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INSIGHT INTO THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY. ARTICLE 6.

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ARTICLE 6.

THE PROPHETIC SPIRIT AND ITS TEMPRAMENT

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Isaiah 11:1-3

The spiritual character of a prophet

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord 3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

Since we know that the ecclesia carries different unique faces, it is therefore, important that the prophetic ministry is allowed to bring in advanced definition, clarity and Impetus to what the lord will have us built. The prophetic carries a strong anointing of what the bible terms as the craftsmanship spirit. The prophetic ministry is designed to be a giver of (creative) life and light (direction) to the (seed) vision assigned to the body of Christ.

While there are various components and emphasis of the prophetic ministry, its general, foundational objective however, is to edify (build up through intense fellowship with one another) the body of Christ. Since the primary assigned function of a prophet is designed to live in a perpetual state of worship, they are then seen as a ministry that is very close to the heartbeat of God.

While everyone else is called to worship God in the Spirit of truth, the prophetic ministry however, defines and captures what it is to live and breathe in the ascended reality of throne room worship. The prophetic truly understand the weightiness and essence of pure worship. The very mold and temperament of a kingdom-center prophet is defined to be the very essence of worship and warfare. Worship to a prophet is far beyond singing; it is the entire posture of his existence and outlook before the father, the body of Christ, and creation.

Worship, or devotion to a prophet is the very condition of lifestyle of total submission and obedience to the voice, leading and passion of the Holy Spirit. It is the desire to constantly be found where God is in his prophetic agenda for the church and humanity in general. Everything about the call of a prophet is reflected in his or her a priestly function of worshipping, interceding, meditation and fasting as the Spirit of the Lord will direct.

To a prophet, the act of worship is taken to a higher definition of the state of his thought, feelings, desire, passion, warfare, and temperaments, and even creative and imaginable ideas are deep reflection of worship to him. The whole makeup of a prophet, including what some may term as a mood, are all designed for a divine reason at specific times or season. No human will be able to precisely define the mood of a Prophet except those who can identify them by the Spirit.

 

The prophet’s emotional intelligence

The feelings and emotion of a prophet are not determined by good or bad time; they are rather determined by the spiritual state or condition of the heart of God over a given region or condition. The prophet’s emotional intelligence is defined by his or her spiritual wholeness; spiritual wholeness to a prophet is a combination of the operation of the ministry of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

The prophet composure is a direct link to the feelings of the father’s heart and burden in a given situation or environment.  For anyone who do not understand the spiritual, character temperament of a prophet, one could almost conclude that they are schizophrenic.  What usually excite other believers, to a prophet could be highly grievous due to how the lord feels about the very thing. While prophets could be seen by most people to be highly emotional, that should however not be assumed as weakness, because their state of emotion could most time be a direct reflection of an imminent danger or even a coming judgment.

This temperament unfortunately, are still areas, major part of the body of Christ are still struggling to perfectly understand, particularly amongst the leadership of the church, and this lack of understanding, usually leads to misunderstanding in their interactions even amongst those who may think they know them.

While prophets are connected to earthly realities, they can however be completely detached from things that gets people very happy and excited unfortunately, and this is not of their making. Their heart is forever searching for realms and realities beyond this realm of life.

Prophets seeks to walk in a continual state of purity of heart and intentions; they seem to be too detailed about things that others may feel are not that important. This is where, in most cases they get into trouble, especially with their immediate family, friends, and very close ministry staff workers who in most cases assumes they don’t care or concern about family and other domestic issues.

 

The heart of a prophet

The priority of the state of a prophet’s heart is completely different in value from what may concern most folks at a given time, and this is not because they don’t care. In fact, their love and care can only be truly measured when we truly understand the level of the burden of their heart.  

It is crucially important to understand the world of prophets before getting close to them because their life is a two edge-sword. They could easily pick up habitual sinful nature, if such sin nature remains unchecked; they could highly be grieved to the point of reacting in a manner that may look unacceptable.

A prophet understands that everything regarding his existence is regulated by intent and providence. Therefore, he sees himself and every other thing from the vantage view of the Fathers eternal will. He is very aware that he owns nothing, and whatever is at his or her disposal are dedicated for the furtherance of the will and purpose of the father. The truth is, a matured prophet understand that he is a Nazarene, called to function both as a Levites and priest amongst the rest of the community.

Furthermore, the office of a prophet can be said to house a specialized grace which deals with detailed assignment of executing and regulating the judicial initiatives of kingdom advancement.  This is more of a high level governmental position that interacts with activity that shapes and shifts condition of existence both from natural and spiritual realm.

Due to their solid footing on the priestly ministry of prayer and intercession, they carry executive authority and power to address entities the scripture refers to has principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, spiritual wickedness in high places regardless of their geographical location.

The prophets’ office or mantle if you will, releases divine truths, doctrines, principles and kingdom value standards that were once sealed, forgotten or lost in time past. In other words, the core ministry of the prophet’s office deals with:

1- The ministry of the word or revelation

2- The ministry of redemption

3- The ministry of presentation,

4- The ministry of representation,

5- The ministry of revival,

6- The ministry of reformation,

7- The ministry of transformation

8- The ministry of the restoration of all things and few other we shall look at in our next session on this discussion.

 Thank you for taking the time to read and follow me in this past few weeks on this teaching. We shall look into some practical side of the prophetic ministry in our next session.

to be continued…

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THE REDEPLOYMENT OF KINGDOM GOVERNMENTAL GATEKEEPERS

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A prophetic word for the church and its watchmen

 By  Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

 

Isaiah 60

8“Who are these that fly along like clouds, like doves to their nests?

