paint your future ..
Today I received the following letter from the President of a very large ministry in the USA and one that affects many countries in the world. His influence is strong and his ministry literally touches millions of lives. I have edited it simply to protect the identity of this wonderful man.
You may remember me… Your ministry to us in previous years was wonderful and you prophesied over my child at the time. Years before that, I had my greatest prophetic encounter in my life when I went to see you in a certain city and heard you teach. Just recently I spent time praying and the Lord convicted me that I had touched the Lord’s anointed in a wrong way. During the elections I was frustrated with what you had put out prophetically and I spoke for a moment and used your name in a public way. It was wrong and I ask your deepest forgiveness. I honor you as a prophet. I don’t think anything came out of that very short statement but it affected God and I repent. I pray that God would continue to use you mightily as a clear voice for America. I commit myself to honor you. Thank you for hearing me…
In order for me to be a voice without allowing social or cultural influences to affect my judgment, I have to overcome the challenge of possibly using my own opinion and my own agenda in presenting the will of God. I can honestly say that I know how the prophets of old must have felt when God told them to say something that completely disagreed with their own opinions or personal feelings. Jonah knew God’s ways and so he ran from the responsibility of delivering the Word of the Lord to the city of Nineveh, the flourishing capital of the Assyrian empire.
Jonah 1:3 – 6
“3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord. He headed for Tarshish. So he went down to the port of Joppa. There he found a ship that was going to Tarshish. He paid the fare and went on board. Then he sailed for Tarshish. He was running away from the Lord. 4 But the Lord sent a strong wind over the Mediterranean Sea. A wild storm came up. It was so wild that the ship was in danger of breaking apart. 5 All of the sailors were afraid. Each one cried out to his own god for help. They threw the ship’s contents into the sea. They were trying to make the ship lighter. But Jonah had gone below deck. There he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. 6 The captain went down to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call out to your god for help! Maybe he’ll pay attention to what’s happening to us. Then we won’t die.”
Jonah eventually obeyed God and went to Nineveh and declared the Word to them in the hope that God would judge them swiftly. But to his dismay, they repented and cried out to God. This was God’s response to Nineveh’s prayer of sorrow; “God saw what they did. They stopped doing what was evil. So He took pity on them. He didn’t destroy them as He had said He would.”
The fact is that God has the right to say what He likes and do as He pleases and He is not accountable to us! So many people became angry with me simply because I publicly prophesied about Barack Obama’s election victory while I was in Harrisburg, PA. Most people don’t realize that my own personal opinion was diametrically opposed to what I was hearing! I struggled tremendously with this. I had no problem with God selecting an African American as President, but I did have a problem with God allowing a Democrat to win! After hearing what came out of my innermost being, I had to align myself with GOD’S WILL AND INTENTIONS and NOT my personal belief and choice. I had to come to the realization that it was not my purpose to make God the God of only the Republican Party and the God of only the Republican candidates. He spoke to me and rebuked me for my lack of faith in His ability to rule within any specified party. Many years ago, the Spirit of God spoke a prophecy through me, saying that He would fill the next President with the Holy Spirit while he was in office. Well, why would that change suddenly because a Democrat was chosen? Yes, He can and YES HE WILL!
My daughter, Donne, who is a conservative in many ways, wrote this note to me when I was discouraged because of the hate mail I was receiving about my prophetic role in the election.
I think we should give Obama a chance and we should recognize the need within our generation to unite and not be afraid. Hate is usually birthed from fear and fear is birthed from reaction to something unfamiliar. We are always afraid of change, but the struggle is usually the labor of birth. When Obama was elected, the world celebrated, and not because he was a democrat. Nobody even cared at that moment, a more pressing issue was being addressed, the issue of unity. In Kenya, they declared our election day a national holiday, Obama day, because the simple act of electing him to lead the greatest country in the world gave hope to millions who have prayed for a chance at equality, not superiority. Of course there will be idiots who see things that way, but those idiots exist in all races. All of this makes me think of Hilda (Authors note: the African woman who raised Kim Clement in South Africa) and how I loved her, and even more, how you loved her. She wasn’t less than we are, her environment and circumstances made her path more difficult because of ignorant ideas that governed South Africa for so long, but those ideas have died with the passing of generations, and in electing Obama, we have had the funeral for the old way of thinking. God needs us to be united in all ways as we fight both the physical and spiritual war that we are in, and that transcends the very divisive “republican and democrat,” the way the North and South were divided before the Civil and then World Wars.
