Need for a Present Word
Wade E Taylor
Jesus was about to appear, and the Church of that day needed
a prophetic voice that would announce the incarnation of Jesus
in human form, and give direction and purpose to all that
was to follow. Mary would soon give birth to a child, the
Messiah, the Lamb of God.
“Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word
came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.”
There was an urgent need for a prophetic voice, and this
voice should have come from within the church, but the church
of that day was not seeking a present word, nor were they
cultivating the voice of God. Rather, they were concerned
with the well being and activities of the religious system
of that day. Whenever they were challenged, they referred
back to Moses, instead of the present purpose and working
of the Lord in their midst.
Therefore, the Lord separated to Himself, John, the son of
a priest, who was not a part of the “ministry.”
He was called apart into a separated place, where he could
personally meet the Lord and come to know His voice.
“Then they said to him, Who are you? … He said:
I am the voice
of one crying in the wilderness …”John 1:22-23
When Jesus appeared, it was John who spoke words that had
never been expressed before, which contradicted the expectation
of Israel concerning the coming of the Messiah.
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and
Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
This is He of whom I said, After me comes a Man who is
preferred before me, for He was before me. I did not know
Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I
came baptizing with water.”
“And John bore witness, saying, I saw the Spirit descending
heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.” John
The Lord is again about to appear, as we are in a time of
transition, the closing out of the Church age and the birthing
of the Millennial Kingdom age, and there is a need for the
voice of a present day John the Baptist.
Many in the church of our day are not listening for a present
word, but rather, are trusting the doctrinal positions which
they have been taught. Therefore, the Lord is beginning to
call apart those, who as John the Baptist, will hear a present
word, and who will recognize the presence of the Lord, when
He begins to reveal Himself.
There is a “gathering” of those who are of like
spirit; those who are no longer satisfied with their present
spiritual attainments, and are seeking to go further. This
is not a call to leave our churches, but rather to “come
apart” into the presence of the Lord, to be trained
to recognize the voice of the Lord. These are being so dealt
with that they will speak the “present word” that
the Lord is placing within them.
If you are considering this call, first settle the issue
that you will be given a message to speak that will not accord
with the popular messages of our day. This calling cost John
We can become this end-time prophetic voice only by abiding
in the presence of the Lord and intently listening for, and
responding, to His voice. This requires a separation from
other voices, many of which are exceedingly loud and demanding.
There is an acceleration of activity in the world, and also
in the church, as never before. The words of Jesus telling
us to go into our closets and shut the door, so we can pray
in secret, has purpose and meaning as never before. (Matt
John the Baptist was called apart, into a time of preparation.
Here in the wilderness, he became prophetic. When asked who
“He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness,
straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaiah.”
In effect, John said, “I am the voice of another, crying.”
He was saying, “I have become so “at-one”
with the Lord that I can express not only His words, but also
His emotional feelings.”
The need for such a voice in our day is urgent. We can be
encouraged by the fact that the Lord is calling apart many
to become this voice. These will come forth in the Lord’s
time with a present message.
This time of preparation requires that we establish a “set
apart place,” where we can meet with the Lord - an atmosphere
in which we can quickly respond to His voice to come up hither
and sup with Him and He with us. The preparation of this atmosphere
cannot be accomplished instantly, nor spoken into being. This
spiritual sensitivity can only be developed through a continual
seeking of the Lord’s presence.
Much “value” should be placed on the anointing,
and the cultivation of an atmosphere in which this impartation
can take place. Most of us remember little of the messages
we have heard, but if it was anointed and the spirit of impartation
was present, our lives were greatly impacted.
The value is not in the words spoken, but in the level of
anointing and the spirit of impartation that is present, so
that those who are sensitive and are responding, will begin
to receive a present word.
The Lord has chosen the “foolishness” of preaching
to convey His word. This is because the value is not evident.
Each word can be compared to a dump truck which carries a
cargo of “Spirit and Life.” The “anointing”
is the fuel that moves the “cargo” into us. The
“spirit of impartation” causes it become a vital
part of our prophetic enabling..
The Lord is searching today for those who, as John the Baptist,
are willing to come apart into His presence and begin to receive
this present word. If you are seeking more than is presently
available to you, you are one of these.
“Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like
of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with
all powders of the merchant?” SS 3:6.
You cannot loose by spending quality time in the presence
of the Lord, and as a result, you will be in the right place
with the right word, at the right time.