♦~♦~♦ What is Prophecy, and Who are Prophets? ♦~♦~♦
Prophecy is a revelation of the future that comes from the supernatural realm (which ideally comes from the Lord, but can also come from the devil). Prophecies (aka prophetic words/visions) help us plan and prepare for the future. The Lord does not want to hide path of our lives from us, and He will reveal many things to us if we listen. Certain people are designated as prophets, either by the Lord or naturally as their gifting for prophecy reveals itself.
♦~♦~♦ Can Only Prophets Receive Prophecies? ♦~♦~♦
Some people have an easier time receiving information from the supernatural than others, but that does not mean that only certain “super-spiritual” people can hear! You do not need to be a prophet in order to receive a prophetic word or vision.
♦~♦~♦ Has God Given Me a Prophecy? ♦~♦~♦
Prophecies can come in several different forms. Sometimes it may be a picture or image in your mind of something that hasn’t happened yet, and sometimes it can be a “download” from the Lord detailing something that is going to take place. Prophecies can also come in dreams. To determine whether or not what you have seen/heard is a true, godly prophecy, you can use the three tools described below.
(♦) You can talk to the Lord (if that is something you are comfortable with).
(♦) You can look in the Bible to see if the prophecy you received is based in biblical truths.
(♦) You can seek out another believer who hears from the Lord, and you can see if he or she gets confirmation from the Lord concerning what you saw/heard.
Using these tools will help you separate true God-inspired prophecy from those planted by the enemy or fabricated via your conscious/subconscious efforts.
♦~♦~♦ Scripture Evidence for Prophecy (AMP) ♦~♦~♦
Proof Of: Every believer being able to receive true, God-inspired prophecies.
(Acts 19:5-6) (5) On hearing this they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (6) And as Paul laid his upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Proof Of: The origin of TRUE, RELIABLE, GENUINE prophecies.
(2 Peter 1:21) For no prophecy ever originated because some man willed it, but men spoke from God, who were borne along by the Holy Spirit.
Proof Of: The station of prophet and God’s desire to share details of his great plans with us.
(Amos 3:7) Surely the Lord God will do nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets.
Proof Of: The existence/threat of FALSE prophets.
(Matthew 7:15) Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.
♦~♦~♦ Receiving Prophetic Words from Others ♦~♦~♦
Up until this point, I have primarily discussed godly prophecies and have not talked much about false prophets. False prophets receive their prophecies from one of two places- from the devil, or from themselves.
False prophets can be very dangerous. They can start religions that lead people away from the one true God, and they can deceive committed Christians.
Be very careful when receiving prophecies/prophetic words from others! Use the same tools that I recommended for validating your personal prophetic revelations to validate the prophecies that other people give you (no matter how well-renowned or well-intentioned those people are).
The Bible discusses the topic of false prophets/teachers several times! Below are example scriptures (AMP version with some [interjections] from “The Everyday Life Bible” that contains notes and commentary by Joyce Meyer).
(Ezekiel 13:9) And My hand shall be against the prophets who see empty, false, and delusive visions and who give lying prophecies. They shall not be in the secret council of My people, nor shall they be recorded in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel; and you shall know that I am the Lord God.
(Jeremiah 23:16) Thus says the Lord of hosts: Do not listen to the words of the [false] prophets who prophesy to you. They teach you vanity and fill you with vain hopes; they speak a vision of their own minds and not from the mouth of the Lord.
(Luke 6:26) Woe to you when everyone speaks fairly and handsomely of you and praises you, for even so their forefathers did to the false prophets.
(Matthew 24:24) For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders so as to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
(2 Timothy 4:3-4) (3) For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching, they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, (4) And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.
(1 John 4:1-6) (1) Beloved, do not put faith in every spirit, but prove the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world. (2) By this you may know the Spirit of God: every spirit which acknowledges and confesses that Jesus Christ has become man and has come in the flesh is of God. (3) And every spirit which does not acknowledge and confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. This is the [spirit] of the antichrist, which you heard that it was coming, and now it is already in the world. (4) Little children, you are of God and have defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater than he who is in the world. (5) They proceeded from the world and are of the world; therefore it is out of the world that they speak, and the world listens to them. (6) We are of God. Whoever is learning to know God listens to us; and he who is not of God does not listen or pay attention to us. By this we know the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error.
I recommend 2 Peter 2 for further study on the topic!
Prophecies from the devil have the capacity to be true, but there is always a trick. The devil never, and I repeat, NEVER, gives you anything for free or wants you to have something good/beneficial in your life! It is best to avoid demonic prophecies! If you receive one, make sure you check in with your Heavenly Father and double check that you are walking on a path that He would want you to. Don’t give demonic prophecies any power! Do not encourage them or fear them! Speak against them in the name of Jesus (to make sure they have no power) and lay them (spiritually) at the foot of the cross for the Lord to take care of it.
Prophecies from those who do not hear from the spiritual realm and instead come from a person’s conscious or subconscious efforts can be dangerous even though they are not necessarily true at the moment they are spoken. However, keeping in mind that the words we speak shape our reality, we can make made-up prophecies real! All we have to do is believe them and speak them, and they can really come to pass!
So remember, the only prophecies that you want, the REAL, BENEFICIAL prophecies, come from our Heavenly Father, and Him alone!
An example of a person operating strongly in the gift of prophecy currently is Lana Vawser
Here is a link to her website: https://lanavawser.com/
I will be updating this page periodically as I come up with new content, but, in the meantime, feel free to ask questions and comment! I would love to discuss this topic with you!