Things to Consider When Receiving a Prophecy

[This article was taken from our book “Prophecy: Understanding and Utilizing the Manifestation of Prophecy.”]

 

1. Before receiving a prophecy, it is good to learn something about it and be prepared to receive it. Prophecy is a way that you can hear from the Lord himself about his love and concern for you and about his will for your life. Your personal prophecy will mean a lot more to you if you know what prophecy is and how it works, and if you prepare your heart to receive it, evaluate it, and act on it. If you have questions about prophecy, you should ask them. Also, it can be good to have godly, trusted friends listen to your prophecy and give you their opinion—there is safety in a multitude of counselors.

2. Christians are filled with holy spirit, and have the Bible, so why would they need prophecy? Will the Lord not tell them directly what they need to know? It is always the Lord’s heart to communicate with his Body, the Church. It is important to realize that personally hearing from the Lord should be the “default pattern” for every Christian. Furthermore, obeying the written Word of God and using wisdom is also vital to successful Christian living. If you are not making enough money to make ends meet, you do not need a prophet to tell you to cut back your spending or get a better paying job. That is simply the wise thing to do. Hearing from the Lord for yourself, obeying Scripture, and using wisdom are always the first things you should do in your Christian walk and life.

Nevertheless, prophecy is still important to individuals, which is why the Bible says that we are to be eager to prophesy (1 Cor. 14:39). The Lord can speak through prophecy in times when a Christian is not hearing his voice due to being new in the faith, having doubts about his life and walk, or being too emotionally involved with a situation to hear clearly. Or, there may be times when the person receiving a prophecy has thought something about a situation, but has not believed it firmly enough to act on it. In fact, people often receive in prophecy the confirmation of something they have believed, and are then able to fully put their faith in it. It is also common in prophecy that as the Lord reveals things about someone’s life, that person feels a special connection to him that he did not have before.

3. Make sure you are comfortable receiving a prophecy, and with the person or persons giving it to you. Receiving a prophecy can be a great blessing, but not if you are not ready for it, feel like it is being forced upon you, or are not comfortable with the person or persons giving the prophecy. Just as prophets do not have to give a word to everyone who asks, you do not have to receive a word from someone just because he says he heard from the Lord about you. When you are ready to receive, and comfortable with the one who would speak it to you, then you are in a position to have faith that the Lord will powerfully energize the prophecy, and you will be ready to believe and act on what is spoken. Faith is a great key in any spiritual endeavor, and your faith will contribute to energizing those prophesying to you.

People who have given many words of personal prophecy testify that when the person receiving it has desire and faith, then the prophecy flows very easily—the prophetic word is almost pulled out of them. In contrast, if someone comes for prophecy whose heart is not ready to receive it, then many times giving the prophecy becomes much more difficult. If you are not comfortable about receiving a prophecy, you should want to identify why not, and you should not receive a prophecy until you are ready to receive it with faith.

4. The manifestation of prophecy is primarily to build up a person in his Christian walk and help establish his relationship with God and the Lord Jesus. The manifestation of prophecy is for “…edification, and exhortation, and comfort” (1 Cor. 14:3b-KJV). Furthermore, when a person receives a prophecy, “…the secrets of his heart will be laid bare…” (1 Cor. 14:25a). It is very important to understand that the manifestation of prophecy is not primarily designed to reveal detailed information about the future, or give specific guidance about what a person should do in a specific situation. Although this kind of specific information can occasionally be given in the manifestation of prophecy, it is usually given by those people in the Church who have the ministry of a prophet. [1]

God is very concerned about the quality of each Christian’s walk with Him. Sadly, many Christians have never really had a “personal experience” with God. We talk about it, preach about it, and write about it, but the fact is that many Christians are in the same place Job was some 4,000 years ago: the best they can say is, “My ears had heard of you…” (Job 42:5a). The manifestation of prophecy, by revealing the secrets of the heart, is designed by God to bring the person to the place that he will “…fall down and worship God, exclaiming, ‘God is really among you!’” (1 Cor. 14:25b). Often a prophecy will have details about a person’s life that, when revealed, help him believe that the Lord knows and understands him personally, and cares for him.

When Job experienced God for himself (Job 38:1- 42:6), there was a profound change in his life. Like many others, he had heard about God for years, but never had a “personal encounter.” When he did, his life changed. Many Christians testify that their lives were changed in important ways after they received a prophecy revealing to them that God really did know them and what they were going through in life, and had been with them in tough times and good times. Experience teaches us that usually when a person receives a prophecy, he feels very connected to the Lord. However, not all prophecy comes with a warm, fuzzy feeling. It sometimes happens when the Lord exhorts a person to do better in something that he may have feelings of guilt or sadness. Appropriate feelings of guilt or sadness can bring a person to make changes in his life that are positive and godly (2 Cor. 7:8-11).

