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Prophetic Dynamics

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The gift of prophecy is one of the special gifts of God extended through the Holy Spirit to the human family (See 1 Corinthians 12:4-11). This gift is also called “the testimony of Jesus” (See Revelation 12:17), which is defined by the same inspired writer to be “the spirit of prophecy” (See Revelation 19:10). The term, the prophetic gift, which we shall constantly employ, is thus clearly identical in meaning with the several Biblical expressions here cited.
God's purpose in providing and bestowing the prophetic gift is clearly to re-establish and maintain communication with man, who has been estranged and separated from Him through sin. This gift operates through prophets, by means of visions, dreams, inspiration, and revelation. The product, prophecy, is a divine message from God to the human family. The great book called “the word of God” (See Hebrews 4:12) and the “Holy Scriptures” (See Romans 1:2) came to mankind through the gracious operation of the prophetic gift (See 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21).
The prophetic is an essential and inseparable part of the great plan of redemption. The gift, therefore, dates back to the day when the Lord resumed communication with Adam after his banishment from Eden. This gift has never been withdrawn; it still remains God's abiding gift to the human family. Through this channel, He has been revealing Himself and giving His messages to humanity.
In the operation of the prophetic gift, it is the Lord who must call the prophet. He must give the vision or speak through the dream. He must impart the inspiration, and make the revelation of His divine will and purpose. In the days of Moses, He promised that He would do so, and centuries later He said, “I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets."

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