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This section of the website contains all the recent prophetic words concerning our city and the nation that have been spoken through the Spirit of God during Sunday Service meetings.

 

 

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The Prophetic

In the Bible, we can identify three levels to the prophetic. These levels are:

1. The Spirit of Prophecy (Holy Spirit) – Rev 19: 10
2. The Gift of Prophecy (1 Corinthians 12)
3. The Office of the Prophet (Eph 4)

Each one of these three levels has a certain level of responsibility, authority and boundaries.

 

1. The Spirit of Prophecy

Numbers 11: 24
So Moses went out and told the people what the LORD had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the Tent. 25 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again. 26 However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the Tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27 A young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp."

In this scripture we see God taking from the Spirit (the Holy Spirit) that was upon Moses and placing it on the 70 elders and the result was that the 70 elders prophesied. In Rev 19: 10 we find the following scripture;

 

Revelation 19:10
10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

• In this scripture we see that the Spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus Christ and the Spirit of prophecy is none other than the Holy Spirit.

• Thus those that have the Holy Spirit have the ability to prophesy on this first level of the prophetic, but this should not bring us to the conclusion that the person who is prophesying is a prophet.


The Scripture also says:
Acts 2:38
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

• We can therefore make the conclusion that those who have repented and received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior has the wonderful experience of receiving the Gift of the Holy Spirit, because we have the Holy Spirit inside of us and we now have the ability to prophesy.

• The boundary of this first level of the prophetic is the Word of God; a person prophesying on this level is limited to the Word of God.


Finally;
In Acts 2:16-17 Peter quoted the word of the prophet Joel;

16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:  17 ‘ And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.

• God is doing exactly what He said He would do in the last days and as His Holy Spirit is poured out on people they are bound to prophesy.

• From this passage concluded that all believers can therefore prophesy as a result of the Holy Spirit being poured out on them. This includes women (1 Cor 11:5).


Conclusions on the Spirit of Prophecy:

• The Spirit that was on Moses was the Holy Spirit, when God placed the Holy Spirit on the 70 elders they prophesied.

• The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Prophecy

• Those that have repented and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ will receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit

• The Boundary of prophetic utterances on this level is the Word of God.


 
2. The Gift of Prophecy

1 Cor 12: 8 -11
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.11All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

The Following is important to note within the Gift of Prophecy:

a. Given for the benefit of people

1 Cor 14:3, “But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” The primary purpose of prophecy is to speak to people words from God.

 
b. Directed at believers

1 Cor 14:22, “Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.”

• Paul was saying that God uses prophecy to minister to believers, but when believers minister to one another in prophecy, it might cause conviction in unbelievers when they hear it (1 Cor 14:24-25).

 

c. For edification, exhortation, and comfort

1 Cor 14:3-4, “3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.”

 The gift of prophecy is limited to edification, exhortation, and comfort because God does not discourage believers. 

• To edify means to “build up or strengthen” and this will cause people to be more effective as members of the body of Christ.

• Exhortation means “to stimulate, to encourage, to admonish, and to stir up” and although admonish could include severe warning and even rebuke; it does not include condemnation.

• Comfort means to cheer up.

 

 d. True Prophecy never brings condemnation

True prophesying does not serve the devil’s purposes in condemning people (Rom 8:1), but it is used to undo these purposes.

 

e. Prophecy comes through our Comforter 

The Greek word for “Comforter” is parakletos and it is closely related to the word translated “exhortation” in 1 Cor 14.  So, the Holy Spirit’s role is to encourage, cheer up, help, and counsel and He sometimes uses prophecy to do this.

 

3. The Office of the Prophet

Eph 4: 11-16
11 And he gave • the apostles, • the prophets, • the evangelists, • the shepherds and teachers,12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

 
• The Office of Prophet carries a level of authority in the body of Christ. A prophet may be used to bring correction or warn of impending judgment.

• A person who has the plain gift of prophecy is not one who is used to bring correction to the body of Christ.

 
a. The Central theme of a Prophet’s message

• A Prophet will always seek to direct men to the Lord and bring them into right standing with God. The bible speaks of the church as being built on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets. (Eph 2: 20)

• These two offices are used to keep the church in alignment with God’s plan for the church. They both carry a level of authority and hence a greater measure of responsibility.


b. The signs of a true Prophet

• The lifestyle of a prophet will illustrate whether he is a true or a false prophet.