The manifestation of prophecy is for “…edification, and exhortation, and comfort” (1 Cor. 14:3b-KJV). The NIV reads, “…strengthening, encouragement, and comfort.” The word “exhortation” in the KJV is better than “encouragement” in the NIV because it covers a wider range of what can be spoken in prophecy. [2] God does not give prophecy to condemn us, nor use it as a platform to complain about our lives. There are times, however, when prophecy will convict someone in his heart, and motivate him to change. People can ask for a prophecy knowing God loves them, wants the best for them, and will communicate in a way that will help them in their walk. The prophetic message will build them up, exhort them in their walk, and comfort their hearts.

5. Evaluate and weigh carefully what is spoken by the one prophesying. There is always a chance that inaccuracies will enter into a prophecy. The Word of God tells us to “Test everything. Hold on to the good” (1 Thess. 5:21). There are some basic ways that you can test to see if a prophecy is from the Lord. A good way to remember them is to call them “the four Ws.”

A. The Word of God. Prophecy will not contradict the written Word. God is not the author of confusion, and He will never confuse believers by saying one thing in His Word and another in prophecy. If you get a prophecy that blatantly contradicts the letter or spirit of the written Word of God, do not move forward in obeying it.

B. Wisdom. The Bible tells us to love God with all our minds, and He is the author of wisdom, which is to be a primary guide for our lives. The words “wise” and “wisdom” occur well over 100 times in Proverbs alone. God expects us to use wisdom to know right from wrong. If you receive a prophecy directing you to do something you consider unwise or that is somehow suspicious to you, get the counsel of others before proceeding.

C. Witness. Every Christian has the gift of holy spirit, and can hear from the Lord directly. If you receive a prophecy that is genuinely from the Lord, you should also have an inner witness that it is correct. If you have no such witness, it does not mean that the prophecy is necessarily wrong, but it does mean that you should get the wise counsel of others before acting on it.

D. Work Out. The Lord will work hard to confirm a prophecy. If you receive a prophecy, and you do your part to see it come to pass, then you can legitimately expect it to come to pass, i.e., “work out.” If it does not, then you have very good reason to think you received an erroneous word.

Because the flesh can enter into prophecy, you need to seek godly and wise counsel if you receive one you are not confident about, especially if it directs you to do something that will have an important impact on your life. If you receive a prophecy that you are not sure is true or accurate, you should not act on it immediately. Put it on the “back burner” and pray about it. Ask the Lord to speak to you in other ways to confirm or deny what you heard. For example, you might pray for a wide open door that is obvious, or you may pray to hear the same thing from another source. When we get the true word of the Lord and act upon it, there is great blessing for us.

6. Prophecy is not “the Word of God.” The written Word of God is “God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16). Every syllable in the original is perfect. That is not the case with the manifestation of prophecy. Do not fall into the trap of analyzing every syllable and preposition in your prophecy. Instead, ask, “What is the point of the message; what is the Lord saying?” As one prophet has said, “It is important to get the ‘take home’ message.” A great example of this is in the book of Acts, where Agabus, a seasoned prophet of God, gave Paul a word not to go to Jerusalem.

Acts 21:10-12
(10) After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
(11) Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’”
(12) When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem.

Paul was so determined to go to Jerusalem that he ignored what the Lord spoke through prophecy. What happened when he got there, however, was not exactly what Agabus had said. If you read the record in Acts 21:30-33, you will see that, instead of capturing Paul and binding him and handing him over to the Romans, the Jews were in the middle of beating him to death when the Romans broke in and saved him. However, thinking Paul to be some kind of criminal, the Romans arrested him. He spent the next two years in jail in Israel, and then was taken as a prisoner to Rome. Agabus’ prophecy was not fulfilled “letter perfect.” But there is no doubt that the gist, the “take home message,” of the prophecy was correct: Paul should not have gone to Jerusalem. When he did, he was rejected by the Jews and ended up in Roman chains.

When you receive a prophecy, do not get hung up on the details and miss the big picture. Remember to ask, “What is the point the Lord is making?”

7. Be careful not to quickly reject a prophecy that does not seem right to you. Although you should hold in abeyance a prophecy you are not sure is accurate, always be cautious about totally rejecting prophecy from a prophet who has been tested and proved, even if it does not seem correct. As humans, we have strong feelings and emotions, and the way we were taught or the way we have done something in the past can have a powerful influence on us. A prophecy that seems to go against what we are used to may seem “wrong” to us even when it is actually biblically and ethically correct.

Imagine a Christian who has always worn a crucifix for good luck and personal protection receiving a prophecy that the Lord wanted him to rely on the Lord and not on such objects. He might tend to reject the words of the prophet as absurd. Or imagine a group of people who believe water baptism is necessary for salvation hearing a man prophesy to a Christian who had never been water baptized, stating that the Lord fully accepts him. The people listening might be tempted to call the prophet a false prophet, when actually he is absolutely correct.

