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Types of Vision and
Prophecy and the Prophetic
Hearing, Seeing and
Visions are real. Many years
ago, when I heard preachers talked of the visions they saw and it
came to pass, I wondered if what they were saying will ever happen in
my life. Few years before the year 2000, I had few revelations and
word of knowledge on a limited basis, but from January of the year
2000, the Lord put me into the greater dimensions of visions and
I have had countless visions
and revelations from the Lord. Some of them were the revelations of
what happened in the past and what is happening in the present (word
of knowledge) and some of them were what will happen in the future
(word of wisdom). They come through visions, dreams, voice of the
Holy Spirit, prophecy, and by a knowing or sensing in my heart; God
speaks through various ways. Find out the common way or method He
usually speak to you and develop it, yet be open to receive from Him
through other ways as He speaks.
God promised to make His
people to see visions.
“And it shall come to
pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on
all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young
men SHALL SEE VISIONS, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My
menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those
days; And they shall prophesy.” (Acts 2:17).
Just as all believers can
pray for the sick to get healed, all believers can speak in tongues;
all believers can cast out demons, and they all can prophesy. In the
same way, all believers can see visions. The only difference between
the manifestations of vision in the life of a believer and in the
life of a prophet is the frequency of the manifestation. Seer
prophets see visions consistently and in a higher dimension. “ have
also spoken by the prophets, And have multiplied visions; I have
given symbols through the witness of the prophets" (Hosea
Visions, dreams, revelations
and prophecies influence lives. It keeps you going in the right path
of life or Ministry. These would save you from danger and death, and
lead you to knowing, receiving and acting to receive your blessings.
(1 Cor. 2:13).
Visions, dreams and
revelations are gates into the spiritual world. Through a vision, you
will be able to see and commune in the Spirit realm. Through a
vision, you will be able to receive accurately what had happened in
the past and what will happen in the future. It is a burden that
produces visions. Each time I receive a burden about something
concerning myself, my ministry, the church, nations, or for other
people, I will withdraw from people; I will withdraw from much
talking to get a quiet place so that I can be alone with God. As I
press in seeking an answer to my prayer, the Holy Spirit, through the
burden, will show me a vision. When you are in an atmosphere to
receive a vision, do not be in a haste to leave the environment and
do not be carried away by the awesomeness of the first vision He
shows you. Learn to wait. God may still show you more. Learn to write
down each vision you receive.
Most times, God speaks
before showing. To me, the voice of the Holy Spirit is the highest
level of prophetic revelation; hearing God by heart to be led by your
heart. This is the primary way Jesus was led. Most of what God SHOWS
us is the PHOTOS of the silent words He puts in our hearts. The
silent words would come as if you were sensing a thought of
something. Most times, we don’t push our mind to really know what
we are receiving or to act on what we are receiving. We miss His
gentle voice because we only want to hear the audible voice. Learn to
follow what the Holy Spirit is placing in your heart to do.
Vision and dreams is a
strategic weapon the Lord has given to us in these last days to fight
and to overcome the enemy’s strategies that is influencing the
church. Victory will come when God is in the battle. When God speaks
and you obey, there will be victory and blessings. God speaks through
visions. Vision helps believers to do God’s will. God communicates
His will and purposes through vision. It is very important because it
helps you to know God’s mind. God has a will; a program for your
life and Ministry.
Vision brings accuracy in
our Ministries. People easily understand a message when it comes in a
pictorial form. Most times, we don’t easily forget the message in
pictorial forms. Vision is important because it is in the seeing.
Vision empowers and stirs you to accomplish a purpose. When the Holy
Spirit brings a vision of a purpose He gives you the power to fulfil
The power of the Holy Spirit
in the vision will create movement, enthusiasm and speed in you to
fulfil the task. You cannot do it until you see it. Great destinies
and assignments begin with a vision. Vision helps you to know and
intercept impending danger through intercession. True intercessors
need the visions of God in this season. You need it.
Types of Vision and
Vision is real. You can see
countless visions. It is the Holy Spirit who gives vision. The Holy
Spirit has a language; visions, dreams, a voice or revelation. These
are the means through which He speaks. (Acts 2:17-18).
There are different types of
(i) Open visions
(iii) Inner or spiritual
(iv) Vision of the night
(i) Open Vision
In an open vision, ones
physical senses are not suspended. It is as if you are watching a
movie from a television screen. It will be so clear that you cannot
miss a word or an action from your mind when it comes. God brings
this by the Holy Spirit to show us about important issues. I
discovered that in most cases what is shown will happen exactly as it
was shown. It is not like other visions and dreams where one has to
sometimes “strive” to interpret and to carefully apply the
revelation in the vision.
Prophet Daniel had it. He
saw and heard clearly when an angel appeared to him. When he was
seeing and hearing from the angel in the vision, people around him
did not see but a great quaking fell on them, and they ran away.
(Daniel 10:7). God opened the eye of Elisha’s servant who was
afraid of their enemies and he saw in an open vision the mountain
full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha to protect
them (2 Kings 6:16-17). Divine visitation falls under this type of
vision. When angels or Jesus visits you physically, it is in the
realm of open vision.
