In the previous post titled Purpose of the Prophetic in Business, I erroneously referred to the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit as prophetic gifts (1 Cor 12). I apologise for any confusion this may have caused.
Let’s take a look at the role and purpose of the prophet in business and government.
A prophet is someone who is divinely inspired by God to announce future events, to interpret prophetic dreams or to communicate a message that God impressed upon their heart. In ancient times prophets were called seers – a person who sees divinely inspired visions.
The difference between a person operating in the prophetic gifts and in the office of a prophet is this: the gifts of the prophetic are available to all born-again, Spirit filled believers (1 Cor 2:12-24; 12:1, 3-11; 14:1; Rom 12:6-8), whereas the office of the prophet is a specific calling of God – something that they are, not something that they do or a gift that they use. The purpose of the gift of prophecy is to bring out the best in people – their words of encouragement are a gift. When a person is a prophet, they themselves are the gift. Prophets are part of the 5-fold governing team that Christ gave as gifts to believers after His ascension (Eph 4:7-11).
ROLE AND PURPOSE OF PROPHETS
The prophet’s primary responsibility is to equip believers to become spiritually mature, to restore families and to closely support apostolic Kingdom builders (Eph 4:11-16; Mal 4:5-6; Eph 2-20-22; Ezr 5:1; 6:14; 2 Kin 22:1-20). Through prophetic declarations, prophets set leaders in their God-given position and release an anointing over them that enables them to change the course of history (1 Sam 10:5-9; 15:1-3). Prophets protect nations and give advance notice of natural disasters (2 Kin 19:5-7; Act 11:27-29). They deliver warnings of personal sin and foretell the effect of that sin on the erring person and on the people they lead (2 Sam 12:1-12; Jer 34:8-21; 44:1, 20-30). Prophets direct world leaders through the interpretation of dreams, prophetic insight and divine wisdom (Gen 41:25-44; Gen 20:3, 7, 17-18).
NEED FOR PROPHETS IN BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT
The Old Testament is filled with accounts of kings, government officials and heads of businesses that surrounded themselves with priests and prophets to enquire of the Lord and to receive divine guidance before promoting leaders, concluding transactions or entering into conflict. When the counsel of the prophets was followed, the people prospered and the nation was blessed.
For centuries the function of the 5-fold governing team was greatly diminished and led to the erroneous belief that their role had ended when the New Testament church went underground. In the past century, the voice of the prophet is heard once more. Today, there is a great need for prophets to come alongside apostolic leaders and visionaries to help them see God’s blueprint for their lives and businesses more clearly in order to avoid pitfalls and unnecessary detours.
SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
Prophets are inspired by one of two sources of inspiration: God, who through His Spirit reveals specific things that could not otherwise be known; or Satan, the devil.
People who did not believe in the God of the Bible imitated the prophetic office and claimed that their prophets and priest were divinely inspired and truthful too. When there was a supernatural element present their source of inspiration was Satan. Regretfully, the same is true today. Where there is no true prophet present or because of lack of knowledge, people seek supernatural insight through psychics, dowsing, fortune-telling using palm- and Tarot readings, astrology and horoscopes; – even though God expressly forbids it.
Before allowing anyone to speak a prophetic word over your life or speak into your business, you must know their source of inspiration. Look at their lives and know them by their fruits (Mat 7:15-21). This is your responsibility and not something that can be delegated to someone else.
Business Thoughts Reflections
- Have you received a prophetic message for your life or business? If so, did you have an easy or an uneasy feeling about the person delivering the message? Did you check the source of inspiration behind the person delivering the message?
- Did the message confirm what you already had a strong impression of, or add a new/missing dimension that helped you understand better what God was personally trying to tell you? (Pro 25:2)
- Did you write down the message and bring it prayerfully before the Lord – asking for confirmation that this is of Him, or if you should discard it? (Hab 2:2-31; 1 The 5:20-22; Act 17:11).
In the next post, we will take a look at what Jesus had to say about the prophets and their function in the New Testament dispensation.