to only the Scripture and Christ’s ministry, but there are many other means through which God has communicated to man.  The following is a list of some of the ways (or means) that God has used to specifically reveal Himself to men throughout history.

  1. Jesus Christ (John 1:14, 18; Heb. 1:1-3; Acts 9:4-6)
  2. The Scriptures (II Tim. 3:16; Matt. 4:4ff)
  3. Theophany (Ex. 24:9; 22:18-22; Num. 12:8; 14:14)
  4. Divine Voice or Writing (Gen. 3:9-19; Dan. 5:5; Luke 3:33; 4:22)
  5. Miracles (10 Egyptian Plagues; 2 Kings 6:6; the Resurrection)
  6. Angels (Dan. 9:20-21; Luke 2:10-11; Rev. 1:1)
  7. Satan and Demons (Gen. 3:1-5; Matt. 4:3-9; Luke 8:28)
  8. Prophets and Prophecy (Elijah; Joel 2; 1 Cor 14:1; Eph. 3:5)
  9. Visions (Isa. 1:1; 6:1; Ez. 1:3; Zech. 1:8; Acts 10:3)
  10. Trances (Acts 10:10; 22:17)
  11. Dreams (Gen. 20:3, 6; 31:11, 24, 40-41)
  12. Urim and Thummim (Ex. 28:30; Num. 27:21; Deut 22:8)
  13. Lots (Pr. 16:22; Acts 1:21-26)
  14. Direct inspiration (Creation account in Gen. 1-3)
  15. Divine dictation (10 Commandments; Deut. 9:10)
  16. Spirit’s Guidance (Acts 20:22; I Cor. 7:12, 25)
  17. Holy Spirit’s voice (Acts 8:29; 13:2)
  18. Church decisions (Acts 6:1-7; 15:19-29)
  19. History (war, Num. 21:14; Josh 10:13; Ez. 25:7; Mic. 6:5)
  20. Natural Phenomenon (rain, drought, Gen. 7:4; I Kings 7:1; Jam. 5:7; Rev. 8:7)