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Throne Room Prophecy: Your Guide to Accurately Discerning the Word of the Lord
by Hank Kunneman
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A Call to the Throne Room
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.”
On the night I was filled with the Holy Spirit in 1984, I had a spiritual encounter that deeply impacted my walk with the Lord and changed me forever. This encounter began my journey into knowing and communicating the heart of the One who is seated on the Throne. In the pages that follow, I have done my best to present some of the key revelations and insights I’ve gained as a child of God and a prophetic voice over the past thirty-five years.
In June of 1984, I had given my life to the Lord in my parents’ basement after my high school graduation. I was so on fire for the Lord, and I knew in my heart what I had with my salvation was real. I was so hungry to know God and to be used of Him. I can honestly say that zeal has never left me in over thirty-five years of serving Him. On the night I was gloriously filled with the Holy Spirit, I spoke in other tongues as the Spirit gave me the utterance, and I had a miraculous, heavenly encounter.
I had been asked to come to a church service and, after the service, to be baptized in the Holy Ghost. I had no knowledge of such a thing, nor had I had any teaching about it. I just figured if it was of the Lord, then I wanted it! There was an older woman there who became my spiritual mother in that season, mentoring me in the Scriptures and the things of God three to four times a week for several years. She lived to be a hundred years of age and just got promoted to Heaven a few years ago. When the service ended that night, she and a few others who’d joined her laid their hands upon me and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” I immediately began to speak in other tongues like a fluent river. It was not just one word but sentences and paragraphs it seemed. I felt lit up on the inside and so very full of His Spirit, with a sense of supernatural power in me. I couldn’t stop this unction of praying in this awesome, unknown heavenly language.
I went home and looked in the mirror and my countenance was lit up. I laid down on my bed and continued to let it flow. I can honestly say I prayed in my new heavenly language the whole night, and it was then that the most amazing thing happened. I was caught up to what I believe was a small glimpse of the Throne Room. I immediately was in a room—not my bedroom, but another room. I heard the most beautiful voices singing and the light, oh the glorious light I saw and experienced all around me! The light initially was so bright that it didn’t allow me to see, but only to hear and feel such an amazing presence that I’d never felt before.
As this experience continued, I could then see multitudes gathered around me as I was part of a massive crowd, a choir you could say, that was part of this brilliant light. I could see a river that reflected this bright light, but the amazing part was having the feeling of being pulled into something that was drawing me closer to what I believe was the One who sits upon the Throne, God Himself! I could see a figure seated on something big and magnificent, but I could not see the figure’s face or what He was sitting on clearly, just His form, because of the brilliant light that caused me to hide my face. I am not sure how long I was there; it really didn’t matter as far as natural time was concerned. I awakened from this experience hearing my mom’s voice at the top of the stairs yelling my name, and that’s when I suddenly realized it was morning. I’d spent the entire night in the presence of the Lord, and I had been changed!
A Call to the Throne Room
I realized that the spiritual experience I had the night I was filled with the Holy Spirit was a call to the Throne Room. It has marked my life ever since with a strong passion to intimately know the Lord and the awesome responsibility of being entrusted with what He reveals to me to share with others. I also believe that this experience is where I received from Him the call to be one of His Throne Room prophetic vessels in the earth. This is important, as no prophetic gifting or office can come by self-calling or choosing; it only comes by His choosing. This kind of Throne Room experience is what happened to the apostle John in Revelation 4: “Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter” (Rev. 4:1). John was being called to the Throne Room. This same call is upon us, especially those who stand in the land to be His Throne Room prophets. In fact, three powerful words that John heard are still being echoed today: “Come up here!” This is an invitation by the Lord to be taken in the Spirit into the presence of God so He can deepen our relationship with Him and also show us prophetic things that must come hereafter.
Like John, though not as dramatic, in my spiritual experience I was being called to “Come up here!” I have come to realize how important that experience was and is, as a call to come up higher and to know the One seated on the Throne. I must know Him so He can entrust me with things He wants to say or reveal. In addition, it was also to teach me how to receive those precious words from the Lord and to hear His secrets. This comes by establishing a consistent relationship that must go beyond what we can receive of Him, through a longing to know who He is. In turn, He then entrusts us with His heart—the most sacred part of who He is. His heart contains His feelings, His thoughts, His likes and dislikes, His intents, and His agenda, to name a few aspects. These wonderful things of His heart are entrusted to us and have been given to us so we can communicate and demonstrate them to others. How is this done? It happens through the gift of prophecy, the office of the prophet, as well as through other ministry gifts and functions. This is why answering the call to come up higher to the Throne Room must be treated with a reverent fear, honor, and respect of not only the place we are being summoned to but, most importantly, the Holy One Himself—the Lord.
It is not hard to discern those who carry the heart of God because they are in a constant state of fellowship with Him and only want to do things that please Him. They model His heart, His character, and His ways. You can sense they have been with God, and what they minister carries the presence of having been in the Throne Room. Their words are filled with power, their character reflects Him, they have His moral standards, and they are jealous with what makes Him jealous. As they speak for Him and minister for Him, it will be said of them as it was of the disciples, that these men have spent time with the Lord. It is from this call to the Throne Room that true Throne Room prophets and prophecy are born and maintained. It is not a one-time pursuit but a lifestyle where everything they desire to speak, to minister, and to reveal has been a result of this call to the Throne Room with Him.
This call to come up higher to the Throne Room is to summon God’s people—sons, daughters, men, women, young, and old—to go another level in hearing and speaking for the Lord. This can only be done if we choose to respond to Him. It is especially necessary that we answer the call to the Throne Room so we can effectively discern what are right words, wrong words, wishful words, and false words.
When one spends quality time with God, it is not hard to discern if they are speaking from Heaven or not. Those who have been in the Throne Room speak words that carry the sound and weight of Heaven. It cannot be stressed enough that the call to the Throne Room is a about spending time with God and learning His ways. Our desire must be to know the One who sits on the Throne. Intimacy and relationship must be first and foremost if we are to be entrusted with the sacred heart and words of the Lord. Where Throne Room prophets and prophecy fall short is when the focus is on the prophetic words given rather than on Him. This is why there is a lack of accuracy and even character among those who say they have heard from the Lord. A life committed to knowing Him and spending time with Him in the Throne Room is imperative, especially if we want to be effective ministers for Him.
Knowing the importance of this heavenly place and passionately pursuing God is ultimately the emphasis of John’s call to come up higher. We see this in Revelation 4 simply by how many times the Throne of God and the One seated on that Throne are mentioned. It not only shows the importance of the Throne of God but, most importantly, Him who is seated on that Throne. All ministry, especially prophecy, must follow this, not precede it.
Come Up Higher
There is a call to come up higher in true Throne Room prophecy. It is as if Heaven is asking, “Who will answer the call to the Throne Room? Who will answer the call to come up higher, to be shown things the Lord wants to tell us to come hereafter?” If one chooses to answer like John did, it will require us to raise a higher standard in our lives and in the prophetic words we receive and share. In addition, it will require from us a deeper, consistent pursuit and a passionate desire to know Him greater and to be used of Him at a higher level. How do we do this? We need to once again consider the apostle John. He had already been in the Spirit since Revelation 1—the beginning of his encounter with Jesus. This example is the same for anyone who is called as a Throne Room prophet, as well as for all who desire to deliver Throne Room prophecy. We can see that the Lord wanted John to come up even higher, meaning there are deeper levels and standards that we are being summoned to. We must also keep in mind that John was being called to a higher place as a result of decisions he made while he walked with the Lord on earth. Leaning his head upon Jesus’ breast was the foundation that preceded him now being called higher.
That same call is going out from the Throne Room in this day, and it is being offered to those who, like John, want the heart of the Lord first and foremost in their daily walk. In this call, God wants the standard, the precision, the revelation, and the demonstration of what we receive from Him to come to another level so that the world will know we are speaking and representing Him.
We must not lower the bar of His call by careless prophetic delivery or undisciplined prophets or prophetic ministers. We cannot afford bad pulpit manners or bad manners in general, prophesying words that are wrong, wishful, false, or flakey. A call to come up higher is a call to raise our expectations, our discipline, and our desire to have a sure word of prophecy in our mouths and lives. It is a call to speak words that are filled with the Spirit of Truth, that would never ever want to bring reproach to Him or the gift and giftings He has given us.
God summoned John higher so He could show him things that were to come at a higher level and so John could accurately share them. God’s heart or pulse requires a voice, a spokesman to release it in the earth. Remember, the Lord does nothing in the earth without revealing it to His servants, the prophets (see Amos 3:7).
A call to a higher level and a deeper dimension with Him is what He wants from us. It is what the Lord intended for John, and it’s what He desires for His prophets today. As I mentioned, John was already in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, but this was another level of spiritual revelation, manifestation, and experience. John had already had a definitive experience of walking with Jesus on the earth, representing our walk with the Lord in this natural realm. It was thereafter that his experiences deepened with this visitation and manifestation of Jesus in the power of His resurrection, which opened his spiritual eyes to see and experience Him on another level. This, again, was a higher place, dimension, and manifestation of a spiritual experience that comes through the Holy Spirit and His power. It was an even higher summoning to reveal greater dimensions and levels. It was a call to the Throne Room to see Jesus not just as the earthly Christ he’d experienced or the resurrected Christ, but the Ascended Christ in all His glory! It was from this place in the Throne Room that a higher level of responsibility, revelation, and spiritual manifestation took place.
