How a prophet is called:
4 And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.
7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.
8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.
9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. (Ezekiel 3)
First, the assignment is given, i.e., “get to” “speak” “my words.” Someone (or group) are being defiant and need a talking to. And because they are belligerent (whether they realize they are or not), the prophet must be “hardened” in order to forbear their belligerency, i.e., “I have made thy face strong” = stern, intense face; “forehead strong” = stubborn—to win; “harder than flint” = nothing can stand in their way confidence, misinterpreted as arrogance.
Prophets are not robots; they have an intellect that must understand what the task is, why it is, and what the desired outcome is, i.e., “do you understand”? Thus “receive” = “to understand” in heart and mind—both:
10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.
Priority after communing with Heaven (meaning God the Father, Jesus, or servants through different methods or ways, e.g., dreams, visions, premonitions, intuition, recollections, face-to-face, etc.) is for the task and it matters not what others believe or how it is received, it must be carried out:
11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.
Our faculties are in our soul (sight, feelings, hearing, taste, etc.), thus, wherever our soul goes, we go; and wherever we go, our soul goes. So if God “takes you up somewhere,” He is taking your soul:
12 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the Lord from his place.
14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me.
The intensity from an experience (particularly a calling to call others to repentance) naturally will instill an intensity like urgency which can be “strong upon” a person making them full of bitterness in hatred of sin and a fervor or heat to eradicate it like the spiritual disease that it is.
It is necessary to “decompress” or slowly digest experiences with beings of a higher order, both energetically and conceptually after whatever was shown or taught:
15 Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel-abib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.
After the initial visit by the Lord Jesus, He will then communicate like this:
16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, (Ezekiel 3)
How that manifests to the prophet will be unique to each, but God who made us (God the Father made the soul, Jesus made everything else, i.e., our spirit body and existence, and physical bodies and existence) and the God who is The Comforter or Spirit of Truth (Jesus) are already within us (to different degrees depending on how much truth we are walking in).
This is how God can communicate His word at any moment:
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth [an aspect of Jesus’ presence], which proceedeth from the Father, HE shall TESTIFY of ME: (John 15)
Spirit and truth go together:
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit AND in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit AND in truth. (John 4)
Jesus IS The Spirit of Truth:
17 Even the Spirit of truth [an aspect of Jesus’ presence]; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you [that was Jesus during His ministry], and shall be in you [after Jesus was gone].
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you [“I” – it is Jesus, and an aspect of His presence]. (John 14)
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth [an aspect of Jesus’ presence], is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (John 16)
Jesus has another “six spirits” of His Spirit being on top of that:
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. (Revelation 5)
Each one of those Seven Spirits is an aspect of Jesus’ presence. His presence will accompany each one of those Seven Spirits wherever they are and whenever and however they manifest, which is a hard thing to comprehend:
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. (John 16)
Jesus is more than the resurrected human who came to earth; He is more powerful than any of us can comprehend, and lucky for us, both He and His Father (our Father God) are beings of love—for everyone—which involves forgiveness and justice.
8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do JUSTLY, and to LOVE MERCY, and to WALK HUMBLY with thy God? (Micah 6)