INSIGHT INTO THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY
My invitation, calling, and experience into the prophetic
BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA
The various channels of Gods calling
The issue of how God speaks and how we are to listen and respond to him, I think is still a big issue the church corporately still need to devote quality time and space to rediscover. If I had someone around back then who could help in interpreting what I saw, I am very sure I could have gone far in the assignment of heaven for my life. The spiritual experience I had back then sent me on a journey of trying to discover what on earth I was assigned to do for the lord. I was very much aware that the hand of the Lord was upon me but I was clueless regarding the area He wanted me to function.
I finally decided to go study theology in a bible school amid my quest and hunger for God. I had thought going to a bible academy should help train and equipped anyone for ministry. Well, to some degree, I was wrong. However, that’s an issue for another occasion if the lord will permit us to share on that. Back to our teaching. I felt I should put this testimony down to help someone out there who may need this experience to kick start his or her own journey into the divine call of the Lord.
Fast forward to 2015, My personal migration and seasons of transition have introduced me to some dealings and development that has moved me away from certain engrained religious strongholds and church traditional beliefs I used to accommodate regarding the prophetic ministry to a more matured, broadened, effective and productive character nature in the act of understanding the core aspects of the workings of prophetic Spirit.
The prophetic in transition
The prophetic ministry is a continuous spiritual (transition) movement into the full life and stature of Christ image and likeness in precise lifestyle living and ministry representation. Each season of your spiritual transition and development introduces you to an entire new world of truth emphasis that demands death to the old, and a continuous readjustment to the new emphasis of the Spirit such that you are able to accurately and effectively engage the purposes of God and the act of kingdom representation in the Spirit of truth and purity.
The season of transition which is one of the most important and effective spiritual tools the lord applies in the transformational process of a Christian is usually used to reshape, adjust and empower the inner core character of a believer for effective engagement in the resolving of personal or corporate life’s complex challenges.
The more we are aware of the father’s mighty hand upon us and learn to respond to the frequent calling of the Holy Spirit in the act of preparing us for what we’ve been destined for, the easier it becomes to accept the process heaven has designed to introduce us to our prophetic image and likeness.
We must always remember that the prophetic is first a general character attitude of all believers in Christ before it grows and develop into a gift or office. Every believer in Christ should be adequately taught and disciple on how to effectively grow and develop the potential of their prophetic nature and identity received at the new birth of their spiritman.
The lord is the potter, shaping us into what he has divinely destined us to become before time began. There are conditions of needs, trials, persecutions, emotional situations, and physical circumstances and challenges way beyond our personal control or anyone’s ability for that matter that has been programed to develop and bring us to maturity.
The truth is, regardless of how spiritually skilled, knowledgeable or wise we may assume we are in trying to navigate these situations, they will fail because it is the lord himself using those instruments to both shape and introduce us for what he has destined for us as ministry.
Our religious knowledge of prayers, intercessions, studying of the word or even fasting cannot stop or hinder the process leading us to become Gods approved voice in the earth except we ourselves decides to put a stop to it. Some of the most horrible circumstances, trials and persecution I’ve been through in life were the finest instruments the lord used to shape and introduce me to a deeper and clearer insight of my ordained prophetic call.
The discovery of the ministry of redemption in the life of any believer, which in most cases are done through sound biblical discipleship training, and a real-life circumstance challenges are some of the best ways of introducing a person into whatever ministry he or she has been called to represent for Christ.
This process is revisited from time to time to best fashion us into that well informed and well-built spiritual instrument that can effectively shape, transform and reform the church and the larger society back to heavens desired blueprint.
The moment we are able to learn to identify and submit to the principle and value standard of the father’s dealings in our lives in achieving the best we’ve been destined for, the easier it becomes to surrender ourselves to the rigorous refining process, regardless of the immediate pain and discomfort we may have to endure. Submitting our unrefined soul to the divine process of pruning and cultivation in becoming a good ground to receive the incorruptible seed of Gods kingdom, the easier it becomes for the channel of our sight, hearing and heart conception in the ministry of delivering precise prophetic message.
The danger of presumption
How many times have we seen an image or heard a voice without precisely knowing or understanding what they mean. The knowledge of the things of the Spirit are secretly embedded in the revelational life of God’s word and only those who have been thoroughly schooled and equipped in the act of searching out truth and revelation of the Spirit of Christ are able to precisely find and identify the mind of the lord. This is the meaning of the parable of the hidden treasure of the kingdom of God.
However, the mere fact that we’ve been taught in some biblical principle does not automatically give us inroad into the knowledge of the things of the Spirit. The conduit of our spiritual expression must be kept clean for revelation to be precise and accurate.
Words, vision, images, colors, dreams, sounds, events, voices and incidents are some of the vehicles the lord employs to convey his intent but we must have PURITY OF HEART AND THOUGHT for us to understand what the lord is trying to convey to us or through us.
