“Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7
The Holy Spirit loves to reveal truth to God’s people. I haven’t written much about the prophetic or what it means to be prophetic people, but feel this is a good time to share some insights into the prophetic with you. The realm of the prophetic—hearing God’s voice, receiving revelation, knowing His heart are simple.
I’ve read many books on the prophetic over the years after discovering my prophetic gift through revelation and guidance by the Holy Spirit. Some of these books focused on the various biblical Old Testament prophets and the supernatural manifestations that occur through them. Others are more focused on the today’s prophetic movement. Two books that steered me down this path were Prophets Pitfalls and Principles:God’s Prophetic People Today by Apostle Bill Hamon and The Coming Prophetic Revolution by James W. Goll. Since beginning this journey I’m seeing the prophetic being embraced more as a vital role to the Church.
I’ve known for a some time any of us who are “set in the Church” as apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher operate under the apostolic and prophetic spirit of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:11-13). The apostolic and prophetic covering is over all five offices. For this reason I am careful to line up all that I say and do with the Word of God (2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 2, 1 Peter 4:1-11).
The prophetic voice makes clear the Word of God for the present generation and times in which we live. Without prophetic voices we may not know or understand what God is saying or doing in the earth. There are “times and seasons” in God’s purposes for the world. For this reason the Church must learn to discern the times. We need divine insight into heaven’s purposes for our generation (1 Chron. 12:32). See The Prophetic Voice.
After reading the Coming Prophet Revolution by James Goll, I understood that God was raising up an army of prophetic servants for this generation, and the gifts of prophecy to be released throughout the Body around the world. Once again I was being made aware of how important it is to develop the character to carry the gift.
We need clear words today!
The prophetic message will bring this generation into the knowledge of the heart of God for this time (Habakkuk 2:14). If there was ever a time, it is now that we need a prophetic voice in our nation and our world. We cannot afford to remain silent in a nation that is torn apart by the political and religious spirit, divisiveness, racial injustice, abortion, corruption and many other … similar to many of the injustices the Prophet Habakkuk saw in his time. A place in which “justice never goes forth” (Habakkuk 1:4).
The prophet Amos spoke out about those religious leaders and their religious festivals, assemblies and noise, calling them into account in Amos 5:23-24. When Amos called upon the people to “seek the Lord and live” he literally meant what he said (Amos 5:6). God’s anger was not only directed at the nations, but also at the people He had chosen. The people had rejected the Torah (the law revealed to Moses) and had not kept His statues (Amos 2:4). Because they were the chosen people of God Israel and Judah had greater responsibility before the Lord. In one way or another the violated God’s laws , and that meant God would have to judge them (Amos 2:13-16). Privilege brings responsibility (Luke 12:48), and where there is responsibility, there will be accountability. We have a mandate to be that prophetic voice. The has been called to be a prophetic voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. God is raising up prophetic voices today that will call out the many injustices seen throughout the church and the world.
I encourage you to as God’s holy people to pray that God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, will give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people (Ephesians 1:17-20).
Truth may hurt for a moment, but it will set you free (John 8:31-32).
My prayer is that these messages will strengthen and encourage you to stand firm in the days ahead. May the grace, joy, and peace of God be yours through Jesus Christ our loving Lord. To Him be glory, now and forever.