A trance is when you are in
a state where you are neither awake nor asleep. You are in between
and suddenly you are lost into another realm; you are lost into the
Spirit realm where you are given a message. It is always like you are
in a movie. Sometimes you will both SEE and HEAR in the Spirit at the
same time. Your eyes are wide awake after the vision and you will
know when you left and when you came back to your physical senses.
One characteristic of a
trance is that you will be involved in what is happening in the
vision. Peter had a trance in Acts 10:9-20. He saw unclean animals
coming down from heaven to him and heard a voice saying, ‘arise and
eat.’ Trance is movable while inner vision or spiritual vision is
The devil could also give a
trance; but God’s trances are easy to know and interpret. You will
know God’s trance by a sense of an awesome presence of the Holy
Spirit around you after its reception. You will know that it is from
God and will be fully convinced that it is from God. When you are
confused and do not know whether the trance is from God or not, it is
likely not from God. The vision may look so ordinary to you; you may
think they make no sense, but they are real. It could make a whole
lot of difference about something great in your life or Ministry.
Sometimes when you are back from it, the Spirit of prayer, worship or
silent thanksgiving will flow from your heart. Sometimes, when you
are back from work or school, you will suddenly fall into a trance
while trying to take a short nap.
(iii) Spiritual Vision
In this type of vision we
see with our spiritual eyes. Some people call it “inner vision”
because one sees it with the inner eye, the spiritual eye. Some call
it hidden or mini-vision. It comes mostly while you are praying and
suddenly you are lost in the Spirit for seconds. The vision is in a
photo form and the activities are immovable. They come in snap-shots.
Unlike a trance vision where the events are movable, the events in
spiritual vision are static or immovable. It comes and goes sharply
and immediately. Some forms of spiritual vision come gently and
unfolds gradually that you will need a little patient to wait for it
to finish unfolding.
Most times, you will know
what the vision means after its reception. A photo can be worth a
million meaning. As simple as this vision is, it is very legitimate.
They are so real. Be careful to take decisions by this especially
major ones until you are skilful in understanding it. If you are not
careful, watchful and sensitive, it will come and go and you’ll
think it is your imagination. I have seen several believers who did
not know it was a real vision; they thought that it was their
imagination. They do not know that when we become born again, God
transforms our imaginations and would not remove it from our minds.
God uses our imaginations to form images (visions). I have used my
sanctified imagination and heard God speak to me in several ways.
When you become born again, God will not destroy your imagination;
the part of your mind that produces pictures. Paul encourages us to
renew our minds and not to destroy it (Rom. 12:2). The more you spend
your time in prayers, in the Word and in meditation for an extended
period of time, your spirit will be open and will dominate your mind
(the place of imaginations) and then you will receive from God.
It is advisable to
immediately write down what you received or else you may forget. I
have missed so many great revelations because of negligence in
pencilling them down. Paul had it when he saw Ananias coming to pray
for him to receive his sight. At that time Paul was blind when he was
struck by a bright light from heaven on his way to Damascus. Paul,
with his eyes closed, saw a vision. In another place, he saw this
simple vision of a man from Macedonia beckoning on him to come over
and help them. (Acts 16:9).
(iv) Vision of the Night
The vision of the night or
night vision is a type of a vision. It is not an ordinary dream but a
higher level of dream; though it comes by a dream-like experience. A
dream is what you see in your sleep. When you are awake, you remember
the event you saw. Vision of the night could come to your spirit
either in the morning, afternoon or at night. It is when you are
asleep and a revelation is given to you. It will be so real that you
will awake suddenly after receiving it. In most cases, you will get
up from your bed to sit down or stand up and you will feel an awesome
presence around you. It could be given to you for a direction,
encouragement or warning of a coming attack. If it is an attack, you
need to prayerfully deal with the issue. Do not wait till the next
day to call believers to join you. It came to you at that time
because the devil has just started devising it. And pray it through
until you are convinced your prayer is answered. God could use this
to bring a major issue about your life, ministry, family and nations
to you. Daniel had a night vision. (Daniel 2:19). Its major
characteristic is that it vanishes sharply. Isaiah said that the
distress that will come on Ariel will be like a dream of a night
vision. (Isaiah 29:7).
This is what I call, “the
third heaven experience.” This is when the Holy Spirit literally
carries your spirit to see events in some physical regions of the
earth or outside the planet earth. Sometimes, you will be carried to
a place in the spirit to pray for the sick people while in the
physical these sick people will receive their healings. The spirit
realm is real and controls the physical realm.
In the above different types
of vision explained, God may show you visions that will require
interpretation. But in translation vision, most times what you see or
hear is direct and so clear and accurate that you may not need
interpretation of such an experience. There is going to be more of
this kind of vision in these seasons. You can affect nations from
where you are because there is no distance in the spirit. (2
(vi) Panoramic Vision
Panoramic vision is a
prolonged open vision or trance. The encounter could last for thirty
minutes, hours or days. As you are receiving the revelation, it can
pause, and you can go and eat or do other things and still come back
to continue from the very point the revelation stopped. And
sometimes, even when you are talking with people or while eating or
taking your bath, the scene or movie will continue to play in your
spirit. John the beloved who wrote the Book of Revelations had series
of this type of vision.
Visions are real. Jesus saw
visions and so were the apostles. But vision is not the only way that
God speaks to us. He speaks in various ways; through dreams,
circumstances, His revealed Word, prophecies, visions, and by the
voice of the Holy Spirit. (Heb. 1:1-2).
