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  1. 1. Destiny Image Books by James W. Goll Intercession: ThePower and Passion to ShapeHistory James W. Goll 365-DayPersonal Prayer Guide Prayer Storm: TheHour That Changes theWorld Prayer Storm StudyGuide Shifting Shadows of Supernatural Experiences TheCall of theElijah Revolution byJames W. Goll and Lou Engle TheSeer TheSeer Devotional Journal TheLost Art of Intercession TheLost Art of Practicing His Presence Empowered Prayer Destiny Image Books by James W. Goll andMichal AnnGoll Compassion: ACall to TakeAction Dream Language: ThePropheticPower of Dreams, Revelations, and
  2. 2. theSpirit of Wisdom God Encounters : ThePropheticPower of theSupernatural to Change Your Life ACall to theSecret Place
  3. 3. ©Copyright 2012–James W. Goll All rights reserved. This book is protected by thecopyright laws of theUnited States of America. This book may not becopied or reprinted for commercial gain or profit. Theuseof short quotations or occasional pagecopyingfor personal or group study is permitted and encouraged. Permission will begranted upon request. Unless otherwiseidentified, Scripturequotations aretaken fromtheNEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971, 1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. Scripturequotations marked NKJVaretaken fromtheNew KingJames Version. Copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Scriptures marked NIVaretaken fromTHEHOLY BIBLE, NEWINTERNATIONALVERSION®, NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2010 by Biblica, Inc.™ Scripturequotations marked KJVaretaken fromtheKingJames Version. Emphasis within Scripturequotations is theauthor’s own. Pleasenotethat Destiny Image’s publishingstylecapitalizes certain pronouns in Scripturethat refer to theFather, Son, and Holy Spirit, and may differ fromsomepublishers’ styles. Takenotethat thename satan and related names arenot capitalized. Wechoosenot to acknowledgehim, even to thepoint of violatinggrammatical rules. DESTINYIMAGE®PUBLISHERS, INC. P.O. Box310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310 “Promoting Inspired Lives.”
  4. 4. This book and all other Destiny Image, Revival Press, MercyPlace, Fresh Bread, Destiny ImageFiction, and TreasureHousebooks are availableat Christian bookstores and distributors worldwide. For aU.S. bookstorenearest you, call 1-800-722-6774. For moreinformation on foreign distributors, call 717-532-3040. Reach us on theInternet: ISBN 13 TP: 978-0-7684-4110-9 ISBN 13 Ebook: 978-0-7684-8856-2 For WorldwideDistribution, Printed in theU.S.A.
  5. 5. Dedication With agrateful heart I wish to acknowledgetheteamefforts of the excellent staff at Destiny Image, our wonderful staff at Encounters Network, theintercessory forceof our prayer shield, and thesupport of my dear family. Blessings upon blessings to all of you. Havingmoved in and out of various circles of theprophetic movement for thepast 35 plus years, I havehad theopportunity of tastingand participatingin awidevariety of propheticexpression. I amgrateful to theLord for this diverseexposureand trust that the reader will benefit fromthoseyears of preparation and cross- pollination to composethis book. With aheart of honor to whomhonor is due, I wish to dedicate this book to threefathers who haveimmensely impacted my journey. They areeach uniqueseers, each with 80 plus years of lifeexperience —John Sandford, Bob Jones, and Paul Cain. Thank you, Lord, for thesefatherly seers who havepioneered away for thenext generation of eagles to ariseand fly! James W. Goll Encounters Network Franklin, Tennessee
  6. 6. Endorsements James Goll is oneof themost respected propheticpatriarchs of our time. Hehas incrediblepropheticinsight and amazingforesight that mergein away that I havenever experienced in anybody else. This gives James theextraordinary ability to understand thespirit world and articulateit in amanner that launches believers into their divine destiny. Beforemy friend James Goll wroteTheSeer, I taught peoplethat therewas no differencebetween aprophet and aseer. Then I bought James’ book and read it in onenight! I was stunned by his revelation on theseer and theway hedescribed thedistinctions between different propheticpeople. I haverecommended this book to literally thousands of Christians all over theworld. Wealso haveabi annual school of theprophets at Bethel Church, and weuseTheSeer as part of our curriculum. Every person who wants to grow in thepropheticministry needs to read this book. This book unearths mysteries hidden sincethedays of KingDavid’s seer named Gad. A decadefromnow, TheSeer will bereferenced as oneof thefundamental, reformational resources of our time. James lays afoundation with this book that will bebuilt upon for generations. Thank you, James, for beingaprophet to this generation, but even more, for beingafather to multiplethousands of Christians. Kris Vallotton Co-founder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry
  7. 7. Author of seven books, includingTheSupernatural Ways of Royalty Senior associateleader of Bethel Church, Redding, California In his book, TheSeer, James Goll takes you on ajourney through timeback to thebeginnings and endings of theseer and demonstrates how in modern times wearestill seeingand needingtheseer ministry to berelevant. James gives accounts of his own lifeas aseer and shows thereader theups and downs through teachinghow theseer in himhas matured. I highly recommend this book to all thosewho are prophetically seeing, so they can develop their anointing. Dr. Jeremy Lopez Founder of Few can broach thebiblically real, yet spiritually ethereal roleof theseer likeJames Goll. Theseer’s lifeis itself ametaphor, and James captures this distinction with both theseasoned skill of a propheticveteran and theinsight of onewith heightened spiritual acuity honed by years spent walkingwith God. For thosewho havea revelatory gift, this book may makeyour entirelifemakesense. John Paul Jackson Streams Ministries When I first entered theworld of spirit-filled believers, I had been apastor for 14 years. Thefirst prophet I met was very eccentric; I didn’t understand his symboliclanguage, and I was confused. In the years to come, I met many propheticpeople. I can still remember the night I sat across thetablefromJames Goll and began askinghim
  8. 8. questions about thepropheticrealmand thevarious ways God reveals things through both hearingand seeing. James was very helpful in helpingmeunderstand theways wecan hear and seetheactivity of God in our lives. I havehad James over theyears speak at my church and at my conferences on the prophetic. Hehas theuniquegift of beingableto explain therealmof mystery in ways that arecomprehensibleto thosewho havenot yet experienced thoserealms. Hegives to theuninitiated in theprophetic realmclarity of understandingand thehopethat even theuninitiated can beapprehended by thegraceof God and theSpirit of God and enter into thepropheticseer realmthemselves. I highly recommend James’ book, TheSeer. Randy Clark Founder, Global Awakening James Goll is apersonal friend and aco-minister in theKingdom. I loveit when our paths coincideat events and happenings. Whatever timeI spend with James is always interesting, funny, and insightful. This book is afascinatingmixof biblically based research and inspiringrevelation. It is full of principles, guidelines, and values regardinghow thepropheticperson should operate. A trueprophetic voicehas both foresight and insight regardingfutureevents and the ways of theLord. This is abook that will enableand empower peopleto seemorein theSpirit and develop thecapacity to interpret what they seemoreeffectively. James is agreat storyteller and understands lifeas ajourney. The
  9. 9. Seer follows that perspectivefaithfully, as James helps us to navigate thepathways that arecommon in thedevelopment of prophetic people. This book is rich with experienceand revelatory insights. It provides us with places to stand, ponder, and betransformed. Do not usethis book in asuperficial manner. This material has been hard fought for and gained through much struggle, pain, and sacrifice. Great things never comeeasy. This book will saveyou fromthepitfalls, dead ends, and wrongturns that you would havemadeby yourself. James is atraveler, apioneer and atrailblazer. Follow his footsteps; drink fromtheimprints that hemakes as hewalks you through into a placeof passionatepursuit of God’s intimacy and presence. This book is morethan amanual, though it blends themystical with thepractical in apowerful way. This book is not astudy guide; it’s amap that takes you into uncharted territory and tells you where all thenecessities for livingthis lifearelocated. Thereareclues in the manuscript that tell you how to travel. You will need to keep this book close. On your own journey you will refer to it often. In my meditation suiteat home, I haveasmall bookcasenear my writing desk. Theseareall thebooks that I would saveif therewereafire. They areall thereferencetools that I both loveand need for my own journey. TheSeer is on that bookcase; it’s that important. GrahamCooke
  14. 14. Foreword Welivein aday when all too many “scholars”and even believers havereduced theWord of God to apurely rational and logical explanation. Granted, theWord of God appeals as reasonableand logical in its unfoldingto thehuman mind, provided that mind is surrendered, yielded, and in theprocess of beingtransformed by the Spirit! Thenatural mind is not capableof receivinganything whatsoever fromtheSpirit of God. TheScriptures areGod-breathed, and thebreath of God is theSpirit of God. In fact, thebreath of God was experienced by all thosewho penned thesacred writings. In order for that to occur, theindividuals who wrotehad to haveexperienced theexperienceof beingmoved by thebreath, thewind, and theSpirit of God. In thebeginning, thewind and breath of God, theSpirit of God, brooded, hovered, and vibrated over chaos and brought about order. TheSpirit of God manifests thepresenceof God. You cannot know thepresenceof God purely by logicand reason. Thepresenceof God can only beknown by experience, and that experienceis tantamount to revelation. Your eyes haveto beopened, your heart has to become vibrant and alive, and your ear has to beattuned to alevel beyond the normal octaves that thehuman ear can hear. Jesus Himself quotes the prophet Isaiah in Mark’s Gospel whileexplainingtheparableof the soils, and says that theproblemwith thehuman condition in its fallen stateis that it has affected theeyes, theears, and theheart. Theactual words of Isaiah areas follows:
  15. 15. Render thehearts of this peopleinsensitive, their ears dull, and their eyes dim. Otherwisetheymight seewith their eyes, hear with their ears, understand [actually theword implies “to discern”] with their hearts, and return and behealed (Isaiah 6:10). When theSpirit is released both upon and within people, their eyes, ears, and hearts areopened to aworld beyond their limited seeing, hearing, feeling, and discerning. That world is themorereal yet invisibleworld. It is theworld fromwhich thevisibleworld derives its existence. When peoplearebrought out of therealmof darkness and ignorance, therealmof thefallen natureand therealmof the powers of darkness, and translated into theKingdomof God’s beloved Son, theSpirit reveals Himto their hungry hearts, minds, and souls. Thetestimony of Jesus is thespirit of prophecy (seeRev. 19:10). Thereis aMan in theglory, and Heis orderingour lives anew by His Spirit broodingdeep within us and openingup to us worlds beyond our natural ways of knowing. What makes us uniquely thepeopleof God is that wearecalled to bepeopleof theSpirit. Immersed in that Spirit, our speech changes, becauseour eyes, ears, and hearts have been opened to seebeyond theworld in front of our eyes to the world that lies behind what our eyes can see. In theOld Covenant, Jeremiah tells us that theearmark of true prophets was that they stood in thedivinecouncil and conclave(see Jer. 23:18). In theNew Covenant, theDay of Pentecost caught the entireChurch up into thedivinecouncil. Potentially, every believer has access to that which exists beforethevery throneof God. The reason I say “potentially”is becausemany of God’s children fail to
  16. 16. yield themselves to theexperienceof theSpirit of God and reduce everythingto alogical explanation. They areeven “taught”by so- called enlightened theologians that certain experiences areno longer valid for today sincethey supposedly ceased when thelast of the original apostles of thefirst-century died. Liberal theology isn’t theonly dangerous thingtheChurch needs to watch out for. Fundamental theology that takes away the experienceof theSpirit in its fullness is just as damagingto thesaints of God. Over 49 percent of thebook wecall theScriptures is visionary experience, ecstaticexperience, and propheticexperience— even in theNew Testament! How can weexpect to experiencethe truths of almost half of theScriptures by logicand reason alone?It is impossible. Thecomingof theSpirit at Pentecost was thebeginningof an ongoingevent for theChurch throughout theages. Weneed to be continually immersed in theworld of theSpirit if weareto see, hear, feel, and discern thethings that theSpirit of God intends for us to know and understand. Without that immersion and direct experience, wewill fail to fulfill our destiny, fail to honor God’s eternal purpose, and fail to know theFather as Christ intends for us to know Him. James Goll, aseasoned, powerful, inspiringpropheticvoiceto the nations, has had alonghistory of seeing, hearing, discerning, and speakingof thethings that “eyehas not seen, and ear has not heard, and which havenot entered theheart of [natural] man” (1 Cor. 2:9). TheSpirit has found in James Goll ayielded vessel who loves the Father and has theheart of theFather. His reach extends far and wide, and his depth can only beappreciated by gettingto know theman in
  17. 17. his person and his ministry. James has doneus agreat serviceby takingthetimeto clarify the natureof what it means to see, hear, and discern by and in theHoly Spirit. In theselast great days of visitation, God is growingup a peoplewho can beeffectivein bringingthethings of theinvisible world to bear on thevisibleworld. Thereis agreat ingatheringtaking place, and it is on theincrease, but not becauseof purehuman logic and reason. Theharvest is beinggathered, becausetheSpirit is moving again over thechaos of people’s lives and givingthemdirect experiences with God through His Son theLord Jesus. It is imperativethat weknow what it means to see, to hear, and to discern thethings of theworld to which wetruly belong. Theworld of theSpirit is aworld whereChrist is seen in all His glory, seated on thethroneat thevery center of theuniverse, and orderingall things after thecounsel of His will. Step by step, James will carefully explain to you thenatureof the propheticexperienceat every level: to hear fromGod, speak for God, to experienceseeingsomethingthat relates to thenatureof God and His purpose, and to discern thegenuineexperienceof God in the Spirit fromthefalseexperiences that arecounterfeited by thepowers of darkness. His research is biblical and thorough, and his experience testifies to thetruths of theWord heteaches and upholds. Takeyour timeas you embark on this study, for it is morethan abook; it is indeed astudy. It will preparetheway in your heart and lifefor an eye-opening, ear-opening, heart-opening, and Heaven-opening experienceof real lifein theSpirit.
