Prophets and Prophesying

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  • 1. PROPHETS AND PROPHESYINGS WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE “PROPHETIC”? CAN EVERY ONE BE “PROPHETIC”? IF ONE IS PROPHETIC, WOULD HE BELIKE THE OLD TESTAMENT OR THE NEW TESTAMENTS SAINTS?
  • 2. DEFINITION OF TERMS:
  • 3. PROPHET – Heb. Nabi; Greek Prophetes
  • 4.  -- is a person who serves as a channel of communication between the divine world to the human world (Harper’s Bible Dictionary) Related word in Old Testament: a SEER – one who sees by Divine enablement what others cannot see, and tells it The Greek word “prophetes” has its KEY ROOT WORD – “pro” – meaning BEFORE or FORTH, which means to PUT FORTH BEFORE ANOTHER, TO PROPOUND (Zodhiates Hebrew Greek Study Bible)
  • 5. PROPHESY
  • 6.  Naba -- in Hebrew: to BUBBLE FORTH (idea of heated water bubbling forth, or a spring bubbling forth: connotes an INNER WORKING that is EXTERNALLY MANIFESTING) PROPHETEUO in Greek – is a compound word from prophetes (prophet) and phemi (to tell) PROPHESYING THEREFORE HAS TWO ESSENTIAL OR ELEMENTAL MEANINGS: a. TO TELL FORTH (to say what one is tasked to say) b. TO FORE TELL (to say beforehand something before it happens)
  • 7. THE PROPHETIC OPERATION The SOURCE of the Message The TRANSMISSION of the Message The RECEPTION of the Message The DELIVERY of the Message
  • 8. The SOURCE of the Message
  • 9.  Isaiah 46:9 -- “I am God and there is no other; I am God there is no one like me, I MAKE KNOWN THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, and from ancient times, what is still to come.” I Cor. 2:9-10 – “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what GOD has prepared for them that love Him, BUT GOD HAS REVEALED IT TO US BY HIS SPIRIT.” Amos 3:7 – “SURELY, the Sovereign Lord DOES NOTHING WITHOUT REVEALING His plan to His servants the prophets.”
  • 10. THE TRANSMISSION OF THE MESSAGE
  • 11.  by INSPIRATION of the Holy Spirit (of authors of Scriptures only) II Pet. 1:20 “First of all, you should know that no prophecy OF SCRIPTURES comes from one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, moved by the Holy Spirit, men spoke from God.”Note: because ONLY THE SCRIPTURE AUTHORS WERE INSPIRED(“ALL Scriptured is inspired of God” or “breathed-out by God”, 2Tim. 3:16), ONLY THEY NEEDED NO SCRUTINY or evaluation;what they spoke was the WORD OF GOD
  • 12.  I Cor. 12:1-11: NOTICE THE WORDS USED: Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you1CO 12:1to be ignorant. 2 You know that when you were pagans,somehow or other you were influenced and led astray tomute idols. 3 Therefore I tell you that no one who isspeaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," andno one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. 1CO 12:4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the sameSpirit. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the sameLord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the sameGod works all of them in all men. 1CO 12:7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit isgiven for the common good. 8 To one there is given throughthe Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the messageof knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to anotherfaith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing bythat one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, toanother prophecy, to another distinguishing between
  • 13.  NOTICE WHAT IS GIVEN IN RELATION TO THE REVELATION:  -- just a “word” (KJV) of wisdom, word of knowledge (“message” in NIV), BUT NEVER “ALL SCRIPTURE”  BUT: this IS “given to every man to PROFIT withal” (KJV) v. 74 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
  • 14.  HOW DOES IT WORK?  The “INSPIRATION” is CONSTANT, UNCHANGING, PERMANENT  The “WORKINGS” is subjective, particular, specific Example: THE BIBLE IS LIKE A COMPASS. The NORTH remains the SAME AND IN THE SAME PLACE AT ALL TIMES. This is “INSPIRATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” – the Bible.
  • 15. THE RECEPTION OF THE MESSAGE
  • 16.  . 1. Via His written word in the Holy Scriptures. This is the primary way by which God speaks. His word also provides us with a safe and strong foundation to discern and test what we are receiving. See 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 for verification. Study John 1: 1-3 and Hebrews 1:1-3
  • 17. 2 TIM 3:16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful forteaching, rebuking, correcting and training inrighteousness, 17 so that the man of God may bethoroughly equipped for every good work.JOHN 1:1-31In the beginning was the Word, and the Word waswith God, and the Word was God. 2 He was withGod in the beginning.3 Through him all things weremade; without him nothing was made that hasbeen made.HEBREWS 1:1-31In the past God spoke to our ancestors throughthe prophets at many times and in variousways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to usby his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things,and through whom also he made theuniverse. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s gloryand the exact representation of his being,sustaining all things by his powerful word. After
  • 18.  . 2. Via His voice. The Holy Spirit can speak directly to us with an inner voice or an external voice. The inner voice is heard within your mind while the external voice is heard physically with your ears. See John 16:13 for verification. Study 1 Samuel 3: 1-10, 1 Kings 19:12 and Isaiah 30:12. (I Cor. 2, Rom. 8) JOHN 16:13 But when he, the 13 Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is
  • 19. 3. Via Dreams that God uses to communicate with us. See Matthew 2:13 and how Joseph was lead by angel that appeared in a dream for verification. (Joel 2:28).
