What does the term
mean in today's church?
--John Robert Lucas
" represents a prophetic-type message
for today's church. However, in my research I
found that the term prophetic
means different things to different Christians.
purpose of this document is to clarify how other
folks may define this term, and then how scripture defines
it. Hopefully, this allows us to speak the same
language when using such terms as "prophetic" within
the context of Christian teachings.
1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a prophet
2 : foretelling events : predictive
Simply put, if a minister has a message that is
prophetic, they have the characteristic of a
prophet. Normally we think of an Old Testament
prophet that predicts the future. Thus, most
Christians define prophetic as futuristic ministry.
End time prophecy fits nicely into this package.
Authors such as
Some that teach end-time prophecy
declare that they are not prophets. Unfortunately, if one unfolds to
others the meaning of obscure scriptures relating to the last days—that
person is acting as a prophet—they are prophetic, whether they admit it or not. If they
happen to be wrong, God may considered them to be false prophets.
Prophets of the Bible
include all prophets, New Testament and Old Testament. Many of these
prophets did not prophesy about end-time prophetic events; though, they
did foretell what God was about to do. Also note: some
John the Baptist, performed no miracles.
In modern times, we witness groups
of Christians labeling themselves as "prophetic", or "prophets." These
prophetic people often encamp together. For some, the
term prophetic is defined when thinking of certain ministries from
And sites will spend a lot of effort
promoting their prophets:
The Elijah List—Featuring: John Paul Jackson, Graham Cooke, Dutch Sheets, Rick Joyner, Bill Hamon, and many more.
This site is indicative of the prophetic movement. If you want clarification of
this network of prophetic ministers, this site features most of them.
So what does prophetic really mean?
It simply means: any ministry effort that can be compared to
a biblical prophet. Note, however, it is not an
"office of a prophet" as some call it, but a gift of
a prophet. It is not a position one holds; it
is an action one does.
For example, John the Baptist was given a message and mission to
prepare Jesus' way. Today, you may be given a message and mission that God uses to
prepare the world for the final coming of Jesus. The preparatory part of that
message and mission can be called prophetic. It is futuristic in nature
because God is telling you where and how
to build, and as a builder you see God's plan as an
architect. Are you a visionary?
As another example, Agabus the prophet
bound Paul's hands and spoke a personal word to Paul, foretelling Paul's future.
Though there are many counterfeit activities abroad, they are counterfeiting the
true prophetic activity of foretelling. So, personal foretelling is scriptural
regardless of other falseness that you may witness. However, not all prophets
act as Agabus.
Just observe the Bible prophet example, and
the term prophetic is defined. The worse thing you can do is pigeon-hole
the term prophetic to mean your favorite Bible prophets, or the current prophets
of the day.
A. I perceive God is speaking a preparatory
word to His people to prepare His bride. I am not interested in telling you
about ways you can escape impending doom. I am not interested in explaining how
all the events of Revelation will manifest themselves. Instead, I desire to
speak a word that causes you to go to God's next level for your life—in
maturity. This word is a word sounding a trumpet; it sounds an alarm to get
ready, but also sounds the trumpet for God's future prophetic festivities.
Though I observe many ministries making
loud soundings of prophetic utterance, I perceive God's true prophetic utterance
is much quieter in the earth. This utterance is heard by those that desire Him,
and Him alone. To find God's prophetic, you must desire to know Him more than
anything that can overshadow His voice. It is then—God's thunderous voice is