The Spirit of Prophecy

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This website is about the final atonement, the antitypical Day of Atonement. This is a time of judgment that separates the wheat from the tares. When God warned the antediluvian world about its coming judgment, he used a prophet: Noah. In the Old Testament type of the great gathering of God’s people for their entry into the heavenly Canaan, God use the prophet Moses. God also sent John the Baptist, a mighty prophet to prepare the way for Christ’s first coming.

There Will Be Prophets at the End of Time

If a prophet was essential at the time of the flood, the exodus, or the first coming of Jesus, how much more needed is a prophet to prepare those at the end of time for the heavenly Canaan? Indeed, the Bible predicts it. It not only foretells it, but also says that it is one of the things Satan will attack.

“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17, emphasis mine).

What is the testimony of Jesus? Let the Bible interpret itself: “…Worship God, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10). This means the spirit of prophecy is an essential component for any group claiming to be God’s final remnant. In other words, the remnant church must have a true prophet or it isn’t the remnant church. And if Satan is warring against it, he will do everything in his power to malign or counterfeit it.

It is vital that we understand biblical prophecy so that the devil’s deception won’t sweep us away.

Why Are Prophets Necessary?

  • Our parents, Adam and Eve, sinned and became separated from God. Though we are reconciled to God in Christ, we cannot come face to face with God until sin is finally eradicated. Consequently, so as not to consume us (or scare us), God has veiled, is veiling, and will veil his glory by speaking to His people through prophets.

“Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).

“…God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21).

“Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:6-8).

  • God must speak because His people need warning, reproof, encouragement, and His endorsement of pure doctrine.

Since God speaks through true prophets and Satan counterfeits the truth with false prophets (1 John 4:1), we must know the unmistakable tests of a true prophet.

Tests of a True Prophet

It’s possible to counterfeit one or two of these tests, but all together they provide an impassible barricade to false prophets. A prophet must pass all of these tests:

  • Harmony with the Word of God (Isaiah 8:20)
  • Predictions must come true (Jeremiah 28:9, Deuteronomy 18:22)
  • Edification and guidance of the church (1 Corinthians 14:3-4, Hosea 12:9-10)
  • Exaltation of Jesus (1 John 4:12, 15)
  • Speaks with authority (Matthew 7:29)
  • Bears good fruit (Matthew 7:20)
  • Exhibits four precise physical signs while in vision (Numbers 24:4, Daniel 10:7-17)

A Last-day Noah

At this final hour the Bible says that God’s remnant will have the spirit of prophecy. This means that, like other critical times in history, a prophet will be found in the last church to guide her safely to the heavenly Canaan.