The gift of discerning of spirits is one of the more perplexing spiritual gifts, so let’s clarify some language about seeing in the spirit...
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
We have in this passage four different words that are important to understand: seen, unseen, temporary, and eternal. The seen is what we call the physical realm, that which is visible to the physical eye. This realm can be studied and experienced through our natural five senses of taste, touch, sound, sight, and smell...
There are a lot of blogs floating around nowadays which are trying to correct some of the weird excesses of the Charismatic movement. Some of these are really good and helpful, whereas some have thrown the baby out with the bath water. Because it hasn’t been clearly taught in a while, I am re-sharing the chapter on “impartation” from my book, The School of the Seers. Enjoy!
To understand impartation, you have to understand anointing, which in the Bible means “a smearing.” In Scripture, oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. When a prophet or priest poured, rubbed, or smeared oil over the head of someone, it was referred to as anointing that person. This actually gave the anointed person a measure of the oil that belonged to the prophet or priest. This is commonly referred to as transferring the anointing.
If you have been around Charismatic churches very long, you have probably heard of “generational curses.” This is a hot topic in emotional healing ministries. The concept is that alcoholism, drug addiction, lust, rage, and countless other bad things are connected to your parents sinful habits and perhaps your grandparents sinful habits or many generations back, as many as 400 hundred generations according to one popular teacher whose meeting I sat in years ago...
There have been three passages of scripture that I have taken very seriously over the years. These ones have caused me to put a lot of value on my personal prophetic words.
“Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” - 2 Chronicles 20:20b
“This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,” - 1 Timothy 1:18
“Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things [JW-meditate on the prophecies!]; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.” - 1 Timothy 4:14-15 ...
Whenever we read “until the end” in the New Testament, the reader must make an interpretation. Is it about the end of the world, the end of an individual’s life, or the end of the Old Covenant Age?
Readers are injecting their interpretation into these passages, except none of us think about it. I will be presenting the idea that the “end” that the New Testament writers were anticipating was the end of the Old Covenant Age which was about to happen with the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70AD.
The Greek word for “End” in the New Testament is “Telos”, and if we follow the trail of this word, I believe that we will consistently find that the “end” makes more sense as the end of the Old Covenant Age rather than the end of the planet or the end of an individual’s life. Let’s take a look...