Have you seen the movie? If not, you need to watch the movie.
This is the essence of another nugget of truth that can help us guide others on their own Emmaus Road journey toward understanding the times. It has to do with the Greek words for knowing in the New Testament. The Greek language is much more expressive than English. Unfortunately, these nuances of meaning are often lost in our English translations.
The two most commonly used words for know are oida (pronounced oy’-da) and ginosko (gih-no’-sko, with a hard g sound). Ginosko means to acquire knowledge or come to know by learning or gaining knowledge through study, investigation, observation, or experience. This is the word used for know in the parable of the fig tree in Matthew 24. It refers to studying the signs given in God’s Word.
Oida comes from the root word meaning to see, and it is always used in the perfect past tense—in other words, there is something that until now you have not yet seen and therefore you do not know right now. This is the word used for know when Jesus washed the disciples feet in John 13. The disciples did not understand why their Lord would do such a thing. They didn’t know the meaning or significance of it—yet.
In the Olivet Discourse Jesus said the disciples didn’t yet oida-know the timing of the end-time events. But—and this is a very crucial but—that didn’t mean they would never come to know the meaning. That is the key to oida knowing.
It doesn’t mean you cannot or will never know—only that you do not know presently. This “not knowing yet” is what Jesus was dealing with when He started teaching the disciples about the events of the end of the age. He knew they couldn’t fully comprehend the teaching yet. But He confidently expected them to come to know as the Spirit brought back His teachings to them after Pentecost.
That brings us back to our own end-time movie.
The knowledge we all carried into our Leveler calling is our oida knowing. Until that point, we had not seen the movie and therefore did not understand the sequence of end-time events. But now, as we examine God’s Word with the able assistance of the Holy Spirit, and watch the movie unfold before us in the Scriptures, we can see the ending clearly. So grab some popcorn, your Bible, and a notepad, and get comfortable. The movie’s starting!