Teaching #1

Basic Information about Prophetic Dance and Why It is Biblical

 


Definition of Prophecy:  prediction of the future under the influence of divine guidance; something prophesied or predicted; divinely inspired  utterances

Definition of Dance:  a series of purposeful movements

Prophetic Dance is simply expressing the Father's heart and will through rhythmical, purposeful movement. 

In other words, as prophets, or under prophetic anointing, we express with our movements what our Heavenly Father wants to say to an individual or a group.  

While Praise Dance is, conversely, our expression of praise and worship to the Father.

People call dancing for the Lord a number of different things. Some say it's praise dance; some say it's worship dance; some call it interpretive dance, and some call it prophetic dance.  What do they mean?  Is there a difference between them?  Each is correct in description.  However, Prophetic Dance goes much deeper and it covers each of these areas.  It has many different looks.

One of the responsibilities of a worship leader (in song) is to express the heart of man to the heart of God, as well as, express the heart of God to the heart of man, through music. 

Likewise, a prophetic dancer seeks to express the heart of man to God through praise and worship dance, but especially seeks to express the heart of God to the heart of man through the creative language of movement, thereby becoming a live instrument of worship and ministry and deliverance.

Let's explore what prophetic dance is from God's view.

The Lord showed me this in the scriptures years ago when I did not know what prophetic dance was and did not have anyone to teach me.  I had never heard dance taught from this view point.  Everyone I knew, just started teaching the meaning of the individual words throughout the Bible (pertaining to dance) or about David's Tabernacle.  Both of these are important, but I am sure we must know WHY those words or movements are important to us.

Let's start with saying that God doesn't change His mind:
"My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips."  Psalm 89:34

and 
"For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance."  Rom. 11:29

In other words:  God is not confused and changing His mind, even about the gifts or desires He has given us.

I Cor. 12:1
"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant...."

I Cor. 12:4-6
"there are.....diversities of gifts....diversities of administrations......diversities ofoperations."

I Cor. 12:7
"the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal."


Definition of Gift:  1) a thing given;  2) a natural talent;  3) something easy to do.
Gifts are not meant to be hidden or buried.  (Remember the story of the man hiding his talents.)  Gifts are for imparting; then God gives us more.


Definition of Administer:   1) to manage  2) to direct   3) to serve out or dispense;  4) to give or to provide relief aid.


Definition of Administration:  1) the art of carrying out a policy or act;  2) management.


Definition of Operate:  1) to be in action, to function;  2) to take effect;  3) to perform an operation, espec. surgery;  4) to carry out military movements;  5) to buy and sell;  6) to put into action or cause to work;  7) to bring about or cause;  8) to manage or run


Definition of Operations:  1) the act of operating;  2) the way in which a thing works;  3) work or activity;  4) financial transaction;  5) one of the specific processes in a sequence;  6) military action on a large scale.

These are just definitions in English.  

Now look at the definitions from the Greek:

Gift:  a divine gratuity; specifically a spiritual endowment

Administrations:  comes from attendance as a servant; an aid, specifically a Christian teacher

Operations: an effect; operation, working


Of course, I Cor. 12:8-30 lists different gifts:   word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues

Also, just as we have the 5-fold ministry in action using their mouths as tools, so we also have the 5-fold ministers that administer their office through dance:

Eph. 4:11 &12 says: “And He gave some, apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.

(Now we do understand that people can work in the gift of prophecy and still technically not be a prophet, but this all still applies.)

So let's revisit the definitions of prophecy and dance:

Definition of prophecy:  prediction of the future under the influence of divine guidance; something prophesied or predicted; divinely inspired utterances.

Definition of dance:  a series of purposeful movements


Now we get to the really good stuff!

As Spirit-filled dancers we can “speak” divinely inspired utterances (thoughts, ideas, declarations) through our movements. We can call things into existence with our movements!

An anointed dancer moving in the gift of prophecy can deliver a message from God through his/her movements.  He/she can do intercessory warfare for a whole nation or an individual with his/her anointed prophetic movements!

We can break the yokes of bondage and set the captives free.  Through Jesus, when we dance, we can bring deliverance to the demonically bound.

Just a note here:  Planned movement is still prophetic movement when it is divinely inspired, prayed over and delivered under the anointing!   It is no less powerful than spontaneous movement inspired by the Holy Ghost.

Spirit-filled dancers praising the Lord with their movements set the enemy to flight!


Psalm 8:2 says “Out of the mouth of babes... You have ordained strength (this word is more perfectly translated: praise in the  Greek version (compare Matt 21:16)), because of Your enemies that You may silence (diminish) the enemy and the avenger.

So...Praising the Lord silences and diminishes the enemy!

Dance is one form of praise.

When we dance, or mime, etc. (moving under His anointing), we are prophesying the Word, through our bodies which is diminishing the enemy of our souls, tearing down strongholds and preparing the atmosphere so that people can be set free and receive what the Lord has for them.


