Prophetic Rhema – BT1
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Prophecy is receiving or speaking Spirit-kind-of knowledge
Essentially the bible refers to 2 types of knowledge: 1) knowledge that is acquired by the work of man’s human, fleshly, “might and power” external resources and internal abilities, making it a human-kind-of knowledge, or 2) knowledge that is received by the grace-gift of God through revelation from the Father through the Son by the Holy Spirit, so it is a Spirit-kind-of knowledge. This is exactly what the Zechariah 4:6 prophecy said about the completely different-in-kind New (a) Covenant Way that God was switching to: “Absolutely not in fact or possibility (c) by might nor by power but instead by My Spirit, says Yahweh of hosts (b).” That is the strongest absolute negative possible – it’s like God bolding, CAPPING, and underlining it! God is commanding His people to move away from human-kind-of knowledge of God and His will that the Jewish religion was all about to a Spirit-kind-of knowledge that the completely different-in-kind New Covenant was all about, because the old way was a disaster due to man’s sinful nature! See the Knowledge page for greater depth! <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) or ‘ruler of all,” c) ou me.
Human-kind-of gnosis info-knowledge, sunesis connect-the-dots understanding, and correctly applying all this through sophia wisdom requires an enormous amount of “might and power,” which will favor the “wise and learned” over the “little children” and the other uneducated “least among you.” Human gnosis info-knowledge is acquired through the work/doing (b) of reading, study, and keen observation, and then this data is rationally and logically understood by inductively sunesis connecting-the-dots to create understanding, and then human sophia wisdom is needed to figure out how to use this knowledge. Thus it is a merit-based, conditional, work-kind-of knowledge perfectly suited for the Law of works obedience! But it’s a “house of cards” and many terrible things have been created by man as a result of their human errors, even terribly destructive “teachings of men and demons” (a). <Notes> a) Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:7-8; 1 John 4:6; Hebrews 13:9; Ephesians 4:14; 1 Timothy 4:1, b) ergon.
However, God shows no partiality (a) and so neither should we (b)! Not only are the people on top of the human IQ hierarchy favored by their biblical knowledge but there is every kind of translation and transmission error possible over thousands of years of copying – see Bible Info. Our great God had no intention of continuing this utter disaster into the completely different-in-kind New Covenant! <Notes> a) Luke 20:21; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6, b) Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:25; 1 Timothy 5:21; James 2:1, 9.
On the other hand, the Spirit’s gnosis info-knowledge, the Spirit’s sunesis connect-the-dots understanding, and correctly applying all this through the Spirit’s sophia wisdom requires absolutely NO “might and power” of man because it is ALL received by trusting-relying-faith by the means of the Spirit via direct revelation from the Spirit! Thus it is an unmerited-based, unconditional, gift-kind-of knowledge, which is the essence of the Spirit’s grace-gifts. Human-kind-of knowledge does NOT require any relational koinonia fellowship with God, but Spirit-kind-of knowledge absolutely does!
Now prophetic knowledge is a Spirit-kind-of gnosis info-knowledge, even a “treasury of the sophia wisdom and gnosis knowledge” (a) and “Spirit-kind-of sophia wisdom and sunesis understanding” (b) of the Father’s mind that is then revealed through the Logos Message Communicator of God who is Christ, who thus speaks the Father’s mind with the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of the Father and puts these together into logos messages that then focus on message content for our understanding that Christ also speaks to us by the means of His Spirit, even through us to others as logos messages of gnosis knowledge and sophia wisdom (c). <Notes> a) Colossians 2:3, b) Colossians 1:9, c) 1 Corinthians 12:8.
All of this is prophetic by definition because it is ALL revealed from God by the means of His Spirit. It is not worked for or merited, but a grace-gift received by trusting-relying-faith. I said “Christ puts His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words together into logos messages” for us to sunesis understand, because we don’t have to work to ‘connect-the-dots’ to get this understanding through rational, logical, inductive reasoning, which are sequitur connections between data points. I can’t tell you the number of times that the Lord “connected” completely non-sequitur data points of information, completely irrationally and illogically so that my understanding had absolutely nothing to do with inductive reasoning. By this method, He has given me great sunesis understanding of many things in this BLOG website, even about drumming – see Spirit-Practice-Drums.
Prophetic knowledge of God’s gnosis information, sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding, and sophia wisdom by Christ’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words put into spoken logos messages is revealed to us through 3 channels or conduits – this is the preposition dia often used throughout the NT – see Bible Info. Spirit-power is the “realizing channel, conduit, interface, or way” in which Christ speaks to us His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words into prophetic logos messages. This is how we receive it: 1) akouo hearing/listening to understand/know, 2) eido mentally ‘seeing’ to perceive or understand/know through visions and dreams, and 3) feeling to understand/know, specifically to ginosko progressively, experientially, relationally understand/know, and when the writers want to emphasis that this is genuine “the-real-thing” knowledge, then they will use epiginosko (verb) or epignosis (noun) – see the Knowledge page.
When we prophesy to others (a), we are also revealing prophetic knowledge that was directly-spoken to/heard/seen by us and thus revealed to our minds through the 3 channels or conduits above of hearing, seeing, and feeling. Hopefully, we can also simply convey this “as is” to others so that they can hear, see, and feel the prophetic revelation of God themselves. <Notes> a) Acts 2:17-18, 19:6; 1 Corinthians 13:9, 14:1, 5-6, 24, 31, 39; Revelation 10:11, 11:3, 6.