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Is There A Prophet Among Us?

 
Where are the oracles of God, the prophets whose words strike fear into the hearts of the Ahabs of our nation, and contempt and disdain in those who are the Jezebels of our day?

Where are the ones who love their nation passionately, but love their God even more? 

Is there an Elijah or Elisha, who not only has the ear of God but can speak to the heart of a nation?

Where are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel or any one of the “minor” prophets of old? 

Where is the prophet Daniel, who can discern the times and seasons, as well as the handwriting on the wall?

America does not need a “we can do it; we can be great again” kind of message, any more than a burning house needs another charcoal grill. 

America, where are your prophets? 

Is there a prophet among us?

What if America turned down the political rhetoric, and turned an ear to the prophet of God?

Is it barely possible for a nation who has lost its ability to blush, to once again tremble at the word of the prophet of God?

Is there a prophet among us?

Where are the John the Baptists who have a word no one wants to hear? One that would never sell many books, or provide income for a television ministry?

A word preached in the middle of nowhere, without any advertising budget; yet a word that prepares the way for Jesus’ appearing?

Where are the prophets who demand more out of themselves than they do of their listeners?

Is there a prophet among us?

If so, where?

Where are the prophets who declare the heart of God, clearly and without apology, to a people who have long since believed God is either dead or irrelevant? 

Is there at least one prophet in America?

If so, where is he? Where is she?

Are the prophets busy with their own “prophetic ministry”, or is there a word from God that must be released to a hard headed and rebellious nation?

Is there a prophet among us? 

Here’s a word God gave to the prophet Isaiah, to be shared with his nation. Notice a similarity or two between his nation and the good old US of A.

“And now, go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever. For they are a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the Lord; who say to the seers, “Do not see,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 30:8-11 ESV)

I ask you again; is there a prophet among us?

Ezekiel, told to prophesy to a hard headed nation by God, knew he didn’t have a choice. 

“And he said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them. And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house.

“But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.” And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. And he spread it before me. And it had writing on the front and on the back, and there were written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe.” (Ezekiel 2:1-10 ESV)

The Lord declared through Joel, and later by Peter, that in the last days “He will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy…” (Acts 2). 

Where are they? Are they speaking? Is anyone listening?

What if Jonah of old walked through Washington, D.C., and proclaimed the same message he gave to Nineveh?  Would he be ignored? Maybe so. But perhaps the soul of this nation would be stirred to repentance!

If there’s a prophet among us, will you please rise up in the name of the Lord?!

America needs to know there IS a prophet among us!

We can’t wait much longer!

Three Prophetic Words For 2016

 
Three prophetic words from a casual observer, and a prophet-in-training.

Okay, so maybe I’m not a prophet, or maybe I am; but I’ve got some things to say about this coming year that need to be heard. Because I say them? No. Who’s Jan Grace, anyway? 

No, not because I say them, but because they just may come to pass. You and I need to be prepared.

Three words come to my mind, and burn intensely within my spirit. Three words I believe God is speaking to the American people, and especially His Church.

Acceleration, Depravation, Demarcation 

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.” (2 Timothy 3:1-9 ESV)


Acceleration

Throughout the ages there have been difficult, stressful times. But things are beginning to accelerate, faster and faster. Seasons are becoming mixed up, weather patterns skewed. But more importantly, the season of ministry is quickly coming to a close. 

I don’t say that because I’m calling for this year to be the year of the Lord’s return, but because of a second word I’m hearing, which I’ll share in a moment.

The things happening in the natural realm are indicators of what’s taking place in the spirit. People, even some of God’s people, are becoming mixed up, no longer bearing fruit in season. And this is being accelerated to the point where men and women are becoming picked off by the enemy at a faster rate. What we used to “get by with” now becomes a major issue overnight and unless we repent quickly, we wake up to someone we no longer recognize. Ourselves.

Why else would Peter say, “Judgment must begin in the house of God, and if it begins with us, what’s going to happen to those who don’t obey the gospel?” (1 Peter 4)

If WE are scarcely saved…? 

Peter also wrote, “Be sober, be vigilant, because YOUR adversary, the devil, goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may DEVOUR…”

Only NOW, his advances are accelerating! 

“Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (Revelation 12:12 ESV)


Depravation

The closets are open, and everything imaginable is being released on society. Even some things beyond our imagination! 

The depravity of the unregenerate human heart is being celebrated as the new freedom, and the more perverse something is the greater it’s lauded. 

Couple this word with the first, acceleration, and 2016 will not be an easy year. You and I will not get by with a wish and a hope so. 

Depravity is like poisonous fungi, attaching itself to areas in our lives that haven’t fully embraced the life giving power of the gospel. Those areas where we’ve allowed compromise; and have tried to live for Jesus and our flesh at the same time.

In fact, fungi live on dead or decaying things. It thrives on death. It grows, multiplies on death. 

