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Matthew 3:16

When Jesus was baptized by his cousin John in the river, Heaven opened and the Spirit of God came down on Him. The Holy Spirit then did something that He loves to do after He baptizes someone: He drove Jesus out into the wilderness.

In the place of lack and pain and threats of more, Jesus encountered misery and exile. He began to suffer the things through which He learned obedience. Finally, He heard the voice that His first man Adam and his partner Eve had heard much earlier, because in this place, as a man, He encountered the thief and the deceiver.

Jesus was prepared. Adam and his Eve were not.

Because He knows each person’s calling or destiny in the Kingdom of Heaven, the Holy Spirit knows what preparation is required for a human to stand in the place where the God Who breathed out worlds and stars calls him or her. He is perfectly aware of which weaknesses are present, and which strengths are missing, and He is a genius at preparing educational and transformational experiences that are perfectly capable of producing the exact changes that are needed for each person.

Because Jesus trusted Yahweh to be protecting and preparing Him, and because He had no thoughts that His Father might intend to harm Him, His journey through the Place of Preparation took 40 days. It was a place of victory and of anointing for purpose. Contrast this with the journey through the Place of Preparation the descendants of Israel experienced, which took 40 years, and was only a successful experience for 2 men out of millions of men and women.

Jesus was prepared partly by His knowledge of what God had said. When He was confronted with deception and with temptation to fail, He knew Yahweh’s character and intentions. He overcame His enemy in the Place of Preparation by quoting God properly. He had been with the Father from eternity, so He knew every word that had been spoken. He knew every thought. His successful method of overcoming evil would have been available to every descendant of Israel, though. It was written.

Hindsight

Hindsight is 20 20 I’m told. Prophetic sight levels vary.

Listening to the Spirit improves your ability to see what’s ahead. Listening to prophets who are listening to the Spirit helps.

Even if all you ever seem to have working is learning from mistakes, if you really do learn something from each one, your game will improve. Some of the most effective lessons on knowing the Shepherd’s voice can be gained through missing it.

If you are intentional, you can walk through life and either win or learn in every event.

Good Leaders Listen

Brad McClendon had a prophetic experience in which he saw Jesus, seated on His throne, with all His leaders gathered before Him.

The Lord was sharing things about Himself, but only a small number of the leaders were listening to Him, because it seemed so basic. They were trying to look past Him to see the things that were about to come on the earth.

When these things came upon the earth, only the small group who had actually listened to the Lord tell about Himself were ready for them.

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Two Millennial Truths

A work that happens through the gift of prophecy is the ability to interpret events by the application of Scripture that explains them or by receiving fresh revelation from the Spirit that God is saying something to help the events make sense, or to instruct believers regarding how to respond to the events.

The interpretation of Scripture that is prophetic in nature is possible through the gift of prophecy. A person who is a prophet has the supernatural ability to interpret a prophetic Scripture and inform the body about what it means and when it applies. The gift of teacher does not have that ability. That is why so many teachers have been presenting such widely conflicting interpretations of Scriptures that describe future events.

Consider what the following Scripture clearly says that is in direct conflict with popular teachings about resurrections and the 1000 years when Jesus reigns in person on the planet. It doesn’t even seem a gift is needed to see that some popularized teachings about who reigns with Jesus and when the resurrection of the Saints happens were invented…

Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the abyss and a great chain in his hand. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for 1,000 years. He threw him into the abyss, closed it, and put a seal on it so that he would no longer deceive the nations until the 1,000 years were completed. After that, he must be released for a short time.

Then I saw thrones, and people seated on them who were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of God’s word, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and who had not accepted the mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with the Messiah for 1,000 years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the 1,000 years were completed. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! The second death has no power over these, but they will be priests of God and the Messiah, and they will reign with Him for 1,000 years.
(Revelation 20:1-6, from Holman Christian Standard Bible®  © by Holman Bible Publishers)