Aspects of the Prophetic Office
Long ago, prophets were called seers, 1 Sam 9:9. The prophetic dimension is by no means ruled by laws of evolution and change, by laws of coincidence and impermanence. The prophetic office includes the activity of a seer. The change of title by no means indicates any change of function or objectives. Rather, the linking of the two titles builds a bridge between different aspects of the office and broadens the definition. It constitutes continuation and duration.
A prophet is a seer, which implies that the basic nature of his commission is characterised by observation and watchfulness. There is no element of the spiritistic in the Hebrew concept. There is no element of fortune-telling implied. Shamanistic connotations may not be added. Shamanistic methods and techniques belong to another, entirely different kingdom. Trance states and altered states of consciousness belong to the realm of magic and is a sign of the flesh in charge and in operation.
The practices of the diviner is, and has to be, sharply renounced and rebuked by a true seer. Prediction for the sake of establishing a track record, for the sake of seeming to be able to know and to have been divinely commissioned, is no valid evidence of the prophetic. Predictions does not substantiate claims of representing Heaven.
The Seer represents the prophetic dimension by means of his ability to observe, by his inclination towards watchfulness. He is the watchman, the protector. He walks the narrow paths of the border areas of the Kingdom, drawing strength for this isolated work of defence from the vivid visions and experiences of the heartlands of God's domains. The prophet's home is a Mizpah, a watchtower, a place for proper judgment and discernment, 1 Sam 7:6.
The watchfulness itself becomes a prophetic sign and a prophetic force. It does so in an ever increasing measure as we are moving closer and closer to the final stages of our age. "...[T]he end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer", 1 Pet 4:7. Sober praying is indeed prophetic intercession. Sound judgment is indeed a sign of the prophetic dimension. Sober discernment is the cutting edge of the Church of the end times. The time of no absolutes challenged by the Absolute. The terrible time of total alienation countered by the revelation of Fatherhood. God is the absolute protector. The time of moral and emotional subjectivism confronted by sober intercession. Indeed a stimulating prospect.
The basic attitude and fundamental approach of a seer is expressed in his eagerness to watch and listen, to wait and observe. He is made able to cope with silence. He is made able to keep silent. He is made able to listen and obey. The prophetic dimension brings obedience, Rom 16:26. The seer is a man of the Cornerstone, of proper mental and moral alignment. He is made ready to demand obedience and correction. He waits for proper timing.
Out of necessity the presence and the quality of a prophetically disposed people will develop in our time, the time of apostasy. The general moral condition in our day forces true christians to react with tears and intercession. The moral enablement, the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is the dynamics of the prophetic dimension. The particular condition in the Church defined by the horrifying word "Apostasy" cannot but generate an extraordinary pain among the watchmen, driving them to the heart of the Father. Out of necessity the false and the true will grow alongside each other. Only the seer will avoid mixing the two. Only the watchful will succeed and live. Only the sensible and the sober are able to move in the prophetic dimension.
The seer has learnt to live the Book, the seer has learnt to pray Heaven. He is a man of correspondence and agreement. Things seen must be prayed into existence. "As in heaven, so on earth". The things defined in Heaven as rule and standards must be applied on earth. The seer is a man of definitions. Like Ezekiel, any seer is compelled to watchfulness and analysis by the Father's urging words: "Do you see, are you able to identify, look what they do", Ez 8:6-15.
The seer gathers experience, not like any of those with ears itching, not like those who never care to draw conclusions and never learn. Prophets are old men, experienced men, men who have taken time and opportunity to unveil and unmask the glittery and sensual moves and modes of the world without and within the Church. The seer has learnt to stay silent until the proper work of defining and labelling is finished. Prophets wait until they have received a word from the Lord, and they keep on waiting for proper timing. Prophets are men who have seen Heaven, have learnt to pray Heaven, have begun to live Heaven. Such men will be able to speak on behalf of Heaven.
The ministry, the office of a prophet takes learning, it takes the toil of gathering experience, but it does not necessarily require the gift of prophecy. The seer is marked by intellectual capacity and maturity.
The prophetic office is given to the Church for the sake [of] spiritual maturity as well as intellectual and moral integrity, 1 Cor 14:28. Dividing the two elements - the spiritual and the intellectual/moral - is in it self a sure sign of the operation of the forces of apostasy. The operation of the gifts of the Spirit and Christian character produced by the Holy Spirit is but the two sides of one coin. The glorious grace shown by God through the operation of the gifts leads to full and total submission to the law of the grain of wheat, Joh 12:24.
Watchmen are men able to give answers as Heaven answers. "Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?", Isaiah 21:11. What time is it, what kind of time is it? Watchmen serve their time and their church by understanding and defining the mentality of contemporary phenomenons. The prophet is a man of foundations, able to analyse the results of a common trend in society by looking at its roots. He is skilled in the art of deduction, interpretation and discernment. He himself becomes a force against the mentality of the time and he offers understanding of how to avoid the influence of its atmosphere. This imminent force of separation and purity is the prophetic dimension.
Seers are men of revelation. Seers are men of enlightenment. Seers are men of intellectual maturity. The Father speaks to hearts for the sake of increased knowledge, The Father reveals himself to the inner man for the sake of mobilisation of discernment and for proper decisionmaking. The seer sees as the Father sees and corrects and instructs accordingly.
The prophetic dimension is marked by submission and obedience. The prophetic climate produces obedience. Where there is no vision, the people [perish], Prov 29:18. Where there is no seer, there is no discipline. Where the people are unruly, where the people hail subjectivism and the sensational, the cursing of Jesus Christ is not far off. Where the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of prophecy is not welcome there is no respect for the word of God, for order and heavenly protocol.
The seer is made able to read the spiritual climate. He is made able to identify the prevalent motivational force. His role is to see through masks and veils of pretension, to expose man's folly and evil, for the sake of seeing the poor and needy through. The watchman is set over men's hearts to discern motivation, and to pray for and to call forth correction. The seer is set over men's hearts to call them to heavenly living.
The prophet is a seer. The basic nature of his commission is observation and watchfulness. He is prone to contemplation and skilled in the art of deduction. He is certainly not a passive nature. As the time draws to its end by increasing its malicious efforts, his words, definitions and prophetic statements develop in exactitude and veracity. As the society draws close to its final cursing of Christ, the seer turns even more definitely away from fantasy and the fantastic and sensational. He will focus all his energy and capability to bring the people back to the Lord, back to the Book, back to Holiness and back to prayer.
A seer is a prophet--I Samuel 9:9 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)
A seer or prophet, tells men what God wants them to hear. In the scriptures they often say, "Thus saith the Lord." Examples--Moses and Aaron: Exodus 10:3
A prophet: Judges 6:8
A man of God unto Eli: I Samuel 2:27
Isaiah: Isaiah 38:1
Jeremiah: Jeremiah 14:10
Ezekiel: Ezekiel 2:4
Amos: Amos 1:6
Picture of a Prophet: Leonard Ravenhill
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