FOR OUR CHILDREN
Adolf Hitler had said," give me a child, and by the age of seven, they will forever be mine." I had a close older friend who was a child in Germany during the reign of the German conquest to conquer the world and exterminate the planet of Jews.
He was a brilliant young lad. Because of this, a particular school of Hitler Youth became his place of indoctrination. It was very intriguing to listen to all of his war stories. I would sit on the edge of my chair as he told me the story of rescuing himself, his mother and his sister from the repression of now communist East Germany to free Germany.
One of the most significant shocks he experienced was discovering that his adored heroes had performed such atrocities against humanity. He did not know how men they looked to as the epitome of decency fell so low. The other was they thought the Americans were coming to kill them all but instead fed them.
"They will stone you when you try to be so good
They will stone ya just like I said they would
They will stone ya when your tryin to go home
They will stone ya when you live all alone."
In past decades, true prophets, those called from birth, have had difficulty finding their place. Apostles, teachers, pastors, evangelists all have some template to follow. Hearing from God as a prophet is considerably different. Unless a mature mentor is involved in a young prophet's life and protects them, they will experience Dylan’s above song and get hurt. Churches have burned many. And in behind wounded emotional barriers, many prophets hide. God is beginning to bring them out. Even though they had backed off, the retooling process in their lives by the Holy Spirit has never ceased. Purified and broken, they will change the church significantly with greater maturity and not draw back again when the stones fly.
Jesus said as He looked down on His beloved Jerusalem. " Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone the ones I sent to you. Oh, how I would like to gather you under my wings as a mother hen, but you would not come."
The leaders of a twisted, manufactured religion killed Jesus, and the same spirit is in some churches that have protected themselves from change by stoning prophets today. Yes, there have been mistakes, as in all ministries. When one declares to possess a healing ministry, not everyone is the recipient of healing. The servant laying hands on people is rarely held to account when some folk remain unhealed under their ministry, nor in most cases should they be. I believe there is a somewhat higher standard for the prophet but not so much to stone them figuratively.
Some prophets see the future; some give vision, some bring the very presence of the Lord to meetings, some have a solid pastoral second strength. The prophet that is both loved and feared is the one that sees into the heart. Some leaders have Godly inner courage. They live their life and ministry in transparency. These place a high value on this type of prophet. They know wolves in sheep's clothing can deceive and sideline their work. A person with the gift to see past the exterior has saved many a sincere leader from losing God's path. They also know that a true prophet is the number one target of the enemies who stand against God's purposes for His people. They honour and protect them.
Many fear the prophet whom God has given the gift to see what is in another's soul and what motivates them because their hearts are not pure. They have not repented of past sins kept in a secret vault hidden in the deep recesses of the heart. They hope God has forgotten, and God sends the prophet to expose it. Being God vessel to do this is the most challenging place God will put His prophet. When God calls the prophet to disclose what is resident in the heart and it is negative, and the leader or member of a church refuses or denies what the prophet sees, the war of words and character assassination against the prophet will happen. A broken and seasoned prophet usually with decades of experience can, with solid authority backed by tears, can be led by God to proclaim His judgement against rebellion and unconfessed sin.
On the positive side, it is gratifying to see into hearts and speak healing words and deliver God's love into the depth of their being. To bring encouragement to someone who needs it gives the prophet a wonderful reason to press on.
The end of a church era is rapidly coming to a close. As we step off the foundational elementary teachings mentioned in Hebrews 6 and God permits us to move on to more incredible experiences in Him. I sense that all will have a prophetic expanse take place in their heart that will be greater than the most respected prophets of our day. I am exploring the idea that God will be so close to all that a prophet may not be necessary for the coming new age. I know that everything we have walked in the past will be very different. As His Kingdom evolves, our lives will live in something so different and spectacular. There will be no past reference point to compare what we are about to enter.
This letter attempts to pastor the prophetic at this crucial time in church history. I see us as "midwives" bringing to birth the Bride of Christ in this final church era. I have functioned in the prophetic gift for over 40 years. The mistakes we have made in the past are today's security. We learn from both our successes and failures.
I will explain how a church can grow budding prophets and recognize false prophets in future letters. Our journey in the Spirit of God will be exciting and rewarding. As the Church of Jesus Christ, we enter into a time never before experienced in church history.
In 1965, I toured Germany both east and west. It was before the nefarious wall separating the east from the west was torn down. During this time, I spent time in the concentration camp called Dachau. What I saw lives within me to this day. Seeing the ovens where the bodies of men, women and children were disposed of left me without words.
Darkness In mankind Is always lurking and must be acknowledged. History has repeated itself many times since World War two. Even religion has partaken in such inhumane and insane behaviour. Are there any cultures in history that can claim an Innocent past?
A man I deeply loved and admired did an unthinkable crime against me and my family. I knew I had to forgive but could not. I felt a darkness eating me up. I believed it was God who led me to the death camp not as a tourist but to deal with my decaying heart. Not in a verbal conversation but much deeper
He said son, "this kind of evil starts small but grows. Unchecked, you too can be as dark as those who did this." I did not identify with the victims but with those who did the deeds. It was there the growing flow of anger, hurt, and resentment hit a wall of truth I could not walk away from. No longer did I see this man as my problem. My personal right to justice was lost to the evil I saw in my heart and where it was taking me. What this man did to me revealed a darkness that would lead to great destruction of myself and all around me and most of all separate me from my Father in heaven and the power to live a healthy love-filled life.
It was I who needed to be forgiven and God in His marvelous kindness did forgive me. This camp of inhumanity became my dumping ground of resentment not just to this man but many others.
Dan Chappell was fathered in the prophetic by Robert Ewing of Grace Churches of Texas in the early 80’s and mentored in “The Heart of the Father" by Jack Winters.
He is recognized trans locally for his sensitive and encouraging prophetic and strategic insight. His gifting is not just for the local church, but impacts churches across the continent. Debbie, his wife, stands with him in this demanding role.