I hadn’t received a significant personal prophecy from the Lord in years—nor was I looking for one. While I used to crave prophetic words as a young Christian, I’ve learned not look to man as a mediator to deliver messages from God.
That said, I value personal prophetic ministry. That’s one reason we have prophecy rooms every Friday night at the Awakening House of Prayer. A prophetic word delivered in due season can change someone’s life (see Prov. 15:23). And when we’re going through mega trials that are rocking our emotions, it can be difficult to discern the will of the Lord.
The purpose of New Testament prophecy is to edify, comfort and exhort (see 1 Cor. 14:3). Personal prophecy can build you up when the enemy is tearing you down. Personal prophecy can comfort you during an instant crisis or a prolonged storm. Personal prophecy can exhort you to take action—and inspire the faith in you to run to the battle line.
In what Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is calling a “callous terrorist attack—one of the worst ever in British history—a suicide bomber struck at an Arianna Grade concert on Monday night. The attack left 22 dead—including children—and 59 injured.
This is not only a tragedy that goes down in the nations’ history as one of the worst attacks every—it has also wreaked havoc on the nation’s political process. General election campaigning has been suspended.
May acknowledged the difficulty of the days ahead after the “sickening cowardice” and vowed Britain’s “spirit would never be broken… terrorists would never win and our way of life would always prevail.”
Now is a time to grieve, but we must let our grieving lead us into travailing prayer—not shock and silence. This is another heartbreaking attack, but we must not lay down our weapons in this hour. Underground intercessors, I am calling you to rise up and pray for those who are too stunned to lift up a petition today.
It’s important to discern who the Lord may be sending in your path to help you release your prophetic voice.
Another month, another conspiracy theorist claiming the end of the world is coming.
You may be rolling your eyes right now, but the reality is scads of unsuspecting people are buying into this bombastic banter. We need to pray for more discernment in the body of Christ. When the world witnesses this goofy manifestation of the “prophetic,” it makes genuine prophets seem illegitimate.
Let’s debunk these false prophetic utterances before we pray:
You’ve heard of the leap year, but what about a leap second?
The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems has deemed it necessary to insert a leap second on New Year’s Eve. The goal is to bring the atomic clocks in sync with the earth’s rhythm. Without a leap second, our time system would eventually blow up.
"Atomic clocks are more than a million times better at keeping time than the rotation of the Earth, which fluctuates unpredictably,” explains the UK’s National Physical Laboratory. “Leap seconds are needed to prevent civil time drifting away from Earth time. Although the drift is small—taking around a thousand years to accumulate a one-hour difference—if not corrected, it would eventually result in clocks showing midday before sunrise."
Is there anything prophetic about the leap second? Not particularly, no, but taking a moment to explore what the Bible says about time could speak to your heart as we transition from one year to another.
Prophecy is a vital ministry in the body of Christ. Every believer can prophesy and some do, but many struggle to discern the voice of the Lord. Many others do not understand simple protocols for prophetic ministry because they have not been rightly trained, despite the Ephesians 4:11 mandate for five-fold prophets to equip the saints for the work for the ministry.
In my Issachar Institute’s School of the Prophets earlier this month, we discussed prophetic protocols and guidelines. I shared with you in the past 10 important prophetic ministry protocols and many rogue prophets went into attack mode suggesting protocols are not in the Bible. I would urge any of those who take that stance to read 1 Corinthians 14, where you’ll discover Paul setting order in a church where the gifts were flowing freely but maturity was sometimes lacking.
God is not a God of confusion but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). Prophetic operations without protocol can often generate confusion, chaos and even damage people’s faith. Prophets are oracles and mouthpieces for God, yet some of what comes out of people’s mouths in His name can be self-willed, self-promotional witchcraft. We must be willing to submit our prophetic ministry to elders for accountability, especially when the word may cause shock or stir people in the body.
It’s the end of the world as we know it. Or at least that’s what one Christian scientist is insisting.
Her prognostication concludes 6,000 of sin is almost over—and that Christ will return for His glorious bride before 2016 is over. Nora Roth shares her false prophetic insights on The Mark of the Beast explained blog.
This conspiracy theory fodder is based in massively complex calculations about God’s clocks of the sevens.
“The 70 ‘sevens’ prophecy in Daniel 9:24 has two fulfillments,” she explains. “First, the 70 ‘sevens’ are 70 sabbatical cycles—490 years, pointing to the first coming of Jesus as our Savior from sin.” Her theology gave me a brain camp. So we’ll just skip to the conclusion of the matter:
Call it a trend. I read earlier this week about a South African pastor who sprays his congregants with insecticide in the name of curing what ails them. Health authorities have intervened but apparently a false prophet down the street didn't get the message.
“Prophet” Rufus Phala encouraged his church members drink Dettol, a disinfectant, in order to receive a healing. That’s according to Punch. In case you aren’t familiar, Dettol is a liquid antiseptic and disinfectant that has the potential to cause lethal toxicity.
“I know Dettol is harmful, but God instructed me to use it,” the false prophet said in a video South Africa’s Daily Sun ran. “I was the first one to drink it.”
The rise of the so-called “chemical healing” prophets is disturbing but not surprising.
Jesus said watch out for false prophets—they come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ravenous wolves (Matt. 7:15). Maybe if He had mentioned chemicals these poor sickly people would not be falling for error. Then again, when you’re desperate to get healed you’ll try just about anything.
During Chuck Pierce’s Head of the Year conference in October, something shifted. Chuck released a prophesy over Dutch about visiting strategic sites in America before the election and he set out on a tour to pray in 12 cities.
But Dutch just shared something else significant that I did not know. A trusted prophet friend of his had a vision of John Knox, a Scottish clergyman and leader of the Protestant Reformation in the 1500's, standing behind him.
“In his day, evangelicals in Scotland were routinely burned at the stake and their Bibles incinerated. Knox himself was imprisoned and enslaved for his involvement in the Reformation. Undeterred, he continued his stand, praying every day, ‘Lord, give me Scotland or I die!,’ Dutch says. “Knox's prayers were answered. This great reformer was used by God to transform the church and revive the country. Queen Mary of Scotland, fiercely opposed to the Reformation, once said of him, ‘I fear the prayers of John Knox more than all the assembled armies in Europe.’
Lance Wallnau prophesied early that Donald Trump would be like the biblical King Cyrus of Persia. of Isaiah 45, and become the 45th president of the United States.
At least part of that prediction is true. Trump has risen as America’s 45th president, but it remains to be seen if he will emerge as one like King Cyrus.
Rick Joyner is asking two clear questions: What is it about Cyrus that is a parallel to Trump? What can we therefore expect from his administration? Joyner then goes on to offer some prophetic insight:
“When the Lord gave the word to Isaiah about Cyrus hundreds of years before Cyrus was born, He said that ‘he does not know Me.’ It's true that Cyrus did not know the Lord when he became king, but he came to know Him in the first year of his reign, declaring Jehovah to be "the true God.