Four WindsSeptember 8, 2019 2023-04-05 19:12
Before we can understand the four flavors or classifications of prophets, we need to get some background information. In Rev. 1:4, we read, “John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne.” We need to recognize these seven spirits, which we can also identify in the Old Testament, which Isaiah prophesied about,
Then shall come forth a Rod from the stumps of
Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of His roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the
spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of
counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and
of the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:1-2)
These were the seven spirits of God that were on Jesus’ life:
1. The Spirit of the Lord
7. The Fear of the Lord
These seven spirits can flow into four dimensions. In the verse, the word “spirit” occurred four times, even though there were seven descriptions to it. Notice, it was first mentioned in the Spirit of the Lord. The second time it appeared as the spirit of wisdom and understanding. They lumped together wisdom and understanding together. The third time, they grouped together counsel and might, and called it the spirit of counsel and might. The last time, it was the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. Four times the word spirit occurred. The Lord is intentional. It was because God was pointing us to something important with regard to the spirit of prophecy.
Do you notice that the Bible usually talks about the four winds of God? The four winds of God are distinguished as 1) North wind, 2) the South wind, 3) the East wind, and 4) the West wind. These four winds of God are unique, but they do flow together. Let us see how all of these four winds are seen flowing together. Notice the prophet reiterating the Lord’s instruction to the command to the wind.
Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind,
prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus
saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds,
O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they
may live. (Ezekiel 37:9 KJV, emphasis added)
In Daniel 7, Daniel saw a vision in the night—a dream. He saw four creatures coming out to represent four empires. Just before this took place, what did Daniel see? He saw four winds. Before God moves, there is a wind, and we see this every time. We read in the verse, ““I had a vision at night. I looked up and saw the four winds of heaven. They were stirring up the Mediterranean Sea” (Dan 7:2).
In Acts 2, there was a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind. It was the Holy Spirit coming upon them. The natural wind is produced in the natural world. Nevertheless, God chose the wind as a picture of the true spirit world. Each time God is preparing for a great move, there is usually turbulence in the spirit world.
Think about it, before nations rise or fall, before dramatic events that you read about in the headlines, there is turbulence in the heavens. It results from the working of the four winds of God. These four winds of the Holy Spirit will also be part and parcel of the last move in the Book of Revelation, when God brings forth the Spirit of the Lord, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, and the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
Experience the Power of Prophecy as a gift to open your mind to receive the Mind of Christ.