The Lord has placed a great burden on my spirit for the restoration of the ‘true’ prophetic in the Church. If this happens, the church will be governed by the Law of Spirit and Life, for truly, for those who receive a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward and such a reward is spiritual life.
For it says in Matthew 10:41: Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.
Thus, we need to understand the prophet’s reward is the fulfillment of the prophetic word. The primary difference between the righteous man’s reward and the prophet’s reward is that the righteous man receives a reward according to the established word of God while the prophet receives a reward according to the present word of God.
The power of prophecy, bringing forth life when spoken in the authority of Jesus, is for example seen in Ezekiel 37 when Ezekiel spoke over the dry bones in the valley. For it says: 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ “10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.”
Prophecy brings what is dead to life. It brings what has been lost to a point of restoration. It brings what is out of alignment into alignment. It opens the gates of the spiritual realm. It opens the portals of spiritual vision. It also has the power to destroy and bind what is forbidden, immoral, and unjust. Such is the nature of the prophetic as spoken by the prophet in the office of the prophet.
The biggest problem right now in the church is that there are a number of false prophets operating within the church – false some by design, some by deception, and some because they simply think they are called to this office but they are not. There is simply too much confusion, doubt, and disunity caused by the word spoken that is deemed spoken by a prophet but is not so. We have to remember that a lot of prophetic words spoken function under the anointing of spiritual gifts such as wisdom, knowledge, and discernment while some word is uttered by the unction of the Spirit. Word spoken is often seen as prophetic, but many times it is simply a word of wisdom, of knowledge of discernment.
Only some word spoken function and is birthed under the anointing of the true prophet and such word carries a whole different depth of purpose and meaning.
A word spoken ‘prophetically’ and so proclaimed yet is not prophetic by spiritual design or nature, is thus spoken out of the flesh. When this happens such a word comes under the Law of Sin and Death (Romans 8) – a word spoken out of the flesh is birthed on the wings of imagination and carries not life and change but it carries spiritual death and carnality.
This is the very serious nature of the prophetic. We are dealing here with a spiritual realm of life and death beyond our understanding and comprehension. Yet the prophetic and the office of the prophet have become the playing field of the church, with ‘prophetic’ words flung sometimes carelessly and without thought.
Words carry huge power, and so much more words are proclaimed ‘prophetic’ – for it carries either spiritual life or death. Words spoken out of the flesh and by the imagination, or even by the devil, are no mere trivial matter. It is of critical importance that the church is guided by the true prophet and the true prophetic, for then the church will reap the prophetic reward as governed by the Law of the Spirit and of Life. And those who are governed by this law are slaves no longer to the world [traditionalisms, legalisms, and religiosity] and to sin but they are only aligned to the perfect will of the loving Father.
We need to understand the true power of the prophetic. For we have a choice – to either receive the prophetic as uttered by God or we can choose to deny it.
But then we must choose the word spoken in the spiritual realm and not in the flesh, for if we choose incorrectly we can become subject to the spiritual law of sin and death. Discernment and spiritual maturity is the order of the day for us to be guided by the divine prophetic. For this reason, Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5: 19 Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; 20 do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21 Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22 Avoid every kind of evil.
In 2 Kings 7, we read the following: 1 Elisha said, “Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.” 2 The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, “Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” “You will see it with your own eyes,” answered Elisha, “but you will not eat any of it!”
Elisha spoke these words at a time that Aram had besieged Samaria. The people within Samaria were starving and so the prophet said to the people and the king that they do not need to fear for the Lord will lift the siege. The officer did not receive the word of the prophet and did not act upon it. By verse 19 we read: 19 The officer had said to the man of God, “Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” The man of God had replied, “You will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of it!” 20 And that is exactly what happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died.
Let us note: the officer rejected the true prophet and the word spoken by the Lord. He did not choose to be subjected to the law of the spirit and life, for if he had he would have enjoyed the liberty that came from the lifting of the siege. Instead, he rejected it and so he subjected himself to a different spiritual law and so died.
We have to understand that the Lord is very but very serious about His Word spoken, primarily for a purpose as so designed by the anointing of a prophet, for such an utterance sets free, guides, heals, restores, and above all, brings people into alignment with His Will, Word, and Truth. This is not a matter to be played with – this is of critical importance for the church to understand.
To continue with 2 Kings 7 – there were at the time also four lepers sitting beyond the gate of Samaria [for they had been cast out].
They were pondering staying outside and dying or entering the city and dying from the famine. They instead choose to go to the city in hope and faith and so received their prophet’s reward which was life, abundance, and a blessing!
In 2 Kings 5, we learn of Naaman, the commander of the army of the king of Aram who was struck with leprosy. He inquired from the prophet Elisha about his condition and was told to wash himself seven times in the Jordan river to be healed. Naaman at first did not do want to do as he was told and was almost subjected to the law of sin and death – sin because he disobeyed the Lord and death because he would have died from leprosy. But he did as the prophet said and so received the prophet’s word which was to be healed from his sickness.
