Recently, we had the privilege of being part of the ministry team at a conference in Shreveport, LA, entitled “Restoring the Voice of Healing”. This particular conference was foretold and orchestrated by the Holy Spirit through an angelic visitation highlighting this city as one in which the Spirit of restoration would bring to this generation seeds of power and revival released in the prior.
The conference was not scheduled to begin until Sunday evening and several of us were invited to a service with a local pastor on Sunday morning. While in prayer that morning, the Holy Spirit very clearly highlighted to me a passage of scripture from Matthew 13 to be shared and released among this body of believers. Don Potter was also in the service that morning but was not scheduled to minister. During worship, a strong spirit of revelation came upon Don and he asked if he could share the prophetic word that he was given.
Immediately, upon releasing this word in song, the anointing fell mightily upon Don as he sang a portion of scripture from Isaiah chapter 6.
Isaiah 6:9-10— He said, “Go, and tell this people: “Keep on listening, but do not perceive; keep on looking, but do not understand. Render the hearts of this people insensitive, their ears dull, and their eyes dim, otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and return and be healed.
The anointing was so strong, I do not believe people initially recognized the content of the word that was being expressed. Upon initial observation it did not seem to be a word of great encouragement. Who would want a prophetic word declaring their eyes to be dim and their ears dull unless they should see and hear the day of their visitation and return to the Lord and be healed.
Of course, neither Don nor the congregation knew the Holy Spirit had released to us the accompanying passage from Matthew 13, that, as Paul Harvey likes to say, tells “the rest of the story”.
Matt 13:11-16— Jesus answered them, “TO YOU IT HAS BEEN GRANTED to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, “YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE; FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’ But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.
KNOWING THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM
The Holy Spirit came upon Don to provide an incredible confirmation of the message the Lord is desiring to establish within us during this decisive hour of purpose and destiny…TO US IT HAS BEEN GRANTED TO KNOW THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM.
Isaiah 6 clearly prophesies the Spirit of Revelation that is necessary to illumine our eyes and ears, was withheld from that generation of people in order that they could not recognize the day of their visitation. The scriptures point out, if they had then they would have surely returned to the Lord and He would be required, according to His promise, to heal them.
Thankfully, we have the biblical pledge that we do not have to remain in such a condition. Although Isaiah rightly prophesied concerning a generation whose ears were dull and whose eyes were dim and unable to recognize the day of their visitation, we have the revelatory assurance that…To us it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom.
OUR RIGHT AND OUR ADMONITION
During this particular Sunday morning service, this reality was vividly portrayed and released among the congregation. It is our right, prerogative and admonition to be anointed with the Spirit of revelation that our eyes would be illumined and our ears unstopped that we might know and understand the mysteries of the kingdom. In other words, we have the right to be anointed with the Spirit of revelation which brings insight to us concerning the mind, will and purpose of God in the earth and the unveiling of His Kingdom.
One of the things most adamantly opposed by the enemy is the full release of this Spirit upon the church. Our adversary knows that if God’s people are anointed with the prophetic mandate to be clothed with revelation, then we would return to the Lord and He would have to heal us. That healing would not merely consist of physical and emotional restoration, but also fully mending the breach that has existed between God and man since the Garden of Eden. Once accomplished, the reality of “CHRIST IN US— THE HOPE OF GLORY” becomes apparent and we walk in the prophetic destiny foretold in the scriptures. That is the reason there has been so much opposition to the emerging prophetic generation.
THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION
Ephesians 1:17-18 emphasizes the right of every believer to be anointed with the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. This form of wisdom is not merely the ability to mentally analyze a situation and make a good response. Rather, it is a spiritual endowment that allows us to go deep into the heart of the Father to see and understand the mysteries of the kingdom and our rights through redemption. Not only do we have the right to understand these mysteries but also the right to the accompanying Spirit of revelation which gives illumination and comprehension of their reality.
Eph 1:17-19— the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
The spirit of wisdom is more clearly defined as a supernatural impartation of the Spirit granting the ability to see and recognize the Lord Jesus with a spiritual knowledge and comprehension of His mysteries, plans and purposes. This heritage will reveal the manifold and unsearchable wisdom and secrets of God that are hidden in Christ. It relates to a deeper intimacy and awareness into the things of God and intimates a personal close encounter with the Lord.
The accompanying spirit of revelation grants a comprehension of these mysteries and attributes of God. It involves an understanding and perception with our soul of these things revealed in the spirit. It grants us the ability to not only know the things of God but also the practical application of them in the earth and in our lives.
The Apostle Paul was anointed and flowed with this Spirit as he continually conveyed the mysteries of the Kingdom to his generation. This same Spirit is essential for us in this generation to know the concealed secrets reserved for the last days and share in the hidden manna set aside for the end-time perfecting of the Bride.
Dan 12:4— But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”
WALKING IN THE FULL MEASURE OF CHRIST
According to Ephesians 1:18-19, it provides three blessings essential for our ability to walk in the full measure of Christ through the eyes of our heart being enlightened.
(1) That we may know what is the Hope of His Calling
(2) What are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints
(3) What is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe
When we read these words our minds recognize the great promise that has been provided to us. Even so, when anointed with the spirit of wisdom and revelation, we begin to obtain a comprehension experientially of the reality of this redemptive birthright. As the scriptures point out, eye has not seen, ear has not heard nor has it entered into the heart of man all the great blessings the Lord has provided for us. These must be revealed by the Spirit.
CHRIST IN US
When Don brought the more difficult portion of this prophecy to this particular body of believers, he did not know the Spirit had given to us the accompanying passage providing the encouragement— To us it has been granted. That was the emphasis of the Spirit for this particular body and the body at large… To fully apprehend this exceptional mystery. To us it has been granted in this generation to be anointed with the Spirit of revelation to know and comprehend these great mysteries provided for us through the awesome power of redemption.
One of the greatest mysteries that will be fully realized is the wonder of— Christ in us the Hope of Glory. We recite the words but very few experientially discover the absolute and complete reality. However, we believe the scriptures have promised that an entire company of believers will soon emerge anointed with this certainty, walking in the fullness of it with great power and authority and, more importantly, radiating the nature and character of Christ through His manifested Glory.
It is especially noteworthy that the full revelation required the joining together of the minstrel and prophetic mantel. This in itself depicts the emerging partnership between worship and the prophetic, giving full expression to the heart of the Spirit. Elisha was clearly able to more readily discern the Voice of God as the minstrel played providing an atmosphere for the prophetic voice to flourish. I believe this will amplify in time with some services allowing the worshipers to continue as the anointed word flows through the prophetic leaders bringing the Word of the Lord in unison with the overflow of minstrel worship.