Prophetic praise and worship

Courtesy of James Mark Long, www.propheticartists.comSomething ‘weird’ happened after writing that last piece. In fact, I’d intended tackling a higher priority of fulfilling a promise to respond to comments I’d made on another blog.  But I thought – or maybe was reminded!  – it was more important to cover  the prophetic word Lydia delivered in worship. So I blogged about that instead and finished by midday in time for lunch and our preparing for a church group meeting here that afternoon.

When all assembled were refreshed and had chatted, pastor circulated a hand-out that she wanted us to consider – Prophetic Praise and Worship….what a ‘God-incident’!

In my opinion, its following fast on the heels of the morning’s matter underscores and confirms the accuracy and importance of the prophetic word I’d only just written about.

Here, with permission, are some of that paper’s pertinent points for your edification:

First, for any believer who’s uneasy with prophecy, here’s the scriptural warrant for its incorporation into worship – NIV quotations:

The Prophetic Nature of Praise and Worship

1 Samuel 10:5-6 “After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying. The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.

2 Chron 29:5 He stationed the Levites in the temple of the Lord with cymbals, harps and lyres in the way prescribed by David and Gad the king’s seer and Nathan the prophet; this was commanded by the Lord through his prophets.

Revelation 19:9-10 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” 10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”

Therefore:

  1. The word of God that testifies about Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy,
  2. The testimony that Jesus gave through His life style is in the Spirit of prophecy,
  3. The testimony we give of Him in praise and worship is in the Spirit of prophecy,
  4. As we testify about Him in praise and worship the Spirit of prophecy is released.

Characteristics of Praise and Worship

  1. It is vital in the preparation of the Bride for the great day,
  2. We must be willing to go with the flow of the prophetic anointing and expect it in our worship services,
  3. Prophecy means: communicating under divine inspiration by…
  4. speaking/singing out what Holy Spirit is saying to the Church – listen!
  5. scripture exhorts us to desire the prophetic gifting:

1 Cor 14:1-3  Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.  For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

Num 11: 26-29 … Yet the Spirit also rested on (Eldad and Medad), and they prophesied in the camp.  27 A young man ran and told Moses, ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.’ 28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ assistant since youth, spoke up and said, ‘Moses, my lord, stop them!’ 29 But Moses replied, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!’

The Language of Prophetic Praise and Worship

  • The language of love; the Bridegroom wooing the Bride and her response to Him
  • The song of the LORD, the Bridegroom and the Bride
  • Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
  • Flowing in the gifts of Holy Spirit
  • Proclamation of salvation, redemption, victory, glory, power etc of the Trinity
  • Proclamation of judgement and victory over Satan
  • Proclamation of future events – as by Lydia on Sunday; Julie Meyer in October.

[Courtesy of Heart After God Ministries, Rev Ron and Lindi Masters, South Africa. Lindi moved into international ministry some time after Ron went home to the Lord.]

Prophetic word in worship: ” …a great shaking and great clash…”

An event during worship on TV on Sunday took us by surprise when we came indoors from finishing a bit of gardening.  Immediately, Nina got a ‘shot’ from Holy Spirit as a reaction to what the worship leader was declaring. The lounge TV had been hooked up for streaming live morning worship from Alabama at 4.30pm our time, which we could hear out in the garden. (By the way, a visiting speaker at our morning service had told us about the positive response observed in plants to worshipful sounds!)

Ten minutes into the live streaming from Church Of his Presence we heard it go quiet. After praising the Lord, Lydia Stanley Morrow had just led through a song about God’s fire burning in our souls and the congregation went into personal worship in tongues…  Everyone went quiet for a couple of minutes and an anointing came upon Lydia as she declared, “The Lord says,

“There is coming a great shaking, there is coming a great shaking, and now will be the great clash between the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of Light. Nations will fall, kingdoms will rise – and you are not to panic”, says the Lord, “because I have got you. You are my people. You will shine like the stars in the heaven for I will pour out my favour on you, I will pour out my signs, I will pour out my wonders”, says the Lord, “and in the midst of the shaking you will stand firm upon the solid Rock. Peace, be still”, says the Lord.”

Yesterday we had opportunity to listen to the whole worship from the beginning. Again, the physical stirring of Holy Spirit was immediately felt as a distinct and lengthy reaction.

To check it out for yourself click here; worship starts after John Michael’s welcome. Thirty minutes later pastor Kilpatrick acknowledges the presence of the Lord and for all to continue worshipping and brings another prophetic word. Lydia and team break into the praise song Lion of Judah.

[At the beginning of May a visitor and a regular at our home church saw the Lion of Judah enter the service during worship. His head was a few feet above mine!]

The Unstoppable Church

Let me share the blessing of a holy tension since having re-blogged/commented upon media opinion about a supposed demise of the Church. As stated in my previous post, I recalled hearing of reports from Wales and now made opportunity to check them out.

Yesterday’s church group covered a lot more detail about Rev Richard Taylor’s visit to mid-Sussex and what he teaches. So this morning I searched for a suitable podcast or video to listen to whilst doing the final part of our renovations.

If you were interested in my last two blogs then perhaps you’d like to set aside an hour to hear pastor Richard soundly refute secular scoffers, as well as allay the concerns of my fellow blogger and his readers. Richard trashes the falsehood of media opinion as well as churchgoers’ unbelief. He also tells how God changed and healed him from a life of severe drug addiction and consequential crime.

