The spiritual gift of prophecy is listed among the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:10 and Romans 12:6. The Greek word translated “prophesying” or “prophecy” in both passages means to “speak forth” or make known in any way the truth of God. Does God reveal truth to someone in a supernatural way and enable that person to deliver that message to others? Yes! But is this the biblical gift of prophecy? No.
Many people misunderstand the gift of prophecy to be the ability to predict the future. While knowing something about the future may have been an aspect of the gift of prophecy, it is not primarily a gift of “fore-telling.” To answer your question, any pastor/preacher who declares the Bible can be considered a “prophesier” in that he is speaking forth the counsel of God. So, there are today living prophets of God.
But whenever a person claims to be speaking for God (the essence of prophecy) the most important thing is to compare what is said with what the Bible says. If God were to speak through a person today, his words would be in 100% agreement with the Bible. God does not contradict Himself. The scriptures teach: “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).
Not all that claim to be prophets of God are truly of Him. The apostle John warns the believers saying, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:11). And Paul advises to test the prophecies: “Do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good” (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21).
So, whether is it a “word from the Lord” or a “supposed prophecy,” our response to the prophets should be the same. We should compare what they prophecy to what the Word of God says. If it contradicts the Bible, then we are to reject the message and reject those prophets. If it agrees with the Bible, then we are to pray for wisdom and discernment as to how to apply the message into our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:5).
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