I saw the Samuel Prophets who carry a building anointing and a hybrid gift mix of apostolic and prophetic function. They serve the body by teaching, training and grooming the next generation of prophets. I also saw the launching forth of the Power Prophets, flowing in uncommon levels of demonstration and power in the areas of signs, wonders and miracles. These daring prophets will be on the front lines of the next great move of God. They are instruments of revival and catalysts of change in the earth carrying a heavenly authority.
Then the Lord unfolded the Seers to me, the detailed Revealers. This breed of prophets possesses insight that unfolds through the word of knowledge, word of wisdom and discerning of spirits in a breathtaking way. Calling out names, phone numbers and other personal facts, along with God’s heart, plans and purposes for individual people and groups, is the calling card of these prophets. They are entrusted with mysteries and secrets.
The Samuel Prophets occupy a high ranking prophetic office, operating in a strong level of wisdom and discernment. This mantle is a result of years of experiential lessons in prophetic ministries. The Samuel Prophets are apostolic builders by nature. They pour into people their skills, styles, values, strategies and experiences; establishing prophetic academies where their testimonials become life lessons. Samuel Prophets have many students to their credits because of their wealth of revelatory grace to unveil mysteries; they replicate themselves. These prophets carry a hybrid, prophetic, apostolic anointing. They often start quite early in church, as we see Samuel with Eli in the temple. They learn skills in church; they learn the voice of God in church. Samuel heard his voice three times to confirm. These prophets are nurtured by senior apostolic leaders, training and equipping them. Just as Samuel was a civil leader, these prophets have concerns for the welfare of the people in all ramifications: health, wealth, marriage, family.
Examing the life of Samuel, as a child he was given to the Lord’s work, carried in the womb of travail. He was the last and greatest of the judges to rule Israel. He served the priest Eli and through him God brought judgement upon Israel. Samuel Prophets carry the emotion of the Father and the heart of God.
When Eli’s Sons were desecrating the temple, no one in the nation brought them to order. Samuel’s rise and installation of his office brought judgement on the people. Samuel was both a prophet, priest, Nazarite and a civil leader. The prophetic mantle was to mediate for the people, the civil leadership mantle was to meet the welfare of the people and the Nazarite mantle was to be separated unto God. As a priest, he atoned for the people. Eli began to lose his vision, but in the secret place God was raising a young man with a vision. Samuel Prophets will rise when an older generation is losing their vision. Samuel Prophets are born to ignite a fire, to kindle a weakened generation and to bring back lost glory. They bring the Shekinah where they meet an Ichabod. While Hophni and Phinehas deposed the things of God, God was raising a young boy to grow in favor and wisdom. When there’s rebellion in any generation, God will raise up reformers to birth revival. Samuel was called to set up the fire. The word of the Lord was rare in those days, Samuel was the conduit through which God spoke to the nation of Israel. He was set apart as a Nazarite; Samuel Prophets are set apart from the world.
In the time of Eli, the Israelites made false gods. They were oppressed by the Philistines but when Samuel came into leadership, he commanded that all false gods be burned down. Samuel Prophets pull down altars, strong holds, religion and powers. They rescue people under demonic attack. They set captives free, they preach the liberty of men in Christ. Samuel Prophets are not scared to pull down, root out, throw down and destroy.
Samuel Prophets must willingly impose the same discipline on their children (biological and spiritual). Joel and Abijah, the sons of Samuel, did not follow the footsteps of their father. As a result, the leadership did not fall on them. The Samuel mantle is not hereditary, it falls on an obedient generation. Samuel Prophets are very patient prophets, even though they have a strong personality. Samuel warned Saul over and over again about his leadership model but Saul rebelled. The Lord instructed Samuel to ordain a younger prophet, David. They are generals in the spirit, who can affirm or demote an authority that has lost place in their call. These servants are not intimidated by fat offerings and honorariums, they will not compromise truth for fat seeds and pledges. They value obedience over everything. Obedience is the key to Samuel’s ministry.
Samuel said, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. 1 Sam 15:22
Samuel Prophets are also intercessors, watchmen who lift up the people’s queries before the Lord. They love order in the House and are not afraid to confront. Even though Samuel saw Saul’s weaknesses, he kept interceding for him, he kept on praying for Saul as much as he could. Samuel Prophets carry the heart of the people and also the heart of God.
As the name implies, the Power Prophets have an unusual anointing to make things happen. They have such an authority to shut the heavens, make the sun stand still, cause drought, send fire from heaven, send dew and more. They are known for these things because of their high standard of intimacy with the Lord. These are prophets of prayer, intercessors, who terrorize hell. Power Prophets have a declaring mantle on their lives; they operate strong in the gift of faith and working of miracles. We saw Elijah personally shut heaven (1 Kings 17:1); we saw Joshua make the sun stand still (Joshua 10:12-13).
Power Prophets are known to always decree and declare. Their words are a gift to the Church. Often times, God would say to prophet Ezekiel, “Son of man, decree.” Power Prophets are action prophets, their ministries are confrontational. They confront structures, systems and strategies which try to thwart the plans of God. Power Prophets are not about articulation or demonstration of words, as Paul rightly put it, but of power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 2:4).
Moses was a man who was called forth to bring redemption to the Israelites. While Samuel grew up in the house of the Lord; Moses grew up in the house of a King. Power Prophets carry a heavy mantle on setting captives free. They understand the Egyptian stronghold either because they were in the system or because they are given divine revelation about the captivity of people. Power Prophets deal with the people; they are about the liberty of people. Power Prophets understand power! They use their experience of earthly power to decree.
Power Prophets have a unique working of miracles mantle. They spend time with the Lord and carry such a glory. When the Lord wanted to reach out to the people, He invited Moses to the mountain. Moses went up into the mountain and was covered by the cloud. The mountain is a supernatural dimension where the glory dwelled. When Moses came down from the mountain, his face shone because he had been in God’s glory. When Jesus appeared on the mount of transfiguration, we saw Moses and Elijah (Power Prophets) come down in that shining glory. These prophets are light bearers. Power Prophets speak light in the dark places because light sets free. These are freedom prophets; they care about setting people free.
Power Prophets decree and declare. Most of the Power Prophets did not have anything special about their personality, but were only vessels the Lord chose to do His will (James 5:17). Moses came to the burning bush with his insignificance, but the Lord began to pour encouragement into him. Prophets need these encouraging words from God. Power Prophets have such a unique gift of faith. It’s interesting how the Lord says Moses was the meekest man on the earth, yet he carried such a tough personality. This is because of his heart for the people. Power Prophets build the people while they look at the promise. They demonstrate Power.