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.”
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.
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?