Prophecy is one of the nine manifestations of the Gift of Holy Spirit made available to every born again believer for a blessing to others in the church. On this 40 minute Audio CD, you will learn exactly what Prophecy is, What is the difference between the Ministry of a Prophet and the Manifestation of Prophecy, why we have Prophecy and how you can do it too.
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Prophecy is speaking, writing, or otherwise communicating a message from God to a person or a group of people.
Prophecy is getting a message from God and then delivering that message. It can be fore-telling the future or forth-telling a current message to any person or group of people that God directs you to deliver his message to.
When done in church or in the context of a believer’s meeting, it is generally forth-telling; a message of edification, exhortation and comfort from God toward his people.Although prophecy is usually spoken, it may also be delivered in writing, or it may be given another way, such as sign language. Whatever accurately conveys the message.
The subject of the manifestation of prophecy is so immense that it could be an entire book or even a series of DVDs worth of information. The following is by no means and intensive deep study of Prophecy, but rather an introduction that will cover most of the main points as it applies to the gift of holy spirit.
For most people, when they think of prophecy, they conjure up popular images of Moses in the Old Testament laying down the law or Daniel foretelling the future to the king of Babylon; or maybe even the "Apostle" John cryptically foretelling a foreboding and rather scary future in the Book of Revelation. While these are examples of prophecy, there is more to it than that.
When God, Jesus Christ or even an angel of the Lord gives you a message to deliver to an individual or group, and you deliver that message that is prophecy. Although prophecy is usually spoken, it may also be delivered in writing, or it may be given another way, such as sign language. Whatever accurately conveys the message.
The point is, when a message from God is delivered from one person to another that is prophecy.
Simple, right? But how then do you get this message? Usually it comes to you by revelation though the holy spirit.
The act of revealing or disclosing; an uncovering, a bringing to light of that which had been previously wholly hidden or only obscurely seen.
In really rare cases, it can come through your five senses, like seeing or hearing it. But that would be an odd and rare occurrence. God gave us holy spirit so he can bypass the corruptible world and our skewed senses in order to have perfect communication with our spirit.
Be very careful when receiving revelation through your five senses because that his how the adversary speaks to people. Be sure to “try” the revelation using the manifestation of Discerning of Spirits in order to determine whether your revelation is from the true God or not.
A lot of people confuse Revelation with inspiration. Revelation and inspiration are different things that seem similar on the surface. Although all revelation is indeed inspiration from God, it is not to be confused with personal inspiration. Revelation is the supernatural communication of God’s truth to your spirit; revelation can sometimes be perceived by you as inspiration but personal inspiration is usually something from within your own soul or from your subconscious mind.
Just because someone gets revelation and delivers a message from God, that act does not necessarily make that person a Prophet. Being a Prophet is a gift ministry given to a select few by God whereas the manifestation of prophecy is given to all who become born again and receive the gift of holy spirit.
So how can you know the difference? How do you know if you have the ministry of a Prophet? Because God treats Prophets differently.
Numbers 12:6 “And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
12:7 My servant Moses [is] not so, who [is] faithful in all mine house.
12:8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude (likeness, image) of the LORD shall he behold...”
Proverbs also says that God sometimes communicates in obscure messages: Proverbs 25:2 ”It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” God communicates many “matters” in ways that take diligent searching to discover their full meaning. Read the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation for more examples of this.
So if you are a Prophet of the Lord, then you job is much harder that just prophesying through the spirit. God speaks to you in visions and dreams. And they are usually riddles, parables and other things that you don’t readily understand. When you speak prophecy as a manifestation through the gift of holy spirit then that which is communicated is usually very plain and clear; easily understood by all. What good is a message of exhortation and comfort when it is so cryptic that you have no idea what it means, right?
A large part of prophecy is God working to build relationships with His people: communicating His love, fighting for their love, trying to get them to turn from evil, drawing them to Him by His care and kindness. This fact becomes very clear when we consider the entire Bible as prophecy.
Prophecy is not “in” the Bible, it is the Bible. The entire Bible is a message from God brought to us through His spokesmen, his prophets. How many verses of Scripture, brought to us by God’s messengers such as Moses, Samuel, Isaiah, Paul, Peter, etc., express God’s love? How many express His forgiveness and mercy? How many exhort us to righteousness? Hundreds? Thousands? Certainly a lot. Most of it is very straight forward and plain so that we get it.
The answer is NO! Both God and the Devil can give prophecy. The Devil always works to undermine what God is doing and has a counterfeit for almost everything God gives. The Devil wants glory and worship for himself, he wants to lead people astray from God and he wants to destroy the good works of God.
There are many ways that information from the Devil and his evil kingdom come into our world. Usually a demon that the Bible calls a “spirit of divination” (Acts 16:16 KJV) enters a person and gives him information. In Jeremiah.2:8, God said that “...The prophets prophesied by Baal...” meaning that the prophets were bringing a word from a demonic source. False information comes directly or indirectly. An example of directly getting satanic information is when a false prophet, medium, or psychic hears directly from a demon (although they usually think it is from God or an angel, a "good spirit" or maybe even from some one they think they can trust like a dead grandmother).
