What Makes A Person Prophetic?

I’m often asked in one way or another, “How do I know if I’m prophetic?”  99.9% of the time, I can safely say, “You are,” without spiritually profiling the person.  You see, only people who have had prophetic “inklings” (as I call them) would even dare ask.  Generally speaking, there’s some sort of prophetic experience that puts the spine in that question.  The new day we live in sheds a different light on the topic.  Yesterday’s light casted a shadow on certain aspects of the prophetic, which are now glowing in the prophetic dawn of 2011.  Let us together examine what makes a person prophetic, with an open mind to the new things Father is releasing to His church.

The Office of the Prophet

Let’s begin by addressing the five-fold office of Prophet.  A person cannot aspire to be a prophet apart from the divine call of God.  Jeremiah 1:5 explains that this call takes place even before birth. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  Prophets often exhibit prophetic behavior early in life, (sometimes even before they consciously make a decision to pursue the Lord).  This is evidence of the prophetic mantle that awaits activation.  A prophet must be anointed and ordained into their spiritual office through the proper apostolic and/or prophetic channels.  Samuel was ordained by Eli; Elisha was selected by Elijah; Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist, etc.  The Kingdom of God operates through divine channels of authority and relationship, giving no license to self-appointed prophets.

Being a prophet and prophetic are two entirely different issues.  According to 1 Corinthians 14:31, “For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.”  Confusion can enter somewhere in the tension between (prophesying as the activity of prophetic people) and (prophesying as the occupation of a five-fold prophetic office).  Allow me to illustrate it this way.  “You may all play basketball.”  Any one of us who desires can dribble our basketball to the neighborhood hoop and shoot away.  With time and practice, a certain skill level can be accomplished and enjoyed.  However, some are called to play professional basketball.  This requires a life-long devotion to the call and profession of the same game.  It will also subject the player to a rigorous life of discipline, travel and consecration.  The audience for his game will be a bit different from the high school populus or fellas from the office.  It’s a whole ‘nuther game.

The Prophetic Spectrum

If you’ve made it this far into the post, it’s likely you fit somewhere into the prophetic spectrum.  The former definition of “prophetic” carried with it a cold sense of exclusivity.  This, I believe, is melting away in the warmth of today’s light.  God has not only called “prophets’ in the land, but also a prophetic people to inhabit the land.  Elitist dogma or hyper-religious stigma is fading away, and rapidly.  Here’s how I see the new prophetic light as it dawns on this awakening.

(The following is a vision I received from the Lord and its interpretation.  I realize there is much chatter in the New Age community about rainbows, spectrums, etc.  While I wholeheartedly disavow any New Age practices, I cannot negate the impression Father gave me.  The Lord is redeeming His creation from the hands of idolators and perverse interpretations of the truth.) The prophetic movement is characterized by much light or revelation.  This revelation, as it passes through the prism of God’s people, is refracted and displayed in seven main categories.  Each “color” bears out the beauty and diversity of the revelation that is being concentrated into the Body of Christ, right now.  As a prophetic person, you will see yourself in at least one if not more of these spectral categories.

1. Adherers: This Christian is more than a mindless obeyer of the revealed Word.  He or she is firmly persuaded of the truth through an inner Holy Spirit witness.  The strength of this persuasion leads one to abandon all to walk in the light of the new day. “Then they answered Joshua, ‘Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.'” Joshua 1:16

2. Worshipers:  True worship is the atmosphere and muse of the prophetic.  More and more “minstrels” and “psalmists” will emerge with the ability to stir and release the prophetic in the Bride of Christ.  2 Kings 3:15

3. Communicators: 1 Corinthians 14:3 tells us, “But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.”  In modern church history, this much-needed gift has been trapped within the four walls of the church.  The Communicators, however, are being released into the marketplace, internet, and the new media.

4. Seers: While some are gifted with the ability to communicate, others possess an ability to see.  The seer may experience dreams, trances or visions that reveal hidden truths.  This gift will increase in our day, giving advantage to the family of God in spiritual and earthly matters.  Joel 2:28, 2 Kings 17:13

5. Intercessors:  This breed of soldier/saint takes the visions, dreams and utterances to the altar.  Through prayer and meditation, the revealed word is incubated in the womb of intercession.  Some intercessors travail in prayer; others meditate on the word.  All carry the revelation until it is fully formed and manifest in the Body of Christ.  “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.” Galatians 4:19

6. Manifestors: These are saints who are skilled in synthesizing the revealed word, and manifesting it in the marketplace of commerce and ideas.  As the Sons of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32, they understand the times and know what God’s people should do.  Manifestors are action oriented, with a mind for business or other seemingly “secular” implementations.

7. Overseers: The Five-fold offices (including the apostle/prophet) are key in the oversight and administration of all the above.  Not only must they have a heart for the Body of Christ, but also an eye for the nations.  As the spectrum grows brighter in the coming days, we can expect more to see and experience the light of the new day.

You may have seen yourself in this prophetic spectrum, and more than once.  To answer the question, “What makes a person prophetic?” I could have rehearsed the previous move’s answer.  With all due respect to the greatness of that time, some things have changed.  Unfortunately, those who still parrot the marching orders of the last season are no longer “prophetic” (in the true sense of the word).  As always, I welcome your thoughts, questions and comments as we move forward into the prophetic, together.  (By the way, did you notice the date on this post?)

