But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. 18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. Acts 2:16-18 NKJV
There are three levels of prophesy: (1) the spirit of prophesy, (2) the gift of prophesy, and (3) the office of the prophet. During the last days, God promised to raise up a new generation of sons, daughters, and servants whose lives would be steeped in prophetic living. They would dream dreams and see visions; they would walk by faith and not by sight. This is what is called the prophetic generation.
Members of the prophetic generation will operate in life by listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit and speaking what they hear. They will listen “prophetically” and act “apostolically”—seeing it; believing it; saying it; and, acting as though it were so (2 Cor. 4:13), according to their measure of faith and prophesying accordingly (Rom. 12:3, 6). They will “also decree a thing, and it shall be established for [them]” (Job 22:28).
A prototype of a prophetic generation believer today would be the prophet Ezekiel in his day. Ezekiel prophesied breath and life to a valley of “dry bones” and the bones were reconnected, and they lived according to the spoken word of the Lord (See Ezek. 37). The prophetic generation is a people of prophetic vision, committed to prophetic living according to the prophecy of the Book—according to the testimony of Jesus, the spirit of prophecy.
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