9 Surely the islands look to me; in the lead are the ships of Tarshish, a bringing your children from afar, with their silver and gold, to the honor of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor

 

My holy one have flown the sky like clouds that have refused to give its rain in its due season. Like the dove to their nest, the clouds of yesterday’s obsolete victory have covered and hid my gatekeepers and watchmen within the nest of their memories of war.

They are hidden away; the gatekeepers have been hidden away for a while now. They have been hidden from the view of men who took for granted the covering of my grace and shield; even from men within my own household, and the nations who are desperately seeking for leadership direction and counsel of peace in times of war.

The gatekeepers are governmental kingmakers in the earth whom the father ordained to be peace-brokers over the seen and the unseen realms of the universe. However, this is not their doing to be quite in the season when it seems their voice is desperately sought for in leadership direction. For it was I, the Lord who seized their voice from speaking.

Yes, the unheard voice and authority of my watchmen and portals was my own doing to reveal the deep corruption taking place within the sanctuary of my people. The unspoken voice and less seen activity of true passionate intercession for a while now is a revelation of how the hearts of my people have turned away from me, and to reveal the degree of how my people have turned to familiar spirit and divination.

 I, the Lord called for dryness; a drought in the land when the hearts of my people grew fat and lukewarm over the former gains and provision of my outpouring rain. I called for a famine of my word and true revelation of my speakings when the house of Israel, my church, refused to no longer acknowledge my presence and glory. I brought the wisdom of my portals and watchmen to obsolesce; and the glory of my gatekeepers to a place of redundancy and mockery.

Since no one sought the way to Zion, but allowed the pathway to Shiloh overgrew with wild grass and beast with no one to control them, so I caused my people to depend on what their hands have built and created that their folly and emptiness may be exposed for all to judge.

My people prayed and interceded for their own gain, pleasure, and desire; they’ve mastered the act of using my gift and grace to build a name for themselves. My leaders contest the heart of my people with me; they thrived in the game of falsehood and the emptiness of self-glory. They deceive the innocent and turned the hearts of the Nazarenes to drink wine. My people have lost the passion and hunger for my ways, truth and life desire. Their gain of yesterday’s prayers and intercession have now become the monument of shame and blindness, hindering the very development and maturity of my people; for they say, see what our hands have gained in the place of ‘our prophetic insight and prayers.

While they seem to be spiritually active, yet, their so-called activity is a deep reflection of their, emptiness, fear and insecurity with one another. Their gathering in what they call prayers and intercession brought death in place of life to the camp. Their feast and breaking of bread brought more division and sickness rather than healing and edification to my body.  Their prayers and intercession became a strange fire before me, for I was grieved, and therefore, judged them that they may not be eternally condemned.

My gatekeepers became weary and tired of the perversion within my house.; they therefore became weak and voiceless at their post until they slept off like in days of Lot at the gate of Sodom and Gomorrah.

As my gatekeepers became even more weary and overwhelmed by the arrows of the enemy, so in my goodness and mercy, I called them off their post to myself that they may regain the revelation of my love and that of my Son.  Now, I am reawakening and upgrading the spirit of my GATEKEEPERS as I get ready to redeploy them back to my church across cities and nations of the world. I have been at work within the hearts of my own watchmen as I withdrew them for a season to rest and unlearn the ways of human effort even in the place of self-will prayers and intercession.

I have drained them of the wisdom and strength of religion, traditions of men and the sensuality of an unhealed emotion even in their prayer closet. I have been teaching them about how to perfectly view from a vantage position of a wall once broken, but now restored even with a higher elevation like the LADDER OF JACOB that could CONNECT to TWO realms and realities AT THE SAME TIME. 

Many, even within my household have ignorantly written off my gatekeepers and portals as men and women who have lost their place, strength, wisdom and vision into the divine activity of heaven for earth. No, I called them into myself to strip them of their old wineskin which no longer carry the currency and propensity of my present governmental mandate.

The prayers and intercession that was coming from the stream of these weak and tired guards, made my church even weaker and more soulish in their expectation, therefore, I shutdown their interaction and engagement in the heavenlies that Satan my not continue to take undue advantage of my warriors of righteousness.

It’s been a period of dryness and refreshing at the same time as I allowed the season of healing and restoration to pass over them for the regroving of the spirit of my vessels of war.  I have at this moment, set a new platform of interaction, intercession, and interception in spiritual activity over regions and spheres that will ultimately establish the true foundation and pillars of righteousness, peace and joy in replacement of the weak system of humanism and false religion.

 Now, I am ready to release this new guards of men and women who indeed understand not just the times and season, but are true leaders in their own rights to give leadership through wisdom for the marching forward of my church as the submit to one another in mutual love and respect for their calling and assignment.

These watchers of the night and the days of men are becoming seasoned doorways of a fresh release of my speakings and zeal, as they through the Spirit of supplication and intercession infuses into my church, the grace and desire to passionately imprint upon the hearts of my saints the will to establish my kingdom agenda in the earth.

I will continually embolden these gatekeepers with courage who are my portals of truth and the custodian of the revelation of the outpouring of my Spirit and prophetic agenda for this season of the end. I will reinforce their forehead with the identity of my [nature and authority] name as I did with Ezekiel and the rest of my prophetic servants who stood against the mouths of lions in their time. These ones will not be weary nor get tired; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not faint, for my presence will be their covering and canopy.

If you care to know, the eyesight of these company of men has been upgraded with a greater, advanced prophetic vision and inclination to see afar and know that which is yet to enter the thoughts and the hearts of men and the prince of the air. These gatekeepers are now being deployed across the spheres of life with governmental authority to bring the decree of the father to bear over creation.

