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PART V - OTHER ISSUES

CHAPTER 21

Prophets and Worship

 In the Old Testament prophets were very instrumental in leading the praise and worship in the temple (I Chron. 15:16-27; 25:1-7;II Chron. 35:15). The prophets were from the Levitical priesthood. The significance of prophets leading the praise and worship is not to be underestimated. Their gifting for acute sensitivity to what the Holy Spirit is doing and wanting to do is crucial if He is not to be grieved.

 The modern day church simply presumes that if one has a musical ability and in particular, can sing confidently enough to lead others in praise and worship, then automatically; they can be leaders of praise and worship. This error is more apparent when you look in the Old Testament, where in fact there was a whole group of selected people to lead in the worship of whom prophets were instrumental (I Chron .25:1-7).

 During prophetically led worship, it is very easy for the Holy Spirit to direct the prophets to prophecy through prophetic songs, praises, thanksgivings,  and through Holy Spirit inspired creative melodies which will move people to go into, what I call, "Free Form Praise and Worship".

 The involvement of the prophetic in leading the praise and worship will always ensure that whatever songs are selected they are done so under a supernatural unction of the Holy Spirit through the prophetic anointing. It will not be the selection of some choir master, who though gifted in music, is nevertheless spiritually deaf. Neither will the songs be the favourite or "top 5" selection of the pastor or leadership. With the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of truth) working through the prophetic ministry to reveal God's favourite for the service, the church will enter into an entirely new realm of Divine worship in spirit and in truth. 

I sincerely believe that "Free form praise and worship" will become the norm with every believer totally absorbed in creating lyrics and melodies to the Lord God Most High. That is the highest form of worship because you are not just singing songs written down, but are actually using you own creativity and initiative to offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, worship and thanksgiving. With your mind totally absorbed in this exercise there will be also total devotion in body, emotions, and spirit in truth - a pleasing aroma to God who deserves such utter attention and love from us.

 As the congregation become more accustomed to this truly Spiritually preferred form of worship, they will begin to experience the entrance of supernatural signs and wonders in their services. This form of worship will not be your regular "starvation" worship that God gets for 15 to 30 minutes, while the congregation is arriving for the service. This type of worship will BE the very centre of ALL worship services just as it was in the Temple of Solomon when the glory of God descended in a thick cloud so that the priests could no longer minister.  In such services there will be no time limits for Free form praise and worship but a joyful trust that the Holy Spirit, the Choir Master/Director will lead until The Most High God is fully satisfied with the offering going up before Him as sweet incense.

 Note: This worship service will be different from the teaching service which is based on the Synagogue structure. In the teaching services the main emphasis will be reading and teaching the Scriptures, as is commonly practiced in The Church today.

 Recommended Steps to develop: ' Free Form Praise and Worship'

 1) The first step is to find out those who are prophetically gifted in your congregation, especially, if they are called into the office of a prophet. When you have them together, then

 2) The next step is to audition them to find who amongst them has the best musical, singing gifting and co-opt them into the choir with the aim of training them to become the praise and worship leaders. This does not mean one has to dismiss the current choir master/ conductor, but rather his talents should be continued in the role of training and developing the choir.  The current choir should continue because they provide the body of singers and musicians, and their praise and worship is just as acceptable to the Lord so long as they are not directing the flow of the praise and worship.

 3) Unless the current practice is already along this line, the songs may need a total overhaul. Most song lyrics in Evangelical and Charismatic services are directed at the congregation, that is, they tend to provide words of encouragement, exhortation, and comfort to the congregation. The selection of songs for free form praise and worship must be done with true devotion directed to God only. Diligence on the part of the prophetic will ensure that:

 a) firstly, the  lyrics are scrutinised to ensure that it is directed to worshipping God only.

 b) secondly, the tempo is conducive to total concentration in spirit, emotions, mind and body in creative praise and worship of  God. This does not mean that it could not be a relatively fast tempo since sometimes the Holy Spirit may desire the congregation to dance before God like King David, and the priests did.

 4) As a matter of great urgency, the current act of worship in most churches need a substantial, if not total, overhaul. The congregation needs to be taught, especially, in Charismatic and Pentecostal services that there is a time to stand in worship, but there is also a very important time to go down on our knees and bow our heads down to the ground in worship. Worship is not just in the singing but also as importantly,  the body must act out what the mouth is professing in song for it to be worship in spirit and in truth.

