I am not a Seer
After reading a dozen or more books on being a seer, I walked away thinking that I am absolutely, 100% not a seer. All of the books had a strong relationship between being a prophet and a seer which I found discouraging. My conclusion is that there is no NT gift of seeing, no office of the seer in the New Covenant and that the gift in some form is simply an extension of the gift of discernment but really it is supposed to be available and used by every member of the Body of Christ.
The New Testament contains lots of descriptions of a mystical realm. This realm and the scriptures that make reference to it includes trances, dreams, visions, people being transported, etc. All mystical realities that have an effect on the visible, common world. This unseen realm is available to everyone, believer and nonbeliever who have their senses trained. (Yes, you read correctly, non-believers actively participate in the unseen, mystical realm. Mohammed received his revelation through an 'angel', the New Age movement has some very gifted mystics in their rank. The problem with deception though is that it is very deceiving and we should be bringing Christ back to the center of mysticality reality).
The ‘special’ nature given to the ability is very unhelpful. It makes the one who sees almost assume the role of a medium. People want to know about their angels, they want to know what you see. It risks elevating a God given ability into a higher class of Christian. I would argue that the genesis of the specialness of the ability is because we remain stuck in Old Covenant thinking where the presence of God was fleeting, the veil remained in place and access to the mystical realm was sporadic and reserved for ‘specially’ gifted individuals. In the New Covenant, the mystical unseen realm should be a normal part of our Christian life. The veil has been torn and heaven has come and is coming.
Normalizing the mystical realm is important if we are to see growth in the ability throughout the church. I believe that God is right now about to highlight this ability in His church. There are periods of time when He seems to highlight a specific gift. At one point it was the prophetic, then healing, right now it is words of knowledge. Right around the corner is the emphasis on the revelation of the unseen realm. Our worship will be more glorious, our prayer lives will accelerate, our spiritual warfare will be more victorious, and cities and nations will see Gods plans for them like never before. However, we have some work to do.
It wasn’t that long ago that the prophetic, not to mention actual prophets, were scary things for the average pastor. What do you do with someone in your church, most likely someone who was not in leadership and was super intense, had a direct line to head office? It was pretty intimidating. Add into the mix some pretty bad training and teaching around the gift of prophecy and the office of the prophet and it is no wonder that churches kept the prophetic at arm’s length. Even some large movements who embraced the prophetic and prophets, made decisions to distance themselves and shift focus, instead of correcting, training, and learning. You can still hear some of the disdain in some leader’s remarks when they talk about only wanting ‘real prophecy, you know dates, times etc.’. But the prophetic gift and practice have come a long way. There are trainings, books, conferences, and even schools for emerging prophets! I would say when it comes to ‘seeing’ we have a long way to go. Church leaders simply have no idea what to do with the ability not to mention the seemingly strange bunch of people who seem to see and engage with the mystical realm. The answer is to have healthy seers. (Yes, I know I don’t believe in them but like many of my counterparts, it is just a useful label, just remember, we are all supposed to be seers.) So let’s do that. Let’s embrace what God has done, removed the barrier between heaven and earth, between the seen and unseen realm, and train our people well so that they would see the Kingdom advance.
I believe I can help you do that.
What others have been saying about this course:
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Excellent course on seeing the unseen
This course exceeded my expectations! I was fully prepared to go a little deeper in what I already knew, but not too much deeper, since I secretly suspected I had already reached the ceiling of my "seeing" abilities. I was in for a surprise. ...
Journey Into The Mystical Realm
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About the instructor
Ian Carroll was the senior leader at Greater Chicago Church and is now an itinerant speaker and writer. He is passionate about shifting culture in the church so that cities can be transformed for the kingdom of God. His mission is to raise up healthy five fold ministers and release people into their call.