They are deployed to announce the appointment of fresh governing authority at the gates of all entry points of divine transaction within communities and inner cities. The stirring of the spirit of supplication is now awakening new governmental intercessors who are stirring the heart and passion of the father to see his eternal, kingdom desire become a forceful reality across the body of Christ and within the nations.

Prisoners of hope across the lands are currently emerging with a refreshed sense of destiny, courage and determination for the restoration of the broken walls and burnt gates of nations. The Spirit of the Lord is stirring the Nehemiah’s of this generation as apostolic watchmen and prophetic gatekeepers are taking their rightful place again. The combination of the priestly heavenly watchers and earthly elders are now fast tracking the agenda of the kingdom for this hour.

Here are they who have given themselves no rest until the house of Zion becomes a true eternal habitation for ELOHIM. The order has changed in the heavens regarding the activities of the father for his church and creation, and so men position in the earth must now precisely align themselves to the current, prophetic oracles of the father. There is now a glorious flying out of a truly empowered and renewed company of men and women like eagles, known as portals and gatekeepers of Christ across the airspace of our corporate gatherings and family communities.   

There’s now an advanced deployment of well-seasoned, governmental prophetic voice, who are collaborators with highly skilled and creative apostolic blacksmith engineers, with the finest of the spirit of humility, honor, and well matured, wisdom eldership posture, seated at the entrance gates of cities and regions of continents.

 

The prophetic engagement and collaboration between heavenly initiative and activity beneath the waters of the earth as we saw in genesis is accelerating a divine reformation and restoration of highly matured, tested sons of the kingdom out of the four-head-streams of the RIVERS OF EDEN. Look, here they come, flying with healing on their wings for the redemption and restoration of creation.

Can you hear the flapping of their wings? Can you hear the sound of their trumpet blasting across the clouds of the heavens over men? Listen to the voice of their singing like the sound of many waters flowing from the ALTAR before the father’s presence. See the robs of their humility shining with the brilliancy of the presence of the father as they go forth announcing the speaking and comings of the LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH.

The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ… the portals have been repositioned. The gatekeepers are taking their place again. The watchmen are now watching with a washed, elevated, governmental sight to see afar and prepare the church and the nations for the days of his glorious appearance. It is a new day, members of the household of faith; this is the third day church. A new identity of the gatekeeper’s ministry has been redeployed with an advanced governmental authority to push the prophetic further the initiative of kingdom harvest to the ultimate end. Heaven is recruiting new portals, gatekeepers and watchmen, won’t you avail yourself to this glorious calling?

This is the voice of one under the hospices of Portalsgate resource.

Shalom!

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INTRODUCTION TO THE PROPHETIC OFFICE AND ITS VARIOUS GIFTS EXPRESSION PART 5

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INTRODUCTION TO THE MINISTRY AND GIFT OF A PROPHET

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

The formation of a prophetic sprit. john the Baptist, a true pattern

The thoughts, action, temperament and preference of a chosen one is processed into divine conformity, which might take years before the person is CERTIFIED as Gods prophet. This process is way beyond a person merely operating in the nine gifts of his or her renewed spirit. It is crucially important we make this differentiation.

The fact that a person or group operates in a prophetic gift does not at all make them a prophet.  If we make the mistake of trying to identify a prophet by merely seeking out the ability to prophesy, discern, give words of knowledge, words of wisdom, or even performance of miracles, signs and wonders, we may risk falling into great deception and also miss the true imprint-seal of Gods approved prophet.

While the {word] verbal gift of prophecy are highly important as one of the functions of the prophetic ministry; however, the mere function of a gift is not enough to validate the sacred office of a prophet according to the word of the Lord.

A very good example of this crucial point is John the Baptist. Our lord Jesus Christ who is the chief prophet, described John the Baptist as the greatest prophet who ever lived. Think about this for a moment; John is greater than all of the men and women called and seen to function in scripture as prophets. From Abraham to Ezekiel, from Jeremiah to Isaiah, Elijah, Elisha and all the rest. One should be highly curious to want to know what makes this man so significant in the call and function of a prophet.

Yet, if one merely examine the life of John the Baptist from a religious humanistic perceptional interpretation of qualification, he will be immediately disqualified as a servant of God, less than seeing him as the greatest prophet who ever lived. Yet, everything about his life, temperament, food, clothes behavior and words are the very symbol of a true prophet.

His life is an embodiment of the call, ministry and anointing of Elijah. John was cloth in the spirit of a prophetic word that was de declared 4 thousand years before his birth. The prophetic ministry transcends time, space and events. It lived in the future reality of what was spoken in the ancient time.

 This man, john, never perform one single miracle in terms of opening the eyes of the blind or raising the dead, except for the reason that he was a chosen forerunner, wired and configured by the heaven to go in the Spirit of Elijah to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord and make his path straight.

So, then the question I think we should start by asking is, who is a prophet, and what are the primary and secondary objective of a prophet? This question will help us to define and clarify 1). The calling of a prophet 2). The making of the prophet 3). The function of a prophet.

Before we further on in this discovery, let’s start with a simple definition of who a prophet is from john’s pattern of life existence. Basically, the prophet is Jehovah’s spokesman, sent as a forerunner to reflect, represent, and declare the father’s will, desire and counsel.  His entire life is a material for the construction and reconstruction of a highway in the earth that allows the voice of God into every aspect of human life.

 There are still other secondary definition and objectives of the prophet we are going to be considering in the cause of this note that will give better clarity and amplification to the life and ministry of a prophet.

