The Power of the Prophetic

UNDERSTANDING PROPHECY

  1. Prophecy is not a game – there are serious consequences for taking it lightly. Deuteronomy 18:20 (NIV) But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.”

  1. Prophecies come from both God and Satan. Both have huge power: Ezekiel 37:10 (NIV) So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army………1 Kings 18:22 (NIV) Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. ……..Nehemiah 6:12 (NIV) I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had prophesied against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him……. Matthew 24:24 (NIV) For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.

  1. Prophecy is powerful which is why Satan always tries to shut them down: 1 Kings 18:4 (NIV) While Jezebel was killing off the Lord’s prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water.)…….Revelation 18:24 (NIV) In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth.”

  1. Prophetic people are tested by their fruit. Matthew 7:15-20 (NIV) “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. [16] By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? [17] Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. [18] A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. [19] Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. [20] Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

  1. God uses prophetic WORDS: Ezekiel 11:4-5 (NIV) Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, son of man.” [5] Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon me, and he told me to say: “This is what the Lord says: …….”

  1. God uses prophetic ACTIONS: Ezekiel 4:1-3,15 (NIV) “Now, son of man, take a clay tablet, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it. [2] Then lay siege to it: Erect siege works against it, build a ramp up to it, set up camps against it and put battering rams around it. [3] Then take an iron pan, place it as an iron wall between you and the city and turn your face toward it. It will be under siege, and you shall besiege it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel. [15] “Very well,” he said, “I will let you bake your bread over cow manure instead of human excrement.” …….. Acts 21:11 (NIV) Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, `In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’ “………2 Kings 2:21 (NIV) Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, “This is what the Lord says: `I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’ ” ……. Exodus 15:25 (NIV) Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. …… Ezekiel 5:1 (NIV) “Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber’s razor to shave your head and your beard. Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair……

  1. God uses prophetic DECREES: Jeremiah 13:25 (NIV) This is your lot, the portion I have decreed for you,” declares the Lord, “because you have forgotten me and trusted in false gods. …….. Psalm 2:7 (NIV) I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, “You are my Son ; today I have become your Father.

  1. Authentic prophecy is initiated and released by the Holy Spirit: Luke 1:67 (NIV) His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied …….. Numbers 11:26 (NIV) However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the Tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. ……

  2. Prophecy is tested by other prophetic people: 1 Corinthians 14:29 (NIV) Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.

  1. Authentic prophecy will always line up with God’s Word: .Matthew 1:22-23 (NIV) All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: [23] “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”……Matthew 4:13-14 (NIV) Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— [14] to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah ….. Matthew 4:14 (NIV) to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: