THE GIFT OF PROPHECY
It is often suggested that the gift of prophecy is the ability to preach. Actually, it is something entirely different. A sermon is prepared beforehand, with the help of the Word of God. To prophesy is to utter words which the Holy Spirit inspires at that particular moment, and of which nothing is known beforehand. The gift of prophecy is the God-given ability to give a message from the heart of God to the people in our own language. Such a message is always to the edification of the Church. “But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification and exhortation and comfort” (l Cor. 14: 3). How wonderful that the Lord desires to speak to us with comforting, exhorting words. How we need this encouragement in the world in which we live, full of hardship and struggle. Satan goes about as a roaring lion, and he shall try to antagonize people against us in order to hinder our work and witness for the Lord. When we then come to a meeting where the gifts of the Spirit function, we receive new power through the words of the Lord, which He speaks to us through prophecy or the interpretation of tongues.
Also, when the Lord warns us, He does not threaten us with judgment or damnation, but rather stimulates us to go on in the power of Jesus Christ, to stand in His victory, to fight and witness more. Perhaps you have noticed, that in the Bible we can find many prophecies of judgment and doom. Indeed, the Lord often speaks about darkness and judgment which shall come – but not for the children of God. Jesus has carried away all our punishment. We can be clothed with His righteousness and stand on victory ground against all the works of the evil one. “The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53 : 5b). The love of God for His creatures is so great! Jesus has borne all the punishment of our sin and now we only receive blessing and good gifts from our God. Everything the Holy Spirit gives is to bless us and to build us up. So many times, when we were discouraged in the battle and disappointed, we received encouragement and joy when we went to a meeting where the Lord spoke to us in loving words during our time of worhsip. “Let all things be done unto edifying” (l Cor. 14: 26b).
Examples of prophecies in the Bible
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; ,yea I will help thee; yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isa. 41 : 10). “And thou shalt glory in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel” (Isa. 41 : 16b). “Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk … Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live” (Isa. 55: 1-3). “And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev. 22: 17b). There is nothing which strengthens and encourages our faith more than to listen to the words of the Lord. There are people who say that under the New Covenant, the Lord does not speak in the form of “I” anymore. But we read in the New Testament that the Lord speaks in the same way as He did in past times. On the first day of Pentecost, Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, repeats the words of Joel: ” “And it shall come to pass in the last days”, saith God, “I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh (Jew AND Greek); … I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath” , (Acts. 2: 17, 18, 19).
When the Lord appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus, He said: “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? … I am Jesus Whom thou persecutest” (Acts 9: 4b, 5). Later the Lord reveals Himself in a vision to Ananias and says: “Go (to Saul): for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for My Name”s sake” (Acts 9: 15). Peter also receives a vision and a word from the Lord when he is called to preach the Gospel to the first group out of the Gentiles. The Spirit speaks to Peter: “Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them” (Acts 10 : 20). Sometimes it is an angel, sometimes a man, who brings the message, but they are the words of the Lord: Thus saith the Lord. “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19: l0b).
Give heed to prophecies
Prophecies played an important part in the life of the first Christians. Paul writes to Timothy that he should be guided by the prophecies which had been given to him; should he not do this, his faith could be shipwrecked. “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck” (1 Tim. 1 : 18, 19). Paul himself knew that he was sent through the Word of the Lord: “And as they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said: “Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them”, (Acts 13: 2). “For so that the Lord commanded us saying, I have set thee to be light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth” (Acts 13 : 47).
Prove all things
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (l Thess. 5: 21). Prove prophecies by comparing them with Biblical prophecies. Never try or judge anything according to your own feeling or understanding. We can test the spoken prophecies by looking for any of these characteristics: edifying, exhorting, and comforting. Edifying means directing the upbuilding of the faith. An example of this is the prophecy Elizabeth spoke to Mary through the Holy Ghost (Luke 1 : 42-45). We read further in vs. 46-55 Mary”s wonderful song of praise. When we compare this song with the song of Hannah, the mother of Samuel in 1 Samuel 2 : 1-10, we sense and recognize that they were inspired by the same Spirit. Exhorting means stimulating to a higher goal, as in the following scripture from Rev. 22: 12-14: “And behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give to every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life.” Prophecy is a means for God to give us a word of comfort and encouragement that can compare to the words of angels, such as in Luke 1: 13-17 and 28-38. God often spoke through Isaiah to comfort His people: “0 Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine” (lsa.43: 1). After John the Baptist was born, his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to prophesy. In Luke 1: 67-79 we read his inspired utterance, which starts with praise and ends with a prophetic word about the child. This is an example of a blessing pronounced over a small child, as in Luke 2: 29-35 about the Child Jesus.