This is where the Throne Room prophets must spend most of their time. It is not so much just ministering and experiencing the Lord on earth or the manifestations of the anointing; it’s not so much the Spirit of resurrection power, though all these things are absolutely vital. This call is to come up higher to a Throne Room life of encounters with Him and should be the passionate desire of every believer and prophetic vessel. It is what gives you heavenly accuracy, power, and backing from the Lord God Himself, making your ministry more effective in the earth. Through this Throne Room life, you can avoid the need to appear “super-spiritual,” and you won’t be prophetically flakey or act immature in your gifting and function.
An example of Heaven’s backing and authority on a life well-grounded in a deep relationship with the Father is when Jesus sat down to speak, teach, and minister. Scripture uses a Greek word kathizo for many of those times when He sat down (Strong’s, G2523). This word is used over fifty times in the New Testament and is often used when speaking of seats of authority and power like judicial, governmental, and religious power. This means that when Jesus sat down, though He was on earth, He was speaking and ministering from the place of the Throne Room with authority and power, backed by the Father, because He spent daily quality time with Him. We can clearly see this as Jesus sat in various places, like on a rock and in the boat, for example. It was not the only place of authority that He was speaking from or representing, but rather, He was speaking from a position of heavenly authority and backing at the same time! This is the meaning and understanding of this word, kathizo, and is the prototype of what it means to come up higher. It is what God wants His vessels in the earth to always remember as they are seated with Him or standing to minister for Him. It is who they’re representing or speaking for, and their words must come from the Throne Room with demonstrated authority and power, like Jesus’ words! Remember, Jesus was able to speak from this higher place of authority and accuracy because of the time He spent with the Father. He was consistently found in prayer—morning, noon, and night. He answered the call to come up higher, the call to the Throne Room, and so must we!
Again, it is important to remember that the call to come up higher is to take us to another level with Him and with things He chooses to entrust us with.
We can see that the Lord has no problem bringing us to a greater level of His glory, as we see in Ezekiel 47. Here we find four different levels of the glory of God and the flow of His power. This was the experience that Ezekiel, a Throne Room prophet, had when he stepped into the river of God. He found that the depth was ankle, knee, waist deep, and that which he could swim in. The deeper he was taken in this river of glory, the more skill and understanding of the depth would be required. For example, he could splash in ankle-deep water without much skill or understanding. However, to enter the deep water where he could only swim would require more skill, technique, and understanding due to the level of the water.
It is the same way when it comes to Throne Room prophecy and going deeper with the Lord and the spiritual words and encounters. It will require less flesh and a more focused understanding of the depth you are being taken into. Mature prophets and prophetic people who experience the deep are recognized not so much by the deep revelations and experiences that they share, but rather, by the things they don’t share. In other words, they are disciplined, trained by the Lord, and they don’t have to prove anything because they have been changed by Him and are yielded to Him. They aren’t sloppy with the prophetic, always having to pull someone aside with a word or push to be seen and heard. The character and the maturity of gifting is revealed in their discipline of holding on to the word of the Lord and knowing when, how, if, and with whom to share their experiences. They are content in not being the focus of attention or being measured as a deep prophet or prophetic minister by the level of their revelations or experiences.
When Peter, James, and John were being taken to a higher level or depth in the things of the Lord, they were overcome with the fear of the Lord.
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid (Matthew 17:5-6).
They were also instructed by Jesus not to share their experience of seeing the Lord transfigured in glory.
And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead (Matthew 17:9).
Being in His presence, like they were at Jesus’ transfiguration and when John was in the Spirit in the Throne Room, will change you, making you more effective in hearing and delivering Throne Room prophecy. His powerful presence is the result of answering this call to come up higher and will reveal areas where we are undone and even areas that we need to improve.
Think about this for a moment: Isaiah was a Throne Room prophet who got a glimpse of the Throne Room. He said in the midst of his experience, “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips” (Isa. 6:5). He says this because he is in the presence of God Himself, and this will always bring proper perspective of who He is, who we are, and what we need to become. Spending time in God’s presence is what marks a true Throne Room prophet and Throne Room prophecy. They have allowed the Lord to make them, mold them, change them, and use them. It is evident not so much in their prophecies or revelation but in the fruit of their ministry, revealed in character and the manifestation of their giftings. We can learn a valuable lesson from Isaiah about the importance of allowing God to change and shape us. Isaiah realized his human frailty needed the help of God in order to correctly speak for the Lord and minister as His representative.
