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What is Prophecy?

What is Prophecy?

This site affirms the existence of Prophets in the Body of Christ today who operate in a similar fashion to Prophets in the historical documents of the Old Testament and New Testament. This is contrary to the belief and theology of certain parts of the church, particularly dispensational and progressive dispensational streams.

Churches in these streams have been taught that “God doesn’t work that way today.” Common Sense believes God does work that way today and that there is a single, guiding prophetic thread that exists from Genesis to Revelation – and throughout history. It culminates in Jesus Christ and is clarified in a quote from Revelation 19:10: the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Levels of Prophecy

This prophetic thread, and the prophetic gift and office, manifest itself in at least two levels: a patently supernatural experience typified by angelic and other encounters similar to Moses, Ezekiel, Daniel, the Apostle Paul and John and others; and, a slightly lower level, but no less supernatural, experience typified by Miriam (Numbers 12:1-8, for more on this, see Common Sense Interpretation). As such, the site format is divided into two primary sections: lower level or lower prioritized general prophetic links under Week Of, and higher level or higher prioritized prophetic statements or declarations under Editor’s Choice¬†(for more, see Criteria).

Prophecy Defined

Prophecy is more than encouragement, exhortation, and consolation (1 Cor. 14:3). Primarily, prophecy is to speak specifically into the situation of the people of God and declare to them what is coming in order to turn them from their sins and back to God (Jer. 23:18-22). This means the prophet may break down and destroy – old concepts, traditions, or habits of sin – as well as plant and build (Jer. 1:10; Rev. 2-3). One of the results of this is that true prophets are often unpopular and rejected – even within the church body. Accurate prediction is only one element of prophecy and its importance as a criterion for evaluating prophets or prophecy is constantly misapplied and overemphasized (see article link below).

False Prophecy

That being said, there is such a thing as false prophecy and soulish prophecy. The counterfeit, seen both within the church and especially within New Age circles, logically points to the existence of the true and genuine. This phenomena will be dealt with more directly in week to week entries and in the Common Sense Interpretation section.

For more on the subject of evaluating prophets and the levels of prophecy, see the article, Evaluating Prophets and Prophecy, in the Common Sense Interpretation section.