The call to write prophetically is an assignment not to be taken lightly. And just because you like to write doesn't make you a writing prophet. So, how do you know if God is calling you to be His writing prophet?
Let's look at the book of Ezekiel chapter nine. This chapter begins with Ezekiel hearing the voice of God, "Then He called out in my hearing with a loud voice" (v.1).
Step 1: The writing prophet must be able to HEAR God's voice. The call to write begins with knowing God well enough to hear His voice.
Ezekiel heard the summon go to a specific group of individuals (v. 1), “Let those who have charge over the city draw near, each with a deadly weapon in his hand.” The call is to the commanders of the city, those who had charge of the city. The term summon is a legal term, it is created to order someone to come to a particular place, or to officially tell someone to be present. Summons are authorized by a Judge.
Step 2: God is the ultimate Judge. His orders originate from the courtroom of heaven. He is the one who authorizes heavenly summons. The call to write is not self-appointed, it is an assignment from the throne room of heaven.
As Ezekiel listened, he heard the call required for each commander to come with a deadly weapon in his hand (v.1). A weapon is an object used in war or fighting. The commander's weapon is an object that he or she is skilled and trained to use. Weapons can tear down or destroy the enemy's stronghold. It can set captives free, bring deliverance, healing, hope, and/or warn.
Step 3: God required each commander to come with a weapon in their hand. The call to write is a weapon already in one's possession.
Ezekiel versus two reads, And suddenly six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his battle-ax in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen and had a writer’s inkhorn at his side.
In this verse, Ezekiel moves from hearing God to seeing what takes place. He sees six men come from the direction of the upper gate, which faced north. Each had a battle-ax in his hand. A seventh man appears. He is dressed in linen. Linen was often worn by priest. The seventh man's weapon was a writer's inkhorn which he carried at his side. The seventh man is a man of God's word, a priest. He walked in priestly garments. His weapon was his writing instrument, which he carried with him at all times. It was tied around his waist. It is the belt of truth, which is a part of God's armor. Before judgment, God will always inform His servants (Amos 3:7). They are invited into the courts of heaven.
Step 4: The call to write requires righteous living. It is an assignment that represents truth that is worn at one's side. The prophetic pen is the writing prophet's weapon.
I encourage you to read the entire ninth chapter of Ezekiel. The call to write prophetically is an assignment from THE WRITER to become His INKHORN to the nations or to a sphere of influence. It the foundational scripture of which we base this website. It is a call, an assignment, a summons to all who hear His voice.
Deborah Taylor is an innovative creative visionary, writer, author, and calligrapher. She enjoys traveling, reading, crocheting, and spending time with her husband, Randy, and their rambunctious dog, Reuben. They live in Shelby County, TN.
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