Prophecy of the Book
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book” . . . and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22: 7, 19 NKJV
Whether it is marriage and family, ministry, job, or career; you need a vision. Every foundation must be built with a prophetic vision. A prophetic vision is what you see by faith, and it answers the questions: What is God saying? What did God say? What thus saith the Lord? A prophetic vision gives you a sense of purpose and a plan, direction, power and authority. To form a prophetic vision, you must start with the Prophecy of the Book (Prov. 29:18).
The definition of vision (chazown, Heb.) means to be “eye-minded”, mental sight, dream, revelation, oracle; but it also means prophesy, i.e., a beholder in vision (chozeh, Heb.). On the other hand, prophecy (propheteia, Gr.), in its most simple noun form means speaking forth of the mind and the counsel of God. And in the verb form, prophesy is to speak or sing by inspiration of God; to see that. More often than not, prophesy in the OT had a predictive element in the message, and an indicative element in the NT.
Prophesy of the Book (Bible) expresses the prophetic mind of God. For example, when the Pharisees tested Jesus with a question about a man lawfully divorcing his wife for any reason, Jesus painted, proved, and provided God’s prophetic vision for marriage (Matt. 19:3-6). Not that marriage was ever to be problem-free, but God created the male and female as “one” in His image and likeness, to have dominion over issues that could possibly lead to divorce.
Prophesy of the Book provided for man to have dominion from the beginning (Gen. 1:26-28). Dominion means to rule, subjugate, dominate, tread down. When God formed the first man, Adam, He formed him with His hands, and prophesied life and dominion into him (Gen. 2:7). Could this be the reason why the “laying on of hands” work? (Mark 16:18). Because of Adam’s disobedience and spiritual death, now through obedience, when you prophesy, you are prophesying life and dominion back into man.
Satan hates prophecy (Mark 14:65; 1 Cor. 14:3). In fact, it was Prophecy of the Book that doomed Satan in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:14-15). According to that first prophecy of the Book, Jesus dealt a deathblow to Satan’s spiritual “skull” at Golgotha, the place of the skull (Matt. 27:33). With the Prophecy of the Book, you can prophesy life and dominion into any issue that concerns you; even into the church; and, we can also prophesy against Satan to pull down his strongholds (2 Cor. 10:4).