Leaders see and speak into the future (the leader’s prophetic voice)

There is power in the spoken word. Words have the capacity to create, to do and undo, to build or to destroy. Leaders are not just people who are able to see into future, they also have an ability to speak concerning the future; spiritual leaders in particular. This article applies especially to those who lead in a spiritual setting.

An illustration of a leader’s ability to speak with a prophetic voice is in seen in the life of Jacob. Let me add this before we look further into the narrative.


Thereis a Latin expression- ‘Nemo dat quod non habet’, which translates to: ‘no one gives what he doesn’t have. This is a legal principle which simply means that someone who does not have title or ownership rights cannot pass it on to another because they do not have the legal right to do so. Put another way, the ability to give belongs only to the one who has the legal right to possess.

We see this principle at work near the end of in Jacob’s life. Joseph had taken his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim with him to see their grandfather. In the course of their visit, Joseph presented the boys to be blessed by their grandfather. He took his first son, Manasseh, in his left hand, so that he was presenting him to Jacob’s right hand and his second son Ephraim in his right hand, so that he was presenting him to his left hand. Jacob did something unusual, with far-reaching consequences. He crossed his hands over, his right hand placed on the head of the Ephraim, the second son, whilst his left hand on the head of Manasseh, the first son. As he did that, Joseph understanding the implications was not pleased. He took his father’s hand and tried to switch them, saying to his father that, ‘It shouldn’t be so. Your right hand should be on the head of my first son.’ But Jacob refused and proceeded with blessing the two boys, and by so doing placed Ephraim ahead of Manasseh. His right hand which represents leadership, power, primacy and authority was placed on Ephraim; thus conferring the same on the second son and positioning him ahead of his elder brother, Manasseh

This is a powerful prophetic picture that we see. What Jacob effectively did was give out what he possessed. In his own life, many years previously, God had promoted him ahead of his brother Esau. Whilst they were still in the womb, God told their mother that the elder shall serve the older, a prophecy that came to pass. Jacob not only supplanted, he rose above his brother, Esau. So, having been promoted, Jacob had received a special grace which he transferred to Joseph’s second son Ephraim. By his prophetic action and words, the old man was seeing and speaking into the future of the two boys.

Again, as Jacob was about to die, he called his sons and he began to speak into their lives individually, from his first son, Ruben, to his last born, Benjamin. He spoke prophetically; pronouncing their destiny and each of them was blessed accordingly.

This tells us that one of the key responsibilities that older leaders have is to speak into the life of the younger generation; with a prophetic voice of affirmation, encouragement, promotion and blessings, which will propel them into their destiny.

Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2017©
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About the Author:
Emmanuel Mbakwe is a Pastor, an apostolic leader, business advisor, leadership coach, mentor, and published author. He is the immediate past General Overseer of the Apostolic Church UK. His vision and heart’s desire is to help people realise their God-given potential and fulfil the purpose of God for the life.

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