WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT PROPHECIES?
By Betty Miller
As some may not be familiar with prophecy in the church, we want to share this short
explanation of Biblical prophecy before we share an actual prophecy from God.
First, what is godly prophecy? It can be summed up as words that are spoken on behalf
of God. A prophet or prophetess is one who is a spokesman for God. It is a divine
utterance that comes from the Holy Spirit. (Note: Just as there are prophetic words from
God, there are also false prophecies that the Lord warned us about in the Bible. In Matthew
7:15-16 Jesus said, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's
clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their
fruits--." We must prove the source of prophecy before accepting it as coming
from the Lord). God is raising up many prophetic voices in the earth today. His gifts of
prophecy are basically of two types. One is the "simple gift of prophecy" which
every believer can express under the unction or direction of the Holy Spirit after they
have been filled with the Holy Ghost.
The other is the "office gift" of the spirit which is given to a prophet or
prophetess who is called to the "five-fold" ministry office as outlined in 1
Corinthians 12:28 which says "And God hath set some in the church, first
apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of
healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues." Also Ephesians 4:11-12 which
says" And he gave some, apostles; and some prophets; and some, evangelists; and
some, pastors and teachers. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the
ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ."
The basic difference between these two types is, the simple gift of prophecy is given
to all spirit filled believers as spoken of in 1 Corinthians 14:31, "For ye may
all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted." It is for
the purpose of edification, exhortation and comfort as spoken of in 1 Corinthians 14:3,
"But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and
The "office gift" of a prophet or prophetess is given to speak to the body of
Christ at large. The ministers who are called to the office of a prophet or
prophetess will deliver messages also which include edification, exhortation and comfort
but their messages can also be directive in nature and futuristic in content as well (Ephesians
Presently God is leading His people with prophetic preaching and teaching. A prophetic
movement is taking place in the world.