Glossary of Terms

Age to come (also see End Times, Eternal Age, Millennial Kingdom and Second Coming) — [term] The epoch after this current historical timeframe; the age to come encompasses the Millennial Kingdom and Eternity (also called the Eternal Age)

Anna anointing — [term] Referring to Anna who “did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day” (Luke 2:36–38). In application, this refers to the grace to spend long hours in prayer with fasting and to sustain it for many years. “Annas” are men or women, old and young, whose primary ministry is fasting and prayer aimed at changing the spiritual atmosphere of a city or nation. This is not their only ministry, as Anna did the work of an evangelist and was a prophetess; she is recorded as the first evangelist in the New Testament as well

Anointing — A special grace, blessing or extreme unction from God

Antiphonal Singing — [term] Responsive alternation between singers; also referred to as call and response

Apostolic — [adjective] Describing the nature, teachings and activities modeled by the apostles in the New Testament

Apostolic intercession — Intercessory prayer to God on behalf of others derived from the apostles’ prayers written in the New Testament, which reflect the desires of God’s heart for the people. Common examples of apostolic prayers are Ephesians 1:17–19, Philippians1:9–1 and Matthew 6:9–13.

Awaken love — [petition] A prayer asking to be filled with God’s love (see Ephesians 3:16–19); to cause love or passion for God to be stirred up; to come alive to God in the deepest part of your life (Song 2:7)

Awakened heart — [term] A state of living and being in God in such a way that your spirit and emotions are alive and responsive to Him (Song 2:10; Isaiah 61:1)

Beloved — [biblical term] Seen regularly in the Song of Songs and in the Gospel of John, this term initially refers to how God views human beings; they are His beloved. Secondarily, it refers to how human beings grow to view God; He becomes their beloved. This emotional exchange between God and His creation carries the most weight when it is birthed from the Bridal Paradigm

Bridal Paradigm — [term] IHOP term used to describe a view of God presented in Scripture which reveals God as passionate and emotional, and filled with gladness, affection and beauty. Whether Jew or Gentile, the redeemed are described in the Bible as the Bride of Christ, while Jesus is presented as a passionate Bridegroom who loves the redeemed and lays down His life for them. By the Father’s design and the Son’s passionate work on the cross, the Holy Spirit is bringing forth a remnant out of the human race to be voluntary lovers of God. These redeemed, the Bride of Christ, will co-rule in intimate relationship forever with Jesus, the Bridegroom God

Bridegroom, King and Judge — Three specific characteristics of God that are being emphasized currently, and will be increasingly emphasized as time comes to an end

Bridegroom fasting — Another dimension of glory that Jesus added to the doctrine of fasting (Matthew 9:15). In this way, fasting is not simply abstaining, instead it becomes the expression of longing and mourning for the presence of the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ

Bridegroom God — [term] This refers to Jesus Christ when He spoke of Himself as the Bridegroom (Mark 2:19–20)

Burning heart — [term] A heart filled with the love and passion of God (see Isaiah 64:1–2); a heart in fellowship with Jesus in prayer (John 5:35)

Captivated/fascinated/ravished heart — [literal phrase] In the context of the Bridal Paradigm, this refers to someone who is wholeheartedly in love with God. In the natural, this refers to a heart moved with deep emotion and love due to the actions of their lover (Song 4:9)

Daniel anointing — A special grace to enter into extended periods of fasting and prayer, specifically seeking revelation as to the meaning and implications of dreams, visions or other divine communications regarding the End Times (Daniel 1–12)

David(ic) anointing — Generally refers to the combining of the kingly and priestly anointing; an anointing to carry the heart of David, who was “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14)

Devotional worship (see Harp and Bowl Model) — A style of worship in which a worship team provides an anointed atmosphere for people to read and meditate on Scripture and listen to God’s Spirit (Psalm 27:4, 8 and 14; Isaiah 30:15)

Divine escort — [title] Overarching phrase describing some of the attributes of the Holy Spirit as He accompanies the redeemed through life. Other common terms include helper, comforter and guide (John 14:15–27; John 16:5–14)

End Times (also known as the end of the age) — [noun] This is the generation in which the Lord will return; the final decades of this current era of human history in which many major events occur: “the birth pains” begin, the Temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem, the Antichrist is revealed, the abomination that causes desolation is set up in the Temple, the seals, bowls and trumpets are released, there is a worldwide revival led by the Church, etc. The End Times will culminate with Jesus’ physical Second Coming as He establishes His literal Millennial Reign on Earth, followed by the Eternal Age

Eternal Age (also see End Times, Millennial Kingdom and Second Coming) — The final timeframe spoken of in the Bible; also called eternity. The redeemed and the triune God are continually in each other’s presence forever, while those rejecting Jesus will spend their eternity in the Lake of Fire

