- Español: Un llamado profético de liderazgo?
Earlier this year, the citizens of El Salvador elected Nayib Bukele as the country’s president in national elections held in February.
Nothing unusual about that, but there are several things unusual about Bukele. First he is only 37 years of age and is the youngest person ever elected president in that country. He is also the youngest president in Central America. He managed to get elected as an independent. It’s a rare achievement to be elected president with no party affiliation as the last time that happened in El Salvador was in 1972.
But what makes him truly unique is that he received three prophetic words and one warning encouraging the Christian businessman to run for president.
Bukele was a successful businessman and city mayor and had no interest in running for president of the country. According to Charisma News, in a presentation to a group pastors, businessmen and local leaders at the end of July, Bukele unexpectedly shared his story on how he ended up as president.
It started when a group of pastors approached Bukele stating they had received a prophetic word that he should run for president. Bukele laughed it off and said no. Then a second group of pastors approached him with the same message, and though Bukele said no a second time, it caused him to at least consider it a possibility. But when a third group showed up stating the same thing this time encouraging him to at least pray about it, Bukele said no a third time.
So what changed his mind?
Well according to Bukele it was a word he received from a pastor that he did not know. The pastor warned him against falling “into the fourth place.” When Bukele asked what that meant, the pastor explained it was a word warning Bukele about missing God’s call on his life.
It was this final word that sparked Bukele’s decision to run for the president and to aid his candidacy he agreed to run for a political party. However, after a disagreement the party removed Bukele, and he was no longer on the presidential ballot.
At that point, Bukele questioned all the prophetic words encouraging him to run. But shortly after this happened a man showed up at Bukele’s campaign office stating there was a way to get on the ballot without running for a party. If 50,000 people signed a petition supporting Bukele’s nomination, he would be added and the man immediately started a campaign to gather enough names.
Though Bukele only needed 50,000 names, with the presidential campaign already officially started the group collected 200,000 names within a 48-hour period.
With his name on the ballet, Bukele won the presidency with 53% of the vote and today holds a stunning 80% approval rating.
Leadership is vitally important for the success of any venture, spiritual or otherwise, though many consider themselves to be leaders, not everyone is called to be a leader. And because of that it is equally important to God as He desires to reveal His calling through prophetic words.
The red-headed David, Israel’s greatest king, was chosen through a prophetic word by the prophet Samuel (1 Samuel 16:11-12).
But it wasn’t just Israel’s kings that received prophetic callings, at times God also used prophecy to choose secular kings, including one who was not a believer in Jehovah. This involved Cyrus King of Persia, who according to many historians was one of the best and most benevolent kings in the ancient world.
Isaiah prophesied of God’s call on Cyrus:
1 Thus says the Lord to Cyrus His anointed,
Whom I have taken by the right hand,
To subdue nations before him…
3 “I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden wealth of secret places,
So that you may know that it is I,
The Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.
4 “For the sake of Jacob My servant,
And Israel My chosen one,
I have also called you by your name;
I have given you a title of honor
Though you have not known Me. (Isaiah 45:1, 3, 4 NASV)
Notice how twice in this passage God says that He called Cyrus to be king and not only that God also provided confirmations of this calling. This was a prophetic word declaring Cyrus’ call to leadership and the last line clearly states that Cyrus did not know Jehovah. Despite his lack of faith, God not only called Cyrus but declared this pagan man as God’s shepherd (Isaiah 44:28).
In the New Testament, the prophetic was used to call people into ministry. During a time of worship in an early church meeting, a prophetic word called both Saul (the Apostle Paul) and Barnabas to ministry leadership roles.
13 Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers … 2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:1-2 NASV)
Leadership is absolutely critical to successful ministry and God wants to be involved. The prophetic ministry was used in both the Old and New Testament to call people to leadership roles in both secular and religious circles and obviously God wants to continue this practice today as it is doubtful Bukele would be president without a prophetic call.