Speaking the Lord’s words comes with a price, especially when called to stand as a Throne Room prophet. Not everyone who prophesies is a prophet as described in Ephesians 4:11. This verse tells us Jesus gave some to be prophets, not all. Yet if you are called to be a Throne Room prophet, you must allow the Lord to make and take you through the process of becoming His mouthpiece and spokesman. The office of the prophet should never be taken lightly as it is one of the most misunderstood and persecuted offices and giftings the Lord has given. I know firsthand the price, the journey, the ups and downs, the misunderstandings, the persecutions, and the awesome fear of being entrusted with His heart and words. As you see with the prophets of Scripture, they didn’t have an easy journey in their molding and making to become God’s prophetic vessels.
When I hear people identify themselves as prophets, I often take a moment and wonder if they really know the journey, the price of what they identify with. It is no joke, no status symbol, or anything to treat lightly. It should come with a holy fear, awe, and strong desire to have a sure word of prophecy in our mouths that is coupled with the Spirit of Truth. We should rather say nothing than to be wrong or misrepresent the Lord and what He is revealing. Yet, at the same time, you are faithful to open your mouth when He speaks and tells you, and you do it with honor and obedience to Him as a servant unto the people to whom He sends you.
Like with Isaiah who saw the Lord high and lifted up in Isaiah 6:1, this needs to be our focus—to see the Lord high and lifted up, not ourselves. We must realize that the things we are being entrusted to receive, whether seen, heard, or perceived, are to glorify Him who sits on the Throne. The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy, meaning that glorifying God and testifying of Him is the real motive behind the Throne Room prophet. It isn’t about taking the credit for healings, fulfilled prophecies, or any other wonderful thing the Lord does.
A Throne Room prophet is unique in character and gifting because they exemplify the heart of God and what He has given them to share with others. It is those who never allow Him to mold them, humble them, and bring them through the often-lonely journey required to represent Him who wind up not lasting long in ministry. This refusal to be shaped by God also often leads to self-promotion, immaturity, an unteachable spirit, lack of accountability, and pride. If these things take center stage, they become the focal points rather than the Lord, and we cannot accurately reflect Him in gifting and character. Note that Isaiah’s call to the Throne Room and this higher spiritual dimension brought out his weakness and vulnerability and created a deep fear of the Lord as he said, “Woe is me! for I am undone.”
The apostle Paul is another example of what happens when we are summoned higher to the Throne Room. When he was caught up to the third heaven, it revealed areas in him that required growth. Notice how he speaks about his weakness and his desire, not wanting to be prideful or draw attention to himself, his message, or his experience. He was even reluctant to tell anyone his visions or revelations. This is always a must for those who want to be trusted with a higher level of Throne Room prophecy. Not every experience is meant to be shared, and out of respect to the Lord we must wait for His leading. A great self-test is not to be too quick to share every vision, dream, and prophecy to every person or audience. Ask yourself, “Does the Lord want me to speak this? How is this going to affect those with whom I share it? What is my motive in sharing what I receive?” In doing so, you will fine-tune your ear and skill to operate at an even higher level of prophetic hings. It is an example for us who desire to go to another level as a Throne Room prophet or one who ministers Throne Room prophecy.
It is important that we are yielded to the Lord in areas where we need adjustment and growth. As we can see with Paul, his weakness was brought out to change him, grow him, and keep him in the right spirit during his time in the Throne Room.
This boasting will do no good, but I must go on. I will reluctantly tell about visions and revelations from the Lord. I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out of my body, I don’t know—only God knows. Yes, only God knows whether I was in my body or outside my body. But I do know that I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell. That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses. If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message, even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud… (2 Corinthians 12:1-7 NLT).
When one allows God to take them through the necessary process and preparation to be His prophet or a believer who prophesies, it should not be hard to discern those who are true Throne Room prophets or if a prophecy is from the Lord. It becomes easier to discern both what we receive from the Lord and those who deliver a prophetic word. How do we know? We can discern by their fruit, by whether their time with God reflects in their character and not just in their gifting. When a person is changed by the Throne Room, instead of pride, conceit, selfish ambition, or a need to be the center of attention, they display qualities like vulnerability, humility, and especially a strong fear of the Lord with a strong reliance upon Him. This will help you to discern the ones ministering as well as the prophetic words given. Those who spend genuine time with God will manifest the fruit and character of having been with Him. Their agenda will not be to impress man or have the most followers on their social media platforms but to glorify, honor, and minister with the fear of the Lord in their hearts. As they stand in awe of Him, the fear of the Lord spills over onto the ones they’re ministering to.
I believe we can often tell if a person is spending quality time in the Throne Room by first, the focus: is it the Lord or ourselves? Second, what is more important, my gifting, anointing, or how God uses me; or is it ministering effectively to others, making them the priority? Third, what kind of character do we display, as well as the power manifested? As we saw with the apostle Paul’s Throne Room experience, the Lord is willing to reach out in response to us, but something else also takes place as we spend time in His presence. His presence will humble you, focus you, make you, break you, and mold you. It will give you experiences that you can share with others, encouraging them to answer His consistent call to come up higher into the Throne Room. Spend time with Him and He will share His secrets with you! “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come” (Jer. 33:3 NLT).
