There are 4 prophetic Realms. Many people can prophecy but not every person who prophesies is a prophet.
The 4 prophetic Realms are: –
- Prophecy of the scripture
- Spirit of prophecy
- Gift of prophecy and
- Office of prophet
Let’s study each.
The 4 Prophetic Realms – Not Every Person who Prophesies is a Prophet
1. Prophecy of the Scripture
Prophecy of the scripture is also called word prophecy. Prophecy of the scripture is the scripture. Scripture is the Bible.
This is the prophecy spoken of by Apostle Peter
2Peter 1:20-21: Knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost
When Peter says, ‘no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation’ this applies only to prophecy of the scripture.
The Bible is prophetic from Genesis to Revelation – this is the prophecy of the scripture.
2. Spirit of Prophecy
Spirit of prophecy is the atmosphere or environment of the prophetic – in an environment or the atmosphere of a prophet, people prophecy.
Severally in the bible, when people came near a prophet, they prophesied.
Saul messengers who come near Samuel prophesied
1Sam 19:20-21: And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.
Saul prophesied when a company of prophets met him
1Sam 10:9-10: And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
Saul also prophesied when he came to Samuel
1Sam19:24: And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?
What does it mean that Saul lay down naked prophesying?
It means that in the atmosphere of the prophetic (a prophet), even a sinner, a person demon possessed prophesies.
3. Gift of Prophecy
Gift of prophecy is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
1Cor 12:8-10: For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues
Gift of prophecy is a gift of the Holy Spirit only activated by the Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit dwells in you, you are baptized with the Holy Spirit, and if you have the gift of prophecy, you will prophecy.
All gifts of the Holy Spirit are only for the service of the church thus the gift of prophecy is limited only to the church – works only inside the borders of the church
The gift of prophecy is for;
- Edifying (energize)
- Exhortation (stare up)
- Comfort (strengthen)
(the church only)
Healers, deliverers, pastors, apostles, teachers, intercessors, evangelists, etc, may all have the gift of prophecy in accordance to God’s Will and they prophecy – they are not prophets. The gift helps them in their specific ministries in edifying, exhortation and comforting the Bride of Christ.
Gift of prophecy is only for church thus it has nothing to do with unbelievers and the world and its kingdoms. It does not move outside the church borders. It deals with the life of a believer not an unbeliever.
If a person with the gift of prophecy prophesies about the future of non-believers like movie stars, politicians, secular celebrities, etc, it is witchcraft – Flee
Satan runs fast to people with the gift of prophecy who do not know the truth and are not grounded in the Word. Satan comes and tells them that they can prophecy about politics, nations, life of unbelievers, etc and he gives them the spirit of divination.
Many prophesying about politics, nations and to unbelievers calling themselves prophets are in divination.
And these are them who got the USA presidential election wrong and do not want to humble themselves, stop their pride and repent. A proud person never repents.
If you have the gift of prophecy, do not let Satan lie to you that you are a prophet – you are not. If you let Satan tell you that you are a prophet because you have the gift of prophecy you will be a witch.
If you are called an apostle, evangelist, pastor, teacher, intercessor, healer, deliverer, etc and you have the gift of prophecy, remain in your calling – do not call yourself a prophet. If you have gone astray and called yourself a prophet, run back to Jesus Christ, repent and stick to whom God called you to be.
4. Office of Prophet
A person called by God strictly to be a prophet takes the office of the prophet. A person in the office of prophet is the one called a prophet.
People who were in the office of prophet include Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Hosea, Jonah, Joel, Jeremiah, etc. Today we have people in the office of prophet but they are very very few.
Office of the prophet is not limited like the gift of prophecy. A prophet is not limited by the borders of the church.
A prophet is set to;
- Root out
- Pull down
- Throw down
A person in the office of prophet has power not gift (of prophecy)
Power comes when the Holy Spirit comes upon – when the anointing is upon (on) not in. In – is to make you a Bride of Christ, upon (on) is for service. We will study the 2 anointing later.
A person in the office of the prophet has power to kill and resurrect. He has power to utter judgment to individuals or nations e.g. Moses, Elijah, Elisha, etc. See God servants judge
A person in the office of prophet has power over every creature; unbelievers, believers, animals and every created thing. Remember the gospel is to be preached to every creature (Mk 16:15).
A person in the office of prophet (a prophet) carries the burden of nations and the entire world. This is the person who carries God’s Will to nations and to the world.
Jer 1:10 I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms
It is God who creates, calls, anoints and ordains a prophet. See the molding process of God servants.
If God has created you to be a prophet, He will come Himself, tell you that you are His prophet. A prophet is not ordained by people – He is called only by God not by people neither himself.
No true prophet calls himself a prophet – he does not have the title in his name; ‘I am prophet so and so’. It is either God who calls him using that title or people but not himself.
There is no person called a prophet. Prophet is a title not a name. True God servants have no titles; they are fools of the world – God uses the foolish and weak things of the world (1Cor 1:27).
And there is no mighty, major or minor prophets with God.
A prophet does not just predict the future, he reveals God’s Will.
Did all people who prophesy about USA election reveal God’s Will and plan or they just said Trump/Clinton will be president? The question is not who will be president but why and what God wants to do through that person and true God prophet reveals this.
A prophecy which does not reveal the will of God and His plan is not from Him but divination from Satan.
A prophet who does not reveal God Will but just predicts the future is a false prophet
And a will which is not in line with God’s Will is of/from Satan
When a person comes to prophecy telling you that you will prosper, ask him/her why you should prosper and what the work of the prosperity is. And if you know the will of God in your life, you will know the wolves.
If a person predicts the future without revealing God Will, that is witchcraft. And if the will is not in accordance with God’s will, it is witchcraft.
When a prophet is prophesying to unbelievers, he reveals their judgment, call to repentance and the redemption plan of God.
All nations prophesy from God depend on how a nation deals with Israel (Jews) and the righteous (Bride of Christ).
God cannot bless, prosper, bring peace, etc to a nation against Israel and the church. Neither can God bless, prosper, bring peace to an individual against Israel and the righteous (the bride of Christ)
Any person who prophesies opposite of this is witchcraft
Let’s highlight the major differences between gift of prophecy and office of prophet in a table
Major differences between gift of prophecy and office of prophet (a prophet)
|Gift of prophecy||Office of prophet|
|1. Limited only for church – only for believers (Bride of Christ)||1. Unlimited – for church, unbelievers, nations and world|
|2. It’s a gift||2. It’s power|
|3. Cannot kill or resurrect||3. Kills and resurrects|
|4. Deals with church destiny||4. Deals with church, unbelievers, nations and world destiny|
|5. Carries burden of the church only||5. Carries burden of the church, unbelievers, nations and the entire world|
|6. Only for edification, exhortation and comfort of the church||6. For rooting out, pulling down, destroying (killing), throwing down (humbling), building and planting – bring to life (resurrect)|
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