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The Difference Between a Seer and a Prophet
Several articles have now appeared about the differences and similarities between the prophetic and seer gifts. When you study several approaches, then the full tapestry of the similarities and differences emerge. The prophet was, and is, a forth teller as well as a foreteller. Indeed, he speaks whatever God wants said! The "Seer" is the receptive dimension and the "Prophet" is the communicative dimension.
I no longer believe this. Over the years, I have come into contact with many revelatory styles. I define these styles by the manner in which someone ministers, combined with their own God-given personalities. During my year tenure, I have observed many gifted revelatory people. I was delighted to discover how radically different they are from one another. Their differences are more than just a broad array of personalities or the way revelation is delivered. How a person receives revelation from God and the type of revelation they receive may vary from person to person.
Both Scripture and experience reveal that God imparts prophetic words in a number of ways. All prophecy comes from God through the Holy Spirit, but it operates differently in different people. The Old Testament uses several different Hebrew terms to describe the various modes of impartation. Within the overall realm of the prophet lies the particular and distinctive realm of the seer. The word seer describes a particular type of prophet who receives a particular type of prophetic revelation or impartation.
A Seer is…
The words "prophet" and "seer" are often used interchangeably, and indeed, both describe a person who is able to divine the future. But the word "seer" also has a very specific connotation, and that is that of seeing visions or dreams that impart information to the seer. It is this seeing, or "second sight," that is the specific talent of the seer, a designation that is primarily visual and future-oriented. A prophet may not only see the future but divine all sorts of things by many possible means. This distinction between the two words can be seen in examples from both ancient Greece and the biblical tradition. In ancient Greece, both royalty and the common citizen regularly consulted prophets in order to find answers to questions.