Their time with the One who is seated upon the Throne as the Lord of all is what sets apart prophets and those who prophesy in the earth. They are changed, trained, and developed in His presence. This is not a one-time glorious experience but a habit that should span our whole lifetime of serving the Lord. It also will be what causes others to trust that the words we are prophesying are truly coming from the Lord.
Reach Out and He Will Reach Back
In the call to come up higher it is vital that we understand the importance of knowing Him first and foremost, rather than just seeking Him for what He will reveal to us. When we remember this, He begins to speak and reveal much to us, particularly to Throne Room prophets, because that is their entrusted spiritual assignment and positional authority. I have personally learned what happens when you answer the call to come up higher and make your life, ministry, and gifting all about the pursuit of Him and what He wants. He then reaches back, building an amazing relationship of discussion, secrets between just you and Him, and many spiritual experiences—some to be shared and others to be secretly treasured. The greater our experience is with Him, the greater things He will reveal and manifest to others through us. He is the center of attention, the One receiving the glory.
Once you establish this foundation, then go ahead in your relationship by asking Him, “What’s on Your heart, Lord? What would You like to say, reveal, and manifest to bless others?” Make it about Him first and then, second, ministering to others. When you do, He will reach back to you and through you in a greater way!
I remember when the Lord called my wife Brenda and I to serve Him on Christian television nationally and internationally. This was a big step for us as we weren’t seeking to be on television and really hadn’t done so before. I was in my basement praying over partners and those who had written in prayer requests. We scattered these requests across our house on the floor and we would pray over them and be reminded how important their requests were and why the Lord was calling us to utilize the tool of television. I was holding a large pile of them in my arms when I felt something shift in the room by way of the Lord’s presence. It was then that I turned and looked to the other side of the basement to someone I know was Jesus standing there looking at me. I really believe to this day I saw Him and that He literally opened my eyes to see Him standing there. What really touched me was as I held these requests, the tighter I held them the more He reached out His arms. I then heard these words in my heart: “Hank, always remember this call to television for you and Brenda is first about Me as your focus and then it is about the people and their needs.” I knew how true this was, and the tighter I held those prayer requests to my chest (my heart), the more He opened His arms. It was a great lesson to me to always remember that all true ministry and power to meet people’s needs comes from Him. It must not be about us, but Him and His desire to reach others through us.
Through that experience, the Lord was showing me that when we reach out to Him, He will reach back to us, through us, and for us. We must answer the call to the Throne Room and be willing to come up higher. When we do, we receive not only what we need but also are positioned to deliver His answers to others.
This actually happened in a powerful experience I had recently. I was awakened to the sound of the most beautiful male singing voice that I have ever heard in my life. I have never felt the peace, the comfort, the strength, or the presence I felt that day. As I opened my eyes, once again I saw that bright light that I’d seen when I was filled with the Holy Spirit. Again, it filled my eyes so that I couldn’t see, but I could hear. I heard this voice say, “This was Me singing to you, Hank!”
I said, “Lord, that was You?”
He replied, “Yes, as My Word declares that I rejoice over you with singing!” I was in utter shock that I was literally sung to by the Lord Himself. This is what I mean when I say that when we reach out and determine to come up higher, to love Him more, spend time with Him more, hunger for more of Him and with passion to serve Him, He reaches back.
If that wasn’t enough, a week later I was awakened again to a sound of glorious singing and music. It filled my bedroom, my whole being, and it was so, so glorious. I began to sing along with what seemed to be a heavenly choir and we were all singing the same words. We were as one singing, “How great is our God!” When I awoke, I was still singing those words with all my inner being. Strangely, no sound came out of my mouth, just the sound of a quiet whisper—even though it seemed like I was singing at the top of my lungs. It was a good thing that it happened that way, as it might have woken my wife, Brenda, who was still sleeping next to me! My point in sharing this encounter is, reach out and He will reach back. Learn to listen to those urges and sudden desires that come to you throughout the day to come away to worship, pray, listen, and fellowship with Him in the Throne Room. When you do so, you have answered the call to come up higher where He can show you things like He showed the apostle John, things that will come hereafter.
You might be saying, “That will never happen to me.” Why not? This is available to any child of God, but it’s specifically necessary for those called as Throne Room prophets. It must be noted that to come up higher will require, time, pursuit, and consistency. It is a lifelong commitment and not to be thought of as an occasional visit. Our spiritual maturity, senses, and hearing are greatly developed when we prioritize a life before His Throne. This is what will take us from being a lamb in our innocence and immaturity to a mature sheep in character, anointing, and our ability to hear from Him. Jesus even said, “My sheep hear my voice” (John 10:27). Notice it is a process of going from a young lamb to a mature sheep.