  • 20. MATHEW 2:1313 When they had gone, an angel of the Lordappeared to Joseph in a dream. ‚Get up,‛ hesaid, ‚take the child and his mother and escapeto Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herodis going to search for the child to kill him.‛JOEL 2:28 28 ‚And afterward, I will pour out my Spiriton all people.Your sons and daughters will prophesy, yourold men will dream dreams, your young menwill see visions.
  • 21. ACTS 10:1010He became hungry and wantedsomething to eat, and while themeal was being prepared, he fellinto a trance. 4.Via Visions which can be open visions or inner visions within your spirit. Sometimes these are called trances in the scriptures. See Peters experience in Acts 10:10 for verification.
  • 22. 5. Via Prophecy given through a person by the HolySpirit. See 1 Corinthians 12: 4 - 10 for verification
  • 23.  1 CORINTHIANS 12 : 4-10 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another
  • 24. 6. Via Other languages (tongues) and an interpretation given by the Holy Spirit. See 1 Corinthians 12: 4 - 10 for verification.
  • 25. ACTS 27:2323Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I servestood beside meHEBREWS 1:77In speaking of the angels he says,‚He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.‛[a]7. Via Angelic Messengers that God sends to minister toyou. See Pauls experience in Acts 27:23 for verification.Study Hebrews 1: 7.
  • 26. 1CORINTHIANS 2: 13-1613This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but inwords taught by the Spirit, explainingspiritual realities with Spirit-taughtwords.[a] 14 The person without theSpirit does not accept the things thatcome from the Spirit of God butconsiders them foolishness, andcannot understand them becausethey are discerned only through the Spirit.8. Via Inspired thought patterns that are internal butgiven by the Holy Spirit. See 1 Corinthians 2:13 - 16 Studyalso Romans 12: 1-3 and Philippians 4: 8, 9.
  • 27.  9. Via the counsel of others. See how the apostles in Acts 6: 1 -7 came together for counsel to address a problem. This includes those who teach and communicate spiritual truth to us.
  • 28.  ACTS 6 : 1-7 1In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a] among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, ‚It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.‛ 5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.7 So the
  • 29. ACTS 16 : 6-106 Paul and his companions traveledthroughout the region of Phrygiaand Galatia, having been kept by theHoly Spirit from preaching theword in the province of Asia. 7 Whenthey came to the border of Mysia,they tried to enter Bithynia, but theSpirit of Jesus would not allowthem to. 8 So they passed by Mysiaand went down to Troas. 9 Duringthe night Paul had a vision of a manof Macedonia standing and begginghim, ‚Come over to Macedonia andhelp us.‛ 10 After Paul had seen thevision, we got ready at once toleave for Macedonia, concludingthat God had called us to preach 10. Via open or closed doors of opportunity. See Paul as hethe gospel to them. followed the leading of the Lord through an open door in Acts 16: 6 10.
  • 30. HEBREWS 11:77 By faith Noah, whenwarned about things notyet seen, in holy fearbuilt an ark to save hisfamily. By his faith hecondemned the worldand became heir of therighteousness that is inkeeping with faith..11. Via the evidence of historical God directed events either through a time of blessing or a season of judgment. See the summary of Noahs life in Hebrews 11: 7.
  • 31.  12. Via the experiences or testimonies of others. See Peters testimony before the other apostles and how that launched a whole new dimension of ministry in Acts 11: 1 -18.
  • 32. ACTS 11: 1-181The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heardthat the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 Sowhen Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcisedbelievers criticized him 3 and said, ‚You went into thehouse of uncircumcised men and ate with them.‛ 4 Startingfrom the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: 5 ‚Iwas in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw avision. I saw something like a large sheet being let downfrom heaven by its four corners, and it came down towhere I was. 6 I looked into it and saw four-footedanimals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles andbirds. 7 Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Killand eat.’8 ‚I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure orunclean has ever entered my mouth.’9 ‚The voice spokefrom heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impurethat God has made clean.’ 10 This happened three times,and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.11 ‚Right thenthree men who had been sent to me from Caesarea
  • 33. 13 He told us how he had seen an angel appear inhis house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who iscalled Peter.14 He will bring you a messagethrough which you and all your household willbe saved.’15 ‚As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came onthem as he had come on us at the beginning. 16 ThenI remembered what the Lord had said: ‘Johnbaptized with[a] water, but you will be baptizedwith[b] the Holy Spirit.’ 17 So if God gave them thesame gift he gave us who believed in the LordJesus Christ, who was I to think that I could standin God’s way?‛ 18 When they heard this, they had no furtherobjections and praised God, saying, ‚So then, even
  • 34. MARK 16:17-2017 And these signs willaccompany those who believe: Inmy name they will drive outdemons; they will speak in newtongues; 18 they will pick upsnakes with their hands; andwhen they drink deadly poison,it will not hurt them at all;they will place their hands onsick people, and they will getwell.‛19 After the Lord Jesushad spoken to them, he wastaken up into heaven and he satat the right hand of God. 20 Thenthe disciples went out and13. Via supernaturaland the wonders andpreached everywhere, signs,miracles done to meet peoples needs and lead them intoLord worked with them andrelationship with God. These supernatural events confirmconfirmed his word by the signsthat God is speaking. See Mark 16: 17 - 20.that accompanied it.
