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Prophetic Preaching

Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the One who sent Me.” (John 7:16)

Jesus consistently preached under the anointing of God, as we see in the above verse. Yet the key to being prophetic is that Jesus’ message carried the weight of supernatural creativity, breakthrough and fulfillment.  A prophetic preacher may use the gifts of teaching, exhortation and prophecy in a variety of ways; but the power of the message itself, will shift the atmosphere (Rom. 1:16-17). That is what makes it prophetic!

“And take the … sword of the Spirit, which is the word [rhema] of God” (Eph 6:17)

Prophetic Preaching contains a ‘Now’ Word:

The prophetic gift is employed to make known the thoughts, purpose and intent of God. Prophetic preaching has a sense of immediacy. In the New Testament, the Greek word ‘rhema’ primarily refers to the spoken word that carries power in its ‘utterance’, whereas ‘logos’ primarily refers to the written word, the logic of God or His thought process. Prophetic teaching and preaching releases the rhema of God’s “Spirit-breathed”, current Word. It is designed to reveal the Father’s “Now Word”, making known something that if believed would come forth. It answers the question, ‘What is God’s Word to us in this season?’

Example: The Apostle Paul said, “the word is near you even in your mouth and in your heart, that is the word of faith that we preach” (Rom. 10:8). He goes on to say that if you act on it by confessing and believing, you will be saved… You will be transformed!

What happens in prophetic preaching is that we are drawn into an experience by the conviction of the Holy Spirit as well as the will to believe and step into its power. It sets a Kairos moment… the opportune time for change and transformation. Prophetic preaching opens doorways into heavenly blessing, revelation and assignments.

“This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.” (1 Cor 2:13)

Based on Spiritual Revelation:

Prophetic preaching is inspired by the Holy Spirit through the means of revelation. The word ‘revelation’ in the New Testament Greek, apokalupsis, means an ‘uncovering’ or ‘disclosure’. In other words, God is revealing something by His Spirit that is not known by natural means… its a mystery. There is often a call to action or a need to respond and activate the Word received by the hearer. This is why we place a high priority on seasons of prayer or altar times, to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts when the atmosphere has been shifted in a room or auditorium. This may be to align one’s heart or actions, to pay attention to a timely warning or submit to guidance. When we do not position ourselves for God’s present or future plans, we often miss our opportunity. The consistent results of the prophetic instructions of God are for transformation and breakthrough.

Notice these two examples:

  1. “The children of Issachar, who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel should do… and all their brethren were at their command” (1 Chron. 12:32)
  2. “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.” (Mt. 7:28-29)

Prophetic Preaching Carries Authority:

This authority is not based upon the preacher’s gift, but on the basis of being entrusted with a message from God Himself. Throughout Scripture, the instruction given through a prophet brought breakthrough for God’s people. This included strategic guidance in a time of warfare (2 Chron. 20:14-17), a word of action in crisis (Gen 41:25-46) or a specific declaration of breakthrough (2 Kings 7:1-2). Prophetic preaching is of great value when a shift is needed to bring the Kingdom of God and push back against the darkness that floods our vision.

Empowering the Church:

“Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.”  (Acts 15:32)

The outcome of prophetic preaching, just as with all prophetic ministry, is that the Church and its leadership is built up, strengthened and empowered. (1 Cor 14:3-4)

Glory and Hidden Treasure

“In [Christ] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col. 2:3)

HIDDEN IN CHRIST: Its not that we have no access to wisdom and knowledge, but God’s spiritual treasures are hidden on purpose (Prov. 25:2)(1 Cor. 2:7-10). So that in our search and discovery we begin to value the eternal significance, experience carries with it an eternal weight of Glory. An intellectual gospel is always inferior, and in danger of limiting “God” so that He looks or acts like us. If our search leads us to believe in a god that is our size and our strength, then we need a new focus. Our diligent search is a royal privilege, a kingly duty that unlocks keys and mysteries of Kingdom reality. Amazingly, God has given us His only begotten Son to offer access to every revelation of the Father’s heart.

