[Revisiting] “Prophets, are you really meant to be rejected in your hometown?”

This is a repost from January 3, 2021, taken from my former blog:

Shalom, my friends, and a Happy New Year! I’m excited to release this word at the beginning of New Year. For me, it is a message of hope and encouragement and I pray it will bless you, too. It is a word for God’s prophets who have gone through a lot of spiritual warfare inside their own families. These prophets have had their own family members come against them, be it immediate or extended family. They have shed many tears because of the immensity of accusations and slander (oftentimes witchcraft) coming against them. Before you continue reading this word, though, I want to warn you that this is not a word to soothe your flesh. Yes, your flesh, beloved fellow prophet! May this word convict you as the dream has convicted me and help you stand strong in faith about God’s promise of restored relationships in your family. There is an important role you play in His masterplan of peace. Let me tell you about the dream I had at the beginning of 2020:

In the dream, I was a spectator. I was watching a crowd of armed people pass by the main street of a town in the mountains. It was a dirty, old town packed with people who were cheering the army on. Everyone looked tense, poor and worn-out. Almost as if they were mad to kill and destroy their enemies. Then the scene switched and I saw a hut on the same mountaintops as before but further away from the town. It was by an empty roadside (the soldiers had passed by already). As I entered the hut, I saw multitudes of weapons hanging from the walls. All kinds of weapons covered the walls and even more could be found in boxes or lying around on the floor. The smith was absent but the fire was burning. I somehow knew that anyone could come into the hut and work with the fire to forge weapons. This was where the soldiers had made their own weapons or taken used ones from! I woke up from the dream with the sound of a marching army in my ears.

As lively as the dream was, I soon forgot about it until one day, in November 2020, the Holy Spirit gripped me in my secret place as I was soaking in the presence of God. Terrible grief overcame me. I was taken back in my memory to the dream and as I was trying to cope with the immensity of the grief which I felt deep down to my core, the Lord started speaking through my mouth: “my prophets have killed each other! My prophets have killed each other!” I was pulling on my hair as I was crying out these words because I just felt devastated! But then He continued, “do not write it down or tell it anyone yet because I want to provide solutions!” So I have been waiting for Him to speak again on this dream and I’ve been waiting till now to publish it.

Here is the interpretation:

Psalm 48:1-3 describes how God’s people find refuge in the city of the great King, elevated on His holy mountain:

“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised
In the city of our God,
In His holy mountain.
Beautiful in elevation,
The joy of the whole earth,
Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north,
The city of the great King.
God is in her palaces;
He is known as her refuge.”

I believe that the geographic location of the towns I saw in the dream (hills) represent the status of the people I saw: God’s children. Believe me that regarding everything I saw in the dream, I would never have even guessed that those people were His! Us! I thought at first that it was Satan’s soldiers marching into prophet’s towns to destroy! But then, this interpretation also is not fully wrong when I consider what God’s people have been doing for a long time. It explains why they all looked so ugly and distorted – so “enemy-like”. The town where people were cheering definitely did not look like God’s holy city. You see, prophets have been partnering with the devil, looking just like the devil, killing and destroying each other with bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred and dishonor! They were out of where they should be (outside the will of God). They forged their own weapons of warfare with their tongues or bad habits they learned from their mother or father or grandparents etc. (to even sometimes engage in witchcraft themselves)! Read again in Colossians 3:8: “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander,
and obscene talk from your mouth.”

Prophet, do you find yourself in this? Do you find it in your family? Maybe it’s a sibling who is also potentially prophetic but somehow you are not in good terms? Let us not consider ourselves a victim but bow down before God in repentance for I heard clearly that “my prophets killed each other”. God put you together as a family for a reason and you have been killing each other, even when you maybe haven’t been “that bad” like the other family member has been to you. I have a holy fear towards God when I consider this! That I might have killed potential prophets inside my own family instead of building them up and blessing them with sincerity. “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sightI” (Psalm 51:4) Only God have mercy on us and breathe life into the dead bones (Ezekiel 37)!

