This is a follow up from the previous blog about prophecy. This time, I am going to share about what prophecy is and also how to judge prophetic words.
Prophecy can be defined as foretelling. That is to know the future. The Spirit of God shows you what is going to happen in the future and you proclaim it and it comes to pass. Acts 11:28
Prophecy is also forth telling. That is to cause the future. You speak to things and those things come back to life. They are restored to how they are supposed to be. God told Ezekiel to speak to the many dry bones which became people, enough to form an army. Ezekiel 37:10
Now let us turn to judging prophetic words. A prophetic word should be in line with the word of God and also in line with the Heart of God. Ask yourself, is this word biblical? Is it what my Father in Heaven would want for me? Keeping in mind that God is a good God.
The prophetic word must bear witness with the spirit of the one who receives it. It must be a confirmation in the person receiving the word. It may be something God has been telling them about or something new, but as soon as they hear and receive it, there is a peace that comes with it (the word), an inner confirmation from the Spirit of God. Romans 8:16
The prophetic word should bring the person receiving it closer to God. It should create in the receiver a very deep desire to know Christ because the knowledge of Jesus Christ is very valuable.
In the previous blog, I talked about the purpose of prophecy as to convict the individual unacquainted with the truths of the Gospel to believe and become a Christian. True prophecy should not leave the person the same; there must be a change in them.
2Peter 1:19 – 21 KJV 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: 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 men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.