A Prophetic Life?
Thus says the Lord, “One year from now you will have a son and he will be a man of God.”
These words were spoken – by a stranger – to my mother – 12 months before I was born. I don’t know if I was born on the exact same day 12 months later but I wouldn’t be surprised.
Though not by choice at first I have lived a life filled with prophecies and interactions with God. Today, I would not have it any other way!
Some prophecies over the course of my life were given to me (for me) by others with prophetic giftings – some of those prophecies came to pass and some not so much.
So what is a legitimate prophecy?
*Merriam-Webster defines a prophecy as:
1: an inspired utterance of a prophet
2: the function or vocation of a prophet specifically: the inspired declaration of divine will and purpose
3: a prediction of something to come
The Online Dictionary defined a prophecy as:
1: a prediction, “a bleak prophecy of war and ruin”
2: the faculty, functions, or practice of prophesying
Isn’t it interesting how one source defines or expresses “Prophecy” as merely an extension of divine utterance by a person (Prophet) and the other source sees the definition as something to be feared or seen to have primarily bleak outcomes?
I just thought the variance interesting… And yes, prophecies can be bleak.
Oh no, that could mean my mother received a bleak prediction when the Prophet prophesied my birth!
Well, I guess that remains to be seen doesn’t it?
Here are just a few of the things I’ve learned or been schooled in by God so that I might understand His rules for prophesying:
- In the pantheon of prophecy there are:
- Prophetic utterances better known as Words of Knowledge. A Word spoken directly into your mind or spirit (word for word). https://thissideofthewhirlwind.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/true-life-3-mikes-real-parents/
- Visions: things you see in your mind through a dream or when awake seen like a dream in your mind’s eye or visions seen with the naked eye. https://thissideofthewhirlwind.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/hiking-listening-true-life-33/
- Conceptual Words of Knowledge where we know or understand something as though we actually experienced the event or saw it take place.
- And then there is my favorite example of hearing the Voice of God in the here and now. Hearing God audibly was amazing and likely the most profound experience of my life. Here’s a Post on my encounter: https://thissideofthewhirlwind.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/this-side-of-the-whirlwind-true-life-7/
- All scripture based prophecies must agree with God’s Word, the Bible. The tenets of God’s Word does not change. God is the same yesterday, today and forever!
- Be careful what you wish for.
- To be a Prophet carries serious responsibilities and potential consequences for the recipient/s of the prophecy or prophecies.
- Once a trusted Prophet speaks in the name of the Lord the recipient/s often changes his or her life based on that trusted prophecy you uttered; thus, the Word had better be from God or YOU could ruin people’s lives.
- Prophets generally live Godly lifestyles even though Prophets are just people with failings like everyone else; STILL, true Prophets generally live for Jesus/God; it is just part of the job.
- People who say they are hearing from God but whose lives do not reflect a life of surrender are – more likely than not – hearing from their own imagination or demons posing as God. Both situations are less than desirable but the latter is far more dangerous to say the least. Remember, we cannot serve two masters (Luke 16:13). If the prophecy is real and it is not coming from the Creator then it is coming from a demonic source (Acts 16:16-19).
- Prophesying is sometimes horrible! Occasionally, prophecies speak to the death of an individual or family-member; no fun there. Interestingly, for those who are truly committed to Jesus the forecast is seen as a blessing, something to look forward to like a surprise party waiting for you when you get HOME.
I once prophesied over a young man in an Arizona prison. The Lord had me tell the man he was going to die that night. The Lord said he needed to come to Jesus right then/that night or he was going to die and go to Hell, THAT night. Either way the man was going to die, the Lord said. Sadly, he refused Jesus’ offer. He died that night. As far as I know he rejected accepting Jesus as Lord to the bitter, horrible end. Only the Lord knows if he called on the name of Jesus or if he is in Hell today. https://thissideofthewhirlwind.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/revival-of-doom/
- Every prophecy needs to be confirmed by the witness of two or more Spirit-filled individuals, witnesses (2 Corinthians 13:1).
- This is prudent if nothing else. Before someone changes the course of their life they should know if the prophecy is coming from God! Trust but verify (2 Cor. 13:1).
- If a prophecy actually comes from God then it will, it MUST come to pass; otherwise, we are told to ignore all the utterances of that individual made in the name of the Lord (Deuteronomy 18:18-22).
- To be a Prophet is to be blessed and burdened.
- Often prophecies are a blessing: God once spoke a detailed Word into my mind and spirit telling me to take my wife Pam to the emergency-room at TMC in Tucson as quickly as possible. The doctors said Pam would have died if we had arrived even thirty minutes later. Thank You, Lord! https://thissideofthewhirlwind.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/grateful-recap-true-life-8-dead-in-thirty-minutes/
- Sometimes prophecies can be horrible too: years ago, the Lord told me about the infidelity of a friend who was also my Pastor. For a season it ruined his life and caused him to move to the other side of the country. I am glad however to report that God’s correction eventually set him on a path to obedience and greater ministry. Again, thank You, Jesus! https://thissideofthewhirlwind.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/this-side-of-the-whirlwind-true-life-2/
- A Prophet needs to speak exactly those Words the Lord spoke into his spirit and soul!
- Too often people think or proclaim things they do not truly know or understand. This is a dangerous trait for someone prophesying in the name of the Lord. On one occasion I received a prophecy someone else in the service was also receiving. As he began sharing the prophetic Word and vision from the Lord I was also seeing and hearing this same Word and Vision from the Lord. Then the Word from the Lord came to a stop; however, the gentleman continued to “prophesy” in his own excitement, pride, imagination as if the Lord was still speaking. I’m not sure what his motivation was at that time. All I knew, was my spirit was not witnessing the previous anointing of the Lord on anything he was continuing share. I spoke with him later about the “Word” from the Lord; he was not very receptive. Thankfully, God knows what He’s doing.
- A Prophet should never provide an interpretation where one was not given by the Lord.
- I did that once and was schooled by the Lord: https://thissideofthewhirlwind.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/this-side-of-the-whirlwind-true-life-5-7/#more-357
- Prophets are not generally ambiguous or vague nor indirect individuals – though there are exceptions to every rule. To speak very often prophetically requires directness which makes most individuals uncomfortable. I know I get very uncomfortable with some of the Words of Knowledge I’ve had to bring. Prophesying can break your heart at times and lift you joyfully before the Lord on other occasions.
Lastly, a life serving the Lord is exciting. I cannot imagine a more fulfilling existence. Hearing God’s voice is also exciting and humbling if you are living it with the correct perspective.
So here’s the last entry on this subject today: If you see a vision or hear a Word from the Lord then deliver it will all alacrity and soberness. If it is truly from our Creator it will come to pass and alter the frame of their lives. Speak only those things you have actually seen in the vision or the exact Words you have heard in your spirit. Be precise and accurate because their life and or happiness could depend on your spoken words.
If the person is a Christian God will straighten out your folly or misstep; however, if they are not saved they are on their own. Your false prophecy could do great harm. Know of what you speak!
If you are speaking in the name of the Lord then you are likely a person surrendered before the Lord. I know this because it IS God who teaches the Prophets and disciplines our lives into the men and women He wants to speak in His name.
Having made these last statements I also note, we are not all the same and God is merciful.
God also shapes us for the people to whom we will be ministering (Roughnecks, Christians, followers of false religions, the lost and unsaved et’cetera).
I know I am not called to weak-natured individuals as a general rule, for I am too abrupt.
The Lord bless you and shape you into the vessel He needs in these last days before the Tribulation Period and the glorious coming of the Lord at the end of the Great Tribulation.