What I’m about to say WILL turn off many of you.
I’m going to delve into the topic of prophecy.
I grew up in a charismatic (pentecostal) church. I then attended a reformed church for about 7 years as a young adult. So my perspective is perhaps a bit different than someone who only attended a traditional church or only attended a more charismatic church.
When most people think of “modern prophecy” they think of those idiots publically predicting the end-times. (Hint: They have a 100% failure rate.)
But doomsday predictions are only one type of prophecy. I think it’s safe to say that no one alive today can predict the future. The best we can hope for is better than 50/50 odds on “yes” or “no” questions.
In fact, “prediction” is probably not even the right term.
The biblical term for prophet means one who speaks an idea beforehand by the inspiration of God.
And we know prophets are still relevant in this age because they are listed as one of the legitimate gifts in the book of Ephesians:
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service…(Ephesians 4:11)
(Side note: contrary to popular opinion, “apostle” is not an exclusive title. Epaphroditus is mentioned as an apostle to the Phillippians (Php 2:25). An apostle is simply a messenger that authoritatively represents the one who sent him. Christ had apostles. Paul had apostles. The apostle’s job was to accurately deliver a message from a higher authority. Modern media and communication technology has largely made the role of the apostle obsolete.)
So prophets are listed as a gift given to some members of the body. But what do they do?
The answer lies back in Ephesians 2:10:
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
The context of Ephesians makes the role of the contemporary prophet clear:
A prophet is someone who reveals in advance the good works God has prepared for you to do.
The #1 question that stresses people out is, “What am I supposed to do with my life?”
Do you really think Christ would remain silent? That he wouldn’t give any direction to his subordinates?
I’ve experienced this personally on multiple occassions. There are people who have the gift to see the struggle you’re going through, give you a big picture perspective, and give you metaphors for things that are already on your heart to do… all without even knowing anything about you.
If that’s not a gift from God, then I don’t know what is.
It’s not about foretelling your fate or even telling you exactly what you need to do. You still have to figure out the details.
But prophets give you clues. They give you an end picture to strive towards. They prepare you to look for clues so you recognize your opportunities when they come.
These prophets will often travel and visit various local churches (the ones that will allow them in at least.) So if you search your nearest city, you can probably find a church that invites such people.
But the channel I’ve most often experienced such insights is through Christian entrepreneur Perry Marshall. As part of his “Mastermind Club” he includes a monthly webinar call with such “prophets” called Memos from the Head Office. (Yes, it works online. Spiritual gifts are not limited by physical proximity.)
Many of you reading this will think this is all bullshit. I even expect to lose a few subscribers.
But for the few of you who are seeking these kind of insights, this will be a valuable lead to you.