We need to develop the art
of hearing God in our hearts. Believers should expect to be led by
the Spirit of God in their hearts. “For as many as are led by the
Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14). One of the
characteristic of a mature believer is that he is being led by the
Holy Spirit. I found out that more that 90% of the prophetic
revelations that Jesus received during His earthly ministry were by
SENSING. Some people call it impression. Sensing is a full KNOWING in
your heart of what God is saying. It is not an audible voice, but the
message will be so real and will seem as though it is an audible
“For he KNEW that the
chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.” (Mark 15:10).
“But Jesus KNEW their
thoughts, and said to them: "Every kingdom divided against
itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided
against itself will not stand.” (Matt.12:25).
“But He KNEW their
thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, "Arise
and stand here." And he arose and stood.” (Luke 6:8).
“…and had no need that
anyone should testify of man, for He KNEW what was in man.”
“When Jesus saw him lying
there, and KNEW that he already had been in that condition a long
time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?"(John5:6).
“When Jesus KNEW in
Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them,
"Does this offend you?” (John6:61).
“Now before the feast of
the Passover, when Jesus KNEW that His hour had come that He should
depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were
in the world, He loved them to the end.” (John 13:1).
Sensing or knowing can be so
powerful that you can know the names of some people you never met
before; knowing a date and time an event will happen. You could sense
the presence of angels when they come around, the kind of angels, and
the type of assignment they come to accomplish in a meeting. You
could also sense the presence demonic forces in a place.
Our senses can be developed.
It may take you time to make a major decision by this method, but it
is good. The devil doesn’t have access to a believer’s heart but
can manipulate his mind. Sensing is in the heart. Develop your
spiritual senses. Paul had a KNOWING or a SENSING in his heart of the
impending danger that would befall them. He knew, sensed or perceived
the coming storm and wind that were ahead of then. “Men, I PERCEIVE
that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of
the cargo and ship, but also our lives" (Acts 27:10).
God usually speak before
showing us (in vision) what He intends for us to know. Whatever
visions you receive, let your heart or sensing confirm it. Every
instruction of the Holy Spirit you obey will produce the supernatural
in your life or Ministry.
The Holy Spirit also leads
us by the “go” or “not to go” signs. The “go” sign is
leading us forward and the “not to go” sign is restraining us
Understand Inspired thought
- A thought of a thing that crosses your mind and means nothing to
you, but at a point becomes inspired to make a lot of sense to your
heart. The very thing you were ignoring will become so real and then
you feel strongly that something should be done about it. This is an
inspired thought by the Holy Spirit in your heart and it is an
indication to act. The Holy Spirit could inspire any object to pass a
message across to you; either in words, writings on posters, objects
around you, or sound.
Understand the prompting of
the Holy Spirit - Prompting is when the Holy Spirit is acting upon
your spirit. It brings situations to the knowledge of your heart and
would push your heart to act on what He is bringing to your
awareness. For example, you may see someone in need, and the Holy
Spirit might prompt your heart to arise and help. That is the
prompting of the Holy Spirit.
Understand Impression -
Impression is when the Holy Spirit brings something into your heart.
A thought of something that has never crossed your heart or an issue
you have not thought about for a long time. When this thought comes
to your heart, there will be a strong growing awareness in your heart
about it. It will keep growing and coming to you and will give you
much uneasiness until you act before you will have complete rest. It
is like a light burden on your spirit, but carries a caring presence
of God. A word of knowledge or the word of wisdom could come to your
heart by impression. It is the same as “I perceived,” or “I
The primary role of a true
prophet is intercession. Be careful of prophets who don’t like
intercession: a close intimate prayer fellowship with the Father. A
prophet is also a messenger. In the Old Testament, not all the people
of God were prophets. They don’t have the Spirit of God in them,
and so, they go to prophets or seers for guidance and confirmations.
But in the New Testament, all believers have the Holy Spirit in them
and God speaks and lead all His children. Prophets in the New
Testament can only confirm what the believer has already received.
God uses prophets to confirm calling and personal issues in the lives
of individuals and ministries. When that is done, it enlarges,
strengthens and empowers the recipient to move forward with what he
had received from the Lord.
God has used me to confirm
to some believers about their prophetic ministries or gifting and
they are now operating in it powerfully. By the Holy Spirit, I have
confirmed to so many evangelist, pastors and teachers about their
call which they received and applied thus having result. I found out
that when a believer or a Minister receives accurately his or her
specific or original anointing or call, the anointing will activate
the person to operate effectively therein.
God doesn’t only confirm
ministerial callings, but also confirms business, carriers or courses
in secular schools that some of His children should study. I have
experienced this and have seen people who do not know their future
careers, and God will confirm to them what they had been thinking to
do with their lives.
