4 Levels of Prophecy continued
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.
Ephesians 4:11(NKJV) — 11
A prophet is one of the fivefold gives.
- Introduces man to our Lord Jesus Christ.
- To teach people how to be sensitive to the voice of God and hear God for themselves.
- To equip man how to flow with the Holy Spirit and the gift of prophecy.
- To equip the church that prophesy is only for edification, exhortation and for comfort.
- To preach a prophetic word.
A prophet refers to those who are designated by God to speak on His behalf.
Two main aspects of prophetic ministry which involves foretelling and forthtelling:
- Foretelling is seeing the future and
- Forthtelling is speaking prophetically into the future.
5 tests of a true prophet:
- Does the prophet believe in the redemptive work of the Son of God.
- False prophets do not like to listen anyone; they believe that God tells them everything.
- Being motivated by love.
- Not using fear to manipulate people.
- Understand covenant relationships.
4. Word of God
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:19–21(NKJV) — 19
Every word spoken through the mouth of man or dream or vision has to be in alignment with the word of God. The word of God is the ultimate prophetic word.
Only in the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible)are there 613 commandments. 365 tells us things not to do and 248 tell us what to do. In other words, there is for every day of the year a negative commandment. There are 248 bones in the body and therefore for every bone a positive commandment.
Then the Lord dies on the cross and commanded us to:
Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Matthew 22:37–39(NKJV) — 37