 5) The focus of the entire service needs to be overhauled in most churches. It is very typical to find that the praise and worship part of the service is given at most a third of the total time for the service. The greatest part of the service is in the preaching, anywhere from half to two thirds of the time. This is what may be called "true pulpit worship" or "the worship of knowledge" thinking that is what will save people. Give them plenty of knowledge of the love of God and they will be saved, the proponents would argue. In the meantime, the God they are supposed to have come to worship, "in the worship service" has to watch the creature getting most attention. No wonder there is not much supernatural evidence from Heaven. Why should God manifest His glory when there is not THE HABITATION OF TRUE WORSHIP to dwell in!  

6) The SEVEN major body expressions of worship, accompanied by the

FOUR major vocal expressions of worship MUST be developed and enthusiastically encouraged by leadership.

             The major body expressions of worship include:

                         i)    Lifting up HOLY hands (Neh. 8:6)

                         ii)   Bow the knees and head to the ground (doubling up position)

                         iii)  Kneeling with the face looking upwards or to the ground

                         iv)  Lying prostrate with face to the ground

                         v)   Dancing

                         vi)  Clapping the hands

                         vii)  Leaping

             The major vocal expressions of worship include: 

                        i)    Shouting / yelling / whistling 

                        ii)   Singing / humming 

                        iii)   Speaking  

                        iv)   Silence

 The habitation of true worship must be diligently cultivated by the congregation under the guidance of committed leadership and the Lord will test this commitment from time to time. There will, however, be great times of refreshing from the very Throne Room of a very pleased God with the accompanying supernatural signs and wonders attesting to His glorious presence in unprecedented fashion.

 

CHAPTER 22 

Prophets and Prayer

 Prophetic prayer is based on the operation of the four Spiritual gifts that make up the core of the prophetic ministry, also known as the revelatory gifts. These are listed in I Cor. 12:8,10, and include: the word of wisdom; the word of knowledge; prophecy;  and the discernment of spirits.

 The purpose of prophetic prayer that can be expected from those with the gift of prophecy, in general, must follow the I Cor. 14:3 guide which is to achieve edification, exhortation and comfort. For those who have the office of prophet, the prophetic prayers can also cover the areas of direction, correction, rebuke, and judgement all inspired and motivated by love from the Holy Spirit. 

Prophetic prayers must become a vital part of the normal church activity because of its ability to achieve what God wants to do in and through The Church.

 Because of its Divine initiation, it is very specific and powerful in producing supernatural results. With this type of prayer there is an accompanying gift of faith to ensure the desired results. 

Examples of prophetic prayer:

 1) In the Lazarus story found in John 11, Jesus, on hearing that Lazarus was ill, received a revelation from The Father  through the Holy Spirit that He was to raise him from the dead. This meant that Jesus knew prophetically that when He prayed for Lazarus' resurrection The Father would respond accordingly and He would be glorified. In versus 41-45 we see that Jesus prays with that total confidence based on the revelation of what God had determined to do and had revealed to Him.

 2) In John 17 - Jesus prays prophetically for the disciples and all those who are to become Christians till He returns in glory. The prayers are prophetic because many parts of it have yet to be fulfilled in the light of the state of Christendom since He ascended into Heaven.

 3) In Luke 2:36-38, we read of the prophetess, Anna, who had received by revelation that the Messiah was about to be revealed and had been praying with fastings night and day for it to be fulfilled.

 Prophetic prayer is, therefore, initiated by a revelation; through for example a word of knowledge about a person's real situation leading to intercession for that person with the confidence that God who revealed the situation will answer.

 

CHAPTER 23

Prophets and Evangelism / Preaching

 In the Beginner's Course, we distinguished between prophecy and preaching for the sake of those who have been falsely taught that the two were the same. There is, however, such a thing as prophetic preaching. Under this anointing, the preacher is in a preaching mode, but the message is prophetic in content though not always in intent since the preacher had no prior knowledge that the Holy Spirit was going to have a prophetic message. This is different to standing up before the people and uttering a prophecy. Under this anointing the message is prophetic in content and intent and the Holy Spirit would have given a prior warning that there was a prophecy to be uttered.

 More specifically, prophetic evangelism / preaching are motivated by an activation of the prophetic gift. For example, in a revelation such as a vision an evangelist is shown that he is to preach in a certain location. He also may or may not be told by the Holy Spirit what the message is. Upon arriving at the location he finds things as the Holy Spirit has told him. As he gets up to preach or in the middle of his preaching, a prophetic message is imparted into his spirit and is spoken under the preaching anointing.

