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“God links a person’s name to an element of their prophetic destiny.”

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Objective: Prophesy using a name as a prophetic trigger.

Abraham is an extremely important character in biblical history and our Christian heritage. He is called “the father of the faith.” Hearing his name so often, we sometimes forget that his birth name was actually
Abram. God changed his name as a prophetic statement when Abram was ninety-nine years old. The biblical account occurs in Genesis: As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations (17:4-5).


Abram means “exalted father.” Abraham means “father of many.” God used the meaning of Abram’s given name to prophesy concerning his future destiny.
He not only endorsed its meaning, but actually upgraded it to a whole different level. Then God made additional prophetic promises based upon on his given name and the new upgrade.
I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you…
The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God (vs. 6-8).


God did the same thing for Abraham’s wife, Sarai.
Names are important to God. I do not believe anyone is named by accident.
All throughout Scripture God links a person’s name to an element of their prophetic destiny.
This is true in the New Testament as well as the Old. Jesus prophesied over Simon Peter in much the same way that God did over Abraham.
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:17-19). Like the account of Abraham, Jesus is prophesying over Simon through the meaning of his name. Simon’s name means “a small rock or pebble,” but the name, Peter, speaks of a large or solid rock. Here we see that names in both the Old and New Testament are a valid launching pad for giving accurate and encouraging prophetic words.

level. Then God made additional prophetic promises based upon on his given name and the new upgrade.
I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you…
The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God (vs. 6-8).
God did the same thing for Abraham’s wife, Sarai.
Names are important to God. I do not believe anyone is named by accident. All throughout Scripture God links a person’s name to an element of their
prophetic destiny. This is true in the New Testament as well as the Old. Jesus prophesied over Simon Peter in much the same way that God did over Abraham.
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the
keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:17-19).
Like the account of Abraham, Jesus is prophesying over Simon through the meaning of his name. Simon’s name means “a small rock or pebble,” but the name, Peter, speaks of a large or solid rock. Here we see that names in both the Old and New Testament are a valid launching pad for giving accurate and encouraging prophetic words.

Meanings of Names
I love to memorize the meaning of peoples’ names because it can so often serve as a trigger to start the flow of a prophetic word. The meanings of names
are a powerful launch pad for prophecy. If I do not know the meaning of someone’s name, I will often ask the person if they know what it means.

You can also Google the meaning of a name on a mobile device or computer. This form of prophetic encouragement works great with people wearing name tags, and it is always a great conversation starter. Another great thing about prophesying using names is that it is very affirming to show interest in another person’s name.

Hear The Testimonies of Prophetic Vessels. Note ; The below testimonies are compilation from great prophetic vessels, I am not the involved preacher. I am sharing all this for your growth.

Marah
Marah helped serve some of the speakers at a conference I was attending. Her jet black hair hung to the chin in a short crop that often concealed her eyes. It did not take great prophetic insight to interpret her slumping posture and unkempt appearance; Marah
had identity issues. Making friendly eye contact with her, I greeted Marah and asked her if she knew what her name meant. Marah glanced down at the carpet and replied, “Yes, it means bitter.”
I caught her eyes again and said, “Marah, you’re not the bitter waters. You are the place where bitter waters become sweet.” Her countenance dawned with a bit of hope as I continued, “I believe God has given you a ministry of reconciliation. You have
the ability to help people who are bitter of heart or in bitter circumstances to recognize the presence of the Branch, Jesus. You are meant to bring sweetness and life. That is what your name means.”
Marah’s eyes spilled over with tears. “I have never liked my name. I’ve even thought about legally changing it. “But not now…” I interjected.
She smiled widely and shook her head, “Not now,” she agreed.

Famous Characters
Sometimes you will hear or see a person’s first or last name and immediately think of a famous biblical character or historical figure. Most often this
impression is not something insignificant, but rather, a flash of prophetic insight. As we dialogue with Holy Spirit about the impression, we receive additional information about the similarities between the famous person and the one bearing the name.


Michael
Michael waited patiently in line to receive prophetic ministry. Though the young, slightly husky twenty-something lacked the towering height of a basketball player, I immediately had a flash of the famous ball-handler, Michael Jordan. I quickly asked for direction from Holy Spirit and heard the phrase “game-changer.”
I remembered the basketball star’s uncanny ability to take charge of a game and change its course.
With a confirming sense that I was on the right track I started in, “Michael, I feel like you are a game-changer. You are one who is able to take responsibility for atmospheres and situations and then alter the course and outcome…” Continuing along these lines

I encouraged Michael in what turned out to be a very confirming word in his life.
Sounds Similar
Though I am not a Greek or Hebrew scholar, I am told that some prophetic declarations in Scripture may be based upon a subtle play on words. Every prophetic impression should be in cooperation and leading of the Holy Spirit, but often these will come and go at the speed of light. You must grab hold of your faith and step out with these flash impressions. If someone introduced themselves as Mikey, but you heard or read their name as “my key,” this may be a launch pad for a prophetic word. Check in with Holy Spirit for confirmation, then begin to speak about whatever “key” you feel the Lord has given them.
Stan
Stan’s grip as we shook hands carried the force of a vice. His weathered hands and face spoke of years of dues he had paid working the field in harsh conditions.
When I heard his name, I heard the word “stand,” along with the Scripture from Ephesians, “after you have done everything to stand…stand firm then…”11 I perceived by the Spirit that Stan was on the edge of a crucial decision and was tempted to give in to some external pressure, but God was giving him the strength to stand his ground. I saw a flash vision of the Lord pouring steel and concrete into his back and midsection to make his resolve strong and his foundation sure.
Stan wrote later to inform me that he was indeed in the midst of a business deal where all the voices around him were trying to get him to lower his price. He had been claiming the exact Scripture I

quoted over him. He stood his ground in a two-hundred thousand dollar business deal and won the account. Learning to pay close attention to the names of people we meet will give us clues about prophetic encouragement God wants to give them, often at a
strategic time in their lives.