What you believe is not necessarily true, even if you believe it very strongly. If you hear something that contradicts what you have always believed or practiced, you may have a strong emotional reaction, which, as real and powerful as it is, is not the voice of the Lord. As with so many other things in life, there is no formula that will tell you if the prophet is correct and your thoughts are wrong, or vice versa. As always, we need to rely on the written Word, wisdom, the counsel of others, and the direction of the Lord via his gift of holy spirit.

8. Prophecy can be about gifts and callings that have not yet manifested themselves. Occasionally, a prophecy will address something that the Lord sees in the future, which the person receiving the prophecy is not yet aware of. The prophecy of Samuel to David about being the king of Israel is a clear example (1 Sam. 16:13). There is no evidence that David had ever even thought about being king, especially in a culture where kingship followed family lines. Furthermore, it was approximately 15 years after Samuel anointed David king that he actually saw the prophecy fulfilled. So if you receive a prophecy that does not come to pass in a short time, do not be too hasty to call it a false prophecy. When you receive a prophecy, and especially if it involves something that will be fulfilled in the future, have patience and faith that it will be fulfilled. Do not be quick to give up on the Lord. Walk in patience and faithful expectation that what he has said will indeed come to pass in your life.

9. Just because God does not mention a sin does not mean it is okay with Him. Due to the fallen nature of man, people will sometimes knowingly or unknowingly try to justify their sin, and may use prophecy to do so. Someone who is engaged in a sinful activity may ask to receive a prophecy but be thinking, “If the Lord does not mention my doing (whatever), then it must be okay with him. After all, if it were that bad he would say something.” This is false logic. The Lord expects you to live a godly life. You do not expect him to tell you by revelation to stop at a red light or to return a wallet you found on the street. What you can easily know from the Word, experience, and your senses, the Lord expects you to know and act on.

It is the same with sin in your life. If you are sinning, stop. Do not expect the Lord to speak about something that is clear in the Bible and/or obvious to you. The written Word is the standard for godly behavior.

10. When you receive an accurate prophecy, obey it. Prophecy is not a toy, nor is it a test to prove that God knows us or loves us. Neither is it to prove the person giving the prophecy is “right on” and can discover some hidden thing. When done properly, prophecy is God or His Son, Jesus, speaking to you through the mouth of the one giving the prophecy. When accurate, prophecy is as valid as if Jesus were standing there talking to you. Because of that, when you ask for a prophecy, make sure that you have the proper attitude about it and are ready to obey it. As you prepare yourself to receive a prophecy, think about what your attitude would be if, instead of going to someone manifesting the spirit, you were going to sit at the feet of the Lord Jesus and hear what he had to say to you. We want to honor the Lord by giving his word the attention it deserves. We should test them to be sure they are the words of the Lord, but if they are, then we need to give heed to them.

1 Thessalonians 5:20 and 21 (NASB)
(20) do not despise prophetic utterances.
(21) But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;

The word “despise” in verse 20 is exoutheneo, which means to despise or treat with scorn, and therefore “to reject with scorn.” [3] If you ask for a prophecy and receive one you believe to be accurate, but do not obey it, you are rejecting it and are sinning. In the Old Testament, if someone came to the priests for information but after getting it decided not to obey what they said, he was put to death (Deut. 17:8-13). Obviously, we do not put people to death today if they ignore words of prophecy, but you can be sure that the Lord gets upset if you go to him for a prophecy and then ignore it. James 4:17 says, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”

The Lord wants to be treated the same way we do. If someone comes to you and asks for information and then ignores what you said, you would be upset. The same is true of the Lord. If you ask for a prophecy, act on it. Remember the scripture that says, “…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48b). When you are given a prophecy, you are being given “much,” and the Lord requires your obedience in return.

11. We must play our part in order to have prophecy come to pass. It is vital to realize that even accurate prophecies about the future do not usually come to pass automatically. We have to do something in order for them to be fulfilled. We must pray, obey, and walk in godly wisdom. This is true for revelation we receive directly from the Lord and for prophecy spoken to us. When prophecies are not fulfilled quickly, discouragement, disillusionment, and disbelief can enter our heads and hearts, and we must work hard to fight them off, continuing to have faith in the prophecy. Abraham is a great example to us because when God gave him the revelation he would have a child, “…he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God” (Rom. 4:20). Abraham continued to have faith during the 30 years between the time God gave him the promise and when it was finally fulfilled by the birth of Isaac.

Abraham’s experience, though extreme, is not unique. David was a teenager when Samuel anointed him king, but it was not until he was 30 years old when all the tribes of Israel got together, officially recognized his kingship, anointed him, and installed him as king (2 Sam. 5:3 and 4). During those years between the promise and the fulfillment of his kingship, David was faithful to the promise of God, and led the people God gave him.