  18. 18. Thanks, James, for caringenough to sharetheFather’s heart by sharingyour heart. Weareageneration in need of hearingwhat the Spirit is saying, and wewant to thank you for helpingus to do just that! Mark J. Chironna, PhD TheMaster’s Touch International Church Orlando, Florida
  19. 19. In order to understand theseer realm, onemust first understand the differencebetween theseer and theprophet. Most peoplein the Body of Christ seeno difference. I believeit is critical that we understand thesedistinctions. What is thedifferencebetween a prophet and aseer?Thedistinction will becomeclearer, I hope, in the pages that follow, but for now let us say that all trueseers are prophets, but not all prophets areseers. Another way to look at this is to turn it around and think of a great propheticriver flowingfromthethroneof God that breaks into two streams—theprophet and theseer—which then givedifferent degrees or dimensions or facets of propheticimpartation. Either way, it should beclear that both streams areimportant for thefull expression of theLord’s propheticword to His peoplein our day. Thereis anew anointingfor anew generation, an enablement and a
  20. 20. gracingto unveil God’s purposes and desire, both verbally and visually. This propheticanointingis manifested in avariety of dimensions that express thediversity of God’s approach to working in our world. Propheticministry is established on propheticvision, and it is this vision that sustains that ministry. Thepropheticlight of vision introduces us to theprocess of change, achangewhich is thekey to growth and understanding. TheHoly Spirit is thesourceof vision. Though thereis only one Holy Spirit, Heworks in avariety of ways. As Paul said to the church at Corinth, therearevarieties of gifts and varieties of effects. This diversity applies to visionary states and experiences. Oncewe understand different visionary states, wewill haveabetter ideaof how thepropheticseer anointingworks.
  21. 21. TheNileis truly oneof thegreat rivers of theworld. Includingits tributaries, theNileis also thelongest river in theworld, runningover 4,100 miles fromits beginningin theheart of theAfrican continent to its mouth in Egypt, whereit flows into theMediterranean Sea. For thousands of years, thewaters of theNilehavesustained thelives of thosewho dwell alongits banks and on its flood plain. Few other rivers havebeen as vital to theriseor fall of human cultureand civilization alongtheir banks as has theNile. As mighty as theNileis, however, it begins its lifeas two rivers, rather than one. TheWhiteNileflows fromLakeVictoriain Tanzania, and theBlueNilefromLakeTanain Ethiopia. Thesetwo watercourses cometogether in Khartoum, in theSudan, to formthe
  22. 22. Egyptian Nile, which then runs over 1,600 miles northward on its way to thesea. Two separatestreams, each strongand significant in its own right, join together, with each addingits strength to theother to formonemighty river that nurtures and sustains lifealongits entire course. In thespiritual realm, theflow of thepropheticfromHeaven to earth resembles theNileRiver. Just as theWhiteNileand theBlue Nilejoin to createthegreater river called theEgyptian Nile, two streams of propheticanointingcometogether to feed thegreater concourseof themighty propheticriver of God on earth. Wecan call thesetwo streams thestreamof theprophet and thestreamof the seer. Another way to look at this, as I mentioned in theintroduction to this section, is to turn it around and think of agreat propheticriver flowingfromthethroneof God that breaks into two streams—the prophet and theseer—which then givedifferent degrees or dimensions or facets of propheticimpartation. Either way, it should beclear that both streams areimportant for thefull expression of the Lord’s propheticword to His peoplein our day. Prophecy andProphet Defined In order to understand thedifferencebetween theprophet and the seer better, weneed to definesomefoundational terms. Many Christians today areconfused about theprophetic—what it is and how it operates. First of all, then, what do wemean by theword prophecy?
  23. 23. Kenneth Hagin, thelatefather of themodern faith movement, stated: Prophecy is supernatural utterancein aknown tongue. The Hebrew word “to prophesy”means “to flow forth.”It also carries with it thethought “to bubbleforth likeafountain, to let drop, to lift up, to tumbleforth, and to springforth.”TheGreek word that is translated “prophesy”means “to speak for another.”It means to speak for God or to beHis spokesman.1 Accordingto Dick Iverson, former senior pastor of BibleTemple in Portland, Oregon: Thegift of prophecy is speakingunder thedirect supernatural influenceof theHoly Spirit. It is becomingGod’s mouthpiece, to verbalizeHis words as theSpirit directs. TheGreek word propheteia means “speakingforth themind and counsel of God.”It is inseparable in its New Testament usagewith theconcept of direct inspiration of theSpirit. Prophecy is thevery voiceof Christ speakingin the church.2 Iverson’s last statement is oneof thebest definitions of prophecy I haveever heard: prophecy is theveryvoiceof Christ speakingin the Church! Thelateinternational Bibleteacher Derek Prince, thespiritual father who impacted my lifemorethan any other leader, defined prophecy in thefollowingway: Thegift of prophecy is thesupernaturally imparted ability to hear
  24. 24. thevoiceof theHoly Spirit and speak God’s mind or counsel. Prophecy ministers not only to theassembled group of believers, but also to individuals. Its threemain purposes are: To edify = to build up, strengthen, to makemoreeffective. To exhort = to stimulate, to encourage, to admonish. To comfort = to cheer up. Thus prophecy overcomes two of satan’s most common attacks: condemnation and discouragement.3 David Pytches, arespected author and former Spirit-filled Anglican bishop, says: Thegift of prophecy is thespecial ability that God gives to members of thebody of Christ to receiveand to communicatean immediatemessageof God to His gathered people, agroup among them, or any oneof His peopleindividually, through adivinely anointed utterance.4 I assimilateall theseunderstandings by statingthat prophecy means theexpressed thoughts of God spoken in alanguagethat no people, in their natural gifts of speech, could articulateon their own. Thesubstanceand natureof prophecy exceed thelimits that the human mind is capableof thinkingor imagining. Its purposeis to edify, exhort, and comfort either individuals or thecorporateBody of Christ. Although prophecy comes through themouth or pen of people, it comes from themind of God.