For now however, lets continue to examine the nature of what I call a prophetic spirit. The prophetic spirit houses two major grace or anointing if you will, one is designed to destroy the activities of darkness in the earth while the second, is design to build or construct the eternal designed agenda and counsel of heaven in the earth. The prophetic spirit primarily seeks to bring the establishment of Gods kingdom and government to bear in every aspect of human life.

THE FORMATION OF A PROPHETIC SPIRIT

A person with a strong, matured prophetic spirit is one called, chosen, prepared, and commissioned by the lord himself, but must be identified and sent (commissioned) by the ecclesia to represent the eternal will, counsel and objective of heaven for his generation.

Regardless of how called and anointed a prophet is, there is a need that his grace and spirituality be generally recognized, but not necessarily accepted by all for him or her to be able to function within the framework of the corporate body, even though it is advised that he should develop the patience to wait until his mature prophetic character is seen by all.

Let’s go back to those three cardinal questions we lay down as direction in understanding who a prophet is. The first question deals with the call of a prophet. Ephesians chapter 4 gives us a clue why God needs a prophet and therefore, calls one to represent him. Maybe before we go further into this idea, I need to clarify a theological notion that may not be necessarily wrong but do hamper in some cases how most people approach, relate and receive the ministry of a prophet.

In my study and observation of this ministry, I have noticed that many tend to address the subject of the prophet and the prophetic function from the position of the fall. In other words, they see the starting point of this ministry from the day Adam fell in the Garden which then deals with the issue of redemption, reformation and the ultimate restoration of all things back to God. While the second viewpoint deals with the subject from the eternal creative realm of God, which in my opinion, is a better position of approaching not just the subject before us but the entire ministry of the Spirit to man.

If we approach the things of the Spirit in the eternal past into time and then the future, our understanding of God, creation and even redemption will make more spiritual sense to us. The prism of our approach to any subject both natural and spiritual is crucial if we are going to arrive at a more accurate answer or solution.

Therefore, that which is defined and viewed as the function of a prophet or the prophetic gift if you will, is part of a larger component within the spiritual structure in God. Meaning, the prophetic is first a spiritual state of existence within the life of the Spirit before it is seen a function of ministry.

This aspect of life in God can be viewed and described as his creative (nature) force. In genesis chapter one, we are immediately introduced to this character nature of God, which is responsible for both the housing and deployment of the father’s intent in his creative nature.

And God SAID let us MAKE man in our image and likeness. The desire of God which is released through his (word) voice reveals the creative, prophetic nature of the father.

All the ascended ministry gifts handed to certain called and chosen vessel within the ecclesia for the perfecting of the saints, were all alive and functional within Christ as part of his normal life existence. The point is, before we ever had something called the ministry gifts, which includes the prophet’s office, they were all first a state of life in Christ. This is a very important point to note if we must truly understand who is a prophet.

The office of the prophet is first a valued standard of existence in the Spirit of Christ before it ever became a governmental administrative office given at the ascension of Christ to the church. We can further stress this point that the office of a prophet is that aspect in the Spirit of truth that makes known the fathers Essence, intent, passion, character, standard and the righteous requirements of the Lord in a consistent progressive manner. Having lay down this principle, we can then move on to another issue that reveals the character nature of the prophets according to Isaiah 11:2.

 Isaiah spoke about the components of the Spirit of the prophet in the context of his operational lifestyle. This was reveal in the light of what the lord was about to birth in the release of a powerful governmental leadership value in Israel. These characters embody the sevenfold Spirit of the Lord released upon any one called and chosen to function in the office of a prophet.

With this important principle in mind, we can confidently say that the prophet’s office is beyond the limited operation of some prophetic gifts; it is rather the expression of Gods life, manifesting through his complex multifaceted dimension of his (character-nature) Light through many ways and mains to demonstrate the lord’s approval or displeasure over situations and conditions of event within or beyond his geographical or territorial boundaries.

Going back to our definition from Ephesians chapter 4, we see that the prophet is one of the fivefold ascended ministry gift for the purpose of equipping, building and releasing the saints into their ordained place of functionality in life.

In other words, this (gifts) ministries we can say were officially released afresh after the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ back to his Father. Not that these ministries were not operational under the old covenant especially the office of the prophet, but they just could not bring any person into perfection according to the book of Hebrews.

 

THE PROPHETIC, AND THE PERFECTION OF THE BODY

Bringing (completeness) perfection to life and creation is one of the major reasons why the ascended ministry came into being. God desire everything and everyone to come into divine standard of living so that his will on earth through the church can come into ultimate perfection and fulfillment.

Like I said earlier, some of these ministry like that of the prophet were prominent under the old covenant but the completely lacked the redemptive anointing or capacity to reform and transform humans. Under the Old Testament, the prophetic could give sight and direction to Kings, raise the dead back to life, heal the sick, provide food for the needy, challenge evil forces of darkness, and even predict the future coming events but they lack the power and authority to transform the carnal deformity nature of man.

Therefore, the need for a change of testament was required and that could only be done through the death of Christ on the cross. The change of covenant brought a complete redefinition to all forms of ministry gifts in the Old Testament including that of the prophet’s ministry. This is a major turnaround in the order of the New Testament ministry gift.

This is why it is so highly important to always remember that the ascended ministry gifts were not some religious invention, or the idea of some intellectual knowledge; these ministries came out of the very life of Christ himself. They are the revelation of his light and nature for the healing, transformation and restoration of fallen human nature.

Therefore, to effectively and accurately define the prophetic ministry one must take into consideration the concept of what Christ meant when He said he will built his church. We need to understand the context of that statement in light of the prophet’s office or the prophetic gift. As Paul mentioned that the Primary ministry of the prophet is to build the church in accordance to the divine pattern of Christ.