Examples of indirectly receiving satanic information include divining with such things as tarot cards, tea leaves, Ouija Boards, crystal balls, etc. In those cases, a demon influences the environment to produce the satanically inspired result. It is important to understand that much of the information that comes from satanic sources is true. If it were not, even unbelievers would very quickly dismiss it as false or unhelpful. The Devil is a crafty fisherman, and as a fisherman hides a hook in the bait, he hides lies and deceit in the middle of the truth. He gets a person to the point that he trusts what the false prophet or psychic says, and then gives a piece of false information that will turn him away from God, truth, or deceive him in some other way that will eventually lead to his ruin.
A Christian should never seek information from a demonic source. It is a sin against God (Deut. 18:12) and will eventually end up in his ruin. The wise Christian knows the Devil’s tactics, know how to operate another manifestation called Discerning of Spirits and is not fooled by the truth that a psychic, medium, etc., learns from the spirit world. Sooner or later, the hook will be revealed.
The best way for a Christian to avoid receiving counterfeit prophecy is to stay away from obvious counterfeits (like psychic hotlines) and make wise choices about who to receive prophecy from. Since demons almost always work to disrupt a godly lifestyle, one of the wisest choices a person can make is to not receive a prophecy from someone who has an ungodly lifestyle (and remember, some “religious” people are ungodly). They could be right on the money with what they say, but then again, they may be led by a demon, and their words may not be pure.
Basically, you shall know them by their fruits (Matt 7:20). But don’t get too hung up on this point, because if you are on the word, then you will feel it in you gut whether the prophecy is true or not.
So now that you know what a Prophet of God is, and what the difference is between being a prophet and simply delivering a message of prophecy through the gift of holy spirit, what is the manifestation of prophecy for? "But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.” (1 Cor. 14:3 KJV)
The Greek Interlinear version states it like this: 3) "But he that prophesies, speaks to men for building up and encouragement and consolation. 4) He that speaks with a tongue, himself builds up; but he that prophesies, the assembly builds up.”
1) Edification: Building people up. The word is oikodomen in the Greek, oiko means "house," and domen means "to build." So the direct translation is “house building”, to build a house on a solid foundation is the idea; and the work of prophesying then gives people a foundation. So this word is a powerful figure of speech in Greek that gives an expanded view of the greater meaning in one short word. Seems to lose a little in the English translation, doesn’t it? Like I’ve said before, the Word of God is very concise in its communication.
One of the major problems that Christians struggle with is their “old man” nature and their new true identity as a Son of God. Because they still get feelings of being what they once were, they believe those feelings, and they react accordingly. There is an up-and-down experience that they have a hard time getting away from. But prophesying corrects that. It teaches us who we are in Christ. That is why it is so needed in our day, as it was needed here in Corinth.
2) Exhortation: Strengthening people. This is the Greek word “paraklEsin” which directly translated is “beside calling” or "one called alongside". “Para” mean along with, but distinctly separate from. What this phrase in Greek refers to is one who consoles, a helper, one who intercedes on our behalf, a comforter or an advocate; kind of like a defense attorney. In this case “paraklEsin” would be a type of defense attorney who fights for you against the attacks of the adversary to support you and steady you and strengthen you.
3) Comfort: The Greek word used here is, “paramuthian”, the direct translation is “beside close” which means, a comforter or one who remains close to comfort another. Remember the word “Para”. The Greek definition of the word is “To speak to, whether by way of admonition and incentive, or to calm and console.” When you are comforted, you feel safe. When you feel safe, your stress levels are lower. When your stress is low, you enjoy rational thought and can make sound decisions.
We have all had the experience of reading a passage of Scripture, and it seemed to speak right to our soul or the basic problem at hand. That is what prophesying does. You can see, therefore, how useful and how important it is to have this exercised in church among the body of believers.
Paul goes on to say in Verse 4: “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.” That word there for “edifies” in Greek is “oikodomai” the verb form of the word oikodomen - actively building up on a solid foundation; meaning that it should be an ongoing thing, not just a one time occurrence.
Prophecy, when done in church or among other believers is meant to build up and bless and strengthen those believers around you.
The Manifestation of Prophecy is for building up your fellow brethren in Christ with support, strength and comfort.
Much like Speaking in Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues, Prophecy is done in pretty much the same manner. Just chill out, be calm, if God reveals something to you in a believers meeting then speak it out. But only when it’s your turn. Everything should be done in order, in its due course. If god does not give you revelation to speak forth, then don’t.
In the manifestation of prophecy, you get inspired to speak but you do not know what you are going to say. That is because your brain should be in neutral while your heart is in gear. Don’t think about what you are going to say, or might say, or what you think everyone wants to hear or maybe even what YOU want to say...
No. Speak from the spirit within you. Turn off your mind, open your heart to receiving God’s message, take a breath, open your mouth and speak. And that which you say will be a message from God to the body of believers present or to a specific person. The message will be something along the lines of edification (building up), exhortation (strengthening and/or and a promise of defense) and comfort. It could be any one of them, a combination of them or all three.
So the next time you get the feeling in your spirit that God has a message to deliver through you, then be of good courage and boldly speak that word of prophecy.
God bless you!
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