4 Levels of Prophecy
- Spirit of Prophecy
Numbers 11:25–29 (NKJV)
25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders, and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again.
26 But two men had remained in the camp: the name of one was Eldad and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them. Now they were among those listed, but who had not gone out to the tabernacle, yet they prophesied in the camp.
27 And a young man ran and told Moses, and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
28 So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, “Moses my lord, forbid them!”
29 Then Moses said to him, “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!”
The Lord put a portion of the Spirit that rested on Moses upon the 70 elders. Sixty-eight (68) elders were with Moses but Eldad and Medad remained in the camp and also started to prophesy. Edad and Medad were registered with the other 68 elders to assist Moses with the administration in the camp.
When the word came to Moses that these men were prophesying even though they were not where they were supposed to be, Joshua was afraid that their possible influence in the community would detract from the authority of Moses. Here Joshua showed his loyalty to Moses by referring to Moses’ leadership and authority. Moses responded by wishing that all of God’s people were Spirit-empowered. (This is the first time Joshua was mentioned)
Unlike Moses with his unique gift of prophecy (12:6–7), these elders prophesied only for a short time (they did not continue doing it). When the spirit of prophecy comes and rest upon a group of people, they are able to supernaturally pray, preach and prophecy according to the perfect will of God.
It is similar as in
John 3:8 (NKJV)
8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Acts 2:4 (NKJV)
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
2. Gift of Prophecy
to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kind of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.1 Corinthians 12:10(NKJV) — 10
The gift of prophecy is there to:
But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.1 Corinthians 14:3(NKJV) — 3
Everyone can prophecy and is actually encouraged by Paul to desire the spiritual gifts, but especially to prophecy.
Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.1 Corinthians 14:1(NKJV) — 1
Firstly, we are introduced to the character of Jesus Christ every time we prophesy. Revelation 19:10 tells us that the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus Christ. Secondly, with prophecy, the Lord releases the love of God that immediately brings healing to the person.