One of the Most Confusing Elements of the Prophetic Movement

Eye to the Future Prophetic Insights (01)

Editor’s Note: This the third part in a series. For Part 1, click here: “A Generation of Simon the Sorcerers Rising.” For Part 2, click here: “A New Prophetic Generation Is Rising.

One of the most confusing elements of the prophetic movement of the past is how prophets could still prophesy accurately and perform signs and wonders, yet be living in a compromised lifestyle.

In Romans 11:29 Paul writes, “… for the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.” Another translation says that they are “without repentance.”

by Jeremiah Johnson
In other words, individuals can continue to perform miracles and prophesy without God revoking or changing His mind, without repenting about the gifts and calling.

The gifts and calling of God are about God and His Graciousness. They have nothing to do with us, or our character.

How one handles and operates in the gifts and calling of God is all about one’s character. While God may give His gifts and calling “irrevocably,” “without changing His mind,” and “without repentance,” we cannot properly handle and operate in those gifts and calling without repentance.

While prophets (and all others) may be allowed to operate in their gifts and calling without repentance, and only God knows why He allows this, they cannot walk in the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit without repentance.

One does not need to look any further than the life of King Saul who lost the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit (1 Sam. 15:26), but still prophesied, and then led Israel for another 20 years.

It’s interesting to note that the only person in the whole nation of Israel who knew and recognized that Saul had lost the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit was Samuel, the prophet. An entire nation was deceived and led astray by the horrible character of Saul, while the irrevocable gifts and calling upon King Saul’s life remained. And so it is today, thousands are being led astray by compromised lives and voices astounding people with their gifts and calling. But these do not have the approval and fresh touch of God upon their lives. 

They will be like those in Matthew 7, where Jesus said, 

Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not cast out demons, and in your name perform miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.

The Need to Distinguish Spirits

The new prophetic generation rising up in the earth will carry great wisdom and discernment to know the difference between the genuine and fresh anointing of God versus prophets that are just operating in irrevocable gifts and callings. As previously stated in an earlier chapter, this is why it is so dangerous to rely upon gifting. Remember, when we stand before Jesus on Judgment Day, He will reward no one for the gifts He gave them. No one with the gift of prophecy will be rewarded for prophesying and no one who was given the gift of miracles will be rewarded for the miracles they performed. We will simply be rewarded for how we stewarded the gifts that we were given.

After Todd Bentley’s moral failure during the “Lakeland Outpouring” and the massive fallout in the body of Christ that took place after it, Dutch Sheets, a well known leader and author in the body of Christ, offered a letter of apology to the public. His words are sobering, revealing and should be received as a fatherly warning to the new prophetic generation.

Dutch wrote and said:We, the leaders of the charismatic community, have operated in an extremely low level of discernment. Frankly, we often don’t even try to discern. We assume a person’s credibility based on gifts, charisma, the size of their ministry or church, whether they can prophesy or work a miracle, etc. (Miracles and signs are intended to validate God and His message, not the messenger; sometimes they validate the assignment of an individual, but never the person’s character, lifestyle or spiritual maturity.) We leaders in the Church have become no different than the world around us in our standards for measuring success and greatness. This has contributed to the body of Christ giving millions of dollars to undeserving individuals; it has allowed people living in sin to become influential leaders—even to lead movements, allowing them influence all the way to the White House.

“Through our lack of discernment we built their stages and gave them their platforms. We have been gullible beyond words—gullible leaders producing gullible sheep. When a spiritual leader we’re connected with violates trust, is exposed for immorality or falls below other accepted standards of behavior, it does not exonerate us simply to say we don’t condone such behavior. Those we lead trust us to let them know whom to trust. We have failed them miserably in this regard. For this lack of discernment, and for employing and passing on inappropriate standards of judgment, I repent to the Lord and ask forgiveness of the body of Christ.

Wounds From the Past

The new prophetic generation will not only embrace every aspect of God’s Character and Nature regardless of their personal experience, but they will also give the Spirit of God access to every area of their personal life that needs healing and deliverance. As prophetic people, it is not enough to acknowledge the Character and Nature of God. We must allow him to change us inwardly.

The Glory of God passed before and through Moses on Mt. Sinai, and transformed his face so that it shone. However, it is the desire of God that the new prophetic generation of the New Covenant would not settle for the Glory to pass in front of them and through them, and merely transform them outwardly.

The Father wants His Glory—His Character and Nature—to utterly transform us inwardly, so that our inward person reflects His Glory, and then comes out of us in all we say and do.

Several years ago I received a call from a pastor that was struggling with a prophet in his church. 

While this prophet had become a trusted voice in the community over many years, he began to say some things to the pastor that were alarming. The pastor called me and said, “Jeremiah, this prophet is accusing many women in our community of operating in a Jezebel spirit. Every woman I give authority to, he brings an accusation to me in private and I need your help.”

I agreed to meet with this prophet on behalf of the pastor and as we sat down, I immediately felt prompted by the Spirit to ask him to describe his family growing up, and specifically the relationship that his Mom and Dad had.

As I have seen over many years dealing with prophetic people, this prophet immediately put his walls up and had no interest in talking about his past. He tried to change the subject and wanted to talk about what God was saying over the American Church. Refusing to be distracted, I asked the question again. He looked at me right in the eyes and said, “OK, I hate my Mom and my parents had a terrible relationship growing up.” Now we were getting somewhere.

I asked the next question, “How many times have you been married?” He said, “Three, why?” I said, “So you hate women and the reason why you think every woman that get’s put in authority is operating in a Jezebel spirit is because you are jealous and still have never dealt with your hatred toward females.” The prophet looked at me and said, “How do you know that?”

