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JUDGING PROPHECY

1. It will be fulfilled. (Deut. 18:22) Fulfillment must take into consideration any and all IF'S God may put in. Many prophecies carry a condition that must be met before the prophecy can be fulfilled. Thus Jonah was not a false prophet. But we also learn from Deut. 13:1‑5 that even if it comes true, if it or the person giving it leads you away from God, it is not from the Lord.

2. It will agree with scripture.(Proverbs 30:5, II Samuel 22:31) It can be tested ‑ and should be. Out of the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses.

3. Prophecy will witness or be confirmed by your spirit.(Heb. 10:15) God doesn't sneak up on us and surprise us if we are continually attuned to Him. He prepares the ground for the seed of truth before planting. We respond with agreement or anger depending on our attitude. (Ezek. 2:5)

4. The vessel used to prophesy will have the fruit of the Spirit growing obviously in his or her life. (I Timothy 3:5; Matt. 7:16,20, I Thess. 5:12) Their home life will be in order, bills paid, etc. This does not mean that things will be perfect but growth will be evident.

5. The spirit of the prophet will be Jesus. (Rev. 19:10, John 16:13,14) The motivation for giving it, even if it is one of judgement, will be love. (I John 4:16,2; Galatians 5:13; I Timothy 1:5; John 13:35) It should be judged by the giver before he gives it (I John 4:1) and judged by other prophets after he gives it.(I Cor. 14:29)

6. It won't be given in a corner or done in a covert way. (I Cor.14:4) Beware of a church that holds a lot of closed meetings and words like: don't tell anyone else about this, but God told me.....

    

If a particular prophecy is delivered that meets all of the above guidelines except number 3 it would be a safe assumption to conclude that something is wrong with you. Either you are out of tune with the Lord, don't know the whole situation, or some such. 

If a prophecy is given in a large gathering, it is possible that a given prophecy is for an individual rather than the whole assembly. If this is the case, your responsibility is to pray for an open heart. You must always be aware that the person needing the open heart could be you. We all have blind spots. Be careful not to get into a judgmental attitude.

In the Old Testament, before the giving of the indwelling Holy Spirit, a person who gave a prophecy that didn’t come true was to be stoned. This requirement changed after the Holy Spirit came to dwell in the hearts of men. Now we are told that we “know in part and prophesy in part.” (1 Corinthians 13:9) Our accuracy increases as we learn how to put on the mind of Christ. Therefore, grace and patience should be exercised by the church toward the learning disciple.

 

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