I have seen hundreds of
believers confirming to themselves about their callings, healing,
restoration, etc, speaking what they do not naturally know about
others when I was leading them in prophetic activation session. In
our activation session, I have seen so many sick people get healed,
restoration reaching many; people weeping because they are receiving
accurate personal prophetic word, and hundreds prophesying. It is
very easy to prophesy; it is very easy to see vision and to
evangelize. Most times, we just need simple teaching. And that is why
God has placed the five-fold ministry in the church; the apostles,
PROPHETS, teachers evangelists and pastors: to train and equip
believers to grow into maturity. A mature apostle can easily train
and release other apostles. Likewise, a mature prophet can easily
equip and activate believers to operate in the prophetic gifts like
vision, prophecy, prophetic intersession, prophetic teaching and
music, etc. So it is with the teacher, the evangelists and pastors:
they will produce after their kinds. We have countless testimonies in
our activation session. Spiritual things are real. The Spirit realm
is ‘more real’ than the physical realm. Although there is a need
to seek godly counsel and confirmation from believers and ministers,
we should not be over controlled by it or depend on people for
constant confirmation of prophetic visions and revelations. God wants
all believers to hear Him for themselves. You can hear Him accurately
and see clear visions. God used some prophets and teachers in the
church that was at Antioch to CONFIRM and release Paul and Barnabas
into the apostolic work. (Acts 16:1-6).
There are certain locations
and areas of Ministry you will see in the Spirit which are only meant
for intercession and not for you to physically go to for ministering.
I once saw a vision that I was ministering in a certain town in
Nigeria. I misinterpreted the prophetic revelation. I thought that I
was to go there as a missionary. I thank God that He helped me not to
take that wrong step. It was the Lord who brought the vision, but it
was for me to intercede for the church in that region and not to go
physically. Learn to discern spiritual locations for ministering and
the places that you are to go physically. We will achieve the whole
purpose of a prophetic revelation if we follow it gradually. Learning
and knowing exactly what you clearly received from God, giving the
vision or the revelation an accurate interpretation and having an
accurate application of the vision. If you receive and are able to
interpret clearly the vision but miss the application, the full
purpose of the vision will not be achieved. If your prophetic vision
is wrongly interpreted, you will miss out to a great extent.
There must be accuracy in
the reception, interpretation, and in the application of prophetic
visions and revelations.
I was told a story of a
believer who was praying and waiting on God to speak to him on what
next to do with his life and then came a vision. In the vision was
clearly written the letters P.C. He wrongly interpreted the vision
for Plant Church. So, he went into church planting. He suffered
greatly in ministry. Things weren’t working for him in the ministry
because it was not the will of God for him to Plant a Church. Then he
withdrew and went into much prayer and waiting. Afterward he got the
accurate interpretation. The meaning of the letter P.C which he saw
in the vision, was for him to Plant Corn. He had peace and fully knew
this time around that the interpretation was correct. Then he went
into Planting Corn. The Lord blessed the farm work and the man
prospered greatly. He prospered because that was the will of God for
him, to Plant Corn. God’s hand is only on what He speaks or shows.
We can misinterpret an
accurate prophetic vision or a revelation if the condition of our
heart is wrong. We need to remove worldly desires from our hearts.
Our minds must be transformed by the Word of God. If the desire for
the lust of the eye and the syndrome of quick fame is in us, we can
misinterpret an accurate prophetic revelation. There is a need for
the fruits of the Spirit to be developed in us which will guide us
not to misinterpret prophetic visions and revelation. The fruits of
the Spirit are: Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal.5:22).
In the presence of many
counselors there is safety. Do not be a lone ranger in life or
Ministry. Share your vision to mature believers or Minister who can
help you. We should be broken and teachable to learn from others.
Don’t be in a haste to act when it comes to major issues of life
and Ministry. Pray through it, think through it and allow God to lead
you. Among the five fold ministries, it is only the prophetic
ministry that Paul said it should be judged. This means that even a
mature prophet can miss the receiving of a prophetic revelation, or
miss the interpretation in itself, while others could miss the
application of the prophetic revelation. Prophetic Ministry in the
New Testament is different from the prophetic ministry in the Old
Testament. In the Old Testament, they were not born again, that is,
the Holy Spirit was not IN them. He only comes UPON them to prophesy
and departs from them immediately they finish prophesying. But in the
New Testament He is IN us, making our mind to become active when He
is speaking through us. That is why Paul said that the spirit of a
prophet is subject to the prophet.
We could grow daily in our
gifting and calling. Let us keep learning to improve ourselves to be
accurate in the receiving, interpreting, and in the application of
prophetic visions and revelation.
A destiny vision is a
revelation you received from the Lord concerning your future and is
inescapable to your heart. It is the plan of God for your future. And
each time you remember it, you just know that it is from the Lord.
That was the kind of vision that Joseph received from the Lord. It is
called a destiny vision because it has to do with your destiny.
Joseph’s vision came to pass after many years.
If you had received any
dream or vision from the Lord which has to do with something in the
future, wait for it. God will bring it to pass in His own time.
Destiny vision gives strength to the recipient to keep moving. Jesus
was able to press and pass through the crucifixion pain because of
the Joy that He saw in advance. Such visions will be tested by God.
The enemy will also work hard to ensure that you abort such a vision.
Several people had received
a destiny vision from the Lord when they were in their youth, but as
they advanced in life, they allowed the vision to fade away. The
enemy gave them another dream. He gave them a career that is not from
God and they pursued it with all their time, energy and resources. We
can be sincerely wrong. Follow God’s plan for your life.