Like faith, prayer is very important in seeing prophecies come to pass. Daniel is known for his deep prayer life. When he read the prophecy of Jeremiah that the desolation of Israel would be 70 years (Dan. 9:2), his response was not, “Oh well, I’ll sit back, count the years, and the prophecy will automatically come to pass.” Daniel knew that a lot had to happen for the prophecy to be fulfilled, and that time was short. The Bible records one of the things he did: “So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes” (Dan. 9:3). We need to pray that what has been revealed in prophecy will come to pass.

There are times when we must work very hard in order for a specific prophecy to come to pass. When God told the Israelites He would give them the Promised Land, they knew they had to fight battle after battle to have that prophecy come true. When a prophet anointed Jehu king of Israel, Jehu knew he had a lot of work to do to make that prophecy come to pass, especially since there already was a king of Israel that he would have to depose. He got to work immediately, and planned his strategy for success (2 Kings 9:1-14).

12. Focus on your walk, your calling, and your prophecy. An individual’s personal prophecy is the Lord speaking to him via a Christian operating the manifestation of prophecy. This is a great honor and privilege, and should be a great source of blessing, inspiration, and sometimes challenging exhortation. Occasionally, when someone gets a personal prophecy, instead of using it to improve himself and move ahead with the Lord, he sits and pouts and wishes that the Lord had said other things to him than what was actually said. Such behavior can be especially defeating if the person then listens to a prophecy that someone else received and wishes that he had the other person’s prophecy instead of the one he received, eventually becoming mentally defeated and stuck in the belief that he is no good or the Lord simply has no use for him.

There is a time for wishing and wanting something: it is when you are not walking up to your potential and you know it. That is the time to thank the Lord for the chance to live another day, make resolutions to do better, and make plans to live a more godly lifestyle. You may even want to enlist the aide of friends to help you become a more powerful and effective child of God. It is not helpful to sit and mope about what you do not have. The Lord wants us all to live at our full potential, and he stretches us in our faith and our walk. If you receive a prophecy that blesses you and excites you, wonderful! Walk out on what the Lord has revealed. If you receive a prophecy that reveals you have room to grow in your life, thank the Lord for his honesty and get about the task of growing and maturing in your Christian life. If you have fallen down or feel weak in your walk, get up and get going. The Lord will be with you to love you, support you, and bless you, but you are the one who must get up and get going. Proverbs 24:16a says, “for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again…”

13. It is helpful to record personal prophecies. It is a very good idea to have your personal prophecy recorded (and perhaps even written out at a later time). The primary reason for this is that we are not used to remembering what is said to us, and forget many details, especially over time. Another reason is that you may hear something that catches your attention and causes you to miss other things that are said. A third reason is that often we mishear what was actually said. Having a recording gives us the ability to go back and listen to what was said. Remember, a word or phrase may have several applications. Prophetic language is often figurative and uses analogies, similes, metaphors, etc. Sometimes going back over what was said reveals things that were missed or misunderstood. Also, it may be helpful to write the prophecies out so that they can be easily reviewed and prayed over. Many people keep a binder with prayer goals and prophecies to help them have a vision for their future and enable them to see more clearly when God works in their life.

14. Over time, a “prophetic picture” will develop from your prophecies. If you are receiving prophecies that are accurate, after a while you will begin to notice that together they paint a cohesive picture. That makes perfect sense because your gifts and callings do not change day to day. Circumstances may change, the seasons of your life may change, but your calling and ministry do not. For example, if you have evangelistic tendencies, then the Lord will be exhorting you to talk to people and work on outreach at whatever stage of life you are in. If you tend to be pastoral, the Lord will be encouraging you to help the downcast and broken people around you no matter what you are involved with in your life. Building a prophetic picture over time can help you recognize the overall will of the Lord for your life.

Endnotes

[1] For more on the ministry of a prophet, see Appendix A.
[2] See “Exhortation” in the Glossary.
[3] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary (AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN, 1992), p. 606.

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80 comments

  1. Hi Fortunate, You can email me directly at [email protected] for any questions about prophecy. I will do my best to help you. Dan

    1. Hi Dan, I appreciate your words! I received a prophecy, but I am a little sceptical. The person has called me out everytime they have spoken at my church. And the last time he did so, one of our members mentioned a certain fact which he went on to make the prophecy about, so I am not sure whether I should follow his words. What are your thoughts?

      1. I cannot advise you on the specifics of the “Word” you received, but I can tell you that you should weigh it agains the Word of God, is it lining up with wisdom, and do you have a personal witness in your gut. If it does;t match up on those points then I would tend to dismiss it as a false word.

  2. THANKS FOR YOUR EXPLANATION. I SO MUCH ENJOY ALL YOUR TAKINGS REGARDING PROPHECY. I WILL HAVE YOU ON MY MAIL WHEN OTHER ISSUES OF PROPHECY ARISE.

    1. THANKS FOR YOUR EXPLANATION. I SO MUCH ENJOY ALL YOUR TAKINGS REGARDING PROPHECY. I WILL HAVE YOU ON MY MAIL WHEN OTHER ISSUES OF PROPHECY ARISE.