It is this desire to grow and mature, regardless of how long we have been serving the Lord, that will help us not only return to but also strive for words from the Lord that carry the anointing and utterance of His Spirit. It has been prophesied that these days we are living in will be marked with an increase of the prophetic. This includes the young and old prophesying and having visions and dreams.
In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy (Acts 2:17-18 NIV).
We can see from this verse that it was as a result of the Holy Spirit being poured out that manifestations of prophecy, visions, and dreams would come about. Always remember that it is the Holy Spirit who will bring the manifestation of these things and it is by the Spirit that we operate at a higher level. It is important to know this because we don’t want prophecy that is not from the Holy Spirit. When we seek to prophesy at a higher level without the Holy Spirit’s leading, the result will be soulish or fleshly “prophecy” that is not given by Him. It will be prophecy that is driven by our own soul, meaning it will come from our mind, will, and emotions. In fact, it is this type of “prophecy” that defines not necessarily false prophecy, but wrong prophecy, which we will discuss in a later chapter. It is not necessarily false, meaning it is not purposely seeking to deceive or it doesn’t carry a false spirit with it. Instead, it is wrong and without a purposeful meaning, coming from the mind and emotions of the person speaking. This makes it a wrong prophecy.
We need the Holy Spirit, as He is and should be the “Spirit” of prophecy in which we learn to flow. The apostles knew the importance of always placing the Holy Spirit first. It is recorded in Acts 15:28 that “it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us.” They understood it must be good unto God first, not last or not at all. We should never try to minister on our own without the Holy Ghost involved. Sadly, this type of thing goes on in some prophetic circles more often than we want to admit. There are those who seem to love prophecy more than they love the God of the prophetic. No matter what, they want to hear a word! This kind of mindset drives many people to prophesy in the flesh out of an effort to fulfil this demand for a “word” to be spoken. My concern is, does God still have a say in whether we share a word or keep silent, whether we minister or not?
The more we are including Him and open to Him, the more we will increase in our accuracy and in the levels that we prophesy. When we remember the importance of ministering with the Holy Spirit, it will help us go higher in our anointings and giftings. This is because we are being guided by the Spirit—when He says speak, we speak; but if He instructs us to be silent, we are disciplined to do so. It is critical that we don’t speak just because someone wants us to. In addition, keeping the Holy Spirit in the forefront will also help us to truly discern those who are standing in the place of Throne Room prophetic. When we do this, our spirit will bear witness with His Spirit when something is being prophesied. We literally feel and recognize when the Holy Spirit is upon it!
It is so necessary for the times in which we live, when so many voices and opinions are expressed, that we make a determined effort to work with the Holy Spirit. It will help keep us from prophesying out of our own souls instead of by His Spirit. This is especially true when prophecies are dealing with very specific and directional words, rather than prophetic words that offer a simple word of exhortation, edification, or comfort.
Now more than ever, we must have Holy Spirit-bred and led prophets and prophetic people. Scripture tells us that people are going to turn to the words of the prophets in these times. “Disaster will come upon disaster and rumor will be added to rumor; then they will seek a vision from a prophet” (Ezek. 7:26 NASB). You can see from this verse the important role prophets have in bringing clarity in troubling times and truth when rumors dominate what people believe. They help us to correctly understand what is happening in the spiritual realm and in the earth. This is because any true understanding of the course of world events must be based on Heaven’s perspective of those events. It requires that we see and understand with our spiritual senses, especially our spiritual eyes, which give us the proper perspective in not only discerning a prophecy but also giving a prophetic word.
“I Will Show You Things That Must Be Hereafter”
It is so important that we have the right perspective, seeing correctly with our spiritual eyes and discerning accurately with our spiritual ears. When John heard the first voice that spoke to him, saying, “Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter” (Rev. 4:1), he responded to two things. First, John received the call to come up higher; and second, he responded to the declaration that he’d see things that would happen in the future. Both the call and the declaration were from the Throne Room perspective, and the source of that perspective was God Himself. Our Throne Room prophecies must carry Heaven’s perspective and come from the very heart of God, which is the true perspective we seek.
In receiving these heavenly perspectives, it is interesting to note one of the things that caught John’s attention. It was the four faces of four beasts that he saw—a lion, an ox, a man, and an eagle. We will discuss these in detail in Chapter Seven, but for now let’s look at one of the instances where John mentions seeing eyes in the Throne Room. He saw, for example, these four faces, having eyes within and without.
Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out (Revelation 4:8 NLT).
What does this represent? These eyes prophetically speak of our perspective and perceptions, both spiritually and naturally speaking. Having eyes inside represents our spiritual eyes and our prophetic senses within us, which aid us in attaining a Throne Room level of prophecy. Our eyes without represent our natural eyes and perception. We need both as they help us to correctly discern the word of the Lord and what the Lord is doing, both in Heaven and on earth.
