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What is the difference between Old Covenant prophecy and New Covenant prophecy?
 
Prophesying the Dirt in Your Life?
By Apostle Eric vonAnderseck
 
In a recent attempt to define the difference between Old Covenant prophecy and New Covenant prophecy a columnist advocated that the focus of prophecy for believers is the dirt in other people’s lives, urging believers to "treasure what’s in the dirt".
 
This is another shocking example of what happens when those who are not apostles are allowed to teach the doctrine of Christ. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Prophecy for the believer today is the treasure of the heart of God—Jesus Christ.
 
We ought to treasure what God treasures. Jesus Christ is the Oath of all creation. He is the very will and conscience of God, our Redeemer, Lord, and Saviour (John 1:1-3).
 
When in covenant with God, He daily gives us confirmation upon confirmation of Jesus Christ. These gifts of grace fill the heart with wisdom, knowledge, and spiritual understanding, which the Holy Spirit breathes upon to affect change for the purpose of maturing us in spiritual things. New Covenant saints prophesy Jesus Christ.
 
In this article we’ll learn the goal of New Testament prophecy and learn how prophecy in the New Testament differs from prophecy in the Old Testament and equally important, how they are remarkably the same.
 
We’ll also get into the reason behind the distortion (wanting to prophesy the dirt in one’s life) to learn how this priesthood of the flesh got rooted in the minds of believers, and why it is seen as a virtue, when in reality it is a transgression against God.
 
The Goal of New Testament Prophecy
 
The goal of New Testament prophecy is to express Jesus Christ (the virtue and praise of God), not express ourselves (the fruits of iniquity God is healing). God does not want us digging deep into the caverns of our soul to unearth and examine the fruits of iniquity. That’s the transgression, to allow prophecy to follow the record of the natural man.
 
As believers we are to reach into Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to unfold His mysteries that we might reciprocate in prophecy to testify of His divine work within us as He daily transforms us into His likeness. It pleases God when we follow the record of Christ.
 
Let’s see how this instruction was provided for the early church. The Spirit of God instructed the church through Apostle John saying, “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:10)
 
Remarkably, this was the same goal for Old Covenant prophets. The role of the prophet was not simply to announce from the mouth of God judgments against the nations. They were primarily God’s mouth piece to point towards Jesus, which is what all the prophets from Moses to John the Baptist did. Let’s examine those scriptures.
 
Acts 26:22-23
“Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.”
 
John 5:39
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
 
1 Peter 1:10
“Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you.”
 
The goal of New Covenant prophecy is to give utterance to Christ, to testify of Him and the gifts of power we receive daily from Him. We are living the reality of the promises and blessings of Christ that the Old Covenant prophets saw in types and shadows.
 
The problem for believers regarding prophecy is three-fold. First of all, when a believer does not enter into covenant with God, he is not thinking from a covenant perspective. His concept of prophecy is developed from reading about the judgments of God’s wrath rather than the judgments of God’s mercy revealed in Jesus’ knowledge, His spiritual tools, His priesthood, and His power issued daily in manifestations of His grace.
 
In the absence of good teaching about the New Covenant terms for faith to be expressed in obedience to God, believers follow the path of the flesh. They are not experiencing the daily issuance of grace and present reality of regeneration and therefore prophesy about miracles to come.
 
Secondly, in that there are a lot of questions about the times in which we live and the upheaval of the earth, believers had assumed that prophecy should be speaking God’s mind about troubling events and troubling issues about morality.
 
Believers want God to address these things. They prophesy a paradise of God (wealth and health; miracles and multitudes). They prophesy nationalistically (wanting God to raise up America as a beacon of light to the world). So you’ll hear ministers experimenting with prophecy, telling people how to vote, how to invest their money, how God wants them to live, trying to predict the next weather patterns, etc. and they’ll prophesy against anyone who doesn’t follow their moral compass.
 
Everyone claims to speak in the voice of God, but obviously God is not in this confusing mix of voices and agendas.
 
The third roadblock for believers to properly understand prophecy is the simple lack of experience. We’re again looking at what happens when prophecy is not given a covenant perspective. As believers in Christ we are to build the altar of Christ in our heart. It is upon this altar that we offer to God spiritual sacrifices (New Testament prophecy) acceptable to God in that we are reciprocating His love.
 
In this void of experience it’s easy to see where believers get confused. The office of the prophet is being confused with priesthood prophecy. These are two very distinct functions in the Body of Christ. They are not the same.
 
The Calling of Prophet Differs From Priesthood Prophecy
 
The calling of the prophet is one of the 5 callings into the government of God. God calls prophets into His government to function with a measure of grace in the Body of Christ. Not all are called into the office of the prophet, but God calls all believers to function as priests at the altar of Christ to offer up to God spiritual sacrifices of knowledge, which is priesthood prophecy. When Apostle Paul wrote, “You may ALL prophesy one by one” he was speaking of priesthood prophecy, not the prophet’s calling.
 
The priesthood of each believer is focused on reciprocating the knowledge of Christ. That is, to prophesy Christ, to give utterance to His knowledge, drawing from the foundation of truth set in the heart by the apostles God called into His government. A minister cannot simply step into the office of the prophet not knowing anything about the terms of the New Covenant and never having learned or functioned in priesthood prophecy.
 