 The prophets are of great value to evangelists in their strategy planning stages. With the aid of prophets very efficient and effective campaigns can be carried out because the prophets will be able to supernaturally confirm each step of the way whether the strategy is or is not from God. They act as independent verifiers of the planning that an evangelist team makes. This is consistent with the Scriptural principle of team work among the Spiritual offices because their goals are the same, so there is no contest among the offices. The successes or failures of the campaigns will be shared equally because it is the whole body that is in service not a particular individual.  

As with the case of the pastor, the prophet remains a watchman and the evangelist is the Herald of glad tidings and the two must respect each other's anointing and work in a complementary manner without strife or envy. In particular, the evangelist should not feel threatened by the presence of the prophet but rather must value his presence because, as the eyes of The Church, the prophet will ensure ever constant fruitfulness in every campaign that the evangelist undertakes.

 The prophet must also respect the evangelist's anointing because God has given the evangelist the very important task of bringing the message of salvation to a perishing sea of humanity. It is at the very heart of The Father's love to see people return to their God and Saviour. The prophet, therefore, must do whatever is in his power using his gifting to assist the evangelist in this task. To use the prophetic gift as a means of promoting oneself at the expense of God's purpose will lead to judgement on the prophet. Since the prophet has the greater anointing, the greater will be his judgment.

 During the campaign, the evangelist and the prophet must consult regularly and assist each other in the ministry so that every available Spiritual office and gift is concentrated on the job at hand. Teamwork is the essence of New Testament ministry not solo personalities.

 It is the absolute duty of everyone called to be an evangelist to pray with great earnest that the Holy Spirit will raise up a prophet to work with him full-time as an integral part of all aspects of the ministry.  Better still, he should pray that the Lord will place him as part of team which includes all the five fold ascension gift offices. This will enable him to have direct and regular access to the full extent of the supernatural giftings that these offices have guaranteeing abundant fruitfulness that will last to the glory of God.

 

CHAPTER 24

 Prophets and Teaching

 In the Bible the ministry most closely associated with the office of prophet is that of teaching. In the Old Testament we see Moses as a prophet, teaching the Children of Israel the Ten Commandments and all the ceremonial laws that God had given him on Mt Sinai. We also see the prophet Samuel being both a judge and teacher. King David who had a prophetic anointing also taught his people to fear God and serve Him only. There are others like Nehemiah, who taught the returned exiles the laws of their God because they had forgotten them during their seventy year exile.

 In the New Testament we see the Lord Jesus Christ demonstrating the value of the prophetic in teaching by constantly exposing the evils of religious traditions while showing the people the true way to God through Himself.  In the Epistles we see again the power of prophetic revelation in enabling the Apostle Paul to teach on a wide range of issues that have become the foundations of true Christian doctrine and lifestyle that is well pleasing to God.

 It is the power of the revelatory gifts, so evident in the truly prophetic, that enables an accurate, totally relevant message for a changing world in ever so different situations. The prophet may not even be naturally gifted with oratory, but when the anointing to teach comes upon him he is equal to, if not better than, the best University professor.

 During this period of the restoration of all things before the Lord Jesus' Second coming, the prophets will be instrumental in helping The Church to understand many of the truths that were lost after the first century. These truths are central to the full restoration of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the preparation of The Church for the Lord's return.

 For those prophets who do not have the anointing to teach, they must work very closely with those in the teaching ministry. They must do whatever is in their power to assist the teachers to teach what is Divinely inspired not religious doctrines that strangle the move of the Holy Spirit, however, theologically acceptable. They are to be a vigilant watchman on what is being taught and to help explain to the teacher areas where theology is wrong after they have received a correct understanding by revelation from the Holy Spirit. The teachers must avail themselves of the prophet’s ministry asking them to seek the Lord on areas which need prophetic revelation to clarify the truth.
 

CHAPTER 25

 Prophets and Counselling

 There has been a great surge in so called Christian psychology over the last two decades.  There is debate about whether humanistic foundations of modern psychology can actually deliver spiritual solutions. There is, however,  a better way that the Holy Spirit has provided to The Church. The supernatural enabling for a Christian to counsel a person in emotional or psychological distress using the prophetic gift and the Scriptures.

 With the gift of the word of knowledge, a Christian can know supernaturally what the real cause of a person's trauma is originating from. For example, it could be demonic in which case they need deliverance from the demon. It could be the effect of childhood trauma that has caused a deep wound to the person's spirit and mind. In this case they would need to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ from all guilt, unforgiveness, bitterness, etc., and accompanied by regular Bible study with the person so that their mind is renewed by the Scriptures to see things differently. Alternatively, it could be a combination of both in which the trauma led to demonisation, in which case a combination of deliverance and Bible study will need to be applied.