Ask the Holy Spirit if this word applies to you and guard your heart wisely. May the Holy Spirit encourage you, too, through this, brothers and sisters! For this also means, that you may have a powerful prophet and ally inside your own family. When God’s promise towards your family is fulfilled, you will look like true prophets of the Holy City. If this word is indeed for you, keep persevering! Keep prophesying in faith and hope over your family because we all want to return to the Lord! Yes, it is true that Jesus warned us all about being rejected in our hometowns (e.g. Mark 6:4), but there should not be any dishonor between prophets who have been called by Christ to join forces together! No, let us stop using those verses to please our own flesh (i.e. remaining unrepentant), prophets. Let us stop seeking glory from people but from God only and let Him change us into His image. I understand your pain and the rejection you felt, I experience it myself and am waiting myself for God’s promise to be fulfilled for my family. But I pray that this word will encourage us all to believe and hope for the company of prophets all around the world.

So now, what are some strategies we can use for the upcoming days? Here are the things I heard from the Lord to forward to you:

1. There is a must-have key we all need to win this battle: MERCY. God has been speaking to me almost the whole year of 2020 about the importance of mercy. When Jesus talks about forgiving enemies in Luke 6, he says that we should be merciful just as our Father is merciful to us. We read in Luke 6:35-36: “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”

Oftentimes our greatest enemies are those closest to us. Aren’t we oftentimes God’s greatest enemy? We are ungrateful and evil and God forgives us when we confess our sins. Not because we have done great but because He is faithful, He says (1. John 1:9)! Shouldn’t we then, who have been forgiven for free, forgive others also for free? (Matthew 6:15). I had a powerful vision at the beginning of 2020 even before I had the dream where God showed me that I will walk outside of His will when I don’t have mercy. He warned me that I would hurt myself. I had to learn it the hard way last year but I am telling you this so that you will realize the importance of humbling yourself before God when it comes to receiving this key. It is a gift which He will give to all of His prophets who are ready to receive. Be warned that He will not go with you if you choose to proceed without it.

2. The second key also requires humility for it has to do with HONOR. It does not matter how bad this person has been to you. You can be merciful to her and forgive her and still say or do things which dishonor that person. Start valuing her by asking God how He sees her. Start acknowledging her value with your mouth before God and infront of others, if you can. Use every opportunity to show honor towards that person (of course you shouldn’t overuse honoring words so that it sounds like flattery but wisdom will help you use them according to His will). Just be open and ready to show it as the Holy Spirit leads you. But first, learn to receive it from the Lord.

3. The third tool is FUN. You read that right! Sounds fun, right?! Recently I was taken into a vision where Lady Wisdom took me into the secret garden of my heart. She started playing a harp and out of the harp sprang the letters F, U, N (and no, please don’t think of the song from Spongebob haha). She whispered to me that this is an important strategy. So yes, just like it sounds fun, have fun with your family members! Do fun and silly stuff together, laugh about something together and let joy erupt out of the mundane, stupid things of everyday life!

4. Lastly, I want to share a beautiful tool Lady Wisdom gave me afterwards when we were in a cave. She took me into the cave because obviously, there was still a dark place inside of me which needed renewal. The thing I saw inside had to do with an emotional trauma I had experienced over the years from a family member and which led to fear responses on my side. At first this person looked like a monster which tried to devour me. Then Lady Wisdom gave me a set of glasses. As soon as I looked through the glasses, the beast turned into a crouching body. The person whom I thought was attacking me was actually a very vulnerable and lonely person who needed my care! She then explained to me that FEAR had led me to see this person in a distorted way. I had allowed it to distort my view and get intimidated. If you have experienced some sort of trauma from a family member yourself, ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom to overcome fear and receive healing in your eyes (heart). Ask for the set of glasses and you will be able to use it repeatedly whenever you find yourself going into defense mode around this person. This does not mean that you should let down your guard around this person and let him or her hurt you again. It means that you should not partner with fear and get intimidated. God wants us to see through His eyes, not through our wounded ones. He wants to assist us in that.

