“For the eye has not seen, nor the ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.
But God has revealed them to those who love Him by His Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man that is within him?
Even so, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit Who is from God, that we might know the things that that have been freely given to us by God.
These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them because they are spiritually discerned,” 1 Corinthians 2:9–14.
The Prophetic Ministry is a ministry of encouragement as well as a speaking forth ministry, of the Word of the LORD that is sent.
Its purpose is for the work of the ministry, and for building up the body of Christ.
It is positioned in such a way, on the cutting edge of the Kingdom, that allows ordinary people like you and I, who are called to it, to be enabled by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, to speak forth the Mind of the LORD as He reveals it; that which the Holy Spirit teaches.
Jesus said about Him,
“However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak and He will tell you things to come.
He will glorify Me, for He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and show it to you.” John 16:13-15.
The omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent Spirit of the LORD is speaking all the time; at all times; and in all-encompassing timings, in perfect harmony and rhythm with every one that has received salvation through our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.
Because of Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, we have been given the absolute right to desire and operate in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
And there are those who are called to, and operate in the Five Fold Ministry of apostle, prophet, pastor, teacher, and evangelist.
All of this works together for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, and the edifying and building up of the Body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith, growing together as a body, edifying each other in love.
Where the Spirit of the LORD is, the love of the Father is made known.
The Prophetic ministry requires love through all who desire to walk in this calling.
Love through the Spirit is the driving force of prophecy, for the LORD is always calling to you to enter His Presence, always calling the person who has fallen away to come back, return, to fall in love with Him again.
He is ever mindful of the state of the heart of the believer. Therefore, He says over and over again,
- “Return unto Me, and I will return to you.”
- ”Call upon Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you know not.”
- “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”
- ”I am jealous over you with a Godly jealousy.”
- “I have called you by name, and you are Mine.”
He will never forget the conditions present in your life when you first called upon Him.
That was the day that He finally became your first love. And He became the lover of your soul.
These words were spoken by a Prophet, Who also happens to be the King of kings, and the Lord of lords.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes upon Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved,” John 3:16-17.
Every Word that He spoke will never fall to the ground but will accomplish the purpose for which they were sent.
Jesus Christ is the Word that was sent. For the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.
And we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Spirit of Jesus Christ is the Spirit of Prophecy. And He is the fulfillment of every Prophetic Word given by the Spirit of the LORD.
Now the LORD is that Spirit, for where the Spirit of the LORD is there is freedom.
The prophetic words He is giving you are for your future.
There are those who are going to be called to speak to leaders in, or from other countries, where those who are hungering and thirsting for righteousness are going to be carefully considering every word that you speak.
They are looking for the beginnings of a new day. They are listening for the words that will be the confirming evidence of what the God of this universe has already been showing them, but they need to hear it just one more time for it to finally click, and take hold within their spirit.
They have been calling out, crying out from the depths of their entire being for the living God to give them the Word that they need to take home with them, to have a sense of finality for the things they have been hoping for.
This is the front line of the Kingdom, where the hearts of those seeking for the Word that is Sent meet them, in the place they are called.
It is the intersection of the intercessors and Holy of Holies. They are entering through the Veil (His Body).
They have been washed by the Blood of the Lamb at the brazen alter (The Cross).
They have been washed through the washing of water by the Word (the Brazen laver).
They are seeking and partaking in the table of showbread and the wine (Communion with the Body of Christ).
They receive the illuminating presence of the Holy Spirit (Candelabra -7 Golden Candlesticks).
They have been giving praise at the alter of incense.
Now, through the Veil, the Door of the Sheep, they can approach the throne of Grace to find the grace that will help them in their time of need.
Jesus is the Veil; He is the Door of the Sheep.
These things are found in the Tabernacle that the LORD designed for Moses. This is the prophetic prototype of Jesus Christ, the coming Messiah.
This is the purpose of the Prophetic ministry. To be the mouthpiece, the oracle who speaks forth the Word of the LORD, that says; “I know the thoughts I have toward you,” says the LORD, “thoughts of peace, not of evil, to give you a future and hope,” says the LORD” (Jeremiah 29:11).
~ Thomas Downes
Thomas Downes. Walking with the LORD for over 40 years, Thomas runs “The Voice of the Writer” a Prophetic Ministry. His purpose is to present the Word of God and the Love of God with the prophetic heart; the heart that desires to hear the Voice of the LORD, and present His Word for the encouragement of others.