If Jesus is the SPIRIT of PROPHECY, then PROPHETIC MINISTRY needs to line up with His Character?
Jesus - The Ark of the Lord
Prophetic Ministry should have His presence in it !
This is one of the most complete and comprehensive type of Christ in the bible. The ark consisted of a gold-plated chest with two cherubs mounted on top, facing one another, overshadowing the mercy seat, which represented the atoning blood of Jesus. The choices of materials used were very emblematic of Jesus Christ. The Ark was a picture of who He really represents while the presence of incense and the atoning blood demonstrated His character as mediator for reconciliation, and when the blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled on the actual mercy seat the glory of God appeared. This was a picture of the heavenly glory of God. There, angels stand before His throne and praise Him day and night. It was also a picture of the restored presence of God through the resurrection of Christ. Inside the ark was a golden urn holding the manna (Jesus being the bread from heaven), Aaron’s staff that budded (Jesus being the chosen and anointed one to represent the Father), and the tablets of the covenant were placed within the Ark (Jesus being that covenant of grace to cover the law). Like the ark, being a place of God’s presence, this very same presence of God has been restored to the believer in the resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus - The Power of God
Prophetic Ministry should have His restoration power in it !
Jesus Himself is the supernatural substance of divine power. This title of being the power of God tells us that He is the very essence of Godly power. He, Himself, declared in Matt. 28:18 that “All authority is given unto Me in heaven and earth.” He is the instrument of power. The very nature of its magnitude can neither be expanded nor can it be minimized. 1 Cor. 1:24 says that Jesus is not only the power of God, but also the wisdom of God. This power as redeemer ordained Him to manifest it through the impartation of grace, gifts, and goodness, — all through His omnipotent hand. The transformation of lives, the demonstrations of love, and the continual revelations of the invisible realities, as His Father’s Kingdom lands all around Him, all administered through His hand. His power pervades every realm, and that power during the resurrection, where He, Himself, had the power to lay His own life down, and the power to take it again was a clear demonstration of that power. Jesus is the power of God and the gospel that we are to walk in is to represent that power, should not the prophetic ministry that we walk in also demonstrate that power?
Jesus - The Builder of the Temple
Prophetic Ministry should recognize who it is that’s doing the building !
“Behold the man whose name is the Branch . . . and He shall build the temple of the Lord” – Zech. 6:12 also Matt. 16:18 and Eph. 2:20, 22. The temple that was rebuilt by the remnant, those that returned to Jerusalem from Babylon, was a temporary structure. Some significant features that have been identified with Solomon’s temple were withheld. That would include the tablets, the ark, the holy fire and the Shekinah glory. However He promised a greater builder and a greater glory, — one who would surpass in workmanship any of the structures erected by man, — living stones cut from the quarries of human nature molded by the Spirit of God into a holy temple in the Lord. This temple is constructed from lives that will bear evidence of His character and nature, and the dedication of this temple, when completed, will be an amazing day as it ushers in a Kingdom reign, a confirmed victory, and a regenerated world.
Jesus - The Glory of God
Prophetic Ministry should have His glory in all of it !
“The Word was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us and we beheld His glory.” (John 1:14). Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40). Glory is as difficult to define as light because of its excellence in divine character having the full expression of a deity that is blended in perfect unity. John speaks about the glory of God that is exhibited in the face of Jesus Christ. He is the pinnacle of the entire presentation of truth revealed in the Old Testament, manifested in the flesh in the New Testament, with the principal purpose set out in the final unveiling. His glory is everlasting, — a glory that was with the Father before the world ever was. He is the brightness of God’s glory and the fullness of the Godhead. He is not only the Lord of glory but the glory of the Lord. Although He is the brightness of God’s glory, He embraces a child and encompasses a star. He expresses a whisper and employs the thunder. He heals the leper, tends to the broken hearted, and raises the dead. Every part of His work, every part of His will, every word spoken, and every part of His wisdom utters His glory. Any prophetic ministry we walk in should reveal that glory.
Jesus - The Wisdom of God
Prophetic Ministry should be armed with His wisdom !
The supreme expression of wisdom is personified in Jesus, whom God has set forth as being the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24). He is the source, the spring and the stream, and without it, wisdom is unarmed, for power itself is useless without wisdom (Jesus) to direct it. One of wisdom’s defining characteristics is that it is free from defects and defilements, and that greater premium of wisdom is accessible through Jesus, full of mercy and good fruits, for in God’s great gift to us resides perfect wisdom, for the eyes of our understanding are enlightened that we may behold Him who personifies heavenly wisdom (Eph. 3:16), bountiful in goodness, kindness, righteousness and holiness. As this manifold expression of wisdom was demonstrated through the plan of redemption, we meet the supreme exhibition of the wisdom of God through Jesus who has established a greater covenant. He has become the chief cornerstone, the mediator, the foundation, the builder and defender of ekklesia, for in Him are all the spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3) and all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3).