When we think of the Old Testament prophets, whether Isaiah, Daniel, Amos, Ezekiel or Malachi, we tend to think they had “superpowers.” These were people that received messages directly from God to then pass on to others. It is very common in the Scriptures for God to say, “Prophesy” and then share a message to be passed on. For example:
“Then Isaiah said, ‘Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.'”
Isaiah 7:13-16 NIV
This is one of the most incredible prophecies in history. Verses such as this that later come true can result in us viewing the Old Testament prophets as superhuman. They were all human, though, and full of sin – just like you and me. Yet, they heard God, and He told them things, amazing things.
While a prophet was an individual that God used to communicate messages, present day believers have the Holy Spirit. Through the incredible gift of the Holy Spirit, we are presented visions, provided whispers, or even told the future. Of course, everyone has been told the future – all we have to do is read the book of Revelation. But I am talking about the more immediate future.
Several years ago, I had a boss who is a devout Christian. He was an executive at a large company that is commonly known. I did not know “Joe” extremely well, just that he was a Christian and a great leader. He was very well-liked and a hard worker. Yet, one morning during my quiet time, I felt the Spirit tell me very clearly that my boss was going to be fired unexpectedly. I thought, “This is silly and hard to believe. He is highly thought of by the executives and his teams love him.”
I felt burdened to tell my boss what I heard. With him being a Christian, I did not have to explain the Holy Spirit or His role in the life of a believer. I asked Joe to go for a walk with me outside because I was not sure how he would react to one of his team members coming up to him and saying the Spirit told me you are going to be fired.
I asked for Divine help with the words. I just simply said, “Joe, I feel very strongly that the Holy Spirit told me you will be fired soon. I cannot explain why I heard this, and I have no facts to support whether it is true, but I need to tell you.”
He replied that he trusts God, and if that is God’s will, then so be it. I could tell Joe believed me and he did not dismiss what I was saying, even though perhaps it seemed ludicrous.
Within a few days, Joe was escorted out of the building. He had been fired. Everyone was shocked and saddened. I was, of course, sad, but grateful that Joe was not caught off-guard.
We still stay in touch. He is happier now and living out a dream. As I reflect on this occasion in my life, there is no way that I would have known that information other than the Holy Spirit telling me. At the time, I thought what I was doing was irrational – hearing predictions and then sharing them. While this all may sound odd, we read in the Bible:
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.”
John 16:13 NLT
Father in Heaven,
Help us to walk close to You. Help us to hear and obey the Holy Spirit. May we be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, guided in the truth and be shown the future. We thank You for the Holy Spirit.
In the precious name of Jesus we pray.