  25. 25. A prophet or prophetess then, is aspokesperson for God, one who hears thevoiceof theHoly Spirit and speaks or pens God’s mind or counsel through a“divinely anointed manner.” Theword prophet appears morethan 300 times in theOld Testament and morethan 100 times in theNew Testament. In the Old Testament, theHebrew word used most often for “prophet”is theword nabiy’ (nahbi). Hereareafew examples. Accordingto Genesis, Abrahamwas aprophet: Nowtherefore, restoretheman’s [Abraham’s] wife, for heis a prophet [nabiy’], and hewill prayfor you and you will live. But if you do not restoreher, knowthat you shall surelydie, you and all who are yours (Genesis 20:7). Thesamewas said about Moses: Sincethat timeno prophet [nabiy’] has risen in Israel likeMoses, whom theLord knewfaceto face(Deuteronomy 34:10). As spokesman for his brother, Aaron was also aprophet: Then theLord said to Moses, “See, I makeyou as God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall beyour prophet” [nabiy’] (Exodus 7:1). God called Jeremiah as aprophet even beforehewas born: BeforeI formed you in thewomb I knewyou, and beforeyou were born I consecrated you; I haveappointed you a prophet [nabiy’] to
  26. 26. thenations (Jeremiah 1:5). Malachi spokeof aprophet who would appear in thelast days: Behold, I am going to send you Elijah theprophet [nabiy’] before thecoming of thegreat and terribledayof theLord (Malachi 4:5). FromJesus’ own words in Matthew 11:14, weknow that this Scripturein Malachi refers to John theBaptist. In aversethat many peoplebelieverefers to Jesus, theMessiah, God promised to raiseup another prophet as aspiritual successor to Moses: I will raiseup a prophet [nabiy’] from among their countrymen likeyou, and I will put Mywords in his mouth, and heshall speak to them all that I command him (Deuteronomy 18:18). Theword nabiy’ has to do with hearingand speaking, with beinga “mouthpiece”for God, declaringthat which onehas heard. A nabiy’ prophet is aperson who speaks on behalf of asuperior. In Aaron’s case, this was Moses and, ultimately, God. In thecaseof every biblical prophet, in fact, God was thesuperior for whomthey spoke. Their words originated with Him. Heplanted His word in their hearts and mouths, and they in turn declared it to thepeople. In short, nabiy’ prophets arespeakers who declaretheword that God has given to them. Imparting the Prophetic
  27. 27. God imparts this propheticword in anumber of ways. All prophecy comes fromGod through theHoly Spirit, but it operates differently in different people. TheOld Testament uses several different Hebrew terms to describethevarious modes of impartation. First, accordingto Strong’s Concordance, thereis nataf, which means “to let drop likerain.”This describes aslow, gentleprocess wherethepropheticword comes upon us littleby littleand accumulates in our spirits over aperiod of time. It is likebeingin a certain placeand havingthemist of God descend around us and slowly permeateour spirits. Somehavedescribed it as beinglikea spongethat gradually soaks up and absorbs the“raindrops”of the propheticpresenceof theLord until they fill up and overflow. Thesecond Hebrew word listed in Strong’s Concordancefor propheticimpartation is massa, which refers to the“hand of the Lord”that releases the“burden of theLord.”When God’s hand comes upon us, Heimparts somethingto us—aprophetic “burden”—and when His hand lifts, that burden remains. TheLord deposits somethingin our spirits that was not therebefore; and even after Helifts His hand, wecarry that burden as aword or commission fromHim. Helays on us a“burden”for aparticular situation, and we may carry that impartation for days, weeks, months, or even years. For example, it might beaburden over theabortion situation in the United States. God’s hand comes upon us and then departs, leaving behind asupernatural enablement of grace, aHoly Spirit endowment to prophesy and intercedein away wenever could before. I have addressed this themethoroughly in my book Kneeling on the Promises: Birthing God’s Purposes Through PropheticIntercession.
  28. 28. Another word found in Strong’s Concordancefor prophetic impartation is nabiy’, which as wehavealready seen, is theaction of “flowingforth,”or “bubblingforth likeafountain.”This perfectly describes theinspirational gift of prophecy weseeso often in meetings, particularly in asettingof aplurality of elders and seasoned, gifted individuals workingtogether as acoordinated team— the“propheticpresbytery”(see1 Tim. 4:14). The SeerRealm Within theoverall realmof theprophet lies theparticular and distinctiverealmof theseer. Remember that I said all trueseers are prophets, but not all prophets areseers. Theword seer describes a particular typeof prophet who receives aparticular typeof propheticrevelation or impartation. Accordingto Strong’s Concordance, theOld Testament uses two words primarily to refer to aseer: ra’ah and chozeh. Ra’ah literally means “to see,”particularly in thesenseof seeingvisions. Other meanings include“to gaze,”“to look upon,”and “to perceive.” Chozeh literally means “abeholder in vision”and can also be translated as “gazer”or “stargazer.” With thesedefinitions now in place, thedistinction between a prophet (nabiy’) and aseer (ra’ah or chozeh) becomes alittleclearer. When it comes to propheticrevelation, aprophet is primarily an inspired hearer and then speaker, whileaseer is primarily visual. In other words, theprophet is thecommunicativedimension, and the seer is thereceptivedimension. Whereas nabiy’ emphasizes theactive
  29. 29. work of theprophet in speakingforth amessagefromGod, ra’ah and chozeh focus on theexperienceor means by which theprophet “sees or perceives”that message. Thefirst places emphasis on aprophet’s relationship with thepeople; thesecond places emphasis on a prophet’s revelatory relationship with God. Apparently, seers werecommonly employed in theroyal court to offer counsel to theking. Asaph and Gad wereboth seers in King David’s court: Moreover, King Hezekiah and theofficials ordered theLevites to sing praises to theLord with thewords of David and Asaph theseer. So theysang praises with joy, and bowed down and worshiped (2 Chronicles 29:30). When David arosein themorning, theword of theLord cameto theprophet Gad, David’s seer, saying, “Go and speak to David, ‘Thus theLord says, “I am offering you threethings; choosefor yourself oneof them, which I will do to you” ’ ” (2 Samuel 24:11-12). In contrast, Nathan also served KingDavid, but theBiblecalls him aprophet: Theking said to Nathan theprophet, “Seenow, I dwell in a house of cedar, but theark of God dwells within thetent curtains.” And Nathan said to theking, “Go, do all that is in your mind, for theLord is with you.” But in thesamenight theword of theLord cameto Nathan, saying, “Go and sayto Myservant David, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Areyou theonewho should build Mea houseto dwell in?”’” (2 Samuel 7:2-5)
  30. 30. Asaph was aseer and Gad was aseer, but Nathan was aprophet. Noticealso that Second Samuel 24:11 refers to Gad as both aprophet and aseer. Oneinterestingversethat contains all threeHebrew words is First Chronicles 29:29: Nowtheacts of King David, from first to last, arewritten in the chronicles of Samuel theseer [ra’ah], in thechronicles of Nathan the prophet [nabiy’] and in thechronicles of Gad theseer [chozeh]. Another Scriptureclearly reveals theinfluenceof prophets and seers in ancient Israel and their position as spokespeoplefor God: He[Hezekiah] then stationed theLevites in thehouseof theLord with cymbals, with harps and with lyres, according to thecommand of David and of Gad theking’s seer [chozeh], and of Nathan theprophet [nabiy’]; for thecommand was from theLord through His prophets (2 Chronicles 29:25). Nabiy’ prophets and ra’ah and chozeh seers areall legitimate expressions of God’s propheticstream. As far as propheticgiftingis concerned, prophets and seers areequally valid. First Samuel 9:9 says, Formerlyin Israel, when a man went to inquireof God, heused to say, “Come, and let us go to theseer” [ra’ah]; for hewho is called a prophet [nabiy’] nowwas formerlycalled a seer [ra’ah]. All trueseers areprophets, but not all prophets areseers. A prophet may havetheparticular graceto hear and proclaimtheword of theLord and yet not necessarily function as profusely in the
  31. 31. revelatory visionary capacity as aseer does. Theseer, on theother hand, may movequiteremarkably in this visionary dreamcapacity, yet not beas deep in theinspirational audiblegraces of hearingand speaking. Nevertheless, both moveand operatein theprophetic realm, but in different capacities or dimensions. Theseer realmdescribes awholeother aspect of theway the propheticoperation occurs. Generally speaking, seers arepeoplewho seevisions in aconsistent and regular manner. For themost part, their propheticanointingis morevisionarythan auditory. Rather than receivingwords that they attempt to repeat or flow with, they often seepictures that they then describe. Thesepictures may bein the formof wakingvisions, or as dreams whilesleeping. I know many propheticnabiy’ peoplewho arenot seers at all and who do not movein dreamrealms, but arenonetheless strong propheticvessels. At thesametime, I know other peoplewho are profoundly gifted in “seeing”—they seeangels, demons, lights and colors, dreams and visions—but who do not manifest as much in the inspirational capacity to encouragepeoplespontaneously and verbally. Oneof thedifferences is that, whereas thepropheticword of a nabiy’ is often spontaneous and activated by faith, that of ara’ah or chozeh seer is moredependent upon themanifested presenceof God. Many seers will seesomethingbeforehand. For example, beforegoing to ameetingor strategicappointment, aseer may receiveapictureof acertain person at that meetingsittingin acertain placedressed in a certain color. Theseer may even begiven theperson’s name. Later, in themeeting, theseer will begin scanningthecrowd lookingfor that
  32. 32. particular person. If that person is actually there, this becomes a “green light”for theseer to moveforward. For seers, seeingin the natural what they had already seen in thespirit activates their faith and calls forth couragewithin them. This kind of propheticanointinghas alot to do with quietly waitingon God. Therearetimes, as observed frommy own experienceand that of others, when onewaits on God for what seems to bean extended period of time, only to haveHimcomeat thelast minute. Quiteoften, impartation in theseer realmcomes only after a timeof patient waitingand contemplativemeditation upon theLord. I haveoften heard it stated: God is slow but Heis always on time! But thank theLord, if wewait, Hewill come! Latter-Day Prophetic Streams In recent years, wehavewitnessed there-emergenceof two distinct propheticstreams that first appeared over 50 years ago: the seer visionary streamand thenabiy’ verbal stream. As spiritual fathers, Bob Jones perhaps represents thefirst, whileBishop Bill Hamon exemplifies thesecond. Founder and director of Christian International Ministries in Florida, Dr. Hamon described themid- twentieth-century emergenceof thesetwo propheticstreams that havereappeared in recent years: Two streams of restoration cameforth in 1947-48. Onewas the Latter Rain Movement, which restored thepracticeof…thelayingon of hands…as well as extensivecongregational prophesying….They emphasized movinginto thepropheticrealmby faith, graceand
  33. 33. gifting. Theother restoration streamwas what was termed “The Healingand DeliveranceMovement.”Their restorational emphasis was layingon of hands for healing, deliveranceand world evangelism by preachingwith signs and wonders. Both groups wereof God and werevalid ministries.5 Oneof thefather figures in theLatter Rain Movement was aman named David Shoch, whileWilliamBranhamwas astrongly anointed leader in theHealingand DeliveranceMovement. Onewas anabiy’ prophet, whiletheother was achozeh seer. Each movement had different manifestations and operations. Theseparallel streams appeared in themid-1940s and began to wanein theearly 1950s, but both havere-emerged over thepast 20 years or so. As amatter of fact, thecurrent expression of themodern propheticmovement in Americaappeared in thelate1980s, centered in multiplelocations: yet was distinctly at that timein Kansas City Fellowship (later Metro Vineyard Fellowship, then Metro Christian Fellowship, and today IHOP-KC) in Kansas City, Missouri. Its then lead pastor was, MikeBickle, alongwith prophets such as Bob Jones, John Paul Jackson, Paul Cain, and others. At that time, I also, was recognized as oneof the“Kansas City Prophets.” Central to this new emphasis on prophecy werethreecore convictions: “that thepropheticgift should berestored in theChurch, that prophecy is anatural, biblical means for God to speak to his people, and that…this increased propheticactivity is asign of the emergenceof thelast-days victorious Church.”6 Modern-day prophecy in theChurch consists of threeparts—
  34. 34. revelation, interpretation, and application. Great caremust always be exercised becauseof thedanger of falliblehuman instruments misconstruingeither theinterpretation or theapplication or both, which happened fairly often in theearly days. Themovement has grown to encompass multiplestreams and locations and has matured greatly sincethat time, as haveits practitioners. Clearly, thecentral propheticfigures in theearly portion of the Kansas City propheticmovement wereBob Jones and Paul Cain. Both haveamazingstories of their own. Paul was born to amother who was miraculously healed of terminal tuberculosis, heart disease, and cancer shortly beforehis birth. Hereceived his first visit fromtheLord when hewas eight. Even as ateenager, hewas on thehealingcircuit, prophesyingto peopleby tellingthemtheir names, their ailments, and that God was healingthem. By the1950s hehad afull-timetravelingministry and a television program. Then, likeso many revivalists of that period, he seemed to go into an eclipse. Heceased his travelingministry, gaveup his television show, and retreated out of thepubliceyeto rekindlehis lovefor God and devotion to holiness. Paul was released by theLord in later years with asurgeof impact. Sincethen, hehas been to the mountaintop of global ministry, to thepits of failure, and then again in amodeof restoration. Bob Jones, on theother hand, had an angelicvisitation in his youth by an angel of theLord when residingin rural Arkansas. It was years later, after beingin themilitary, that Bob truly surrendered his heart to Jesus and responded to thecallingon his lifeas aseer prophet. Bob was brought back fromanear-death experienceto be
  35. 35. commissioned by theLord to anoint leaders who would participatein theend-timeharvest of onebillion souls cominginto theKingdom.7 In addition to thesetwo streams, I believetherearemany other smaller streams of propheticanointingthat arevariations of the others. TheChristian Church today is experiencingher greatest period of propheticimpartation sincethefirst-century. Theriver is widening, deepeningand growing. Let theriver flow! Two Prophetic Streams: Contrasts and Comparisons By contrastingand comparingtheprophet and seer streams, we can gain abetter understandingof how thetwo work together and complement each other in bringingout thefullest expression of God’s propheticrevelation. In general, as wesaw before, thenabiy’ propheticanointingtends toward theaudibleand verbal and is moreacommunicative dimension. Prophets in this streamoften work in aplurality of leadership. Seasoned and gifted individuals, both men and women, minister through thelayingon of hands, relatingprophecy to individuals or to thecorporateBody as it is revealed to them. This ministry often utilizes thespiritual gifts of tongues and the interpretation of tongues, prophecy, and words of knowledge. Nabiy’ prophets “hear”aword in their spirits and begin by releasingthis unction. This kind of prophecy tends to bemorespontaneous and with afaster flow than “seer”prophecy, with inspiration as the general tone.