Have you received a destiny
vision from the Lord? If you haven’t yet received, I encourage you
to pray, press on and, if possible, fast until you receive it. “Call
to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things,
which you do not know.” (Jer. 33:3). The purpose of a destiny
vision is to bring a blessing to a generation or a nation. The
destiny dream Joseph received came to pass, and it helped thousands
of people from dying by famine.
may not really know the fullness of what the Lord would do by the
vision He gave to you; but a generation someday will be so glad that
you were there and stood for them because you obeyed God and waited
for the fulfilment of the vision. The vision the Lord will give is
because of a generation. It is greater than you. It is not all about
you. Have you received a destiny vision from the Lord?
Prophecy and the
Prophecy is speaking the
mind of God by divine utterance. It could be for encouragement,
exaltation, comforting people or saying what has happened in the
past, what is happening in the present or what would happen in the
Types of Prophecy
• Reporting Prophecy:
In a reporting prophecy, you
will have a vision, dream or the Holy Spirit will speak to your heart
and after receiving it, then you will declare it to the people. This
is reporting what has been already given to you. For example, the
prophecies of John the Beloved in the Book of Revelation are
reporting prophecies. He wrote what he had seen in the Island of
Patmos. “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in
tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in
the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the
testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and
heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,” (Rev.1:9-10).
• Spontaneous Prophecy:
This is a prophecy that
comes out of the believer’s mouth at the spur of the moment,
spontaneously, on which the person has no prior knowledge of what to
say or would not know when the anointing comes at such a time. The
spontaneous prophecy could last for seconds, minutes or hours. After
the release of the prophecy, the vessel forgets what he said and when
asked, he hardly remembers the words emanating from such prophecy but
remembers only some key words of the prophecy. Jahaziel prophesied
“Then upon Jahaziel…
came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation; And he
said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and
thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid
nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not
yours, but God's.” (2Chro. 20:14-15).
• Spontaneous in
Sometimes in reporting what
you were told, or what you had seen, suddenly other words will begin
to come out of your mouth that you never planned to say. It suddenly
shoots out in one, two or few sentences. There and then, you will
fully know it was God that had spoken and not you. This form of
prophecy happen to so many believers when they are sharing simple
testimony of God’s works in their lives or when they are
encouraging people but they didn’t know it is a form of prophecy
that proceeded at the end of the sentences or phrases after they must
• Prophecy in Praying
I have said that prophecy is
a supernatural utterance. It is a spoken word that is not a product
of human calculations. When you are leading public prayers or praying
privately, there are times when you may begin to utter or declare
certain words into existence, which were not what you planned to pray
about. At this point, you will become charged up or fervent in your
spirit and you will know that what you said is real and will come to
pass. It is a form of prophecy in a prayer setting.
• Prophetic Preaching:
There are occasions whereby
a Minister has prepared a sermon to preach. But as he walks towards
the pulpit, the Holy Spirit moves on the prepared teaching and
breathe a dimension of inspiration into it. When such messages are
preached, people usually confess at the end of the meeting that the
Holy Spirit moved.
• The gift of tongues
that is a prophecy:
There is the public side of
speaking in tongues and the private side. (1Cor. 14:1-20). The devil
has confused many believers so that they will not understand and
embrace the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of praying
in tongues. In the public side of speaking in tongues, there is a
need for interpretation to the hearer (congregation) and God will
always raise someone to immediately and spontaneously interpret in a
known and understandable language. When a word is given in tongues
and there is no interpretation, it is because someone has missed God
-he fails to connect to God or tune in-to receive or was scared to
interpret. In the private side of praying in tongues, it is between
you and God who speaks privately that no man may fathom what was
spoken. When a message is spoken in an unknown tongue an
interpretation is done in a known tongue and this is equal to
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh NOT UNTO MEN,
but unto God, for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he
speaketh mysteries.”(1Cor. 14:2).
When a message is spoken out in an unknown tongue and the
interpretation followed, it is equal to prophecy. (1Cor.14:27).
Types of Prophetic
There are different types of
prophetic anointing. By this, I mean there are different levels and
operations of the prophetic anointing upon prophets. One prophet will
be different from the other. We have so many prophets in the Bible;
they operated with different messages and methods. “And there are
diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all
in all.” (1 Cor. 12:6).
• Prophetic Seers
Anointing: These are prophets that see more into the spirit realm by
visions than others. The prophets in the Old Testaments are called
seers because they see into the spirit realm. Visions come frequently
to this category of prophets. It could be an open vision, spiritual
vision (inner vision), trance or the vision of the night. God opens
their eyes to see. “… and in the visions of Iddo the SEER.”
In this kind of prophetic
encounter, some feel a divine presence around them when God wants to
show them a vision. Some feel like taking a short nap and then comes
the vision. When the presence of God comes on them, it will be so
strong that they would want to do nothing but just be alone and in a
quiet place, to rest or sleep. At such moments they would be suddenly
taken into the realm of the Spirit to see something. After receiving
the vision, the sleep-like feeling clears off from their eyes
completely. This is a seer anointing. Sometimes you would see in an
open vision. It can come at a season you are discouraged or burdened
about an issue, and you are transformed into the spirit realm the
moment you lay down.
God could show you event in
an open vision literally, that is, your physical senses will not be
suspended but you will be watching the event as if from a television
Prophetic Intercessors: Some
prophets are more into the intercessory aspect of the Ministry. They
have a very strong passion for intercession. They are involved in
several forms of strategic spiritual warfare. Moses and Daniel are
good examples of prophets in the Bible who have a very strong
intercessory anointing. Daniel interceded for the release of a whole
nation of Israel from their captivity in Babylon. And Moses
interceded each time God is angry with His people to destroy them.”