Practice Exercise

Prophetic Name Game
This is an activation where the name of a person gives prophetic clues.

  1. If you are in a group, divide into smaller groups of two or three.
    Prophesy over each other using one of the three name methods
    as a trigger for prophetic encouragement.
    A. Meaning of names
    B. Famous characters
    C. Sounds similar
  2. If you are reading this book by yourself, write a letter or send an
    email or cell phone text to a friend crafting a prophetic encouragement based upon his or her name.
    Prophetic Name Badges- I Make it a habit to practice prophecy that is triggered by names wherever people wear name tags. You can also ask the Lord about those you deal with in the business world and marketplace on a regular basis. In this way, you can
    regularly arm and prepare yourself for prophetic activation.
  3. If you’re in a group that can travel, go on a field trip to places
    where people wear name tags: markets, banks, restaurants, etc.

Favorite Bible Character
Ask the members of your group to choose a favorite Bible character—the one they most admire in character and actions.

  1. Have each one in the group go person-to-person, introducing
    themselves by the name of their favorite Bible character.
  2. Each person will prophesy over the other from a quality that relates
    to that specific Bible character.
  3. If you are studying this book by yourself, ask God for prophetic
    insights on why you relate to this Bible character. Write the results
    as a prophetic word in your journal.

Assigned Identities
If God renamed you, what new name would He give you?

  1. In a group setting, pair up and have each group member assign a
    new identity to his partner by changing his name. Prophesy over your partner about why you would give that
  2. particular name and describe its prophetic significance.
  3. If you are by yourself, ask the Lord for a new name, or choose one,
  4. and then research the meaning. Write all of your research and
  5. revelation down in the form of a prophetic word for yourself.

Most Common Name
This activation helps prepare you to receive revelation surrounding the most common names. Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, lists the most popular given names for every country of the world. In the United States, the top boys’ names in 2011 were: Jacob, Mason, William, Jayden, Noah, Michael, Ethan, Alexander, Aiden, Daniel. The most common girls’ names were: Sophia, Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Madison, Mia, Chloe.13 Feel free to use a different list of common names related to your geographic region.

  1. Write each one of these popular names on a separate 3×5 index
    card with a dark marker pen.
  2. Place the cards in a hat and have volunteers draw a card out of the
    hat. The person reads the selected name and then has 30 seconds
    to deliver a prophetic word related to that name.
  3. If you are processing this book by yourself, use the index cards
    like flash cards, giving different prophetic words related to each
    name.

Surname Sounds-Like
Surname is another term for your last name or family name. In this activation group members will use the sounds-like exercise to prophesy over surnames. For example, my last name is McCollam. It sounds like “call ‘em.” So, someone might prophesy over me about calling in leaders or calling in the lost.
In another example, you are talking to a person who has Smith as a surname. You could prophesy about him being a craftsman with words, or with details, or being sharpened by the Lord

  1. Have several volunteers stand before your group and share their
    last names one at a time.
  2. Allow volunteers who are seated to give short prophetic
    encouragements using this sounds-like exercise.
  3. After a few words have been given, move on to the next volunteer.
    Continue on until the group has practiced on three to five
    volunteers.
  4. If you are processing by yourself, use the last names of your three
    closest friends. Write out prophetic encouragement based on this
    sounds-like exercise for each of these friends. Be prepared to share
    it with them at an appropriate time.

Blind Phone Book Find
If this is for a group, collect as many local phone books as you can find. Get
in small groups of three to five and provide a phone book for each group

  1. Have one group member fan through the phone book pages while
    the member to the right has his eyes closed.
  2. The member with his eyes closed places a finger on a random name
    in the phone book. Read the name aloud and give a prophetic word
    for that person using one of the name methods.
  3. Then pass the phone book to the left and continue until everyone
    in the group has had at least one turn.
  4. While doing this exercise, you may feel strongly about the prophetic
    word you have given. If so, call the person and actually deliver
    this word of encouragement to them. You could say something
    like, “You don’t know me, but I saw your name in the phone book
    and feel like God wants to share something with you. Would you
    like to hear it?” If they decline then let them go; if they say “yes,”
    then share the word the Lord leads you to say. Note: Because
    this is a stranger you are talking to, do not give out any personal
    information or contact details over the phone. If they ask for
    contact information, give your local church name, phone number,
    address, etc.
  5. You can perform the same activation on your own. Put the phone
    book in front of you. Close your eyes and flip quickly through
    the pages. Without looking, plop your finger down on a name and
    practice prophesying over the name that is closest to where your
    finger points.

Discussion and Reflection Questions

  1. Can you think of other scriptural examples of a prophetic word that
    was based upon a name? What are they? Why do you think God
    changed people’s names? (Examples: Abram to Abraham, Jacob to
    Israel, and Simon to Peter, etc.)
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  2. Have you used the name trigger to prophesy prior to reading this
    chapter? How did you use it and what was the result?
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  3. Which of the three name trigger methods is most comfortable for you
    and why?
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  4. What are some ways and locations where you could use this method
    to bring prophetic words and encouragement into your current life
    routine?
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Ojo Peter Korede is a strong pursuer of God, a man with an Apostolic-Revival Mandate to set the ''heart of men ablaze for God''. He is a dynamic man of God graced by the lord with multiple abilities and gifting. A crusader, Missionary, Evangelist and conference Speaker with strong burden for souls. He currently runs diverse Apostolic meeting inspired and led by the lord towards achieving the central mandate. He is the founder of Revival city christian Network Int'l and Give the gospel a voice Outreach Int'l.

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