God wants to communicate with humanity, and He has chosen to do this through the ministry of prophecy and the prophet’s voice. When there is no prophetic revelation, people will follow their devices and ways (Proverbs 29:18). Believing God through His prophets will cause prosperity in all areas of life. The office of the prophet is the third level or dimension of prophecy that we will examine.
The spirit of prophecy is the first level or dimension of prophecy available for all believers (Revelation 19:10). The Word testifies or reveals Jesus to the world and carries the spirit of prophecy (John 5:39). The gift of prophecy is the second level or dimension of prophecy and is one of the Holy Spirit’s nine gifts received through the baptism with the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Acts 2:17; Romans 12:6). Its purpose is to bring edification, exhortation, and comfort to the body of Christ and for instruction and learning (1 Corinthians 14:3, 31). (See blogs at Https://alexiscarucci.com/2020/10-07/testimony/ and Https://alexiscarucci.com/2020/10/14/encourage-others/).
Every believer should operate in the prophetic in one or more of these prophetic levels, but our levels of grace differ. You must discern your measure of grace and operate within its boundaries. All believers can prophesy, but not all can operate in the prophetic anointing’s highest level – the prophet’s office.
It is the highest level of prophecy with the strongest utterance because prophets speak by the spirit of prophecy, the gift of prophecy, and strength out of the prophet’s office with the grace to speak messages beyond words of edification, exhortation, and comfort. They have an anointing by grace to speak higher, broader, and more in-depth ways (Romans 12:4-8). They minister to a broader scope of needs, and their reach is full and thorough.
They prophesy with more authority than other believers who aren’t called to this office. The prophet’s authority is given to destroy Satan’s kingdom and establish the kingdom of God (Jeremiah 1:10). Prophet’s words are anointed and carry power (Jeremiah 23:29; Isaiah 44:26).
Most believers will prophesy through forth-telling (to make public; publish) unless you are in the prophet’s office, including fore-telling (predict the future or future event). Their prophecies can carry revelation, direction, correction, confirmation, impartation, and activation. Michelle McClain-Walters explains that impartation is for the ministry’s work, and once given, our response determines the level of fulfillment. God also uses His prophets to call out sin (Isaiah 58:1; John 15:22).
They are not only God’s mouthpiece but help to connect people to hear the voice of God. Even though we are to take responsibility for hearing the Lord for ourselves through His Word and the Holy Spirit, not all believers know how to recognize His voice or know how to respond to see it fulfilled. That is why the Lord has set the ministry of the prophets in the body of Christ as a unique voice. They teach people how to connect with the voice and heart of God.
God has given the prophets and the prophetic presbytery (elders of a local church who are apostles and prophets) the ability to activate believers’ gifts and talents by the laying on of hands and prophecy. They have the power from God to reveal and confirm a calling to the fivefold ministry and ministry in the body of Christ. They equip believers, putting them into proper alignment or position in the body of Christ so they can fulfill their destiny.
Prophets participate in all of God’s plans, and we see them in both the Old and New Testament. In the Old Testament, God selected and spoke through His prophets to His chosen people and their kings. They were meticulous not to speak on their authority or opinion. They were anointed to hear God’s word, and He put His words in their mouth (Exodus 4:12). If a prophet was leading them astray, they were killed, thereby purging false prophets who were inaccurate or accurate but leading them into idolatry. Prophets wrote many Old Testament books.
In the New Testament, prophets had a significant ministry in the establishment of Christ’s Church and will continue to be God’s voice in the Church age (from Pentecost to Christ’s second coming). We are under the dispensation of grace and the New Testament covenant through the blood of Jesus, bringing hope, salvation, redemption, etc.
The prophet must hear and speak the word of the Lord, not their opinion or from their soul (what they know). They are not to add to His words (Proverbs 30:5-6). That would be a false prophet (Jeremiah 23:16-32). A false prophet has the wrong motives and heart, and what is said doesn’t come from the nature of God. Matthew 7:15-20 declares that you will know them by their fruit. We will discuss this more in our next blog on receiving a word.
You are not a false prophet if you miss it or think you have received nothing. We are to learn from our mistakes, ask the Lord for forgiveness, humble ourselves and get back up (Proverbs 24:16; 1 Peter 5:5).
The apostle Paul gives instructions on how prophets are to handle themselves when prophesying to the body of Christ in a church meeting.
Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. And the spirit of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. 1 Corinthians 14:29 – 33 (NKJV)
Prophets prepare the way for Christ’s first coming as Messiah and His second coming and prepare the people (Malachi 4:5; Luke 1:13-17; Matthew 11:9-10, 14; Acts 3:18-26; Revelation 10:7; 11:15). Prophets are preparing the Church, the Bride of Christ, for presentation to Christ Jesus, the bridegroom (1 Peter 2:9-10; Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:7-8; 21:2, 9) and bringing revelation knowledge of the Scriptures that must be fulfilled before Christ’s return.
