True Prophecy / False Prophecy? How can we know?

I’ve heard it said that the test of true prophecy is whether or not it comes to pass. Is this an accurate test?

Since coming to an understanding of my prophetic gift back in 2009, I’ve been learning much about prophecy. I want to share with you something that is of vital importance for us as the church to understand.

Many times in the last 14 years the Lord has revealed things to me that I believed he said would come to pass. Some of them have, others have not. Those experiences had left me concerned about my ability to really hear from God. If He said it, why didn’t it happen? If it didn’t happen, does that mean He didn’t say it? Or did I hear Him wrong? Or was that not God I was hearing?

I am currently re-reading THE HARVEST by Rick Joyner and felt led to share a portion of something he says regarding this very thing:

“It is the nature and purpose of prophecy not to just foretell events, but sometimes to provoke a response to the prediction that results in repentance and/or intercession that can change our destiny. We see a number of biblical examples of this, such as when Jonah preached in Nineveh. Even though Jonah did not preach a contingency that Nineveh’s overthrow could be averted by repentance, it is implied in almost every prophecy of judgment.

That Nineveh was not overthrown did not make Jonah a false prophet, but it was the fruit of a true and anointed prophetic word. How could such a heathen city possibly repent as it did with the preaching of one Jew, with no signs or miracles attesting to the word? It had to be the anointing on the word. It would seem that Jonah may have been the most anointed preacher until John the Baptist if we consider the impact. That anointing to bring repentance just at the preaching of the word is coming again.

I believe events contained in this prophecy [IN THE BOOK “THE HARVEST”] can likewise be changed by repentance and intercession. There are also events that cannot and/or will not be changed because of their intricate place in the unfolding of the ultimate purpose of God. How to distinguish these in this vision is not revealed here because it was not revealed to me. I was just given the understanding that this was so. Even so, I take it for granted that for every negative event or judgment, it can be changed by repentance and intercession. I think it is right to seek this unless the Lord makes it clear that it will happen.

It is the nature of prophecy, both biblical prophecy and that which comes by the New Covenant gift of prophecy, to be general. There are exceptions, but they are exceptions. Even so, general prophecy can be just as valuable as the most specific. It is not just knowing the future, but being prepared for it that should be our goal.

If the Lord wanted to impress us with His ability to foretell, he could have been far more specific in His own biblical predictions. He could have given the names, dates, and specifics of coming world leaders, nations and wars. Instead of just staying that knowledge would increase, He could have foretold the inventing of aircraft, space travel, etc. usually prophecy is very general, but occasionally the Lord will get more specific in what he reveals. This vision [IN THE BOOK “THE HARVEST”] contains some of each.

Again, it is in His purpose and for our best interest that he keeps us seeking Him for the important details to fill in the blanks. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2) The Lord uses prophecy to awaken searching hearts in His people. He has called us to rule in this life and it is the nature of godly kings to search out the mysteries and purposes of God. I can take the things that he revealed generally here as an invitation to seek Him for more detail and so should you. You may take the details and seek to know why? I think the Lord delights in such caring that compels us to want to know more.” [THE HARVEST, Rick Joyner, pages 21-23)

And so it is with ALL things… God’s number one purpose in ALL that He does is to be in deeper and deeper relationship with His Beloved. By design, he draws us to Himself… to know more… to know Him more.

Some prophecies do not come to pass because they are false prophecies. Others do not come to pass because God’s people prayed and the outcome was changed. But only through seeking Him to know more can we even begin to understand any prophetic word. And even then, we may only know in part.

In my opinion, some people spend more time criticizing prophetic words and the people who spoke them to the detriment of the glory of God. If they spent that time seeking God and seeking truth, instead of tearing down and pointing out what they believe is false, they would bear more fruit in their lives and ministries. We can trust God with those who do speak false prophesies.  He will deal with those who speak falsely in His name more than any mortal man ever could.

In closing, I think Rick Joyner summed up the most important thing for us to know about prophecy in once sentence:

The Lord uses prophecy to awaken searching hearts in His people.”

Awaken (REVIVE) us Lord!

We desire to know You more!

Rick Joyner’s book “THE HARVEST” is a summary of a vision that has become one of the most widely circulated prophecies in recent times… it went to the top of the best seller list in many nations. I encourage every Christian to read it. To order the 25th Anniversary Edition click here: http://www.morningstarministries.org/store/books/rick-joyner/new-harvest-25th-anniversary-edition

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About Mary L'Esperance Held
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One Response to True Prophecy / False Prophecy? How can we know?

  1. Thank you for showing me a different side of the tongues’ debate. This is the first that I have not seen it attached to salvation..or as proof of the Holy Spirit residing in me. As I’m taking it you knew you were filled before you ever spoke in tounges. There is so much more I could say and ask but I know this isn’t the right place, thank you again for giving it new light.

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