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You need to be continually in the blessing zone. In this podcast-teaching I will share with you two (2) important areas where members of the Body of Messiah— possibly including YOU—are being cheated out of blessing.
1. Not listening for the call to be a Prophet; and,
2. Not recognizing and honoring a Prophet.
In this teaching we will cover both areas ... Plus TWO (2) prophecies.
“Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shalt live: and if you restore her not, you can know that you shall surely die, you, and all that are yours.”
– Genesi 20:7
"He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward.”
– Yeshua (Jesus) / Matthew 10:41
– Psalm 105:15
In my NEW book, Conflict Healing, I describe several incidents where people had opposed me in my ministry and what happened to them as a result:
One lady drove her brand new yellow Cadillac through the back wall of her garage and into the swimming pool—could have drowned, but for God's mercy—and was on the front page of three large newspapers:
Los Angeles Times
Long Beach Press Telegram
Orange County (previously Santa Ana) Register.
One young man died of a brain hemorrhage in 24 hours.
One lady's house was destroyed to the ground in 48 hours.
These are just a few, plus several I did NOT include in the book.
Remember when Elijah withstood and challenged the false prophets on Mt. Carmel, and called fire down from Heaven (1 Kings 18)? I was laughing the other day remembering when I was holding a tent meeting in Tennessee (USA). We had to cut down tall trees from the woods and drag them in by tractor to make poles to hold up the tent. One morning I was in the woods by myself praying for that night's meeting and asking God to answer by fire from Heaven.
I was kneeling in the woods on a tree stump and all of a sudden I heard noises. I looked around and on every side of me there were BIG black bulls. Immediately I thought of the scripture in Psalm 22:11-12, “Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.” I don't know if I have ever prayed harder in my life! I prayed and prayed and prayed—and stayed and stayed and stayed—until finally the bulls moved away out of sight. Talk about being delivered!
Well, that night I preached on Elijah confronting the false prophets and calling down fire from Heaven. God had really been blessing the meetings and college students were driving from 70 milles away to come to the meetings. When I ended the meeting that night, I prayed, “Hear me, O LORD God, and let fire come down from Heaven.” All of a sudden, smoke began to enter the tent from above!!! One of the large lights at the top of the wooden pole near the front where I was preaching overheated and started burning the wooden pole … and people ran to the altar. One college student fell on the ground—under the power of the Holy Spirit—and remained there under the power of God. At that time in my life I was NOT baptized in the Holy Spirit and I did not know what was happening to the young man.
Several college students gave their lives to be missionaries for the LORD God that night. And one of the students was later raised up to be a pastor in that area. It does NOT matter HOW God works … just so He works.
Elijah was a man—a human being—just like we are. Yet, he prayed and God stopped the rain for three years. He prayed again, and God brought rain back on the earth again. Elijah was NOT afraid to confront the leader of the nation. Where are the REAL prophets today? Sin is rampant because the office of the Prophet is being neglected: being vacated.
One of the greatest areas of ministry that is still being overlooked—and under sought after—is the office of Prophet. I want to share with you two (2) important areas where the enemy wants to cheat the Body of Messiah—to rob the synagogue and church—out of blessing. These attacks from the enemy are designed to deceive God's People so that they will:
NOT listen to the call to be a Prophet; or,
NOT recognize and honor the office of the Prophet.
Of course, NOT all of God's People are called to the office of Prophet. However, the sad thing is—due to bad, inaccurate teaching from teachers and seminaries—most people do NOT know there is such an office. I am NOT talking here about the Gift of Prophecy … I am talking about the office of the Prophet.
God uses prophets for different reasons and for different prophetic discourses. Prophecy can be:
Directed (to a particular person or group)
Specific (as to present or future action or resulting from past action)
National (pertaining to a country or ethnic amalgamation)
Judgmental (resulting from transgression of God's principles)
Contradictory (against false prophecies being declared)
Notification of blessing (due to God's favor or the result of obedience)
To the above mentioned I want to ADD a category that is often overlooked by rabbis, ministers and theologians: Prophecy can be used by God through the Prophet as a “Spotter.” Let me give you an example. If you follow NASCAR racing you may be familiar with the term “Spotter.” A high speed professional auto racer definitely needs a Spotter: a person who is also an experienced driver but who is an observer of the race in a special location above the crowd who can see the cars, the line up of drivers, the track condition and opportunities for the driver to go ahead and pass, as well as pitfalls for the driver to avoid. Many times the ministry of the Prophet is used in similar—parallel—life circumstances: to direct and guide people or nations through troubled waters.