I said, “Because I have sat with thousands of prophetic people just like you who have major character issues and unresolved conflict and they’re deceived into believing that all these things will not distort and defile the word of the Lord. And I’m telling you right now that, you need to repent to your pastor, repent to the Lord and submit to some serious healing before you think about prophesying again. You are releasing poison to the body of Christ rather than healing.” After our meeting, the pastor never heard from the prophet again.

While this story is incredibly sad, I have seen it repeated more times than I care to mention. In fact, a majority of pastors that I run into across the country do not trust or have honor in their heart toward the prophetic ministry because they have had interaction with a prophet or prophetic person that carried the word of the Lord, but did not have the heart of the Father because they refused character transformation over the years. Perhaps the most dangerous and blinding position to be in as a prophetic person is to have the ability to hear from the Lord for everyone, except for yourself! It’s amazing how many prophetic people are quick to point out the flaws and sins of others, but cannot see their own.

Issues With Authority

Another primary area of character transformation that the new prophetic generation will give themselves to is walking in healthy relationship with those in positions of authority.

There are too many prophetic people in the earth who have little to no connection with church leadership. They carry deep wounds of rejection, bitterness, unforgiveness, and resentment. These individuals constantly seek to minister prophetically to others despite their pain and it’s even more exposed when they minister to those in authority.

Not every church leader is a King Saul of the Old Testament or a religious Pharisee of the New Testament. I’m convinced that many prophetic people who are constantly complaining that the Holy Spirit is not moving in their local assembly need to have their motives checked. The spirit of Jezebel wants freedom in the church so that she can move, but the spirit of Elijah wants freedom in the church so that God can move.

I’m concerned that what a majority of prophetic people want right now in the earth is a free-for-all where they are in charge rather than freedom in the church where the Holy Spirit can move under the facilitation of a shepherd who is called to guard the flock.

I repeat:

Freedom does not equal a free-for-all where anything goes.

These type of environments and atmospheres are what is doing so much damage to the prophetic movement in the earth.

The Street Prophetess

Several years ago, there was a woman who was traveling from city to city around Florida, claiming to be a prophetess of the Lord. She would enter into churches and begin rebuking the leadership publicly for their sin.

I remember the day she visited the church that I shepherd because I felt her demonic presence in the room. As I kept an eye on her in the back, I specifically asked the Holy Spirit to keep her quiet until after the service. I could tell that no one in the room knew who she was except for me.

As I made my way out to my vehicle after service, sure enough, she was standing right beside it. I walked right up to her and she began cursing me. In fact, she accused me until she was out of breath and had nothing else to say. During her rampage, I began asking the Holy Spirit what was wrong with this woman. Why was she so heavily gifted in the prophetic, yet incredibly unstable and angry toward church leadership? Didn’t she know I was prophetic too?

The Holy Spirit said to me, “Jeremiah, her bitterness and unforgiveness toward those who have attempted to hold her accountable regarding her character issues over the years is demonically tormenting her. She is carrying an elitist mentality where she will not submit to the Godly authority that I have placed in her life because she believes she hears from Me more clearly than anyone else. She has become an island unto herself, measuring herself by herself, and I say to you that she is without understanding (2 Cor. 10:12).

Healthy and Whole

If the new prophetic generation will give themselves to every aspect of God’s character and nature and commit to a life-long journey of dealing with their character flaws, they will be like no other prophetic generation that the earth has ever seen.

In fact the new prophetic generation will contend for voices being raised up in the earth that will not tear down with their character what they have built with their gifting. Humility, meekness and gentleness will be hallmarks of their lives. To the degree that the new prophetic generation allows God’s Character and Nature to be worked in them, to that degree it will flow through them.

Releasing individuals who do not know who God is and who do not value inward character transformation to prophesy over people is absolute foolishness.

Pockets of true revival are breaking out across America. Want to know more about the next great move of God? 

Click here to see Jennifer LeClaire’s new book, featuring Dutch Sheets, Reinhard Bonnke, Jonathan Cahn, Billy Graham and others.

Jeremiah Johnson is the servant leader of Heart of the Father Ministry in Lakeland, Florida.

A gifted teacher, book author, and prophetic minister, Jeremiah travels extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a conference and guest speaker. Jeremiah and his wife, Morgan, reside in Florida with their two children: Bella Grace and Israel David. Check out Jeremiah’s new book release, I See A New Prophetic Generation and visit him online at  Unknown Dreamer Ministries or connect with him on Facebook.
4/10/2015 | by Jeremiah Johnson | Original Source: charismamag.com "One of the Most Confusing Elements of the Prophetic Movement."

A New Prophetic Generation Is Rising

Eye to the Future Prophetic Insights (01)

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.

One of the most grievous sins of the prophetic movement in the past has been the acceptance of powerful gifting and huge moral flaws as a packaged deal. We have been deceived into believing that we cannot walk in the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the power of God without having huge character issues that must be addressed.
 

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.

Holy Father

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 lifestyle choices of prophetic people are a direct reflection of their revelation of who God is.

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

No one can make God’s name Holy except God.

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.

Pockets of true revival are breaking out across America. Want to know more about the next great move of God? 

Click here to see Jennifer LeClaire’s new book, featuring Dutch Sheets, Reinhard Bonnke, Jonathan Cahn, Billy Graham and others.

Jeremiah Johnson is the servant leader of Heart of the Father Ministry in Lakeland, Florida.

A gifted teacher, book author, and prophetic minister, Jeremiah travels extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a conference and guest speaker. Jeremiah and his wife, Morgan, reside in Florida with their two children: Bella Grace and Israel David. Check out Jeremiah’s new book release, I See A New Prophetic Generation and visit him online at  Unknown Dreamer Ministries or connect with him on Facebook.

3/27/2015 | by Jeremiah Johnson | Original Source: charismamag.com "A New Prophetic Generation Is Rising."