What are the qualifications for a true prophet?

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According to the Scriptures, a prophet is someone who is used by God to communicate His message to the world. He was also called a “seer” because he could see dreams and visions from God (1 Samuel 9:9).  The Bible states the following as qualifications for a true prophet:

Called to service by God

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5-10; Amos 7:14, 15; Isaiah 6:1-10).

Lives a Godly life

“…A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:15-20).

Not contradict the Word of God

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:19, 20).

Will predict future events

“But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him” (Deuteronomy 18:20-22).

Will have Visions or Dreams

“And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream” (Numbers 12:6).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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