I love you Dad.
I realize that my role as a prophet will always draw unpopularity, frustration and even anger. We don’t know the future – God does — and He shares this with prophets. Why? Prophets have a longer or expanded sight. When your sight is longer to see the future, then your sight for the past becomes shorter. Sometimes the best way to forget your past is to gain more sight of the future. It’s almost like a computer memory space. You’ve got to delete some of the memory from the past to create more room to see the future. The more you glimpse into the future, the wonderful destined future that God designed for you, the more you will be able to forget your hurtful past.
My personal view is that the changes now sweeping the world have no historical precedents – or to explain better – there are no earlier events or actions that we can regard as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances. This is very exciting as it means we are experiencing something for the first time on the Earth! So when a prophet prophesies or predicts something that is totally unrelated to the PRESENT, bears no familiarity with and has no reference to the reality of today, people find it difficult to accept and oftentimes take up arms against the vessel that God uses. In the late 1990s, who would have accurately guessed what the political climate of the world would be ten years later? For instance, the Internet and its impact, the degree to which commerce and globalization have transpired and the dramatically different ways in which our children would communicate with one another, was incomprehensible 20 years ago. Yet I remember prophesying in the early 1980’s about invisible light, multiple communications on a screen and the transference of documents through an invisible pipe. People laughed at me and I remember one spiritual leader saying, “When Kim Clement prophesies something, you have to put it on the TOP shelf.” They couldn’t relate to the prediction simply because they had nothing tangible to connect with. Today I watch my daughter, Elizabeth, doing homework for school with four windows open on the computer. Instant Messages are flashing continuously, her cell phone constantly ringing, and she is downloading music and watching TV over her shoulder. She seems to be running an empire, as far as I can see, and yet before my very eyes I see the fulfillment of a prophetic word that I gave in the early 1980’s. Is it a requirement for someone to speak it out before it can actually unfold? I think so. That makes the prophet and the prophetic gift far more interesting and relevant.
One of my prophetic burdens is the population growth and yet I see a solution. Many Christians don’t. The world population has doubled in the past 30 years, from three to six billion. It may be heading for nine billion by the middle of the century. The great new mass of humanity will be using technologies that have YET TO BE INVENTED in ways we can’t imagine and in jobs that don’t yet exist. Someone has to speak it out, to predict it, because before something can emerge, it has to be spoken creatively under the inspiration of the Spirit of the Future – GOD – and this comes by creative observation. Creative observation is the ability to see something creatively, as God saw a prince in Jacob and then spoke it into existence. You cannot prophetically speak something into existence unless you have seen it under the influence of your spiritual creativity. Creative observation means that you observe something, not within its confines but outside of its restrictions, and once you see it, you’re able to paint a colorful picture.
I have been an EYEWITNESS of a future glory. Today we understand that the word “glory,” that is used so loosely by many revivalists, has a far greater meaning than what they portray and teach. It means, “magnificence, distinctive, splendor, eminence, a HIGHER STATE OF EXISTENCE.” The future holds a HIGHER STATE OF EXISTENCE for every one of us who can see it and grasp it, and it’s not only a spiritual state of existence but also a real material existence in a real material world. Notice in the Ancient Scripts that the Apostle Peter speaks about this wonderful gift we all have. He mentions that they were “eyewitnesses” of His Majesty; they observed creatively the part of Christ that no one else had seen and out of this came a prophetic word. When you see something under the power of creative observation, you then receive a prophetic word so that you can speak it into existence. Notice that Peter says that it is as a “light that shines in a dark place.” The prophetic word brings the light into a dark place.
2 Peter 1:16 – 19
16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice, which came from Heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. 19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place.
The future is not dark and filled with fear but rather God’s portrait, which appears black and white. He allows us the privilege and grants us the opportunity to paint and dictate the colors we place in the future that He has drawn. We can paint it dark and dismal or we can paint it with colors so that it is filled with joy, peace, prosperity, progress and life.
Start painting the portrait of your future. We know there will be pain and sorrow and various anxieties but that is NOT only what life is all about. We must dictate as best as we possibly can the outcome of our future. God has already drawn the picture of your destiny and future on the canvas of your heart – go ahead and paint it with the appropriate colors.
Prophet Kim Clement