Hi, I am Arleen Westerhof, and together with my husband, Dick, I lead the Apostolic Centre By Design in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Today I want to talk to you about how I see God repositioning the prophetic. Especially about being a prophet in times of massive change. And all of us know our nations are in massive change today.
I go to 2 Chronicles 20, I am going to read verse 13. “Judah was in trouble. There were armies coming against them. They were in a national crisis. The King, he called together all of the people of Judah.” It says that “on a certain day everyone came, including their little ones and they prayed to God.” Then in verse 14 of 2 Chronicles 20, it says, “And the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph.“
Now usually, I don’t even read those genealogies. But the nation was in trouble. God needed to give them a word that they would listen to. What I see is that God is repositioning the prophetic and repositioning prophets in this new age. Instead of being in caves, God is calling us to stand in the middle of our assemblies and in the middle of society.
I find it interesting that the whole of Judah stood before the Lord, but the Spirit of the Lord chose just this one man to fall upon. Why him? I keep asking myself. Because there were other prophets in the group, surely. Then I realized there was a clue in the genealogies. This man was a descendant of Asaph. Asaph was one of the psalmists in the temple. They also knew his family. They knew his character and the people knew of his reputation to prophesy accurately.
In this day and age when our nations are in times of massive shifts, God needs us as His prophetic people to be reliable, to stand in the midst of the assemblies, to let ourselves be known by the people, and most of all, to know Him. So that when He wants to use us to bring a word of national importance, He can do it through us and the people will listen.
We are living in a day where it is no longer enough for prophets just to be mouthpieces. Our lives have to be able to sustain the message. As I speak this out to you, I am just wondering, you may be saying as you watch this, “Is my life able to withstand the message?” I want to pray for you, that as you dare to speak out the things that God gives you prophetically, people would look at you and say, “This person is trustworthy because we see it in their lives.”
Father, thank you for what you are doing now in the world and in the prophetic. Father, I bless each one listening today. God, help us to be men and women of character whose lives are able to support the prophetic messages that you give us. And I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.