The rivers of the prophetic realm refer to the flow, the channel, and how the prophetic move of God would flow through our lives. The channeling of prophecy involves the methodology. By degrees, we are referring to the heights by which the “spirit of prophecy” can move into.
When it comes to levels, we are pertaining to the strength. For example, when you’re playing a game with different levels, the higher the level the more skilled you need to get. These levels talk about the degrees of strength, by which the “spirit of prophecy” can come upon a person. There are different intensities for different levels. The Spirit, who gives all the spiritual gifts and whom Jesus called the Helper, is the same one whom we call the “Spirit of prophecy.”
In the Book of Revelations, John called Jesus as the “Spirit of prophecy.” The word “testimony” comes from the Greek word maturios and that is the same word where we get the word “witness.” John is saying the testimony of Jesus is the evidence of Jesus Christ. The prophetic word we speak testifies or witnesses to Jesus; it serves as evidence of the power of Jesus. We see a prophetic stream flow from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation. God’s people are considered a prophetic people because the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.
A prophetic word does not necessarily mean it’s a prediction. Prophecy is the Word of God, as God gave it. Looking at the levels and degrees of prophecy allows you to understand that you can move into the ability to make a prediction in your spiritual growth. In Scriptures, the usage of the word prophecy has also been used in its predictive sense.
In Luke 22, the guards blindfolded Jesus, slapped and beat him. All the while, they were asking him, “Prophesy! Who hit you?” They were asking Jesus to give a word of knowledge of who did that—a show of omniscience. There is no doubt there is an element of prediction in the prophetic word. There are different degrees of prediction in different degrees of prophecy.
Jeremiah and Isaiah delivered the most difficult prophecies in the Old Testament because they spoke about the destruction of Israel, along with a message of comfort. They were also tasked to tell the people to repent. Jeremiah, who was one of the last prophets at the time of the destruction of Jerusalem, was known
as a weeping prophet.
Think about it, God carefully and specifically chose a man who was a compassionate tenderhearted man to deliver a message of doom and destruction. Jeremiah’s message in the Book of Lamentations was that his head was in waters and that rivers of tears were flowing from his eyes. The foundation of the Spirit of prophecy was comfort, not condemnation, regardless of the message. The Spirit of prophecy is grounded on edification and exhortation.
There is a predictive element in the revelation nature of prophecy. However, the Apostle Paul established in 1 Corinthians 13 that the foundation of each gift and its full development is love. Without love, each gift is incomplete, and can potentially be dangerous to the one who has it and to others. These spiritual gifts may be powerful, but they become nothing if they are not used out of love.
Prophecies unfold the mysteries of God before man. The foundation for the gift of prophecy, as well as every other spiritual gift is love. Love always seeks to comfort, to exhort, and to edify others. The seven rivers of prophecies can be understood according to the ways the Spirit of prophecy move. Rivers are available to every person. Understanding the nature of the rivers of prophecy helps you to move easily with the Spirit of God when it comes to prophetic activity, because these are the ways in which the Spirit of prophecy flows.
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