We certainly know by now that the church is not some building built by bricks and stones. The church is a living spiritual organ of Christ character and nature walking within the various spheres of human existence. Church is who we are, and who we are is built to grow, develop and be productive unto the full reality of the stature of Christ image and likeness here on earth.

This directly mean that the primary function of the prophets office in the building of the church is to release sight, vision, strategic leadership direction, gift to faith, words of knowledge and words of wisdom, discernment, creative model, divine protocols, templates and blueprints, governmental strength, battle skill and strategy for the invasion of territories, building strong ethical moral values, administrative grace, kingdom doctrinal models, apostolic cultures and traditions, fostering an intense psalmist spirit, the injection of revelational principles and value standard of a strong apostolic culture.

Some of this spiritual quality and many more are innate in the ministry life of a prophet, and it is his duty to release these grace into the lives of individuals or organizations who have been taught to recognize, accept and appreciate the functional ministry of the prophetic. Unfortunately, not many pastors and spiritual leaders have the understanding of the true functional grace of the prophetic, so they don’t know how to prepare their people to truly benefit from the office of a prophet. Please note, I am not referring to charlatans who come in the name of a prophet to churches to emotionally arouse the people in other to raise money and promote self-agendas.

I am not referring to the so-called prophets who uses familiar spirit to speak what may sound true to the people but the source of their information and power is from the kingdom of darkness. I am referring to leaders who invites sound teaches into their houses to teach their people how to recognize and receive authentic ministry gifts which includes that of the prophetic office.

In other words, as the prophet is recognized as one of the foundational layers in the construction of the ecclesia, he is then able to adequately release into individuals or corporate leadership the spiritual framework that can better facilitate and enhance the initiative of kingdom assignment. The precise recognition and function of the ministry of the prophet is crucially important if we must build an accurate, all inclusive, effective productive kingdom center community initiatives.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE PROPHETIC OFFICE AND ITS VARIOUS GIFTS EXPRESSION. PART 4

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INSIGHT INTO THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY

My invitation, calling, and experience into the prophetic

ARTICLE 4

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.

 

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THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 6

 

part 6

A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third day ecclesia.

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

 

theme scripture:

 

Romans chapter 5:1-4

1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience hope.

continuation… Part 6

Redefining poverty

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [Mathews chapter 5:3]

Poverty itself must be understood from kingdom perspective so the enemy does not use the distorted world view to keep us disenfranchised from our position of completeness in Christ. There are those who are rich unto material things but are poor in the sight of the father, and this is the plan of the enemy.

Many Christians have been taught that poverty is the lack of the possession of things. While this may sound to be true from the human viewpoint, however, when you examine this believe from a true kingdom perspective and understanding, you immediately realize that such philosophy has no basis of standing. Every one of us have been apportion certain level of grace, favor, and virtue to allow us by default to produce all that we need for life and godliness according to the scripture.

None of God’s children is left wanting and disenfranchised. When there’s an understanding of our identity and position within the kingdom of sonship, we step into a reality of what is required for sustenance. Sustainability is a universal law that governs everything and everyone.

 On the other hand, there’s a poverty we are called into that keeps us joyful, peaceful and righteous. This poverty amid wealth, keeps us disciplined, focused, determined, humble, courageous in our spiritual journey unto perfection in Christ. This call into spiritual suffering, regulates the entire spiritual structure of the person as it gives us clear and sound outlook into the emerging reality of the father and his kingdom within us and through us.

It makes it easy to hear and access not just the mind of the Lord, but also regions that have been captured through the spirit of pride and materialism. This suffering is a call to meekness so one can inherit the earth. There are people I use to know who the Lord will visit at some seasons of their lives with a major complex challenge that shakes the very core of their spiritual foundation.

The father releases a particular wind to blow off the leaves on their trees only to make room for fresh greener one. But I can tell you honestly, that’s not a place you want to be if you’ve not been taught about the ways and dealings of the Spirit of God. Only those who are have been weaned from the gospel of materialism and carnal influence enjoy this spiritual reality because they now understand that such dealings are required for their perfection in Christ. The call to suffer with Christ is a virtuous thing we all need to embrace if we must be found matured and engage in the act of spiritual conquest

Yes, this suffering or tribulation is a seasonal reality for all spiritual migrants on earth. When the lord is trying to get our attention, or usher us into a new season, he will usually do that by announcing the wind of sufferings to shake and awaken us, and this is good if we are going to adequately learnt to know how to respond to this glorious dealing of the father.

There’s a virtue and glory revealed in the place of spiritual sacrifice. Experience in the ways of the lord and in the dealings of the ministry of the spirit of truth has begun to highlight and clearly separate between that which sound, look and even feel authentic from the actual acceptable biblical spiritual structure of a life refined and approved of the father to represent his voice and the activity of his kingdom in this new transitional season.

As we continue to witness the almost blurring of the line between biblically sound authentic spiritual value system from all those other things false brethren and charlatans are crafting today in the name of the lord. Truth bearer must continually seek from the lord how to raise the bar of spiritual standard and its required engaging value principle to the degree that the saints can precisely identify the false from the authentic. We must spiritually raise the capacity standard of the ministry of truth to the dimension it cannot be duplicated.

The consistency of readjustment

 

The constant readjustment of our wineskin and discernment capability to listen and flow at the same frequency heaven is broadcasting is highly recommended in this new day. We can no longer depend on the issues of the mere use of scripture and biblical phrases to ascertain if a person is one with lord or just a wolf in sheep clothing.