In 2 Kings 4 and 5, we read of the accounts of a widow and of a Shunammite. Both of them made room for the prophet and his word. They also received him and heeded his words. As a result, they received the prophet’s reward. The widow received miraculously oil to sell, while the Shunammite’s son was restored his life. Both of these women had faith in the prophet and believed and received.
We see the severity of not doing as the Lord commands through the prophetic in 1 Kings 20: 35 By the word of the LORD one of the sons of the prophets said to his companion, “Strike me with your weapon,” but the man refused. 36 So the prophet said, “Because you have not obeyed the LORD, as soon as you leave me a lion will kill you.” And after the man went away, a lion found him and killed him.
In 1 Kings 17, we read of the widow at Zarephath. At this time Elijah had declared a famine over the land because of Ahab’s idolatry. The Lord had first provided Elijah with food, but now he had to go to Zarephath. For we read: 7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the LORD came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” 12 “As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” 13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.’ ” 15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.
Can we see what the Lord is saying? This widow received the prophet and by faith believed and acted upon the word of God. She subjected herself to the law of Spirit and life and so received the prophet’s reward.
In I King 18, we read of the famous encounter between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Here Elijah, the true prophet, confronted them with the true word of God. The people who witnessed God’s power were saved because they believed in Elijah as the true prophet and in his word. They became subject to the law of the spirit and life and so lived. But the prophets of Baal, because they had spoken out of the flesh and imagination, subjected themselves to the spirit of death and sin, and so were slaughtered.
We read also many other tales of Elijah and Elisha performing wonders such as the healing of water, the floating of the ax head, and the multiplication of bread. This happened because they were received as prophets, and their words were being heeded and obeyed. That submission opened up the heavens and allowed the spiritual authority of the prophet to operate, causing miraculous signs and wonders to manifest.
And just so Moses was a prophet. Those who heeded his prophetic words summed up primarily in the Law indeed subjected themselves to the law of life and of the Spirit. But because so many rejected him, often speaking false words born out of the need for the flesh, they then died in the desert because they subjected themselves to the spirit of sin and death.
Sin because they disobeyed the appointed of God, to whom God spoke face to face, and death because they chose not the live according to the life-giving truths of the Law. For this reason, we read in Deuteronomy 28 that the people were urged to choose between life and death, between following the Law and turning away from it. For in that choice lies either a curse or a blessing.
Jesus said in Luke 4:24: 24″I tell you the truth,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.” There is a far greater weight behind these words than we initially perceive – for He was saying that He, being the greatest prophet, needs to be received in order for them to receive the greatest of all prophets’ rewards, which is eternal life! And so Jesus continued to explain His statement in verse 25: I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”
Jesus was teaching them a very important lesson – for those who receive the prophet and abide in his word as spoken in heaven, shall receive the reward. And such a word brings life, deliverance, and healing and it brings us into alignment with God’s will.
Jesus not only spoke the prophetic word HE WAS the PROPHETIC WORD fulfilled. He is the Word and the Word is alive. Jesus’ very essence was prophetic, and His words spoke of the present and the future. He, as the prophetic word and as the prophet, brought everything [creation and the church] into alignment with God the Father through His life, death, and ascension. The birth of the Son of God was a prophetic action. His life was a prophetic action. His ministry, death, and ascension were prophetic – He was the fulfillment of the prophetic and the deceleration of the present and the future. Such is the nature of Jesus – God incarnated while on earth.
And so when Jesus said we shall live not from bread alone but from every word that comes from the word of the mouth of God (Mathew 4:4), He was saying that we shall live by the life and the hope resting in the prophetic. He was telling us that we shall prosper, foremost spiritually, when we receive the Word, which is Jesus, for Jesus is after all the Word, including the Prophetic. So the very essence and nature of Jesus are the Word and the accumulation of the Word – and such Word is prophetic in the very nature and design for the Prophetic is the present and the future.
This is why it says in Revelation 19:10 that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Jesus is the fulfillment of all prophecies and all prophecies flow into Him. Jesus is the present and future. When we declare and speak the Name of Jesus, we speak in the name of the highest prophetic authority and we speak the Word and by that Name, there is the power of loosing and binding, of healing and deliverance, and hope and glory.
Indeed, whatever is declared and whatever is spoken is spoken now and is settled in heaven now, even though the fulfillment and the manifestation of that Word might only happen in the future. A prophetic word, uttered in the heavenlies, is binding and shall not return to the Lord empty. Such a word is binding now and also everlasting – it is all-powerful and consuming for it operates under the law of the Spirit and of life. And so we have to understand that no matter what we have done, the prophetic word and the utterance remains binding, and it is settled upon us now. As soon as we allow it to operate, as we come into alignment with God, it shall be settled in the now for the future.
And so, the Word of God spoken by Jesus, spoken thousands of years ago and spoken in this age, all have binding and everlasting power for the Church right NOW – for in that WORD and PROPHETIC ACTION lies the mechanisms for the Church to move in alignment with God and by that alignment to be healed, restored and revived for the future days – and such future days is the next second, the next minute and the next heartbeat.
