NEWS Bulletin - Why Prophetic Words Fail
I love the prophetic. In this new article I talk about some of the ways we can miss it when we prophesy, how to learn from it, and some keys to increase clarity. Hope you enjoy it.
I want to show that there are many simple factors involved. If we learn the lessons together we can improve and we will do better. It's a journey. There is no condemnation for anyone. Plenty of grace and love for all. We love prophecy!
I'm going to keep this succinct – if this subject interests you read on... here we go!
Why do words fail? -
Reason One -
[ The word was accurate – but we didn't fulfil the conditions to make it happen ]
God has many dreams for each of us. Priceless and unique dreams for each stage of our lives. Some of these dreams are simple to step into. Especially in the early stages of growth. Others are much more challenging and costly. The higher the calling the greater the cost we must pay. Prophecy is conditional on us responding.
Big words require big change. Our behaviour has to align with the word. Our speech has to align with the word. Our character has to mature. When Heaven sees the pattern that matches the dream, it can land fully upon us and manifest the new reality.
David is a great example. David as young man lived in worship looking after the sheep. He fought bears and lions to protect them. He learned to trust and act. This qualified him to become King, kick start national worship, fight national wars and look after millions of people. His lifestyle enabled the manifestation to come.
As Paul said "Christ was revealed in me" and then he was able to preach fully the Gospel. Something had to happen inside – to create the outside reality.
The scriptures are also full of examples of people who didn't align with their destiny. King Saul being one of them. He had great promise and potential but he was cut short due to presumption and pride. The higher we go in authority the more humble we must become. Moses was the humblest man in his day, and this qualified him to lead for 40 years. The lower we go the higher we fly. This is the law of the Spirit. It's a challenge for each of us. The greatest must be the servant of all. The door is in the floor. Yet even Moses did not enter the Promised Land and see the fullness due to an act of disobedience. The higher the call, the tighter we must align to the will of Heaven.
Prophecy is conditional on our participation at each step. We have to obey the Heavenly Plan for our lives. We are powerful and able to reject the plan or accept it.
The key to fulfilling the word is walking daily entangled into YHVH. Asking Holy Spirit to reveal the way. Walking arm in arm with Him. Holy Spirit is your Guide and He will show you what to do and how to do it. You are in safe hands. Stay close to Him.
Why words fail - Reason Two
[ The issue becomes an IDOL in our hearts and distorts the words ]
This is one of the biggest reasons prophet words fail. If an issue (or dream) is too important to us, it will distort our sight. It will block us seeing YHVH clearly. This distorts the gentle voice and fills our vision. We hear what we want to hear. We get what we expect.
This is very common. Especially words on who to marry, babies, health, houses, business and wealth. The idol can be so powerful, even people around you will confirm the word. They will feel it, sense it and see it too. They will read your desire. They will think it is the Lord and speak it out. They reflect back to you like a mirror.
Amazingly this issue is recorded in Scripture. God actually gives a prophetic word to the elders based on their idols rather than the Truth. It is recorded in Ezekiel 14:4. "I myself, Adonai, will answer him in a manner suited to his many idols". Ouch! That's bad.
The elders were given a distorted word from YHVH because they looked at this issue through the lens of the idol. "I the Lord will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols" Ez 14:4. We hear what we expect to hear. It sounds like YHVH but it's not right. It’s a mirror reflecting what we want to hear. Our idol.
The solution is simple. Stay entangled into Yahweh, in the bliss, in sweet union and walk lightly here. Living here as a stranger. Letting go of our needs and desires. Not letting anything fill your vision more than YHVH himself. As Paul said “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” From this place of union, Paul became an oracle in his day. He changed the world! When we delight in the Lord - He gives you the desires of your heart. However, by the time that happens, you find this great mystery - you already have all you need in Him (Psalm 23).
Why words fail - Reason Three
[ We put an incorrect TIME on the word ]
Modern prophetic ministries are addicted to time. Hebrew years. Roman years. Most give an annual word based on the year. Seasonal words. Now words. The problem with this - God's timing is often different to ours. He doesn't stick to our tidy time lines. He likes to colour outside the lines. Blur the boundaries.
How many time bound words have come and gone? Look at the words online for the last 10 years. "This year the great financial shift will happen" or "This year the great awakening will start".
Why? Because the timing is incorrect. The word may be coming. Just not quite yet and often not in a tidy time bound moment. Sometimes they come progressively. Or they are coming in 20 years time. It just felt fresh in the encounter. It felt like NOW!
Even in the Bible the prophets rarely gave times to their words. In fact they were very vague about dates. They saw trends, themes and events. Rarely dates. Why have we become so obsessed with dates and immediate results? This is a very Western weakness. We want it all and we want it now.