I hear a lot of noise about the apostolic and the kingdom of God but when you examine the life of the bearers of the message, you hardly see a scar-mark received as a token of the reward of a true bearer of the (truth) treasures of the life and message of the kingdom of heaven. The truth is not just about the accumulation of theological information, nor is about the acquiring of some revelation.

Truth is a spiritual experience one grows and develop into seasonally in obedience and complete trust to the ways and dealings of the Lord. As one further journey into the glorious life and nature of our lord Jesus Christ, the very embodiment of the spirit of truth, one also become both the receptor and reflector of the very nature of the life of truth in those areas we have completely yielded to the Lord.

You see friends, we can never compare the response behavioral attitude of a person who accidentally stumble on some spiritual things to a man who saw wisdom and value in selling all that he owns only to buy a piece of land, buried with a treasure of kingdom truth. They may both sound alike, look alike, or may even seem to share the same personality traits, but they sure do not have the same spiritual value structure and depth of perception in engaging the things of the kingdom.

 

 

The principle behind Job’s tribulation

 

The patriarch Job, is a character figure that predates the very theological base of some narrow down religious, or even spiritual argument that merely seeks to build the act of worship, righteousness, justice and the unfolding prophetic program of the father on the mere premise of keeping some ‘rigid’ acts of regulatory laws, beliefs and ceremonies as first seen under the old Mosaic covenant, and subsequently  seen in the religious church approach to understanding and interacting with the [Almightiness] sovereignty of the God of heaven and earth, who is also known as our father who is in heaven.

Our revelatory approach and understanding of spiritual matters and their realities far outweigh the very act of their manifestation through our lives. The seeking of an outward, material blessing as a sign of divine approval of worship or even righteousness is a powerful distractive mechanism from the enemy to lure us away from the true substance of what the father seeks to build and finally manifest through us at his appointed time of representation.

It is a fact that whatever is conceived through a process of seed carries within itself the season of fruition, as long as we allow other required processes of development to effectively play their part accordingly. In other words, you cannot have a seed not planted and water with the right atmosphere and expect to harvest fruit at some later season.

The pursuit of mere material manifestation without divine due process of a well-structured inner value principle, built on the accurate biblical pattern, always result in a state of deception and delusion that may lead to ultimate destruction if there’s no divine intervention. The renewal of our inward life is pivotal to the birth and sustainability of our journey into the kingdom life.

Those who merely seek to manifest certain spiritual or supernatural powers without a concrete footing of where and how this power gets to be formed in them to the degree of working through them risk being deceived by the enemy at certain point in their life.

It does not take too much wisdom to understand why many leaders and followers alike today in the body of Christ are open to wholesale deception and delusion for that matter.

It is my strong opinion that even some today who claim to be at the forefront of the present apostolic reformation message are yet to clarify the issue of the authenticity of their faith culture.  There are certain approaches with regards to values standard that still baffles many of us, especially, when it comes to the origin of life, creation, the purpose of man, and even on the matters of the existence of God himself.

Many, in their faith philosophy, and spiritual approach, still struggles to confidently assure themselves on the issue of the sovereignty of God over their lives and everything else in the universe. These and many other spiritual fundamentals are what we see dealt with in the book of Job which is a beautiful piece of resource material we need to investigate as we once again sense the approach of the closure of the Age.  We shall not go on successfully with into this new season without dealing with the concept of the standardized concept of entering the Ark of God.

Building or entering the finalization of the Ark requires that all the divine measure given as a standard of accurate building is completely followed to the letter. How we know and understand the Godliness and fatherhood of the creator of the heavens and earth carries a far more implication of shaping our final destiny and relationship with the Lord and creation to whatever else we are seeking to receive or become in our Christian faith.

Perspective, of whatever kind, usually creates not just a general belief, opinion and approach system, but also forms the very basis of defining and interpreting what we want to see, belief, and accept, regardless of the proven errors and inaccurate facts.

There’s a big difference between deception and delusion. In the case of deception, it is when someone else uses the means of a lie, or dishonesty to mislead, by convincing you to see, accept or even reject an idea, fact or believe. In most cases, deception uses the power of what seem right in the eyes or thought to misdirect, shift or readjust your opinion, value or even the principle of general interpretation and interaction.

While delusion on the other hand, is more of a personal, inner false conviction, acceptance and even the assurance to suggest that what you think, see, belief and accept is most correct viewpoint or perspective, even when there are no concrete facts and evidence to prove that what you believe is inconsistent to absolute truth.

The ministry of Sonship

  6Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7The LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” 8The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” 9Then Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10“Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11“But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” 12Then the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD.  [Job 1:6-12]

I am highly intrigued whenever I have the opportunity to read or study the book of Job because it connects and explained to me a deep genealogical, ancestral lineage of my spiritual image and identity. The spiritual ties the church of the last days has in connection with the spirit of Job is something I am perceiving the lord will have us to begin considering even as we enter the closure and the reopening of another Age.

We know the book of Job is in fact one of the earliest and oldest writings of the scripture. Some say the book was written just almost the same time the book of genesis was penned down.  One thing is clear, the book is an ancient spiritual manuscript that gives us deep spiritual insight and technology with regards to the architectural design of the father sovereign process as also seen through the life of Joseph in Egypt.

 It is not coincidental that most of the prophetic expression today are centered around the return of the ministry of sonship, and yet, the very beginning of the book of Job start with the gathering of the sons of God before the council of the father, and we are old that Satan, who is also known as Lucifer was present as a son. One thing is clear from this gathering is that there is a kind of [spiritual beings] people who are given the title sons of God.

All sons are born of God. Yet, the birth of the first man, who is also known as Adam reflected a different type, or quality design of sonship the rest of the sons of God have not seen before.  Other sons, which also known as angelic being does carry a high measure of spiritual power and authority.

