Anatomyof Revelation

In this posting we discuss teh anatomy of a word from God.Hearing God’s voice involves three aspects namely:

  1.  the voice itself which is the revelation. What God actually said. If it’s a dream, it’s the dream itself that is the revelation, that’s what God has said. If it’s an audible voice its hearing what God has said, if it’s a whisper its hearing what God has said.
  2. It’s the interpretation of that revelation. What does it mean?
  3. The application of the interpretation. How do I apply what I have heard as the voice of God?

For example if you hear a prophetic word, that your child is going to die. That’s what God said. Number two is the interpretation, what does it mean. Does it mean it has been determined that my child is going to die?. If I interpret it to mean that it has been determined then I begin to prepare for a funeral which is the application. But if I interpret it to say God is warning me that there is an attack on my child I begin to pray stop the spirit of death. In other words, my application is different depending on my interpretation of what God has said. But if I miss the interpretation, the application will be wrong and therefore God’s voice will misfire.

Many people say when God speaks it is very clear. Tell me, when Pharaoh had a dream of the fat cows coming up and the lean cows coming up to eat the fat cows how do you interpret that dream? Does that tell you there is going to be a famine? So that was the word of God, that was the revelation, you now needed the interpretation; what does it mean? Now God gives an inspiration to Joseph who interprets the dream and says there is going to be seven years of plenty and then there is going to be seven years of famine – that’s the interpretation. Then he moves on to application and says save up food so that you pass through the difficult times.

I heard this testimony years ago on Christian television which illustrates the point. God spoke to Prophet Kim Clement around 2000 and said there would be trouble in the colleges in Florida, and he and his team started going to every university in Florida urging students and people to pray against this uprising. And universities came to a point where they closed and there was no trouble. They had interpreted the revelation. Then those who remember in November 2000, there were elections in the United States and the destiny of the US hung in the balance between George Bush who was a Christian and Al Gore who was not. The elections failed to give a conclusive result. And then they had what are called electoral colleges, and they went through the electoral colleges and there was an indecisive result until there had to be a decision by the court. So that is what God was speaking about, he was speaking about electoral colleges and not university colleges. So by failing to interpret the revelation they applied it wrongly and probably wasted their effort. Where in your life are you wasting your effort? Where are you applying a wrong interpretation of what God has said?

In understanding the voice of God, you need to make a distinction between revelation, interpretation and application. If anybody ever gives you a prophetic word and says thus says the Lord, ask them, what exactly did God say, what does it mean, what did you see. Because you know a lot of prophetic people sometimes begin to put in words what they are feeling. Sometimes the words you use are not exactly what God wanted to say. So unless you interrogate the prophetic word, you may be working on a wrong word.

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  • Reply drtaffie February 24, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Quite a confronting piece chiremba, but someone has to say it. Just think about the prophetic words i have received indeed I might have missed the mark. Just this morning I was talking to a friend who turn 30 and for ten years he has heard the prophetic word that he will be a multinational business man. But ten years later we are to see a glimpse of that word.

  • Reply Busi February 24, 2011 at 8:45 am

    “So by failing to interpret the revelation they applied it wrongly and probably wasted their effort. Where in your life are you wasting your effort? Where are you applying a wrong interpretation of what God has said?”

    And that is one of my greatest challengies! And when I miss it Doc I miss it by a mile and feel stupid and then the next time it is harder for me to try again!

    So real … keep them coming answering a lot of my questions and stretching me…

  • Reply Takudzwanashe kucherera February 24, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Quite an enlightening article. Very true word as well

  • Reply Vimbiso Matarise February 24, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Doc lm learning a lot and my mind is opening. Thanks for this series it is very helpful.

  • Reply ShepherdSherlock February 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Crunch-biting truth, indeed you have frustrated me Doc (Positively). In our hunger to hear God speak combined with our human nature of direct translation (What you see/hear is what you get), we often interpret God’s word/revelation/prophecy as we hear it. Perfect example is with the past few years in Zimbabwe where people heard the prophecy that businesses will be established and we have seen kurumidza production companies which crumbled in only a few months due to lack of establishment or complete/correct interpretation.

  • Reply Renias February 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Doc is the interprtation basedon perception or there is only one true interpretation?

    • Reply nurturingchampions February 25, 2011 at 7:30 am

      Good question. But if God is speaking to you about something then teh interpretation for that Voice should have one direct application for you. For example think of Joseph’s dream and the interpretation. If there were many views themn God would be confuysed. There is one meaning to the interpretation and that is obtained form God. That is why we should seek the interpretation and its clarity from God.

  • Reply Ruth Shumba February 25, 2011 at 8:45 am

    interrogating the prophetic word calls for me to know the Bible as the bases for all arguments. i have a vision and as Doc said we need to be clear about the revelation, interpretation and application. OUCH!! without wisdom from God and hearing His voice surely I am one confused person BUT with God there is NO room for confusion! Thank you Doc for the guidance.

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