[I pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17).
Today’s Devotional By contrasting and comparing the prophet and seer streams, we can gain a better understanding of how the two work together and complement each other in bringing out the fullest expression of God’s prophetic revelation. Prophets in this stream often work in a plurality of leadership. Seasoned and gifted individuals, both men and women, minister through the laying on of hands, relating prophecy to individuals or to the corporate body as it is revealed to them.
This ministry often utilizes the spiritual gifts of tongues and the interpretation of tongues, prophecy, and words of knowledge. Nabiy´ prophets “hear” words in their spirits and begin by releasing this unction. This kind of prophecy tends to be more spontaneous and with a faster flow than “seer” prophecy, with inspiration as the general tone. Ra´ah or chozeh seers, on the other hand, tend more toward single person ministry versus the plurality of a team. The seer anointing emphasizes visions and the revelatory gifts mingled with the gift of discerning of spirits, rather than the audible, speaking gifts. Within the visionary dimension, there are two basic levels of seeing: visual and actual. Visual seeing involves insights, revelations, warnings, and prophecies from the Spirit of God that may come in supernatural visual dreams. In contrast, actual seeing involves supernatural dreams in which God’s tangible presence is evident or manifested.
1. Have you ever been part of an experience where prophets laid hands on you or someone you know and ministered their revelation? Describe the experience. What was the atmosphere in the spiritual realm?
2. Why do you think the ministry of a prophet is usually spontaneous in its flow? Do you think this spontaneity helps keep prophets from adding their own thoughts, or do you think it could make the message more tainted with personal observations?
3. How are the spiritual gifts of tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, and words of knowledge utilized by prophets? How have you seen them in operation?
4. Have you experienced the ministry of a seer who spoke of a vision or picture revealed by God? Why do seers operating in this ministry flow often receive the pictures of revelation prior to the time of ministry and delivery?
5. How would you explain these basic levels of vision: visual and actual? How do you think these ways of seeing work? Meditation Every born-again believer has two sets of eyes. We have our physical eyes, with which we view the physical, created world around us. Paul talks about the second set of eyes—the eyes of our hearts, or our inner selves—that can be enlightened to perceive spiritual truth. I am convinced that any believer can develop the seer capacity. Pray that the Lord develops the eyes of your heart so that you will perceive spiritual truth.