No fortune-telling God gives us spiritual gifts for spiritual matters. Do not misuse these gifts as some kind of fortune-telling. Sometimes they are used to give guidance to others; e.g., when they must fast, whom they must marry, etc., as if the one who possesses the gifts of the Spirit is a mediator. So often people are inclined to ask a word from the Lord for all sorts of things. Do not allow yourself to misuse the gifts in this manner. This only leads to fanaticism and to situations where one dominates the other. There are circles in which those who possess the gifts have everything to say and rule the whole church. Everything they say is taken and received as the word of the Lord, which everyone anxiously obeys. Out of this arise the most terrible situations. That is not why the gift of prophecy is given. The Lord wants not lead us all personally, by making His will known to us in our hearts. To us, children of the New Covenant, applies this word: “I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Jer. 31 : 33b, 34). Through the Holy Spirit, the Lord desires to reveal His guidance and His will personally, to each one of His children, without any medium. Yet very often the Lord does want to confirm to us in a word of prophecy, that which He has already put in our heart is truly His will. When we all desire to receive the gifts of the Spirit and use them as God intends, we shall never arrive at such situations as described above.
The ministry not the same as the gift The gift of prophecy does not make us prophets. A prophet is a person with a special ministry. In Ephesians 4 we read of five ministries, which the Lord has appointed, to preach the Word in the Church. “And He gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4 : 11,12). The ministry of the prophet is, among other things, to preach or teach in the Church because of a special insight or revelation of Gods Word which he has received. Confusion had entered the Church at Corinth. Many people thought they were prophets. They wanted to preach in the meeting but could not wait until the other person had finished speaking. This was no longer an endeavor to edify the Church to the utmost of their ability, but an urge to outrival others. In this church, the ministry of the prophets had to be put in order again: “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If anything is revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace” (1 Cor. 14: 29, 30). We can see from this that the Lord wants to give His words and revelations when the Church comes together. Before bringing into the Church the revelations which are received outside of the meetings, judge first to determine if these are from God. There were people in the Church of Corinth who called themselves prophets or prophetesses and only brought confusion, but no edification. Therefore Paul writes: “And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, for God is not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1 Cor. 14: 32, 33). “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Cor. 14 : 37).
All may prophesy As far as the gift of prophecy is concerned: not only the prophets, but all can prophesy. Paul writes: “I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied” (1 Cor. 14: 5). “For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted” (1 Cor. 14: 31). Prophecies should not be spoken all at the same time; but one by one, the one after the other. Nobody needs to say: “I could not wait to give out a prophecy, I had to speak at that moment, because the Holy Spirit prompted me.” I say to you: God is a God of order and does not want us to interrupt the prophecy or preaching of someone else with our message. We must wait until the other has finished. The desire of God is made known to us here – that we should all prophesy. He gives us the ability so that we all can prophesy.
The woman in the Church
When we see that Paul was trying to bring back good order out of confusion we realize better why he forbade the women to speak in the Church. It was because of the tremendous disorder that women especially had to be called to order and even had to be referred to the law (1 Cor. 14: 34). Paul writes many times in his letters that children of God are free from the law. “For ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Rom. 6: 14b). “The law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners” (1 Tim. 1 : 9). Because they were not spiritual, but carnal (1 Cor. 3: 2b).
Paul had to restore the order and harmony in the Church through various instructions. When we are spiritual, and completely led by the Holy Spirit, then there is no other law than the leading of the Holy Spirit. “For the law ofthe Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8: 2). For a spiritual person, there is no difference between man and woman, but neither of them shall rule the other. When the Spirit of God is in control, everyone shall endeavor to serve the Church as much as possible in the place where God has put him. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3 : 26- 28). To the spiritual person, there is no difference between male and female, and therefore Paul”s warning that the women should be silent in the Church remains no longer in force. During the time of the Acts of the Apostles, there were also prophetesses who took their place in the Church (Acts 21 : 9).
