The Gift of Prophecy: Not for the Faint of Heart

to another prophecy, 1 Corinthians 12:10

Prophecy is one of those gifts that people wish they had but definitely don’t like in others. Let me explain. If you recall, most Old Testament prophets were, shall we say, rough around the edges. Even John the Baptist ate locusts and was straight-forward.

Modern day prophets are the same. They tell it like it is, and are not into touchy-feely games. The late David Wilkerson and Leonard Ravenhill come to mind. The other thing that stands out is, nobody questions their motives for saying what they say. In other words, there are not monetary rewards for them saying what they say. Many so-called modern prophets are conniving televangelists with more expensive suites. They don’t care if their prophecies are wrong or misleading. They do care about padding their bank accounts.

No, a modern-day prophet sees what’s in the news and interprets it based on what he’s read in Scriptures. He has the fear of God in his heart that he doesn’t want to want to malign God or the Word of God. His words, of course, are not infallible because it’s not Holy Scripture, but he’s extremely careful that he’s hearing from God.

We actually need more modern-day prophets. We need men and women who care not about fame or fortune, but in interpreting the times and events of our day. We need them now more than ever.

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