Prophetic announcements open new doors of opportunity in your life and ministry. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. How much more, then, do prophetic operations have a powerful impact on the realm of the spirit? Prophets that flow accurately benefit the Body of Christ by announcing, activating, imparting, confirming, and unlocking various times and seasons in believers’ lives.
Solomon wrote, “To everything there is a season” (Ecc 2:1). Just as there are natural seasons there are also spiritual seasons. There is natural timing and spiritual timing. It takes the grace of the prophetic to unlock those times and seasons by the will and power of God. Indeed, the prophetic tongue can set on fire (in a good sense) the very course of nature by unlocking times and seasons in our lives. We know that the Lord does nothing without first revealing it to His servants the prophets (Amos 3:7).
Prophetic grace is profitable to the Body of Christ because many believers become frustrated in knowing they carry a gift of God inside them while discerning they are not walking in the measure the Lord would have them to walk in during a particular season. Prophets can alleviate this frustration by announcing God’s will in a person’s life, activating the measure, and unlocking the new time and season by the laying on of hands. To be sure, accurate prophetic operations can unlock a believer’s destiny.
From King David to Gideon and from Joseph to John the Baptist, we read about prophetic announcements that unlocked new times and seasons in the lives of Biblical characters throughout the Word of God.
The prophet Samuel, for example, made a prophetic announcement and impartation when he took a horn of oil and anointed David in the midst of his brothers. At that time, the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power. David would soon thereafter be called into King Saul’s court to soothe him with his harp playing.
“And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer. And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favor in my sight” (1 Samuel 16:21-23).
Clearly God unlocked a new season in David’s life through a prophetic operation released by the prophet Samuel. In the New Testament, John the Baptist was a forerunner of Christ’s ministry. He announced the coming of the Messiah (Matthew 3:11). He later announced that the Messiah was on the scene when he declared, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). This Scripture illustrates that even the three-year season of the Son of God’s ministry was revealed by a prophetic announcement.
In the Book of Acts we see a prophetic presbytery at the early church in Antioch make a prophetic announcement by the unction of the Holy Spirit as they were ministering to the Lord and fasting. The words, “Separate me Barnabus and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them” (Acts 13:3) opened the door for a new season of ministry for Barnabus and Paul. The presbytery laid hands on the duo and sent them on their way.
One of the most well-known prophetic announcements was to Mary, the mother of Jesus. An angel of the Lord told her that she was highly favored and would bring forth a son named Jesus who would be the Savior of the world. This announcement changed Mary’s life forever as it opened the door for a new season in her life (Luke 1:28-33).
An angel of the Lord also made a prophetic announcement to Gideon when he said, “Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. And the LORD said unto him, “Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man” (Judges 6:14-16).
This prophetic announcement stirred faith and action for a new day in Gideon’s heart. The announcement unlocked a new season in his life and he became the mighty man of valor that God called him to be.
In the Book of Genesis, Joseph received a prophetic dream that announced a coming dominion authority. This dream unlocked a series of times and seasons in Joseph’s life that would send him first to a pit, then to Potiphar’s house, then to a prison and finally to Pharaoh’s palace before the prophetic dream was fulfilled.
“And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me” (Genesis 37:5-9).
Of course, this prophetic dream so angered Joseph’s brothers that they sought means to kill him and sold him into slavery but God worked all things together for good. What his brothers meant for evil was used to help Joseph fulfill the call of God on his life.
The Bible is alive with examples of how God uses prophetic operations to open our eyes to His will for our lives. What was true for Joseph, David, and Gideon is also true for you. The Holy Spirit is still using prophetic grace to unlock new times and seasons in the lives of His people.
(c) Apostle Jonas Clark