Acts 10:43 (KJV) To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
One of the reasons it took thousands of years after Adam before Jesus could be manifested was because the prophets who would prophesy concerning His coming and create the spiritual framework for His manifestation on the earth had to come first. John the Baptist was the last of them to come before Christ (see Mat 17:10-13). All the prophets from Enoch to John the Baptist bore witness to His coming, and they released words into the earth (from the heart of God) that would make it possible for Christ to be revealed. In preparation for Christ’s coming, the word of God had to be constantly released by the prophets for thousands of years. Jesus is the word made flesh.
A prophecy is different from a prediction or word of knowledge. A prophetic word is creative, and the prophet usually speaks for the Lord when he prophesies. You may hear something like “Thus says the Lord…” and then the prophet begins to speak as if he is the Lord. A good example is “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more…” (Isaiah 43:25). That was Isaiah speaking for the Lord (prophesying).
When a person tells you what you ate yesterday, or tells you your house address, that is a word of knowledge; a manifestation of a prophetic gift, but that is not a prophecy. A seer sees things and hears things, but a prophet receives inspiration and speaks for God. He releases words into territories upon which the manifestation of God’s agenda will ride. A prophet creates the spiritual frameworks for the physical manifestation of God’s will on the earth.
Go into today understanding that the prophetic office is very important and needed in the body of Christ today. Prophecies have the creative power that is God’s word.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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