The Spirit of Revelation
Sir Isaac Newton, who is best known for his contribution to the scientific revolution of the 17th century stated: “Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation. I keep the subject constantly before me and wait ’til the first dawning opens slowly, by little and little, into a full and clear light.”
What a beautiful narrative describing the spirit of revelation.
In the early 1800’s the Prophet Joseph Smith’s thoughts on this topic seem most poignant: “THE SPIRIT OF REVELATION is in connection with these blessings. A person may profit by noticing the first intimation of the spirit of revelation; for instance, when you feel pure intelligence flowing into you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas, so that by noticing it, you may find it fulfilled the same day or soon; (i. e.) those things that were presented unto your minds by the Spirit of God, will come to pass; and thus by learning the Spirit of God and understanding it, you may grow into the principle of revelation, until you become perfect in Christ Jesus. [Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols., introduction and notes by B. H. Roberts [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932-1951], 3: 381.)]
Both Issac Newton’s experience and Joseph Smith’s summery compliment Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of “Revelation”.
A: “An act of revealing or communicating divine truth. B: something that is revealed by God to humans. C: an act of revealing to view or making known. D: something that is revealed especially E. an enlightening or astonishing disclosure “