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?)