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November 27, 2012


Every year the prophetic community releases their plethora of prognostications for the coming year. If taken seriously, you’d have to believe that around November or December, God looks over His Gregorian Calendar, and begins to draw up His list of resolutions for the year ahead. Having spent the last forty eight years around the prophetic community, I can be guaranteed that God will release some new type of anointing in the coming year.

If my recollection of the past years are accurate, we have already been given anointing for evangelism, prayer, signs and wonders, as well as all types of ‘break through’ anointings – just to name a few. The question that always comes to mind when I read about these new anointings is “why did God withhold them in previous years?” Let’s face it, if God is about to release a new anointing for evangelism, does that mean He slacked off regarding the ‘lost’ the previous year? Can you see how confusing our prophetic brothers and sisters can be? I was always of the belief that ‘God has no variableness or shadow of turning,” and that He never vacillates when it comes to saving the lost.

Another prophetic prediction I can count on is that the coming year will usher in a new ‘company’ of some sort. I can still vividly recall that while still in Bible College in the early sixties, there was all types of chatter about a coming Manchild Company. Since then we have seen the rise of The Joseph Company, The Elijah Company, The Issachar Company, The Joshua Company, and even The Bridal Company, etc, etc.

I’m still waiting for The Job Company, The Martyr Company, The Servant Company, or The Humble Company. If it’s not some new company, then there is always a new ‘generation’ that is about to emerge like The Joshua Generation. What concerns me about all these ‘companies’ and ‘generations’ is that nothing appears to change, and yet every year a new one is about to emerge or be released.

Another favorite among the prophetic is their ability to interpret what’s going to happen based on the last one or two digits of the year. For example the year 2007 was the year of completion, fulfillment or perfection. 2008 was to be the year of new beginnings. With that in mind, 2013 is going to bring bad luck for all. ( It’s a joke, OK?)

Some prophetic words are just plain weird. Take for example one prophetic word given several years ago in which the ‘prophet’ announced that after the death of Terry Sciavo and Pope John Paul; God was going to release one billion souls into the Kingdom as a homecoming gift to these two ‘saints’ who he referred to as a Queen and King. Anyone with half a brain knows that this type of ‘prophecy’ is just plain ridiculous. If you buy into that type of prophetic reasoning then the death of Billy Graham should usher the rest of mankind into the Kingdom of God. During the time of the Gulf oil spill there was a prophetic word, that no man would not be able to stop the flow of oil and that God Himself was going to bring about some type of divine solution to the problem. What troubles me the most is that these dreamers never apologize for their mistakes but continue to churn out words every time there is some newsworthy event.

If you have read this far, please forgive me for my levity in these matters. Seriously though, is this really what the prophetic ministry is all about? I look at the state of the Church, and see her drowning in a sea of sin, carnality, and compromise. She’s awash with every form of sensuality, greed, pornography, pride and worldliness. Yet the prophets are uniformly silent about it. The word repentance seems to have been lost from their vocabulary. Instead you hear words like “This is going to be a year of realignment.” When I heard that, I wasn’t sure if I was to make an appointment to see my chiropractor, or take my car to Mr. Good-Wrench.

I’ve come to the conclusion that most of the prophetic community, just want to stay in the spotlight and appear to be relevant. Am I asking too much of God to raise up some genuine prophets that will fearlessly denounce sin and raise the standard of holiness? That said, I recall how Pharaoh refused to tell his magicians and wise men his dream, stating that anyone can make up an interpretation after first hearing the dream. Didn’t God promise us that He would first reveal to His servants the prophets what He was about to do? ( Amos 3:7)

Which begs the question: Why does the prophetic community always reflect on past events rather than warn us about what God has told them is coming? Everyone can sound wise with hindsight but the true prophets should have foresight. Or am I wrong?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2012 12:06 pm

    I am waiting for the Paradigm shift another great buzz word often used around this time of the year. These are sobering times we need to be watching and praying. We do not seem to lack profits, but we do lack those who bring a clear word that shakes us to the place of repentance. Jesus said ” to him who has ears to hear let him hear”. We need to make sure our source is in Christ and nor in the latest new book release. Thanks for this word David.