Fasted lifestyle — Voluntarily choosing a lifestyle of simplicity which limits various things in life: food, money or accumulating things, status, recognition, etc. While the rewards are primarily internal and spiritual, they are eternal (Isaiah 58; Matthew 6:18, 9:14–17; John 3:39; 1 Corinthians 2:10)

Fire of God — Two inter-related terms:
1) God’s enabling presence to follow the First and Second Commandments
2) God’s presence sent as a judge to burn away everything that hinders His love, thus enabling individuals to follow the First and Second Commandments

First Commandment — “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37–40). Also referred to as making God your first love (Revelation 2:4) or the one thing necessary (Luke 10:42)

Forerunner (also see John the Baptist) — [biblical phrase] A person who goes ahead of the Lord and prepares people for His coming (Luke 1:76; Isaiah 40)

Forerunner Ministry — The purpose of this ministry is to announce the unprecedented activities of the Lord that are just around the corner in order to make sense of what is happening and what is about to happen. The forerunner ministry has three main activities at the end of the age: restoring the First Commandment to first place, releasing miracles to bring in the Great Harvest, and releasing the temporal judgments of God. John the Baptist and the prophet Isaiah are two examples of the forerunner ministry

Friend of the Bridegroom — Jesus Christ refers to Himself as the Bridegroom. John the Baptist refers to himself as a friend of the Bridegroom who stands and hears the Bridegrooms voice and is glad (John 3:29; John 15:14–15); this is the primary identity of a forerunner

God-Man — [title] Referring to Jesus Christ and His divine and human origin; He is fully God and fully human

Governmental intercession — [term] Intercessory prayer to God on behalf of a people by a representative of the people (Daniel 9:4–20; Nehemiah 1:3–11)

Harp and Bowl Model — A term derived from Revelation 5:8, describing the elders before the throne with harps (representing worship with music) and a bowl of incense (representing the prayers of God’s people). It combines worship (led by worship teams) and prayer (both personal and corporate).

Intercessory worship (see Harp and Bowl) — A worship team provides an anointed atmosphere for people to intercede concerning various corporate prayer concerns

John the Baptist — [person; representation of the forerunner ministry] One who announced the unprecedented activities of the Lord that were just around the corner. John describes himself as the friend of the Bridegroom, which is the fundamental identity for a forerunner (John 3:29). Jesus described John as “a burning and shining lamp” (John 5:35)

Joseph anointing — [term] Referring to those called to prosper in the marketplace so they may make provision to “preserve life” (Genesis 45:5) in the time when God releases His end-time judgments on the Earth. These “Josephs” will have the anointing to release the prophetic, strategic thinking and mercy deeds to the nations, impacting leaders and building “cities of habitation” (Psalm 107; Exodus 1:11). King Cyrus is another example of this, but with the emphasis placed on building the Lord’s house (the Temple) by releasing incredible wealth into the Kingdom (Isaiah 44:24–28 and 45:1–13, and the many references throughout the book of Daniel; 2 Chronicles 36:22–23; Ezra 1 and 2

Kiss me with the kisses of your Word — A literal prayer from Song of Songs 1:2 asking that, as people read the Scripture, God would reveal His love, affections and beauty so as to empower holiness and love for Him (Song 1:2–4; John 17:17; Ephesians 1:17)

The Knowledge of God — [biblical phrase] A prayer asking God to reveal Himself; it originates from the apostolic prayer of Ephesians 1:16–19; also called the revelation of the knowledge of God

Lovesick — [biblical phrase] Overwhelmed by love for God (Song of Songs 2:5 and 5:8)

The love song of your heart — [phrase] The special song that no one else but you can sing to God because of your uniqueness in God and your love for Him (Psalm 139:13–18); it is accompanied by being filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18–19)

Mary of Bethany — [person] A friend and follower of Jesus Christ; Mary was representative of following the First Commandment; she lived a fasted lifestyle of pure and simple devotion to Jesus Christ; she sat at the feet of Jesus (Luke 10:38–42); Jesus spent His final days before His crucifixion in Bethany with Mary, Martha and Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead (John 12:1–3)

Millennial Kingdom or Millennial Reign of Christ — [biblical phrase] At the culmination of human history, Jesus Christ will return to Earth and set up His literal, physical 1,000 year reign from the global capital city of Jerusalem; a theocratic dictatorship under Jesus Christ, with Jews and redeemed martyrs in positions of authority

Night and day prayer/intercession — [biblical phrase] In Isaiah 62:6–7, Isaiah prophesied that intercession would continue twenty-four hours a day; this is part of God’s answer to Satan who accuses the Church night and day (Revelation 12:10)

