Prophecy 3

3. STRATEGIC – For Church and Nation

1 Chron. 12:32 – “of the sons of Isachar who had an understanding of the times, to know that Israel ought to do.”
3 DIMENSIONs TO THIS PROPHECY:
1. TO SEE the state of things around – understand the spiritual undercurrents.
2.  TO HEAR what God is saying today.
3. TO KNOW what trends to follow – or what initiatives to take.
a. WORDS TO THIS NATION [The UK]
–  Darnall
– Last Tues. – Toronto
* Hudson Taylor
* Colin Dye
* Smith Wigglesworth
* David Obbold
b. PROPHETIC INSIGHT
5 Megatrends – Post-Modernism
– Supernaturalism
– Subjectivism
– Traditionalism
– Professionalism
c. 2 PETER 3:11 – SPIRITUAL RESPONSE
“What manner of persons ought we to be?”
People of Spiritual Power
“ True Revelation
“ Godly Discernment
“ Righteous Living
TESTS OF PROPHECY by
i. EFFECT
– 1 Cor. 14:3 (not condemnation)
ii. SPIRIT
– Rev. 19:10 – the testing of Jesus
? in what spirit did it come  ?
* Acts 16:16-18 – right words / wrong spirit
* John 4 –
iii. SCRIPTURE
Is. 8:20 – “If they  do not speak according to this word there is no light in them.”
iv. JESUS
– John 16:14
– 1Cor. 12:3
v. USE
? Control / Manipulation
vi. CHARACTER of Prophet
Ps. 27 – track record
Didache
vii. OUTCOME
– Deut. 13:1-15
– ? happen – Deut. 18:20- “if it doesn’t come to pass it is presumption.”
– ? direction it leads
– ? impact amongst people

Prophecy 2

2. MINISTRY – Powerful enabling in ministry

1 Samuel 9:10  – “Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear the day before Saul came.”
John 4:19 – “The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.”

INSIGHT – John 4:19   Acts 5:3

UNDERSTANDING – Eph. 3:5(True prophets work in the context of revelation of the Gospels)

DIRECTION – Agabus – Acts 11:28 – Antioch- Acts 21:10ff

CONVICTION – 1 Cor. 14:24,25

UPBUILDING (STRENGTHENING)(See Note of NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible: “in the sense of humans words the Holy Spirit uniquely brings to mind.”)

ENCOURAGEMENT (EXHORTATION) – HelpActs 9:31 – “Walking in the fear of the Lord and in thecomfort of the Holy Spirit.”

COMFORT

(CONSOLATION / SOLACE)Phil. 2:1 – “If there is any consolation in Christ.”

WARFARE –  I Tim. 1:18 – “That by them you may wage a good warfare”

WORD – 1 Cor. 12:10 – “to another prophecy”

Prophecy 1

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Bob often spoke of Moses as a prophet, Deut 34:10-11,

Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, who did all those miraculous signs and wonders the LORD sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land.

But as most pictures of Moses to be found on the web seem to have Moses looking like Charlton Heston I thought an image of Mount Sinai where Moses is believed to have received the 10 commandments might be a better choice to head up this post.

The first section on the personal nature of prophecy is something those of us who knew Bob often heard him testify to and might bring back some good memories. If you didn’t know Bob ignore the start section 1 on Prophecy as a personal directive for life and ministry and dive into i. Vitality.

PROPHECY

PROPHECY

1. PERSONAL – Directive for life and ministry

Isaiah 55:6-11 Amos 3:7,8 8:11,12

* Durham – Ken Newton – Radio Mast

* Ashburnum – Denis Clarke – Two Trees

* Wimbledon – Pat Hughes – Folly / Clearing

* Cheam – Pastor – God Running

* London – Darnall’s son in law – Bouquet

* Pilgrim Hall – Leaders – Jug of Water

Minor Key: Tilgate Forest Lodge – Derek Newton
King’s Coach Dream
Roffey Place – Is. 66:7-9
Old Land Rover – Simplicity

i. VITALITY – Spark of Life

ii. INFLUENCE – Sets Your Expectations

iii. POWER – Affects Motivations

iv. FEAR OF GOD – Under the Word

v. MYSTERY – Don’t Know It All

vi. RISK – Calls for Response – sense of “What If?”

vii. FAITH – Now / Not Yet
(maybe some words will always be unfulfilled to a degree)

Words of Warning

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As a teacher the truth behind this statement scares me – I see many people who have graduated from Bible school, seminary or college who have no spiritual discernment or wisdom, but are simply ‘Christian replicas’ of what you would expect from a secular institution full of knowledge.

“We live on words like a man who feeds himself on the menu instead of the food. The word ‘GOD’, the formula about God, is becoming more significant to us than the reality ‘GOD’.

This reality is best seen in the kind of divinity schools we Christians run. One would expect these schools to turn out persons who would cater for modern man’s thirst for God. But they have become replicas of secular schools. They have professors instead of masters and they offer scholarship instead of enlightenment. The professor teaches, the Master awakens.”

Tony De Mello

Preachers Beware

This is a great quote, and powerful warning, for preachers:

“I think preachers are getting lost in a multitude of smaller duties. The preacher has a place in the economy of God. He is in danger of becoming so involved with secondary affairs that he loses his prophetic gift. The devil doesn’t care how great a success a preacher is in any other field, if he can just kill the prophet in him.”

Dr Vance Havner

SWP5 – Revelation

REVELATION

* Wigglesworth

* Acts 6:1-7

i. Principle – v2 – “not right”

ii. Priority – v4 – “attention”

iii. Proposal – v6 – “presented”

iv. Proclaimed – v7 – “spread”

“I think preachers are getting lost in a multitude of smaller duties. The preacher has a place in the economy of God. He is in danger of becoming so involved with secondary affairs that he loses his prophetic gift. The devil doesn’t care how great a success a preacher is in any other field, if he can just kill the prophet in him.”

Dr Vance Havner

1. TWO DIFFERENT REALMS

Watchman Nee says:

“[There are]Two different realms; one is that of doctrine – the other is that of revelation: the first can be attained with a little effort, a little cleverness and a little eloquence; the second is beyond human ability.”

2. PRINCIPLES OF REVELATION

a. Inner Illumination – Eph. 1:18

b. Immediate Breakthrough

c. Spiritual not just Physical

3. Watchman Nee – “No Word, no works”

“We learn from the Bible that God has a prime work to perform on earth which is to utter His Word. If the Word of God is taken away then almost nothing is left of God’s work. No word, no work. When the Word of God is eliminated the work is reduced to near zero.”

4. PROCESS OF REVELATION

a. Receiving the Light – Eph. 1:17

b. Fixing the Light

c. Sharing the Light – 1 Cor. 2:13

5. LIGHT SHINES INTO THE SPIRIT

Watchman Nee says:
“Light first shines into the spirit, but God does not purpose to have the light remain there. He wishes the light to reach the understanding. After light has reached the understanding, it no longer passes away but can be fixed. Revelation is not permanent in nature; it is like lightning which flashes and passes away. But when light shines and man’s understanding takes it in and knows its meaning, then the light is fixed and we know its content. When the light is only in the spirit it comes and goes freely, but once it enters our thought and understanding it becomes anchored. From then on we are able to use the light.”

6. THE FLOW OF THE SPIRIT

Inspiration – 2 Cor. 3:6

Understanding – 1 Cor. 2:12

Operation – 2 Peter 1:21

Communication – 1 Cor. 2:13

Application – Heb. 4:12

7. EFFECT OF REVELATION

Encouragement

Conviction

Inspiration

Guidance