HOW TO KNOW TRUE PROPHECIES
TOPIC: HOW TO KNOW TRUE PROPHECIES
TEXTS: Isaiah 8:18-22
INTRODUCTION: Every believers in Christ Jesus is encouraged to desire the gift of prophecy. This is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit – 1 Cor.12:7-10. The Holy Spirit reveals past, present and future events through prophecy, vision and dreams. There are three major sources of prophecy. They are: the Holy Spirit, lying spirit (demons) and the human spirit – 1 Cor.14:39. The scripture warns us not to accept prophecies from just anyone – 1 John 4:1-3. You have to subject both the prophecy and the prophet to certain spiritual tests.
STEPS TO TEST PROPHECIES
To test prophecies, take these steps:
- Tests if it agrees with scripture, Isaiah 8:20. If any prophecy contradicts the scriptures, it is full of darkness and should be avoided.
- Any prophecy that does not glorify Jesus, revolves around salvation or is contrary to what Jesus Christy taught, is from the pit of hell. Revelation 19:10.
- Also, you must consider the conditions that accompany the prophecy. 2 Chronicles 7:14.
- A prophecy must also be publicly acknowledged so that other prophets can judge the prophecy.
- Check out the vessels. If the prophet is an adulterer, a person that does not pray, a glutton or a self-made prophet, it is likely his prophecies are not from God.
- Check out for the fulfillment of previous prophecies.
CONCLUSION: Do not allow anyone to manipulate you in the name of prophecy. Stick to the word of God.