Prophetic Names: Inspired

Out of all the blogs I have written, this series has been by far the most inspiring and received the most overwhelming response to any I’ve previously written.  Names are used in the natural to identify us as unique from other human beings, yet they are bestowed upon us, in my opinion, by the wisdom and graciousness of the Lord.

I’ve written many of you about my belief in the descriptive and redemptive qualities of your names.  But I hold a deep conviction that names carry responsibility.  For example, many of you have names referencing royalty or nobility and that’s not just a beautiful reminder of your identity, there’s a charge wrapped up in your namesake.

I wanted to spotlight three of your names that I’ve found rich in meaning and personally inspiring.  Abby, Kayla and Mac are three anointed individuals who have made incredible contributions to our world.  Woven in their namesake is a unique charge that I believe has prophetically impacted each of their lives.

Abigail Mishael Barnett

Abigail is a beautiful name of identity.  I’ve seen variations on the actual meaning but it always comes out something like this: “the Father’s joy.”  I find the broken homes, the fatherless households, the absent parental roles and even the distorted view of our heavenly Father greatly handicapping the progression of our generation toward our destinies.  There’s no mistake, however, the Father feels joy when He considers each and every one of His children.  “Abigail” is an inspiring reminder of our Father’s perspective and of our true identities.

Mishael is both rich in meaning and rich in heritage.  In the book of Daniel, Mishael was the Hebrew name of Meshach (remember Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego?).  It’s one of my favorite stories in the Bible as these three men stand up to Nebuchadnezzar and say “the LORD will deliver us from the fiery furnace, but even if He doesn’t we still will not bow and worship your gods.”  It’s one of the most brazen statements made by any character in Scripture.  Talk about faith!  Mishael means “one who is asked for or requested.”  There isn’t space here to do justice to this concept, but deep within each of us is a longing to be accepted and wanted.  “Mishael” reminds us that we are.

Barnett refers to “land cleared by burning.”  I find this picture beautifully redemptive.  Land that is cleared by burning is basically a sacrifice made for a greater good.  You’d clear a plot of land so you could plant crops, build a house, or even to tame the overgrowth and pave the way for new growth and rebirth.  It’s a harsh, barbaric process to the environment, but the outcome can produce life a hundred fold that specifically meets the needs of those who tend it after.

Macgregor Dean Mitchell

Macgregor is a derivative of “Gregory” which means “son of the watchman.”  Many European names in particular find their best heritage in medieval times.  The watchman was a military role.  He would stand at the wall of the castle and look off into the distance.  He’s always the first to spot things because he’s looking.  The watchman is a noble role and is the one to inform us of things to come.

Dean means “from the valley.”  Valleys are places you build cities.  They’re lush and have life.  They’re a stark contrast to your first name because you’d never build a city that needed defending in a valley.  It’s home.  It’s the life you protect.

Mitchell comes from “Michael” which is the only name I’ve ever come across that means a question: “who is like God?”  I hope when you hear your name you hear a question: “who is like God, Mac?”  I hope you scream from the inside “ME!  I AM!” because that’s your namesake and your identity.

Kayla Dawnn House

Kayla is a fascinating name to me.  It means “keeper of the keys.”  In everyday terms, this was probably a job title and the name was meant to describe the person whose responsibility it was to lock up each night.  However, Scripture talks about the keys to the kingdom. When I think of this name prophetically, there’s something so special to having the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  There’s a stewardship of the portals and paths, there’s an understanding (a deep one) of each unique environment that connects people with the Spirit of God (so how people connect to the kingdom) and there’s a responsibility to get people ushered toward the doors There’s an incredible ministry calling wrapped up in this name.

Dawnn means “awakening” (which is one of my favorite concepts).  Both in a personal sense, being “awakened” is critical to each of our personal development.  But the responsibility to wake up a generation is a noble, admirable charge!  We scream from the rooftops to shake people out of apathy and into movement!  It’s time to wake up!

