UNDERSTANDING PROPHECY FOR YOU AND FOR THIS GENERATION
(Group or Personal Bible Study)
By Cynthia Murray
What is prophecy and what is its
God speaking to men.
In what form did prophecy come in the
1. God speaking directly to man about
the future. – God spoke to Abraham in Genesis 15:2-5. “As numerous as the stars, so shall thy seed
2. Prophets (or representatives who
speak for God) speaking directly to man. – God told Isaiah to speak to King
Hezekiah (Isaiah 38:1-5) to tell him he would extend his life. In Isaiah 53 the prophet of God prophesies
about the Messiah!
3. Prophetic dreams to men and women of
God. God used dreams to speak to Joseph
about his being a savior of his family and Israel. Genesis 37:5-11
4. Prophetic dreams to unbelievers. Daniel 2:1-3, 26-29
Is prophecy always “good news”?
No! Sometimes God has to bring correction or
warning, but the primary purpose of prophecy is:
1 Corinthians 14:3 - But he that
prophesieth speaketh unto men [to] edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
of knowledge that are not seemingly positive are used to get someone’s
attention about the issue and should be followed by prophecy to guide them as
well as prayers for deliverance from the situation. This type of word is often given privately so
as not to embarrass the individual. Use
discretion and be led by the Holy Spirit.
Does God still communicate prophetically today? Yes!
Amos 3:7 -
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his
servants the prophets.
Does God still speak through prophets
Joel 2:28-32 - And it shall come to pass afterward,
[that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall
Personal Question: How did
you first realize that you were a prophet or had the ability to prophesy?
What is the difference between a prophet and those who
prophesy? God has said in his word that in the last days he will pour out his spirit upon all flesh. Everyone can prophesy to individuals according to the gift that God has given them, but not everyone stands in the office of the prophet referenced in Ephesians 4:11 in which it outlines the five-fold ministry. These officers' responsibility/purpose is for the edifying of the entire body of Christ for its maturity in Christ.
Do we have to be careful
about false prophets? Yes!
2 Peter 2:1-22 - But there were false prophets also among
the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall
bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring
upon themselves swift destruction. Remember that prophetic words must always line up with the written word or God, or else they are false. God never contradicts himself.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they
are ravening wolves
Mt 24:24 For
there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and
shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they
shall deceive the very elect.
Group Question: How can we recognize false
prophets? Just because you are a
prophet, does that mean that you are infallible and always get prophecy exactly
right? Doesn’t the Bible say in 1 Corinthians
13:9 that we prophesy in part?
Do you always
understand what God is telling you in the moment for someone?
Personal Question: How do you primarily receive
prophetic words from the Lord? If you still desire to grow in this gift of God for your life and ministry, just ask Him for help and wisdom. He will surely give it to you for His own glory! Be encouraged. You will grow. I am in agreement with you for this heart's desire concerning accurate prophecy in your life. Amen!