God reveals His secrets, mysteries unto His servants, the prophets (Ephesians 3:1-6). The prophet is one of the fivefold ministries that Christ Jesus gave for the perfecting and maturing of His Church. Jesus was a prophet and walked in each role of the fivefold ministries as our example. The Lord is restoring the function of the prophet to His Church. The apostles and prophets are foundational (Ephesians 2:19-22). To accept the ministry of the prophet is to accept Jesus, the prophet, and His ministry.
Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants, the prophets. Amos 3:7 (NKJV)
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11 – 13 (NKJV)
It is Jesus who calls you by His grace to be a prophet. You will have an encounter with Jesus, i.e., a vision or hear His voice confirmed by two or three prophets as witnesses. He will clarify that it is your call, and then comes the training with the Holy Spirit. I want to share my testimony of how Jesus called me to the office of the prophet.
As the Holy Spirit taught me about His gifts and growing in my relationship with Him, I started hearing and seeing teaching about being a prophet. I said, “I’m not a prophet,” and I didn’t understand why these kept coming up in my life and walk with the Lord.
In the fall of 2018, the Lord prompted me to go to a conference called the Seers and Prophets Institue in Turlock, California. Once again, I didn’t understand why He wanted me to go since I didn’t see myself as a prophet and didn’t want that responsibility. Then I heard that this conference was for all who were interested in the prophetic ministry. It was an opportunity for being in the community of a company of prophets. So I went, and I was blessed and learned so much about the prophetic ministry during that conference.
In January 2019, the teaching at the women’s fellowship I attended was on Jeremiah 1:4-10 called “Answer the Call” about being a prophet of God. When the call comes, a typical pattern with the prophet is they protest because of inadequacy, but God touches them and strengthens them for the task. A prophet is a man or woman called by God to be His representative on earth to speak for Him as if God is speaking. A prophet is also a witness for Christ sharing through teaching and preaching His gospel. He teaches truth and interprets the Word of God.
My heart burned within me as I heard His word spoken (Luke 24:32). I realized Jesus was speaking and calling me. I was to set the captives free (Luke 4:18-19). I realized I was called and separated unto Him. The prophetess who was teaching prayed for all present and anointed our lips with oil.
While reading the verses in Jeremiah 1, the Holy Spirit drew my attention to my Bible’s previous page. It jumped out to me and was a Rhema word, “a now word from the Word” (Logos – the written word or Bible). A Rhema word is a particular Scripture the Spirit quickens to your spirit or emphasizes for a specific time or season.
“Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the Lord. “Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God. Isaiah 66:9 (NKJV)
The prophetess then called certain women forward, including me, to anoint us to birth what the Lord wanted to give us. The Lord had already prepared me for this by pointing out to me, Isaiah 66:9 shortly before.
The Lord has confirmed my calling by two or three prophets (2 Corinthians 13:1; 1 Corinthians 14:32). I am growing and learning through reading books, being in community with other prophets, and a mentor. A mature prophet spends time with the Lord and in His Word to hear Him and grow in character. God has the proper time to activate and commission the prophet.
There are different types of prophets with calls on their lives that operate in a metron of authority or sphere of influence, i.e., governmental, educational, pastoral, working with apostles, etc. Some types of prophets include Nobi (bubble up), Roi (Seer), Nata (opens the heavens and brings down revelation), Shamar (watchman), Intercessors, etc.
Prophets have different roles, but we can find their core responsibilities listed in Ephesians 4:12-13. In a podcast, Jennifer Eivaz mentions some functions, including interceding for people, proclaiming the Lord’s blessing, and the changes needed for the times and seasons. They cry out against injustice, promote God’s plan, inspire, call and commission God’s next leaders, release courage, sense when things are out of order, expose heresies, deception, and lies, etc. They may give warnings, protect, watch, and preserve (Shamar). Prophets bring miracles, healing, and deliverance (Acts 2:18 – 19; 1 Corinthians 12:28).
Prophets speak from the heart of the Father. Love is the motivation behind a word of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:1). When prophets release a word, it should be in truth by love, redemptive, and offer a solution using God’s wisdom. Remember, everything said through prophecy must align with the Word of God and His character and nature.
They may also not release a word but intercede based on what the Lord has shown them. They must discern between what is to be released and what is for intercession. They must follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
God calls all kinds of people to be prophets. Every prophet is unique and has different assignments and experiences. We are not to compare ourselves or strive to be like someone else. Our walks are different, and God uses us to the extent He has created us.
Jesus is calling His prophets to arise! This generation needs you, and you were born for this time in history (Esther 4:14). As darkness increases in these last days, God’s light needs to shine, and His voice heard to dispel the darkness and release His glory.
Arise, shine, for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 60:1 – 2 (NKJV)
Next week, we will look at the prophetic lifestyle and protocol for giving and receiving a prophetic word.
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