By - Ambitious_Theory_474
If someone is a true prophet of God, all of his prophecies will come true.
I wouldn't listen to anyone who claims to be a prophet. There are none currently. And, yes, a true prophet of God would always be accurate when prophesying.
>There are none currently.
Ok, but some do still prophesy right? But not considered a "prophet"? I'm not sure how Baptists see this topic.
I don't believe the gift of prophecy is in operation any longer (like it was in the early church). I believe prophecy occurs now by speaking forth and teaching the closed canon of scripture.
I’d consider anyone prophesying these days a red flag. Saying 99% are false (having a single incorrect prophecy) is generous.
I’m sure there are some out there…but I don’t like your odds of stumbling on a legit one.
Especially places where everyone prophecies, like many more charismatic churches.
How do you know that there aren’t any true prophets today?
There are. But of the thousands claiming it, only few are true. A rare find. I’ve been in a charismatic church where dozens of people make multiple prophesies a day. None had a 100% success rate. Or 50% for that matter.
The prophet that I came across made a prophecy for someone else that came true the next day. But is a person still a prophet if only some of their prophecy come true?
They are only a prophet if their prophecies are 100% correct. That is because prophecies come from God, who is 100% correct.
If they get even 1 prophecy wrong, than means at best they are just making things up, or at worst they are accepting influence from demonic forces.
I can’t say for sure. But if people’s prophecies are only vague and can’t ever be proved true or false, then it’s not really a prophecy.
You should not simply trust all prophecies given to you, but test them like Paul instructed:
1 Thessalonians 5:20-21: "do not be treating prophecies with contempt, but be testing all things. Be holding-on-to the good,"
*And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:11)*
*And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:28)*
*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. (2 Peter 2:1)*
Will a true prophet have correct prophesies all of the time?
Jonah prophesied that Ninevah would be destroyed in 40 days. The people repented and
3:10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
All prophecies must be true or that person is not a prophet. There are other things that make a prophet, though.
Did they listen to God for the timing of the message? God can often tell people things but it's not the right time to share that information yet.
Did they use the prophecy to build up the church or tear it down? Check the old testament prophecies. Many seemed to say "You're all gonna burn!" but God always showed a way through or out or beyond.
Are they under the authority of the leaders in the church? A prophet should be serving the church. This also allows for repentance and restitution if they mess up the prophecy gift God has given them.
Was the prophecy given in love? God is love so will always give us messages from that love. He doesn't do things to scare, confuse or shame us.
Was the prophecy backed up by the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, other people etc? You already seem to suggest that what was said didn't line up with what the spirit was saying to your heart. Sure, sometimes we don't want to hear the message so nothing would line up with our heart but that links back to timing...God wouldn't tell us something if we were not going to hear it.
Prophecy is an awesome gift of the Holy Spirit. In some places, though, it's thought of as more important than any other part of God's plan. If it's real prophecy, it will fit with the bigger picture.
This prophet was a guest speaker of a church I visited, so they were not under authority of the pastors. The prophecy was not directly out of left field but it was not something that was timely, it was something I was not seeking God for in the moment so that’s why I was taken aback.
This is where I struggle on if it tore the church down or not cause it wasn’t a prophecy filled with hope nor provided a way out. Which is why I say i felt almost scared because I did not feel the presence of the Lord. I consider myself to know the Lord well, but I don’t think this prophecy brought me closer to God because it left me with more confusion.
1 John 4:1
Prophets do not exist today.
“built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,”
We don’t lay a foundation down, build stuff on top of the foundation then lay another foundation.