• Prophetic Minstrels:
Other prophets easily prophesy through songs or by the playing of
instruments. Such ministering brings a lot of encouragement to people
and creates an atmosphere of divine presence to bring healing,
deliverance and blessings to people. It brings believers to a place
of encounter to hear from God in that atmosphere. (1 Sam.10:5-9).
• Prophetic Equippers:
This is an anointing that comes on a certain group of prophets to
equip believers for the work of the Ministry. It is a training
anointing to teach other believers. Such prophets raise many other
prophets and activate believers into the prophetic gifting. Some
believers are prophetic teachers. They are not logical in their
teachings like the believers who are strictly teachers of the Word.
They are inspired teachers of the Word. (Eph. 4: 12).
• Prophetic Writers: These
categories of prophets are gifted writers. Their writings are
inspired. They do not write because they want to make money, fame or
a legacy. They write as commanded by God. They received the writing
Ministry as a commission from God. John the Beloved who wrote the
Book of Revelation was a prophetic writer. As they hold their pen,
prophetic anointing would come on them and they will begin to write
great prophetic words for the now or the future.
“WRITE the things which
thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall
be hereafter;” (Rev. 1:19).
• Prophetic Miracles:
These prophets are gifted in the area of signs and wonders. Great
healings and miracles follow their ministrations. God used Moses in
signs and wonders. The spiritual gift of faith, gifts of healings and
the gift of the working of miracles follow them. “…Jesus of
Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and
all the people:” (Luke24:19).
• Prophetic Actors: Their
lives are messages. Each time God wants to deliver a message, He
makes them to ACT it. Hosea was commanded to marry a prostitute, to
show how Israel has cleaved to the worship of strange gods.
(Hosea1:2). Ezekiel was told to sleep on one side of his body for
days. Agabus used a belt to tie himself, and said that the owner of
this belt will be bound by the Jews. It was the belt of Paul. Later,
Paul was bound by the Jews. (Acts 21:11).
There are several forms of
prophetic actions that God could instruct any believer or a prophet
to do, but it should be by a clear instruction.
Prophetic action is a
rehearsal or putting into the physical what God is doing in the
Spirit. When this anointing comes on these prophets, they begin to
gather physical objects that relate to something that is presently
going on in the spirit realm what was done in the past or concerning
the things that happen in the future. For example, Prophet Elisha put
his hands upon the king’s hands and asked him to open the window
eastward and shoot out an arrow of the Lord’s deliverance. The king
shot only three times and Elisha was not pleased with this. Elisha
wanted him to shoot many times; he told him that he smite the Syrians
only three times.
Some prophets, by mere
looking at the natural creation, could discern what was going on in
the Spirit. It is done by the revelation of the Holy Spirit. They are
suddenly attracted to an object, and then the message comes.
Prophetic action is an
anointing. God uses some prophets more on this line than others.
Five Realms of the
These five realms of the
prophetic are the ways God use to communicate with His people. Each
of the method is unique.
These methods include:
• The Spirit of Prophecy
• Gift of Prophecy
• Prophetic Presbytery
• Prophecy of the
• The Office of Prophet
• The Spirit of
Often, during corporate
worship service the Holy Spirit will be present to speak to the
people. During these times, there is a special anointing for the
prophetic that He releases on various members of the group. This
release of the corporate prophetic anointing is not related to a
prophetic office, but is a sovereign move of the Holy Spirit falling
on whoever He desires to fall upon. Usually, the Holy Spirit desires
to fall on those who are open to and willing to be used by Him, who
are willing to step out in faith and move with Him. (1 Cor. 14:31).
When this Spirit of prophecy
comes upon a congregation, the Spirit of God activates even those who
do not have the gift of prophecy or the office of a prophet. It is a
corporate type of anointing.
• The Gift of Prophecy
The gift of prophecy is one
of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. God gives it to believers as He
wills. It is by His choice. It is not the same as the call into the
prophetic office. However, if we desire it and asked God, He can give
it to us. The basic function of the gift of prophecy is for
edification, exaltation and comfort. (1Cor.14:3, 14:1).
• Prophetic Presbytery
These are group of mature
Ministers or believers. They could be heads of Ministries or
churches. They could come together in a locality to form a spiritual
team. The reason it is called "presbytery" is because it is
done by those who meet the qualifications of a presbyter (elder, or
overseer) in the Church. These come together:
To seek prophetic
revelation and confirmation, or to activate and release those called
into a particular Ministry office.
To wage a strategic
spiritual warfare over a region.
• Prophecy of the
The Word of God is on itself
prophecy. Every word of prophecy that comes from the other four
realms of prophecy must agree with the Scriptures. “For I testify
unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book,
If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the
plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away
from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his
part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the
things which are written in this book.” (Rev.22:19-19).
“We have also a more sure
word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a
light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day
star arise in your hearts. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of
the scripture is of any private interpretation.” (2Peter1:19-20).
The office of the prophet is
different from the gift of prophecy. These are two different issues.
