Prophetic Acts Impact Future Experience
by Steve Backlund
Read this excerpt from Divine Strategies for Increase about the power of prophetic acts to affect your future, and believing in our authority to impact the spiritual realm through natural means.
“Take the arrows . . . strike the ground” (2 Kings 13:18)
Here is a story from 2 Kings that makes you stop and wonder. “Then he (Elisha) said, ‘Take the arrows;’ so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, ‘Strike the ground’; so he struck three times, and stopped. And the man of God was angry with him, and said, ‘You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times’” (2 Kings 13:18-19). Israel’s future was radically influenced by how many times the king struck the ground with an arrow! Wow! What is this all about and what meaning does this have for us today?
The king was unaware that he was involved in what is called a prophetic act (something intentionally done that increases God’s workings in the spirit realm so positive change can come into the natural realm). He should have remembered prophetic acts like that of Moses raising his rod so that freedom and victory could be realized.
Moses used his rod prophetically in two separate instances. First, he stretched it out over the sea and the waters parted. (See Exodus 14:16, 21.) Secondly, he caused victory in a battle when the rod was lifted up. (See Exodus 17:9-13.) This second situation is mind-boggling. Whenever Moses’ arms went down, the battle began to be lost. Fortunately, those around Moses (Aaron and Hur) understood prophetic acts and consequently held up Moses’ arms so that victory was insured.
Unfortunately, the King of Israel was dull in his understanding of spiritual realities. He did not believe what Moses and those around him clearly believed – that what happens in the natural results from something that has already happened in the spiritual. The more we believe like Moses, the more we will proactively do prophetic acts to bring spiritual breakthrough.
So don’t be surprised if you sense God telling you to do things that may seem strange. Some prophetic acts I have participated in or heard about include: driving prayer stakes into the four corners of a city or region, anointing buildings with oil, putting a stuffed Tigger on a church’s stage, placing a cloth mantle on newly ordained ministers, waving flags in worship, jumping for joy during hard times, shouting and placing a Bible in the foundation of a new home. Actions like these done in faith actually do bring a positive result. Let’s not be like the King of Israel who missed his defining moment, but let’s purpose to respond enthusiastically to prophetic windows of opportunity that come to us.
About Steve Backlund
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.
About Divine Strategies for Increase
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord . . . and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3)
The laws of the spirit are more real than the natural laws. Just as the law of gravity can work for us or against us, so do God’s spiritual laws.
God’s laws primarily are principles to release blessing, not rules to be obeyed to gain right standing with God. The Psalmist talks of one whose prime delight is in the law of the Lord. This person not only discovers how to cheerfully make life-changing deposits into the spirit realm, but, more importantly, how to find new aspects of the nature of God (hidden in each law) to behold and worship. The end result of this delighting is a transformed life that prospers in every endeavor. His experience can be our experience, and this book unlocks the blessings hidden in the spiritual realm.