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13 thoughts on “What Makes A Person Prophetic?

  1. Interesting post Melissa, thanks.

    I went to check my phone for messages today & noticed it was 11:01am on 11/01/11 (we write our dates differently in this neck of the woods :) This is becoming amusing!

    I also saw today that Patricia King & Joshua Mills are coming to Australia, & specifically to my state of Queensland which is experiencing unprecedented rain & flooding, & the conference is called ‘Downpour Prophetic Voice Conference’…perhaps they were being more prophetic than intended.

    • We are watching your flooding situation, stateside. Very tragic. In agreement with you for the spiritual manifestation in Queensland! I hope the opportunity avails to see Patricia King & Joshua Mills… trustworthy prophetic voices.

      • Thank you, that’s exactly what we’re praying for. We had a gathering here in September 2010 where great prayer, warfare & prophecy for revival/awakening was accomplished & the Lord promised to visit us, so praise God let it be in the spiritual as it has been in the natural…an unprecedented flood of God’s Presence!

  2. I do see this post as some further revelation to a dream I had – There was a large wooden desk in a white room, ornately carved with flower/leaf type carvings. There were two other people with me. I was shown a hidden compartment in the desk, three small wood plates each lifted one by one. There was nothing under the first two, but the third revealed the treasure. (reminds me of the third floor of that house where all the power was :) There was ancient coins, 90 dollar bills, and colorful gem stones – some with silver around the edges.
    Soon after this dream there was a 1000 yr old coin found in Jerusalum, it was the heaviest gold coin recovered and was believed to be cerimonial in use.
    You blog seems to uncover some meaning to the different colored gems :) Thank you! :)

    • Ah yes, the gems. They have surfaced in our prayer times at the Lighthouse often. Many times they suggest spiritual gifts and/or timely revelation that adorns the Bride in preparation for His return. Bring on the gems, Lord! What a glorious dream! It will be neat to hear what anyone else sees in the imagery.

      Blessings!

      • Tremendous. I am reminded of Psalm 24:9, “Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.” Gates of jewels, indeed.

  3. Oh my goodness. I was given Isaiah 54 just today in its fullness. The gems are mentioned but I was struck by verse 9 regarding the floods and God’s promise of his lovingkindness not being removed from us even though the mountains moved and the hills shook. In Australia we are a subburnt country full of droughts and flooding plains. But as the poem goes. We love her far horizons. We love her “jeweled” sea. Her beauty and her terror. The wife brown land for me. God, even though we are storm tossed you have compassion on us.

  4. I’m late to the party I see :) Just typed in the question and here you are. Thank you, your words spoke to me, I sensed the Lord, urging me on to keep reading and to subscribe. Again, thank you

  5. I have struggled for many years about the gifts I feel are manifested in me through the Holy Spirit. Coming out of a denomination that frowns at anyone being a prophet, I struggle knowing if I am a prophet. For the Lord seems to reveal great wisdom and insights into his Word. However, I struggle because I have received no visions or been taken away to heaven. I have never heard a voice or seen an angel. It is only through His Word that his wisdom and Truths have been reveled to me. I am a nobody, stripped of my pastoral credentials for rocking the boat and standing against sin in the church. Since I am uncompromising to what God reveals to me, I have been marked as rebellious and one who challenges authority. Sadly, the message that God has given me through His Word is so terrible, I have held back for many months to test the message to see if it is true. What the Lord is revealing to me is that the abomination of desolation or anti-christ will be the homosexual minister. These men are elected and installed by the church leadership meaning that the church as a whole has accepted their own view of God’s message and character. Therefore, anti-christs are standing in the place of God’s church. Therefore, now I strongly feel that God is calling me to “Call Out” those from these churches and denominations, for the time is coming to flee to the mountains for the organized church as we know it will soon be destroyed. After the time of fleeing to the mountains, Satan will destroy the great prostitute, “religion” or “our structures and denominations”. The Lord has given the same message to all ages, “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near. I hope these things are not true, and that I have misread the Word of God and that my conscience is somehow seared; however, I fear that our generation may have to watch as all of these things take place in our lifetime as the great shaking happens in our churches. I mourn for the millions that may soon lose their faith as their churches and denominations fall. My e-mail is luke@cobl.org, I would love to chat with anyone about these things.

  6. I’ve never considered myself to be religious due to how many times the bible has been translated and used in a way the lord would not appreciate. I’m spiritual. And do believe in the energy of jesus and god the father. I have seen things that have made me a believer I don’t believe because I’m told to. Its what I’ve seen. When I was a child 7 years old my father passed away in the middle of the night. Mother woke me and without her saying a word I knew what had happened. One morning, shortly after his passing, he appeared to me, I had an overwhelming feeling of his love and that everything was going to be ok. I’ve had other random coinsidental things happen over the years but more recently its been intence. One evening last year I saw the sky turn white at night I thought it was the beginning of the end it scared the crap out of me I started shaking my heart skipped a beat I freaked..but I was the only one who saw it…that made me question my sanity..but I talked to a few people and they said maybe the light I saw was only meant for me..I’m still sceptical and don’t completely understand that even. I also drempt of the chaos the buildings melting the sky of red and the sea rising that dream I can never forget. Some say I have a sixth sence I don’t know what to call it. I think I might be crazy but people assure me that I’m not.

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