by Elexio Baillou
Founder of PAGA
Author of "The ABC's of Prophecy"
Itinerant Conference Speaker
Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
Typically whenever the term “prophet” is utilized it stirs up images of radical fanatics speaking in King James English and claiming divine revelations that are in generally judgmental, discouraging, and condemning. This image, though unfortunate, is still rather accurate whenever we consider the activity and administration of men and women within the Old Covenant who claimed and were in fact divinely inspired. Theirs was an administration requiring the articulation to the children of Israel of what was in fact due to them under the Mosaic Law.
However, as believers and members of the Body of Christ, we are in fact recipients of a different covenant and are meant to receive what was and is in fact made available to us as redeemed sons and daughters of the Father. With this understanding, we must now perceive the administration and anointing of the Prophet to be far different from what we were first advised.
Dr. Jonathan Welton once beautifully stated “Prophets are covenant enforcers”. This is because Prophets have and will always be agents designed and empowered by the Father to His people to declare and ensure that the terms of agreement set between He and His people are in fact fully realized. They (including myself) function as divine litigators and intercessors, standing to ensure that God and His people receive what are due to them.
On this side of the cross, Prophets serve to foretell and forth tell what is on the agenda of heaven for God’s people. Therefore, prophets are agents of the Gospel bearing the Good News just as much as the Apostles, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers. Theirs is a message designed to motivate and stimulate God’s people to walk in the fullness of His goodness and freedom.
No longer do Prophets operate in such a way to remind God’s people of their sin and shame, to bring into their remembrance their mistakes and struggles, but rather Prophets are meant to perceive and proclaim the intention of God in and for His people individually and corporately until it is they manifest what it is in fact the Lord has declared regarding them.
Therefore, in a movement of hope we can see how Prophets serve to provide God’s people with an earnest expectation of an amazing future as well as an affirming declaration of who they are now because of Him and the love He has for them.
Additionally, as Prophets are in fact the second most potent and foundational administration within the Church, they are meant to co-labor with God’s apostles in the equipping of the saints to ensure that they live, eat, breathe, and work with a great sense of expectation and a proper view of the Lord Jesus Christ. They serve to clearly articulate His mind in such a degree that those who receive them are enlightened with extraordinary truths and empowered with revelations that supersede their present comprehension and understanding, thus enabling them (the saints) to boldly move forward like Abraham with nothing more than an unshakeable promise to sustain them and given vision for their future.
This is the joy and burden of Prophets under the New Covenant; we are messengers and divine emissaries of heaven, supernaturally empower and graced to mobilize God’s people to manifest the commission of the Apostle, which is designed to bring us into the reality of heaven on earth. Thus, Prophets are meant to do more than simply see and say. We are meant to ascertain what heaven has mandated be ours and contend for the manifestation of such here on earth.
Eric Reeder is joined by other leaders of RISEmovement to reveal the heartbeat of The HOPE-filled Gospel.