It is a mistake to expect more clarity about the future than this…from the Apostle Paul: “And now, behold, I go BOUND IN THE SPIRIT unto Jerusalem, NOT KNOWING the things that shall befall me there:save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
WHAT PEOPLE MISS WHEN THEY READ THIS
Paul had taken up collections from the churches made for the poor saints there. He was going into Jerusalem WITH MONEY – money for the saints who were suffering as a result of a famine in the area. The Gentile churches gave generously. This was calculated in Pauls mind to further link the Gentile and Jewish community as “one new man” in Christ. He promised to perform this in person but as the day approached he began to get “early warnings” in his spirit about the future. NOTHING SPECIFIC. A chapter later he gets a clear prophecy from Agabus that he is to be bound literally.
PAULS SPIRIT MAN KNEW WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WANTED!
Your own spirit is where you pick up on Gods direction.
BOUND IN THE SPIRIT “πνεύματι,” may either mean “in my spirit” or “by the Spirit,” i.e. the Holy Ghost. If the former, which is the most probable sense, St. Paul felt the INWARD WITNESS TO GO to Jerusalem. He did not feel himself a free agent to go anywhere else. To him, the Holy Ghost was constraining him to go to Jerusalem….but he was told WITHOUT SPECIFICS to expect persecution and affliction. The love of Christ constrained him to proceed. None of these things moved Paul from his work, and NONE OF THESE THINGS could rob him of his joy or comfort in the Holy Spirit.
Stay true to the general direction God gives you. If you are in His plan that is ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!