I believe that prophetic ministry is very important in this time. I have been in the prophetic books of the Bible as of late, and I am encouraged by the Holy Spirit to hear and be aware of “what the Spirit is speaking to the church”, as John the revelator declared. All Christians have been given an ear to hear, we just need to recognize and exercise our ability. Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice and another they will not follow.” If you know Jesus, it is because you have heard and followed His voice. You may not have looked at it that way, but you must if you are to continue to hear the call of the Great Shepherd.
The Holy Spirit has been given to the church as the communicator for God. Jesus said that He would send “the Helper,” who would teach us and remind us of His teaching. The Holy Spirit would not speak of Himself, but “whatever He hears He will speak.” This is why it is essential, when desiring to understand Bible prophecy, that we seek the Holy Spirit to make it known to us. So much of the Bible prophecy teaching to date has been formulated by speculation, not by people who believed in the leading of the Spirit. Now that the Body of Christ has experienced the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, we should have more insight into the Word. This is especially true considering we have come to recognize the ministry gift of the “prophet.”
When understanding Bible prophecy, we must consider 2 Peter 1:19-20, “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation.” This means that prophecy given in the past should be growing in understanding and enlightenment as the Day of the Lord is approaching. What was once a dim light should become clearer, causing us to reassess our understanding in light of the New Day that we are living in. In addition, we should also take note of the admonition that no scripture is of private interpretation. This should mean that all words from God are confirmed in the mouth of two or three witnesses. No one person should see they have a corner on the truth, but more importantly, we should be able to see a sure word from more than one book. The Bible should interpret itself; we should not form our interpretation from only one scripture or book. Therefore, when studying the Revelation of John, I want to consider the other prophetic books and see the consistency of the message.
What is the Consistency of the Four Horses?
As part of our consistency of message, we should see a consistency of prophetic terminology as well. When comparing the books of Zechariah and the Revelation, we can compare certain prophetic terms. An example of this would be concerning the four horses of judgment.
Keep in mind; both of these prophets were speaking to their contemporaries. Zechariah was encouraging the people of his time in the rebuilding of the temple and John said he was seeing things that would shortly come to pass. Since there is a contemporary application, as well as the same symbols, we must see these symbols as prophetic terms that can be applied to different times. Remember, a prophet has the ability to see into the realm of the Spirit. In my last blog, I spoke of this with Elisha and his servant. The four horsemen represent God sending forth His forces to accomplish something in the earth. If you do not already affirm this truth, I declare it to you: The Forces Of Heaven Control The Earth! God first spoke to me about the four horses being loosed in the late 1990’s, and I have watched an unfolding of this word ever since. This does not mean that I saw the end of the world, but I heard a prophetic word that said, God is doing something in the Sprit that we will see reflected in the natural world. We can see the fourfold aspect impacting the economic world, the natural world, and the political world, resulting in the white horse that will conquer. The white horse speaks of the power of righteousness being released at the same time as all of the disorder.
We need the prophetic so we can look beyond the disorder of the times—and see the order of the “kingdom of God” being established in our midst. Will you join me in letting God take you from just seeing the “realm of man” to seeing the “realm of the Kingdom of God?”