Real Answers:

Problems need more than natural answers. Barriers in life need the voice of the Creator of Life. Our story is to be written by a Spiritual Author not lived at the whim of a worldly system. Think about how you pray… do you ask for wisdom and knowledge or do you ask for Christ in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge? Christ is our access, our Advocate with the Father, our intercessor who continually intercedes for us… before the Father. He will get those treasures into your hands, heart and mind if we will dig for them as for gold or silver.

The Logos:

Jesus walked the Earth and lived with humanity as the “logos” or logic of the Father (Jn. 1:1-13). Jesus was the sum total of the collective thoughts of His Father funneled down into human flesh and blood. He really was Immanuel – God with us! We are not on an adventure to gain all the information about religion, Christianity or even the patterns of spiritual living! We are on a quest to gain Christ – to be found in Him.

My belief is that we must become more invested in our personal knowledge of Christ, than in the traditional doctrines of the Church.

This faith journey requires that we become acquainted with the voice of God as experienced in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The things we so often call treasure are not of value in the Kingdom of God. God’s spiritual activities are found working in the invisible dimension that goes beyond our understanding. They come as spiritually revealed truths and relationally experienced manifestations. Our fellowship in Christ through worship, prayer and meditating upon the Word of God, unlocks the prophetic flow of hidden reality… its life in the spirit.

Experiencing Glory in Spiritual Fellowship:

Notice the Apostle Peter remembering the experience of Jesus being transfigured on the mountain top (2 Pet. 1:17-21). “We heard the voice that came to Jesus, while we were on the mountain - God, as Father spoke from out of the Glory”. As much as that voice was a powerful experience… it was only given, because of the fellowship in Christ. What Peter wants us to know is not the tone of the voice, but the testimony of a fellowship. The treasure of wisdom and knowledge became available in the Glory of God.

Remember the time when Jesus began to set His eyes toward the cross and He says “Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again” (Jn. 12:27-30). Amazingly we see that those who stood by and heard the voice, perceived it as a natural sound… thunder. Others heard it as an angel, but not directed toward them. Jesus speaks up and said, “This voice did not come because of Me – but for your sake.” Jesus was telling them that a door was open for a moment if they desired to step through and know the secrets that would follow.

The experiences by themselves really do not matter, as much as the position those experiences put us in. They give us incredible opportunity to understand God’s Glory Realm.

  • “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col 1:27)

God has placed the treasures of wisdom and knowledge within Christ and reveals Christ to us through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and Scripture. Remember that Christ is the very Glory of the Father (Heb. 1:3). God will not reveal anything apart from the revelation of Jesus Christ. Peter says to us, “We saw Christ in a way that we never had before! We will never be the same, because we now have an expanded wisdom and knowledge base to draw from!”

Apprehending Christ:

To possess the Son is to possess all that pertains to the Son, for the Scriptures declare, “He that has the Son has life, but He that does not have the Son of God, has not life” (1 Jn. 5:12). It is not that God desires to stay hidden, His goal is to give us the full revelation of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Yet by apprehending Him, we will subsequently gain insight into everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3-4).

Christ is the Door:

Christ is our door of revelation (Jn. 14:6). We can have the mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:16). To seek revelation into the mysteries of God apart from the revelation of Christ Himself, fails to give Christ the pre-eminence. We dare not circumvent the Kingdom’s doorway in the pursuit of the Kingdom’s treasure.

Spiritual treasure is hidden in Christ! When we gain Christ – we gain it all! (Phil 3:7-8)

Lack of Knowledge

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)

Ignorance is simply a lack of knowledge, but as the Bible clearly indicates; it causes confusion and division… even destruction among those who are content to live in it. Confusion, division, and disagreement abound in religious circles. I would even go as far as to say Christianity is experiencing its greatest challenges to date, because the Body of Christ will not find its footing on Biblical foundations. God’s people are divided, because they have become Biblically illiterate and spiritually blind and deaf. The Church promotes hundreds of different denominations, wearing different names, worshiping in different ways and teaching different doctrinal beliefs. It is important that we consider why there is so much confusion, disagreement, and division, because Jesus does not approve of this reality. His words have not changed, “I will build My Church” upon the Rock of Revelation, that I am the Christ, the Son of the Living God (Mt. 16:18). Jesus is seeking a people who will become “one” in spiritual unity (Jn. 17:20-23) and once again walk in the Glory of God.

