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Jason Chao

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Transcript of Prophecy

Thus Saith the Lord
1. Moses says it to Pharaoh in Exodus 4-11.
2. Moses and Joshua both say it to the Israelites (Exodus 32:27, Joshua 7:13, 22:16, 6:8).
3. Unnamed prophets use it in Judges 6:8
4. Unnamed prophet uses it 1 Samuel 2:27.
5. Samuel uses it in 1 Samuel 10:18 & 1 Samuel 15:2.
6. Nathan uses it when talking to David in 2 Samuel 7:5-8, 1 Chronicles 17:1-7)
7. Gad says it to rebuke David in 2 Samuel 24:12, 1 Chronicles 21:10-11
8. Ahijah says it to Jeroboam about the coming split of the kingdom in 1 Kings 11:31
9. Shemaiah says it to Rehoboam after the kingdom splits 1 Kings 12:24, 2 Chronicles 11:4, 12:5
10. Nameless prophet to Jeroboam 1 Kings 13:2
11. Man of Judah says it after tricking the nameless prophet 1 Kings 13:21
12. Elijah uses it (1 Kings 17:14)
13. Nameless prophet to King Ahab (1 Kings 20)
14. Elijah uses it to rebuke Ahab (1 Kings 21:19)
15. Zedekiah uses it falsely (1 Kings 22:11, 2 Chronicles 18:10) then Micaiah uses it to correct Zedekiah (1 Kings 22:17)
16. Jahaziel uses it to strengthen king Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:15)
17. Elijah uses it to rebuke king Jehoram (2 Chronicles 21:12)
18. Elijah uses it to rebuke Ahaziah (2 Kings 1:4)
19. Elisha uses it declare miracles (2 Kings 2:21 & 3:16-17)
20. Elisha uses it Naaman 2 Kings 4:43
21. Elisha uses it to declare victory 2 Kings 7:1
22. Elisha uses it to anoint Jehu as the new King of Israel (2 Kings 9:3-12)
23. Zechariah uses it to rebuke the princes of Judah before he was stoned (2 Chronicles 24:20)
24. Isaiah says it in his prophecy (37 times)
25. Isaiah says it to King Hezekiah to comfort and strengthen him against the Assyrians (2 Kings 19:20-32)
26. Isaiah says it again to King Hezekiah when he’s dying (2 Kings 20:1-5)
27. Prophets against evil king Manasseh (2 Kings 21:12)
28. Huldah the prophetess says it to the messengers of good king Josiah (2 Kings 22:16-18, 2 Chronicles 34:23-26)
29. Jeremiah uses it in his prophecy (150 times)
30. Ezekiel uses it in his prophecy (130 times)
31. Amos uses it in his prophecy (15 times)
32. Obadiah (1)
33. Micah (1)
34. Nahum (1)
35. Haggai (4)
36. Zechariah (18)
37. Malachi (2)

Zedekiah uses it as a lie.
(1 Kings 22:11, 2 Chronicles 18:10)
Prophecy can be mimicked by the enemy.
A man from Judah
is used to prophecy
against his will
1 Kings 13:21

God can use
even those
against Him
to prophecy
Out of 37 instances
include rebuke
Prophecy isn't just good things and encouragements, it often includes rebuke
All 37 take place within a little over 1000 years
of the prophecies
come in
a 500 year period
infallible prophecies are rare
There are no
New Testament references

Closest thing is when Jesus says:
"Truly, truly" or "Verily, verily"


Because we all have access to
the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

Infallible, unquestionable, undeniable spoken prophecy is extremely rare
Prophetic Message
the Bible has 668 instances of a Greek or Hebrew word being translated as "Prophecy" or "Prophet"
Definition: Prophetic message is God bringing something to mind that would not have otherwise have been thought of for the sake of upbuilding, encouragement, and consolation. - John Piper
a prophecy regarding something about the future
NT examples: Jesus foretelling the destruction of the Temple. John's Revelation to the seven churches. Paul's warnings about coming persecution.
1. Future telling is always for a present purpose.
2. Future telling prophecy isn't always an inevitable fate.
3. Future telling is more rare than truth telling
is delivering a timely
word from God

1. Truth Telling can be encouragement, instruction, or rebuke.
2. Truth Telling isn’t always an easy gift to handle, or a fun gift to give
3. Truth telling doesn't have to be special content, but can simply be special context. (The right word at the right time)

1 Corinthians 14:3-5
“But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.”
is powerful in opening the door for the Gospel to take root or grow in someone’s life
Acts 2:16-17
“this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy”
1 Corinthians 14:1
“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.”
If you want to speak for God, you need to know God
Practical advice for
exercising the gift of prophecy

1) Read the Word...a lot
2) Pray...a lot
3) Be caution on if, when, and how, you give a prophecy (always with love).
4) Offer prophecy as a gift, don’t thrust it as a demand
5) When in doubt, speak universal Biblical truths.

Advice on receiving prophecies

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22
“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”

1) Test it against the Bible
2) Talk to other Christians about it
3) Don't let false prophecies cause you despise good ones
4) Allow all prophecies to bring you closer to God
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