This week in our Global Prayer Storm, we are going to pray for an increase of the “seer anointing” on our lives. We need greater insight, discernment, and revelation in these hours we are living in. The following is from my newly released The Seer Expanded Edition, which adds a 40-day devotional in the back of the book. Read the following and pray the MEDITATION sections!
Let the “seer anointing” increase in all our lives for such a time as this! In Jesus’ name!
1 Samuel 9:9 Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he used to say, ‘Come, and let us go to the seer”; for he who is called a prophet now was formerly called a seer.
Within the overall realm of the prophet lies the particular and distinctive realm of the seer. The word seer describes a particular type of prophet who receives a particular type of prophetic revelation or impartation.
When it comes to prophetic revelation, a prophet is primarily an inspired hearer and then speaker while a seer is primarily visual. In other words, the prophet is the communicative dimension and the seer is the receptive dimension. Whereas nabiy’ emphasizes the active work of the prophet in speaking forth a message from God, ra’ah and chozeh focus on the experience or means by which the prophet “sees or perceives” that message.
All true seers are prophets, but not all prophets are seers. A prophet may have the particular grace to hear and proclaim the Word of the Lord and yet not necessarily function as profusely in the revelatory visionary capacity as a seer does. The seer, on the other hand, may move quite remarkably in this visionary dream capacity yet not be as deep in the inspirational audible graces of hearing and speaking. Nevertheless, both move and operate in the prophetic realm, but in different capacities or dimensions.
“The seer realm of prophetic anointing has a lot to do with quietly waiting on God. Quite often, impartation in the seer realm comes only after a time of patient waiting and contemplative meditation upon the Lord. But, thank the Lord – if we wait, He will come!”
How much time do you spend waiting on God in an average day? In an average week? Is God asking you to increase your time waiting on Him so that He might impart more to you?
Two Prophetic Streams: Contrasts and Comparisons
Ephesians 1:17 …that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.
By contrasting and comparing the prophet and seer streams, we can gain a better understanding of how the two work together and complement each other in bringing out the fullest expression of God’s prophetic revelation.
Prophets often work in a plurality of leadership. Seasoned and gifted individuals, both men and women, minister through the laying on of hands, relating prophecy to individuals or to the corporate Body as it is revealed to them. This ministry often utilizes the spiritual gifts of tongues and the interpretation of tongues, and prophecy and words of knowledge. A prophet “hears” a word in their spirit and begins by releasing this unction. This kind of prophecy tends to be more spontaneous and with a faster flow than “seer” prophecy, with inspiration as the general tone.
A seer, on the other hand, tends more toward single-person ministry versus the plurality of a team. The seer anointing emphasizes visions and the revelatory gifts mingled with the gift of discerning of spirits rather than the audible, speaking gifts. Within the visionary dimension there are two basic levels of “seeing”: visual and actual.
Visual “seeing” involves insights, revelations, warnings, and prophecies from the Spirit of God that may come in supernatural visual dreams. In contrast, actual “seeing” involves supernatural dreams in which God’s tangible presence is evident or manifested.
“Every born again Believer has two sets of eyes. We have our physical eyes, with which we view the physical, created world around us. Paul talks about a second set of eyes – the eyes of our heart or our inner self – that can be enlightened to perceive spiritual truth. I am convinced that any Believer can develop the seer capacity.”
Pray that the Lord develops the eyes of your heart so that you will perceive spiritual truth.
Watching to see what the Lord will speak!
Dr. James W. Goll
Encounters Network • Prayer Storm • Compassion Acts Team
Patricia King & James Goll: The Seer Anointing