I’m beginning to wonder if the lowest realm of prophecy is the “absolute” stuff, the “predicting” stuff, the stuff we “know,” the stuff “It has to be this way and can be no other because ‘God said…’” stuff. I believe that’s prophecy, but I believe there’s something higher. I’m beginning to think the highest realm of prophecy is not merely prediction, foretelling, or forth-telling.
I wonder if the highest realm of prophecy is an ongoing conversation between friends who trust each other and make a decision together out of honor for that communion. They make a decision that keeps their communion celebrated, cherished, and held in reverential fear and wonder. And out of that decision together the future is guided as those two friends trust each other with their dreams of what might be.
There is place of communion in the Kingdom where some are told, “Come, let us reason together” and the future is guided. There is a place of communion in the Kingdom where some are told, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I’m about to do” and the future is guided. There is a place of communion in the Kingdom where men like Moses change the mind of God from destroying an entire nation and the future guided. There is place of communion in the Kingdom where Apostolic councils convene, make decisions together with the Holy Ghost and say, “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these few requirements” and the future is guided. I am simply ate up with the idea of becoming a trusted friend of God.
I was asked recently, “So, Matt, what Five-Fold Gift are you? You know, Epehesians 4:9-11.” I said, “I haven’t really given it much thought, really.” I jokingly said, “Perhaps my gift has not been released out of Heaven yet.” Then I thought about it for a second and said, “I suppose if I was forced to answer I’d say, ‘Friend.’ I know that’s not in Ephesians 4 but ‘Prisoner of the Lord’ is. John the Baptist was called by Jesus, ‘More than a Prophet.’ What was his status that was more than a Prophet? Well, he was the Friend of the Bridegroom. I think I’ll shoot for that, Friend of God. And out of that friendship with God I hope to guide the future out of darkness and into marvelous light.
Pursue love of God and neighbor and let the future be guided by your decisions together in a trusted friendship with God.