One Thing Necessary — [biblical phrase] Jesus’ validation of Mary’s choice to sit at His feet and hear His words; “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42)

On-ramps — [term] Points of entry into the things of God, based around specific areas of interest, fascination or need

Open heaven — [term] A pronounced increase, in a particular season, of the supernatural invading the natural; examples throughout Scripture include Genesis 28:12, Exodus 24:9–11, Ezekiel 1–3, John 1:51 and Revelation 1

Prophecy — [noun] Any God-inspired testimony of Jesus (Revelation 19:10), including (but not exclusive to) the written Scriptures; the key to understanding God’s voice is to know His heart

Prophetic anointing — [term] A supernatural skill or gift given to a person by God in order to receive and understand divine information

Prophetic worship (see Harp and Bowl Model) — [term] A worship team provides an anointed atmosphere for people to focus on worshipping God. During worship, discerned themes that the Holy Spirit is emphasizing (holiness, healing, deliverance, etc.) are expressed with opportunities for ministry (John 3:1–8; Zechariah 4:6; James 5:13–16)

Prophetic singing — [term] The spontaneous singing of phrases that develop different themes (love, holiness, justice, etc.) found in a passage of Scripture. This occurs during all of the IHOP–KC prayer formats

Second Coming (also see Age to Come, End Times, Eternal Age, and Millennial Kingdom) — [biblical phrase] The literal, physical return of Christ to Earth, specifically to Jerusalem to begin His Millennial Reign

Second Commandment — [biblical term] “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 22:37–40).”

Sing to the Lord — [biblical phrase] One of the most reiterated commands in the Bible (Exodus 15:21; 2 Samuel 22:50; 1 Chronicles 16:9, 23; 2 Chronicles 20:21; Psalm 7:17; Psalm 9:2; Psalm 18:49; Psalm 30:4; Psalm 33:3; Psalm 47:6; Psalm 67:4; Psalm 81:1; Psalm 89:1; Psalm 95:1; Psalm 98:1; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16)

Spirit of burning — [phrase] This is a cycle of maintaining a passionate desire for Jesus so that you are in a place of emotional pain whenever He is absent; hope and excited expectancy because of the knowledge that He loves to come to the hungry and thirsty heart; real experiential encounters with His beauty and presence causing you to have an even greater intense desire to be close to Jesus (Matthew 22:37; Luke 24:13–32)

Tabernacle of David — David established a worship ministry in which he set 4,000 musicians and 288 prophetic singers before the Ark of the Covenant (1 Chronicles 15:1; 16:1–6; 23:5; 25:7; 37–42). The “restoration of the Tabernacle of David” refers to Jesus establishing His Throne in Jerusalem at the Second Coming and ruling the Earth in context to prayer and worship (Amos 9:11–15; Isaiah 56:7)

Theocracy — A form of government based on God’s direct guidance and His righteous laws

Unveiled — [biblical term] Unashamed, corporate and individual interaction between the Bride and the Bridegroom God (Song of Songs 1:7; 2 Corinthians 3:18)

Urgency of the Hour — [phrase] The understanding that time is short before Jesus’ Second Coming; Jesus’ return is inevitable and will happen very soon, therefore this time in human history is like no other. Each person is being invited to, “repent for the Kingdom of God is near” (Matthew 3:2 and 4:17; Mark 1:15; Luke 13:1–5)

Watchman/watchmen — [biblical term] This refers to the requirement for us to watch over the Body of Christ while having a discerning, biblical understanding of end-time events. Our privileged calling is to intercede for God’s people and to co-partner with God’s unfolding plans in this final hour of human history, hastening the day of Jesus’ coming, our Savior and Bridegroom (Isaiah 62:6–7)

Watch and pray — [biblical phrase] This is a requirement that we live as wise sons and daughters, understanding the times and seasons in we which we live, interceding accordingly that we might not misunderstand what He is doing but remain focused on His will and His affections (Romans 13:11–14; Colossians 4:2). The sons of Issachar (also called the men of Issachar) are examples of this (1 Chronicles 12:32; Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38; Luke 21:36)

Worship with the Word (see Harp and Bowl Model) — [term] A worship team provides an anointed atmosphere for people to meditate on the Word in a focused time of study; the worship team selects a passage to sing through antiphonally as they expound on the themes within each verse, thus “worshipping with the Word”; the prayer room acts as a “singing seminary” in this way

Zechariah 3 — Referring to the exchange between Joshua the high priest and the Angel of the Lord. The removal of the filthy garments in exchange for “a clean turban on his head” refers to the renewal of the mind, a clean and pure thought life, and holiness before the Lord

24/7 — Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; unceasing or continuous