There is a real cry going forth for leaders who will give guidance, direction, hope and God’s love – in particularly in the area of the prophetic. Although there are prophets who are functioning within prophetic organizations and networks, many would agree that there are thousands (if not millions) of prophetic people who have no accountability or someone they can turn to when they need guidance. That is why the Body of Christ desperately needs prophetic elders – leaders who will love, embrace, mentor, support, and train prophetic people so that they can be developed and be commissioned into the fullness of what Christ Jesus has called them to walk in.
The Body of Christ Needs Prophetic Elders
The term “elder” has almost become passé. We very seldom hear the word elder anymore, yet the scriptures give great mention to elders. In the book of Acts it mentions the word elder 19 times! One example of how prophets and prophetic elders function together is in Acts 11. Agabus prophesied that a severe famine was coming. The believers that heard this word sent their money to the elders of the church by way of the Apostle Paul and Barnabas (Acts 11:27-30). The elders were functioning as storekeepers – literally and physically – over the prophetic word that Agabus released. I am sure that these elders also judged this word and tested it by the spirit to see if it bore witness with the Holy Spirit. When judging prophecy the Bible states that all prophecy should be judged by prophets. (Ref. I Corn. 14:29).
Prophetic Elders Judge Prophecy
Where are the prophetic elders and spiritual people today who will judge a prophetic word and then be accountable to seeing that the word is released to the Body of Christ? Arguably, out of all ministries, the prophetic ministry might be the most scrutinized – and perhaps it should be. When an individual speaks to a congregation, group of people, or even to another individual and says “thus saith the Lord” or “In the name of Jesus” serious implications follow because these words are a representation of what the Father is saying. Prophetic elders are responsible for judging prophetic words.
Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets (I Corn. 14:29-32).
When Apostle Paul wrote these words he was trying to establish prophetic protocol within the church of Corinth. These scriptures indicate that all prophecy should be judged. True prophetic people who have a heart towards God want their words judged because they do not want to utter anything presumptuously or out of the flesh. As a prophet, I have no qualms about having my prophetic words judged by seasoned prophets (prophetic elders) because my main desire is to speak only what the Lord says. In the event a prophetic elder happens to find something I have prophesied to be inaccurate I am not upset. Rather, I rejoice because I realize these are opportunities for me to go back to the Lord and be given counsel from Him on where I missed it. “Missing it” experiences in the prophetic are opportunities for our humility to grow. Actually, many times our prophetic ability grows during these “missed it” experiences because as we are humbled the Lord gives us more grace (James 4:6; I Peter 5:5). Prophetic elders play a major role in the judging of prophecy because they can comfort the prophet or prophetic person who has spoken a word presumptuously or out of season. Prophetic elders are those people who restore prophets and help them get back on the right path.
Prophetic Elders Settle Disputes
Another purpose of prophetic elders is to settle disputes within the Body of Christ – particularly as it relates to prophetic issues. In Acts 15, there arose a heated argument among believers concerning whether or not it was necessary for Gentiles to be circumcised in order to be saved. In order to settle this argument, Paul, Barnabas and some other believers were appointed to go visit with the elders to settle the dispute (Acts 15:1-2). I remember a big debate that existed during the 1990’s among two charismatic camps. The debate was about whether or not prophets and prophetic people could prophesy at will? Or do prophets and prophetic people need a special anointing to prophesy? At the very crux of this argument was this question: Is the prophetic gift given and then taken back as the Holy Spirit desires? Or does the prophetic gift remain in us the same way a pastoral or teaching gift remains in those that function in these gifts? (For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29) This argument proved to be very contentious among the two camps. Perhaps if there had been prophetic elders that people could go to and discuss this issue, these groups may have come to some type of common ground.
Prophetic Elders Release People into Their Spiritual Gifts
Finally, Prophetic Elders release people into their God given gifts. In I Timothy 4:14 and II Timothy 1:6 we see that the elders played a crucial part in releasing Timothy into his ministry. Apostle Paul states:
Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you (I Timothy 4:14).
Although the doctrine of gift impartation and activation is considered to be somewhat controversial, we see that it was quite common for the elders of the church to lay hands on people, prophesy over them, and impart and activate gifts. I Timothy 4:14 makes it quite clear that prior to the laying-on-of hands by the elders Timothy was not functioning in a gift that he received after the elders laid hands on him. This is not an isolated mention of gift impartation. The Apostle Paul mentions grace gift impartations in several New Testament scriptures (see also II Timothy 1:5; Romans 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 2:8).
Where are the prophetic elders today? Where are the elders who judge prophetic words, settle disputes, and ensure that the prophetic word is heeded and responded to? Where are the prophetic elders who activate and release people into their spiritual gifts and 5-fold ascension gift ministries? (Ref. Eph 4:11) By-no-means am I saying that no one is currently performing the functions of prophetic eldership. There are many organizations, ministries, and local churches that are prophesying, judging prophetic words, and activating people into their spiritual gifts. But, because of the scrutiny of prophecy, it is very difficult for prophets in training and prophetic people to learn how to prophesy. With the current structure of most churches, where is there an outlet whereby people can “practice” using their gifts?
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use (practice) have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:14, )
There must be leadership (prophetic elders) who will allow prophetic people, 5-fold ministers, and even the laity to practice using their gifts so that they gain mastery in order to edify the Body of Christ and help her come to full maturity.
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Article by, Kent Simpson, Prophetic Pastor
Prophetic Elder Kyle Miller, PhD.
Judith Oldridge, Prophetic Elder
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In the past, I spent much of my time traveling to other countries, but ministering in distant places left me drained. I have decided to hang up my traveling shoes and focus upon those families who regularly support this ministry. It is time for me to develop long term relationships with the people who have a real desire to learn more about what God is doing today.
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Receiving Your Personal Prophecy
Though a prophet may receive a monetary blessing when giving a person a word from God, he is not to be mistaken for a hireling. A prophet who is a hireling will give a false prophecy at the request of his financial provider for monetary gain.
In contrast to these false prophets, there are men of God who desire to only speak God’s words and to reveal God’s plans for the people. These men receive their spiritual blessing from God and their financial blessing from God’ people.
Old Testament Times
In the Old Testament we find that the Lord commanded Samuel, a prophet of God, to prophesy over a young man who would be coming his way around lunchtime. The Lord indicated that this young man’s name was Saul and he would be looking for his father’s lost donkeys.
I Samuel 9:6
Today’s Spiritual Guidance
As it was in the Old Testament it is today; it is not evil to seek a prophet for spiritual guidance or direction from God.
I Samuel 9:7
Then Saul’s servant said, “Look, I have here at hand one fourth of a shekel of silver. I will give that to the man of God, to tell us our way.”
I Samuel 9:8
In this and other scriptures throughout the Bible, God has shown us that we must support his prophets. These men of old had conviction that they must bless the prophet, Samuel, for his intercession. God wants His people to be cheerful in giving.
II Corinthians 9:6,7
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