by John Maniatty
Our Father in heaven gave us the prophetic realm because we need itand
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 (thats 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
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!
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! WowI 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?
Am I still encouragedyes! 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 notthats 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 realmand 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
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
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 behalfand 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 daydevilish forces motivating them to have Him killedthese
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. Lets 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,