Prophetic Parables and Stories: You are God’s Arrow

Have you felt as though you have been set aside or hidden in some way?

Today I believe the Lord is calling forth many of His people, especially prophetic storytellers and story-makers, from out of hiding!

From Hidden to History Maker

Prophetic StorytellersMany of us can relate to Gideon right now:
He was trying to outwit the enemy, by threshing his family’s wheat in a winepress (Judges 6).

But God knew where Gideon was, and his life was about to change—from being hidden, to being a history-maker.

In that generation, a new story would be told, because Gideon stepped out of and obeyed God in the face of intimidation.

Today, hear the sound of breaking of chains!
Fear and intimidation will not hold you back any longer—and you are God’s arrow!

Your Gift is Not Inferior to Others’ Gifts!

I often share about what I believe God is saying through a story from the Bible, or through describing a prophetic vision. [1].

But it wasn’t too many years ago, when I was intimidated about these gifts.
For a time, I fell into comparing my ministry with those of others in our team of prophets and teachers.

  • I felt like I was on a ground floor level, and the others were higher up!

One day, I was flying home to Melbourne from a ministry trip. The enemy was pressing me with discouragement about my gift. I thought, “All I share are simple pictures and metaphors.”

In that instant, the Holy Spirit directed straight back at me, “Jesus spoke in pictures and metaphors”.

This woke me up.
Of course! Jesus often shared powerful Kingdom truths in the form of simple parables and stories.

Oh, how I repented of being negative about my gift!

Today, I believe the Holy Spirit is ministering to many others in this area.

  • Don’t see your abilities and gifts as inferior to others

Instead, honor the One who has given you the gift—your Heavenly Father—and the Holy Spirit Who IS the Gift.

Prophetic Parables and Stories

The word is going out:
God is calling many storytellers from out of hiding!

These are the prophetic messengers, who will convey His message through parables, and stories. [2]

Perhaps the Holy Spirit is stirring you today, in this idea that God could use you to share His stories and parables.

Whatever your type of prophetic ministry—

  • You may be a seer who will share the story of what you have seen in a vision
  • You may be an exhorter, writer, speaker, or have other, creative gifts
  • You may be a dreamer, who receives a story through a dream in the night

A prophetic story can be brought through your gift.
Who you are, and the message you carry, is priceless and powerful!

Jesus Told a Radical Story

The distinction of a prophetic story or parable, is that it is God-breathed.
It is a “now” word from the Holy Spirit.

For example, one day Jesus shared a parable about a prodigal son—the lost son.

  • It was a message that confronted the beliefs and traditions of the Pharisees at that time

It confounded them.
It contradicted them.
It was a new sound—but it was the heart of the Father.

At times, a prophetic story will be radical, it will be unusual, it may even be confrontational.
But it will always be positioned from the Father’s heart of love.

A New Sound for this Generation

At this time, the Lord is releasing stories, parables and messages that are prophetic in nature. And these are a new sound that hasn’t been heard before.

There are stories that will be His means to reach a new generation.

  • They will touch people who have not been reached in conventional ways

Anointed parables and stories, inspired by the Holy Spirit, are going to completely disarm them.

These stories will bypass the listeners’ history, their understanding, and will be aimed straight at their hearts.

The Prophetic Story that Smote a King’s Heart

Prophetic stories are going to be released, that will speak God’s word, and bring conviction and change.

We will see prophets who come forth with stories, like the prophet Nathan when he came before David in 2 Samuel 12.

The prophet told King David a story of a poor man, who had one little lamb, that was a priceless pet to his family.
The lamb was seized by a neighboring rich man, who had many flocks, to feed a visitor.

When David cried out against that rich man, to bring a judgment, the prophet said to him, “You are that man!”
And the Lord smote King David’s heart, through a story.

The Creativity of Prophetic Stories

God uses the means of stories and parables throughout the books of the prophets.
Why? He is after the hearts of his people.
And some of these are the stories of the prophets themselves.

Your own prophetic story could be an anecdote, or analogy, or a story of something that has happened to you.
The Holy Spirit is endlessly creative.