5. Lastly but most importantly (and I cannot emphasize this enough): BEWARE OF PRIDE. Pride is the breeding ground for all evil seeds that the enemy plants in your heart. I have seen it. God showed it to me in a vision once. When you have pride in your heart, Satan’s plants will flourish and choke the life out of others in your life through you. You will become his tool. We do not want this, do we? So be careful lest you fall!

Love Has Enemies

It has been a while, brothers and sisters in Christ! I have been going through an intense season of testing and my cup truly overflows as I stretch out my thirsty soul towards the Lord! How are you doing? Has your trust in the Father grown? This morning, I see a dam breaking for Blue Mountain Ministry and powerful streams of water pushing through the bricks, silencing the voice of the enemy. Hallelujah!

May godly sorrow and grief lead us to repentance, allowing the Holy Spirit in us to just be Him and not who we want Him to be. May we say,

No, Lord, it’s not okay. I am no longer OK with my sins. My innermost thoughts should be about you, I should love you with all my heart, with all my strength and with all my mind. This cannot continue. Redeem me, do it for Your name’s sake and set me free forever! Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. I make room for you, Holy Spirit! I love you! Save me from ever settling down with less than You. I want my heart to want God above all else! Help!” 

Love has enemies. The people of this world do not like it when we lose our lives for Christ. The prince of this world hates God’s children. It is pure hatred directed against us but he disguises himself as an angel of light. If we are not careful, we end up partnering with him in hating our neighbors as we hate ourselves, instead of loving our neighbors as we love ourselves. Oh, but greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world! He has overcome!

He never leaves us but helps us and reminds us of His love – we only need to cry out and if we do and wait in patient love towards God, the Spirit turns the stony parts of our hearts into flesh. He sets us free from the heavy yoke of slavery so that we can rule over sin and not be slaves to them. He helps us be the person whom we were created to be. We need each other on this journey! Arise, army of God! Breath of God, come and blow over the dry bones, let the tendons and flesh be attached and lives enter their bodies! Let Your Bride, Jesus, walk by the Spirit of life, her head raised and shining pure and bright with Your glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Not Just Another December

Today is December 1st. How are you doing? How are you feeling? I don’t know about you, but something great is coming in 2022. I know it and I trust Him. There is a special blessing and anointing for those who stay close to the Lord, delighting in Him.

But there is tension in the air because of that! The enemy is distracting us from serving Him faithfully. He wants to keep us in a loop of old cycles to keep us from getting ready for the bigger things next year. Have you been remaining close to the heart of the Father at this hour, leaning into Him? Then you will know that a new heart and a new mind will be given to those who are ready to repent and who come with open hands!

A few days ago, I heard the Lord say, “Pray for the faithful to arise.” I still feel the urgency to forward this to you because I need enforcement in this prayer, I need others to pray with me in the Spirit. I need us to arise for the Lord at this moment. Pray for me that I will stay in my position as a watchman on the wall.

The Lord also said this morning that this post would encourage and admonish because “I called them, but they are not answering. They are distracted, discouraged and they’ve given in to fear and doubt.” He is talking about His faithful ones. God is willing to help because He wants you to partner with Him, even if He can do it without you.

Believe me, I have felt the distraction. It’s easy to give in and to slumber but even then, it is good to come to the Lord and ask Him for help. If you ask, He will send you warnings and make you realize how the enemy is currently trespassing your house or the houses of those close to you. Alertness and quick repentance is key.

