© 27 November 2020 Revive Israel Ministries
Cleaning Up the Mess in the Charismatic Prophetic World - Part 2
By Asher Intrater
Jezebel and Balaam
Unfortunately, much worldliness and carnality has come into our congregations. This must be rooted out, starting with our own hearts. We must keep ourselves separated from worldly influence, particularly from sexual immorality shown so repeatedly in all forms of media and entertainment.
Separation from worldly influence is a pre-requisite to any kind of prophetic anointing.
The spirit of worldliness is called by several names. One of the most significant is named after the evil Queen Jezebel, King Ahab's wife (I Kings 16-21). This spirit is quoted as a major sin in the congregation at Thiatyra (Revelation 2:20).
However, this worldliness can also come through a male figure. When this type of sin is promoted by a man, it is called a "Balaam" spirit, as in the congregation at Pergamos (Revelation 2:14), named after the false prophet of Midian and Moab (Numbers 22-25).
This is not an issue of "sexism;" it is not "anti-women." It is an issue of sinfulness; it comes through both men and women.
If we are to "clean up" our prophetic ministry, it must be purged of worldliness, sensuality and immorality. Prophecy should be more "moral" than mystical; more challenging than entertaining.
From Counterfeit to Authentic
Many have become disillusioned with prophetic and charismatic ministry recently because of all the confusion regarding the political, health and economic situation. I believe that God wants to use this disillusionment to call us to a higher level. There is a change of season in the spiritual realm, just as there is a change of season in the political realm.
Let's not get stuck. Let's pray and obey. Let's repent and change. Let's believe and receive. Let's go on to what God has for us in this next season.
In many of the Prophets, we notice a pattern in which there is an earlier period of prophecy, more connected to the political situation, and then a later period more connected to the eternal kingdom.
For example, in Daniel chapters 1 through 6, we see Daniel and his friends dealing with the kings of Babylon (Iraq) and Persia (Iran). Chapters 6 through 12 have more to do with Daniel's prayers and visions. The same is true for Isaiah. Chapters 1 through 39 deal with the kings of Israel and Judah, while chapters 40 through 66 have a more heavenly focus.
Many of us perceive that God is giving special revelation now about the emerging "ecclesia." This is the global family of believers in Yeshua from every nation. This ecclesia is a type of spiritual or heavenly government, ruling and reigning with Yeshua (Ephesians 1:20-22; 2:6).
This beautiful group of people is like "the rainbow appearing in the clouds" (Genesis 9).
May God use the recent disillusionments, just as He did with the biblical prophets, to move us on to the next and higher stage of prophecy.
Stages of Prophecies
As we look at the history of prophetic ministry as described in the Bible, we see a steady development into new and greater understanding of the stages of God's kingdom. I would summarize them in 7 stages:
Stay tuned for Part 3.
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