There is much we all need to learn about the prophetic. Many Protestant denominations have formalized their stand that the prophetic no longer operates in our day. This is done to explain what seems to be observable in their daily life. But in doing this they lose out on a daily opportunity to hear from God about things that relate to their future, albeit many times a distant future. The world ignores two important things God makes available to us: the wisdom that He can give us and the knowledge He is willing to give us. The prophetic mostly deals with knowledge which is why some of it is classified as a “word of knowledge.”
Christians also take offense over what knowledge they reject versus knowledge they accept – everything from science to public policy issues. What we have grown to accept as accurate knowledge derived by our natural abilities of reason and inquiry becomes a source of offense with those who see things differently.
If you look at Christian websites that judge other Christian teachers, you will find that many of their targets are those who have been given a gift of wisdom. So too, people who God calls to issue prophetic statements are also treated with disregard and even ridicule. God does not get into a debate with us over things He completely understands that we only think we understand. Rather He likes to speak in dreams and confusing metaphors that we must work through. He does this to keep us from pridefully trying to debate our way through an issue. He did join a debate once between a good man named Job and some friends of his. Job humbled himself and accepted all that God spoke to him. God opens His arguments in Job 38: 1-3 (MEV):
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
“Who is this who darkens counsel
by words without knowledge?
Prepare yourself like a man;
for I will question you,
and you shall answer Me.
Job later replies in chapter 40:3-4
Then Job answered the Lord and said:
“Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer You?
I will lay my hand over my mouth.
Few have experienced the type of direct conversation Job had with God. But, in the book of Job, God tells us his preferred method to discuss things directly with us right now:
In a dream, in a vision of the night,
when deep sleep falls upon men,
in slumber on their beds,
then He opens the ears of men,
and seals their instruction,
that He might turn aside man from his purpose,
and conceal pride from man.
There have been many noteworthy dreams and prophetic words given in 2020 that we thought we knew the timing of, which is the one thing God rarely ever tells us. Of course, this puts the messengers God gave those words through in a direct line of criticism-fire. The interpretation of a prophetic word or dream is the hardest part of receiving from God in this way and we all bear the responsibility to interpret and judge every word we listen to. In one set of notable dreams, God gave images of various calendar months. However, what year they would occur was never specifically given. It seems that part of our training here on earth is to deal with misunderstanding God himself. I believe this prepares us for eternity living with God who knows everything when we do not. Our eternal match-up with God seems very prone to misunderstandings. I personally believe that many of these dreams and words will begin to take place in this year of 2021 – but we will see.