Let us have a look at two faithful servants of God in the story of Jesus’ consecration shortly after his birth:

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God …

There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel of the tribe of Asher. She was very old: she had lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage but then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Israel.
(Luke 2:25-28, 36-38 NIV)

Anna and Simeon were faithful. They never stopped waiting for the Lord. They were right where they were supposed to be, as was assigned by the Lord (and this is not possible without the guidance of the Holy Spirit)! This is why they were able to recognize the Savior when He was there where He was. Do you not desire this for yourself, too? To be awake and faithful enough to have the honor of actually encountering the Messiah right where He is at? Even holding Him in your arms like Simeon did? It starts with expectancy, with delighting in God’s salvation. And you will be able to recognize the new when it’s finally there!

Do not be afraid! God sent His only Son so that we could “serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.” (Luke 1:74-75) So do not be afraid, you who believe!

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:2-7 NIV)

Is this not wonderful? This prophecy has already been fulfilled. Set some time apart for the Lord – spend enough time with Him to go through all the different areas of your life together. This is what needs to happen right now, to set things in order before the new can arrive. As you talk with Him, you will be able to decipher the areas in your life where you are holding on to lesser things because of fear and discouragement. If you don’t know how to talk with Him, start with this prayer with me:

Father, I’m here. It’s your child. I want to encounter you today. I just want to talk and hear your voice. Forgive me for doubting your goodness and faithfulness. You are the same God then, now and forever and you are mighty. You scatter those who are proud in their inmost hearts but you lift up the humble. Promise me you will keep me humble and give me the faith to believe that you always fulfill your promises. No word from you ever fails. I love you and I want to be with you. So bring me to where you are, Lord. Where are you at? What are you thinking? How can I be there for you? Speak to me, Father. I’m listening. Thank you.


Prophetic Warning: Who Is Your All?

This morning I had a dream where God showed me several cases of idolatry. I only remember one part of the dream because I was curious, even in the dream, as to why this woman was judged guilty. I know that this word is for someone. My beloved sisters, please be careful not to make an idol of a man. It’s the same for you, brothers – never make an idol of a woman you love. It’s idolatry before the Lord and therefore NOT HARMLESS. Fear God and you will be healed and set free!

(Photo by Flora Westbrook from Pexels)

In the dream, I saw a young woman (around 20 years old) who was happy to be with the love of her life. I was shown a scene from her everyday life: she kissed him goodbye in the morning as they were leaving the house and she told him that he was her all. My All,” she said. Now in the dream, I was being led from one scene to another to see in which cases people were committing idolatry and displeasing God. As I saw the young couple, I could not understand why the weight of her sin should be so heavy. I asked the Lord and the woman spoke again, this time for everyone in the street to hear, that the man was My All! I then understood why. She was actually worshipping the man, not God. Even if in reality she was not telling everyone or even her lover that he was her all, God knew what was deep inside her heart, He exposed it by making her say it herself. This is what happens when you are before God. You cannot fake it. Your mouth will say what’s inside and what you’re mostly thinking about.

Warnings From Israel’s History

For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.” We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.

These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 

1. Corinthians 10:1-15 NIV

Remember the number one commandment we are to obey as God’s people:

And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.”

Exodus 20:1-3 NIV

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”

Matthew 22:37-38 NIV

Here is a prayer you can pray:

My God, I thank you that you examine my heart and that you tell me what's going on inside my heart. Forgive me for making an idol out of the man I desire and giving him more room than You. I repent for breaking the very first commandment and I ask you to release me from this burden of sin. Please set me free from deception so that I may not perish. Fill me with Your Spirit that I may see you more clearly! Open the eyes of my heart and awaken a hunger in me, only for You. I want to pursue you more than I pursue this guy. I am truly sorry for grieving you and making you jealous. I am sorry for not believing that you are the love of my life. I cannot see it yet, God, my heart fails me again and again, but you are strong where I am weak. So I surrender my heart to you and ask you to do what only you can do. Show me the next steps so that I can live out what I just confessed and really return to you. I praise you for your mercy and goodness. Thank you for your love. I believe, Lord. Give me grace and give me faith. Amen.

God bless you!

Seulji Chung