Timing is everything.
Why words fail - Reason Four
[ Personal Prophecy is not written in stone but human hearts ]
In the NT prophetic we interpret YHVH heart within us. It is not the same as the OT. It is a very different function to the OT. It is not the "Word of the Lord" but rather "I sense the Lord's heart on this". We have to understand the difference. In fact Paul said "You can all prophesy one by one, so all may be encouraged and LEARN". That word 'learn' implies we can mess up and it is okay. Prophecy is imperfect. It is for everyone. We can all do it. It is a learning process. It has to be weighed. We should let others disagree with the word and not get offended. Don't force it on people. Invite them into the conversation. This is maturity!
We LEARN by doing it. Like a person who plays sports - you have good games and some not so good games. It's the same with prophets. I have seen high level prophets miss words and other times get them right. Just learn and keep getting better! Prophecy is fun. It's amazing. It's great. But it's also messy, imperfect and sometimes unreliable. We still love it! But please TEST it. Don't just accept it blindly. That's a mistake.
Why words fail – Reason Five
[ We are addicted to the Earth Realm perspective ]
As we move into the next AGE, I believe God is moving the grace from the basic gift of prophecy to a greater grace on ascending into the Heavens to see, hear and understand from Above. We are now being called to GO UP. Isaiah 2 says “In the last days... Many will say 'Come let us go up to the Mountain of the Lord'”. We are being called to walk like Enoch into Celestial Realms. To experience flights of the Spirit. As Col 3:1-2 "Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value] AMP. Give your heart to the heavenly things, not to the passing things of earth. Let heaven fill your thoughts!
The higher our vision the clearer our perspective. The opposite of this is being Earth focused and under the weather. Recently a USA pastor prophesied terrible events in the USA such as China invading, Russia invading, no dollars, violence and more. Over a million watched it on YouTube. He said he read 40 news papers a day. His word of prophecy was full of doom, gloom and hopeless. I wonder why?! Because it's the law of focus. What you look on magnifies. You become what you behold. This is earthly.
It takes no faith to speak doom. I'm impressed by the Light. I'm impressed by FAITH, HOPE and LOVE. I'm impressed by words that "Strengthen, encourage and comfort" 1 Cor 14:3. Words that are anchored in the Co-Raised Happy Gospel! Words that come from actually living Above. Words that bring LIFE not death. Prophecy is NOT about fear but faith. It should make you stronger, happier and know you are loved. We are destined for glory.
Why words fail – Reason Six
[ We resist raptures, ecstasies, trances and flights ]
This is a key to really moving in greater accuracy in the prophetic. Enoch, Isaiah, Daniel, John and many of the prophets had ecstasies, raptures and panoramic visions of ages of time beyond their day. They had blissfully Expanded Vision. They escaped the tyranny of the temporal through mystical union.
[ My latest video shares about how to enter into this -
This mystical union allowed them to see God's ultimate rule and reign throughout history. They saw the golden strand of the logic of love. They saw the goodness of God coming in waves. Seeing the big picture helps us understand the small parts of the picture.
They saw the logic of LOVE. Entering into rest and endless joy. Understanding this great mystery, that whatever we are going through, Love wins. And as Julian of Norwich saw "All is well and all shall be well”. This is bliss!
We are also invited to see this - the apocalypse - the revealing of Christ and the Reality of His Love. The door is open we just need to learn to engage the mystery, wonder and awe of it all. The more we engage union the more we transcend.
We will be able to rejoice in all things, because we see the One who holds history and our future is secure. We will see Love Wins. We will see the Aleph and the Tav.
[ In conclusion ]
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I hope it helps. There are many great books out there if you want to know more about the prophetic ministry. When I was younger I really enjoyed reading 'You May all Prophesy" by Steve Thompson, "The Prophetic Ministry" by Rick Joyner, "User Friendly Prophecy" and "Spirit Talk" by Larry Randolph to name few. I devoured books on the prophetic. I love it. People make mistakes. Don't be alarmed. It's okay. It's normal. It doesn't make them a false prophet. It's just a little bump on the road of eternity. The main thing is we learn as we go, forgive much, love much and keep on growing into the fullness of Christ.
“For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may LEARN and all may be ENCOURAGED.” 1 Cor 14:24
Let's keep going. The best is yet to come.
Shalom and good cheer to you!
Justin Paul Abraham
[ Thank you for reading. Please if you post a response, be polite, kind, compassionate and gracious. Whatever happens, let us be known for Love and Grace above all else, even if we disagree or think differently on anything, Love wins.]