SEEK AND YOU SHALL FIND:

The_Prophetic_Realm

by John Maniatty

Our Father in heaven gave us the prophetic realm because we need it—and we need it now more than ever. We live in a day when lawlessness is increasing and because of this it is necessitating His supernatural revelations (James 3:13-18) more and more in order to thwart the strategies of the evil one and his evil workers.

At Jubilee! Christian Fellowship (that’s us!) we have what we call a ‘prophetic team.’ We gather together regularly to share the prophetic experiences that we have had and listen to what He is saying. We have been working together as a team since 1994 and it has been a wonderful experience. Several of the team have been personally commissioned by our Lord Jesus Himself. Some are waiting His commissioning which is the capstone of Grace (Zechariah 4:7) when He calls us to minister on His behalf.

He has often spoken to us through dreams, visions, and visitations in these Last Days (Joel 2:28-32). We literally have scores of significant prophetic experiences that we are waiting for Him to direct us to release. For instance, with the one titled “Wolves” we waited (over 2 years) until it had come to pass in our midst before releasing it to the larger church. The Lord used this vision to warn us as well as to teach us how to deal with wolves. We have just made it public because of the extreme danger fellowships put themselves in by allowing wolves in their midst. Paul wrote to the church, “Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision…” (Philippians 3:2) because of the danger of allowing these evil workers in our midst. This admonition is generally ignored, often for human istic, carnal reasons.

As we work together and pray about our prophetic experiences, the Lord seems to always allow several of us to “view” portions of it. We have found that this often happens when we function together as a prophetic team. This serves as a confirmation of the prophetic event for the one who first experienced it, and also serves to remind them of portions of the event that they had thought were meaningless or else had simply forgotten.

We have purposely not “interpreted to death” any of the prophetic experiences that are up on our web site, but have instead endeavored to share as seems appropriate for the season, knowing that the Holy Spirit speaks so clearly to all who listen.

We agree with Rick Joyner who wrote, “I consider my memory of details to be one of my greatest weaknesses. At times I have questioned my own memory for certain details in this vision, and I think that you should therefore have the liberty to do the same. I think that this is right with any such messages. Only the scriptures deserve to be considered infallible. As you read I pray that the Holy Spirit will lead you to the truth, and separate any chaff that may be present from the wheat.” We try very hard to be accurate but know our weaknesses.

My journey in the prophetic realm began in 1959 when the Lord Jesus first appeared to me. The revelations of the Lord and His people have continued to change me since that time. They have also laid the foundation of Truth through the revealing of the One who is Himself “the Way, the Truth and the Life,” in my family, in the fellowship I have grown up in and the other fellowships that He has sent me to.

One of the most profound prophetic experiences that I have had came at a time of great disheartenment. I had been attempting to establish relationships with other leaders. I began to notice that it was almost always at my own initiative, that it was almost always our fellowship that poured funds and equipment into other ministries, it was almost always our fellowship visiting other fellowships. I began to see the self-centered church with every spot and blemish imaginable. Ugh! And I was one of the spots! Ugh! Ugh!

And then one day I had a vision of His Bride, and she had been made beautiful for her Bridegroom, our Lord Jesus. All of her sins and mistakes had been washed away by the Blood of Jesus and she no longer had a spot or blemish anywhere! Wow—I was encouraged and began once again to establish relationships with other leaders. Over the years that followed, the same things happened once again: I expended much time traveling to establish relationships, we poured funds and equipment into other fellowships and ministries, we visited other fellowships. Did it ever become reciprocal? No.

Am I still encouraged—yes! Since the end of 1997 the Lord began to bring us together with other groups and some of these relationships have become reciprocal, some have not—that’s OK. On December 31, 1997 the Lord gave us a vision that we call the “The Waterfall” vision (“The Waterfall” will be up on the web site soon) and showed us what would be happening over the next few years. He confirmed the vision in the most dramatic way and we have watched in awe as He Himself has been bringing it to pass.

As you can see from our web site, the prophetic is just one part of our fellowship life. We consider that very important because the prophetic is only a ‘part’ of who He is. We have been accused (by religious people) of being too prophetic. Of course we have also been accused of being too involved in shepherding, spending too much energy caring for the poor, being too aggressive with the Good News, etc., etc., etc. We understand where the accusations come from and will continue to embrace every aspect of who He is. Opposition is a very normal part of following Jesus, but particularly in the prophetic realm—and it is usually done in the name of Jesus! We are grateful as we remember what He said about the church that He establishes, “…I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.” That has been our experience!

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:10-12

During the first few ‘religious’ attacks we struck back in much the same manner as we were being attacked. However, as we began to grow up a little, the Lord spoke to us saying not to ever get the blood of our brothers and sisters on our hands by attacking them. Nehemiah 6 gives real insight and direction into a Godly prophetic response to opposition that comes through compromise, slander, and treachery. We have taken the same stance to opposition as Nehemiah, we will not draw our swords against His creation, and as Nehemiah wrote, “Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” We let the adversary attack while we continue laboring on His behalf—and we bless those who have chosen to be our adversaries (Romans 12:14-21).

Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:10-20

We must always remember that our battle is never against other people but against the same spiritual forces that Jesus defeated on the cross. People crucified Him but they were used as executioners by religious spirits of His day—devilish forces motivating them to have Him killed—these same spiritual forces are at work today. If we set our sights on our enemies, we will become like them. If we keep our hearts and eyes set on Jesus, we will become like Him. Let’s gaze into His eyes, walk in His Light, and live in His Righteousness. As the Truth of His Righteousness begins to take root deeper within our heart we see Jesus in a way that once again changes our hearts for “…the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:10)

If you have any questions about the prophetic please feel free to email us (just click below) and we will share with you what He has been doing and continues to do, in the prophetic fabric of our fellowship life.

Though we fall far short, His Love Never Fails!

On behalf of the prophetic team,

—john maniatty
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