You have received a personal prophecy or prophetic guidance from God about your life, family, business, church, or ministry. You have prayed about it, weighed it up and leaders have confirmed the prophetic insight. As a result, you were excited and filled with faith at this genuine word from God. [1]

But then, instead of the quick fulfillment you anticipated, you enter a time of trial.

It seems as though the opposite of your prophetic word is taking place.

  • You believed a loved one was going to breakthrough in his or her relationship with God. But instead, their hearts seem to be harder.
  • Perhaps, you anticipated a breakthrough in a financial situation—but now you are being stretched even further.
  • That door you expected to open remains stubbornly closed.

You may be asking, ‘What is God doing? Or is this the enemy at work? How should I respond?’

Why is the Opposite of Your Prophetic Word Taking Place?

4 Reasons Why The Opposite Of Your Prophetic Word Is HappeningFor those of us who have journeyed for many years in a prophetic lifestyle, pursuing the purposes of God, this situation is a very familiar one.

There are times when a prophecy, prophetic dream, or guidance from our Heavenly Father leads to His promise being fulfilled quickly. However often, there is a delay between the prophetic word being given and the time it comes to pass. And, the very reverse of what God has promised may seem to be taking place.

If you can relate to this, here are 4 Biblical reasons why the opposite of your prophetic word may be happening:

1. God is Allowing this Circumstance to Test Your Faith

‘Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”’ (Rom 4:18)

Abraham believed in God’s promise when there was absolutely no physical possibility of it coming to pass. That was the point in which his faith was manifested in God’s sight.

When it is physically impossible and yet you still believe God’s promises, that is the very point at which your faith has reached its maturity.

Rejoice—it is time to give birth to the promise!

In Hebrews 11 we read of those who ‘through faith, obtained promises’. (Heb 11:33) These are men and women who went through great hardships and persecution and yet continued to say yes to the will of God and see their circumstances through the lens of faith.

At what point is faith realized? At the point where there is no physical possibility of prophetic fulfillment. So if you are facing an impossible situation where only the power of God can bring about the fulfillment of your prophetic dream, rejoice. It may be impossible in the natural realm, but ‘with God all things are possible!’ (Matt 19:26)

2. The Principle of Death and Resurrection is at Work

‘They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons, till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the Lord proved him true.’ (Ps 105:18-19)

Joseph had prophetic dreams about being in a position of rulership. Yet, for many years Joseph’s life seemed to be headed in a contrary direction. What could be more opposite to ruling than being a slave? From slavery, he descended even further—into imprisonment. And yet that was the very launching pad for Joseph’s prophetic dreams of ruling to come true.

There is a Biblical principle of a vision from God going through a ‘death’ time—a winter of the promise when it seems the opposite of the prophetic dream is taking place.

But take heart. Spring is on its way!

God waited until Abraham and Sarah were well past the time of being able to conceive before Isaac, God’s promised son, was born.

‘Without weakening in his faith, [Abraham] faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.’ (Rom 4:19-21)

David was anointed to rule by the Prophet Samuel—but first, he became a fugitive on the existing king’s “most wanted” list. Moses had to die to his calling for 40 years before God sent him to deliver Israel.

If the opposite of God’s dream for your life is happening right now, take heart from the examples of heroes of the faith. As you stay on track in your heart attitude and relationship with God, His resurrection power is coming through for you.

3. Your Prophecy was Preparation for Spiritual Warfare

 ‘Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well…’ (1 Tim 1:18)

Paul instructed Timothy to recall personal prophecies as a means of being empowered in the battles he faced.

Your Father knew that a battle was going to be up ahead for you, and so He has given you a weapon to wage warfare with.

Prophecy is a part of His Heavenly arsenal.

During the years on the run, David was strengthened and encouraged by his knowledge of God’s plan for his future, through Samuel’s anointing and his personal relationship with God.

So if the opposite of your prophetic word is taking place and you recognize that there is spiritual contention for God’s plans for your life, family, business or ministry, take up that prophecy as a weapon. Put the will of God and the Word of God in your mouth and start to shout.

  • This situation WILL be turned around
  • Those finances WILL be turned around
  • Your health WILL be turned around
  • That person’s life WILL be touched by God
  • God’s promise WILL be fulfilled
  • You WILL rise and do what God has called you to do

God’s plan is still on track and ultimately those strategies of the enemy will fail.

