Editor’s Note: This the second part in a series. For part one, click here: A Generation of Simon the Sorcerers Rising.
I was in the Garden of Gethsemane while visiting Israel last May and as I was deep in prayer and meditation, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said,If you do not deal with your flesh privately, your flesh will deal with you publicly. This is what has happened to many prophets that have gone before you.
by Jeremiah Johnson
I believe God the Father is raising up a new prophetic generation that is going to seek to put to death every idea in people’s minds regarding words that are associated with prophets and the prophetic movement. I see strategic days in the body of Christ that are quickly approaching where synonyms for a new prophetic generation that carries the glory and anointing of God will be: holy, uncompromised, righteous, loving their spouse as Christ loved the church, above reproach, not lovers of money and—most of all—radically given over to character transformation.
This type of thinking does not reflect the ministry of Jesus Christ in any way.
How many more Christian leaders are going to use the example of David and Bathsheba as to why their affair is OK?
Do we realize that the Bible is full of flawed individuals to show us how much we really need Jesus, the model of perfection, instead of using the sin of a Bible character to excuse our sin? The new prophetic generation is going to fix its eyes upon Jesus and His sinless life and example like no other generation before them. They will define success in the prophetic ministry not based on how accurately they can prophesy or how many dreams and visions they’ve had, but on how well they are submitting to being conformed to the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.
The new prophetic generation will be taught by a new breed of prophets who will accurately instruct them in the revelation that God is more interested in changing them than using them. Some of the most prophetically gifted individuals that I personally know are also some of the most emotionally unstable people that I know. These men and women have been wounded by numerous leaders and family members and are convinced that God is more interested in opening up ministry doors for them than leading them to the foot of the cross to find inner healing and deliverance.
There is a direct connection between our revelation of who God is and its immediate application in our lives.
In other words, people operate their lives according to their revelation of who God is. Much of the immorality and sin that we are currently witnessing and have witnessed in the prophetic movement is directly connected to a misunderstanding and oftentimes distorted perception of who God is. Many are currently voicing a revelation of God being “Father” that somehow now excuses their sin, rather than confronting it in love. Connecting the revelation of “Yahweh” in the Old Testament and “Father” in the New Testament has proven to be a very difficult task for this current prophetic culture.
In the midst of the confusion of who God is in the 21st century and its direct effect upon the lives of people, Jesus Christ Himself gave us revelation and insight into who God really is in John 17:11 as He said, “Holy Father, keep them in your name which you have given me, that they may be one, even as We are” (ESV). We must understand as the new prophetic generation that God is not just “Holy,” nor is He just “Father.” He indeed must be embraced, received and related to as “Holy Father.”
As our Holy Father, He invites us into a love relationship where He tenderly and affectionately affirms and speaks destiny over our lives. But make no mistake about this: He is also the same God who will remove everything in our lives that hinders His love because He is Holy. I warn you, beware of false prophets in the earth who are divorcing the “Holy Father.” He is not one or the other, He is both/and.
Hallowed Be Thy Name
I believe the very reason why the greatest need in the prophetic movement right now is to embrace every aspect of God’s character and nature is because it is directly affecting the moral decisions that prophetic people and the body of Christ are making. Paul appealed to the believers at Ephesus in Ephesians 5:1 and said, “Therefore be imitators (mimics) of God, as beloved children” (parenthesis added). Why? Because what we behold, we will imitate.
In other words,
The prayer that Jesus prayed in Matthew 6:9-15 has completely changed much of the current church culture. “On earth as it is in heaven” has become an affectionate tag line for much of the charismatic/Pentecostal movement. While I exceedingly rejoice in this pursuit to see heaven invade earth as revealed in Matthew 6:10, I wonder why verse 9 is never included with verse 10, and for the large part, completely ignored by many?
In verse 9, Jesus begins to pray and says, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” (ASV). Then in verse 10 it says, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (ESV). I firmly believe that verse 10, which has so radically impacted this current generation, completely hinges upon verse 9 taking place! What is Jesus saying when He prays to the Father and says, “Hallowed be thy name“? A paraphrased translation would be: “God, make your name Holy.“
It is only when God makes His name Holy among His people that His kingdom will truly come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We have a generation crying out for the kingdom of God to come, but where are the prophetic voices crying out to God, asking that He would make His name Holy first?
God’s Name Is Being Defiled
Is it not strange that Jesus begins teaching the disciples to pray by telling them to ask God to make His name holy? We might casually or flippantly say, “Well, God is holy. That’s like telling a desk to become solid or fire to become hot. Why bother?” The answer lies in the fact that God is the most holy reality there is, but still His name can be and is being defiled in America.
Ezekiel 36:20-23 addresses this very issue as the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel and he prophesied and said,
“When they came to the nations where they went, they profaned My holy name, because it was said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord; yet they have come out of His land.’ But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations where they went. Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord,” declares the Lord God, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight“‘” (NASB).
God Is Jealous for His Name
It is absolute foolishness and unbiblical to believe that God is not concerned about His name and how it is being distorted by numerous prophets and teachers in the earth. Why is God so concerned about His reputation and how people see Him? Once again, because it directly affects the way people live! A distorted revelation and interpretation of who God is among the prophetic movement in the earth is directly poisoning the word of the Lord in America.
The new prophetic generation being birthed in the earth is going to cry out for God to make His name Holy once again. These messengers are going to give their lives to seeing His name restored because they understand that it is the secret to holy and righteous living. When we behold a Holy and Righteous Father, we order our lives accordingly.
Encounters Like Isaiah
In asking God to make His name holy, we are asking Him to do something only He can do. Why then did Jesus ask us to pray in this way? I believe it is because when God makes His name holy, there is only one right response from a generation, namely, to therefore live and be holy.
In Isaiah 6, Isaiah describes an incredible encounter where he sees the Lord sitting upon the throne and the train of His robe filling the temple. In verse 3 he says the Seraphim cry out to one another and say, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.” The temple shook and Isaiah cried out and said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (v. 5).
The new prophetic generation is going to be marked with encounters like Isaiah.
They will be the burning ones released to the American church who will cry out to God, asking Him to make His name holy, and when He does, it will release encounters with the holiness of God like no other generation has experienced in history. I believe God is about to redeem His name in America like never before and He is going to do it through the new prophetic generation that embraces every aspect of His character and nature.
Mark my words, the kingdom of God will never become fully manifested in America unless we begin to cry out for Him to come and make His Name Holy once again. Jesus Christ fully understood this and that is why He taught His disciples to pray in Matthew 6 and why He referred to the Father in John 17 as “Holy Father” and “Righteous Father” (John 17:11; John 17:25).
Stay tuned for part three of this article.
3/27/2015 | by Jeremiah Johnson | Original Source: charismamag.com "A New Prophetic Generation Is Rising."