  • 35.  14. Via supernatural manifestations of Gods direct Presence. See the burning bush encounter that God engaged Moses with in Exodus chapter 3.
  • 36. ROMANS 1:18-2018 The wrath of God is beingrevealed from heaven againstall the godlessness andwickedness of people, whosuppress the truth by theirwickedness, 19 since what may beknown about God is plain tothem, because God has made itplain to them. 20 For since thecreation of the world God’sinvisible qualities—his eternalpower and divine nature—havebeen clearly seen, beingunderstood from what has been that creation itself speaks 15. Via Creation. We are toldmade, so that people are Jesus used many spiritual to us of Gods attributes.without excuse. parables to illustrate what God was saying and how God speaks. See Romans 1: 18 - 20
  • 37.  ROMANS 1 : 18-20 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
  • 38. THE PROPHETIC OPERATION THE DELIVERY OF THE MESSAGE
  • 39.  The Person delivering:  Through the PROPHET (one who occupies the office)  Through the exercise of a GIFT OF PROPHESYING (either through a prophet or one who does not hold the office of a prophet but who operates in the gift)  Or Through a PROPHETIC UTTERANCE (message delivered by one prompted by the Holy Spirit at that moment only, though the messenger does not occupy the office of the prophet or does not necessarily have the gift of prophesying)
  • 40. PROPHETIC BENCHMARKSIN THE BIBLE1. MANHOOD (or WOMANHOOD)  Gen. 1:26-27 God makes a man/woman first before giving ministry  Rom. 8:29 Man apart from position, message or ministry  Heb. 2:6,10 Personality evaluating person not performance  I Tim. 2:5 Jesus manhood 30 years, 3 ½ ministry, ration 10:1
  • 41. 2. MINISTRY 2 Cor. 6:3 No offense to ministry; I Cor. 2:4-5 – power and demonstration Matt. 7:15-21 By their fruits you shall know them – anointing, results Deut. 18:22 Prophecies or preaching are productive – proven, pure, positive
  • 42. 3. MESSAGE Eph. 4:15 Speak the truth in love; present-truth, life-giving I Tim 4:2 Message Scriptural, “full gospel”, doctrinally and spiritually right Mark 16:60 God confirms His Word – not person, pride or reputation
  • 43. 4. MATURITY James 3:17 Right attitude; maturity in human relations; heavenly wisdom Gal. 5:22 Fruit of the Spirit; Christlike character, dependable, steadfast Heb. 5:14, 2 Tim 2:15 (KJV), 3:14-17, Soaking in the Word (solid food) I Cor. 13 Not childish; disposition of love
  • 44. 5. MARRIAGE I Tim. 3:2,5 Scripturally in order 1 Pet. 3:1,7 Priorities straight – God, wife and family, ministry Eph. 5:22-23 Marriage exemplify Christ relationship with church
  • 45. 6. METHODS Titus 1:16 Rigidly righteous, ethical, honest, integrity – upright Rom. 1:18 Not manipulating or deceptive Rom. 3:7-8 Good end results do not justify unscriptural methods
  • 46. 7. MANNERS Tit. 1:7; 3:1,2 Unselfish, polite, kind, gentlemanly or lady-like, discreet Eph. 4:29; 5:4 propriety in speech, in words and mannerisms
  • 47. 8. MONEY I Tim. 3:6 not money-interested; does not approve dishonest methods I Tim. 6:5-17, Luke 12-15 is not materialistic; simple and content
  • 48. 9. MORALITY I Cor. 6:9-18 Virtuous, pure and proper relationships, Col. 3:5 Eph. 5:3 Biblically pure in sexual attitude and action, I Cor. 5:11 Matt. 5:28 Pure thought life
  • 49. 10. MOTIVE Matt. 6:1 to serve or to be seen? Personal desire or God’s desire? I Cor. 16:15 True Motivation: to minister or be ministered? Prov. 16:2 to herald the truth or just be heard by man? I Cor. 13 motivated by love for the brethren, or fame, name or recognition?