  36. 36. Ra’ah or chozeh seers, on theother hand, tend moretoward single- person ministry versus theplurality of ateam. Theseer anointing emphasizes visions and therevelatory gifts mingled with thegift of discerningof spirits rather than theaudible, speakinggifts. Within the visionary dimension therearetwo basiclevels of “seeing”: visual and actual. Visual “seeing”involves insights, revelations, warnings, and prophecies fromtheSpirit of God that may comein supernatural visual dreams. In such instances, peopleseeGod’s revelation while their spirits simply observeand receivethemessage. Even though asleep, thesepeoplemay seetheheavens opened as Ezekiel did in Ezekiel 1:1 or as John did in Revelation 4:1. Thespecial characteristic of an open-Heaven typeof vision is that thehigher celestial realms aredisclosed, and views, patterns, and heavenly sights of God becomeseeable. In contrast, actual “seeing”involves supernatural dreams in which God’s tangiblepresenceis evident or manifested. To seetheLord in a dreamis visual, but for Himto manifest Himself to theperson dreamingis actual. Becauseseers prophesy primarily by sharingwhat they haveseen, they often operateat aslower pacethan nabiy’ prophets dueto the fact that they aretryingto describesupernatural pictures in their own words. Unlikethegenerally spontaneous natureof nabiy’ prophecy, seers often receiveinformation ahead of timeto shareat alater date. Seers often aredependent upon angelicvisitations and the manifested presenceof God. Consequently, thesepropheticvessels
  37. 37. may appear to havecertain limitations until they sensetheanointing. This was supposedly thecasewith WilliamBranham, oneof the leaders of theHealingand DeliveranceMovement in the’40s and ’50s. Oneday in thelate1940s, hehad an angelicencounter that brought with it gifts of healingand aword of knowledge. Fromthat day on, WilliamBranhammoved in avery high level of specifics, but with somelimitations. Sometimes hewould not beableto do anythinguntil his angels showed up. When theangels came, he received releasebecauserevelation began to flow. Prophets and seers represent diversities in thepropheticanointing. As stableand consistent Dr. Bill Hamon said, both arevalid ministries, and both areneeded in theChurch today. God never does anythingby accident or without purpose. It is important for all of us to nurtureappreciation and respect for all who carry genuine propheticgiftings, no matter how thosegiftings manifest. After all, both prophet and seer areservants of thesameLord and havethesamegoal: to speak that which God has given to themin order to exhort, edify, and comfort theBody of Christ. In adreamI had once, Paul Cain cameto meand said, “Theseer hears as much as hesees; it’s just adifferent deep touch fromthesamedear Jesus.” Whether nabiy’ or ra’ah, audibleor visual, all prophecy comes fromthesamesource: God theFather through Jesus Christ by the present-day ministry of theHoly Spirit. Thepurposeof both the prophet and theseer is to reveal theglorious wonders of Jesus Christ and God’s purposein each generation, as well as to bringan awareness of eternity, Heaven and hell, and theFather’s great presenceamongHis people—whether by audibleor visual means, and
  38. 38. whether by spontaneous inspiration or by reflectivecontemplation. Pray forVision Therearetwo scriptural prayers that I haveprayed regularly, even daily, for over 25 years. I haveprayed themover myself, over my family and, through theyears, over countless other people. Both prayers haveto do with theseer anointing—thecapacity to “see”in thespiritual sense. Thefirst of theseis Paul’s great prayer in thefirst chapter of Ephesians: [I pray] that theGod of our Lord Jesus Christ, theFather of glory, maygiveto you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in theknowledge of Him. I praythat theeyes of your heart maybeenlightened, so that you will knowwhat is thehopeof His calling, what aretheriches of thegloryof His inheritancein thesaints, and what is thesurpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Thesearein accordancewith theworking of thestrength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when Heraised Him from thedead and seated Him at His right hand in theheavenlyplaces, far aboveall rule and authorityand power and dominion, and everynamethat is named, not onlyin this agebut also in theoneto come(Ephesians 1:17-21). Every born-again believer has two sets of eyes. Wehaveour physical eyes, with which weview thephysical, created world around us. Paul also talks about asecond set of eyes—theeyes of our hearts, or our inner self—which can beenlightened to perceive
  39. 39. spiritual truth. Paul said, “I praythat theeyes of your heart maybe enlightened….” I pray theprayer somethinglikethis: “Lord, giveme that spirit of wisdom; grant methat spirit of revelation so that I will becaptured by Jesus Christ.”Then I pray over theeyes of my heart: “Releaseshafts of revelation light into them, that I might know the hopeof Your calling, that I might know theglorious inheritancethat lives insideof me, and that I might know thesurpassinggreatness of Your power that works in me.” I pray this way and encourageyou to do thesamebecauseI am convinced that any believer can develop theseer capacity. All prophecy, includingtheseer dimension, is asovereign gift of God, but I do not believeit is an exclusivegift. Paul’s prayer makes it clear that if you pray over theeyes of your heart, God will giveyou thespirit of wisdomand revelation in theknowledgeof Him. This means you will cometo know theLord in away you never could on your own or in your own wisdom. Theother ScriptureI haveprayed constantly for years is found in Second Kings chapter 6. Hereis thesituation: Thekingof Aram wants to capturetheprophet Elishaand has sent his army to surround thecity of Dothan, whereElishais living. Elisha’s servant sees thegreat army and is terrified: Nowwhen theattendant of theman of God had risen earlyand goneout, behold, an armywith horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, “Alas, mymaster! What shall we do?” So heanswered, “Do not fear, for thosewho arewith us are
  40. 40. morethan thosewho arewith them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that hemaysee.” And theLord opened theservant’s eyes and hesaw; and behold, themountain was full of horses and chariots of fireall around Elisha (2 Kings 6:15-17). This Scriptureshows that wecan pray for someoneelseto be enlightened. Elishawas aseer; hesaw somethinghis servant could not see, and heprayed, “O Lord…open his eyes that hemaysee.” It was such asimpleprayer, and yet theLord answered it. Heenabled the servant to seeinto thespiritual realm. Through theprayer of aseer camean impartation to another of thecapacity to see. Nabiy’ and ra’ah, prophet and seer—both carry theprophetic anointing, and both haveasignificant ministry fromtheLord. Much has been written and taught about thenabiy’ propheticstream, but less has been composed about thera’ah and chozeh streamof more visionary prophecy. To understand better, wefirst need to takea closer look at thedifferent varieties of thepropheticanointing. So comeon thejourney with me, and let’s learn to bless and receivefrom both streams of thepropheticmovement in our day that together compriseonegreat river of God.
  41. 41. They called it “thestormof thecentury.” In March 1993, afriend and I weretravelingin New England, whereI was scheduled to speak at atotal of sixmeetings in three different cities. Our itinerary included New Haven, Connecticut; Providence, RhodeIsland; and Kingston, Massachusetts. I believethe very names of thesecities weresignificant, particularly in light of what happened. New Haven is aplaceof peace, aplaceof respiteand rest. Providencehas to do with thewill of God, and Kingston (or Kingstown) refers to theplacewherethekinglives and fromwherehe rules.
  42. 42. Wewerein New Haven, Connecticut, when theentireupper third of theeastern seaboard of theUnited States was slammed with a snow and icestormpropelled by 80 mile-per-hour winds. Holed up in our littlecottagein thehills, wewatched as snow and sleet in equal measureblew down. In theend, only threeof thesixscheduled meetings took place, and attendanceat thosethreewas only about one-fourth of what it would havebeen otherwise. Nevertheless, that trip turned out to beatrue divineappointment for us. Becauseof thestorm, therewereno meetings at all that Saturday, but it turned out to beareal joy for me that they did not happen. Rather than feelingremorseor worrying that wehad somehow missed God and ended up in thewrongplaceat thewrongtime, weknew wewereexactly whereweweresupposed to be. Whileweweresnowed in, watchingtheawesomepower of natureand of nature’s God, wehad somewonderful timeof just waitingon theLord. As wewaited and prayed together, simply meditatingbefore God’s presence, Hebrought meinto arealmwhereI began speaking prophetically, even though no oneelseexcept my friend was thereto hear me. I felt at that timethat theLord was sharingpart of His heart with me. Whilewatchinganews broadcast, weheard thelocal story of a pregnant woman who went into labor duringthestormand had to be dugout of her housein order to go to thehospital. Shereached the hospital just in timeto givebirth to ahealthy baby boy, whomshe and her husband named Joshua. As aresult, thelocal news media began referringto theblizzard as “theJoshuaStorm.”
