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It's been 23 years since I first "met" Kent Simpson. I was years from starting The Elijah List, my dad had just died, my job ended when the company I worked for closed, and I was desperate.
I wrote to Kent and included a donation to his ministry. I asked if he might have a word from the Lord for me. He knew nothing about me, but I was interviewing for things way outside what I'd done all these years. I wanted OUT.
Kent's word came back clear, although he didn't "know" my question that I was being told by the Lord to remain in the mode I was in at the time. Obeying that word, things unfolded one step at a time, until we are where we are today. I've received numerous words through Kent over the years and I can attest that he is indeed a qualified and tested prophet of God.
Here's his story, but not for the story's sake alone. He talks to you about how God will take you from where you are... to where you're going. You're going to learn a great deal today.
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"Your Prophetic Word Confirmed"
Sons of Thunder
At the Mount of Transfiguration, when Jesus transcended into light, Elijah and Moses appeared before Jesus, Peter, James and John. The disciples were so overwhelmed with the experience that they wanted to proclaim the place holy and build three tabernacles, one for Elijah, one for Moses and one for Jesus. Then from Heaven above, the disciples heard the Father say, "This is My beloved Son with whom I am well pleased; Listen to Him" (Matthew 17:5).
The Father was not interested then or now in any building; He was only interested in His Son, the Word of God, and confirming we hear and obey Him. "And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts" (2 Peter 1:19).
Peter is saying that: each and every one of us has a prophetic word. The audible word of His Father was spoken over Him for all to hear. His word said that He was His Son and multitudes for generations to come would hear and obey Him.
What is your prophetic word? We are all commissioned and equipped to serve in His Kingdom. You will be assured of your identity in Christ when you have fully died to yourself and given Him your all. When His word comes to you and you abide in it, nothing can stop you. Nothing! (Photo via Wikipedia)
Learning by the Example of Others
I had no idea what to do when I was called into ministry in July of 1976, when the Lord spoke to me from Ezekiel 33. At the very end of the chapter there is reference to being a prophet. According to my limited knowledge at that time, I thought prophets were men who wore camel skin coats and had honey dripping from their beards. I thought prophets must be weird people, but I really did not know that for sure because I had not known of any prophets during that time of my life. A few years later, the Holy Spirit commissioned me. He revealed how I was to perform my duties by sending out prophecies through the mail.
After receiving my call to be a prophet of God, I could feel the pressure of His hand start moving me toward learning the prophetic ministry, but I was not interested. I liked my job as bank president; being highly respected in the community, my hours were great and I had something everyone wanted – money to loan. Now God wanted to humble me by making me look like a freak in the eyes of the people. I knew that my life in the spotlight would be over if I followed Him into this new way of living. (Photo via pixabay)
Some, like myself, do not have a choice when called into the ministry. They are going, either easily by listening and obeying or through turbulent resistance. Believe me, if you resist you will find out what it is like to live in the belly of a whale. It stinks so please, do not choose the hard way.
After the rug was jerked out from under me and the dust had settled, I diligently started pursuing the way of a prophet. I tried to enroll in various Bible colleges, but God would not have it. I was confused and frustrated. Little did I know that the Holy Spirit would teach me what it really meant to be a prophet – all my duties and the ins and outs of the office of a prophet. I thought maybe a prophet was some old guy who got into peoples' faces, chewed them up one side and spit them out the other. I soon learned that is not what a true prophet of God is call to do.
The Key to Finding Your Purpose
When you finally submit to Him and vow to do whatever He wants you to do, His blessings will overtake you and bless you for years to come. If you hear God and obey, you cannot out run His blessings. He will bless you in spite of yourself.
I was scared when God commissioned me to start offering my gift to the general public – to send out prophecies through the mail with no more information than their name and address. I had no idea where this would lead me. God promised that if I made myself available as a vessel for Him to speak through, He would bless me. He said wherever a prophecy was sent too I would reap a harvest.
I was still reluctant to do it because nobody I knew was doing this type of ministry. The only thing that came close to working like this was a psychic and I did not want to be associated with that group. However, after three days of wrestling with what He wanted, I began to follow His command and make myself available as a vessel for Him to speak through.
Getting Started is the Hardest Part
For me, the most difficult step in this path of ministry was when I sent out the first prophecy on an audio-cassette tape. I thought I would only do one or two; however, the requests have not slowed. From the time I started in November of 1989, I have sent out over 100,000 prophetic words. At one point, I had a tiny ad in Charisma magazine. They immediately started receiving so much flak from other ministries and pastors that they wanted to cancel my ad. (Photo via Wikipedia)
God always gets what He wants. The ad continued in the magazine month after month for over five years. It was only later that I found out Charisma Magazine had anonymously requested personal prophecies for each of their office staff members. It was later reported to me that they were so touched by their individual prophecies; they unanimously decided they would NOT remove the ad from the magazine. God bless Charisma magazine for standing up for what they believe!
Being Loyal to the Commission
When you act on what God has commissioned you to do there will be battles, but remember they are His battles. Whatever you need, He will make sure you have it in order to complete the job if you keep moving in the direction He wants. He will not leave you out in the middle of the desert without a supply line coming to assist you. He will not let you be caught off-guard nor allow your enemy to sneak up behind you and stab you in the back. You cannot afford to go another day without crying out to God, telling Him you will do what He asks of you.
When I started mailing out prophecies, it seemed like a foolish thing to do and it was very humbling when asked what kind of work I did. In the beginning there seemed to be nothing to gain from doing what God asked. However, God will go to great lengths to change the hearts of the people.
What Will God Do for You?
We are now going into a new time of life in America, changed forever by the war that began September 11, 2001. Things are going to change even more in the marketplace, in business, governments, education. The Church must change too.
At present, our Lord has our prophetic elders busy writing a new course of direction for the Church's protocol and code of ethics. In accordance with what the Lord has revealed through His prophets, an effort is being made to revitalize the direction of the Church to protect the Body of Believers and empower the Body to overcome their enemies. (Photo via Wikipedia)
What is the Most Important to You?
Every revelation and every invention comes from Heaven above. The devil never created anything. Every invention is a gift from God and all good gifts come from God. All you have to do in order to receive your gift is open your heart to Him and say, "God, use me however You so will." God is searching the globe looking for that one act of obedience so that He may pour out His blessing. He is not looking for sinners to punish. All sin has been appropriated through the Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
In His name, we should do whatever the Father has called, commissioned and equipped us to do. Everything else this life offers pales in comparison.
Kent Simpson, Prophetic Pastor
Prophetic Ministries Today
Kent Simpson is a prophetic pastor and is the founder and senior pastor of Prophetic Ministries Tabernacle – a gathering place for the prophetic people of God to unite for the sole purpose of being used as vessels for the Holy Spirit to speak through. Prophetic Ministries Today is devoted to the truth that Jesus is not dead but alive and He speaks if you have an ear to hear the Spirit. His website is filled with prophetic teachings which will help you understand the process of "hearing" God for yourself as well as others. The Lord wants you to pray, hear, and obey Him because the Holy Spirit is the only One who can truthfully lead you into the abundant life Jesus promised us.
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