Can God use the same mode of communication to speak to us as he did to foretell Jesus coming to earth as a baby?
I was sitting in a meeting in Moose Jaw, Sask. hoping that God would do something special for me so I would go home different than how I had come. The speaker was walking back and forth at the front, speaking to about 45 people. This was the first time I had heard this man speak but not the first time I had listened to a prophet. This man kind of yelled when he talked, but as he spoke a lot of what he was saying or yelling registered with my life, and what I had been thinking and feeling lately.
The man would stop now and then and talk directly to people in the audience. Not just at them, but directly to them. He wasn’t yelling then, just speaking seriously as if in a conversation with them. One time he stopped and looked at me and said, “I see you working on people.” Then he repeated himself, “I see you working on people, I see you working in people, and they are changing on the inside and they are changing on the outside. I see a beautician’s chair.”
This man is not a psychic. In Ephesians in the Bible it says that one of the offices in the church, is a prophet. The other offices are apostles, evangelists, pastors and teachers, we hear more about these other offices. The office of a prophet is something I have only heard and learned about in the last 14 years. I had never heard of it before that, except in the Old Testament.
In the New Testament in Ephesians 4:11 (NKJV) says “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,”
Since that day, I have had many prophetic words, or messages from God through people; that have encouraged, edify, and exhorted me. In simple English that means that these specific messages were aimed at my heart saying only what God could know about my life, and what I was thinking and feeling.
I have always left these meetings built up, encouraged, and with new direction on what to do with a specific situation or situations in my life. Something explicit about a prophetic message is that it always comes from a place of love and draws you closer to God. (Always)
1 Corinthians 14:3 (NKJV) But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
The other fun thing about prophecy is that the people in the office of a prophet, when speaking to me have never been wrong, as far as I can recall. I may have had a young person who is practicing miss it, but not one of the people who God has been working through for many years.
I have had some pretty specific words. Sometimes when I have been in tough situations God has given me just the right message to pull me out of the worry and out of the situation, or to set me in the right direction. It also adds some mystery and interest to my life. I’m not sure where I would be today if I had not been introduced to this part of God’s ministry.
Prophecy is God, who created the whole universe, specifically speaking to us in that moment. It has been around since the world began. God used people to prophecy Christ’s coming. 700 years before Jesus birth It was prophesied that he would come out of Bethlehem. At least 600 years before Jesus birth it was said a virgin would give birth to a baby who they were to call Emmanuel-(God with us.) Scientific evidence and Hebrew scholars have proven that these prophecies were written down between 700 and 600 BC. BC means before Christ was born.
This was spoken out of a man’s mouth. When I recognized that I was intrigued.
Isaiah 7:14 (NIV) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Immanuel – (Hebrew) meaning “God with us"
It was prophesied that Jesus would come down from the line of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, which was confirmed later in the New Testament. These verses are near the bottom of the page.
Jesus would come from the clan of Judah, and come out of Bethlehem.
Prophecy: Micah 5:2 (NIV) “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”
And one of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Isaiah 53, which is all about Jesus growing up, paying the price for our sins, iniquities, and sickness so we could live free.
Prophecy: Isaiah 53: (NKJV) 3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
It was prophesied that Jesus would be a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. These are the verses:
Genesis 12:3, Genesis 22:18, Matthew 1:1, Romans 9:5, Genesis 17:19 , Genesis 21:12, Luke 3:34
Numbers 24:17, Matthew 1:2, Genesis 49:10, Luke 3:33, Hebrews 7:14
In conclusion, God can speak to us in the same way as he spoke to people a few thousand years ago. He can help us immeasurably through the messages He can give us through meer men.