  3. Thank you for this article!….eye opener!

    Question?…Is it awkard for a Prophet to request a picture of someone?

  4. blessings to you wonderful and powerful information all truth to it I had a class about the gifts of the Spirit and I also received a Word and this helps understanding God Bless You !

  5. Thanks for the write up. I have receive many prophecy concerning my life. How will I know when it will come to past and what are the things I need to do for all this prophecy to come true in my life

    1. You do your part, God does His. If the words were truly from God then it will come to pass. He is not a man that he would lie, nor do His words go forth vainly. They accomplish what He intends tome to.

  6. Hello, Dan! In relation to your post, would it be wrong for me to consult a person who claims to have gift of tongues and that God speaks to her and reveals stuff that will happen in my life? would that be considered fortune telling? or does that person have to come to me first? this person that I am talking about has said that God tells her someone whom i love dearly and has backed away from me will come back into my life. I am not sure if to believe this or not. I have decided to submit myself in prayer asking God to show me a sign.

    1. Hi Carrie, I always make it a habit of going to God first. He is the source of all meaning for my life. But that does not mean that we also cannot seek out others in the Body of Christ who may be able to help us discern the voice of the Lord from time to time. I caution people though that when this is not done in a health way. that it then it can set us up to be manipulated and controlled by people who may not be emotionally or spiritually healthy. Always look to the fruit of a persons life, not just that they can manifest the holy spirit or give a prophetic word. There should be a witness of them being spiritually fruitful and walking in love with humility. Then when they counsel you or give you a “prophetic word” we weigh it against the Word of God, wisdom, and the witness of our own heart.

  7. hello,
    I was once given a prophecy during a church service. I was told “Like Miriam you will dance.” Do you have any idea what this may mean? There is not much to read about Miriam in the bible and am having a tough time understanding what this may mean.

    1. When given a prophecy you need to pray and seek the Lord about it’s meaning.

  8. Very much blessed by the article giving me so much insight into the prophetic. I believe more Christians need to have the knowledge and understanding of how to judge or test prophesies. May the Lord continue to bless you.

  9. God richly bless u fr the word

  10. Hello Dan,thank you for your teachings i call it teachings because it’s analyses all to our understanding,infact that is what christians need to know about in the body Christ.people are not understanding that is why when a prophecy does come to pass they later blaim the man of God that he is a lier.I so much thank you for that because that is what i thought my people in the church on how to work out prophecy when is given and wait it to come to pass.Thank you.

  11. I ve been blessed by your article tonight.

    Thank you God bless

  12. Hello, these days one sees so many prophets all over the world with followers trapping to their shelters. Most of them preach about what they are able to do instead of what God uses them to do.Are they key traits or characteristics of how one will know the true prophets.

    Their followers continually goto them with the prime conviction of receiving prophecies for their lives. Should prophets announce and preach himself? To let followers believe them.

    1. God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. Prophets need to walk with great humility and love. There should be no need to announce their self or their gifting.

  13. Does God ever prophesy about events in reverse? A short time ago, a prophet spoke encouraging words of exhortation to me about child-rearing issues and regrets from years ago…but I’ve never had any children. I’ve wanted them, though. At first I wrote off this prophet’s “word of knowledge” but later began wondering if The Lord was still trying to tell me something. I’ve been told I reason too much.

    1. Hi Betty, Any “prophetic word” should be carefully weighed (thought through) and I always encourage people to take it to God and pray for clarity and guidance. If it applies to you then “walk out on it,” and if it doesn’t, then just put it on the shelf and patiently wait it out. I do know some who have been given prophetic words and they took years to come to pass. But I also know some who were given a “word” and they turned out to be false. So don’t stress about it, just pray for insight, and then act accordingly.

  14. This was extremely helpful. Thank you

  15. Thanks for this great piece.

    Will it be possible to get it in a book form?

  16. its a blessing

  17. Thank you!!! I have come through a very difficult season in my life, and I have recently relocated and found a church home. I haven’t shared much about my past life to anyone in my new church yet, but as it is a new year our pastor wanted to pray over us, and I went forward for prayer, and what He “spoke” over me was confusing and made me sorrowful. I literally have had a season of walking by faith every step of the way and been through the fires, and God met me daily and sustained me. I had victory. I believe the Spirit of God flows in this church, I had confirmation in my spirit that this was where I should be. I have had prophetic words from some of the heavy hitters in Christiandom, so to speak, No stranger to this, and I truly believe that this Pastor is on track, in the Word, preaches and feeds his people, but what he prayed over me has really baffled me. Nothing against scripture, nothing personally attacking, it just has me quite unsettled. The article helped. I want to go deeper this year, and I want to be unencumbered by traditions-anyone growing up in the Body gathers those over the years, ha. I want truth, I want God’s best for myself, and not man’s version. I don’t usually go up for prayer in a new church, but I felt prompted, so I am trying to step out of my comfort zone’s more. I want to be obedient, and Spirit sensitive, but also exercise caution and use wisdom.