The prophetic spotter will be much needed in the future with genome alteration, human enhancement, brain-machine interfacing and cyber intelligence. “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals His secret unto his servants the prophets.”– Amos 3:7
You need to be continually in the blessing zone. One prerequisite for this is that you need to be always listening to God … and be open to what He is saying. God does NOT change. And, the office of the Prophet has NOT changed. If you are NOT listening and someone calls you for dinner, you will probably miss dinner. Are YOU listening to determine IF God is calling YOU to the office of Prophet? And, I am NOT just talking to men. I am addressing this question to women—and girls—as well. Women have been used since time past in the office of Prophet … as well as men.
Huldah was a Prophet. Huldah is one of the seven women prophets of Israel enumerated by the Rabbis: Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Huldah and Esther (BT Megillah 14a). She is also mentioned among the twenty-three truly upright and righteous women who came forth from Israel (Midrash Tadshe, Ozar ha-Midrashim [Eisenstein], p. 474).
When King Josiah found the Torah scroll in the House of the Lord, he sent messengers to the prophet Huldah, and not to Jeremiah, probably hoping that she would be merciful in her prophecy (BT Megillah 14b). Josiah apparently hoped that Huldah would be more moderate in her revelations, or that her compassion would succeed in canceling the anticipated future tribulations. However, contrary to his expectations, Huldah uttered harsh prophecies to the king.
The greatest meetings where I have been on stage to observe closely as a minister were at the meetings of Kathryn Kulhman. Miss Kuhlman used to say often, “If God would have found a man to do this job, he would NOT have chosen me.” I say that to emphasize—and to prophesy—that God is getting ready to raise up and call out women as Prophets in these last days: holy women filled with the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit), filled with His Word, and who operate in the Gifts of the Spirit—women who are NOT afraid to confront the leaders of nations, openly or otherwise!
As when God calls men, so it is when He calls women. Your background is NOT the reason for your calling. Who you are does NOT depend on what you have or do not have, what education you have or do not have, what you do or do not do, who you know or do not know, or what you have done or have not done. God calls YOU because of WHAT you will do and WHO is in you.
Huldah answered the messengers from King Josiah when they came to hear the Word of the LORD from her: “Tell the man who sent you to me.” (2 Kings 22:15) Ancient Rabbis comment that because of her haughty deportment, she was given a derogatory name, “huldah,” meaning “weasel” (BT Megillah 14b). However, I believe that Huldah may have possibly been—previously—a “sneaky, untrustworthy, or insincere person” until the God of Israel changed her and called her to be a Prophet. (Just like He changed Jacob, Moses and, just like He has changed—or, will change—many people reading this, including me.)
In Psalm 68:11, we read: “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.”The literal translation of “Great was the company of those that published it"is: “Of the female preachers there was a great host."God has always used women. God does NOT change—neither has the office of Prophet changed.“And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him. And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.” – Acts 21:8-9
Several decades ago I prophesied that God was going to start raising up African Americans—and other Black People—for leadership in government, business and ministry and placing them in strategic positions. Now, I prophesy to you that God is going to raise up KEY women He has chosen for the office of Prophet.
The fringe benefits that go with the office of Prophet are wonderful. “He let no man do them wrong: Yes, he reproved leaders of nations for their sakes, saying, 'Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.'” – Psalm 105:15
Now, let me give you a second prophecy. I want to quote from Ecclesiastes 3:1. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” My friend, you are beginning to enter a NEW season. Your life is NOT over … it is just beginning … if yo will receive this word and believe this prophecy. You are entering a NEW season, my friend. Listen to God, obey God, be used by God … and be BLESSED by God.
I trust this teaching will help you. God has given you everything you need to stay in the blessing zone. Check to see if you are:
Listening to God's call to be a Prophet; and,
Recognizing and honoring the office of the Prophet.
And, if you need help making a decision—or if you feel that you have NOT recognized and honored the office of a particular Prophet—check out two of the following books titled, Decision Making 101 … AND … Conflict Healing – Relational Health … PLUS How to Receive God's Power with Gifts of the Spirit, which will enable you to receive God's Power with resultant gifts.
Podcast time: 15 minutes, 47 seconds
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