Lately, I have been led by the Holy Spirit to preach from the Book of Revelation. I believe that these are very strategic times in the Lord, and a proper understanding of this book is very significant to every believer! There has been a lack of understanding in interpreting prophetic books. Many of the teachings that have been around for a long time have proven to be inaccurate, but have continued to be propagated. I grew up in church and I am amazed how much interest there is in books about prophecy, especially since much of the speculation has proven to be wrong time and again. I recall being in a Bible prophecy teacher’s world headquarters many years ago and seeing on his wall a copy of the cover of a book he had written years prior. It was called, Our Coming War With the Soviet Union. He did not have prophetic insight; His revelation was based on the concerns of the times, or he would have known that there would soon not be a Soviet Union!
Many have predicted who the antichrist would be, or when we could expect him. When they were wrong, they just made another prediction. The Bible tells us that we should mark false prophets, and recognize who really is a prophet and who is not. In recent times, as God has moved in bringing the ministry of the Apostle and Prophet back to the church, we should have a greater level of understanding of the prophetic books of the Bible. It is time for a reassessment!
Are You Ready to Understand and Know?
One of the areas needing correction is the understanding of prophetic terminology. When I speak of prophetic terminology, I am speaking of the consistent prophetic symbols used in the Bible to reveal the will of God. The Apostolic-Prophetic movement should understand the terminology used throughout the Word, so they are able to provide greater revelation of the ways of the kingdom to the Body of Christ. Paul, as an Apostle, prayed that the Ephesian church would have “the Spirit of revelation.” The Spirit of revelation will give us true insight into who we are and what we have received from Christ. This understanding of our identity will be a great turning point for every believer!
“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places…” Ephesians 1:17-20
I am convinced that the plan of God for prophetic ministry is the ability to understand what is going on, as well as to see what others are not able to see. The prophet Elisha demonstrated the power of being able to see on occasion, when he and his servant were surrounded by enemy forces as recorded in 2 Kings. His servant arose early and all he could see was enemy encamped against them. When the servant showed his dismay, the prophet prayed for him to see the spiritual dimension. This would change his whole perspective on the situation.
“And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:17
It soon became apparent in the natural what was revealed in the spiritual. As in every situation we face, God had everything in control and Elisha was able to navigate through the situation with victory for the people of God.
I will be sharing in the weeks ahead some very important concepts concerning prophetic ministry and Bible prophecy. These two things are necessary in our day. We need to be like Elisha, knowing who we are and what is really going on. When we read the news, and are bombarded with the message of the media, these two things will be paramount!