It is crucial that we don’t misread what is happening in the spirit and the earth at this time, and this is why a genuine level of Throne Room prophecy is so needed right now. We must have the right prophetic perspective, or we won’t have the correct interpretation of things that are happening in the earth. For example, we see Jesus in Mark 6 sending His disciples to go ahead of Him in the boat as He would stay behind and pray. It is interesting to note the importance of perspective. We find in this story that the Lord was able to correctly discern in the Spirit what was happening with the disciples when they were in the middle of the sea caught in a storm. The Scripture says in Mark 6:48 that Jesus saw the disciples were having a hard time in the middle of the sea due to the wind that was contrary to them. How would Jesus have known this? He wouldn’t have been able to see three to four miles out into the sea in the midst of the storm, as the Bible records. It was due to His connection to the One seated on the Throne, His Father. He received this information by spiritual perception that caused Him to have the right perspective regarding what was happening to the disciples.
The story continues and we again see the importance of the right perspective as Jesus was walking on the sea toward the disciples and they were very afraid. So afraid, in fact, that they had the wrong perspective, thinking they were seeing a ghost rather than Jesus! In the same way today, when prophetic ministers yield themselves or are influenced by a contrary spirit like fear, they will always prophesy an inaccurate word or perspective. This is what happened with the disciples. Their perspective was based on what they were personally experiencing, coupled with a spirit of fear. It caused them to not discern what was happening correctly, both in the spirit and the natural, as Jesus was walking on the water.
This often is why we hear doom and gloom prophecies that in the end never produce what was prophesied. It’s because those prophesying either were basing their words on their own experiences or they were yielding to a contrary spirit or contrary “wind,” like the disciples did, rather than yielding to the Spirit of God. It causes them to not have the right perspective of what is happening, and as a result their words carry the very spirit that they are ministering from—a spirit of fear.
It is only as we determine to allow God to take us higher that revelation at a higher level will be given, giving us His perspective and His agenda and making our words and ministry more accurate. Remember, this is what happened to the apostle John. He had to answer the call to come up higher; only then would he get to see and know what would come next, giving him a proper prophetic perspective.
We must never get that backwards, as immature or untaught prophetic vessels often do. Some desire to be shown heavenly things, but they are preoccupied with wanting to be seen as having a great prophetic gift. Others mistakenly think that they are the only ones with revelation on a particular matter. However, when this is their posture, these vessels haven’t yet paid a price to go higher in the Throne Room encounter. They haven’t truly been changed by Him, and it is reflected in their character, words, and ministry. This often can be seen by the inaccurate perspectives revealed in their teachings or prophecies. What do I mean? When you have the Throne Room encounter, you have the Throne Room perspective. The Throne Room perspective isn’t based on the words of the land, meaning the perspective of everything around you that comes through the media or others. You don’t have to scroll the internet for the latest prophetic words and make them your own; instead, you have personally received from the Lord because you have been with Him and He has spoken to you. In fact, this practice of taking other prophets’ words and making them yours did not go well with the Lord and was often the mark of a false prophet. “Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbour” (Jer. 23:30). Today, this will lead someone down a path to eventually becoming wrong or false in their prophecies because they rely on what others say when they have not heard for themselves.
This is why it is so necessary that we get the right perspective for ourselves. I am not implying or saying we can’t be inspired by other prophetic words or vessels or receive inspiration that unlocks something in us, including the voice of the Lord. What I am saying is this: if we take other people’s prophecies or prophetic words without hearing for ourselves and put our “thus saith the Lord” on them, then it becomes other people’s perspectives that we are taking credit for. It was not what we received from God during our own times with Him. Those who make a practice of this can eventually not only misrepresent the Lord but themselves. In addition, it will cause the gifting we’ve been given, or Heaven’s perspective that has been entrusted to us, to result in confusion. It can ultimately cause people to despise and mistrust the prophetic. We must each allow the Lord to adjust us and personally give us a correct perspective and revelation, so that those listening can receive and rejoice at the words we share. We can’t just get that from someone else.
Attaining this right heavenly perspective means we need to answer a simple question that Jesus asked a blind man who was being changed by His presence. The question the Lord asked is found in Mark 8:23: “What do you see?” This is also the question the Lord is asking those who desire to minister in Throne Room prophecy. Now, let’s consider this story further. This man was blind from birth and wanted to be healed, so Jesus took him out of the city. Why out of the city? It is because man built the city. As long as the man was in the city, he would see what man built. So Jesus took him out of the city to an open place where God had made the hills, the grass, and the trees. When the man would open his eyes, he would see not man’s perspective but God’s. He would see what God created—God’s perspective. This man was gloriously healed and saw men walking as trees. Jesus then prayed for this man a second time to fully receive his sight. I believe this offers us a prophetic meaning. It reveals that having our perspective adjusted to Heaven’s is not just a one-time thing. It is a process that should span our whole lives and spiritual journey. There are times we are going to need Jesus to “open our eyes” a second time!
