Purpose and Levels of Prophecy
“God hates the great things in which love is not the motive power, but He delights in the little things that are prompted by a feeling of love.”
D. L. Moody
• To people;
• through people; and
• for people.
The underlying purpose of prophecy is mainly for God to reveal His plans and will in the following ways: –
When God uses an individual to be His mouthpiece, it is generally accepted that this working is one that is supernatural and by the working of the Holy Spirit. This presumption is very important to be adapted, since it is much easier, because of human nature, to first be critical, and subsequently missing out on the blessings.
The way and method in which the Lord communicates with us differ from person to person and different circumstances. The one aspect that is clear, is the fact that the Lord communicates to the individual in the language that they understand. Examples of such communication forms are:-
• when talking to a farmer, using parables such as sowing and reaping; and
• when talking to a lawyer, using the language that will normally occur in a court situation.
To move over to the second method in which God reveals His plans, in particular using someone else’s mouth, I direct you to Acts 11:27-28:
“Now in these days, prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius).” (ESV)
As stated in 1 Corinthians 14:3, the purpose of prophecy is to strengthen, to encourage, and to bring comfort to a person. So when the Lord brings a word including one of direction, warning, correction, affirmation or confirmation, it has to strengthen, encourage, and bring comfort to a person.