When the councils of son’s seats 

However, the ministry of the sonship of Adam was pattern after the image and likeness of the father himself. While this article is not directly on the ministry of sonship, I however thought I should give a brief background of this concept of sonship because of its link to the life and character nature of Job. The father had confidence in the sonship life of Job, and therefore, he was ready and willing to challenge Satan to test the quality standard of the spirit of sonship in Job.

While Lucifer, as a fallen [son] being now known as the accuser of the brethren was given the permission to also appear with other sons of God. He was given the opportunity by the father to test the integrity and position of Job as one of the reflections of the humans carrying the spirit of sonship who will not give in to the lies of the enemy as we see in the life of Enoch. Lucifer was asked by the father himself if he had noticed, or considered Job as the father’s most finest, most noble righteous man on the earth?  There was no doubt that the father was not just making a boast of the life of Job but was also making a statement and a declaration with regards to Job’s advanced spiritual status.  What an opportunity given to Satan to prove his case before the council of the sons of God.

Satan made it clear to the father that the only reason why Job was righteous was due to the

a]. the protection he enjoys over his life

b]. the protection of his family

c]. the provision and protection of his property

d]. the Father has blessed his handwork 

Satan declared to the father, you remove your hand of protection over his life and see if Job will not curse you to your face. Since Satan has well studied the fallen human nature to the degree that he can almost predict the response system of any man who is either searching for these four-seemly secure systems of man. Man, will do anything to make sure he gets these four points as his secure bulwark and protection.  Satan was impressing a point the father that man will seek these four pillars in his quest for spirituality or the worship of the father, or will continue to seek the righteousness of the father in order to maintain what was given to him by the father.

Satan was indirectly saying to the father that man does not worship you without reward expectation.  It is easy to worship the Lord, when there’s protection, provision and blessing. Therefore, the justice system of the father kicked in, go ahead and strip Job of everything he owns, including his children, afflict his body with sores, sickness and disease. In the sovereignty of the father as he prepares us for what he has eternally designed our life to achieve for his glory, we may have to go through certain painful and suffering season like Job did.

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE PROPHETIC OFFICE AND ITS VARIOUS GIFTS EXPRESSION ARTICLE 3

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ARTICLE 3

MY INVITATION, CALLING, AND PERSONAL EXPIRIENCE IN THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY.

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

About five years ago, the Lord granted me a rare opportunity within the vastness of his grace to train and interact with few brethren back then with regards to some of the core character components, the nature and function of the prophetic ministry.

Somehow, after the training, I was not opportune nor permitted to speak, nor to publish the material on my blog which I will usually do with most of my materials for reasons only known to the father.

Not too long ago, I began to sense and feel the urgency in my spirit to revisit the subject, but I must admit that I have somewhat, unduly procrastinated on the matter until late 2015 when I received a message from a very dear brother who wanted my view on the ministry of a prophet.

I felt convicted, and instantly recognized that it was the Holy Spirit indirectly prompting me to update and release the material for the spiritual edification of those who might need certain fundamental understanding, or clarification regarding the subject on the prophetic.

I could still remember the very first time I tried putting a comprehensive material together relating to this subject, was about two decades plus ago.

This was just before the apostolic reformation stream began to gain popularity in some part of the [Nigerian] West African church community where I have had the opportunity to pioneer a work for the lord for about two decades plus.

Back then in the early 80s when I gave my heart to the Lord, the subject or the ministry of the prophets was at his pick in terms of giftens and manifestation. The focus then was mainly founded on two premise; 1] the use of the gift for personal [material and emotional] blessing. 2]

The use of the gift for eschatological end time events. The intensity of global political realignment caused many to major the prophetic on not just the coming of Christ but also on the manifestation of the anti-Christ-known as the man of Sin.

Back then, I was doing a series of study on the fivefold ministry gifts, and of cause, my major was in the prophetic office and its various organs of ministry, but unfortunately the material got missing in one of the commercial computer centers we were using back then for our ministry stuff.

Those were still in the days of floppy disk storage, and of cause virus infection was quite high back then. The truth was, losing those resourceful materials was quite painful and I could not just summon up courage and motivation to rewrite the material again after the incident.

THE MISSREPRESENTATION

Having operated in the prophetic grace for almost three decades, I have witnessed few extreme of the prophetic, and I have been graciously opportune to also see various seasons of prophetic shifts and emphasis function both within the body of Christ and across the nations respectively.

And if I may quickly add, I Have also witness lots of gimmicks, weird, unbiblical and satanic stuff imported into the house of God in the name of Christ and the prophetic ministry just as we can see today.

This misrepresentation has caused a huge dysfunctionality and damage to the image of Christ and his Body across the globe that when people today hear that you are a prophet, their immediate reaction is to look at you first with a very suspicious perception, and I truly do not blame them because many have sadly been injured and hurt to the point of almost been destroyed by these impostors who send themselves and represent their own selfish interest in the name of a prophet.

The truth is, there is a lot the body of Christ is yet to know and thoroughly understand in terms of the precise footing and foundation of the character nature and functionality of all the ascended ministry gifts, but in particular, the office and gift of the prophet.

Through this note, my aim is to introduce you to the office and ministry of a prophet from the point of one who is graced with a watchman’s spirit and priestly prophetic teaching foundation, and maybe, you can journey with me on a narrow, ancient route that may possibly recalibrate your heart, sight and hearing capability.

It is indeed my desire that your faith and that of many within the present kingdom advance will gets energized with the capacity to press beyond the boundaries men and religious system has set in both defining and measuring what they assume as the prophetic ministry.

