Developing Prophetic Sight
 
Developing Prophetic Sight

by Daryl O'Neil
In the body of Christ, there is a need for those who can accurately see what the Spirit of God is building. This is needed in order to lead people in a proper spiritual direction. I offer this article after having been provoked to thought at an apostolic school I attend hosted by apostle Thamo Naidoo. This past September he made a statement which went right to the core of my being. He simply stated from the beginning of time, we were not built to behold evil! It should have been elementary, but wow!!
Because I have grown up in a local church that embraces the gift of apostle and apostolic grace and revelation, I understand the intention of God was not aborted, when humanity chose to sin and not trust God the Father. The apostolic reformation is about the restoration of all things. Returning things to a place of fullness with God.
A better way of saying this is, God is at work in the earth by His Spirit to restore mankind to the place they were before Adam and Eve's disobedience. They were the first king/priests of the earth. It is with this understanding and the understanding that the kingdom existed in the garden before the fall, I had to go back and look at what existed before the fall.
Adam and Eve, prior to the instruction of the Lord concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil only had sight in one realm. They only beheld light. They only knew love. They only saw God!!
It was after Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that she became opinionated. She had double sight. It caused her to mistrust the one who truly loved her and who had empowered her for service in His kingdom.
It was the intention of God the Father that Adam and Eve be leaders who influenced all mankind after them from an eternal perspective and disciple them in the image (exact likeness) of God. Many of the challenges that trouble leadership can trace their roots to the fact that they do not lead with a single eye. When there is double sight, a person can be attacked by many dark emotional states. Listen to the words of Christ as recorded in Matthew 6:22-23:
The light of the body is the eye: therefore if your eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light in you be darkness, how great is that darkness!! Can you imagine, what might life be like today if all we could know about people was what was good? How would that affect our treatment of others? Would we be more inclined to forgive or be reconciled? Just questions to ponder.
As I think about the fact of us living in the day of moving towards the fullness of God in Christ, I believe it is imperative for every believer and all leaders to develop prophetic sight, or singleness of sight.
Maturity must be the goal of every saint and leader. Coming to fullness. Coming to the place of completion. It is the will of God. Listen to the apostles Paul's understanding of why five fold ministry is given:
for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, until we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God to a mature man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ...no more acting like children tossed around by every wind of doctrine but speaking the truth in love may grow up into Him in all things which is the head, even Christ. (Ephesians 4:13-15). The will of God is a mature corporate man in the earth called Christ.
The whole earth is groaning for the manifestation of the sons of God in the earth. (Romans 8:19-22).
As an observation, I have noticed there are many churches who love apostolic and prophetic doctrine but struggle with evangelism of the lost. However, having Christ's eternal vision permits us to see those who need to be reconciled to God differently. As an example, I offer Christ as the one who has a single eye. He walked in the fullness of the Spirit. Here is the prophetic word concerning Him as declared by the prophet Isaiah:
                         And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him. the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: but with righteousness shall he judge the poor and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins and the faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
In meditating on this passage, I hear the prophet Isaiah declaring the Branch coming out of the root of the stem of Jessie in fullness of the spirit. It is a mature man, it is the Christ. One of the distinct features of the mature Christ is that he will not judge or interpret things by the seeing of his eyes or the hearing of his ears. Could it be that one sign of growing in maturity is we as humans don't judge by the seeing of our natural eyes or the hearing of our natural ears?
I looked in the word of God to see if I could find an example of those who were seeing with their eyes and one who saw with singleness of sight.
In the gospel of John chapter 8, is the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery. It is the perfect story which illustrates what happens when people are opinionated apart from the word of God. The scribes and Pharisees represent those who were not in relationship with God (the word)
they were antagonistic and opinionated. They were trying to kill Christ. Those who tend to be opinionated apart from the word will never have a spirit that will reconcile. They are usually legalistic and oppressive using the law to kill.
This was the case with the woman caught in adultery. She was guilty. Dead wrong...but those who did not see with a single eye wanted to stone her. They did not consider their own guilt. That is usually what happens when people are opinionated. It is moving from a position of not having beheld the light.
Jesus is light and in him is no darkness. When we constantly behold light we are aware of our own sin...faults it should make us more merciful and forgiving. This is a mature position in the spirit.
Look at how Jesus see the woman. He sees her guilt but, he moves to bring to the place of her eternal purpose and then sends her on her way forgiven. Double sightedness wants to release death...single-eyed people want to release life and light.
Ponder that!
apostle D 
 
 
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2007