BOOK: The Person and Ministry of the Holy Spirit
Chapter 4.8: Prophecy

4.8    Prophecy


Prophecy is a divine utterance (word for word) in a known language of the speaker, given by the Holy Spirit, to edification, exhortation, and comfort (1 Cor 14:3).

A.    The gift of prophecy in and of itself has no revelation.   But it may combine with one or more of the revelation gifts to reveal something.

B.    It may not combine with other gifts, but merely exhort in and of itself.

C.    It is a word for word supernatural utterance by the Holy Spirit thru a person.  It is not preaching (which means to proclaim), but it may  come forth during and/or in preaching.

D.    Can be used both in public (in the congregation) and private (personal prayer life) ministry.

E.    Prophecy alone does not make a "prophet".  A prophet is a  different gift or anointing, which is combined with some of the revelation gifts and the prophecy gift.

F.    We are not to be led by prophecy given to us thru other persons, but led by the Holy Spirit.  Prophecy can be one of the 2-3 witnesses we use to confirm things (2 Cor 13:1). God normally talks to us first before it is given thru another person, and if not, then He will confirm it normally thru inner witness or other manifestations (word of knowledge, etc...).

G.    We are to judge prophecy (1 Cor 2:15, 14:29).

A.    It may manifest alone

B.    Or with other gifts (revelation or power gifts).

C.    It is a spoken gift, though you may hear it first in your spirit, before you yield to the Holy Spirit to speak it.  You may not have the whole message in your soul before going forth to give it.

1.    You may only have a perception in your spirit that it (prophecy) is there.  I call this "something in the mail slot".  You know it is there, but you don't know the content until you open your mouth.

2.    You may have only the first several words (heard from your spirit into your soul), like "thus saith the Lord".  In both cases, you will have to move forward in faith and open your mouth.

D.    All believers should desire, ask, and have the gift of prophecy working in their personal (prayer life) ministry. That is praying by divine utterance. You can pray in prophecy and\or in tongues with\without interpretation in your own prayer life.  (Acts 19:6, Acts 2:17-18, 1 Cor 14:39, 1 Thes 5:20).


    A.    Prov 30:1, 31:1        Edification, exhortation, comfort

    B.    Numbers 11:25-26  Example of "upon" in old testament

    C.    Acts 21:8-11           Difference between prophecy and prophet

    D.    Luke 1:67-79          Zacharias prophesied
    E.    John 11:49-51         high priest (Caiaphas) prophesied
    F.    Acts 19:6                received Holy Spirit and prophesied
    G.    1 Cor 14                discussing use of prophecy and tongues in comparison
                                         to each other and to use in public verse private ministry!