The Gift of Prophecy

This next gift may just be the greatest of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit. The reason I say this is because the apostle Paul, in the second verse above, purposely singles out this gift when telling you to seek after the spiritual gifts.

He says in this verse to “desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.”

With him purposely singling out the gift of prophecy in comparison to the rest of the 9 gifts in this verse, I believe that this may be a tell to us that the gift of prophecy may be the greatest of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit.

And when you think about exactly what this gift is all about, I believe that he may be right on the money.

The gift of prophecy is when you get a direct Word from the Lord to usually give to someone else. And when I say a direct word, I mean the message from the Lord that will be given to you will literally be word for word.

When you get one of these, you need to try and either write or type all of it out if you are in a place to be able to do so.

I do not believe there is anything greater than to be able to receive a direct, clear, prophetic Word from the Lord to be able to give to someone else in order to help edify and build them up, or to help them out with something specific they may be dealing with, with you being the actual messenger of that prophetic word to that someone.

As such, they all need to be recorded and written down if at all possible.

However, there will be times that you will not be able to record it.

All of a sudden the Holy Spirit will give you a direct, clear, prophetic word to give to someone else. You speak out the word to this person and then you will be done with it. It might be a very short word and it really does not need to be recorded or written down.

But there will be other times that you will be in a place to properly record it. And depending on what the Lord is giving you a direct message on and how long it is, you should make every attempt to get it down on paper, as they are real trophies and treasures when they do come in from the Lord.

The Bible tells us that God uses the gift of prophecy to speak edification, exhortation, and comfort to other people.

Here is the specific verse giving us this direct revelation on what the main use of prophecy is all about:

“But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” (1 Corinthians 14:4)

Many times prophecy is also used to help confirm what has already been given to the person earlier on by the Lord. Sometimes God will confirm for you what He has already told you earlier so you will know that it really was Him all along giving you that specific message.

And one of the ways that He can confirm a previous message that He has already given you is by giving you a direct prophecy through another believer.

Prophecies from the Lord can cover an extremely wide range of situations and issues, covering everything from predicting future events like they use to do in the OT, to giving someone counsel, encouragement, confirmation, instruction, and possible correction when it may be needed.

Also, all prophecy needs to be properly tested, as the Bible tells us that there will always be false prophets walking among us, along with the possibility of well-meaning believers prophesying out of their own imaginations. Here is the verse giving us this direct warning:

“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21)

All prophecy always needs to line up with Scripture. If it does not, it should be immediately rejected. God will never go against His own Word when delivering a prophetic word to someone.

Again, any believer can have the Lord manifest this gift through them at anytime that He will want to do so. You do not have to hold the actual office of a prophet in order for God to manifest this gift through you from time to time.

The Bible tells us that in the latter days God will be pouring out His Holy Spirit upon all flesh and when He does, it says our sons and daughters will be prophesying.

This means that there are going to be many believers who are going to be getting this gift manifesting through them with a lot of frequency in the coming years.

When Paul says in the above two verses to “desire earnestly to prophesy” and to “desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy,” you know that this is something that the Lord would really like to do more of with His children.

Again, if you would like the Lord to manifest this gift through you from time to time so you can be a direct messenger for Him to someone else, just go to Him in prayer and tell Him that you would be more than happy to be a willing and yielded vessel for Him to manifest this particular gift through if He would like to do so.

And then keep your radars up, always being open and sensitive to the Holy Spirit if He will want to start manifesting this gift through you so He can use it to help build others up and bring some comfort, joy, peace, or direction into their lives.

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  1. God can rename me later - November 30, 2018 at 12:27 am

    I’m so thankful to have found this page! At times I’ve felt like I’m just imagining it all. When I first learned not every believer hears God the way I do, I was shocked and confused. I sense God telling me all these specific events that are going to happen in the future in my life. Many of them have already come true when he revealed they would. I keep track of “conversations” I have with the Holy Spirit by journaling. I constantly receive confirmation and it always alignes with scripture. But no matter how much times I’ve studied this gift, I still sometimes feel like I’m crazy. Even some belivers don’t believe. But I got nothing to prove, that’s God’s job. Woop

  2. Melanie - November 21, 2018 at 8:08 am

    I am going through a difficult spiritual battle right now and somehow I stumbled into your website and reading the teachings that you have helps me calm down my spirit. I am trying to regain back the joy that I Lost. I am really trying hard. Thank you.

