Looking Out My Window: Prophetic Pondering’s – Pop-Off Prophetic
A few weeks ago I pondered the idea of the Pop-Off Prophetic. In Unfolding Years I shared an experience when the Apostle and Lead Pastor of our church said he wasn’t interested in “just another pop off prophetic word”. In the earlier post I wrote;
“Pop-off words bring little to no practical application. They simply come, people cheer, and then forget what was said. As we move from the day of the pop-off prophetic word, we will once again discover it is the church’s responsibility – and I might add the Prophets responsibility – to not only walk out the word, but also teach believers how to walk out the word.”
Bishop Bill Hamon, founder of Christian International says, the “prophetic word must first transform the individual, before it transforms others.” Before releasing a prophetic word to anyone, it must first hit close to home for the one bringing the word. This holds true whether the word is brought during prophetic ministry with an individual, or during a prophetic word spoken publicly.
In Their Midst
During the past few weeks the number 317 has been highlighted. The most notable occurrence on my clock when it says 3:17. Through the years I’ve discovered when numbers keep reoccurring, the Lord is sending me to Ezekiel.
“Son of man, I have appointed you as a watchman. Whenever you receive a message from Me, warn the people immediately” (Ezekiel 3:17 NLT).
This verse is in the middle of Ezekiel’s call. The word immediately is fascinating. However, taken out of context, the word immediately causes much confusion. Many believe this gives them permission to pop-off a word instantly. But before we go popping off with words from God immediately, we do well to study the context of Ezekiel’s call.
A quick read of Chapters 2 and 3 lead us to believe as soon as Ezekiel heard the word, he delivered the word. Such is simply not the case! If you read Chapters 1 through 4 you actually discover Ezekiel was silent for more than a year directly following his call. (But that’s a topic for another day). As I pondered this passage I discovered the word immediately also means in their midst.
All too often prophetic words are popped-off from afar, disconnected from the people. When God speaks, we are then to deliver His Word while ‘in the midst’ of His people.
Let The Word Sink In Deep
However, before we deliver the word in their midst, the word must first transform us personally. After Ezekiel eats the scroll before him during his call, the Lord then says, “Let all My words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself” (Ezekiel 3:10). It’s also worth noting this comes before v.17 and the word immediately.
God is doing a number of things in our midst these days. I firmly believe the day of the lone ranger is over. I sense the Lord saying now is time for Apostles and Prophets to come into not only alignment, but also relationship. As Apostles and Prophets come into relationship, the prophetic will discover how to move in the Father’s heart found in the apostolic. As we allow His Word to sink in deep, meditating on what He is saying, the word delivered in the midst of the people, will then be balanced with love.