This is a powerful point of discernment for you. In the past it was possible for this charade to go on unchallenged. False ministers claimed to be God’s generals of prayer, they taught about naming, claiming, confessing. They wanted their prophetic words and ministry to be judged on their people skills, networking skills, ministry connections, ability to write articles, their financial successes, speaking engagements, etc.
 
Gone are those days. Anyone claiming to prophesy in the name of God, check if they are functioning in priesthood prophecy. The one (the office) does not come before the other (the altar).
 
Once believers get this, you’ll find that some will try to implement this shift on their own, but their prophecy is bombastic, filled with high-sounding words that inflate the aspiration and thus again besmirch the name of Christ. They designed their own altar of knowledge to retain their independence, which thing God hates.
 
False ministers are building false altars, which are made of knowledge that is colored with the flesh and hence they will see virtue in the dirt of the old man as they exchange these tokens of the flesh to honor each other. They have cast off the cords of God’s love in the oversight of His apostle that He assigned to place the stones of Christ in their heart and thus prophesy the condition of their own heart—darkness.  
 
God’s Old Covenant Prophets Confirmed the Covenant
 
The basic job of each Old Covenant prophet was to confirm the present covenant, while testifying of Christ to come. When God sent prophets to the children of Israel to warn them of pending judgments against them it was because they had departed from the covenant He established for their faith to be expressed.
 
This was not always the case, but each time they did abandon the covenant, pattern, and priesthood God gave to them through Moses, God sent prophets to them to warn them and teach them. Isaiah not only prophesied of Christ to come, but warned the children of Israel that in departing from the covenant they departed from their God. Jeremiah and Ezekiel did the same.
 
When the children of Israel wandered from the covenant it was not because they were  weak in the flesh, but because they were idol worshippers. While they served God with their lips, their heart was far from Him. That’s not weakness, that’s a choice of will.
 
As believers, we are each called to be New Covenant prophets (not the calling, but the altar). I am speaking of priesthood prophecy. The prophesy we utter daily at the altar of Christ to confirm Jesus Christ. The difference between New Covenant and Old Covenant prophets is that the prophets of the Old Covenant prophesied of Christ to come and the prophets of the New Covenant prophesy of Christ who has come, but both Old and New Covenant prophets confirm the present covenant, not mixing the old with the new.
 
We prophesy of the provisions in Christ. Not the provision of health and wealth, not the psychology of the old man, but the spiritual provisions made manifest in each of the 12 altar stones: grace, faith, righteousness, justification, sanctification, holiness, peace, rest, charity, truth, regeneration, and renewing of the mind.
 
God has made us partakers of Him and therefore we prophesy of the anointing to give evidence to Christ; for charity, as the dew of heaven upon our lips, reveals our labor with His grace. We prophesy of Christ in His truth as each altar stone reflects His image and work within our heart.
 
Approach to Prophetic Ministry
 
We cannot approach God or come into His presence without a gift. God gave us a gift for reciprocation in giving us Jesus Christ. So God gave us a gift for our approach unto Him. We offer to God the gift He gave us.
 
The reflection of God’s grace is in His altar and the altar identifies the covenant. The First Covenant altar was built with stones of the earth, it was earthly. God assigned priests to serve Him at the altar of the stones of this earth, to offer upon the altar sacrifices that reflected the sin of the people by the shedding of dumb beasts. God thus reproved the people for sin, showing them that until Christ came, their offerings to Him would bring sin to remembrance.
 
Hebrews 10:3, “But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.”
 
We can see that the approach to God involved an altar, an altar of faith. Faith was expressed at an altar. God sanctified their faith by providing the pattern He would enter into and thus accepting their faith and becoming a covering to them. As long as they approached the altar according to the pattern God gave to Moses, they had a covering of forgiveness for their sins. By this act of obedience they accepted the terms of the covenant and God accepted their faith.
 
When Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God, shed His blood for the sins of the world, God preached to us that we have a new altar in Christ and identifies each believer as priests, "We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle,” (Hebrews 13:10)
 
Apostle Peter instructs believers in their priesthood saying, “As lively stones, (you) are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” He goes on to teach, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light,” (1 Peter 2:5,9).
 
So God is making a connection for us between the altar and the sacrifice and the priesthood and our worship of Him. If you claim faith in Jesus Christ and do not know how to offer spiritual sacrifices at His altar, now is the time to learn.
 
The goal of New Testament prophecy is NOT that we would find treasure in the dirt of people's lives, but to offer to God spiritual sacrifices, which is the utterance of His light, the knowledge that reflects the stones of Christ in His altar. You are engaging God on the terms of the covenant and He’s providing the power and witness that makes your faith living.

We have provided for you to learn how to build the altar of Christ in two ways:
1. Play the game “The Altar of Christ” (works only on laptop or desktop computers)
2. Take the free course “The Altar of Christ. CLICK HERE
 
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[Eric vonAnderseck serves the Body of Christ as a confirmed Apostle in the government of God. He is the founder of Second 8th Week Ministries & founder of the Network of Apostles Today. He is the IDCCST® Christian Education Curriculum author and author of over 100 ground breaking books and articles, spearingheading the return of the apostolic calling and anointing to the church.
 
Apostle Eric ministers extensively nationally and internationally. He is the pioneer of the new apostolic age and recognized as the leading authority in the fields of church growth, foundation building, spiritual gifts and spiritual warfare, and the leading voice in the transition of the church into the new apostolic season and reformation.]
 
 
Image credit: Leo Dirac @Flickr (edited)
 


 

Last Revised: 2016-06-19

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