This resource should help in identifying what I call a prophetic spirit, a prophetic gift and the office of prophet. I have through the grace of God used my own personal experience and revelatory insight in the word of God to highlight the office of the prophet, built on a solid foundation of biblical truth and its guiding doctrines.

I pray and hope that you will open your heart to the truths locked in the material because it has been written through the divine guidance and inspiration of the Spirit. There is nothing of self-glorification or man’s agenda here.

My desire is to see that the corporate body of Christ quickly and accurately return to the apostolic pattern given to her at the ascension of our lord. The prophetic ministry, like the rest of the ascension ministry gifts are the very extension of Christ life and desire for the building up of the saints and the restoration of creation from the bondage of the fallen Adamic nature.

Meaning, they are not the idea of some religious groups or denominational system. Neither are they the figment of some intellectual humanistic ideologies that has been allowed to infiltrate and almost replace the function of the ascended ministry gifts today in some church communities. This is Christ very life, expressing himself in some very unique dimensions without division or friction of intent. Here are some ways or forms the life and ministry of Christ is expressed through the prophetic spirit:

MY INTRODUCTION TO THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY

I was early introduced to the prophetic ministry in the 80s when I gave my life to Christ in what can be referred to as a hybrid Pentecostal Charismatic community setting.

My pastor was a highly-gifted faith-prosperity preacher who was much connected to the Oklahoma faith-prosperity movement in America.

He used to make lots of trips overseas to invite seasoned ministers of the gospel to come preach and teach in his church, and I can tell you back then, the experience was like heaven on earth.

I could not just have enough of God’s word. We were exposed to books on various topics, tons of tapes and cd’s of great preachers who have had deep revelatory and intimate experience with the Father were available at a very low cost.

The entire system and its general culture was my first spiritual library that taught me things I could never have imagined knowing and understanding in relating to spiritual realities.

I was in my secondary school back then, and things back then were quite difficult for me as a teenager growing up, but I found solace and comfort in the church community until I was finally employed as a staff of the church, and later became the personal assistance to my pastor.

I saw as a divine opportunity in my call to serve him but, I had no clue to the degree of the vastness of this opportunity until as was exposed to my pastor’s personal library. It was a wow moment for me!

Back to the church meetings, the presence of God was quite visible and the ministration of praise, worship, intercession and the word was excellent in terms of the emphasis of the season.

The culture of the house was charged with faith to the degree that anything is possible. People stayed in Sunday service for close to six to seven hours. In some cases, brethren said from morning till evening before leaving for home. The church atmosphere was so rich and inviting that people literally don’t want to leave.

The presence of God was tangible, and miracle was a natural occurrence back then. My spirit yarns and longs for more of the intangibility of the presence of God, and soaked in every word declared, especially those that has to do with the spirit and act of prayer.

Some of those invited guests used to touch on things that sound strange back then to many of our guys, but somehow, they resonate deep within my spiritman. A longed for more of what I was hearing even though I didn’t fully comprehend what was happening in my own life. I could still remember during one of the morning session seminars, we had what was called prophetic impartation.

There were this team of men and women who came from United States to the church and somehow, I found myself standing in front of the head of the team, and a elderly women who was a prophet, and she began prophesying into my life. Wow! I have never in my life seen or experienced such a thing before.

This experience was strange to some the brethren back then, but the impartation of words was like you been heat with a wild wind. I was so fire up that I could stay awake all night just praying and seeking the face of God. I wanted more of God in my life that religion and even that charismatic experience I used to love was no longer satisfying for me.

Sometimes later, I had an encounter that finally did it for me in terms of been called into ministry. I had what was known as an open vision. Please note, this is not a doctrine and should not be seen as a template of anyone’s calling into ministry.

Heaven uses the various dealings and experiences of our lives to shape and fashion how we are called to respond to Gods voice and demands. What works for brother A may not necessarily work for Brother X.

I needed to share this experience to buttress the fact that regardless of how horrible, terrifying or dysfunctional your life’s foundation maybe, if the lord points his finger on you, you cannot run or hide from his call.

I can tell you, I grow up with a much-damaged self-image and identity. This dysfunctional state brought me to a point where I had concluded that there is no God. The image of God painted to me by the church and the highly religious family around me was completely different to the experience I was having, so I decided it was over with the issue of the existence of God.

Anyhow, years later I finally gave my heart to the lord and I was at church auditorium praying with the rest of the brethren on this particular day.

I used to like facing the wall while praying. In the intensity of my prayer with my eyes wild open, I saw the picture of myself projected on the wall I was facing with a megaphone, preaching in a particular street that I can still see as I am writing this note.

It was the most frightening thing I have ever experienced. Yet, I was highly trilled and feel with joy at the same time of such an encounter.

While I was still trying to look around if someone else saw what I was seeing, the picture disappeared and that was it. The rest was for me to figure out by the leading of the Spirit of truth what the Lord was saying to me.

And I can tell you that it took me years to begin to gain insight and understanding regarding what the Lord showed me back then. I initially thought I was called to be an evangelist, so, from 4am, I am up praying until around 5am when I usually get ready to go out and preach on streets as people get ready to go to their various workplaces.

Preaching on the street was my work and I loved it with all my heart. My voice was the alarm bells of many back then. I was determined that people must first hear my voice before the Muslim call to prayer starts around pass five in the morning. Talk about zeal, I was highly zealous for God.

Oh, I preached my heart out in meetings and buses. Preaching inside buses was my favorite in those days. God used me mightily in the gifts of faith and miracles, coupled with my psalmist grace. The presence of Jehovah was electrifying back then.

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 particular area He wanted me to function.

to be continued