Amos spoke about a “famine … for hearing the words of the Lord,” a time when people “will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, but they will not find it” (Amos 8:11,12). The prophet Samuel was born into such a time: “And word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent” (1 Sam. 3:1). Hosea as well proclaimed My people perish for lack of vision (Hos 4:6). That’s been the case in the American Church for some time. We’ve not earnestly desired prophetic gifts (1 Cor 12:31) and rejected the Word of the Lord, saying He doesn’t have plans for us, we’ll make our own. He doesn’t speak anymore. And so our people have cast off restraint for lack of revelation (Pro 28:17.) We’ve been caught up with the worldly culture of America, forsaking the things of God.
A shortage of revelation, understanding and prophetic words from the Lord is indeed a curse.
Daniel, on the other hand, spoke of a time when prophetic insight would increase:
But you, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end. Then many shall run to and fro and search anxiously through the Book, and knowledge of God’s purposes as revealed by His prophets shall be multiplied and become great (Dan. 12:4, AMP).
Without a doubt, we are blessed to live in a day as seen by Daniel. The increase of prophecy has indeed become great. The time of the spiritual son of Issachar, those who understands the times and, therefore, has knowledge of what we must do (see 1 Chron. 12:32).
I believe this is knit to the promise of Joel 2, which was not fully fulfilled in Acts 2. But a down-payment, for the context of the Joel 2 outpouring is the last days preceding Jesus’ return.
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days
This outpouring of the Spirit is an outpouring of the person of the Holy Spirit, we will be in His presence, hearing His council and seeing things of heaven. So currently I rejoice in the time of increase when there is not total Spirit famine. But I long for fullness of the outpouring to come. And know the promises of God require the intercession of man. So invite you to cry out with me for the outpouring on the American church and in our own lives, our own churches. Let’s not perish for lack of vision.