  18. Thank you for a very constructive and reassuring word. I can only remember two very specific prophecies given to me in the last 30 years of my walk. For the most part I do my best to accurately and rightly divide God’s Word and I do my best to obey and walk accordingly. Those two times related directly to an area of weakness in my life. Both were warnings about something that would have absolutely hurt my heart, which in turn protected me to be able to continue to stand firmly. The first was specifically about a person’s wrong doing that would have hurt me tremendously. I was warned by God before it happened therefore capable of enduring. The second was general, and it has to do with what I am currently doing. I lost one thing specifically, but God reassured me, though His still small voice, that I would gained much more than what I have lost.

  19. Thank you for this lengthy and insightful article. It’s reenergised me into picking myself up and doing my part by going into battle for what is mine and trusting the word God has spoken. As scripture says – He is not a man that He should lie, nor a human being that He should change His mind (Num.23:19). Thank you!

  20. Thank you so much for a great article. God is truly at work. I thank God for giving you the wisdom to write this article. I now have more clarity about prophecy. Thank you Dan. May God continue to bless you..

    1. Thank you. Spread the Word!

  21. I was so blessed from reading this article. It confirmed a lot of what l has been praying for after l received my prophesy. God has elevated me so high to a different level in my walk with him and in my job. I receive my prophesy and stand in faith, obedience and endurance. AMEN

  22. Amen.This has been such an eye opener.Thank you!

  23. Confiming and informative, I truly believe I was lead by the Holy Spirit to this site. God Bless you

  24. Wow! Really very very nicely and Spiritually explained. Thanku really so much and May GOD bless you and your family, your ministry, your loved ones and everyone you bless in the Name of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
    amen!

  25. An inspirational piece

  26. Hi Dan, a prophet asked me to give him my car.I just bought the car.it was 5 days old when he told me.

    I lack the understanding of presenting a car I just bought (its my only car) to the prophet. if he had told me to give it to another person I would have been more convinced.

    Dan could this be Gods voice?
    Don’t I deserve the car?

    1. I would run from that prophet. No you have no obligation to give him he car and I don’t believe God would direct a prophet to tell you that, especially because it is so self-serving.

  27. Thanks for the great write up, may God bless you and continue to lift you in Jesus name Amen.

  28. What a wonderful message. God bless you.

  29. Hello I was recently given a prophetic word and it shook me to my core and left me speechless. I decided to research what prophecy was and I found your well written and executed detailed explanation. I asked God to help back it up so I know that God is speaking through the ones that are truly serving him and have a personal relationship with him . I am asking for prayer as I enter into a new season of my walk with Christ and move on to a greater purpose he has planned for me. I am preparing myself for a prophetic word in the next few days and reading what you wrote I can have a chance to be prayed up and ready to know God’s will for my life.
    Thank you for taking the time to hear God’s calling and writing what a Biblical Prophecy should look like. I want to express that the part where you said if “we do not heed to God’s calling after hearing the truth” we will be rejecting God and sinning, Those words have created a fire in me to truly and wholeheartedly be (INTENTIONAL)

  30. I so enjoyed the above article. Please help me understand this…..after going inside of an establishment and ordering food along with my son, upon exiting a lady sitting in her vehicle beeped her horn and after turning around to acknowledge her she gestured for me come over to her vehicle ( she was parked in front of the business I’d just left). She simply stated, “Good things are coming your way”. Mind you I saw her in the drivers side seat prior to getting out of my automobile. She had a lady in the passengers seat of her vehicle that actually came inside the same establishment shortly after I had with my son.

    Is the above considered prophecy?

    1. Although the person might feel they were inspired of God to say that to you, there is no way we would know. I would not put a lot of stock in a parking lot prophecy like the one you describe.

  31. Very encouraging for one who has receives a prophesy. I have had a prophesy years ago and 8 years later I have had another prophesy confirming part of what has been said and new enlightenment . I was blown away but still I wait patiently on the Lord for him to reveal his promises as I am still waiting. thank you for this article it has blessed me and encouraged me to pray about it and do what God requires of me until his promise is fulfilled to be of testimony to others and for His glory. God bless you, thank you.

  32. So edifying thanks a million times and may GOD grant us the grace to work on our part for the fulfilment of our prophesies.More anointing in JESUS NAME.

  33. This really blessed me.Thank God for you MOG.

  34. Dear Dan I am so much blessed by this article. GOD bless you richly

  35. There is a well known prophet..that sends me words of what God is going to do for me and about things that is coming against me..and for the good things to come about and the bad to go away and stay away. That I must walk by faith and give money every time,large or sm..Usually it’s wise to get a witness in your spirit weather to give or not.But I might be wrong..I think it can be used in the wrong way and that is there way to get money most the time..My husband and I have been in large churches where the guest speaker spoke of giving a certain amount and God would do something by a certain time.And within those few months later…what we were believing God for happened within 2 months.I do believe giving by faith..but when a person says we won’t get help or a blessing unleso we give ,I believe this can be at times missed used. And yet there have been where I don’t have enough money to give or don’t feel I should have to give every single time.I have at times wondered if I’m maybe wrong..that we will miss a blessing. PS COULD USE SOME ADVICE THANKS

    1. I am very suspect of any prophet who is connecting his words with money. I am reminded of the sin of Balaam. Walk away from someone like that, quickly and don’t look back.