The scripture says only the pure in heart will see God. Seeing God means that we are able to properly identify his thought, passion, speaking’s, desire and will at every season of his call and demand for our lives. Yet, seeing God or understanding his way is not enough to be adequately prepare for the spiritual journey ahead of us. We must be able to combine what we see, hear and have conceived within our spirit to precise interpretation of heavens intention as we walk in obedience. This simply mean that our spiritual eyes, hear and heart must constantly be in sync to the requirement of heaven at any given injunction.
My point is, understanding the prophetic gift or office cannot be done in isolation of the overall biblical footing of the ministry of redemption and sanctification, and the necessary journeying into the revelational pillars of love, faith and hope. These are big issues regarding moving into the prophetic. The knowledge of a solid Christ-centered oriented salvation or let’s say redemption, which is a more comprehensive term for the salvation of the spirit, soul and body. Redemption goes beyond the initial stage of just confessing our sins and accepting Jesus Christ into our spirit.
We need to understand that confessing Christ is just the foundation of a whole process of actually building the house of our redemption. We are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. The working out of our salvation is the process of bringing the soul back to the regulative authority of Gods kingdom within our renewed spirit.
There is a whole lot more to that journey of redemption many unfortunately are yet to discover. Building the foundational knowledge of any spiritual experience, which includes that of intercession or the prophetic requires that we have a sound, solid and balanced spiritual insight and biblical ideological footing of the ministry of redemption. It remains the only doorway to accessing any divine knowledge, dealings or spiritual transaction.
I am emphasizing this point because 99% of the problem we are today facing regarding spiritual leadership and ministry gifts in the church is directly connected to the lack of a thorough biblical doctrinal spiritual footing. However, for us to venture into describing the intended designed blueprint and function of a prophet and the prophetic gifts on a general term. I will strongly recommend that we first need to lay aside whatever notion one had acquired regarding the prophetic.
The lack of biblical foundation opens the door for false tradition
There are tons of images and ideas that has been wrongly painted within the minds of the saints regarding the prophetic which has unfortunately led many to have believed in a lie. While there are quite a few good resource materials on this subject out there, but I must add, they are pretty difficult to find in most of the so-called Christian book shops that are mostly filled with motivational peak performance materials. It is quite sad to see the level of deceit and misrepresentation with regards to the ministry of the prophet today within the body of Christ.
To have a sound biblical concept of who a prophet is, and the operation of an authentic prophetic gift, we certainly have to be ready to prayerfully search the word of the lord diligently. Another thing I’ve also noticed is that only a handful of believers today truly know or understand the difference between the prophetic gift and the prophet’s office. There is certainly a significant difference between this two which I will try to identify as we unpack the revelation within this message.
The almost nonexistent of what is known as an authentic teaching priest ministry in today’s church community as allowed many strange and highly dangerous extra biblical demonic doctrines to invade pulpits and the minds of God’s people, especially in the area of prophetic gift. The importation of The New Age demonic doctrines, and the widespread Judaism beliefs into the New Testament Christian community has also made things even more difficult.
There has never been a time in history where the church is desperately in need of a true authentic kingdom centered ministry of the prophet. But you will also agree with me that there has never been a season in history where the body of Christ has been under a continuous assault of wrong doctrines and half-baked, spiritually blind leaders who have allowed false prophets and false teachers to invade the house of God.
Many of the foreign teachings that has found their way into most of our churches in the community and the inner cities today are due to the issue of having weak, soulish, imbalance, spiritually dull and blind leaders at the gates of church affairs.
The inability to accurately discern and rightly divide the word of truth has unduly opened the lives of many Christians to soulish intercessory prophetic practice and beliefs. Many today have been ignorantly dragged away by this false men and women who uses intimidating teaching technics, manipulative gimmicks and a high level of familiar (demonic) spirit to seduce and lure the hearts of the spiritually unskilled and unlearned from the ways of the ministry of truth.
Churches whose footing and foundation are not rooted in the character nature of the person of Christ, the sound doctrinal teachings of the apostle and the cultural principle of Gods kingdom taught by seasoned teachers according to the book of Act are giving in to the false idolatry teaching of the New Age doctrine, Judaism practice, and other forms of humanistic denominational traditions.
Before we proceed further about the prophetic, I believe the lord will have me quickly address some of this lingering but highly deadly issue many leaders seem to be afraid to talk about in our churches today.
How many leaders including those who are now claiming to be part of the apostolic reformation today are importing carved image of a so-called ark of the covenant into the churches as symbol of the presence of God; many have gone as far as Israel to buy Ram’s horn as a seal of their intercessory prophetic endorsement.