  3. Brady Mayo - November 13, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    I have a real problem with this gift as it is used within the modern day church. I visited a church near Austin Tx that practiced the gift of prophecy. Practiced! We were all told to ask God for a word that was meant for someone in the group. So we each said something that we thought we heard from God and I asked the person in charge of this particular prophecy class what happens if the prophecy does not come true. She said it does not matter if it comes true or not – just go for it. Really? Are you kidding me? Thats what this practice has become? Prophecy spoke in the New Testament was 100% accurate 100% of the time. If you mean by prophecy a word of encouragement then that is exactly what it is – a word of encouragement. Just recently a man by the name of Mark Taylor wrote a book called the Trump Prophecies (or something like that) and he prophesized that their would be red wave of republican victories during the midterms. Well, he was clearly wrong. Actually the opposite happened as you all know. So what then? I guess you just keep on practicing and killing your witness to unbelievers. People like Pat Robertson make predictions all the time that do not come true and we believers just say, “well just keep trying Pat”. In the mean time, we lose the sheep in the pasture.

  4. Cathy Louise Hull-Bailey - June 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I had several dreams from God. I feel very blessed. My first one I was taken to a mountain top and I was alone and lost. All of a sudden the skies open and a dove (holy spirit) flew down to me and showed me the way to go and it never left my side. Had another one where I was taken up to heaven and I was being shown around this huge mansion by angels and I was told I was having a place prepared for me. I also been under attack by the enemy whilst sleeping and I saw Jesus. He came to my rescue. He was in white and had crown of thorns on his head. He told Satan to leave me alone and that I had chosen to follow Jesus. These are just a few shared . Dreams are beautiful way for our father to communicate with us. God Bless you all x

  5. Rita - June 4, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    i have received prophetic messages in past years. Most recently I was suddenly awakened from a sleep state. I sat up and heard an audible voice ask ” What is a wife?” Before I could respond the voice stated ” a wife is a help meet…help him.” I responded ” help who?” I looked over at my friend of over 30 years (prior to my 21 yr marriage and following my marriage ending in divorce 4 years ago) who was lying asleep on the other side of the bed. I clearly understood the commandment. I often become afraid even though I’m certain who is speaking to me. I’m often afraid to share the prophesy,,, not that my faith waivers,,,I’m just not mature in the gift of prophesy. Do I share, with whom, when, etc. Any advise?

    • kirksaaa - June 28, 2018 at 10:11 am

      That takes discernment. Look at the desire motivating you. If the heart of that motive is to help the other person because God’s Love is prompting you, then follow that prompting.

      Ask God to show you what you are really trying to accomplish, His purpose? Or to just show off. Or maybe its for the purpose of you learning how to humbly share, allowing the other to say they don’t think it’s from God. Don’t argue, let God confirm His word in His own time. This is the beautiful confidence of humility. Which, I think, is at the heart of every act and gift of God through us.

  6. Eric R - May 8, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I experienced one very weird dream after the holy spirit came upon me a few months ago. I remember every detail of it still, weird! It was like a British comedy, about a medieval king who caused himself and his two guards to be pushed over a railing because of an oath he himself made moments earlier about the cook of some soup he liked. I woke up laughing, and I don’t remember ever waking up laughing before. It felt as if God was telling me a joke to cheer me up.

    The cook announced her name, as “Abdel Abdel” or something similar right before she pushed them. She was made queen of the town for killing the previous tyrant.

  7. Johnny Getz - April 11, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I have had dreams where the Lord has showed me things. I had a dream Once of a man with a red jacket and sunglasses a mustache and a black hat and I could remember my feelings in the dream. I could remember he was my friend and that everything was okay and we just sat there and talked talking like old friends I woke up the next day and told my girlfriend about it and she asked why I was telling her this I said I don’t know six months later I was in the oil patch working and I met a Christian there named Mark and he ended up guiding me through a lot of problems I was having and spreading the world of god to me when I needed it most. About 6 months after we have met in the morning I came outside and there he was walking across the yard in a red puffy coat glasses and a black hat and the second I seen them I remembered the dream and it was his face it was him it was him I was talking to in the dream I always pray that God would show me that I would be on the right path because I was living a very bad lifestyle and I think this is gods way of showing me that I was meant to meet this man. We are friends to this current day we went our separate pass but I found him again and now we talk sometimes time and he’s a great man of God I told him he should be a pastor but he told me not just people in the church need ministering god bless him he has been a real blessing in my life very strong powerful man of God. And this isn’t the only Vivid dream I’ve had from God this is just the first one I remember

  8. Sara - March 15, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I had an experience that I’m still trying to make sense of just over a month ago. It happened almost 6 weeks after the birth of my daughter.

    Would you please share the specific scripture verses you’re referring to in regards to :
    “The Bible tells us that in the latter days God will be pouring out His Holy Spirit upon all flesh and when He does, it says our sons and daughters will be prophesying.”?