Matt 12: 33 The tree is good and its fruit good, or the tree is rotten and its fruit rotten, as a tree is known by its fruit.

 
THE FRUIT ON THE TREE DETERMINES THE TREE!!!

• A prophet is someone who because of his function can come close to people; therefore it is important to “know those that labour among you.” And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labour among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you. (1 Thessalonians 5:12 )

A prophet must be:
Slow to suspect – quick to trust, Slow to condemn – quick to justify
Slow to expose – quick to shield, Slow to belittle – quick to appreciate
Slow to hinder – quick to help, Slow to resent – quick to forgive

 

c. Authority of prophets

• There are various levels or degrees of inspiration in prophetic utterances in the New Testament.

• Concerning prophets who prophesy, some have a greater authority because of their personal knowledge of God and overall maturity as well as their level of intimacy with Him.  

• Such intimacy is gained by fellowship and spending time with God, listening to Him and seeking His will.

Example:    
Moses spoke with greater authority than did the seventy elders who prophesied (Numbers 11:25-29).  There are differing degrees of unction, or anointing, given by the Holy Spirit for individual prophecies.  Not all prophets prophesy in the same sphere.

 
d. God uses prophets in differing ways

• Some are used to prophesy to nations.
• Some to people groups.
• Some to the body as a whole.
• Some prophesies to individuals.

Examples: JOHN the BAPTIST, ELIJAH AND ELISHA

  
e. The Expression of Prophecy

• By simply speaking or verbalizing under the unction (direction) of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 14:4, 6, 19).

• Through demonstrative actions acting out in parables or figurative expression.  This seems to be almost exclusively in the realm of the ministry of a prophet; I Samuel 15:26-28; Acts 21:1-11.
 
• Through writing them down--many of the prophecies of the Old Testament were given in advance to the time they were delivered or written.  Again, this seems to relate to a higher level of prophecy than that which comes from the general congregation for edification, exhortation and comfort.  Revelation 1:11; Jeremiah 36:18.  This type of function should never be considered anything like Scripture, or addition to Scripture.

• Prophesying in song or with music:  II Kings 3:15; I Chronicles 25:3; Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19.
 

 

4. Warring with the Prophetic

a. The Prophetic Establishes

1 Timothy 1:18-20   
18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

• It is not what some say, but what He says, that counts; the prophetic word is a powerful tool to bring a man to a place of deliverance, freedom and complete peace.

Example:
John 21: 17b- 19
Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. 18 Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” 19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

• Here Jesus gave a word of prophecy regarding the future of Peter and specifically how it will be when Peter will be old. Peter was going to need this word in the future.

 
Acts 12:1-8
1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread. 4 So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover.  
5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. 6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. 7 Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. 8 Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.”

• Even in prison Peter slept in total peace having complete trust in God. The angel of the Lord said to Peter gird yourself showing to us that Peter slept ungirded and quite relaxed as he knew it was not yet time to die. Thus the word of prophecy played an important part in reassuring Peter and giving him peace.

• The principle that we can learn is though situations may present themselves that seems contradictory to the prophetic word spoken, the prophetic word would still establish and strengthen you.


b. Test the Spirits

As referred in 1 Thess 5:12
12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you.

1 John 4: 1
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

• We need to know those who labour amongst us, and we need to test the spirits.
• In today’s spiritual climate, it is vital and most important to not just receive any prophetic word spoken over your life.
• The prophetic is like a scalpel in the hands of a doctor; if the wrong person uses the scalpel incorrectly, you may be maimed. 


Some indicators you can use:

• The peace of God is the umpire of the soul, if there is no peace, something is wrong – Eph 2:14,Gal 5:22

• How is the prophecy presented, in arrogance or humility – Phil 2:5-11

• Does the word ring true in your heart, remember you have received the Holy Spirit and thus He leads and guides you (Rom 8:14).

• Are you familiar with the person’s character or the person?

 

 

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