BOOK: The Ministry Gifts
Chapter 2: The Five-Fold Ministry Gifts
- Prophet



Means means "a forteller" or "a seer".  Always translated in new testament as "prophet(s)".

  1. Speaks for God, by direct, divine inspiration and revelation.
  • Revelation may be received prior to speaking or at spur of moment.
  • Sometimes received in visions or dreams.
  1. Preaching often is to reproof error and call to repentance.
  2. Preaching progresses in:
  • establishing truth
  • calling back to truth
  • rebuking and appealing to come back to truth
  • foretelling things to come (rewards or judgements).
  1. Speaks to edify, exhort, and comfort (1 Cor 14:3).
Most likely gifts active in this office:
Motivational:         Prophecy.
Five Fold:             Prophet, and maybe others.
Charismatic:          revelation gifts (word of wisdom, word of knowledge,
                            discerning of spirits), and prophecy.

Note: A person who prophesies is not necessarily a prophet, but a prophet will move in the gift of prophesy.  Prophesy normally reveals the secrets of a person's heart (
1 Cor 14:24-25).  A word will come from God thru a prophet many times when someone has been receiving something from God but is not yielding in his heart (rebuke/call to repentance/second witness).

Acts      11:28
And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.

Acts      21:8-11
And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.  And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.  And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.  And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
Judge prophecy (or any other message).  See introduction on judging (
1 Cor 14:29).

Note: Some points of interest:
  1. We are not to be lead by personal prophecy, given to us by others, but lead by the Holy Spirit.  Prophets come usually to confirm or reproof, but sometimes to reveal.
  2. God normally speaks to us first and has been dealy with us on an issue before prophesy thru another comes.
  3. Prophets should not always tell what they see and hear in the spirit realm.  They should ask God what they should do with it.  God may just want them to pray.
  4. We build on the Word of God, not on prophesies or other signs and wonders.   We do not follow signs; they follow us.  There are times when the anointing may not be manifesting for the signs, but the Word always works.  It never returns void.
  5. If a person tries to operate a gift, when the anointing is not being manifested, they open themselves up to evil spirits.