THE POWER OF PROPHETIC
"Despise not prophesyings." (I Thes. 5:20)
Surely we are seeing Joel's prophecy, "And it shall be afterward, I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh. And your sons and daughters shall prophesy." This is coming to pass before our very eyes. The gift of prophecy is the one gift that Paul said to covet. "So then, brothers, seek to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues" (I Cor. 14:39). When you covet something, you earnestly desire it passionately. In this sense, coveting is a good thing and not evil. The gift of prophecy is a gift for the body of Christ. This beautiful gift is an expression of the Holy Spirit to edify, encourage and comfort (I Cor. 14:3). The prophetic is not limited to church meetings. The gifts of God are manifestations (exhibitions) to publicly show forth the glory of God and to give God's people divine advantage.
I am going to share a story through this email blast with the intention of impacting lives around the globe. All OTC teaching e-mails reach out to all the nations of the earth, not just locally or the US alone.
THE BIRTH OF THE PROPHETIC
Personally, the first time I ever had a vision and prophetic experience from Heaven I was 4 years old, playing in my parents back yard one summer. I had been led to the LORD as a child through my grandmother. This gifting was resident within me and not something I heard in a church. Suddenly, I heard a voice, the voice of the LORD speak to me, whether audible or not I don't remember. He said, "I am ETERNAL."
Other times, as did Samuel, I heard my name being called in a whisper, "Karen, Karen." At that moment, even though I was a child, I was aware of the heavens opening and the voice of the Lord speaking. In natural words, I don't know how to describe what happened, other than that I was having a visitation and an encounter with the Holy Spirit regarding ETERNITY. This set the stage in my life for the personal relationship of hearing the LORD, and then seeing what He had said come to pass.
THE PROPHETIC AND PAUL MCCARTNEY
In October of the year 2002, I was leading my weekly prophetic ministry gathering in the conference room at Trinity Music City (TBN) in Hendersonville, TN. That day the room was full, and as I did almost every week, I started the gathering playing prophetically on my keyboard. I remember that the prophetic anointing was so strong on me that day. As I began to play my keyboard, I started prophesying saying, "Sir Paul, the Master is looking for you." At the time, I had no idea what that meant. Munday Martin of Contagious Love International was at that gathering that day. His first name is Paul. I thought that perhaps the Spirit of the LORD was speaking to Paul Munday Martin. Of course, the prophetic utterances given by the Holy Spirit cannot be discerned by the natural mind. I was naturally thinking one thing, but the Holy Spirit was revealing another. He was revealing the future.
My hands on the keyboard felt as if they were on fire that day. With my eyes closed, I began to have visions of Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix and Michael Jackson. I distinctly remember saying, "You were all misplaced prophets." They did not use their natural gifts to advance the Kingdom of God. I spoke to the audience of what was happening when the Spirit of the LORD said to me privately, "I am taking you into Paul McCartney's world." I never forgot those words, but naturally found them unlikely to happen, and pursued nothing to "make" that happen. I did not even know what those words meant.
THE FULFILMENT IN NEW YORK CITY
Seven months later, I received a phone call from a man I did not know well, inviting me to go to New York City, to meet and have lunch with Paul McCartney's right hand person and licensing agent. I accepted the invitation, which coincided with a ministry invitation at the exact same time in the Bronx, NY. Before the lunch, I was invited by Sir Paul's administrator into the beautiful Brown Stone (building) where McCartney Publishing Company is housed. I was told that I was going to be taken on the grand tour of the building. We proceeded to the second floor of the 3 story building where the agent said to me, "I want to show you pictures that were taken by Linda McCartney." In a long hallway, hanging on a wall were enlarged black and white photos of Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix and Michael Jackson. I could hardly believe my own eyes. Remember seven months earlier at TBN, I had a vision of these three people.
When Sir Paul's agent and I stepped out onto the sidewalk, as we exited the Brown Stone on our way to lunch, I looked at this person and said by divine utterance, "The prophets of God are alive and well today." The anointing fell so heavily on both of us when those words were spoken that we could tangibly sense the anointing of God on us as our skin tingled, and trembled at the accompanying awesome sense of the LORD.
My relationship with Paul McCartney's right-hand agent continued for several years, and there were more personal meetings that took place in his office. As the LORD had spoken that day in October of 2002, I was ushered into Paul McCartney's world because of the prophetic anointing. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that the Spirit of the LORD would want to take me into the personal world of one of the BEATLES. There is much more to this story regarding Paul McCartney and prophetic music, but this is all I can share today.
I am sharing this true life story with whomever has ears to hear. God is no respector of persons. God will use whomever He desires to see that His will is done. He has to have a mouthpiece. I was able, by invitation of the LORD, to enter into the world of one of the "Beatles" and speak as He dictated by divine unction. God used my voice to decree things within those walls in NYC because God loves this man, Paul McCarthy and desires that every man be saved.
I am sharing my personal story to encourage you to COVET TO PROPHESY. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof" (Prov. 18:21). We live in a voice activated Kingdom. Jesus said "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall SAY unto this mountain, be removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he SAYS" (Mark 11:23).
Rise up! Speak life! "You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto you: and the light shall shine upon your ways" (Job 22:28).
Blessings and hope,