I believe God is saying that He is anointing His prophets to bring a timely wake up call to the Church. It is time to bring a message from the heart of the Father, that will result in widespread repentance and awakening.
‘… if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?’ (1 Cor 14:8)
Prophetic Ministry that Ushers in Repentance
- How can those of us in prophetic ministry and office prepare to be used of the Spirit to bring such a wakeup call?
- How can we weigh up prophecies that call for repentance?
- How does this relate to those with a gift of prophecy in the church?
Here are some thoughts that have emerged as I’ve studied this from a New Testament perspective.
Prophecy, Prophets and the Call to Repentance: 6 New Testament Considerations
1. The Offer of Repentance is Good News for Those Aware of Their Sin
“The time has come,” [Jesus] said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)
Today, there are two extreme positions. At one extreme are ‘prophets’ who make calls for repentance and warnings of judgment their calling card. This is an Old Testament approach to the prophetic. 
At the polar opposite, are those who steer clear of drawing attention to sin and its consequences, preferring to focus solely on the goodness of God.
‘Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?’ (Rom 2:4, NIV)
It’s His kindness that leads us to repentance—but we must view this in the context Paul has written it. This is the Biblical balance:
Repentance is preceded and accompanied by the revelation of sin.
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter’s instruction to repent did not fall on deaf ears, but on people whose hearts were already rent with conviction. The Holy Spirit was already at work. The instruction to ‘repent’ was not only a command; it was the answer people were crying out for. (Acts 2:37-38)
There is a way out of your predicament! There is a solution to the problem of your sin. And the entranceway to this extraordinary grace is marked ‘repent!’
The Greek word translated ‘repent’ is metanoeo (Strongs G3340) and it means ‘to think differently’.
‘Repent’ is the life-giving, thirst-quenching answer to those who have already recognized their need and the error of their ways. ‘Repent’ is good news.
2. Repentance cannot be viewed alone. It is part of a Biblical process
This process is clearly seen on the day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:14-41)
- God’s message is declared (Rom 10:17)
- Listeners have a truth encounter~through the Holy Spirit at work
- They experience sorrow at realizing their condition (2 Cor 7:10, Acts 2:37) 
- They repent (change their mind) and receive forgiveness
- They take action, changing their ways/lifestyle in accordance with repentance (Luke 3:8)
When we understand this process, we realize that repentance is not the aim, reconciliation to God is. Transformation to Christlikeness is the aim. Repentance~a change of mind accompanied by sorrow for sin~is the critical step along the way.
3. A Prophetic Word that Leads to Repentance is Sourced in the Holy Spirit
Two prophetic words address weakness or sin in the church. Both have the same insights. Both contain truth. Yet one is sourced in the spirit of ‘accuser of the brethren’ (Rev 12:10), whilst the other is of the Spirit of God and expresses the Father’s heart. 
John warned of false prophets, who operate in a different spirit from the Holy Spirit:
‘Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.’ (1 John 4:1-2)
When it comes to addressing sin and giving calls for repentance, we need to know what is underlying the message. It takes discernment to see which is which. The heart and motivation is evident by the fruit. That which is of the Spirit will bear the fruit of the Spirit.
- We will see the above-mentioned, Biblical process taking place.
- Jesus said, ‘By their fruit you shall know them.’ (Matt 7:15)
We must each look to our own hearts. ‘Search me, God, and know my heart.’ (Ps 139:23) May we have hearts free of pride, unfulfilled ambition, unhealed wounds, offences, judgments (negative opinions) and every other condition that would pollute the well and give access to the devil, who is the ‘accuser of the brethren.’
‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ (Prov 4:23, NIV)
4. The Message of the Prophet is Based in Sacrificial Love
‘Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord’ (Acts 3:19)
In the New Testament, those who were entrusted with a message concerning sin and the need for repentance, were ministers who loved and laid down their lives for the church. They were passionate lovers of God’s people, who had a track record of faithful service.
The Apostle John, to whom God entrusted a powerful prophetic call to repentance to His church (Rev 2:4-5), was suffering and confined to imprisonment on the Isle of Patmos
- The call to the church to repent is given through those who have laid their lives down for the church (e.g. John, Rev 2:5-6 Paul, 2 Cor 7)
- A life-giving call to repent comes from those who have repented themselves (e.g. Peter, Acts 2:38)
5. A New Testament Prophet Honours the Fivefold Ministry
In the Old Testament, God’s message of repentance and warning were given exclusively through His prophets.  This is not the case today.
In the New Testament, we are in a new era. All hear God’s voice. The message and ministry that calls for and leads to repentance, is now spread across the fivefold ministry. (Eph 4:11-16)
- The evangelist calls the unsaved to repentance (Acts 2:39-40)
- The pastor and teacher bring truth from Scripture that leads the hearer to repentance (2 Tim 2:24-26)
- The apostle brings discipline and adjustment to the church when needed, that leads to repentance (2 Cor 7:8-9)
Prophets and prophetic people: it is in mutual honor that our own gifts will flourish and in unity that Jesus’ glory will be fully seen.
6. Everyone with a Prophetic Gift can be Used of God to Bring Repentance
The fivefold ministry has a mandate to bring exhortation and admonishment that results in repentance and transformed lives.
The general ministry of prophecy in the context of the church body is to ‘strengthen, encourage and comfort.’ (1 Cor 14:3-4, Acts 15:32) But even at this basic level, repentance can flow.
‘But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”’ (1 Cor 14:24-25)
Notice again the Biblical progression at work here:
- Prophecy makes known the secrets of their hearts
- They recognize the Presence of God
- They come under conviction of sin
- They fall down and worship
In Acts 9, we read of a disciple named Ananias. He was not known as a prophet—and yet God gave him prophetic insight about Paul’s call to the nations. Ananias ministered to Paul (then known as Saul), leading him from deep repentance through to baptism and a new life of following Jesus.
The Vision of the Trumpet
In a vision, I was standing at the side of a large room, with Jesus beside me. He directed my attention into the shadows, where I saw a trumpet on the floor. The bell—the part where the sound comes out from—was faced downwards.
I heard Jesus say, ‘Pick it up’. As I lifted the trumpet upwards, darkness appeared to fall off it and I saw that it was at once, mysteriously, both gold and silver.
I knew by the Spirit this trumpet was to sound a message that would result in repentance—one that would be used to wake up the harvesters and bring in His harvest.
 See Differences Between Old and New Testament Prophetic Ministry
 “Repentance (metanoia, ‘change of mind’) involves a turning with contrition from sin to God; the repentant sinner is in the proper condition to accept the divine forgiveness.” (F. F. Bruce. The Acts of the Apostles [Greek Text Commentary], London: Tyndale, 1952, p. 97.)
https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?t=kjv&strongs=g3340 accessed August 8th, 2017
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