At the crucifixion, the need for a temple made of stone was ended. The Lamb had come and brought the one sacrifice for sins forever. As Paul pointed out in Acts 17, the Most High God does not dwell in temples built by human hands. Rather, He dwells in His people, the Church, made up of “living stones.” These living stones have the Spirit of Christ according to Paul in Romans 8:9. They are gifted to express the manifestation of the Spirit as stated in 1 Corinthians 12-14 as well as Romans 12, and modeled in the Old Testament. Such examples include the gifting of artisans such as Bezalel and Oholiab.
The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 14 notes that gifts are tied to desire. We desire to express His giftings through our personality and individuality. Gifts are revelatory, that is, their expression in the Church manifests the Spirit; i.e., they makes Him known. The prophetic artist receives his revelation in pictures, not dissimilar from the activity of words of knowledge (John 1:48 NIV “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree”). That picture is given to the believer, and the expression is given in both an artistic and verbal manner. It is given artistically, so that the memory of the word is not quickly forgotten by the hearer. It is given verbally so that the message is clear and unequivocal.
I still remember an artistic word given a number of years ago by a young man who was the first, in my experience, to do prophetic art. He drew three pictures on one sheet of poster- board-size paper. The first was a flat-head screwdriver, the second was a Phillips-head screwdriver and the third was a screwdriver type tool with a person’s face where the end of the screwdriver should be. He labeled them accordingly, ‘flat-head’, ‘Phillips-head’, and ‘my head’. The message was that we are a tool in the hand of the Master. It has always stuck with me. Again, even though the medium is different, the word was given both artistically, so that the hearer would not quickly forget, and verbally, so that the message is clear and unequivocal.