4. God will Receive the Greater Glory When the Word is Fulfilled.

 ‘These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.’ (1 Peter 1:7)

Determine that your testimony will be—I held fast to the prophetic call of God on my life. I kept a song of praise on my lips through the times of barrenness and when it seemed the opposite was taking place.

The greater the trial, the greater the impossibility, the greater the glory that goes to God as His prophetic purpose is fulfilled.

God is already at work in the background to fulfill the promise, even when you can’t see what He is doing. He is lining up circumstances, people. At the right time, Divine acceleration will come to bear and that prophetic promise will be fulfilled.


[1] If a prophetic word has not come to pass and: 1. you are questioning whether it was truly from God, or 2. it is bearing bad fruit in your life (such as long-term discouragement), it is time to test and weigh it up again. Read this article: Dealing with Prophetic Disappointment

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18 thoughts on “4 Reasons Why The Opposite Of Your Prophetic Word Is Happening”

  1. Dear Helen Calder,
    I just want to say thank you so much for your blog and the teaching you sent.I found you the day i break my fasting looking for answers from God of a specific guidance.I’m a Pastor of a church for 7 years now in this third church assignment.I feel and I knew that I was called and gifts were manifesting on the past years but slowly disappeared.My life and family experienced lots of trouble,I lived with a man for 27 years now we separate, had four children and two of them were still single ladies and with me in the ministry.I told you this because I operate already in the gift,got discouraged when my daughter did not listen and the enemy really turned down her life.
    We choose to keep on!
    Your topic were so needed.
    Be blessed and be used more!

    Lanie Seda
    Davao City

    1. Hello Lanie, it is great to hear from you. Thank you!
      May this be a season where the favour of God and His gifts and anointing are increased in your life and ministry in powerful ways.
      To Jesus will be all the glory – His strength is revealed in our weakness. Be encouraged, His hand is on you and your family ~ Helen

  2. Teresa maru-Munlo

    I needed encouragement to go on fighting; this message has given me a new resolve to stand against all schemes of the devil and declare all will be well in Jesus name!

  3. Hello,

    The documents you have penned touch almost everything that im going through ever since i was told that i have a calling. First of all there was resistance in my own house and later i felt like maybe the prophecy was not exact. However, i keep on having this strong urge of prophesying and healing people. I really do not know where to start or how to go about it. Is the calling real?

    1. Hi David, discovering your calling is a journey, and desire and hunger is often the first sign of your calling. Step out and take small opportunities to pray for people or share a word of encouragement, keep it natural and watch what God does. Share your sense of destiny with a pastor or leader, and do what you can to study and learn about prophecy and healing.

  4. Greetings Helen!

    This post really speaks to ME! I now know you’ve been reading my mail again…lol. Building/increasing our FAITH through patience is truly what God is after! The word says; “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised” (Heb. 6:12 NIV). Amen.


    1. Hello Alex,
      Such a GREAT scripture, thank you. This article came out of a dry time our ministry was experiencing, we came into 2016 with prophetic declarations of ‘overflow’ and ‘abundance’ but it seemed the opposite was taking place. Having this revelation and persevering was pivotal for us – in the few weeks since, we have been tipped out of the dry, testing space and into provision. God is faithful, all the time!

  5. This is precisely what happened to me,and unfortunately is still occurring at this stage in my life.I wished that I was never told anything.And that God would have chosen to just surprise me with his offerings.I believe he told/showed me,the man to whom,I would be married to,yet that said man got married,to every person on the planet except me.And for all I know is still married to someone else,not me.I was so-called promised others things and well.Of which I’ve received no visible evidence,and I have been foolishly hoping/waiting/praying for many years now.Sometimes I wonder if God even exist.Or us human beings,just made him up,so as to bring some sort of meaning,to our hopeless/meaningless existence.As they say.{LIFE IS JUST A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS}.If god really does exist.Then I see him as a {EXECUTIONER}.He does all kinds of horrific things to us,and then call it {FAITH}.

    1. Man of God, i received numerous prophecies about my calling of being a Pastor but i feel afraid to start as i feel not yet convinced though the urge is very overwhelming. I sometimes see myself preaching ,delivering and prophesying to people in the dream.

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