This is a continuation of the nine-part series, I’d Like to Prophesy, But…
Most of what has been termed the Prophetic Movement (1980’s to present) is what I believe to be really a forerunner move of prophecy and prophets. This does not mean that the movement is unimportant to the Body of Christ because the Lord always sends His various movements to the church to change us believers and prepare us for future events.
Now, there will be many who might disagree with me on this. They will mostly believe that the prophets who have already been raised up and the words of prophecy which are now being spoken are already mature. And thus, the church has already arrived at the pinnacle of prophetic success and only needs to follow in the raised-up leaders’ footsteps and their teachings for even greater successes.
To these people who will disagree with me, I say, “Let’s wait and see, okay?”
Since I’m writing prophetically, obviously I could be wrong, and if I am, I will publicly apologize, okay?
What I term as the forerunner prophets have been sent specifically by the Lord, during the Prophetic Movement, to one small section of the church, the Pentecostal and Charismatic groups. These groups comprise approximately ten percent of the Body of Christ, but this ten percent is relatively isolated from the remaining ninety percent of the church. And sadly, it’s almost impossible to jump over the chasms at this time between the Pentecostal/Charismatic branch and the remaining trunk of Christianity because of doctrinal issues and past conflicts. Thus, the present Prophetic Movement has had little affect on 90% of the church, except for being a hindrance to prophecy and prophets.
I see the forerunner prophets as, sort of guinea pigs, for teachers like me and others to watch so that we will learn from them, and then spread prophecy to the remaining ninety percent of the Body of Christ. (Remember: wisdom often comes out of our mistakes rather than from our preparations beforehand.)
Then, I also see a new breed of prophets who will be soon raised up. These will come mainly out of the ninety percent of the Body of Christ which is not Pentecostal or Charismatic. This new breed of prophets will have John the Baptist-like anointings.
The new prophets with the John the Baptist-like anointings will not be mired down in the swamps that the forerunner prophets are stuck in right now. They will not be imprisoned inside four walls and controlled under a church hierarchy. They will have the boldness and fire to take on church leaders, governmental leaders and sin in our cities and our nation.
It will be glorious and messy at the same time, just like when John the Baptist preached along the Jordan River, before the ministry of Jesus arrived to take John’s place.
(Continued in Part II – 12)