  43. 43. As I pondered on that name, I felt thevoiceof theLord insideme sayingquietly, “Yes, thereis anew anointingfor anew generation: My Joshuageneration.”LikeJoshuaof old, who succeeded Moses as leader of theIsraelites, a“Joshuageneration”receives thebaton from thegeneration that has pioneered and gonebeforeit. It is ageneration that takes thepromises spoken to an earlier generation and crosses over into the“Promised Land”to possess it and to conquer the enemies that arethere. Today thereis anew anointingfor anew generation, aJoshua generation of peoplewho will beborn into thethings of theSpirit in themidst of agreat spiritual stormthat is sweepingacross our land. Let’s takeacloser look at this anointing. Understanding the Prophetic Anointing Many Scriptures throughout theBiblespeak of theanointing. Psalm92:10 says, “You haveexalted myhorn likethat of thewild ox; I havebeen anointed with fresh oil.” Fresh anointingoil is what we need if wearegoingto beableto fulfill that which theLord has already spoken of so clearly. Isaiah 10:27 speaks of thepower of theanointingto break the yokeof bondage, evil, and oppression: It shall cometo pass in that daythat his [thekingof Assyria’s] burden will betaken awayfrom your shoulder, and his yokefrom your neck, and theyokewill bedestroyed becauseof theanointing oil (NKJV).
  44. 44. Theanointingalso carries thepower to do good and bringhealing: You knowof Jesus of Nazareth, howGod anointed Him with the HolySpirit and with power, and howHewent about doing good and healing all who wereoppressed bythedevil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38). Essentially, theanointingis thesupernatural enablement or grace —themanifested presenceof theHoly Spirit—operatingupon or through an individual or acorporategroup to producetheworks of Jesus. It means God with you and God in you; you aretalkingHis talk and walkingin His shadow. As an anointed people, weas theBody of Christ havebeen called to carry aprophetic-typeburden that will causeus to liveon the cuttingedgeof God’s eternal purpose. Thepropheticministry is but oneaspect of thefivefold callingof apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. As such, it is resident to adegreein every ministry and moreevident and activein certain ones. God’s ultimate weapon is aman or awoman who has encountered theprophetic anointing. God does not anoint projects; Heanoints people! Peopleanointed with apropheticministry speak theword of the Lord in thenameof theLord. They carry weight in theChurch by virtueof theethical, moral, and spiritual urgency of their message. Their credentials, credibility, and status as propheticvessels stemnot frombirth or by official designation, but by thepower of their inner call and by theresponseof thosewho hear them. Thesinglemost characteristicmark of truepropheticpeopleis the
  45. 45. evidencethat they havestood in thecounsel of God and have thereforefaithfully declared what they heard fromHis mouth. Accordingto WilliamRobertson Smith, it is this divineword that distinguishes aprophet: Thepossession of asingletruethought, not derived fromcurrent religious teaching, but springingup in thesoul as aWord from Jehovah, Himself, is enough to constituteaprophet.1 Usually, prophets makeno special claimto beheard, but are content to speak and act and leavethematter there, confident not in themselves, but in thefact that they haveheard fromGod and that every word fromHimwill find fulfillment. Their primary concern is not with thedistant future, but to tell forth thewill of God in the crisis of their own days. Prophets, then, areessentially interpreters of God. Theprophecies of theOld Testament prophets foreshadowed Christ. Themajor task of New Testament prophets and beyond has always been to declarethat in Christ all theprophecies of theBible havebeen fulfilled: And likewise, all theprophets who havespoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced thesedays [i.e., thelife, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ] (Acts 3:24). As to this salvation, theprophets who prophesied of thegracethat would cometo you madecareful searches and inquiries, seeking to knowwhat person or timetheSpirit of Christ within them was indicating as Hepredicted thesufferings of Christ and theglories to
  46. 46. follow(1 Peter 1:10-11). For thetestimonyof Jesus is thespirit of prophecy(Revelation 19:10b). Remember that prophecy itself is theexpressed thoughts of God spoken in alanguagethat no peoplein their natural gift of speech could articulateon their own. Thesubstanceand natureof prophecy exceed thelimits of what thenatural mind could conceive. Prophecy comes through themouth of people, but from themind of God— spiritual thoughts in spiritual words. Thepropheticanointingof theSpirit makes itself known in awide variety of ways. Peoplearedifferent, with different personalities, cultures, ethnicbackgrounds, and gifts. As Rick Joyner often states, no two snowflakes arealike! It should not besurprising, then, that thereis agreatly divergent expression of theministry and officeof the prophet. Although theresurely aremore, I want to look alittlemore closely at 12 variations of this propheticgrace. Thesevarious models represent what theSpirit is doingand desires to do in theChurch. Together they present amorecompletepictureof thefullness of the Lord’s propheticanointing. Dreamers andVisionaries Obviously, thesearepropheticindividuals who moveprimarily in therealmof dreams and visions—seers, in other words. Depending upon theparticular sphereof ministry and authority God has given them, they may bereleased into alargepublicplatform, or their propheticspheremay bereserved for smaller settings such as their
  47. 47. local church, business, family, or homegroup. In somecases their callingmay beprimarily privatein nature, limited to their personal prayer closet and shared only with family members, or, as occasion permits, afew other people. TheLord does not giveaprophetic anointingin avoid. Largeor small, every dreamer and visionary has a “market”or aspherethat heor shecan influence. Themain purposeof this dream-and-vision anointingis to awaken thepeopleof God to thespirit realm. It is amiraculous manifestation of theSpirit that creatively illuminates truth and can confirmthe direction of God that has been given to others. A good biblical exampleis theprophet Zechariah (seeZech. 4.) In our own day, Bob Jones, John Paul Jackson, Paul Cain and others exemplify this seer prophet realmin an unusual manner. Prophets Who ProclaimGod’s Corporate Purpose Peoplewho display this expression of theanointing, whiletrue propheticvessels, may rarely or never prophesy over individuals in personal ministry. Their sphereof operation and authority is different. Especially gifted to discern thetimes and theseasons, they giveclarity to theoverall direction and purposeof theBody of Christ, enablingand encouragingtheChurch to riseup into full maturity. Paul is theperfect New Testament example. Although an apostle and ateacher, Paul also walked under astrongpropheticanointing that revealed itself as aprofound revelatory gift for uncoveringand explainingthelargecorporatepurposeof theChurch.
  48. 48. Onecontemporary examplecould beRick Joyner. Although Rick is an authenticseer, his emphasis is not on individual, personal prophecies. Rick is almost always found in thesphereof prophetically declaringand interpretingthecorporatepurposes of God for our day. Dr. Bill Hamon’s teachingand many books also reveal God’s overall propheticpurposefor His corporateChurch, whileFrancis Frangipane, Tommy Tenney, and others point to the corporatedirection thewind is blowing, too. Prophets Who ProclaimGod’s Heart Standards forHis People Peopleunder this anointingchallengetheChurch by callingfor holy thoughts, intentions, motives, convictions, and methodologies in every arenaof life. That is what it means to proclaimGod’s heart standards for His people. Their purposeis to usher in thefruit of the Spirit, nurturethecharacter of Christ, and promotepurity and holiness. Biblical examples of this propheticanointingwould be Jeremiah in theOld Testament and John theBaptist in theNew Testament. A good contemporary exampleof this anointingwas thelateDavid Wilkerson, who released theplumb lineof God into theChurch even as hedeclared thestandards of holiness in apropheticmanner. Just becausehedid not seevisions, or individually lay hands on people, or call peopleout by namedoes not mean hewas not prophetic. On the contrary, perhaps hewas aprophet evangelist, releasingtheWord of God in an evangelisticmanner that changed lives. Thank God for others likeSteveHill and Michael Brown, who call us into radical
  49. 49. obedienceto theWord of God. Prophets Who Proclaim the Church’s Social Responsibilities andActions This expression of thepropheticanointingcalls to theChurch to carefor thewidow, theorphan, thepoor, theoppressed, and the prisoner—in short, all theneedy who haveno power and no champion for their cause. Thepurposeis to establish righteousness and justice. Amos in theOld Testament was just such aprophet. In thefifth chapter of thebook that bears his name, hesays, “But let justiceroll down likewaters and righteousness likean ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24). In recent years, NormStone, with Walk Americafor Life, has been this kind of prophet. His lifestylegoes somewhat against thegrain of theChurch and thenation. God has given himauniqueand unusual propheticcall to prayer walk across theUnited States fromborder to border—seven times—declaringtheatrocities of abortion and pricking thehard hearts of theChurch and of thenation to convict us of our social and moral responsibility. Though often athankless job, it is a vitally needed ministry. Another dear friend of minein Nashville, Tennessee, is Scott MacLeod with Provision International. Though heis first aprophetic psalmist, hehas given his lifeto theministry of thepoor in theinner- city projects of thecity I livein. Mark Roye, who heads up our own Compassion Acts, is such achampion, as is PatriciaKing, with her global thrust of justiceand mercy. They aresomeof thegrowing
  50. 50. number of champions who call us to put feet to our faith by taking thepropheticto thestreets. Prophets Who Speak Forththe Administrative Strategy of GodWitha Political Slant Wait aminute! Prophets with an administrativegift?Isn’t that a right brain/left brain conflict?Not at all! Moses was aprophet, and so wereJoseph and Daniel. All threeof theseOld Testament men of God carried astrongpropheticanointing, yet all wereextraordinarily gifted with administrativeand leadership ability. Moses needed quiteabit of political savvy to lead 3 million peopleout of 400 years of slavery and get themorganized into a coherent nation. Joseph moved in theseer realmas an interpreter of dreams. His propheticgiftingto seewhat was comingput himin a uniqueposition to speak thecounsel of God to thosewho werein political authority. As second-in-command to Pharaoh, Joseph was a powerful and ableadministrator. Daniel also moved in theseer realm of revelatory dreams and visions, yet hewas themost capableof all theleaders and administrators under thekingof Babylon. Duringmy teenageyears, theLord laid on my heart acoupleof prayers that I began to pray regularly. Thefirst was, “Lord, raiseup your Josephs. Raiseup your counselors to thePharaohs.”Sometimes God puts somethingwithin you, and you don’t even fully understand why it’s there, let alonehow it got there. All you know is that God has dropped into your spirit adeposit of gracethat inspires you to
