6 days ago
6 days ago
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PROPHECY?
Questions abound both in the church and outside of the church. What is the purpose of prophecy, some ask? Oddly enough, there seems to be more of an openness to the spiritual world, such as prophecy, than there is in the broad church itself.
For those outside of the church, prophecy has another name; some call it terret cards. Another name would be Ouija board or a séance. All of these have to do with the occult world. However, the underlying attraction to this is a desire to look into the spiritual world and see what's coming down the road.
Have you ever wondered why the human race desires to look into the spiritual? Every tribe and group of people in history has always had something spiritual that they looked into. They do because we have all come out of the bosom of God the Father and desire to return to where we came from: the spiritual world.
When Jesus entered the human race, he came to reveal the Father and to show the world where the human race came from and where they were going. Jesus was a living, walking prophecy. Everywhere he went, and everything he said was the fulfillment of something a prophet in the Old Testament declared about him.
So, one of the purposes of prophecy is to have a revelation of the future and God's destiny and purpose for us.
Biblical prophecy, sanctioned by God himself, is not fortunetelling, nor is it the Ouija board or the séance. The spirits that communicate through those systems do not know the Father.
The prophecy that you and I are involved in as sons and daughters of God is powered by the Holy Spirit and sanctioned by God himself. This is why, according to Ephesians 4 and 11, a prophet is one of the five gifts God gave the church.
Yet he did not regulate prophecy to a single office. He gave it to the body of Christ also. You and I, as believers, have a mandate from God to prophesy. That is to speak forth the purposes of God into your generation, and as you do, you are creating the platform for God to set up his kingdom on and rule and reign therein.
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