Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world
I John 4:4
A discussion about prophetic speaking and backing would not of course be complete without the inclusion of Jesus. He is the epitome of speaking with the accompanied backing of the Father. His casting out of demons and healing of many illnesses was done with only speaking. Additionally, his speaking included mastery over even nature and of course death. In the last article I talked about the show Sleepy Hollow and the way witches use speaking in the form of incantations and spells in contrast to prophetic speaking. I noted the exaltation of witches in Hollywood shows and another such show is American Horror Story. This show is almost a mirror image of Jesus and his disciples in the sense that they have a witch called a Supreme. She embodies the seven wonders in being able to perform a variety of magical feats including resurrection. Sleepy Hollow also used a witch to resurrect Icabod Crane. At this point it seems like there is some Jesus envy in the spiritual world. I don’t think they ever got over being bested by Jesus and think nothing of co-opting his power and authority for their exaltation which he possessed and gave to his disciples. Basically, they lie about who has the true power as no witch or sorcerer in real time has ever been able to best a prophet sent of God .
Since Jesus did so many miracles, they will not be detailed here, but I do want to focus on a particular incident he had with his disciples. Jesus and his disciples had gone to Jerusalem and were returning to the city from Bethany. Matthew 21:18-22 provides, “Now in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, he came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” And immediately the fig tree withered away. Now when the disciples saw it, they marveled saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what is done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, it will be done. “And all things whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (vs.22)
When I really begin to think about this incidence, I initially had a hard time understanding why Jesus would kill a fig tree particularly when I read in another scripture that the tree was not in season. Then I had a hard time with telling a mountain to be removed and cast into the sea. Why would anyone want to do that even if you could manage not to doubt. The ecological disaster alone would be momentous. Then it occurred to me that the point of the lesson was not about the state of the tree, but the fact that Jesus had the authority and the understanding about speaking. He used the language of creation, and creation responded whether or not creation had done anything to merit the speaking. Also, I was thrown because Jesus threw in the part about prayer and asking, but I didn’t see where he had asked the Father to wither the fruit tree. But then I realized when he used the language of creation that it was asking, just not in the way one traditionally thinks of it.
Moreover, the withered fig tree illustrates another dynamic. The authority to use the power of speaking is in one’s discretion as being a part of the prophetic call of significance but not abusively as one would see with witches and curses and whatnot. This can be observed when Jesus rebukes the disciples when they asked the Lord if he wanted them to command fire to come down from heaven and consume a village of Samaritans just as Elijah did (Luke 9:54). Jesus scolds, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” (vs.56). What is somewhat humorous is that the disciples had spent enough time with Jesus and had been given his authority that they believed they could command fire to come down from heaven. You could almost feel that they thought it would be so cool to see happen.
As this article draws prophetic speaking and backing to a close, it can be ascertained that the spoken word if authorized by God has the power to affect many situations. It is the reason why nations in antiquity are no longer around. It is also the reason why the current order of things has its expiration date. In concluding, I am reminded of a movie I saw once about Kodiak bears. The story centered around a baby bear that had lost its mother and was trying to survive alone. He encountered many dangers and one such danger was a mountain lion. In the most poignant scene, the little bear is on a river bed and the mountain lion is menacingly growling at him with the intent to harm. The baby bear instinctively rises up on his hind legs to present his best height and most fierce face.
All of a sudden the camera pans to the lion and his growling is gone and a look of panic covers his body, but not so much that he doesn’t high tail it out of there. When the camera pans back to the baby bear, it is now seen why the lion ran. Behind the baby bear is a huge male Kodiak bear with jaws wide and fangs bared. The lion could have killed the baby bear, but he was no match for a full grown Kodiak male bear. That in a nutshell is prophetic speaking and backing. In and of ourselves we are little baby bears in the spiritual world, but when God is behind us it is if they are looking at the biggest bear they have ever seen. It is His power they see and must respect.