Prospering Through The Prophetic
Throughout Scripture we read of prophecy being exercised by men and women of God. The Bible records that both young (Philip's four daughters - Acts 21:9 ) and old (Zacharias - Luke 1:67-79 ) knew the blessing of ministering in prophecy.
WHAT IS PROPHECY?
In the Old Testament the words 'prophecy' or 'to prophesy' are translated from several Hebrew words:
However, the most common Hebrew word used is:
In the New Testament the Greek words used are:
Prophecy, therefore, is the bringing forth of spoken words that are inspired by the Holy Spirit. It brings to life the message and Word of God to a group of people in a particular place at a particular time. Prophecy should bring a consciousness of God's will and desire for His people.
BUILDING THE TEMPLE:
For example, the building of the Temple of God in Jerusalem was completed because the people were inspired by two prophets:
'Then the prophets Haggai and Zechariah son of lddo began to prophesy to the Jews of Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel Who was with them. At this, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Jeshua son of Jozadak started again to build the Temple of God in Jerusalem; the prophets of God were with the people, giving them courage' (Ezra 5:1-2 , Jerusalem Bible).
Haggai and Zechariah were in touch with God and, because of that, were able to inspire the people to rise up into action to fulfil the purpose of God. Prophecy encouraged the hearts and spirits of the people! It motivated, then activated them. The Amplified Bible says God's Spirit was upon Haggai and Zechariah.
If we turn over to Ezra 6:14 we read:
'And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia' (KJV).
They prospered through the prophetic word!
Prophecy enabled them:
They reached their goal!
They accomplished successfully the task given them! Prior to this the work had ceased because of opposition and discouragement. The outward circumstances had become their focus, and they ground to a halt. How true this can be of life today.
When the Prophetic Word is coming forth amongst God's people it helps us to focus on that which He wants done. He wants us to reach the goal, to accomplish successfully those things He has called us to do.
The prophetic also brings warning and power to bind those who oppose the Holy Spirit ministry, i.e. Barjesus (Elymas) was struck blind - the word of the Lord prospered as a result of that demonstration of authority (Acts 13:1-12 ).
Paul had knowledge of that which was going to happen at Ephesus after his departure. That knowledge would have helped numbers to be watching that they did not get caught up with those who 'seek to draw followers after themselves' (Acts 20:22-38 ).
In Holy Spirit ministry focus is very important. It helps us to be all that more specific in doing what God wants done. So, let's . . . focus! And focus on developing our powers of perception in order that we may prosper in the prophetic.
What does it mean to focus?
We can start out full of vision, excitement and faith. But as time goes on we tend to 'lose our focus' and become subject to all kinds of negativity. It takes the Holy Spirit working through prophetic people to stir us back into the reality of the situation. Prophecy (true prophecy) lifts us into the realm of how God sees us, things, circumstances, the course of our life, etc. He inspires someone prophetic to speak His Word of life! That word 'is spirit and it is life' (John 6:63 ); it generates our spirit to rise, believe and act upon what He wants. We need the Gift of Prophecy today so we can prosper in God's will!