Prophecy given to Ben Methena on 9-17-97
Here is a prophesy that came to a brother who attends Umqua Christian Center, in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, a congregation in renewal. I thought it could be a blessing to many, as it was to me and others who have received it. — James, a brother in Christ
Know that Man’s heart is truly dark. The depths of his blindness is so great that he has forgotten why he was made and feels no sense of loss in shame and iniquities. He takes pride in himself and what he has done. He feels no need for Me. In his darkness he believes in the lies of the enemy of his own soul and thus believes by his own hand he can live. He does not seek his Master, but seeks the darkness of his own heart, instead of My light. His heart is dark and hardened against Me. This is why the earth must be shaken, so that in fear he will seek me for help. It is his wake up call; his chance for change. Without it he would be lost, without me, with no hope of finding me. If man would repent and change his ways there would be no need to wake him. but man does sleep.
Be not discouraged when you see these things, for they must take place, for the sake of the lost. Even as you did not know of your own darkness when you were lost, so too are they likewise blind and in need of my sight. Know that I am placing my people where they are needed most. Those that will accept my call, will stand in the midst of the storm, and will not be moved, for I have planted them. I have anchored them to be able to withstand these days. Know that I am your strength and never take your eyes off me, for to do is to fall short of that which I have called you to do in my name.
For I am raising a fortress in these days, a holy mountain. The mountain of the glory of the Lord. I will show my power unto the whole earth; my glory, my righteousness. My holy mountain is placed within you, so that the world will see. It gives my people power and strength to withstand, for they are not of this world. but merely abide in it until I call. I will fortify the hearts of my people and turn sorrow to joy. My people, make me your heart’s desire and seek me above all else, for then I will be found of you and we will be as one flesh, one love, one desire, one spirit, one goal, one heart, one mind. You will then know what it is to truly know me.
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Submitted by James DuBois – Umqua Christian Center
What Is Prophecy?
By Betty Miller
As some may not be familiar with prophecy in the church, we want to share this short explanation of Biblical prophecy before we share an actual prophecy from God.
First, what is godly prophecy? It can be summed up as words that are spoken on behalf of God. A prophet or prophetess is one who is a spokesman for God. It is a divine utterance that comes from the Holy Spirit. (Note: Just as there are prophetic words from God, there are also false prophecies that the Lord warned us about in the Bible. In Matthew 7:15-16 Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits–.” We must prove the source of prophecy before accepting it as coming from the Lord). God is raising up many prophetic voices in the earth today. His gifts of prophecy are basically of two types. One is the “simple gift of prophecy” which every believer can express under the unction or direction of the Holy Spirit after they have been filled with the Holy Ghost.
The other is the “office gift” of the spirit which is given to a prophet or prophetess who is called to the “five-fold” ministry office as outlined in 1 Corinthians 12:28 which says “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” Also Ephesians 4:11-12 which says” And he gave some, apostles; and some prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
The basic difference between these two types is, the simple gift of prophecy is given to all spirit filled believers as spoken of in 1 Corinthians 14:31, “For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.” It is for the purpose of edification, exhortation and comfort as spoken of in 1 Corinthians 14:3, “But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.”
The “office gift” of a prophet or prophetess is given to speak to the body of Christ at large. The ministers who are called to the office of a prophet or prophetess will deliver messages also which include edification, exhortation and comfort but their messages can also be directive in nature and futuristic in content as well (Ephesians 4:11-15).
Presently God is leading His people with prophetic preaching and teaching. A prophetic movement is taking place in the world.
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