We need to also understand that they are two different words “office”
and “gift”. An office is different from a gift. An office is a
position of trust; it is an authority given to a person to occupy a
position. But a gift is limited. A gift is a small fraction of a
Ministry offices are divine
callings. The five ministry offices are listed in Eph. 4:11-12:
apostles, PROPHETS, pastors, evangelists and teachers. And in 1Cor.
12:1-10, the gifts of the Holy Spirit were listed: the gift of
prophecy, the gift of the word of knowledge, the gift of the word of
wisdom, the gift of healing and the gift of the working of miracles,
etc. Jesus gives the ministry gifts Eph. 4:7-11, while the Holy
Spirit gives the gift of the Holy Spirit, 1Cor. 12:1-10.
To be in an office is to
have all the material necessary to help in the smooth running of the
office. In the secular office, if you are a director, you may have a
secretary, personal assistant, and other personnel working with you.
Many functions comprise an office. To stand in the prophetic office,
you must be a born again believer of Jesus Christ, filled with the
Holy Spirit and with at least two of the revelation gifts plus the
gift of prophecy manifesting consistently in your life and Ministry.
This Ministry is part and parcel of the prophet who is in the
prophetic office. He is concerned daily on how the church and the
people should be directed: to hear the voice of God and obey it. He
finds joy and fulfilment when people are responding and craving to
hearing the will of God and to obey Him. He finds joy when his
prophecies come to pass. He feels a strong prophetic anointing upon
him before, during or after prophesying in a meeting. Thereafter, he
becomes more humble and feels like hiding himself from people after
his prophecy. It comes first of all by a call to the ministry. As you
respond to the call, the anointing will come upon you thereafter. I
cannot tell for certain how long it takes before it comes, but I
believe the duration depend on the timing of God, the certainty of
the location you would be sent to and the nature of one’s
There must be a definite
divine encounter or an experience from God or the Holy Spirit upon
you before you are able to step into the prophetic Ministry. If you
are truly called into this awesome Ministry office, you will know for
sure: God will tell you and give you a sign. In addition, people
around you will know. You would not need to put a title of a prophet
by your name to authenticate the office; the fruits of the ministry
will prove it. A tree is known by its fruits.
Prophecy is speaking the
mind of God concerning people, places and things in a known language.
It is a supernatural utterance from God. God uses different believers
to prophesy in a unique way.
In the simple gift of
prophecy, there will be edification, exhortation and comfort, and
there is no speaking forth of future events. (1 Cor.14:3).
All believers can or should
prophesy but not all are called into the prophetic Ministry office.
That God used you to prophesy at some time and it came to pass does
not mean you are called into the prophetic Ministry. That you have
dreams which occasionally come to pass does not mean you are a
prophet or a prophetess.
Most evangelists have the
gift of prophecy but not the office. I have seen several evangelists
claiming the prophetic office. This is dangerous for them. But
sometimes, God shows and speaks through believers who have no gift of
prophecy about future events but the words they had spoken came to
It is the frequency of
manifestations of the gift of the word of wisdom, gift of the word of
knowledge, discerning of spirit plus the gift of prophecy that makes
one a prophet. You must be led to prophesy. In some believers, the
unction comes up gently while in others it comes with a force.
The Ministry of the prophet
is not the same as the gift of prophecy. Prophetic office is among
the five government ministry offices He gave to the Church. (Eph.
4:11; 1 Cor. 12:28; Acts 13:1). The gift of Prophecy is for three
main functions: edification, exhortation, and comfort. However, the
Office of a Prophet has authority invested in it, to function in a
higher realm of Ministry than the Holy Spirit's gift of prophecy.
These are some of the
functions of the office of a prophet:
• Providing direction. (2
• Giving words of
correction and warning. (Ezek. 3:18)
• Pronouncing divine
decrees of God's judgments or blessings.
• Impartation of spiritual
gifts. (1 Tim. 4:14).
• Anointing ministries
(the three ministries of the Old Testament were anointed by prophets:
the first king, Saul, was anointed by the prophet Samuel (1 Sam.
10:1) the first High Priest, Aaron, was anointed by the prophet Moses
(Ex. 28:41). Prophets could anoint other prophets: Elijah anointed
Elisha. (1 Kings 19:16).
• They are custodian of
the secrets of God. (Amos 3:7).
Prediction Is Not
Prediction is to declare a
word in advance, that is, to foretell on the basis of observation,
experience or scientific reasons that an event will come to pass in a
life of a person, places or thing while prophecy has nothing to do
with observation or experience of any sort but foretelling by the
Holy Spirit. The message must be God’s ordained, direct Word. Some
of the messages we hear now as “thou says the Lord,” are nothing
but prediction. After many calculations by their reasons, they
declare them based on human reasons that are not from God. All we
know about God and His acts were the things revealed to us by His
Spirit. (1Cor. 2:12-14, 1Cor. 2:13.). There is a prediction by a
prophetic insight that could come to pass accurately, but it is still
a prediction. And don’t call yourself a prophet because you predict
events. The prophetic office is a call by God. “And NO MAN TAKETH
THIS HONOUR UNTO HIMSELF, but he that is called of God, as was
Aaron.” (Heb. 5:4).
There is a prophetic insight
that is called prudence in the Scriptures, but it is not the same as
the gift of prophecy. Prophetic prudence works, but it is not the
same as prophecy. Prudence is having the wisdom to plan for the
future. “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but
the simple pass on, and are punished.” (Prov. 22:3).