In the above examples, after the word of knowledge has been applied to identify the real cause of the problem, then the Christian can use the gift of the word of wisdom to determine supernaturally what is the best way for the person to be set  free and healed.  It is one thing to know what the real cause of the problem is and it is another to know how to correctly deal with it without adding to the problem. Supernatural wisdom will be totally effective because the Holy Spirit is the one supplying the solutions.

 Also working with the two gifts mentioned above is the gift of the discernment of spirits, whether they are from God or the devil.  It is important not only to know that the problem is demonic, but also which type of demonic spirit is operating so you can specifically address it. Also it enables you to know how to counsel the person to resist the temptations that are linked to specific demonic spirits and how to not get involved in activities that could expose one to a re-entry of these evil spirits.

 This approach to counselling is undisputable far more superior to any other and should be sought by all who are called to the ministry of Helps (I Cor. 12:28) in the Church. 


 

 CHAPTER 26

Prophets and Church Planning

 This is an area in any church that a prophet is mandatory. Without true revelation regarding God's plan for a local church much of their efforts and finance will be wasted on what appears to be a good idea. The fact that most would agree that there is still a lot to be desired in terms of the fruit of most church labour is a reflection on spiritual blindness in leadership.  One can make grand plans at the beginning of each year and even reach the goals set, but are they the fruit that will last the test of time.

 The prophetic ministry has one of its greatest values in this part of a local church's life. By being an objective verifier of any vision that the leadership receive,   the prophet working in harmony with leadership will ensure that the truly Divine plans are adopted resulting in great blessings.  Here, the prophet would be called upon to put to the test all revelations that have been received by the leadership. It is, therefore, absolutely essential that the prophet recognises the great responsibility before God that he carries. He cannot, therefore, frustrate the plans just because he has some differences with the leadership.  His motivation must be to do the will of God at all times, and working in harmony with leadership.

Some exciting aspects of the prophet working with leadership is illustrated in the book by David Pytches: ' Some said it thundered' in which the story is told of how in a local church (in Kansas City, Missouri, USA) the resident prophet, Bob Jones, was able to forewarn the leadership team who God was sending to join them as part of their leadership.  This enabled the leadership to be very welcoming to the persons when they eventually arrived being assured that they had God's endorsement for the job.

 This procedure eliminates all the ridiculous red tape that has hamstrung many a truly gifted person from taking their Divinely ordained place in a local church. It also eliminates those who are ambitious and competitive with the eye of pride and esteem in the church.

 Many a good church has been destroyed by an eldership which wants to control the pastor and use him for their own agenda. The prophet can ensure that the secrets of such men are quickly exposed and dealt with before it causes damage. In addition, when election of new elders is in the offing, the prophet can help the leadership team vet out those not suitable for the job even though, from an external point of view, there is nothing obviously wrong with them. It may be that they do not really have the gift for the job or that God is going to send them elsewhere shortly to where their real responsibility awaits them. 

Wise leadership will do well to put the prophets to good use by having regular consultations with them on major new developments that might occur during the year. The prophet would assist them to seek the mind of the Holy Spirit and through independent confirmation from different members of the leadership they will be able to act in total confidence as one man. This is particularly handy if there is an attempt by the devil to bring confusion and division in the church over a particular issue. Unity can be restored by supernatural revelation of the true intent of the hearts of the people concerned for all to see and not follow but to stand on the Lord's side.

 

CHAPTER 27

 Prophetic Schools / Workshops

 These are schools / workshops that have begun to emerge on a wider scale in the last five years around the world as the Holy Spirit has been stirring The Church to fully recognise and grow their prophetic mantle. Typically, these workshops include teaching on the basics of the gifts of prophecy and the office of the prophet. They then teach the students how to go about exercising the gift of prophecy.

 Students are asked to get into small groups and begin by praying in tongues for a few minutes before asking the Lord to reveal to them something or give them a "word" to bless another member of the group.

 Helpful Guidelines for Prophet's School / workshops

 I.          Aims and Goals

 The aims of these schools or workshops should be to train Christians who have a gifting in the prophetic; whether it is a gift of prophecy or the office of a prophet.

 The goals are:

             a) to enable those so trained to go to their respective  churches and encourage the development of this most essential gift. The Church is meant to be supernatural and prophetic because it is the body of Christ, Who is supernatural and The Prophet.

             b) to prepare the body for the great end-time harvest which will see many entering the church fellowship. Many of these new converts will need the supernatural gifts such as prophecy to help them overcome the vestiges of their past life and reveal to them what plans God has for them.