Often we have heard it said that one must wait for the prompting of the Holy Spirit before one can prophesy. But Gods Word says: Ye may all prophesy one by one. We need not wait for anything, but may act in faith according to the Word of God. “How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, everyone of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying” (1 Cor. 14: 26) .. The Holy Spirit gives something to everyone, all to the edification of the Church. What matters is that we take God at His Word and speak out in the Church that which we have received in faith. The use of all the gifts of the Spirit, but especially the gift of prophecy, is an act of faith. In Romans 12 we read something of the ministries and the gifts, especially that prophesying is through faith. “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith” (Rom. 12: 6). The prophecies that patriarchs uttered at the end of their live about their sons and grandsons are mentioned to us in the letter to the Hebrews and reckoned among the acts of the heroes of faith. “By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come” (Heb. 11 : 20). “By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph” (vs. 21). No one needs to be afraid. When we ask God for a word, then He is a loving Father Who does not give His children stones instead of bread. “For every one that asketh receiveth” (Matt. 7: 8). “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, . will give him a stone?” (vs. 9) “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” (vs. 11) We must trust the Lord for these things. Christ lives in us. He is the Word of God. (John 1: 14). “Not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Gal. 2 : 20b).
Everything was not quite so easy under the Old Covenant. We read of the prophet Balaam that he first had to climb the mountain to have a meeting with the Lord, and only after that was he able to speak the word which God had laid in his mouth (Numbers 23). Moses climbed Mount Sinai to receive Gods Word for Israel in the midst of fire and tumult, smoke and earthquake (Ex. 19 and 20). But praise God, we need not climb up to heaven anymore to bring Gods Words down; the “Word of God”, Jesus, has come down to us. Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, this Word had forever been laid in our hearts. “Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above), or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead). But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart” (Rom. 10 : 6b-8). It is wise, in order to build up our faith and to cleanse us of our own will and thoughts, to pray in the Spirit before we give out a prophecy.
Despise not prophesyings
We must on no account neglect the prophecies. “Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thess. 5 : 19-21). We have to be very careful here. When we reject or disregard the Spirit-inspired prophecies, we quench the Holy Spirit. It is much better to receive everything from the Lord in child-like simplicity, than reject one word from God and so grieve and quench the Spirit. Trust in the fact that the Holy Spirit divides everything, as the Word of God tells us: “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will” (1 Cor. 12 : 11). “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy man of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1 : 20, 21). If there is something of which the meaning is not immediately understood, ask the Spirit to explain it to you. He is the Author. He will make everything clear. It is wonderful to notice how the Lord fulfills His words literally. God stands behind His own words and He fulfills them, too. “I will hasten my word to perform it” (Jer.
It is wonderful to notice how the Lord fulfills His words literally. God stands behind His own words and He fulfills them, too. “I will hasten my word to perform it” (Jer. 1 : 12). Neither can we reject the prophecies of the Old Testament, because these prophecies are a ministry unto us, the Church of the End Time. “Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. Unto who is was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the Gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into” (l Peter 1: 10-12). “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn and the day-star arise in your hearts” (2 Peter 1 : 19).
Seek after prophecy God desires that His words should be known on this earth in these last times. We read this in many passages of the Bible: Your sons and daughters shall prophesy” (Acts 2: 17b). “And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy” (vs. 18). In some measure it is true that God is hindered in fulfilling His plans, as when there is nobody to speak the words of God. “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets” (Amos 3 : 7).
It has been proved that churches where the gift of prophecy is in operation are churches that are full with the power of God that is the knowledge who The Father and the Son is in Their Power. The goal to edify the church with the gifts for everyone and the five-fold ministry hand in hand. Certainly not Kundalini manifestations like laughing, falling etc. in the spirit. If this is the case than Hermetic false spirits has invaded the church, see the book left of Andrew about Andrew Strom. The worship meetings open with the words of the Lord, inspired by the Spirit and spoken by the people. Is is not the highest form of worship to listen reverently to the words which He speaks to us and to answer with praise, honoring Him?
No prophesying for ourselves
Do not misuse the gift of prophecy by speaking for yourself. The Lord does allow this sometimes and that is wonderful, but we should not make a habit of this or seek guidance along this way. We must use the gifts for the purpose for which God had given them; namely, to the edification ofthe Church. Sometimes the Lord uses a prophecy to convince an unbeliever. “But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth” (1 Cor. 14: 24, 25).
The gift of prophecy is for all Spirit-filled believers
All that is happening in our time, in the Church as well as in the world shows us that time is short. Daily the Lord is baptizing people with His Spirit and prophets are being raised up all over the world. We find encouragement in 1 Corinthians 14 to use the gift for the fulfillment of God” purpose: “Follow after charity and desire spiritual gifts” (vs. 1). “I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied” (vs. 5). “For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted” (vs. 31). “Wherefore brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues” (vs. 39). “Let all things be done decently and in order” (vs. 40).
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Shaking and out of control prophesizing, be aware of these manifestations.