Prophecy Today

“And He (Christ) gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists,
and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service,
to the building up of the body of Christ…”(Ephesians 4:11-12 NAS)

“Surely the Lord GOD does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel
to His servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7)

In the intense times we live and the days ahead it is more critical than ever that we (the Church) hear what the Spirit of God is saying to us corporately as His body, and to the nations.

God’s Written Word is Our Final Authority:

God’s written word must always be our guide and final authority in all things (2 Peter 1:19). A prophetic word should never contradict the written word of God. It should be judged based on the FULL COUNSEL of God’s word, not just a single reference. For example: God is merciful, but He is also holy, righteous, and just. Scripture must be rightly divided and compared to other scripture and read within the context of the entire message.

We Prophesy In Part:

In I Corinthians 13:9 Paul says, “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.” It is important to remember that no prophet or person is all knowing. God alone is all knowing. It is God who chooses what He will reveal and to whom He will reveal and entrust His words. Our job is simply to obey Him and speak as He instructs. We must leave all the details and outcome in His very capable hands, remembering that He always judges righteously, because He sees the hearts, thoughts and intentions of man. He sees everything and we do not.

God’s Timing and Ways:

Using scripture as our guide for understanding prophecy, we see that often the prophets spoke of things years, decades and even centuries before they actually were fulfilled. In our culture we are conditioned to expecting things immediately, but God’s ways and timings typically are not our own, so, as we judge prophecy it is good to keep this in mind in regards to timing.

Seek and Pray for Understanding:

In John 2:19 Jesus told the Jews to tear down the temple and in three days He would rebuild it. He was prophesying His own death and resurrection, but to the Jews, on the surface it seemed He was speaking of the literal temple and they assumed He was a false prophet or crazy. When we hear and judge a prophecy, we must be careful not to judge it too quickly or with a surface meaning. The true meaning may have deeper significance. God wants us to search things out. Proverbs 25:2 tells us that it is the Glory of God to conceal a thing, and the Glory of Kings to search it out. Romans 11:33 says it so beautifully – O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

ACCOUNTABILITY

A Tremendous Responsibility:

There is a tremendous weight of responsibility on those called to the Prophetic Office. We cannot take lightly what God has called us to be or to do. For we cannot speak our own thoughts, feelings or bias, but as His spokesman we are accountable to Him to speak His Word only, the PURE Word of the Lord, untainted, untouched and unfiltered by human hands and reasoning (1 Kings 22:14). This we must do with godly fear and trembling. This requires that we be set apart in prayer, fully consecrated to Him, so that we might hear clearly what His Spirit is saying to His Church.

The Approval of God or Man?

There is a lot of temptation today to soften or change the Word of the Lord as well as the written Word of God to appease man and the flesh, and to make it more politically correct. Some ministries fear they will be rejected if they do not say what people want to hear. And, sadly some are willing to sacrifice the approval of God for the approval of man. When this happens the body of Christ suffers and the world suffers because the Pure Word of the Lord is not going forth. The church will never rise up and be the glorious Church until the five-fold ministry preaches, teaches, and speaks forth the uncompromising word of God, no matter what the cost!

Who do we fear – God or man?

Paul, the great Apostle said in Galatians 1:10 “If I live to please man, then I am no longer a bond servant of Christ!” Those called to the five-fold ministry must seriously ask themselves the question, “Who am I living to please?” If we are living to please ourselves or man, then we are not fit for the ministry, we are not His servants. Let’s have the faith and audacity that Paul had, if I perish for speaking His Word, I perish. If I am persecuted, stoned, whipped, rejected, so let it be, but I will not water down or change His Word. Our passion and purpose in life must be to know God and do HIS will, no matter what the cost!

Do True Prophets Still Exist Today?

The following is from Appendix D of our new book, God’s Answer For America, which includes key prophetic words of exactly how to save and change a nation, as well as insight for the future.

