Revelation 19:10 “Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy

There is much talk today in mainline Christianity about the prophetic, it’s being designated as a gift to predict future events or some see it as receiving a word of encouragement for what the Lord is going to do your life. Both of these can be part of the prophetic ministry, but it is not the primary function. Many people are running around from pillar to post to find a “word from the Lord” or looking for some new fad, like a sign or wonder. The fact is fallen man is very fickle and rather prefers excitement rather than silence.

Revelation 19:10 shows us the primary function of being prophetic that we would have the testimony of Jesus

Not information or doctrine of Jesus, but Jesus Himself dwelling in our hearts through His Spirit. I am talking about the very Spirit of Jesus, His character! You can never separate the message from the messenger. The messenger is a living testimony of the message. Jesus wants His people, not only to declare the word of God, but be a people that contain the true sense of God. His Holiness and Righteousness in our bodily vessel. Think of the calling of John the Baptist. Let’s look at his message and function.

Matthew 3:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

Matthew 3:3 “For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight'””

John the Baptist’s entire life was one of repentance, we tend to think repentance only happens at salvation, but it is just the beginning of turning away from doing my own will to the will of God. That is the essence of repentance! Changing from what I want to what the Lord wants. You think it was easy for John to go into the wilderness? It would have been easier for John to be a priest in the temple like his father. The Lord will never send someone with the word of God who is not living that message. John had to repent from the being the status quo, being liked by men, being part of the present day religious establishment, having a nice life. The main function of John’s ministry was to prepare a straight path for Jesus. The wilderness is a great place to focus only on the Lord, all the distractions of the flesh are gone. Also Israel was far from the way of the Lord. John needed a true revelation of Jesus. Let’s look at his form of life.

Matthew 3:4 “Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.”

John’s way of life exhibited the message and calling he preached, everything about him was in a sense a wilderness, Matthew points out his dress and food. Notice the second part of Matthew 3:2, which is the “Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The Kingdom of heaven is all about glorifying and doing the will of Jesus. Jesus was about to come on scene and the hearts of the people needed to be prepared to hear His words. The true prophetic ministry will always call the people of God to look to Jesus. Sadly a lot of prophetic today has emphasized other things. Where is Jesus in there preaching? Revelation 19:11-16 shows us the true revelation of Jesus. Notice that it is right after the mentioning of the spirit of prophecy. Let’s look at these verses:

Revelation 19:11 “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.”

The words “heaven opened” refers to spiritual revelation. This verse is showing us the character traits of the Lord. The fact is the world and sadly even a lot of what goes on in the church does not know and even want this type of Jesus, because it is too costly on their flesh. They rather have a Jesus that bends the rules, never judges anyone, and never causes any trouble. For us to be a prophetic people we must know the Lord this way, as one that is Faithful, True, Righteousness in His Judgments, and makes War against the ungodly.

Revelation 19:12-16 “His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

True Prophetic Ministry will always have weightiness 

Just from reading these verses we sense a weightiness. We need to have a sense of awe and reverence for Jesus of who He is, being the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” The Lord is taking His work and His people with absolute seriousness. Much of the prophetic movement today there is just a sense of the opposite, an absolute lightness, jokes, laughing, and rolling around on the floor. Where’s the sense of awe and majesty of the Lord in your midst? Peter felt this weight of His glory when the Lord was transfigured before them, where he fell on his face before Him.

2 Peter 1:21 “For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

True Prophetic Ministry will be a Spirit-led People

Not every word that comes into your being is from God, it can just be from your flesh. Remember, the false prophets were speaking out of their own hearts using the Scriptures. The more in step we are in the Spirit the more prepared and ready we will be to give a prophetic word.

Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Revelation 19:10