The gift of prophecy edifies, exhorts, and comforts I Corinthians 14:3
It should lead you to Christ, build you up and strengthen you in your walk with God; always, leading us to the Word of God. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to convict of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment to come. John 16:8-11
That being said, the scripture also, says that He [God] confirms His word with signs and wonders following.
The prophet seer, sees, and is able to interpret what he/she sees and teaches it to the Church. The visuals God gives to a prophet/seer brings continuity to the message and is often multidimensional. The word, vision, or dream speaks in parallels and parables. I read, where it was mistakenly said that modern prophets don’t foretell. Only, forth tell, meaning they call those things that are not as though they were, according to what the Spirit shows them is God’s will on earth. This is true, but as far as the foretelling goes, you would have to explain that to St. John who wrote the Revelation of Jesus Christ, from an encounter he had on the Isle Patmos. In it he “foretold” the last days. Also, in the new testament, after the ascension of Christ, (in case that makes a difference for someone) A prophet fore told of a famine. Because of that the church was able to prepare for it.
Acts 11:27- 28
During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) Notice Agabus was not of the original 12 apostles. (Just for those who say the gifts of the Holy Spirit were only possessed by the 12 apostles and died out with them.)
The prophet of God is capable of foretelling to warn God’s people in order that they might watch, and pray, to be diligent in their walk with him, and to be sober. Often times we are used to give words of knowledge regarding future events, in order to be prepared for a storm, or famine in the land. This is God, through His Holy Spirit, giving us instruction to do what we need to do, to best process, live through, and apply wisdom in the days ahead.
Another form of foretelling is often found in a dream, or prophecy, that details an event that can only be seen after the matter, in other words it is only seen in retro-spec when a sign is enigmatically wrapped in a prophetic word, or more often in a dream. This is what I call a prophetic marker to pay attention to the message of that dream, vision, or prophecy. So the message is actually more important than the prophetic markers in it, those markers are there to point to the season we are in, when we begin to see them. This is for us to pay attention to what has transpired. The old testament is full of that kind of prophecy, in the stories of the patriarchs, in the books of the prophets, in the psalms, hidden prophecy describing Jesus the son of God, even paralleling end time events.
After Christ came into the earth these passages in Isaiah, and the Psalms- even the stories of Isaac, and Rebekah, all reveal enigmatic detail of the life of Christ, his crucifixion, death, Resurrection, and second coming. It is the same thing today in prophetic parallels in current events that take place before our eyes. Often those events have in them prophetic parallels that warn or foretell of the days or years to come. They are referred to as “Harbingers” as defined in Webster’s Free Dictionary-
- A person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another.
- A forerunner of something.
|herald – forerunner – precursor – messenger – portent
There is one on this site written about called The Tall Ship Bounty and Sandy Enigmas. These are historical events that recycle themselves as messengers for the days to come, in hidden enigmas the wisdom of God unlocks through his prophets of the day. One famous harbinger written about in a best seller book called The Harbinger https://www.facebook.com/TheOfficialHarbinger Points to events surrounding 9:11 that every American should read. Prophets who use the prophetic gift for their own gain, fame, or profit, will be judged. All that the seer/ prophet is to accomplish in all of his “seeing” is for the purposes of God to bring glory to his name, preaching the Gospel of reconciliation through His Son Yeshuah, the Lord Jesus Christ.