  36. This really blessed my life.. I pray for more grace on you sir.. I want to find out if prophesies can be rejected by the person receiving it.. Or must all prophesies be fulfilled even when it’s against what the recipient desire?

  37. I had 2 prophecies in our lives of a third child that will come into our life and bring peace and bond our marriage and twice my wife was pregnant and lost the child and now my marriage is going down the road of being broken.can anyone tell me what to make out of this.can the devil block God’s prophecy.

    1. Shaun, I am sorry to hear about your loss. Prophecy is often conditional and can change when circumstances change. For instance, God never over steps free will, so if you have a word that indicates there will be a child, but then people divorce, the choice of the parties can nullify the prophetic word concerning them

  38. hank you Dan for the detailed exposè of prophesy. Out of Iif I learnt that 1. An individual asks for prophesy 2. He must know the person ‘s standing in terms of spirituality . My question is, I was googling to get a book on bible made easy. Then came along amongst the discussion of such books an ad asking me to furnish my details so as to get a prophecy. I then googled again to get better understanding of prophesy. After your explanation I am puzzled by that as above 1. I didn’t ask for prophesy 2. I don’t know the person ‘s standing. 3. We have never met. Seemingly he will use my date of birth. Is this mont fortune telling? Please assist me.

    1. Hi Patricia, I would ignore something like that.

  39. I recently received a prophecy about my relationship, that my partner is not the right person and I should run away from him because he is dangerous. Truthfully, from my opinion what he said was very false because he is the most selfless and generous person I know. This has really messed me up because I trust my partner and we have been through life threatening challenges together and we have always seen God’s hand through all this situations. Then for someone to say that he is not the right person and very dangerous. Please help me.

    1. YOU must take this to God in prayer and apply the wisdom we shared in this article.

  40. Back in 2005, while I was in New Orleans. Helping with Hurricane Katrina. I stayed in a Christian facility. At the end the director told me when we were praying that God said very clear to her that Kathy is Anna. I am Kathy. She told me she was prophetsizing {sorry for the spelling) What should I do. I was told many years before that God Jesus and The Holy Spirit gave me another “Job” to do I pray I did it well. Can anyone help me or guide me. For I know if GJHS gives you a job to do and you do not do it He GJHS will take it away. Listening to GJHS is the most important thing in my life. Thank you GJHS Bless All His people Kathy +

    1. The reference is somewhat cryptic. Were they indicating you had a prophetic gifting (Luke 2:36)? or are an intercessor? given a “prophetic word,” if you do not understand it then you should pray and seek the Lord for guidance. IF it is a true word he will make it clear and help you, especially since you are seeking to do his will and want to know how better to serve him and his people.

  41. Hi Dan,

    If a prophetic word is given during a service / meeting not to a single person but spoken out to everyone…

    “My child, you have waited long and endured much to prepare for what I’m about to give you and do through you, and now you stand at the threshold of it manifestation.
    I know that you are afraid to believe even one more time because you are afraid of being disappointed, but I would tell you this day that your blessing is closer than you think”

    My question is… I have been waiting and I am afraid of being disappointed how do I know/test that that is for me?
    Yours in Christ

    1. Hi Trudy, This is a difficult word to discern because it is so general that many could say it was for them just as you are thinking it was speaking to you. Although it could be possible that there are many in the meeting that need to hear this word, many maybe struggling with the same issue, it is more likely that this was meant for one person but delivered corporately to all. My experience that prophetic words to the Body at large are more general in nature as an exhortation or a warning, or an inspirational word that ALL need to heed or can learn from. In your case, this doesn’t seem to apply. I would just continue to weigh the words (ponder them), trust the personal leading of the Lord in your own heart, and apply as you can, but not put too much weight on it.

  42. This is a comment,thank you so much for this page/article .It really helped me to understand some of the things I did not know.Answering questions,especially I recently received a personal prophecy.
    Really and trully was blessed with the information. God increase you abundantly

  43. Thank you for the wise words. God bless you.

  44. This is good staff,i just need more of such.

  45. Dan do you have a personal email I could contact you on? I have a question but would rather not share here!

  46. This article is so revealing.I had a revelation to future wretchedness I was to pass through. the revelation was in two phases. the first manifested about 12 years later before the manisfestaion of the first phase God spoke to me, directly with a small still voice reminding of the second phase of the revelation i had 10 years ago at that time.I went through the first phase in shame and backwardness which I had earlier seen but God spoke to me that reverse will be the case, which is honour and advancement Now is almost 20 years ago, the second phase has not come…..am so worry.What do I do?

