Spiritual Gifts are some of Love's greatest "weapons" for advancing God's Kingdom (on earth as it is in heaven),"conquering" the world with kindness and bringing Peace. They were Weapons of Mass Salvation in the ministries of Jesus and the Apostles, and they are still available to us today! If Jesus and the original Apostles relied so heavily on Father confirming His Word with signs following, shouldn't we?
It is, however, of utmost importance that such "weapons" are not used to build personality cults and towers of Babel. Instead, they must be used to point all people to Father's Love..and to encourage ALL to exercise their right to "bear arms" (Lovingly function in Spiritual Gifts as the Spirit of Love instructs and enables).
The Word, Good Doctrine, and Impeccable Theology will never demonstrate His Love and Beauty on a grand scale if they are not accompanied by the Gifts of Power which dispel the myth that the love of power is greater than the Power of Love.
Men have, unfortunately, tried to replace the Supernatural Gold of His Manifest Presence and Power with the brass of self-help monologues, programs, and entertainment which scream, "The Emperor has no clothes!"
My prayer for the Body of Christ is that we all awaken to deeper realities of Who Jesus is, who we are in Him, all that is available to us because of Him, and what He would have us to do with all that He has freely given and instructed us to freely receive.
While I have seen many wonderful signs accompany God's Word in His ministry through me (to include medically verified miracles and healings), there is a strong, yet gentle cry within me saying..."There is much, much more!"
Let us earnestly covet Spiritual Gifts for the benefit of others and the betterment of the world!
1 Corinthians 12
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
Any prophet declaring that a "glory portal" will open over SELECT cities lacks an understanding of Jesus' finished work at the cross, the believer's position in Christ, and an understanding that Jesus is the consummate fulfillment of Beth-El (The House of God), The Gate of Heaven, and Jacob's Ladder. The angels of God ascend and descend on the Body of Christ. We are IN HIM and HE is IN US! JESUS is MORE THAN ENOUGH PORTAL FOR US ALL! We have the ability to function freely... FROM heaven ON this earth! A simple study of John 1:51 and Genesis 28 bears this out. The Extra-Biblical hype may stir the faith of some to walk in what has always been theirs. Nevertheless, it isn't a "fresh glory portal". Christ in you is the Hope of Glory (Col. 1:27). We are ALL Glory Portals! God is no respecter of persons, nor is He a respecter of geography! You don't have to wait for Jesus to "come to a city near you"! Wherever we "make our bed", He is there! There is NO PLACE where Emmanuel ("God with us") isn't with us!
This is by no means an attack on any group or individual. I love prophets (and am considered to be one in some circles) and the prophetic. The ignorance and abuse just truly grieve me. Too many folks are attempting to walk as New Covenant gifts with Old Covenant mindsets.