Some satanic prediction
could come to pass because demons will honor the satanic word to
perform it. They could only fulfil a satanic word of disaster. We
need to cancel any satanic pronouncements or prophecies spoken
against us, against our families or against our nation. We need to
understand that spirit beings need a word from people to operate on
earth or in people’s lives. If it is a negative word, demons will
bring it to pass and when it is a positive word, that is, God’s
words, His angels will bring them to pass. Be careful of what you SAY
because our words affect our lives. “Death and life are in the
power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit
thereof.” (Prov. 18:21). Therefore, we need to understand that
prediction is not the same as a prophecy. Declaration by prophetic
insight is not prophecy. Having the wisdom to plan for the future is
not the gift of prophecy. Prophecy is a declaration by the Spirit of
Judging the Prophetic
The scriptures encourages us
to judge prophecies. Paul said that when a prophet speaks, others
should judge. “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others
judge.” (1Cor.14:29). Prophetic Ministry is the only Ministry among
the other Ministry callings that Paul said it should be judged. It
should be judged because it speaks on behalf of God; and words spoken
on behalf of God must always and at all times remain accurate.
Secondly, the Scriptures told us to test every spirit because not all
spirit or prophecies are from the Lord. Any prophecy that is from the
enemy can cause havoc. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but
test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false
prophets have gone out into the world.”(1John 4:1).
These are several ways we
can judge prophecies;
• An Inner Witness Of
The Holy Spirit
God speaks to all believers.
When you are under a false prophet, the Holy Spirit will speak to
your heart by a gentle voice or by a sign of uneasiness in your heart
that there is something false about the prophet. But if you resist
the leading and continue to stay under such a person, after a while,
you will not hear that leading again. The spirit of the false prophet
will capture your mind. In a case where a believer is prophesying, if
he is speaking from his mind, you can know if it is from his mind or
it is from God. There is always a check of the Holy Spirit in our
hearts; it is feeling of uneasiness, uncomfortable feeling, no
freeness in our hearts, which is the stop sign of the Holy Spirit.
Learn to obey such leadings that can save you a lot of pains and
lost. “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in
you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same
anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie,
and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
• Find out if the words
contradict the scriptures?
Any vision, dream or
prophecy that is not in line with the Word of God is not from God.
God’s Word will not tell you to hate someone, to steal, kill,
covet, or lie. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and
is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness: the man of God may be perfect,
thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim 3:16-17).
If a prophecy goes against
scripture, disregard it and throw it away. But there are times when a
prophecy can be against our own understanding of the Bible. That is
why it is important that we build ourselves in the Word.
• What is the prophet's
attitude towards the brethren?
Find out if the prophet is
walking in love. Anyone who hates his brother or sister is in
darkness. A true prophet cares for the welfare of the people and
wants to see them walk in the Word and in the will of God. He cries
when he sees that what is written in the Word is not practiced in the
church. A true prophet is not motivated by material things, money or
fame, but to please God in all ways. Doing the will of God is their
• The Character Of The
There so many false
prophets. You will know them by their fruits. A true prophet walks in
the word. He manifests the character of Christ. The passion of Christ
is his passion. Find out if the prophet enjoys worldly pleasure and
engages in immoralities. The fruits of the Spirit MUST manifest in
his life. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and
• Did The Prophecy Come
The Scriptures answered this
directly: “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the
thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD
hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou
shalt not be afraid of him.”(Deut.18:22). If God speaks, the Word
will come to pass. But there are prophecies that could be delayed or
stopped by God from coming to pass, especially when it is a prophecy
of judgment. God changed His mind against destroying Nineveh when the
people repented. Some prophecies take time before their fulfilment.
It took hundreds of years before the prophecies of Jesus’ coming to
the earth came to pass.
There was a time God used me
to give a prophecy that He is giving us a president devoid of human
selection. In other words, it will come by His doing and not by
election. When I spoke that word in a meeting, in 2007, I thought it
will come to pass in a few weeks, but it took three years.
• Does the Prophecy
promote Jesus or man?
If a prophecy exalts a man
rather than God, then the prophecy may not be from the Holy Spirit.
“...For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy."
• Independent Witnesses
A matter must be established
by the testimony of two or three witnesses. “…In the mouth of two
or three witnesses shall every word be established.” (2Cor.13:1).
• Does the Word Set Us
A true prophetic word sets
people free from satanic bondage. An evil prophecy puts burdens and
yoke on people. Some of them make you to pay for the service you
received from them. True words from God will encourage and comfort
you. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free.” (John 8:32).
• Does the Prophet
testify that Jesus is God?
Any spirit that denies that
God came in the flesh is not the spirit of God. “Beloved, believe
not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:
because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know
ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ
is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not
that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is
that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come;
and even now already is it in the world. (1Jn 4:1-3).
Signs and Symbols
I tried to give some basic
interpretations to the meaning of some numbers, colors and objects.
But you need to bear in mind that a picture could have more than one
million meaning. God usually speaks to you by the things you are very
familiar with. For example, if you know that a bus carries people, He
may use a bus in your dream to let you know that there are people He
placed under you to oversee their spiritual well being; to drive them
to their destiny. That you always see a car in your dream doesn’t
mean God wants to give you a physical car; a car in a dream usually
talks of Ministry.