House is a family name meaning “owner of the manor.”  With so many surnames referring to roles within the house (Butler or Cook for example) the owner is a special role, and it’s a role of leadership.  Stewardship is woven deeply within the roots of this whole name and it inspires me!

 

I write this post because I want to charge each of you to consider names you may pass on to children you may raise.  Choose well for it might change the course of history to do so!

In my next post, which will be my last for now on this series, I have some recommendations for you.  There are some names I’ve come across that I’ve not received requests for that you all should consider.

Prophetic Names – My Name

I’ve been on this kick lately of being obsessed with people’s names.  There’s something deeply prophetic about names.  I don’t know how much spiritually gets transacted when someone is given a name, but I’ve been given too much evidence that your name says something about you.

Either names make the person or the person becomes the name, but I believe even in the garden, it was important for things to have names.  Adam’s first assignment was to name the animals.  Every time God created something in Genesis 1-2 he “called” it something.  And at the end of it all he said this: it was good.

I have an obsession with naming things.  I recently got a fish tank and even though several fish have died, my first agenda upon purchasing my first eight fish was to promptly name them.  It’s been a fun task and my roommates and I have agreed to name our fish after our mutually favorite sit-com characters.  I like things having names.

I’ve recently done some research into the meaning of my name and several others around me and I’ve been astounded at how accurate and insightful they have been.  For example, here’s my name and what I’ve found:

James  – I’ve always liked the name Jesus gave the brothers James and John (his disciples) which was “Boanerges” which meant “sons of thunder”.  I’ll take it!  That sounds awesome!  But James is traditionally understood as a derivative of Jacob which means…get ready… “supplanter.”  I can’t tell you how disappointing that has been every time I’ve looked it up because really, I’ve had no idea what its meant…until recently.  “Supplanter” means to overthrow and take the place of another.  Think back to the story of Jacob and him taking his brother’s birthright.  I always saw this as an undesirable namesake, who wants to be that guy?!  But recently I had someone explain a different perspective: what if you were supplanting something that was supposed to be supplanted?  For example, if in Matthew 4 Satan was correct when he said that all the kingdoms on earth had been given to him, then wouldn’t he be worth supplanting or dethroning?  ABSOLUTELY!  I want to be THAT GUY!  Now, while that might be one interpretation, I believe at the very least that “supplanting” is my choice.  If there’s a prophetic edge to this, it’s my choice to determine what I’ll do with it.  I don’t have to be this person, but it might be that I’m supposed to be.

Patrick – I got some strong family heritage in this name.  There’s a whole wing of the family with the last name Patrick.  Simply put, it means “nobility.”  This is getting better and better, dethrone the enemy and take that throne for the kingdom of Christ!

McCarty – The “Mc” is an Irish thing.  When the Irish immigrated over to the states, many of them added the “O'” or “Mc” to the front of their name so they could hold on to some heritage (I’m okay knowing where I came from…that’s good stuff).  But McCarty is basically “loving.”  There it is.  I knew there was some pastoral truth tied up in there.

It’s possible that my name (especially given that I’m a “Junior” as well…carrying on my father’s legacy) could be part of my destiny.  Usurp the enemy’s entitlement to spaces and hearts.  Take the throne of those spaces and living like royalty (which comes with its expectation of leadership, governance and oversight).  And above all else: love.

Wow…that’s powerful (and I wrote it… LOL).

I’m convinced that names are either going to be highly reflective of what is obvious, or are going to prophetically speak what is most challenging to overcome.  Living up to a name is an admirable endeavor.

I’d like to do a couple of blogs where I pray into the meaning behind some of your names.  If you’re interested, leave me a comment or e-mail me and I’ll see what I can do.  Be sure it’s your legal name and include your middle/first name (depending on what you go by).  Don’t give me any commentary, I want to pray into it and see how the Lord speaks.  I’d like to post what I find here so be sure to let me know if that’s okay with you.