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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 13:41:05 +0100
-by S. Hill.

Would that be Ezekiel due to the intensity of his visions? Would  
that be Isaiah due to the accuracy of his revelation of Jesus?  
Would that be Daniel due to his wisdom and ability to interpret 
dreams that kept him at the power centers of two world empires?  
Would that be Enoch who had such a powerful encounter with 
God that he literally was not here anymore?

According to Jesus the greatest prophet was John the Baptist who 
came preaching "repentance for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand".  
So far as we know John never had a vision, dream or angelic 
encounter. Yet Jesus called him the greatest prophet!

How many prophets do you know who are preaching repentance?

It is difficult for them to preach repentance from the practice of  
casual divorce and remarriage since such would close "ministry 
doors" to them and offend folks who pay for their conferences and 
buy their books.  But Jesus did so in Matthew 19:9!

It is difficult for them to preach repentance from selling the gospel  
and making merchandise of the people of God since most have 
embraced the same values.  But in Matthew 10:8 Jesus 
commanded us to freely give as we have freely received. In 
II Corinthians 11:5- 21 Paul said that the  difference between the 
true and the false was not in message, anointing or gifting but in 
how they related to the people and money!

It is difficult to for them to preach repentance from self  
promotion,  the love of position and title since most have 
embraced celebrity status but Jesus did so in Matthew 23:1- 12.

It is difficult for them to preach repentance from seeking special  
experiences and angelic encounters since those experiences are 
their tickets to "prophetic" status in a world that values 
experiences above obedience.  But Paul did so in Colossians 
2:18- 19.

You cannot preach repentance from inside the camp!  You support 
the camp.  You can only preach repentance from outside.  The 
court prophets support the court.  The prophets from the wilderness 
are free to preach repentance.  That is why Hebrew 13:13 calls us 
to follow Jesus outside the camp.

Jesus said that "the pure in heart shall see God".
The result of true repentance should be a pure heart to see God.

Once you see God the claims for revelation from the prophets will  
literally be seen in a different light.  Once you see God all dreams,  
visions and words will take their proper place.  That some talk 
about third heaven experiences as casually as a trip to Pizza Hut  
and claim to be able to teach others how to have them, shows that 
they have never been farther than their own imaginations.

Maybe the fascination of the general church world with the  
supernatural experiences, dreams, revelations  is simply because 
few of them have ever seen God?  Maybe we put prophets in a 
wrong place because we do not have God in the right place?

Maybe we would be less fascinated with "supernatural experiences" 
if we understood the vision of God that Jesus presented to us?  
Yes, He came to show us the Father but He also said that if we 
served the least, we served Him.

He placed the face of God on every suffering child.

The pure in heart will see God and when they do the whole 
religious game of status, money, recognition, book sales and 
numbers will fade away.  They will see God and they will see 
His face as the face of human need and they will serve.

Jesus is the greatest Prophet!
Hear Him!

-SOURCE:  www.harvest-now.org