II.          Method of Instruction

 The method of instruction should be based on the lecture - workshop structure. A Bible study / workshop method is also very effective. There must be constant emphasis on the practical side, since constant practice will perfect the gifting. Just as importantly, there must be a constant emphasis on the fruit of the spirit which is the character required of the prophet by God.

   a) The lectures, providing the foundational knowledge and tools for the scripturally based exercise of the prophetic in the church and outside of it. There are plenty of scriptural references to enable a considerable depth in teaching on this particular ministry with its appropriate application for today.

 The greatest ignorance appears to be in the translation from the Bible to today's situation.  In this regard, those who have the greater maturity in the prophetic gifting MUST endeavour to improve their pool of knowledge in a rounded manner so that those they train do not end up lopsided unable to correctly apply the gifting in differing situations.

  b) The workshops must consist of small groups of no more than five people including the group leader. This will ensure that there is full participation of every member of the group.  When the workshop is exercising the prophetic gifts, there must be a strictly adhered to limit as to what areas the revelations are to be sought for. The areas must be strictly limited to:

 1) Only those in the group, that is, no prophecies about people, events, outside of the group.

 2) Words of encouragement, exhortation and comfort. There should be no words of correction, rebuke, judgement, or direction for ones life.

 3) NO prophecies on prospective marriages (match making) or even when there is a couple that is seeking a confirmation whether they are the true match.

 The group leader is responsible:

bullet For ensuring that all members participate fully, that is, not let the dominating personality of certain extroverted individuals from stifling the introverted members.
 
bullet For ensuring all things are done decently and in order according to Biblical principles. This includes following the guidelines for receiving, interpreting and applying revelations.
 
bullet For collating group responses to assigned discussion questions and being the spokesperson in the general lecture discussions.
 
bullet For ensuring that ALL predictive prophecies are written down by the person who gives them and by the person to whom it is directed. It MUST be dated, and signed by the two people concerned to ensure full accountability, whether it comes to pass or not.

 III.         Human Resources and Resource Materials

 1) Human Resources:

 The lack of qualified people to teach on the prophetic is very evident in The Church today. It is partly the result of lack of teaching and development of the gift and office in The church today. It is also partly the result of persecution by the ignorant and / or insecure church leadership that has forced those with the anointing to keep hidden to the detriment of The Church.  It is not possible to teach on the prophetic in a meaningful and practical manner without:

a) Being in the office of prophet.  The students must be able to see demonstrated before them the prophetic in order to fully grasp the various concepts. This is also true of any professional or vocational training in the secular society.

 b) Having someone who is a prophet to assist in the practical workshops if the lecturer does not have the office of a prophet.

  2) Resource Materials:

 Literature on the prophetic office is still scarce, especially, in terms of the practical application of the prophetic ministry.  In the bibliography, there is a listing of valuable books, videos, and audio tapes that are essential for laying down proper foundations of the prophetic ministry.

This study manual should provide the basic essential practical framework for individual churches to model their prophetic schools on and develop their own study manual, if necessary.

IV.        Monitoring Progress

 To objectively determine that the two aspects to learning namely, teaching and comprehending are being effected, it is absolutely necessary to have a monitoring process for each student, if practical.  Two methods have been chosen in this manual to achieve this.

 a) The discussion questions at the end of the chapters should be used to test whether the students understand the elements of prophetic administration adequately to tackle other issues closely related to, but not directly addressed by the relevant chapter. This test can be applied by asking them to attempt all questions as homework and then a general answer session at the end of the subsequent lecture to help them clarify their understanding.

 b) The workshop at the end of each lecture can be used as a small group discussion session to tackle the discussion questions for the prescribed time period, for example, half an hour. After this period, the lecturer can then go through all the questions as one gathering asking each group to respond to a particular assigned question.

 Group leaders must be assigned to enable the efficient directing of discussions and to collate a group response to the discussion questions at the end.

 In relation to the exercise of the prophetic gifts, Group leaders must be in charge to ensure that everything is done decently and in order according to Biblical principles for the good of all. The described procedures for receiving, interpreting and applying revelations must be adhered to at all times until it becomes instinctive to the group participants. 

V.        Course Evaluation

 At the end of each course, a specially designed course evaluation sheet should be supplied to the students, at the second last lecture, so that they can provide some feedback to the lecturer on the course content, presentation of lectures, and whether they have grasped the concepts adequately to be able to impart it to their local fellowships.

 

Published 2005

 

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