Many of us are very happy to receive a prophetic word. We jump for joy when the word is good. So often this is the only test we apply to a prophetic word. What happens when the word is not pleasant? How can we be certain that the word is from God? How can we be certain that the Prophet is a servant of God? Prophet Alexis Brown (click here to view his posts) recently answered this question in a recent Facebook post. These are his thoughts.
Here are a few ways to know if what someone prophesies is from God.
The Word Test
God will never contradict the Bible. The Bible itself contains prophecies, Some are yet to be fulfilled. God is not going to say one thing in the Bible and then something contradictory to someone else. Every prophecy He gives will be consistent with the prophecies, teachings and principles of the Bible.
God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance orcompunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. ~
Every word of God is tried and purified; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him.
The Fruit test
The Lord said by their fruits you shall know them (a prophet). The foundation of prophecy is to comfort, edify and to exhort (1 Corinthians 14:3). That doesn’t mean every prophecy will be a ‘bless me prophecy’ because there are also prophecies of judgements and warnings. But the heart of God will be communicated through a prophecy from God. God does not do or speak ANYTHING except in His Love and the one speaking for him will have a heart of love and will walk in God’s ways.
Matthew 7:15-20, Amplified Bible Classic Edition
Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves. 16 You will fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit [worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit. 18 A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear excellent fruit [worthy of admiration]. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.
20 Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.
The Glory Test
Does the prophetic word glorify Jesus? The Book of Revelation says the Spirit of Prophecy is the testimony of Jesus. Every true prophecy will bring glory to Jesus and bring a revelation of who He is. Prophecies of healing reveal Christ the Healer. Prophecies of protection reveal Christ the Rock and Refuge etc.
Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” 11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
The Confirmation Test
Do the words come to pass? It was a hallmark given by God that when prophets spoke in His name what they say will come to pass. Does that person have a track record of things they have spoken REALLY COMING TO PASS. A caution here, In Deuteronomy 13 God said if the prophet or dreamer of dreams give a sign and it comes to pass that ALONE is not
prove they are real. This leads to the fifth test.
But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
The Leading Test
Do the prophecies of this individual LEAD PEOPLE AWAY FROM GOD? God says if the sign came to pass and they say come let us go after OTHER gods. He said they are not of Him. God clearly says He is a jealous God. He is called the God of gods. Prophecy is one of the ways He shows that He is God and there is none besides Him. So God does take prophecy very seriously and will not give anyone words that will lead people away from Him and into idolatry.
If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. 5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.
The Witness Test
Does your spirit bear witness with the word? First John 2 verse 20 and 27 says we have an anointing in us, as believers, that guides us into all truth. There is literally something in us that stirs when something is not of God. We feel uneasy. But if it’s from God a peace comes in our spirits.
1 John 2:20-27
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
These are just some of the tests that will allow you to clearly determine whether a prophetic word is from God or the soul of a prophet.
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Credit: Prophet Alexis Brown is a Senior Pastor of Ariel Family Church of Love, in Jamaica. A respected and sought after speaker, conference host, consultant and thought leader, You may connect with him on: