Having sold 200 million records, Mariah Carey, 50, is a popular American singer and song-writer. In fact, she was the first singer to have her first five singles top the Billboard Hot 100.
Last year, based on sales and chart performance, Billboard ranked her as the top female performer in the US.
Mariah came from what some might describe as a dysfunctional family and neither her mother nor father, who divorced, were Christian.
But there were Christians on her father’s side of the family and even one who apparently was in the ministry.
Christian Post recently wrote about Mariah’s recent book, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, where she shared, among other things, about the importance of faith in her life.
This included one experience that suggests she was impacted by the Holy Spirit as Mariah was ministered to by Nana Reese, an aunt on her father’s side. Reese not only ministered at a church in Harlem, she was also considered a prophetess.
There had been a massive blow up in the family and her Aunt Reese was consoling Mariah when a strange thing happened:
“She told me, ‘Don’t be scared of all the trouble you see, all your dreams and visions are going to happen for you. Always remember that.’ As she spoke, a warm and loving current spread out from her hand to my leg, gently coursing through my body in waves and rising up and out of the top of my head.”
Many have experienced a similar moving of the Holy Spirit. A few days after I had been prayed for to be filled with the Holy Spirit, I felt a burning sensation (with no pain) in my stomach. The sensation then quickly travelled up my throat to my mouth, and I spontaneously started speaking in tongues.
Mariah said she never forgot this experience that resulted in her developing a keen interest in spiritual things:
“I did later learn that people called Nana Reese, a prophetess. I also learned that she was not the only healer in my lineage. Beyond all that, I believe a deep faith was awakened to me that day. I understood on a soul level, that no matter what happened to me or around me, something lived inside me that I could always call on. I had something that would guide me through any storm.”
Though she never had dreams or a vision for her life at the time she was ministered to by her Aunt, that changed as she began to believe for the impossible:
“I truly believed, anything I wanted was possible. It was real to me. Absolute. My father did not believe anything is possible.”
Even today, Mariah said her family doesn’t understand her interest in the Bible and spiritual things.
In the book, she also spoke of attending Brooklyn’s True Worship Church Worldwide Ministries where she went through a three-year intensive Bible study and was rebaptized.
She finished her book talking about how her faith has carried her through the trials she has faced and even quoted a Bible verse:
“For I assure you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move, nothing will be impossible to you. Matthew 17: 20.”
I don’t know that much about Mariah and I suspect she is probably not perfect, but that doesn’t particularly surprise me, as I haven’t met a perfect Christian yet.
But her story reminds me of the impact that another female prophet had on movie star, Denzel Washington. He shared his prophetic experience in an interview with Pastor AR Bernard posted on Instagram:
“Ruth Green was known to have the gift of prophecy. She lived in Mt. Vernon where I grew up and my mother did her hair. So she was in the beauty shop when I was sitting in there having been kicked out of school, out of college,” Washington said. “And she said ‘boy you’re gonna travel the world and preach to millions of people.'”
We have several references to female prophets in the Bible. While many are specifically called prophets, there are others who were not but nevertheless delivered what appeared to be prophetic words.
Like we see with Mariah Carey and Denzel Washington, God used these female prophets to minister to people:
- Miriam, the sister of Moses, is called a prophet (Exodus 15:20-21).
- Deborah is described as both a judge and prophet (Judges 4:4).
- After the High Priest Hilkiah found the Book of the Law in the Temple, King Josiah commanded him to inquire of the Lord. Hilkah along with several other priests consulted with Huldah, who is called a prophetess (2 Kings 22:14).
- The wife of the Prophet Isaiah is also referred to as a prophet (Isaiah 8:3).
- Though Elisabeth is not referred to as a prophet, when Mary pregnant by the Holy Spirit went to visit Zechariah and Elisabeth, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit fell upon Elisabeth, and she delivered a prophetic word about Mary’s son (Luke 1:41-45).
- Anna, 84, who lived and worshipped at the temple is called a prophet. She gave a prophetic word about Jesus when Joseph and Mary brought their Son to the temple (Luke 2:36-40).
- In the Book of Acts, the four daughters of Philip, the evangelist, are called prophetesses (Acts 21:8-10).
READ: Mariah Carey tells how God saved her life: It’s all about faith for me AND Denzel Washington recalls the day he was filled with the Holy Spirit and the prophecy that’s been fulfilled over his life