First and foremost, God’s written Word, the Holy Bible, is the standard
by which every message (prophetic or not) is measured.

The Purpose of Prophecy
Each part of the five‐fold ministry exists today. In Ephesians 4:11–13, the apostle Paul lists “prophet” as one of the five‐fold ministry offices placed in the church to help equip, grow, and mature the body of Christ. We also see prophets, both male and female, in the Book of Acts. And the Book of Revelation speaks of the two witnesses prophesying during the end times.

The Book of Acts also tells how two prophets, Judas and Silas, greatly encouraged the church. “Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them” (Acts 15:32, kjv).

Test Them
Paul exhorted the church not to despise prophecies, but test them (1 Thess. 5:21), because God will be speaking to His people. We encourage you to judge all prophecies in this book. Are they biblically sound?

Types of Prophecy and Prophets

Joel 2:28–32 says in the latter days God will pour out His Spirit, and His servants (both male and female) would prophecy. God’s Word also says we are to pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, especially that we may prophesy (1 Cor 14:1).

Prophecy is for today; however, we all need to gain more understanding of the different operations. When we look at God’s Word we see there is a difference between the gift of prophecy and one operating in the office of the prophet. Besides speaking God’s Word—a sure word of prophecy (2 Pet. 1:19), there are different levels and operations of prophecy, these include:

Prophetic Unction—God briefly speaking prophetically regarding something. It is possible for God to utter prophetically through anyone from time to time, as He did with Caiaphas the high priest when he said of Jesus that one had to die for the people (John 11:49–51).

Prophetic Gifts—most people in the “prophetic movement “seem to operate here. Most prophecy is on personal level or general level with prophetic insight, dreams, visions, and words of wisdom or knowledge, as Joel 2:28–32 describes. These are most often encouraging words.

Office of a Prophet— the office and operation of the prophet is very different then that of prophecy. The Prophet is called to speak to the church, to leaders, and nations. Most often prophets will be used to confront, speak correction, direction, warnings, exhortation, and will also bring messages of redemption, hope and also repentance, with a strong call to turn back to God and His ways. As with the other five‐fold ministry gifts, there is a level of authority for the office of a prophet. The office of a prophet is modeled by prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Elijah.

False Prophets

Jesus warned of many false prophets in the last days (Matt. 24:11, 24). False prophets are deceptive. They often tickle the ears and warm the heart with words of comfort, yet rarely, if ever, call for repentance. When true prophets are warning of judgment because of great sin, the false prophets are usually saying everything is going to be OK, as they did in Jeremiah’s day. They lead people astray from the true message God is speaking.

“Your prophets have said so many foolish things, false to the core. They did not save you from exile by pointing out your sins. Instead, they painted false pictures, filling you with false hope.”
—Lamentations 2:14, nlt

True Prophets

Typically, true prophets are those who devote much time to prayer, seeking the heart of God, then speak as He directs. We see throughout Scripture that the true prophets came on the scene in times of crisis or key times in history. They brought correction, direction, and many times warnings of judgment if the people did not turn from their sin. Many times God’s prophets gave words and initial warnings years before their fulfillment, because God in His great mercy allows time for people to hear His voice clearly and repent. But there is a point when mercy must give way to God’s holy justice. We believe America is at the very edge of this today.

True prophets do exist today, but there seem to be few who will speak even the hard and unpopular things and not compromise. As with most all the main prophets of old, they speak from the heart for God to His people and the nation.

The prophet Jeremiah often wept for them. They speak God’s Word, which even when hard and concerning judgment is often redemptive in message. They speak of what God sees and call for repentance to turn back to Him before judgment or destruction came. Really, they are not prophets of doom and gloom, but rather truth and hope.

In biblical times God’s prophets often spoke in utterances, phrases, in poetic form, and sometimes even in prophetic song. We have found this to be true in the many of the prophecies we share with you. We present the message and all the prophetic words in this book for you to judge according to Holy Scripture.