Ps. 149: 3, 8-9:
Let them praise His name in dance... to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron, to execute upon them the judgment written: this honor have all the saints. Praise ye the Lord!”


There are zillions of scriptures about this, but I want to stop here and just give you this first example.

Isa. 58:6
“Is this not the fast that I have chosen:  To loose the bonds of wickedness, toUNDO the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?”

The word used that is translated UNDO in this scripture about fasting is the wordnathar.

The full meaning of the word nathar as used in this scripture includes:


Nathar: UNDO – to jump, to shake off, to untie, to terrify!   

This has to do with DELIVERANCE! 
This is literal jumping and shaking!  These people were fasting and praying and dancing before the Lord to gain the victory.

Anointed jumping  or shaking-off movement terrifies the enemy, causing a loosening and therefore a shaking off of bondages.

Ps. 146:7 The Lord looseth the prisoners.

When a Spirit-filled person dances/moves under the anointing – understanding their authority- and that person jumps, he shakes off and unties the oppressed individual. Satan must go!

A dancer moving in the gift of prophecy can do intercessory warfare and break
bondages and set captives free.   

Spirit filled, anointed dancers, with their movements, set the enemy to flight!

Ultimately, our goal as prophetic dancers is to learn how to: 

reach the lost;  heal the sick, wounded, and brokenhearted; open spiritual prison doors and set captives free; and to proclaim the Word and desires of the Lord  – all, initially and powerfully in our own lives, and then to go forth with the same attained liberty and effect the lives of others.

A note***  “Although praise and worship are powerful weapons of war, applying them in word or dance does not create a foolproof (mini) formula.  One cannot simply say, 'Praise the Lord,' and have all his troubles disappear.  There has always been great prayer, faith, fasting, humility, and intense study of the Word, along with true heartfelt praise and secret-place worship, that caused the praises and declarations of God's people to be powerful weapons against their enemies.!”  Lynn Hayden

 

As prophetic dancers: 

Our gaze means something:  

Looking up (at the Lord) could mean adoration, hope, expectation, looking for something, longing for something

Looking away (from something) could mean denial, rejection,  or  pain

Looking down could mean pain, shame, humility,loss of hope, etc.


Our movements mean something.  

If we stand still, we will give a message:  it could be adoration, contemplation, confidence, waiting for the Lord, it could even be a warring stance --  all somewhat determined by our facial expressions joined with the stance.

A sweeping horizontal movement with arms or legs could mean:   opening up, entering in to something, presenting or inviting the Lord to show up

Movement that is sustained, slow, controlled and deliberate can be useful in worship.   It shows a power of authority and resolve.

Quick movements can denote joy
If joined with the right music, quick sharp movements can represent warfare:   slashing, cutting, anger, marching.

Walking in a Circle could mean that the particular area  encircled is dedicated to the Lord.  It is protected and holy.

Walking in a Circle could also mean that we are surrounding the enemy  

OR that we are surrounding a believer in a protective barrier.




The way we walk tells a story:  

A slow deliberate walk could be  preparing the  atmosphere for the moving of the Lord, it could mean contemplation, it could also be preparation for war.

A fast walk could mean:  joy, anticipation, fear, agitation

To leap could mean:  great joy, overcoming a situation, taking strides in the Spirit.

To Run could mean:  joy; it could mean fear; it could be exasperation; it could also be a warfare tactic

Habakkuk 3:6 - "He stood and measured the earth;  He looked and startled the nations and the everlasting mountains were scattered. The perpetual hills bowed. His ways are everlasting."

Ways - Halijkah - walking, or marching in procession; move as in a caravan or company. 

There is power in movement. The Bible says God looked and startled the nations. Not only were the mountains scattered, but hills even bowed.  His ways are everlasting. God's movements are so powerful (when He moves in a procession) that even the mountains respond to His glance.  How powerful against the enemy is our movement when the all powerful God is resident within us?!

Psalm. 68:24,  KJV
They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.     

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

verses 24-27: The triumphal procession, after the deliverance, is depicted.

The goings of my God-as leading the procession; the ark, the symbol of His presence, being in front. The various bands of music (Ps 68:25) follow, and all who are-


Gil, Giyl - (Rejoice; be Joyful) To spin around under the influence of any violent emotion (usually of joy or rejoicing); to go in a circle; to be glad; joy; be joyful; rejoice; cry out; exalt.

ZEPHANIAH 3:17: The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing.


We speak with our bodies through the dancer's language of movement.   We can tell a story with our bodies even if there is no music at all.   

As Spirit filled believers, our bodies can speak divinely inspired utterances.   We can call those things into existence that be not as though they were.

Even as someone with the gift of prophecy can hear from God about an individual or situation and deliver it through word or song, so can a dancer with the gift of prophecy hear from God and deliver a message through movement.

Probably, the purest form of prophetic dance is when the minister expresses the heart of God through dancing and imparts  a vision, word, or impression given by the Lord.

***(some information culled from Lynn Hayden's book, “Dancing For Him”)

 

Copyright Jeanine Lynch, owner Judah Dancewear


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