So What’s Going On?

Does the Bible contradict itself? Is it impossible to understand? Do people fail to study diligently enough, resulting in ignorance? Are the problems caused by following man-made creeds and authority instead of following the Bible? What does God’s word say? Well first we need to understand that its not a new problem! Even in Christ’s day, the People of Israel had a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge (Rom. 10:1-3) and the Sadducees were in error, because they did not know the Scriptures (Mt. 22:29). Many things can lead to a lack of knowledge, but in order for the Body of Christ to exhibit the kind of character that pleases God and the kind of power that makes a difference in the world; we must be continually growing in our knowledge of the truth.

Spreading the Word of Life!1. Some Have Not Heard: (Rom. 10:14)

This might be difficult to believe, but many people have never had opportunity to hear and become a disciple of the truth. This was the case of Cornelius (Acts 10:1-11:18) and the Ethiopian traveler (Acts 8:26-39). Such people need to hear a clear presentation of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, whereby they can be saved (Acts 11:14) and discover their true identity and freedom from sin (Col. 1:13-14).

2. Some Ignore the Truth: (2 Tim. 2:15)

Many people, even those who say they are believers; simply do not study the Bible diligently enough (Heb. 4:12). To discern good from evil, we must have our “senses exercised by reason of use” (Heb. 5:12-14). In other words, we must grow our spiritual senses beyond the level of our natural senses. We must “search the Scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11) in order to renew our minds and cause our lives to conform to God’s will. More spiritual error and division result from lack of study, than anything else, because God watches over His Word to perform it (Jer. 1:12). If we are diligent, He will reveal Himself in the pages of Scripture. He does not allow the Word to return void or leave us spiritually barren (Jn. 15:7-8)… we will bear fruit!

3. Some are Spiritually Blinded by the Devil: (2 Cor. 4:4)

Even if a person studies and quotes the Bible, he may not use it properly (Mt. 4:5-7), but twist its meaning for personal gain or self-justification. For example, some people try to prove their practices by the Old Testament, not knowing that we are no longer under Law (Rom. 7:2-6; Heb. 10:9-10; Gal. 3:24-25; Col. 2:14-16). Others take only part of a Bible teaching, but ignore other verses on the same subject. As a result, they reach conclusions that contradict other Scriptures (Mt. 4:4-7; Acts 3:22,23; Mt. 28:20). One of the most important realities of the Bible is that it renews the mind, lifts a veil and carries a power for transformation. We can truly be made free from the blindness of the devil… if we know the truth, love the truth and abide in the truth (Jn. 8:32).

Jesus said – “Whom the Son sets free, is free indeed!” (Jn. 8:36)

The Key of Knowledge: It is Jesus!

  • Jesus said “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life…” (Jn. 14:6).
  • “Woe to you lawyers (Pharisees)! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.” (Lk. 11:52)
  • “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His Glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn. 1:1 & 14)

Jesus came as the Logos or “Word” made flesh… He was – and still is, the logic of God and the truth made manifest in human form. Jesus is perfect theology. He walked in perfect unity with the Father, opening blind eyes and revealing the knowledge of God and the Kingdom of God, to which access would be offered by His own Blood. He is the only door into this knowledge, because He is the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. The key to knowledge is found in Jesus (Heb. 1:1-3)! The breakthroughs we are after are held in His hands, and to know Him is to know the Father’s peace… a peace that goes beyond merely understanding information (Phil 4:6-7). Jesus came that you and I might know God (Jn. 17:3), know His heart (Jn. 15:15) and have abundant life through a personal relationship with Him (Jn. 10:9-10).

Indeed my friends, we must avoid the destruction that comes because of a lack of knowledge. When we turn toward God through Christ… a veil is lifted from the heart, and the Holy Spirit reveals the key to knowledge (2 Cor. 3:15-18). It is found in Jesus (2 Cor. 4:6), the Glory of God! There is no need to walk without the knowledge of God.

When we abide in the love of God by believing and obeying the truth… He makes Himself known to us! (Jn. 14:21)