  51. 51. begin prayingfor somethingor someonespecificthat you would never havedreamed of yourself. As ayoungman, I felt aburden to pray for theLord to releasecounselors to thosewho werein authority. Theother prayer I began to pray was, “Lord, I ask that you give meaheart of purity.”Jesus said, “Blessed arethepurein heart, for theyshall seeGod” (Matt. 5:8). Oh, how I wanted to seetheLord! I cried out for aheart of purity, and I still do. As God imparts this “political savvy,”thosewho receiveit reveal deep administrativeskills and devisestrategies that releaseand help foster thewiseand smooth implementation of God’s purposes. This is just what Joseph did in Egypt as heprepared thecountry to surviveduringseven years of famine. Today, Dr. Kingsley Fletcher exemplifies this gracein an amazing manner. Heis both asenior pastor of achurch in North Carolinaand a kingof thenation of Ghana, callingforth changein society. Thereare many such statesmen and stateswomen whomGod is raisingup for such atimeas this. What aconcept to strategically know by revelation what to do and how to implement it! Lord, expand our horizons and raiseup thesehistory-makers! Prophetic WorshipLeaders Who Usherinthe Manifested Presence of GodThroughProphetic Worship Propheticworship leaders help releasepeopleinto theliberty of
  52. 52. both expressingtheir lovefor God and receivingGod’s love. Under their propheticleadership, thegifts of theSpirit flow and operate morefreely. Becausethey arecarriers of theSpirit, they can help lift others into His marvelous presencewherechangeoccurs. Jesus is truly exalted and enthroned in thepraises of His people(seePs. 22:3). Theprimebiblical exampleis David who, in addition to beinga shepherd and aking, was also apropheticpsalmist. Half or moreof thepsalms in theBiblewerewritten by David. As ayoungman, he played his harp and sang, causingdemons to fleefromKingSaul. What acombination! Several examples of thepropheticpsalmist in our own generation would beDavid Ruis, JulieMeyer, Sean Feucht, Matt Redmon, Misty Edwards, and Jeff Deyo. A new breed of radical Salvation Army bands arehurtlingforth on thescene. A fresh combination mixingevangelisticand propheticgraces is emergingto impact thelost for Jesus’ sake. But many of this new breed of holy warriors will find their expression primarily through music. Prophetic Intercessors Under this anointing, aperson receives aburden fromGod that releases intercession that can affect individuals, communities, cities, and even nations. Dependingon themeasureof sphereand authority granted by theLord, apropheticintercessor may moveunder a particular international burden. In theOld Testament, Daniel prayed threetimes aday for the
  53. 53. releaseof thechildren of Israel fromBabylonian captivity. He interceded for their return to their homeand for their restoration (see Dan. 6:10, Dan. 9). Thesecond chapter of Luketells of Anna, aprophetess and widow who “never left thetemple, serving night and daywith fastings and prayers” (Luke2:37b). Although not asinglepersonal prophecy of hers is recorded, theBibledoes say that shedevoted her timeto fastingand prayer. Annawas apropheticintercessor. It takes astrongpropheticspirit to endurein prayer beforethe Lord even when much timegoes by with nothingseemingly happening. Without such an anointing, peoplebecomehopeless, disappointed, and discouraged to thepoint of givingup. The anointingfor propheticintercession imparts thegraceto endure. You don’t just pray to God, but you learn to pray theprayers of God! For mepersonally, my anointingseems to bedeepest in this area of propheticintercession. God has given methefaith for it as well as thegraceto impart it to others. It is awfully hard to giveaway somethingyou do not have. Amongall thethings I do, this has been thestrongest anointingupon my life. Cindy Jacobs of Generals International, Beth Alves of IncreaseInternational, Chuck Pierceof Global Spheres, Lou Engleof TheCall, TomHess, Dick Simmons, and thousands of others makeup this army of revelatory prayer warriors. Thenext fiveareexpressions of thepropheticanointingthat I believetheHoly Spirit wants to releaseon awider scaleand has even begun to do so.
  54. 54. Spirit-Bearers John 3:8 says, “Thewind blows whereit wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not knowwhereit comes from and whereit is going; so is everyonewho is born of theSpirit.” This is aword for every believer. All of us who areborn-again areto catch thewind of theSpirit. Therearesomepeople, however, who seemto havean anointing to catch that wind morethan others. They wet their finger, stick it up in theair to find out which way thewind is blowing, then set their sails and follow that wind wherever it goes. To others they may appear flighty or even slightly crazy, but they don’t carebecause they arecaught up in followingthewind of theHoly Spirit in their lives. Through alove-walk with theLord they practicethepresenceof Jesus. God uses thesepropheticSpirit-bearers to releaseunusual manifestations of theHoly Spirit in themidst of acorporatepeople. Theremay bepeoplefallingin theSpirit, quaking, shaking, ecstatic speech, power encounters, or kingdomclashes of angelicand demonic warfare. Sometimes they will movein therealmof theangelic presence, even perhaps in arealmwherethey simply blow on people and an activity of God occurs. ThelateJill Austin, who was adear friend of mineand theleader of Master Potter Ministries, was amodern-day Spirit-bearer. When sheshowed up, Heshowed up! Spirit-bearers’ main purposeis to be with Jesus and to get up in front of peopleand say, “Come, Holy Spirit!”They areused to createaconnectingpoint between Heaven
  55. 55. and earth and bringHiminto theplace. Prophetic Counselors Peoplewith this anointingcombinepastoral caringand healing understandings with theprophetic. Thereis atremendous need for this kind of ministry today becauseso many peopleareso full of hurt and traumaand turmoil. Propheticcounselingoften mingles thespirit of counsel and thespirit of understandingas stated in Isaiah 11:2: TheSpirit of theLord will rest on Him, thespirit of wisdom and understanding, thespirit of counsel and strength, thespirit of knowledgeand thefear of theLord. Sometimes propheticcounselors also display gifts of healingand discerningof spirits: yet their primary concern is not thebigpicture, but thewholeness of theinternal affairs of men and women on a personal or family basis. Both compassionateand revelatory, they areableto seeinto the hurts and wounds of individuals, and they can help releasethespirit of understanding. With their propheticinsight and ability to listen, they can help other peoplequiet their souls and easetheir troubled hearts. John and PaulaSandford of theElijah HouseMinistries are indeed afather and mother of this sphere. Joan Hunter has picked up themantleof her parents “theHappy Hunters”and moves in a prophetichealinggrace. Theglobal HealingRooms Ministries led by Cal Pierceand many others areexamples of theseprophetichealers in our day and age!
  56. 56. So many peopleget so excited about all theamazingthings that happen in meetings, but so much morehappens in littlegatherings and one-on-onecounseling, as troubled individuals comeface-to-face with thelove, compassion, and healingpower of theLord through the ministry of sensitiveand gifted propheticcounselors. Prophetic Equippers This is aprophet/teacher combination. All theoffices of the fivefold ministry—apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher— areprovided for equippingtheChurch; but somefolks seemto havea special gracefor equippingothers. Somepropheticequippers may performtheir ministries primarily through modeling, without significant involvement in individual people’s lives. Others learn by listeningto themspeak and by watchingtheir lives. Many other propheticequippers, however, function most effectively through direct interaction with other peoplein ateaching setting. They possess theteachinggracewith apropheticflare, which enables themto explain to others theways of theSpirit takingthe bizarreand makingit practical, relatable, and understandable. Their call and desireis for thedisciplingof other believers with aparticular burden for multiplication through mentoring, which is much-needed today. ThelateJohn Wimber, former leader of theVineyard Movement, was oneof themost profound equippers I ever met. Whilehis seminars wherefull of thepower and presenceof God, students were always given detailed notes and trainingsessions to help themlearn
  57. 57. “to do thestuff.” Dr. Bill Hamon, through his schools and prophetictraining, has activated and equipped thousands of prophets and prophetic ministers located on every continent of theworld. Hehas raised up many men and women, such as Sharon Stone, JaneHamon and so many others. Thank theLord for theseactivists and equippers! Kris Vallonton and theBethel School of Supernatural Ministry, in Redding, California, might just havethehighest level of impartation today! Thank theLord that new leaders areemergingand coming forth! Prophetic Writers Prophecy is not limited to theverbal and thevisual; it may also comeforth in written form. Although not as common, perhaps, as the spoken forms of prophecy, propheticwritingis just as valid. People with this anointingarejust as propheticas anyoneelse. The differenceis that they havethegift and bent to communicatemore powerfully and effectively through thewritten word than through the spoken word. Over theyears, I haveseen many propheticpeoplewho were awkward in front of people, but givethemapen and paper or a computer and watch out! On theother hand, I havealso seen many powerful speakers with incrediblecharismaand “stagepresence”who could hardly jot down two sentences together coherently, much less writeabook. Thewritten word and thespoken word arequite different, and thereis apropheticanointingfor each.
  58. 58. Propheticwriters writewith revelatory anointing, expressingin printed formGod’s heart to contemporary society. GeneEdwards is marvelously used in this manner to poetically paint pictures that draw thereader into His Majesty’s courts. GrahamCooke, of Vacaville, California, is probably oneof the best examples of this convergencein recent years. His works arefilled with wisdom, jewels of thejourney with great propheticinsight. Another past exampleof arevelatory piercingwriter is thelate Francis Schaeffer, founder of L’Abri Fellowship. Dr. Schaeffer was a powerful communicator through thewritten word, atrueprophetic writer and statesman whosebooks and other writings continueto convict and challengetheChurch worldwide25 years after his death. Therearemany other voices today, older and younger, who walk in this anointing. Yes, trendsetters likeRick Joyner of MorningStar Ministries, Dutch Sheets, JuliaLoren, Sister Gwen Shaw of theEnd- TimeHandmaidens, and Servants and so many others. New voices with thepen of theready writer areupon us! Prophetic Evangelists Thesearetheones who taketherevelatory gifts to thestreets, stadiums, neighborhoods, health clubs, executiveplaces—anywhere and everywhere. How desperately our society needs peoplewho movein theanointingof thepropheticevangelist! This anointingdoes not necessarily mean gettingup in front of hundreds or thousands of peopleand preaching. Somepropheticevangelists will do that, of course, but most will operatein asmaller and moreintimatesphere.
  59. 59. Oneof thereal needs is for evangelists in theordinary, day-to-day places that weall know: theelevator, thegrocery store, thebus, the ball field, thegas station, thedoctor’s office, thecampus, the boardroom—anyplacewherepeopleinteract. Mahesh and BonnieChavdarattled my world. Through the propheticand apostolicgiftings upon their lives, they haveseen hundreds of thousands cometo faith in theLord Jesus Christ. But other such champions arealso arisingon thescenetoday, likePatricia King, Mickey Robinson, Jeff Jansen, Munday Martin and scores of others who arebreakingdown theChurch’s walls and thrustinga peopleforth to takeaction. How eager theLord is to releaseHoly Spirit activity in the everyday world through thelives and words of faithful prophets who carry thepropheticevangelist anointing! PoisonandAntidote Clearly then, thepropheticanointingmanifests in many diverse ways. All arisefromthesameHoly Spirit, who gives as Hewills. With this in mind, awarningis in order. Thereis adeadly poison that can kill our ministry and our ability to walk in our anointing, whatever it may be: thepoison of covetousness. Comparingourselves to someoneelseand wantingwhat they haveproduces death. We should never judgeor evaluateour anointingby someoneelse’s anointing. It is vitally important to avoid jealousy and insecurity. God has plenty of anointingto go around. Let’s besatisfied to seek our own callingand walk in our own anointing.
