The Importance Of God Given Prophetic Words

Dear Revival-Fire Church Family,

I want to send this message to you, because the Lord has showed me that there are MANY that need to hear this word right now…there are MANY who are going through some very difficult times…seemingly impossible times…times where you might even feel like your life is in ashes. This message is about THE IMPORTANCE OF GOD GIVEN PROPHETIC WORDS. As far as I know…the Lord has never spoken this message before. It has never been preached by anyone else…at least, not to my knowledge. I have searched the internet to verify this & cannot find anything regarding the content of what the Lord is having me share with you today. Please share it with others, also…for surely there are many that may need to hear it too!

Many of you receiving this message today, have previously received prophetic words from God spoken into your lives. And most, if not all of you, have received God’s prophetic words through our ministry & that is why you are part of our Revival-Fire Church family today. The Lord gave me this important message some time ago & He told me that He wanted to bless you with it today. For as you will take your prophetic words from God truly to heart & embrace what He has said to you…He will do extraordinary things in your lives. Many of you will receive “illumination” even as you read this message…as the anointing that is on His words, will spark a fire into your hearts, as you receive the importance of God given prophetic words!!!

THE IMPORTANCE OF GOD GIVEN PROPHETIC WORDS

Many of God’s people have been spoken to “prophetically” by the Spirit of God…but many, if not most, do not really know or understand the spiritual importance of the prophetic words that they have received from the Lord. John 1 says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. It says…”In him was life; and the life was the light of men”…it says: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”…it says: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

We recognize that Jesus is the word of God, but do we know the importance of what He says to us??? “Rev. 19:10 says that “…for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy“. God speaks these prophetic words to us, so He can make a testimony in our lives…a testimony of Himself. Sometime back, the Lord gave me “illuminating revelation” about something that happened after He rose from the dead. He gave me the “illumination” on this, because He wants His people to understand why He speaks prophetically to us & how important it really is. So, open your spiritual ears & receive what the Lord has for you through this message! This message is the story of something that Jesus said to Peter…after He had risen from the dead…it was spoken to Peter in John 21:

Joh 21:18 Truly, truly, I say unto you, When you were young, you dressed yourself, and walked where ever you wanted: but when you shall be old, you shall stretch forth your hands, and another shall dress thee, and carry you where you do not want to go.
Joh 21:19 This spoke he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

We need to understand that Jesus was speaking “prophetically” to the apostle Peter here. Jesus had just told Peter how he would die…but, Peter didn’t grasp what Jesus has said & just thought that Jesus was speaking & he not realizing the importance of what He said. Many times we will not recognize the importance of what the Lord has spoken to us when we first received it. For, it wasn’t until later…AFTER Peter was baptized in the Holy Spirit, that Peter recognized what Jesus had meant. We know this because Jesus had already told the disciples some important things:

Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Joh 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Jesus said that they there were things that they “cannot bear them now”. This part is important! Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would bring back things to our remembrance that He has said unto us. Just like with the prophetic words we all have received…God will tell us things & they may not be fully received or we may not even understood them until a later time. This is what I believe is happening in many of your lives, right now. God has spoken to us, but there is much that we haven’t understood or recognized, because “we could not fully bear it” when we received it…because it is for a later time. Ok…let’s go back to this story of Peter…

Now, lets turn the clock forward…to Acts & read verses 1-19 of chapter 12:

Act 12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
Act 12:2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
Act 12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
Act 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
Act 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
Act 12:6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
Act 12:7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
Act 12:8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.
Act 12:9 And he went out, and followed him; and knew not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.
Act 12:10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that lead unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.
Act 12:11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the LORD hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
Act 12:12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.
Act 12:13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.
Act 12:14 And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.
Act 12:15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.
Act 12:16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.
Act 12:17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.
Act 12:18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter.
Act 12:19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death.

Here we see Peter…just hours from being “executed” (just as “James, the brother of John had just been)..& Peter was ASLEEP! I don’t know about you, but I would think that if Peter was gonna die in just a few hours, that he would be awake & possibly being fearful, fretting, praying or pleading for his life!!! But, NO!…Peter was not awake…because he was not afraid…he was not fretting, praying or pleading for his life…he was ASLEEP. Now, WHY is this??? Why…do you think that he would be sleeping, when most anyone else would be awake, anxiously contemplating the last hours before their terribly painful death???

The answer to this is truly profound!!! The Lord Jesus Christ had already told him that he was not going to die THAT day. Peter, who believed that Jesus was “God, the Son”, KNEW that he would not die THAT day! How can I say this? You might say, that there is no record in the Bible that says that Jesus spoke this to Peter & told him this, but I assure you that Jesus DID tell Peter he would not die THAT day. And, this is why Peter could sleep like a baby that night!!! Because he had nothing to fear…he had nothing to worry about…all he had to do is let God take care of his situation. Peter could do this because he believed Jesus told him the truth.

