Early on in my walk with God, I thought I might be a called to a prophetic office and I wondered how I could know if I was a seer. Years later God confirmed my calling to me himself. He sent an angel who gave me a scroll in a dream that had my name on it that read “yes” that I was “called to be a prophet” but I “needed to groan more.” God sent others into my life who also recognized and confirmed this call on my life.
In this post, I’ll share some things I’ve learned along the way and also some helpful tips I’ve picked up from other Seers on how to know if you are a seer.
What is a Seer?
It’s important to understand that a Seer is a type of prophet. Not everyone who sees visions or experiences heavenly things is a seer. There are certain signs that must accompany the mark and the maturing of a true prophet seer before the Lord can use him. You may have indicators in your life and childhood of your calling to be a seer, but it doesn’t mean you are in the office of a prophet yet.
A Seer is a follower of Christ who sees in the spirit. Seers receive revelation from the Holy Spirit primarily through visual means and also through their physical senses. The first mention of the word seer is in 1st Samuel 9:9 and the Hebrew word used is râ’â; which translates: to experience, to gaze, and to discern. Contrast this to a Nabi prophet which is one of the Hebrew words for prophet in the Old Testament. It means to bubble up and to declare.
A seer can see a vision or dream a dream but he also may feel fire in his body when in the presence of angels. Or smell smoke during prayer and worship. Or feel things in his body and emotions when a demonic spirit is in an atmosphere or on a person. They are highly sensitive to spiritual atmospheres. Seers have a strong gift of discerning of spirits as well.
I’ve put together 8 things that may indicate you have the Seer anointing and calling on your life.
1. You Consistently Receive Visual Revelation From the Lord or #2
Seers have a history in God filled with a consistent flow of dreams and visions. Every believer can receive visual revelation from God (and they should ask him to increase this) but not all believers are Seer prophets. A Seer does not only operate in the simple gift of prophecy, as all believers have access to through the Holy Spirit.
A Seer’s gifting carries with it a mantle and a greater authority in the Spirit—which other prophets can recognize—as the spirit of prophets are subject to the prophets. One of the signs of a seer is receiving consistent visual revelation.
The visionary states can be diverse such as:
- Night Visions (distinct from dreams)
- Waking Visions
- Out of Body experiences where you are carried away to different places by the Holy Spirit (like Ezekial)
- Mental Images when praying or prophesying to people
2. You Consistently Receive Revelation in Your Physical Senses & Emotions
Seer’s walk in a stronger discernment gifting. This manifests in their physical senses and in their emotions. These types of seers are also called “feelers” in some circles. They are able to sense what God is doing in people, regions, churches, rooms, etc. through their feelings. They can also pick up on what the enemy is doing just the same. I’d say, many seers first start picking up on the bad stuff before they begin to understand their gifting. This was me.
Seers can feel things in their 5 physical senses and emotions:
They can discern if something is:
- From Holy Spirit
- Human Emotions / Soul Realm
- Human Spirit
3. You Consistently Have the Burden of Intercession
Oftentimes the revelation comes with a burden to pray and intercede for what the Lord showed you. This could be for a person, a region, or something uniquely on God’s heart. Every seer prophet is also an intercessor. They must spend time on their knees before the Lord.
If you don’t spend time in his presence or get many burdens for prayer than ask him to release the mantle of intercession onto you. There are times in my life I’ve had it and times when I haven’t. It’s important to intercede for what the Lord shows you.
4. God often Reveals Things To You Before They Happen
He does nothing without revealing it first to his servants the prophets. He may show you the good to come if cities/nations turn to God or he may show you the bad stuff that may happen or is going to happen if they don’t repent. This one is a bit tricky because sometimes God shows you the negative events so you can sound an alarm and intercede to stop it from happening but other times he may have you release judgment—which in my life has been a very rare thing.
This has only happened to me once, where I had to release judgment and it came to pass exactly as I saw. In a dream, a wicked place was burned to the ground. Then the Lord told me the fire was his judgment and to release it. I prayed and released God’s judgment and I warned the people. Two weeks later Hurricane Charley hit Florida and the building was completely destroyed. A photo of this place made it in Time magazine. It was God’s judgment. In the photo was a sign that read “Do it yourself and save.”
5. Other Prophets Recognize the Anointing And Confirm the Prophetic Calling
The spirit of prophets are subject to prophets and other prophets can recognize a prophetic mantle. Prophetic people often see me glow like Moses. I’ve had times coming out of the presence of God where several prophetic people I did not know stood around me in shock at the glory on my face making it glow. There jaws dropped.
I’ve had many prophets either call me out in meetings or tell me how much authority God has given me in my calling. This is because the spirit of prophets are subject to the prophets. I too can recognize authority in the spirit and recognize a true prophetic calling on someone.
6. You Are Faithful to a Local Church
God uses other believers to confirm and affirm a prophet’s calling. Being faithful to a local body of believers is important. It provides family, relationship, and accountability. It’s the only way you can grow in your seer gift. You need a community to be able to grow in your gifting. Also, you aren’t a prophet until other people start recognizing and confirming that call on your life. This is something I believe I heard Kris Vallotton (at Bethel) say once,
You are not a Seer prophet if you are running all by yourself. A lone prophet isn’t really a prophet. He may have the gifting and calling but he won’t be able to walk it out unless he is committed to a local body of believers. Accountability is necessary.
7. There May Be Signs Going Back To Childhood Or Salvation
Many prophets have specific events that serve as indicators, in their childhood, of God’s prophetic call on their life. This could be an encounter with God, Angels, demons, etc. My earlier life was marked by encounters in all three of these categories.
I frequently had demonic attacks during the night. I also remember experiencing the fear of God for the first time at age 5. Age 13 What I believe to be an angel, woke me up in a tent where I was camping the night I rededicated my life to Christ. At age 19 God (internal) audibly called my name and said he was proud of me. At 23 he confirmed my call to be a prophet.
I could go on but my point is if you’re called to be a seer prophet God will let you know. He’s a smart guy and well capable of getting your attention.
8. You See Spirits On People and Sin They Struggle With
This is related to the discernment gift. You may come out of your prayer closet and go into a public space (or even to church) and be able to see or feel everyone’s sin and the spirits they have on them. I don’t fully understand why this happens since there is nothing you can do about everything you see—since there are so many people. I, personally, don’t reveal 95% of the stuff I see in the spirit to anyone. Especially sin. I just give it to Jesus and pray if I’m led.
God also warns me of people through dreams/visions in which their sin is revealed to me (if they aren’t who they make themself out to be. Seer prophets can see sin. Nothing is hidden from God. Especially when in the anointing—everything can be seen. A Seer has to learn how to not judge people based off the sin he sees.
I hope these tips helped. Like I said before, God is capable of confirming your calling. Begin to ask him 🙂