    1. Be humble, walk in love, and the Lord will promote you as he needs to. Just do the right thing in front of you.

  47. I was new in my faith. And I had done horrible things in my past and had trouble believing God could forgive me . So one day I was building my faith up in him. in the Bible it says faith is being sure of what you hope for. so I kept saying Jesus was my lord,king redeemer, father,teacher,friend exc. After I stopped I was just sitting there and all of a sudden I spoke words out my mouth, I didn’t think and couldn’t control and those words were “he is everything I hope for!” I knew instantly that the Lord had used the Holly spirit to speak through me. it was edifying and very comforting words. that also built my faith up…no prettier words have ever been spoke to me and my life has changed in amazing ways since that day !

  48. Great piece, very inspiring and informative
    Hi, I got a prophecy from an elderly man I do not know and this occurred when I went out to run some errands. He prophesied concerning an area in my life which I strongly agree to because I have been sorting a form of clarity from God concerning that. He told me to do something, the details of which I didn’t really get fully due to my astonishment and altered concentration. Been trying to put the message together and execute it and I have also prayed about it to God to give me clarity. Can I go ahead and do what I remember concerning what he said I should do or must I do Exactly what he said I should do even though I cannot remember all of it?

  49. Hello, I need help. A couple of years ago I was in a new relationship with my now current boyfriend but received a prophesy at my church that didn’t have any real “word”. All that was said to me was “that is not him” over and over again. But there was never a reference and to who “he” was. I was confused on who the prophet was referring to and still am till this day. I am still in the same relationship I was in when I received the prophesy and we are now talking about marriage. Should I be worried? I have prayed about these words that were said to me but am still confused on what to do. The prophet passed away shortly after so I was never able to ask questions. I wish I knew what to do.

  50. My question concerns timelines given in prophecy. I’ve received some very accurate words, and in those words were spoken that “God was about to do this or that”. Another said that something would happen in 3 or 4 months,it didn’t, but the rest of the word bore witness. Is it just a case where the prophet senses something so strongly that he includes a time frame? It gets confusing when the entire word given is true, but then the timelines don’t happen as spoken.

  51. Thank you Dan for your insightful article. Was going the internet searching how to receive prophesies from God.
    There’s something I am believing God for there have been confirmations from different people, I’ve been waiting on the Lord. What should I do to bring to pass?

    About ten different persons have told me this exact prophesy.

    I know this post is long.. Please respond.

  52. Thanks for this revealing piece. I am in a very good relationship but a prophet gave me a specific month in which my “supposed husband” will mistakenly call me and many circumstances to characterize the day. Unfortunately, the month has passed and none was fulfilled.
    Recently, another prophet told me he could see my husband… And that he is fair. The one I’m dating is also dark. A third prophesy also confirms he is not the one but I don’t know if breaking up with him is the right idea. What is the Right one doesn’t come?

  53. How to know when you have been called to a Prophetic ministry

  54. Sir I was given a prophecy by a man of God that I was destined to b great in life, that am the pillar in my family but since that time till I still beg money from my family even from my siblings am meant to give them. Sir am totally confused please wot should I do.

  55. Am no longer the sane this article have answered many questions in my life more than I expected so powerful may our creater highly bless u in the name of Jesus Christ

  56. Hello Dan,

    There are a lot of prophecies who have 1-800 numbers and charge for their prophetic word. How genuine are they? And should Prophets charge?

  57. Great in depth look as to meaning and explanation of prophecy. Thank you for your time, this has helped clarify some things for me. God Bless!

  58. Hello Dan, do prophets always shake themselves as receiving electric shock before or during prophecy?

  59. Thanks a lot man of God, your real helping people to know what they should do and what should not. This is more than a class, God bless you.

    Lastly, can you help me to know indeed about prophetic language? Ofcourse you have spoken something about it but i wish to know it deeply. Thanks a lot.

  60. Hi Dan
    I received a prophecy about my boyfriend that he will not be good for me in the future . I rebuke it in the name a Jesus because God is a God of love and I believe that he change everything bad to good . so what do you think?

  61. I recently went on a trip to a conference. I feel God approved me going. but my anxiety and fear kept me form enjoying the experience. It was weird that I roomed with this lady who has been saved for years. She and I both tried to sleep after the first night and she told that Witchcraft was prevalent in my blood line and I had to renounce it.. Now I’m 37 and a lot has happened. in my years of life. I thank God that I am even able to be here typing. Now to say this I don’t know what all comes with that but she told me to change my name. My name is Adrianne by birth which means dark. It came up before but I didn’t understand it. God changed names in the Bible so I amseekiing God on this and ready to do so if need be. But would God say that? Also I received a prophesy 2019 would be my most prosperous year and I have been unemployed since give or take a temp Job here and there. I need clarity and I am seeking God keep me and prayer and may God pour into you ally given out. Amen

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