Ok…now you will say to me…so how did Jesus tell Peter this??? Well…it is not written in any historical books, nor in any early writings about the Apostles, or the early church…so where did this information come from??? I will tell you where it came from. The Lord revealed the answer to me & the answer is written right there in the Bible. It is found in the very first scripture passage we read at the beginning of this message…in John 21. Ok, so let’s go ahead & read it again:

Joh 21:18 Truly, truly, I say unto you, When you were young, you dressed yourself, and walked where ever you wanted: but when you shall be old, you shall stretch forth your hands, and another shall dress thee, and carry you where you do not want to go.
Joh 21:19 This spoke he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

So, we can SEE that in verse 18 that Jesus told Peter that he would LIVE to be an OLD man. Jesus told him that he would die when he was OLD!!! THIS is the power of the prophetic word of God in operation! The thing is…Peter couldn’t “bear” or really even understand what Jesus was saying at the time that He said it, but He said that the Holy Spirit would later bring back to his remembrance what Jesus had said to him. Jesus told him that the Holy Spirit would guide him into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Peter really didn’t “need” that prophetic word Jesus spoke to him…literally at the time that He first spoke it. Peter needed THAT word, at a much later date…at a MORE needful time. And because Peter did as God commanded: “Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1Th 5:20-21). Peter held onto the prophetic word that Jesus had given to him…& that word kept Peter alive…that word allowed Peter to SLEEP THAT night…because he would later die as an old man.

We all go through hard times in our lives & many people are going through very hard times right now…but we are not experiencing what Peter did THAT night! Peter was going to die at the hands of an evil ruler. The many hardships that we all face in life, are nothing compared to how bad things were to live in in faith in those days! We have it easy!…we have lives filled with luxury & goodness. But, when things do not go the way that we want them to, we tend to give up…we tend to throw in the towel…because many times we have sunk SO low in our own circumstances & situations…instead of holding on to the words that the Lord has given unto us.

I can truly attest to the reality of the content of this message, for I am alive today because of the power of prophetic words. Both my wife & I have received “life filled” words that gave us hope, where there was no hope. God gave us miracle filled words that sparked hope into the impossible situations & within a time frame that was impossible. Those prophecies have helped us to conquer death…several times…those “words of life” kept us from losing nearly all that we possessed. You may ask,”well, were you ‘soaring as eagles’ during those hard times??? No, we really were not…but through it all…we still held on to what God had told us…prophetically.

Sure, at times we were somewhat downcast & discouraged…we couldn’t see how God would save us. Because in the natural there was no way…but He did it…He turned things around. We trusted Him to keep His promises to us & do the things that He said He would do & He did what He said…He kept His promise to us…He changed the outcome of how things should of ended. And we can honestly say that we would not be here today if it were not for those prophetic words & we praise Him for His faithfulness!!!

This is WHY prophetic words are SO important…this is why God speaks these things to us…because many times, we will need them in the time to come…NOT always just when we first receive them. For they may not have the meaning to us that He intends us to have- then…they may be meant to keep us through the rough times later on. But when it is His appointed time, those words will be energized from deep within, as we will do what He told us to do in those prophetic words. Remember…we must do our part! Even with the prophetic word that Jesus gave to Peter, the Lord told him…”follow Me”. Prophecies will always have conditions, just as the promises in God’s word always has conditions. We must do what He says…we must obey Him…we must follow Him!

1Ti 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them might war a good warfare;
1Ti 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

Paul said unto Timothy that as he would hold onto that prophetic word he “might war a good warfare“. This is because it is up to us to make the decision to fight. And for us to fight, we must cleave to…we must hold on to what the Lord has spoken to us…both prophetically & through the reading of His written word. For by His prophetic words we can war a good warfare…a warfare that will make a difference. We cannot cast away our confidence…we must “hold on to faith…& a good conscience”…for, we do not ever want to end up shipwrecked!!! We must take responsibility for our lives & take the promises that He has given unto us & run the race that is ahead of us…we must fight the fight. You know…sometimes just “holding on” is a fight & it is all that we can do…but still…we must do it! I sure can say…”been there, done that”!

Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Isa 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Prophetic words from God are anointed His words that are proclaimed & appointed unto us. They carry power!!! We must keep praising Him, staying in His presence & holding on to His words to us…even through our hard times! So, no matter how how we may feel that our “hope is gone”…no matter how we may believe that we are “not gonna win”…even if we think we are “destroyed & have given up”…if we will just “hold on” to what the Lord has said to us & trust HIM…He will turn our hopeless situation around…He will do it in His way & in His time. Go back & re-read the prophetic words that God has spoken unto you…do this regularly…for you never know when God will give more illumination & revelation to you from it. When He does, it will be life giving…it will accomplish that which He pleases!

We all can trust what He said & know “that all things will work together for good to us, that love God, to us who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). If we will just trust Him…if we will just truly surrender our lives unto Him…He will take care of the impossible situations in our lives & in His time give us “beauty for ashes”. We will see Him work all things together for our good!

In His great love & mercy,
Pastors Mark & Julie Moore

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