Depravity feeds on spiritual death, and perverseness paves the way for more perversity. 

“Gay rights” will soon be “tame” compared to what’s being conceived in the heart of the wicked. 

2016 will end, sadly, with many church going, bible quoting, Christians falling because they’ve succumbed to the depravation in the world.
Demarcation 

“Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith.” 2 Timothy 3:8 ESV)

A line, such has not been seen since the earliest days of the church, will begin to be pronounced in 2016. 

A difference will be declared, and demonstrated, by the true believers in Jesus. 

“…and that ye may make a distinction between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean…” (Leviticus 10:10 ASV)

“Depart, depart, go out from there; touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves, you who bear the vessels of the Lord.” (Isaiah 52:11 ESV)

As it was in the Book of Acts, so will it be even in America.

“Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem.” (Acts 5:12-13 ESV)

Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, and the Romans and Jews opposed the gospel. A morally deprived society opposes God on almost every issue these days. But the line has been drawn in the sand.

The word is demarcation, a clear distinction between God’s people and the rest. 

The stage is being set for a showdown. As Moses faced Pharaoh with God’s holiness and power, so it will come to pass shortly. And as the Egyptians were overjoyed when the Israelites finally left Egypt, well, this world’s gonna party like crazy when their critics are gone.

Preacher, pastor, prophet: don’t hold your tongue. You will not win the world with your silence, and you will not carry out your assignment hiding behind your 501c3 status. 

As Mordecai said to Queen Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this”(Esther 4:13-14 ESV), I believe the Lord is declaring to His witnesses today:

“If you attempt to compromise My Truth, to water it down so others will receive YOU, I WILL find others to do what I told you to do. But you will lose out.”

The line of holiness is clearly stated in the scriptures, and without holiness one cannot see the Lord. Preach it and demonstrate it. 

Acceleration, Depravation, and Demarcation

2016 is going to be quite a ride.

 

Young Prophets

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This is the day of the young prophets. God is raising up his prophets to help usher in the next phase of his kingdom. Powerful men and women of God who will speak with heaven’s authority and sensitivity. Prophets who have God’s anointed word in their heart and on their lips, along with a passion for holiness.

The calling of prophet is not an indication of spirituality, nor is it a free pass for someone to avoid certain kinds of discipline from the Lord. Actually, with the call comes the Spirit’s cry for greater consecration, separation, and imitation.

Imitation? Yes. Imitating what’s observed from the older generation of prophets.

Young prophets are not called to boot out of ministry any of the “old timers”. God takes care of all the timing issues. Since he’s the one who gives the words to the prophets, he has something to say about how his new prophets function.

Take Samuel for example. He didn’t kick Eli out of the way. He actually was mentored by Eli. He learned a number things about hearing God’s voice and judging the people. Sure, Eli wasn’t the greatest example but God still used him.

“Now the young man Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and also with man.” (1 Samuel 2:26 ESV)

“Now the young man Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.” (1 Samuel 3:1 ESV)

“And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” (1 Samuel 3:19 ESV)

It’s of utmost importance that the young prophet remain humble and submissive to God given authority, regardless. It doesn’t matter if it is taking too long to get “their ministry” off the ground. God won’t bless or anoint someone who pushes others out of their way.

Samuel grew into his ministry under the covering of Eli. He would eventually replace Eli, but that was God’s operation, not Samuel’s.

Young prophets, you need your elders. You need to hear what they have to say, watch what they do, and imitate their faith. You need to sit at their feet as a student, not towering above them as a successor. You must honor them, esteeming them highly for their work’s sake.

Your “promotion” does not come through your “contacts” but by your contrite heart.

Eli hadn’t lived exactly the way he was supposed to. Plus, his boys were selfish, greedy, guys. Out of control. God told Eli that a change was coming. Then he told Samuel. But Samuel kept his heart tender to God and loyal to Eli.

That, friends, is a must. The next step follows for the ones who would rather have a “slow start” in ministry than act in an untoward manner.

“And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.” (1 Samuel 4:1 ESV)

Some day, young prophets, should the Lord delay his return, you will be old and gray. Your body may not be what it was when you first began in ministry, but your spirit and mind will be very much alive. You’ll be able to discern the voice of God even better than today.

Remember this along the way. It is the plan of God to raise up your replacements; to pour into them all you can.

Both Eli and Samuel failed in this regard. God used them mightily, especially Samuel, but there was no replacement when it came time for Samuel to move on.

“When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel. The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.

“Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.” (1 Samuel 8:1-9 ESV)

God always works with multiple generations. Are you?

Are you pouring into others? Are you imitating an older person?

A prophet’s ministry has much more to do with God’s anointing, than the actual words he speaks. It has much to do with character, and little to do with contacts and charisma.

And it has everything to do with humility.

Has God called you to a prophetic ministry? Who’s mentoring you? Who do you have as an “understudy”? What’s God speaking to you in regards to these days of shaking and pruning?

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