    Thank you for any further insight you may have to offer from the bible on the topic of phrophecy.

    • Joel - November 22, 2017 at 12:40 am

      Acts 2:17 & Joel 2:28

  9. Tijesunimi - February 28, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Please can God reveal mysteries to us through dreams as youths? when Prophet Joel said old men will dream dreams in Joel 2.28. I don’t seem to get it and in fact I get directions in my dreams. Please I need answers and also what are the manifestations of the prophetic gifts?

    Yours in Christ

    Tijesunimi

  10. Bryan - August 4, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Pray for God to show you and to teach you how to pray about it and to take those terrible dreams and night mares away most likely it is satan trying to tear you limb from limb. Satan despise the good that God is given to his people and will work day and night to destroy it
    May god be with you and goad bless

  11. Heather - November 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Hi, I’ve been having dreams over the course of a month or more that feel like warnings but I’m not sure what to do with them. Do you have any advice? This has been a real struggle with me. Thank you.

  12. Estrella Beedle - June 8, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you for continuing to minister the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helping people with the knowledge of The Holy Trinity.

    Thank you for teaching the importance of having a personal intimate relationship with The Holy Spirit to live a Victorious and Powerful Christian life!

    God Bless you brother!
    In Christ Alone,
    Estrella

  13. Jeanine Thiede - January 21, 2015 at 6:38 am

    I receive direction for myself in Dreams, and as you pointed out, they do stick with you. I am learning to discern meanings and symbols of my dreams and at times, others share there dreams and the Holy Spirit will show me the meaning for them. What I wanted most to share in this posting, perhaps to help others, Is about the Gift of Prophecy. I have been used to give word to others from the Lord. It has always been a scary thing for me to be used in this way but one has to put self away and be willing.. The way I know I am about to give a word: The Holy Spirit will come down on me and show me the person that is to get the Word. He tells me to wait on his timing, as I wait, the anointing gets stronger and stronger, my body gets weak and sometimes very shaky. I always stay in prayer mode asking the Lord not my words but yours and I tell him.. I trust you Lord, (that this is from him)! Always, the person receiving the word, confirms that they had been praying about the situation or event or other. Another way: I had been lead from my home, across town all the while, the Holy Spirit telling me which way to go, then arriving to my destination, He then tells me whom is getting the Word. I have never received the word, before the person getting it. I am in the blind until it comes out of my mouth! Thank you so much for this site. Great work!

  14. E.JONES - May 17, 2014 at 1:26 am

    MAY 17,2014 AT 2:16 A.M. READING ABOUT THE GIFT OF PROPHECY WAS WONDERFUL.I ENJOY EVERY WORD OF IT.I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE GIFT OF PROPHECY TO GIVE PEOPLE A WORD FOR THE LORD AND I DID PRAYED FOR IT.

  15. xelelo y - April 21, 2014 at 4:35 am

    when poul said two or three phrophety who phrophecy, is its mast or not?

  16. mechelle - January 20, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    The verse is 1cor-14-3 not 4. Great reading I love this site.

  17. Tureal - December 13, 2013 at 6:39 am

    This is so great i remember yesterday morning around 2pm, i was up since 9AM and i had only slept 5 hours and studied alot on ancient culture but mostly on which part of africa did the slaves that landed in the carribeans came from, anyways at the end my eyes was getting really tired and i felt like i found what i was looking for so i closed my laptop put it aside and started to try and sleep but before that i remember talking to myself saying that i do not want my relationship with my father to be like he had with his father(idk why but they stopped seeing eachother)before he died so i told myself that i really want to have a good relationship with mine and wouldnt want to repeat the same history that happened with him and his. That very night i had what i believe is a prophecy with my eyes halfway closed i felt the churning feeling in my stomach(i was about to follow my ancestors religion) but what amaze me is that as soon has i felt that feeling i got the thought in my mind that i shouldnt judge it and let it do what its gonna do(i think i literally accepted the holy spirit in me at that point)then it just started to move all the way from my stomach to my throat and when it reachedthe bottom of my throat i felt static in my ear then i heard a voice sounding like a young persons voice or even a female voice saying..i…want…to..be.like..you, but most importanly because I LOVE YOU. then i had a couple of weird experiences followed by that has i was halfway sleeping as if my eyes were not totally closed. I really think that i was saved from going on a terrible path and even was told what to say to my father to have a good relationship with him because i was saying in my head that i really desired to not have the same relationship my dad had with his (he wouldnt go see him idk why and i think before his death he didnt see him for a while, my grandfather was very sick). Thank you so much for making this post now it all makes sense and my faith has been 300 times restored in the right direction millions of blessings your way!

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