  2. November 27, 2012 12:16 pm

    Always great to read your anvil insights ! If you have contact with Lisa re her coming here can you ask her to call me after she arrives ? TKs and love max

  3. November 27, 2012 8:08 pm

    “Perhaps our greatest present need may be the coming of a prophet to dash the stones at the foot of the mountain and call the Church out to repentance or to judgment.” ~ A.W. Tozer

    • Leslie Manto permalink
      November 28, 2012 8:22 pm

      Ha Ha! You are a chip off the old block, brother David. May we, the church, come back to the fear of God and His Holiness and reaching out to lost souls once again!

      • November 28, 2012 9:01 pm

        May it be so, as soon as we seek Him with a whole heart! Jesus said in Mat 4:19 “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” It is difficult for me to think to deeply upon that, but when I do I realize where ever I fail in being a fisher of men, to that extent I am not following Him.

        God bless.

  4. Al Whittle permalink
    November 28, 2012 9:49 pm

    I so appreciated this article. Your article made me laugh out loud.I was one of those who was drawn into this mind boggling word fest for a while until light -real light shined on the whole ball of wax. I must have healed from it to laugh at my mistake of putting my nudges aside to be “submissive” to leadership. So many are so desperate for purpose and meaning and so many of those who live by this are so broken. My heart hurts for them. There are people with true callings but have been hoodwinked and used, to justify what is not of pure motive or method. Please continue to give voice as the Lord leads to hopefully jolt more out of this dizzying swirl of stuff words. I call it prodigal preaching. Encouraging Christians to scream out for there inheritance here and now. I have been in meetings where it was encouraged to call out”Give ME My Inheritance”. I have repented of my wrong turn and by Gods grace returning to His path for me. Praying for the voices that cause turning from and to.

  5. January 2, 2013 4:45 pm

    Bro. Ravinhill, been listening to your dad on the you tube device. Recently saw you on it a well. I enjoy a straight shooter, and you and your father proclaim a gospel that burns to the core of my soul. As for the prophectic utterance the only thing I hear the Holy Spirit say is Harvest Time and The Lord saying to me I’m waiting for you in the secret place. Bro. Ravinhill, one thing I can’t figure out, why is the church trying to do with the arm of the flesh what God wants to do through pray. Pray in the church is like a jack in the box experience, up to the altar, kneel, and up again. I always thought those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. Keep on preacher it strait.

  6. Jake Kail permalink
    January 5, 2013 7:37 pm

    Thanks for your insights here David. I have been wondering about some of these things recently too. I appreciate your willingness to take a stand!

  7. June 8, 2013 10:45 pm

    God faithfully sends true prophets before judgement falls because He cares so much. The Church has had such prophets in the 1960s and 1970s, but their messages were largely disregarded. David Wilkerson, Kathryn Kuhlman, your father, and others did give very clear prophetic warnings about repentance in the Church. Unfortunately, the churches made it pretty clear that they didn’t want to. The resulting slide in the 1980s to the present demonstrates that decision. The Church today is like backslidden Israel and Judah. The next move will be God’s and will undoubtedly follow patterns already recorded by Old Testament prophets. It is a very critical hour that could go either way–Revival or Judgement. Every true believer needs to make his/her own decision to follow God completely in everything! Every parent/leader needs to follow the biblical standard of, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”!

  8. November 26, 2014 6:45 pm

    The axe is already at the root…many unfruitful churches are leaning…few prophets are raising the alarm. In fact the true prophets of God that actually speak up are discounted as babblers, and accused of being false prophets themselves. If you, my brothers, are among the few who are warning the church with not grow weary.
    Remember when Isaiah was commissioned to a people who would not listen?
    “For how long shall I speak” he asked God.
    “Until the cities lay in ruins,” God replied
    The true prophet will prophesy until the cities lay in ruins…his reward is the regard of God not the regard of man. May God give us wisdom and discernment. We serve to please an audience of ONE.

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