I don’t understand what a Rams horn have to do with a New Testament apostolic centered prophetic community. This is completely unbelievable. I am not sure if these brethren truly read their bible, and if they do, how do they see and interpret what they read. Many churches in America and Africa have rushed into this error, and their congregations are massively being seduced into this great deception which is now causing a huge problem for the larger body of Christ.
The blowing of a Ram’s horn or the physical presence of some form of a carved Ark does not make a difference in our fellowship gatherings if we are not abiding in the continual reality of the will of the father, which is the only approved instrument that commands the fathers blessing and presence in our midst. In fact, those practices today are the very symbol of idol worship.
The Rams horn can be a powerful instrument of worship, but to set it aside as a kind of New Testament symbol of the prophetic or intercessory ministry is completely heretic and deceptive, especially to young converts who are not grounded in the principles of biblical doctrine. Let me make this clear.
The Old Testament scripture is undoubtedly hundred percent part of the New Testament, and their connection or use in the interpretation of the mind of the Lord in the New Testament can never be eradicated or misuse if we follow the guiding light of the Holy Spirit.
The new testament foundation
The fact is, the New Testament remained the only approved guiding light in interpreting what was (covered) veiled under the Old Testament. The Old Testament does not stand alone and cannot interpret itself in the light of the new covenant ministry; it is the new in Christ that interprets the old for the fact that the New Testament was introduced as the substance that brings to light and into fulfillment that which was vague under the shadow of the Old Testament.
The Old Testament was the school master, designed by the father himself to prepare and mature us for the reality of that which was to appear in the revealing of Jesus Christ who is the pattern of all human existence. The unveiling of Christ and his ministry when he came out of river Jordan with the proclamation of john testimony, behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the entire world, brought to an end the entire Leviticus order and its system of practice.
At the moment of that declaration, everything Judaism and its entire Levitical religious system represent became obsolete in the eyes of the father even though they still carried on practicing it. To therefore now try to drop the standard of what Christ died to establish as his church, to the level of the practice of Judaism in the New Testament community, in my strong view is crucifying Christ the second time.
An apostolic kingdom centered Christianity does not have a place for the practice of Judaism. This is a false doctrine many in the body of Christ today are being seduced to accept in the name of unraveling deep mysteries lucked in the Old Testament. There can’t be a higher or deeper revelation than Christ been the alpha and omega of all spiritual mysteries locked in God. Christ is the complete revelation and reflection of what we are destined to attained and become either from an individual or a corporate church perspective.
To begin journeying way deep into the realm of Gods mind in unveiling what embodies both the life and temperaments of what I call the Father’s prophetic nature is to totally be ready for a lifetime adventure into a dimension religious spirit is not allowed.
Deep within the Spirit of the Father is something call the creative, redemptive and restorative character nature of the father. This character nature of the Father, houses what we can term to be prophetic which is just more than some gift. It is a resident life in the Spirit of God, and we do need to understand how this life-nature function through what is already available in the word, and what will be eventually shown to us by the operations of the ministry of revelation which confirms the pattern of what is already written in the scripture.
We don’t just want to settle for some performance act without precisely understanding the technical operation function of the Spirit. Sometimes, it may not be necessary to understand the details of how certain things operate, but in other cases, a little technical or administrative insight can be of a great advantage in helping us to see and better relate to things more effectively. We shall further look into this concept of the formation of the prophet’s Spirit.
Suffice to say, the further we press into searching and seeking to know through the ministry of the Spirit of truth and revelation, we shall be shown things that may seem dark to us in the mystery of the prophetic but as we further press into truth, they will become clearer.
Exploring the makeup structure of the prophet is one of the most spiritual adventure I have ever experienced. When all your desires and passion is driven into focusing on wanting to experience spiritual things to better please the father, you will be surely invited to have a glimpse, and if you are truly desperate and hungry enough for more, you will be led into a lifetime experience of encountering the presence and glory of the father revealed in the face of Christ.
Nothing of the Spirit is stumbled upon or received by chance; a price must be paid to know and discover divine things, especially when it’s connected to the office of the prophet. It is the glory of God to conceal a thing but the glory of the sons of God is to search them out. The prophetic lives in the center core of the father’s heart. No one stumble on this realm. You have to completely yield all of your spirit, soul and body to the father to prove that you are truly committed to this adventure of the Spirit.
The journey of searching what heaven construct and formulate within the core behavioral template of a chosen vessel to be heavens custodian of truth is a decision each person called must be ready to make. Every minute detail of the life of a chosen vessel into this office is thoroughly processed through rigorous training in the word of God and also through strange life challenging circumstances to see that the making of a prophet is perfected.
Please note, this is not just about the operation of a gift in man, but the call to be able to precisely divide and deliver the intent and voice of heaven to earth dwellers without corruption or distortion. Therefore, the need for purity, trust, holiness, obedience, courage, boldness, right value model, sacrifice and unwavering stand for justice and equity is a high-watermark in the call and the making of a prophet.