Now is the time to make room for the prophet and the Prophetic – just as the Church has to first, and above all, make room for Jesus and the everlasting word. And when we make room, and when we receive the Prophetic, the NOW in the PRESENT flows into the FUTURE and brings to life what has been spoken into the spiritual realm.
Hebrews 11 speaks of receiving what has been promised and receiving it by faith. For those who choose to live eternally have to after all receive the promise by faith of Jesus. For those who want to live in His Will has to receive and make room for the prophetic word as spoken by the prophets, for then a reward will be received.
And here then lies the secret when we ponder why so many people are still waiting for a ‘true’ word spoken to become a reality in their lives. They wait for many have not received the word and acted upon the word and made room for the word or the prophet. Many have heard but did not receive. Many have seen but have not believed. So in many, there is a word birthed and resting right now, waiting to be received and to be acted upon, but with the rejection of the prophet and the prophetic and the lack of faith such a word lies dormant. By faith action needs to be taken, a belief needs to be formed and room needs to be made.
If not, the church will not be like Naaman who received his healing in the river Jordan, like the widows who saw jars filled by oil, like the Shunammite woman who saw her son healed, like the people who came to repentance on Mount Carmel and like the lepers who went to the city of Samaria to find the tents of their besiegers empty. For those who make room, who believe, who act, who take heed, and who stand upon God’s prophetic Word, will receive such a reward.
Those who believe foremost in Jesus, in His Word and Truth, will be filled by the Spirit and by Life. Jesus, who is the Word at the laying of the world unto the end, is after all the Truth, Way, and Life. He was filled by the Spirit for as the Living Son of God who is the fulfillment of all prophetic He operates under the Law of the Spirit and of Life. He is the resurrection and the glory. The spirit of prophecy is indeed the testimony of Jesus.
Jesus said the following in Matthew 13:13-15: 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ” ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise, they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’
Indeed, for those who do make room for the prophet and the prophetic, here and now, will live but for those who reject it and follow it not, as what they did with Jesus, will spiritually always be blind, deaf, and mute and never perceive. For the Word of God which is alive and active, sharper than a doubled-edged sword, determines our path now for the future – it speaks of our spiritual condition, of God’s everlasting covenant, and of the law of the Spirit and of Life. For the Pharisees and Sadducees did not make room for Jesus [the prophetic fulfilled], and neither did they in faith believe in the prophetic manifestation of the Word who is Jesus and so they became subject to the spirit of sin and death. These religious people became spiritually blind and numb in their perception of the truth.
In God is all the truth and His Word is Truth and speaks of the now and the future. King David received a prophetic word regarding the eternal covenant between him and God. And so at the end of his life, despite all his errors, he stood on the word of God, there and then, for it was a word alive for him that holds true for the future.
And such a word was active for he had received it, made room for it and he had stayed true to God throughout his life.
In conclusion, it says in Joel 2: 28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
Joel was prophesying of a day to come when the Spirit will be poured out like never before. He was however also prophesying of a day that the prophetic will truly be restored in the Church. And once it is restored, whereby the prophet is welcomed back in her midst to instruct and guide under God’s hand, then the church will operate under the law of the Spirit and life – life meaning revival, restoration, and resurrection. And Spirit implies the flow of the gifts, and the flow within the spiritual atmosphere of the prophetic which will put in motion greater prophesying in the Spirit of God’s Word, which remains the testimony of Jesus.
Such a day comes and such a day is here. Room needs to be made. The promise of God’s Word needs to be received. Joel’s prophesy needs to be heeded and trusted.
It is no wonder that God has over and over spoken against false prophets and false words and testimonies. For such word brings forth the law of sin and death. It brings forth deception and falseness. For such word brings forth carnality, idolatry, and confusion. Only the true testimony of Jesus and the true Word of God brings forth the manifestation of the spiritual realm, unlocking the flow of the River of Jordan, and only by God’s divine utterance is there healing and deliverance.
The church in general needs to be guided by the prophetic, for this is God’s order – He speaks from heaven, and from heaven into is passed to the prophet who declares it on earth [a binding agreement] and this word is returned unto the Lord. And so the Water, Blood, and Spirit – meaning the Trinity – testify and agree to the word as spoken in the will of the Lord. Has the Lord not said that He does nothing without revealing it first to the prophets? Amos 3:7 (King James Version): 7Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. Did the Lord not say that the entire Law and the prophets hang on to the two greatest commandments?
Once the Church makes room for the true prophet and the prophetic, she will come into alignment and then signs and wonders and miracles will flow.
It is so important for people to be taught the difference between the prophet and the prophetic and between the gifts of the Spirit such as discernment, word of wisdom, word of knowledge and simply moving in the Spirit.
This will clear up confusion and chaos … for when it comes to the Lord His Word is sacred and everlasting and true and so it has to be spoken in Spirit and Truth.