  60. 60. Theantidoteto this poison is to learn to walk in accountability with others, cultivatingfaithfulness, whilegivingourselves to the uniqueexpression of gracethat God has imparted to each of us. Sometimes weareproneto allow ourselves to behindered by rejection, criticism, legalistictraditions, and therestrictiveyokes and molds of others’ unrealisticand erroneous expectations. TheHoly Spirit will help us and liberateus to beuniqueand varied expressions of His wonderful propheticpresenceand yet walk circumspectly with integrity within theChurch. God has never been in abox. Wearetheones in boxes! It is timeto let theHoly Spirit takethelid off so that, in gratitudeto Him, wecan becomeall that we can bein Him. Let’s let His anointingbreak theyoke. Instead of wishingweweresomebody elseor had what somebody elsehas, let’s befaithful and accountableto walk in theuniqueexpression of grace that God has given to each of us.
  61. 61. Moses had ascended Mount Sinai to meet with God. Hehad been goneover amonth. In thevalley below, thepeopleof Israel, newly freed fromslavery, began to wonder about his fate. Perhaps they believed awild animal had killed himor that hehad fallen fromacliff and died. In any case, thepeoplecameto Aaron, Moses’ brother and spokesman, and induced himto makefor thema“god,”agolden imageto go beforethem. They said to Aaron, “This Moses, theman who brought us up from theland of Egypt, wedo not knowwhat has becomeof him” (Exod. 32:1b). Aaron took gold fromthepeopleand fashioned fromit amolten calf, which theIsraelites installed as their god, theonewho had brought themout of Egypt. Then thepeoplebegan to worship the calf and to celebratewith dancingand singing. They offered burnt
  62. 62. sacrifices to thecalf and indulged themselves in licentious play and behavior, perhaps likewhat they had seen in Egypt (seeEx. 32:2-6). On themountain, God saw what thepeopleweredoingand was prepared to destroy them, but Moses interceded on their behalf. The Lord relented and spared thepeople. Moses camedown fromthe mountain, confronted thepeople, and in asymbolicgesture illustratingtheir disobedience, brokethetablets of thelaw at thefoot of themountain. Hethen destroyed thegolden calf. Seeingthat thepeoplewere“out of control” (Exod. 32:25), Moses called out, “Whoever is for theLord, cometo me!” (Exod. 32:26). When “all thesons of Levi” gathered to Moses’ side, hesent them out to put to death theinstigators and leaders of therebellion. In the end, 3,000 Israelites died that day. This incident fromtheBook of Exodus illustrates perfectly the truth of Proverbs 29:18: “Wherethereis no vision, thepeopleare unrestrained, but happyis hewho keeps thelaw.” This versein the New International Version reads: “Wherethereis no revelation, the peoplecast off restraint; but blessed is hewho keeps thelaw.” Some other translations, such as theNew Revised Standard Version, usethe word prophecyinstead of vision or revelation. Thepoint is clear: without prophecy, without divinerevelation or vision, peoplewill cast off all restraint. They will run wild becausethey haveno guidance—no vision. TheWord of God—His law—provides vision and guidancefor living, and thosewho follow it areblessed. All peopleneed avision to sustain themin life. WilliamBlake, thenoted British artist and poet of theeighteenth
  63. 63. and early nineteenth centuries, was also avisionary. Hefirst began seeingvisions as achild and continued to do so throughout his life. This visionary capacity profoundly influenced his lifeand work: In later years Blakehabitually talked about thesupernatural subjects of his pictures as beingactually present in his studio when hewas drawingthem. A visitor oncesurprised himhard at work on a pictureof an invisiblesitter. Helooked and drew, drew and looked, apparently intent on capturingalikeness. “Do not disturb me, I have onesittingto me,”hesaid. “But there’s no onehere,”exclaimed the visitor. “But I seehim, sir,”replied Blakehaughtily. “Thereheis— his nameis Lot—you may read of himin theScriptures. Heis sitting for his portrait.”1 Someof Blake’s best work, both artistically and poetically, was inspired by thevisions that sustained him. In theyear AD 312, Constantineand Maxentius wererivals in the fight over who would beemperor of theRoman Empire. Both men and theforces under their commands drew up battlelines at the Milvian Bridgeover theTiber River. On theday beforethebattle, Constantinehad avision of aflamingcross outlined against thesun. On thecross weretheGreek words En touto nika, which mean, “In this [sign] you shall conquer.”Thenext morning, Constantinehad a dreamin which avoicecommanded himto havehis soldiers mark on their shields thechi ro—themonogramfor Christ. Constantine obeyed, fought Maxentius, and won,2 becomingemperor of Rome— and thefirst Roman emperor to embracetheChristian faith. Constantinehad avision that sustained him, led himto victory, and
  64. 64. changed his life. “Wherethereis no vision, thepeopleperish” (Prov. 29:18aKJV). Unrestrained behavior leads eventually to destruction. Peoplewho haveno vision also haveno goal or purpose—nothingto shoot for. They havenowhereto go in lifeand, therefore, go nowhere. As Christians, wearecalled to beapeopleof vision. Wemust learn to set agoal or target in front of our eyes to gazeupon. It is only when weaimat somethingthat wehaveany chanceof hittingit! TheapostlePaul set his sights on knowingChrist, which he acknowledged was alifelongprocess: Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but onething I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward thegoal for theprizeof theupward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as manyas areperfect, havethis attitude(Philippians 3:13-15a). LikePaul, weneed to beapeopleof vision. Let us set our sights on theLord and aimat His goals. The VisionThat SustainedElisha Elisha, who succeeded Elijah in propheticministry, was aman of vision. Even as ayoungman, Elishahungered for moreof God, and his hunger madehimtenacious in pursuit of his goal. Hekept before his eyes avision of theLord that sustained himthrough alifeof ministry even greater and moremiracle-filled than Elijah’s.
  65. 65. When thetimedrew near for Elijah to leaveand betaken up into Heaven, Elishawould not leavehis side. Threetimes theLord instructed Elijah to go to aspecificplace—Bethel, Jericho, and the Jordan. Threetimes Elijah requested that Elishastay behind, but Elisharefused each time. At theJordan, Elijah struck thewaters with his folded cloak, thewaters parted, and thetwo men crossed over on dry ground. Impressed and encouraged by Elisha’s tenacity, Elijah wanted to find out what hewas really after: When theyhad crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you beforeI am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please, let a doubleportion of your spirit beupon me.” Hesaid, “You haveasked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you seemewhen I am taken from you, it shall beso for you; but if not, it shall not beso.” As theyweregoing along and talking, behold, thereappeared a chariot of fireand horses of firewhich separated thetwo of them. And Elijah went up bya whirlwind to heaven. Elisha sawit and cried out, “My father, myfather, thechariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he sawElijah no more…(2 Kings 2:9-12a). What exactly did Elishasee?Obviously, hesaw Elijah beingtaken up to Heaven, becausetheverses that follow thesemakeit clear that Elishadid receiveadoubleportion of thespirit that had been upon Elijah. However, Elisha’s own words makeit clear that hesaw more than this: “Myfather, myfather, thechariots of Israel and its horsemen!” Thewords “myfather” may refer to Elijah, whomElisha certainly regarded as amentor and father figure. It is also possiblethat Elisha, at themoment of his anointing, caught aglimpseof God the
  66. 66. Father Himself—or at least of theglory that surrounds Him, since Exodus 33:20 says that no onecan seeGod and live. As for “thechariots of Israel and its horsemen,” this may bea referenceto theinnumerablecompany of thearmy of theheavenly host. Whatever Elishasaw, hewas profoundly and deeply affected by thevision, and that vision sustained himthroughout therest of his life. If you remember fromChapter One, this was not theonly time Elishasaw aheavenly army of chariots and horsemen. When theking of Aramsent his army to surround Dothan and captureElisha, Elisha’s servant was terrified until Elishaprayed for his eyes to be opened. That is when theservant saw what Elishasaw: chariots of fireand horses surroundingthem. Oncetheservant saw thedivine army that was invisibleto natural vision, his fear went away. Elishawas aman of vision, aman of revelation, and henever let go of it. What about you?I don’t know what propheticpromisethe Lord may havespoken to you. As Christians, wehavethebiblical promises as well as thecurrent-day revelatory words that arespoken into each of our lives, which comein amultiplicity of manners. Sometimes they comeby thequiet, still witness of theSpirit; at other times, through dreams or visions. They may comefromGod directly to you or through someonespeakingto you what they havereceived fromGod. Whatever thecase, don’t cast away your dream, for it will havea great reward. Don’t takeoff your dreamcoat in thepresenceof your enemy. Keep thevision God has given you beforeyour eyes. Vision
  67. 67. is apower that sustains apeople. The VisionThat SustainedJacob Jacob is another Old Testament character who was sustained by a vision. Havingfled his hometo escapethemurderous wrath of his brother, Esau, Jacob lay down to sleep in thewilderness. Hehad a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on theearth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, theangels of God wereascending and descending on it. And behold, theLord stood aboveit and said, “I am theLord, theGod of your father Abraham and theGod of Isaac; theland on which you lie, I will giveit to you and to your descendants. Your descendants will also belikethedust of theearth, and you will spread out to thewest and to theeast and to thenorth and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all thefamilies of the earth beblessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leaveyou until I havedonewhat I havepromised you” (Genesis 28:12-15). For thenext 21 years, Jacob worked for his uncleLaban, who also becamehis father-in-law when Jacob married his daughters Leah and Rachel. Laban was somewhat of atrickster and deceiver, just as Jacob was. Jacob worked seven years to get Rachel as his wife, only to end up with Leah, who was theolder. Hegot Rachel as well, but had to work another seven years in return. Jacob labored an additional seven years in order to build up his own flocks and herds in preparation for returningto his homeland. In theprocess, Laban changed Jacob’s wages ten times and tried in other ways to cheat him, but God was
  68. 68. always at work behind thescenes, keepingHis promiseto Jacob. Finally, when Jacob was preparingto leave, Laban tried to get him to stay by offeringto pay whatever Jacob asked for as wages. Jacob replied that theonly wages hedesired wereall thestriped, speckled, and spotted sheep and goats in Laban’s herds, as well as all theblack lambs. Laban readily agreed, then hastened to placeall theanimals that fit that description into thecareof his sons and sent themon a three-days’ journey away. It seemed as though Laban had cheated Jacob again. Jacob was undeterred: Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and planetrees, and peeled whitestripes in them, exposing thewhitewhich was in the rods. Heset therods which hehad peeled in front of theflocks in the gutters, even in thewatering troughs, wheretheflocks cameto drink; and theymated when theycameto drink. So theflocks mated bythe rods, and theflocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted. Jacob separated thelambs, and madetheflocks facetoward the striped and all theblack in theflock of Laban; and heput his own herds apart, and did not put them with Laban’s flock. Moreover, whenever thestronger of theflock weremating, Jacob would placethe rods in thesight of theflock in thegutters, so that theymight mateby therods; but when theflock was feeble, hedid not put them in; so the feebler wereLaban’s and thestronger Jacob’s. So theman became exceedinglyprosperous, and had largeflocks and femaleand male servants and camels and donkeys (Genesis 30:37-43). Jacob took fresh rods frompoplar and almond trees (trees
