Prophetic-School: 100% Accuracy?
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Originally from: <AVMuk@aol.com>
Originally dated: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 21:54:14 EDT
We have followed this thread with interest in the accuracy of prophecy.
1. Paul in 1 Corinthians chap 13 is certainly talking about full knowledge against partial knowledge, as this leader suggests. Prophecy also needs to be accurate as we know from the Book of Numbers and various OT references.
2. At the same time, it is manifest that there must be a TESTING OF THE PROPHECY, SO THAT PARTS OF IT MAY BE ACCURATE, rather than a general assumption that everything is automatically right or wrong.
3. This is well brought out in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 'Prove all things; hold fast that which is good'.(KJV) It is also inferred even in the Old Testament in that all prophecy must be tested by SCRIPTURE: Isa 8:20 'To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn'. (NIV) Every new teaching or prophecy is therefore, to come under this scrutiny, as we see from the commendation of the Bereans for their attitude to what Paul was sharing: Acts 17:11 'Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true'.(NIV) The same idea of testing is used therefore, when prophecy takes place in a meeting, only in this case the testing is by a witness of the Spirit to the other prophets. If all prophecy was accurate, this would not be necessary !! 1 Cor 14:29 'Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said'. (NIV)
4. The Greek word DOKIMAZO of putting things to the test by experience:
A. dokimazo ^1381^, primarily, of metals (e. g., the Sept. of (Prov. 8:10; 17:3)), signifies "to prove," e. g., (1 John 4:1), more frequently to prove with a view to approval, e. g., (Rom. 1:28), KJV, "they did not like to retain God in their knowledge"; RV, "they refused"; marg., "did not approve," the true meaning. Their refusal was not the outcome of ignorance; they had the power to make a deliberate choice; they willfully disapproved of having God in their knowledge.
In the next chapter, the apostle speaks of the Jew as "approving things that are excellent," (2:18). The Jew knew God's will, and mentally "approved" of the things in which God had instructed him out of the Law.
In (Rom. 14:22), he is said to be happy who "judgeth not himself in that which he approveth"; that is to say, in that which he "approves" of after having put the matter to the test. The KJV "alloweth" has not now this meaning.
As to the gifts from the church at Corinth for poor saints in Judea, those who were "approved" by the church to travel with the offering would be men whose trustworthiness and stability had been proved, (1 Cor. 16:3) (the RV margin seems right, "'whomsoever ye shall approve, them will I send with letters"); cf. (2 Cor. 8:22).
In (Phil. 1:10) the apostle prays that the saints may "approve the things that are excellent" or "things that differ," i. e., "approve" after distinguishing and discerning.
In (1 Thes. 2:4), the apostle and his fellow missionaries were "approved of God to be entrusted with the Gospel"
B. Adjective. dokimos ^1384^, akin to dechomai, "to receive," always signifies "approved"; so the RV everywhere, e. g., in (Jas. 1:12) for KJV, "when he is tried."
The word is used of coins and metals in the Sept.; in (Gen. 23:16), "four hundred didrachms of silver approved with merchants"; in (Zech. 11:13), in regard to the 30 pieces of silver, "Cast them into a furnace and I will see if it is good (approved) metal." (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words)
5. ALL THIS WOULD SEEM TO INDICATE :-
(a) EACH PROPHECY must be tested, even if it comes from a known Prophet
(b) A TEST is applied either of a witness of the Spirit or of a period of time
(c) WITHIN EACH PROPHECY there may be parts which are at different levels, and TIME will also determine their validity.
6. IN PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE round the world and for the last 35 years in Ireland, we have found that Prophets move, even accurately, at different levels of revelation. One example is the prophecy of ISAIAH. He is accurate in his predictions, but comes to a Crisis in Isaiah chapter ??? Some of the modern Bible translations bring this out well: Isa 6:5: 'Then I said, "My doom is sealed, for I am a foul-mouthed sinner, a member of a sinful, foul-mouthed race; and I have looked upon the King, the Lord of heaven's armies."' 6: 'Then one of the mighty angels flew over to the altar and with a pair of tongs picked out a burning coa'l. 7: 'He touched my lips with it and said, "Now you are pronounced 'not guilty' because this coal has touched your lips. Your sins are all forgiven."' (TLB)
Isa 6:5: 'Then I said, "My destruction is sealed, for I am a sinful man and a member of a sinful race. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD Almighty!"' (NLT)
ISAIAH IS THEN PURIFIED AND RELEASED WITH NEW PROPHETIC GIFTING at a deeper level, covering the SUFFERING MESSIAH.
I trust this will be helpful, but to avoid longer space, please contact me personally on incidents etc. we have seen of this growth in prophecy from our own experience of visions.
Keith Gerner AUDIO VISUAL MINISTRIES
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