Carrying a prophetic message from Jesus to the people of God is a challenging calling. This becomes more challenging when the message is contrary to current experience or the human logic of those that God has called you to share it with. I’m not yet familiar with what this is like on a national, or international scale, but I do understand the challenge of this on a personal, relational and corporate level within the Body of Christ. My belief, is that God is currently raising up a global prophetic people within the body of Christ. I believe that those called will carry facets of Jesus’ personality and activity to others, but will be greatly rejected and even fought against by many within the body of Christ.
Sometimes prophetic people tend to spend more time crafting their message rather than focusing on the disposition of their own heart. I am convinced that the prophetic spirit flows from up and out of our heart’s and our relationship with Jesus. Meaning, if we lean towards having an angry spirit, or an angry disposition it comes out in the way we prophesy. It’s the Spirit of God mixed with our own experience which can cause additional confrontation that’s unrelated to what God has said. I believe we should allow the prophetic message itself to cause the confrontation in the hearts of people and not come from the messenger, as best we are able. This means that the messenger must tend to the garden of their own heart so that the prophetic message flows from a Christ-like messenger.
Today we are watching entire national and international denominations that represent millions of believers worldwide embrace doctrines that will lead people to hell. And not only are they embracing these various doctrines, they are endorsing and installing pastors/leaders that are participating in these demonically inspired teachings as well. Some of these false doctrines includes things such as annihilationism, universalism, homosexuality and the lack of a literal hell to name a few.
The three primary things that Christians and Christian leaders struggle to share with non-believers and believers alike are sin, righteousness (purity) and judgment. It’s not that every Christian leader struggles to share these things, it’s just that within our Western culture, these are topics that offend many in our culture, so we are witnessing the Church move towards being more friendly and less offensive. Being friendly is good, but being friendly to the point that we don’t share truth with others is sinful. I personal struggle at times with the fear of man, and it’s something that I am asking God to free me of. I want to be able to speak truth unrelated to how it makes people feel.
The primary problem with shrinking back from talking about sin, righteousness and judgment is that we are separating ourselves from the central activity of the Holy Spirit. In John 16:7-11 we see this clearly as Jesus says “…but if I depart, I will send Him (The Holy Spirit) to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, righteousness and of judgment; of sin, because they don’t believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”
Beloved, every person you meet who is separated from Jesus at the heart level (non-believer) is hearing from the Holy Spirit that they are sinners, that they need Christ’s righteousness, and judgment is coming. The message may seem harsh, condemning and challenging to our natural mind, but from Jesus’ perspective it’s the mercy of God to tell people the truth about their lives and their eternal destination. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t thank the Holy Spirit for convicting me of sin and telling me the truth about my life. If it weren’t for Him telling me the truth, I would still be on a path marked out for destruction and eternal separation from Jesus.
It’s these subjects (sin, righteousness and judgment) and many others including eschatology (which includes tribulation, judgment and martyrdom) , biblical sexuality, suffering the Deity and Humanity of Jesus Christ and salvation through Christ alone that God is raising up faithful prophets who will unashamedly preach and teach what Paul called the whole counsel of God’s Word (Acts 20:27). In Revelation 1:5 John the Beloved says “…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness…” God the Holy Spirit is raising up faithful witnesses and faithful prophets that love what God loves and hate what God hates. It should be made clear that Jesus didn’t die because of the miracles He did, but because of what He said about Himself, which was based on who the Father said He was.
Today is a good day to start a dialog with Holy Spirit regarding what He loves and what He hates. You don’t have to look far, because Holy Spirit actually lives within you through the new birth and He’s happy to talk to you about Jesus. In order to be faithful in prophecy we must gain an understanding of what God loves and what God hates. If we don’t understand what He loves and what He hates we might personally love things He hates and hate things He loves and therefore what we share with others becomes skewed and separated from the Truth of His Word, which is revealed through His heart. Talk to Holy Spirit and let Him know that you want to be a faithful witness both today and tomorrow, in the present and in the future.