  • A prophetic story can be conveyed through a song, a poem, or a painting
  • It may be conveyed through media, drama, video or writing
  • Your prophetic story may be symbolic, like Jesus’ parables. Or it may be from a real-life event
  • Your prophetic story may be an insight from current or historical events
  • You may be inspired by Bible story, that will apply directly to a situation, or someone’s life!

Stories will be released that are like a wakeup call and are going to be as a trumpet, calling for God’s people to arise.

It’s Time to Come Out of Hiding

Today, hear the Lord say,
“In the secret place, I have been shaping and fashioning you.
You have been kept in the shadow of my hand; a polished arrow, set apart for such a time as this. I am releasing your voice. I am displaying My splendor through you!”
(See Isaiah 49:2-3)

So step out and share your unique gift and prophetic story, from the heart of the Father.
For it’s time to come out of hiding and into your calling.


[1] A recent example of this, is where I shared a vision about a letterbox and told the story of what happened to the letter (representing prayer): Heaven’s Mailbox: Your Prayer Holds Great Power

[2] Note that the original source of the teaching content is the Enliven Prophetic School where it was first published on 11 March 2020.

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58 thoughts on “Prophetic Parables and Stories: You are God’s Arrow”

  1. This was very encouraging, Helen! I see things and understand things via pictures and creating images in my mind to understand and learn things. People often say I’m too wordy about things which is frustrating. My giftings are writing and art so it makes sense to think that way. Thank you for this article because the fact that the Holy Spirit reminded you that Jesus spoke in pictures and metaphors that really hit my heart. Very encouraging.

      1. I am a dreamer but I don’t think I’ve had many prophetic stories. I’m still hidden. I receive a few prophetic words but have no platform to release them. Don’t know when it will be. Maybe I’m still in training. Early this year God revealed that it’s going to be a Psalm 91 year. I just wrote it in my journal. Never shared it until covid broke out.

        I need more training if dreams are about me or prophetic for the nation or church.

          1. Thank you servant of God for the encouragement , truly uplifting. It’s another voice to God’s call for these trying times through and after this pestilence. It brings to mind a “dream” where I was marveling at the great works and Anointing of a prophet only for The Holy Spirit to say “Write your own story” . It’s been a very hard journey since and has felt like I am trudging through the wilderness yet with this deep thirst for His Presence and Touch. As in Esther 4:14 Who knows whether I have come to The Kingdom for such a time as this. . .

          2. Thank you Helen. I’ll read this. I love how you reply to every comment even late at night. Hihi. God bless!

  2. Thank you so much, Helen. This so encouraged me. I have just completed a book which I will send for editing. I also write prophetic stories as led by Holy Spirit and this word has encouraged me to continue and ask God for more!
    Blessings to you.

    1. That’s wonderful, Olga! God bless you in your creative endeavours! I love that with Him there is always more. As we faithfully sow the seed, He replenishes it with more

  3. Praise d Lord Sis
    Thanx for your encouragement words…I always felt my heavenly father talking with me through you….I am going through lot of rejection and suffering…pray for me.thank you dear sis

    1. Hi Sushree, I’m sorry to hear of the difficulty and pain you are experiencing! I pray that you will know and encounter God’s Presence with you, and that angels are surrounding you.
      I pray that the tide that has been against you will turn and that you will burst forward with strength and the favor that is yours in Christ. Father let circumstances and people be pulled into alignment to your plans for Sushree, in Jesus, Name

  4. how can i get in touch with you personally. i need a mentor into the prophetic.
    do you have prophetic conferences

    1. Hi Joyce, I don’t do personal mentoring, but make my prophetic training available online through the prophetic school (link above) with much free content here on the blog and on the YouTube channel too

  5. It’s like this was written just for me and at exactly the right time! I am encouraged and will continue to let God speak through me with prophetic stories and Parables!!!

  6. Sandra Johnson

    Thanks Helen, for the on time message. While sleeping last night I dream I heard a voice say “God is about to cause your voice to heard. When I rose up this morning I read your message. I thought, “Lord that’s your double confirmation of you speaking to me.” I was feeling discouraged I felt like my life was put on hold, ministry and all. Thank you so much for being a prophetic voice in this day and time and allowing God to use your voice!!!!! Thanks again

    1. What a powerful encouragement to you, Sandra. It’s these moments when the Lord is highlighting and underlining something in a “pay attention” kind of way. 🙂

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