It was 1998, and my husband Malcolm and I were on a ministry trip, visiting churches in the South Island of New Zealand. As we were travelling, I was reading about a prophetic vision. In the book, eagles symbolised the prophets who had been hidden until the end times, and who collectively were shown what God was doing. [1]

One day, as I read about the eagles who were the prophets, a huge response took place in my heart concerning prophetic ministry. It was as though a light turned on, and I found myself crying out to the Lord, ‘That’s me!’

That evening we were having dinner with leaders in a church where we were ministering. As we prayed together, our friend shared a vision he was seeing:

“Helen I have this picture of you wearing a large, baggy sweatshirt. [2] There is a motif running each sleeve that is like the eagles heads that you see on Indian totem poles, with the large eyes and beak. There are a series of these running down each sleeve.”

He had no idea of my encounter with God earlier that day.

I recorded in my diary, ‘I realised that the reason the sweatshirt was ‘big’ was that I am yet to grow into the ministry.’

When we returned home from that trip, a package was waiting for us. It was from my Mum, who was living in the USA at that time. Inside was a decorative plate, featuring an eagle’s face. 

Prophetic Signs, Events and Unusual Coincidences

It is no surprise that sometimes God speaks to those of us who are gifted prophetically in ways that we especially relate to. This includes the means of signs, symbols and unusual coincidences.

In Scripture, God sometimes gave many prophetic words and signs to His people over a long period, often years before the promise they related to was ever fulfilled.

A Grace Gift From God

A personal prophetic word or event can be like a signpost pointing to something God is doing in the future. During times of hiddenness, transition or trial, we can look back on what God has spoken in the past and be encouraged concerning God’s faithfulness to perform His word.

Shortly after the events I recorded above, I entered a season of severe trial and failure in prophetic and prayer ministry (I write about this in the book, ‘Prophetic People in a Changing Church.’)

During the years that followed, of restoration, waiting, measures of release into ministry and burnout, this event, along with other prophecies, continued to remind me of God’s purpose for my life. The eagle plate sat where I could see it every day. Looking into its eyes was like looking into a mirror—a reminder of who God created and called me to be.

Processing Prophetic Signs

Here are some things to remember when you are processing about prophetic insights received by way of unusual signs, coincidences.

1. Prophetic Signs Often Relate to a Future Time

There are times to hold things in our hearts as Mary did (Luke 2:19), whilst getting on with the business of everyday life, being faithful and preparing as we have the opportunity to do so.  At the right time, the prophetic sign or word will prove to be confirmation.

2. Prophetic Signs and Insights Need to be Weighed up

The Biblical mandate to weigh up prophecy applies to all prophetic revelation, no matter how it is received. (1 Thess 5:19-22) There is no hierarchy of prophetic revelation where a particular way we receive it is not subject to being weighed up. An open vision, for example, needs to be tested and submitted to oversight just as much as any other word. As the Apostle Paul said, ‘Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.’ (2 Cor 11:14)

If you are confused about time frames or you think a prophetic revelation requires an immediate response, having oversight is not only helpful, but also necessary. [3]

It was 12 years before the doorway to step into full time prophetic ministry with David McCracken Ministries opened up to me. And the prophetic call was prayed over and weighed up by all parties—including my own church pastor. It was time to step fully into my calling.

3. Keep a Record of Prophetic Events and Signs when they Occur.

Keeping a record of events that seem to be orchestrated by the Holy Spirit can be a great means of encouragement later on, for reflection, confirmation and prayer. (Hab 2:2-3)

Related Posts:

The Power of a Prophetic Act

Angelic Encounters and Supernatural Experiences

Prophesying in the Dark: What the Owl Taught Me


[1] The Final Quest, Rick Joyner, Morningstar Publications, 1996

[2] ‘Sweatshirt’ is Kiwi for ‘jumper’—or ‘jersey’, depending on where you are from!

[3] For more information on processing personal prophetic guidance, see Personal Guidance for the Important Decisions of Life

© Helen Calder, Enliven Blog

Enliven Ministries: In the David McCracken Ministries family

13 thoughts on “Prophetic Signs And Unusual Coincidences”

  1. One final comment Helen, In relation to your shoe story. I believe God has given us everything we need [2 Pt 1:3], and its up to us to take a hold of it and throw off everything that stops us stepping in to and putting on that which he has called us to [Heb 12:1, 2 Cor 10:5,} and for us to then run out the door and proclaim what God has given us [Mk 16:15,] and as we do this we will release and activate something in the earth realm that others will testify to,[Jn 1:7-8, Acts 23:11.] I believe the time of doing is now upon us,[ Ja 1 :23-25] because we now have the full backing of heaven.

  2. Thanks David, I always appreciate your prophetic insights and the way you team it up with Scripture.
    Love that last thought… ‘we now have the full backing of heaven’. Selah.

  3. I saw two small while owls setting on my bedroom window shelf outside. They sat there for several minutes just looking at me. What does this mean?

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