This truth is underscored in First Corinthians 13:9, which says we know in part and prophesy in part. We have to remember that we don’t know everything and we should never act as though we do! We need to be cautious of those who always have a prophetic answer for everything.
We are always growing and increasing in our revelation knowledge. The Lord wants to continually increase our spiritual perception and even the level we are operating at currently. It is why there was a particular anointing on Jesus when He announced His ministry in Luke 4; He declared He was anointed to bring a “recovery of sight to the blind.” We sometimes see this as Jesus coming to open the eyes of lost sinners, but it’s also something the Lord will continually do for us throughout our walk with Him. Areas of spiritual blindness are being continually healed in our lives, enabling us to see more clearly.
Another way we increase our spiritual perception and perspective is to remind ourselves of what Jesus said regarding our lives in the earth. He said, “men’s hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” (Luke 21:26).
This is because what you see going on around you can and will sometimes formulate or even dominate your spiritual perception and perspective. Instead of spending time listening to the report of the news or the land, look up and learn to come higher to receive Heaven’s perspective. I have learned that what often marks a Throne Room prophet and those who prophesy Throne Room words is that what they share is usually contrary to the popular trends, discussions, and proverbs that are being resounded in the earth.
We must always remember that prophets in the Bible were often stoned unjustly because it sometimes appeared as if their words did not, or were not, coming to pass. Think about the prophetic words of John, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and even Ezekiel, to name a few. Many of the words they gave are still in the process of coming to pass. The bottom line is, one of the most challenging things for any prophet is the timing of the prophetic revelation they’re being shown from the Lord, like John who saw things coming in the present or future. This is why it is wise not to judge a prophetic word too quickly, deeming it as false or wrong when it might be a true word from the Lord. Perhaps it just needs time to breathe, meaning it needs time for the manifestation to happen.
Now, if a specific time was mentioned in a prophetic word and it didn’t happen in that time frame, it may be that the hearer put their own timing or expectation on it. Or it might be a right word given but wrong timing. We also need to consider that it might have been a right word and even right timing, but the timing was delayed by human choices or the enemy’s interference. This is due to prophecy being conditional as Paul instructed the Corinth church—that we “know in part, and we prophesy in part” (1 Cor. 13:9). We don’t know everything, including timing.
Think about the word God gave to and through Moses to Israel of a promised land flowing with milk and honey. It was not meant to be a forty-year journey but only a few days. It didn’t make the prophecy, or even Moses himself, false or wrong. The word became conditional based upon the decisions of the children of Israel. Their poor choices prolonged their journey and delayed the word of the Lord to them.
This is the challenge of knowing and seeing in part or partially. Not any one of us knows everything. In fact, the Bible says we see through a glass darkly (see 1 Cor. 13:12). Let’s again consider what we mentioned about prophecy being conditional. The New Living Translation says it very well in First Corinthians 13:9, which says, “Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!” This is why prophets came from the high places together.
After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy (1 Samuel 10:5).
It was each prophet hearing and receiving from the Lord who added their individual parts of revelation that helped them understand what God was saying collectively. This is why we must never assume we have the whole picture of what God is doing. It takes many of us adding our parts together so the world gains the whole perspective!
We need to stand with those who are receiving the Lord’s perspective from the place of the Throne Room. They have the ability to discern through the fearful events and darkness around us and give God’s perspective because they have been with Him.
So how do we come up higher and receive a deeper understanding and heavenly perspective that aids us in the prophetic? It is found in the three ways that the apostle John was able to receive Throne Room or Heaven’s perspective and is the same for us who desire Throne Room prophecy.
After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit (Revelation 4:1-2).
These are the primary ways God communicates His perspective to us: first, it comes by something we see—John looked and saw. Second, it may come by something we hear as with John, who heard a noise. Third, it can be through something we perceive or feel, like the way John knew he was in the Spirit. In the same way, when we are learning to receive or position ourselves to be entrusted with Throne Room prophecy and receive Heaven’s perspective, we will usually see, hear, feel, or perceive what the Lord is communicating.
I want to encourage you to make it your strong daily discipline to walk with the Lord and spend time with Him. Desire for Him to take you higher in the things of His Spirit, to get a true glimpse of who He really is as the One seated on the Throne. Ask Him to take you higher in Him and in what He chooses to show you. Then be ready, because He will begin to show you more in-depth things that will not only bless you and others, but He will set you on a journey to be a vessel of honor with true Throne Room prophecy in your mouth!
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