  69. 69. symbolizeauthority), peeled whitestripes in them, and placed them in thewateringtroughs for thesheep and thegoats. When theanimals cameto drink, they also mated (symbolizingintimacy) in front of the peeled rods. Theresultingoffspringwerestriped, speckled, and spotted. Jacob did this only when thestronger animals weremating, so heended up with thestrongest and healthiest flocks, whileLaban’s animals wereweaker. Jacob prospered greatly becausethesheep and goats brought forth theright kind of offspring. They produced thedesired result because therewas avision that was put in front of their eyes, and they begat what was put in front of them. This illustrates theprinciplethat vision is thepower that sustains. Whatever wekeep in front of our eyes is what will determineour outcome! The VisionThat SustainedZechariah LiketheBooks of Daniel and Revelation, theBook of Zechariah contains many visions and apocalypticimages. Zechariah was a visionary prophet whosevisions related specifically to thetimeafter theBabylonian exileand thebeginningof theMessianicperiod in Israel’s history. Oneof Zechariah’s visions is thecontext for oneof themost- quoted verses in theOld Testament: Then theangel who was speaking with mereturned and roused me, as a man who is awakened from his sleep. Hesaid to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on thetop of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven
  70. 70. spouts belonging to each of thelamps which areon thetop of it; also two olivetrees byit, oneon theright sideof thebowl and theother on its left side.” Then I said to theangel who was speaking with me saying, “What arethese, mylord?” So theangel who was speaking with meanswered and said to me, “Do you not knowwhat these are?” And I said, “No, mylord.” Then hesaid to me, “This is the word of theLord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not bymight nor bypower, but byMySpirit,’ says theLord of hosts. ‘What areyou, O great mountain? BeforeZerubbabel you will becomea plain; and hewill bring forth thetop stonewith shouts of “Grace, graceto it!” ” ’ (Zechariah 4:1-7) An angel cameand roused Zechariah as if fromadeep sleep. Have you ever been startled or awakened in themiddleof thenight and felt as though aspiritual presencewas in theroom?Perhaps you sensed thepresenceof God or His holiness, or you simply had aconscious awareness that God was there. It may havebeen exactly that way with Zechariah. Oneof God’s “ministering spirits” (seeHeb. 1:14) wokeZechariah in order to show himthevision and explain its meaning. This is thesameway theLord works with many of His seer vessels today as well. In his vision, Zechariah saw an elaborategolden lampstand with two olivetrees on either sideof it. His first responsewas very intelligent. Heasked theangel, “What arethese, my lord?”Askinga question is awisecourseof action whenever visionary revelation occurs. That is alesson I learned fromZechariah. No matter what I seeor how many times I think I may haveseen it before, I always ask, “What is this, Lord?”I amconfident that thesameGod who gives metherevelation can also interpret it for me.
  71. 71. Even when theangel asks himspecifically, “Do you not know what theseare?”Zechariah answers with humility, “No, my lord.” Had Zechariah not responded with humility and openness, he probably would not havegained much fromthewholeexperience. Peoplewho think they know it all already cut themselves off from learninganythingnew. Years ago, when I was younger in theseways of God, I and afew others would spend sometimewith theparabolicseer, Bob Jones, in his home. Hewould tell us somepretty awesomeand unusual things hehad “seen.”Hewould always ask us onelast question. “Did you get that?”Wewould stay poker-faced, nod our heads and say, “Sure, wegot that!”Then wewould get in our vehicles and chatter, “Did you understand that?”I probably missed alot I could havelearned by not respondingin humility. But I havesincechanged afew of my ways! I now respond alot morelikeZechariah! As it turns out, Zechariah’s vision had to do with amessagefor Zerubbabel, thecivicofficial of thereturningexiles under whose leadership thetemplein Jerusalemwould berebuilt. Theword of the Lord to Zerubbabel was, “Not bymight nor bypower, but byMy Spirit” (Zech. 4:6). This was meant as an encouragement to Zerubbabel and therest of thereturningexiles that anew erawas beginning, an eracharacterized by theworkingof God’s Spirit in power and thecomingday of theMessiah. A new epoch of theSpirit was at hand. This was thevision that sustained Zechariah and, by extension, Zerubbabel and all of the returningexiles. It encouraged and motivated themto rebuild the templein Jerusalem, as well as thewalls of thecity and thecity itself,
  72. 72. which had been destroyed by theBabylonians. Vision sustains a people, and humility is akey that releases understanding! The VisionThat SustainedDaniel Daniel was aprophet who regularly moved in thevisionary realm. Essentially, visions can beclassified into two varieties: internal and external. An internal vision is thekind that wesometimes call an impression or amental picture. Weseethepicturewith our mind’s eye, but thepictureitself comes fromtheLord. An external vision is what wealso sometimes call an open vision, whereweseethevision with our natural eyes, but it’s often superimposed over whatever is goingon in thenatural world around us. Daniel moved in both. In theseventh chapter of theBook of Daniel, theprophet records his summary of agraphicand powerful vision hereceived whilein bed onenight: Daniel said, “I was looking in myvision bynight, and behold, the four winds of heaven werestirring up thegreat sea. And four great beasts werecoming up from thesea, different from oneanother. The first was likea lion and had thewings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings wereplucked, and it was lifted up from theground and made to stand on two feet likea man; a human mind also was given to it” (Daniel 7:2-4). Theseverses contain two important phrases that help explain Daniel’s success as avisionary prophet: “I was looking” and “I kept looking.” As soon as thevision began, Daniel was lookingfor its meaningand kept lookinguntil theend. Oneof thedangers I have
  73. 73. becomeawareof in walkingin thepropheticseer capacity is what I call revelation fixation: becomingso impressed with what weseethat wequit looking. Weget hungup on theimages themselves to the point wherewestop seeingand never press on to understand their meaning. It is as though wethink thevision is an end in itself rather than an instrument God wants to useto teach us something. Daniel did not let himself get caught up in revelation fixation. Throughout thecourseof thevision hesaid, “I kept looking.” Hewas determined to stay alert to theend so hecould understand what God was fully showinghim. In his vision, Daniel saw asuccession of four beasts risefromthe sea. Thefirst was likealion with eagle’s wings. Thewings were plucked off, thelion stood on two feet likeaman, and ahuman mind was given to it. Next cameabeast likeabear, which was told to “devour much meat.” Thethird beast was likealeopard with four bird’s wings and four heads, and which was given dominion. Daniel “kept looking” and saw thefourth beast, “dreadful and terrifying and extremelystrong; and it had largeiron teeth. It devoured and crushed and trampled down theremainder with its feet…” (Dan. 7:7b). It also had ten horns. As Daniel continued to watch, another, smaller horn grew and ripped out threeof theother horns and took their place. This horn “possessed eyes likea man and a mouth uttering great boasts” (Dan. 7:8b). What Daniel was witnessingwas avision of therevival of evil. He did not let it rest there, however, as he“kept looking.” Becauseit is vision that sustains apeople, Daniel wanted to look beyond the revival of evil to seetheLord’s responseto it. Hewas not
  74. 74. disappointed: I kept looking until thrones wereset up, and theAncient of Days took His seat; His vesturewas likewhitesnowand thehair of His head likepurewool. His thronewas ablazewith flames, its wheels werea burning fire. Ariver of firewas flowing and coming out from beforeHim; thousands upon thousands wereattending Him, and myriads upon myriads werestanding beforeHim; thecourt sat, and thebooks wereopened. Then I kept looking becauseof thesound of theboastful words which thehorn was speaking; I kept looking until thebeast was slain, and its bodywas destroyed and given to the burning fire. As for therest of thebeasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of lifewas granted to them for an appointed period of time. I kept looking in thenight visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven Onelikea Son of Man was coming, and Hecameup to theAncient of Days and was presented beforeHim. And to Him was given dominion, gloryand a kingdom, that all thepeoples, nations and men of everylanguagemight serveHim. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is onewhich will not bedestroyed (Daniel 7:9-14). Unimpressed with thevisionary revelation concerningwhat the evil onewas goingto do, Daniel kept lookingfor somethinghigher, an even greater revelation. Hedid not givein to revelation fixation. Daniel did not stop lookinguntil hehad seen avision of theSon of man and His Kingdombeingextended throughout theearth. LikeDaniel, welivetoday in themidst of arevival of evil, so we need avision to sustain us as apeople—avision that shows us clearly how thepromises of God aremorethan all thepower of evil.
  75. 75. Let us then beapeopleof vision who will not perish, but will walk together in hot pursuit of theLord, so that wetoo will beableto hold beforeour eyes an all-consumingvision of theconqueringSon of Man and theAncient of Days sittingupon His throne. Keepingour vision of theLord clear beforeus will sustain us through themany labors of our lives and ministries. Seeking the VisionThat Sustains Us Over theyears, I havebecomeconvinced that in theChristian life at least two things arecertain: God never changes, and wearealways changing. Our lives as Christians areacontinual transition fromone placeto another, onelevel to another, oneunderstandingto another. Thepurposeof spiritual light is to bringus into changeand growth. Themorelight wehave, themorechangeweexperience; and themore wechange(for thebetter), themorewearebrought into higher levels of glory. Unless wearein constant transition, wewill stop somewherealongtheway and settledown. TheChristian lifeis a frontier. God did not call us to besettlers, but to bepilgrims and pioneers. This is thepoint of Paul’s prayer in thefirst chapter of Ephesians: That theGod of our Lord Jesus Christ, theFather of glory, may giveto you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in theknowledgeof Him…that theeyes of your heart maybeenlightened, so that you will knowwhat is thehopeof His calling, what aretheriches of theglory of His inheritancein thesaints, and what is thesurpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe(Ephesians 1:17-19a).
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