It seems that the Lord may be nudging me a tad to speak a little about the charism of prophecy. While at mass today, I opened the missalette and there,again, right on the page I opened up to, was Jeremiah. The Lord hounds me about the book of Jeremiah constantly. In my last post on charisms, I wrote a passage from the book of Jer. that started "But do you gird your loins...." and of course that was the page it opened up to at Mass. Coincidence? Nah....happens too often. Hints, perhaps? Divine nudges? Yes, this is more likely. Why do I say this is more likely? Because those divine nudges come with fire. A good fire, not the kind that comes with brimstone; those brimstone burn like crazy let me tell you. Good thing many dreams are symbolic. In one, I was in a field and brimstone started falling from the sky. I ran and took refuge in "The Immaculate Conception Church". The Lord really wants us to trust Our Lady in these times and that is how I interpreted this dream. Plus, I think He was saying that our world is like Sodom and Gomorrah in its sinfulness and needs conversion. Not all prophetic dreams are symbolic; some can be very clear and concise. I have written posts about some of the dreams I have had, others I have not simply because they were either about somebody or were too frightening. In general, I have to say one thing: We should be very concerned about the times we live in and use this time of grace wisely. Pray. Abortion is one of the biggest problems facing America today. God is the Author of Life and considers abortion murder. The sins of this country are really piling up. We have become a trash heap with pockets of goodness here and there. Look at the big picture.
A prophetic word is when God speaks through one person to another person or a community. God may give a word concerning the times or may even speak of a current or future event. These can come in the form of dreams, words, or sometimes a vision. It can be a warning, a knowledge of events on the spiritual level or even a word concerning the physical world. I wrote about a number of these in earlier posts. One word that I am given on a consistent basis is that the Lord is calling people out of Egypt [slavery, bondage] and out of Babylon [worldliness]. Another example is : http://openingthefloodgatesofmercy.blogspot.com/2009/08/do-ye-gird-your-loins-stand-up-and-tell.html . Many are warnings, the Lord is calling his people to change their ways: http://openingthefloodgatesofmercy.blogspot.com/2009/08/enemy-at-gates.html. Some are dreams that are blunt: http://openingthefloodgatesofmercy.blogspot.com/2009/10/read-signs.html. These are just a couple examples, I have written about other words also. The warnings do not come with a spirit of fear, I am encompassed with love and peace when He gives them. Some words are given with a time such as the prophetic word concerning the birth of Michaela. This word was given to both me and my mother at Mass one day. One time the Lord told me I would come down with the flu the next day and so it was. I had secondary complications and had to go on antibiotics. Often I will go for a period of time without any words from the Lord and then suddenly receive many in one week. It's all in the Lord's timing, not mine.
Everyone who is baptized and confirmed has charisms, this is made clear to us in the bible and I will get to that in my next post on charisms.