Prophecy is a miracle! An unseen God speaking to people whom He can see but who have no ability to see Him, except by the Spirit. No one can see God with his or her human eyes; it is from beginning to end a spiritual experience, even when the individual is drawn into God’s presence by what appears to have a physical existence, like Moses’ Burning Bush–Exodus 3. Except the Spirit is leading the effort, there is a possibility that the prophets and their works can be approached just as writings to be read. It is available, so we can read and learn about the life of Isaiah the Prophet or about the Prophet Jeremiah, but what may be missing is the complete appreciation of what we are interacting with. In every respect, God’s revelations to biblical prophets and to prophets today are all aimed at revealing God’s intended interventions in the human situation, in order to bring us the needed help useful for living peaceably in God’s created space, the earth. Such intended divine intervention revealed to a human is prophecy. Prophecy is a miracle!
In all of God’s speaking to humans, prophecy is the most prominent and the most dynamic, because it reveals God’s intended line of action in order to bring a God Effect to a human situation. While God reaching out to individuals may be very useful, prophecy usually affects life in general and/or the earthly population as a whole, and which for the sake of what is revealed can also address only particular sections of the human population. In essence, what is revealed through prophecy could be directed at specific persons, groups, or the larger population. In any case, it is a divine outreach to man. And whether it is the entire Word of God as represented in the Bible or it is the Word as embodied in Christ HIMSELF–hardly any difference– to understand what prophecy is about, we must look beyond the cold print. It is the living and faithful Word of God. The changes and effects the living Word is designed to bring to human lives also exist in the realm of the miraculous because it is far beyond what one person or preacher says to another person–1 Corinthians 3:5-7.
Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.John 1:12-13.
The Scripture passage quoted here, John 1: 12-13, which is very real for born-again Christians, proclaims a miracle. And it starts with the prophetic word of God, which is the first part of the miracle. On believing in the name of Jesus, and receiving Him as Savior and Lord into one’s life, something happens. What happens aligns with the prophetic Word as given in Scripture. “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”–2 Corinthians 5:17. When this happens, there must be a change in lifestyle, in confession and in actions. There can be no two ways to it, except the experience is not genuine or is incomplete–Acts 19:1-7. Incidentally, however, this same Scripture passage seem to be what those have in mind, among others maybe, who claim all prophecies have seized. It becomes therefore, a case of interpretation. This can be done from the Spirit of God as all word from God is supposed to be handled, or by intellectual and learned reasoning which can in no wise read God’s meaning, because the Spirit of God is not at the forefront of the person’s interaction with the Word. Attempting to interpret God’s Word without the Spirit of God is a dangerous pastime.
To be a part of the miracle and to partake in the benefits prophecy in any form offers, everyone who seeks a relationship with God through Christ must as of necessity, be a student of the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit is not in the equation, Christianity cannot take root and bear fruit the way it was meant to be. But thank God, He hears all that we speak and ask, and knows when we are desiring of that relationship in the Spirit.