They release the Holy Spirit and the angels to do the Fathers will
They stand together to resist the attacks of the enemy on behalf of
a church, a city or a nation.
They explain Godís purpose for churches, cities and nations to
Some warn Godís people of danger and explain how they should
respond to it.
A few speak to the world and warn of judgment and describe how it
can be averted (Jonah and Nineveh).
Intercessors and Prophets will sometimes receive a revelation of coming
disasters, but the purpose will be different.
Revelation to Prophets
Prophets will sometimes receive a revelation of a future disaster.
They are called to speak to Godís people and explain how God
wants them to respond during the crisis. Following this guidance will lead
In some situations, they might need to flee to survive.
In other situations, God will want them to stand their ground and
suffer in the face of evil.
A few prophets will be called to speak to a city or nation and warn
of a danger that is coming as a consequence of sin. When they do this,
they should also call the city or nation to repentance. They should also
give guidance to Godís people about how they should respond.
The revelations received by prophets will mostly be conditional. If
the city or nation responds, appropriately, the event will be held back.
The conditions for this should be clearly specified.
Prophets should not be speaking out words about the future, just to
show that God is clever. He does not play that game.
Prophets speak with purpose. Without guidance, conditions or a
challenge, a prophet is just a clanging gong.
When prophets receive a revelation of trouble in the future, they
should not speak immediately, but test the word with other people they
The prophet should also pray about when, how and to whom the word
should be spoken. They should pray about what God wants his people to do
and how he wants the city or nation to respond. Without these things, the
prophetic word is not complete.
God shows prophets things that will happen and explains what the
people should do.
For prophets, explaining what people must do is as important as
warning of what will happen.
Revelation to Intercessors
God often reveals the plans of the enemy to intercessors, so they can
stand against them in the Spirit and prevent the evil from occurring.
God is showing them something that will not happen, if they are
doing their job.
These revelations can be scary, so intercession is not for the
Intercessors should guard their revelations carefully and not hand
them around casually (Matt 7:6).
Intercessors should share and test their revelations with other
intercessors who are strong enough to handle the revelation.
When these revelations are circulated widely among Christians, they
create confusion within the church. Even if the intercessors do their job
and prevent the event from taking place, the enemy uses it for evil by
A revelation given to inspire intercession has several
characteristics that can be confusing to other Christians.
Intercessors are often called to pray against evil attacks that God
does not want to happen. In this situation, the revelation they receive,
will not include a call to repentance, or specify conditions that must be
met to prevent its fulfilment, as that is is not the purpose it was given.
They usually do not take place, so Christians assume the revelation
was wrong, without understanding that it was not fulfilled, because the
intercessors did their job.
They are sometimes symbolic. Ezekiel saw the sun, moon and stars
going dark. This was not fulfilled literally, but was a description of
Egyptís Pharaohs being defeated by the Emperor of Babylon (Ezekiel
32:7). Intercessors need to be skilled in interpreting these symbolic
God does not give guidance about how to live through the evil events
he reveals to intercessors, because he does not intend them to happen.
When these revelations get into the hands of other Christians, they get
confused, because they do not know what to do. The revelation is there
with nothing around it.
Most of the revelations received by intercessors will be things that
Godís wants to do. They will happen if the intercessors pray seriously.
Intercessors will need to be skilled in discerning between things that God
wants to accomplish and the plans of the enemy that he wants to thwarted.
The role of prophet and intercessor sometimes merges in one person.
When this happens, the person should be very careful to be clear about
what they are doing. When they receive a revelation about the future, they
should seek guidance from God about whether is for the prayer closet or
the prophetic platform. They should also sort out if it is something God
wants to do or a plan of the enemy that he wants to foil.
The absence of a prophetic voice in a city creates uncertainty about
the cause of traumatic events and whether they have any spiritual
significance. Most of the commentary on the events usually come from
pastors whose focus is on providing pastoral care to people who had lost
homes or family members. Their main goal is to put guilt and guidance out
of scope, so they leave Godís purposes out of the situation.
Unfortunately, many other Christians find this explanation inadequate and
are uncertain about how they should respond to these events. They see
Jesus applying spiritual significance to physical disasters (Luke 13:1-5)
and want the same for their time.
Without a clear trumpet call, the people go and look for own answers.
They get muddled and grab what they can. The dreams and voices that
circulate from the fringes of the church where people have gone for
insight, but they produced only fear and confusion.
Revelations that God has given to intercessors often circulate as
prophecies about the future. This is creates confusion, because the
revelations contain no guidance to Christians about how to respond. There
is no call to repentance for the people of the world or condition that
must be met to avert the disaster. This is not surprising, because that
was not their purpose.
The intercessors should focus on doing their job by standing in prayer
against the plans of the enemy that God has revealed to them. If the
intercessors and are fulfilling their calling, these events will not take
place. God has revealed these things to the intercessors, because he does
not want them to happen.
The thirst for revelation that emerges during a crisis cannot be
quenched by the revelations received by intercessors.
Where there is no revelation, the people are left naked (Prov 29:18).
Unfortunately, scraps from tables of the intercessors will not satisfy
this hunger for revelation.
The problem is lack of revelation. We should be praying that God will
release a clear prophetic voice that we may have better understanding of
Godís purposes. If God is giving warnings about events that are going to
happen, the prophets should be listening and seeking guidance about his
plans for his people and asking what changes must take place to avert the