Enjoy his tongue-in-cheek Welsh humour and be mightily blessed:

The Book of Acts Part 11 – The Unstoppable Church from Victory Church on Vimeo.

2013 Revival in Wales – Outpouring in Cwmbran

In the covering comments to a blog about Anglican church attendance I treated claims for the demise of Christianity in Britain with gentle contempt. I hope regular readers of this blog will be aware of my focus upon the Bride’s preparation for her soon returning Groom, our ‘blessed assurance’.  Many Christian leaders who are close to Him would also regard such claims as absurd, as may clearly be inferred from my recent raft of blogs about God’s ‘new season’. [See here for some specific prophecies.]

We now have evidence of this ‘new era’!  You’ve possibly heard the ‘chatter’ about an Outpouring in Wales about which I’d received an update, but I was unable to blog about it until now. [Was just signing off to take a break for home renovations.]

Pastor RT - Credit WelldiggerThank you Graham for alerting me last July to a stirring in Wales, as hinted at in A spiritual slant on Olympic torch’s route. Just a few months later fellow delegates at Windsor spoke about it and so I’m grateful to Peter and Rosamund of Logos Linguistics for the link below. On Sunday we heard about our church leaders’ visit to Kings Church in Burgess Hill to hear Cwmbran pastor Richard Taylor’s account of the Outpouring. They were impressed he testified to not only healings but also to ‘old fashioned’ Holy Spirit led repentance, as in the 1904-05 Welsh Revival etc.

Richard’s splendid Welldigger blog provides a detailed account of Welsh revival history together with events of the current Outpouring.  Horsham Pastor Andy Robinson writes here on his discovery of what was going on at Cwmbran (see A on map below).

What’s more, this is additional to the Grace Outpouring of recent years at Ffald-y-Brenin (Sheep-fold of the King) House of Prayer and retreat under Roy and Daphne Godwin’s oversight! (Located at B on map)


For another good introduction to this 2013 Outpouring see Anita Mathias’ account at Dreaming Beneath the Spires.  I’m pleased to learn that the Outpouring’s theme praise is “Just One Touch from the King”, about which we raved at the National Day of Prayer and Worship at Wembley (as here).  Now listen to Godfrey Birtell tell of the inspiration behind this song, especially his important points on making declarations over our land:

I’d also particularly recommend all Anita’s postings about Heidi Baker, especially for anyone unfamiliar with Iris Ministries’ miraculous work. In the above linked blog, Anita refers to Heidi’s casual reference last August to revival coming to the UK. In fact, her Revival Alliance associate Bill Johnson had prophesied 1st September 2011 would become known as the ‘date things would change in Britain’. (Details, which include my ‘remote’ confirmation of this, may be read at Father, let Your Kingdom come – first link to ‘Revival Alliance Gathering – Post Event’ takes you to Bill’s remark.)  Then last year his wife Beni and others had prophetic revelations that the Queen’s Jubilee Bells may be of relevance to this renewal (here).

Also, how could we ever forget the prophetic song “Behold, the Bridegroom Cometh” delivered at their associate Randy Clark’s conference last October (“something greater than John Wesley… it’s not over”…Click for full transcript):

May the Lord thoroughly bless you as you read, listen and consider this holy matter…

There’s more in the next post: The Unstoppable Church

The Church’s biggest crisis?

Detail from Eagle-eyed by John Mark Long: www.propheticartists.comBiggest crisis? I think not! Nor that ‘Christianity is facing a catastrophic collapse in Britain’, as one religious affairs editor sensationally posits. I agree in the main with Gillan, especially that the church has failed in its duties, and that our encountering Jesus is key. This must be personally experienced and practised outside church walls. Yet how many have that personal, continual relationship? How many encounter God in church today? How many ministers allow His weighty glory to come into ‘their’ meeting? That is, does God attend church?

Thankfully, our Lord’s rectifying the lack of anointed leaders who regularly meet and hear Him, and who can thus teach and disciple ‘hard-core believers’ in doing so too. (Last week I met one such 30 years-old who’d visited the underground Chinese church. They have to worship in silence yet their deafening praise arose before God’s throne!) So it’s not only an intellectual issue as Gillan explains, but also and more essentially one of moving into revelatory and prophetical insight as well as accessing heaven direct.

Imho, the remedy is for church to be remodelled upon the pristine New Testament Church where the presence of Jesus was the sole authority, and Holy Spirit the sole power base for all ministerial and missionary activity. Then, the designation ‘Christian’ would revert to its original meaning of ‘Little Christ’, or ‘Anointed one’: those functioning with the very same power and authority as did their Lord and Saviour. Then, will real revival to which Gillan refers – and others foretell – begin. And it will. Father is already making the Bride a suitable spouse for His Son…

God and Politics in the UK

The declining proportion of the population who identify themselves as ‘Christian’ along with church attendance is in the news yet again today and the numbers don’t look great.  When the Church of England’s latest attendance figures were published earlier this month, there was a similar story with the usual spin and analysis (including my own) that attempted to determine just how bad or good they were depending on who was looking at them and what message was trying to be promoted.  Secularists and atheists in particular love to talk about how the Church is becoming increasingly irrelevant and how it is inevitable that before too long the Church will shrink to the point of extinction.

Sometimes it appears that churches are a bit too focused on numbers as a measurement of success as well.   The trap of measuring success by how many people do or don’t come through the doors is an easy…

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