Prophetic Signs And Unusual Coincidences

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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


Notes:

[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. Steve Richardson

    Hi Helen,

    The Eagle has always been extremely important in my life, for some reason in my teens I was drawn them, in my 20’s it took shape in the way of collecting artwork, pictures, statues and jewellery, I have so much of these things.

    I always felt a higher meaning with them. Growing up in a very abusive frightening home I felt for the longest time (still do to be perfectly honest) that the Eagle represented freedom, that in some way it was my escape, I even have a tattoo that symbolises this very thing.

    Before I was saved and I was in to all sorts of new age stuff I was told that the Eagle was my spiritual totem animal and the reason I was drawn so strongly to this was because of my own spiritual maturity.

    This post comes at a time where I am getting lots of activity into my own spirit. I know something is stirring inside me and I am like a sponge trying to understand it, could this blog be a distinct message for me. I am not sure but I assume I will know one day. It does however have meaning for me.

    Bless you – Steve 🙂

  2. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Steve,
    Yes I believe that God can use a symbol like the eagle to stir us about His purposes and the way He has wired us. Many Christians also relate to the lion as a symbol too.
    Both appear in Scripture in various ways.
    I love the thought of the eagle representing freedom:
    ‘But those who wait on the Lord
    Shall renew their strength;
    They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
    They shall run and not be weary,
    They shall walk and not faint.’ (Isaiah 40:31)

  3. David

    Just over a year ago i was in a major department store looking at clothes.As i was walking through the shoe section a pair of shoes caught my eye, they where very extreme, shiny metallic silver with a bit of red. As i felt them i decided to put them on they felt great, i checked out the price tag $375, reduced down to $72, last pair my size only.I felt a stirring by Holy Spirit to buy them, but my natural man said “they are hideous, they are way to out there and people will laugh at you.” So i put them back.I couldn’t shake them, so i told my wife, she came over to have a look and i put them back on and she loved them and told me to buy them, so i did. When i arrived home i studied them more and saw a small brand name written inside, ‘Pirelli, i looked up its meaning, derived from the saints and disciples of the Christian church Petros meaning rock.A few weeks later i was asked to MC a wedding so i needed to upgrade my black shoes, i found myself in another major department store and they had a sale on, so i chose a pair of new black shoes and upon arriving home to show my wife i pulled the box out of the bag it was black with a red flame on it with the word Apostle written across the top. What was Holy Spirit getting at .Well a few months later i was interstate in my hotel room finishing up preparations for the wedding and i opened up my computer to a prophetic forum and this article was posted.
    ‘Are you a shoe prophet’, well the power that hit me was arresting, [this is a small section from the article] ‘A shoe prophet is one who prepares my people in their walk.I need prophets who will teach my people how to walk in holiness. I need those who will teach my people how to walk in my ways, says the Spirit of the Lord.” I would love to share this story in full but due to its length i am unable, this story all began earlier when i had new tyres put on my car, i went to check the brand, Pirelli.

  4. Helen Calder Post author

    I love that story David!
    Very enlightening
    I have my own recent story about shoes, too. Will pop back and share it when I have more time 🙂

  5. jose ramos

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  6. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Jose,
    From what I can understand in the translation, you have a huge call on your life and God has done many things to confirm that.
    It is difficult to be in the process and time of waiting. This one thing I know to be true. It is God’s job to fulfil His prophecies and our job to be faithful and to stay on track.
    In your perseverence and love of God, nothing can hold back His purposes from happening in your life. He is true to His promises. Keep learning, growing, serving and pursuing an intimate relationship with Jesus, and watch what God does.
    Another thing God does with people who have a large ministry call from God is that God places us where we can be faithful serving the vision of another person and ministry. Through our faithfulness in serving the vision of others God releases us in great measure. That has been my story, and I have seen it over and over again.

  7. Amy

    On point word Mrs. Calder… God is so awesome… I always find confirmation in your teachings…After I read your blog, I went into prayer… I asked God a question, and I saw an eagle fly by as my eyes were closed…. Keep doing what u do Mrs Calder…. Love ya:)

  8. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Amy, you’re such a treasure I love what Father God is doing in your life and how He uses your gifts. Bless you x

  9. Helen Calder Post author

    David, here’s the shoe story I was going to tell you:
    At the end of last year I was visiting a church and received a word that said very simply, ‘God says, I am re-soling you feet, I am giving you new shoes.’
    The amazing thing was that as I was getting ready for church that morning, I put on brand new shoes, grabbed them out of the shopping bag and shoe box they had been sitting in for two weeks, shoe box stuffing flying everywhere because I was in a hurry! And I’m standing there in brand new shoes receiving this prophecy… it was a sign and some things have happened this year that have been quite remarkable in relation to this word.

  10. David.

    That’s great Helen how exciting, a passage that comes to mind is Eph 6;15. When i first purchased my Pirelli shoes Is 52:7 came to me.
    As i read and responded to your original post i kept hearing, “get ready its time to fly”.

  11. David

    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.

  12. Helen Calder Post author

    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.

  13. Jeanie.

    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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