How do prophets know what to say?

Prophets are convinced that God speaks to them. How do they know whether a message is from God or just from themselves? Here are the most popular theories:

 


 

1. YOUR OWN IDEAS = GOD’S IDEAS

 

SUMMARY: Prophets equate their own ideas with the mind of God. Their holiness became so great that their own mind was almost the same as Godʼs mind.

ANALYSIS:

  • Danger: If you equate your own ideas with the will of God, you put yourself in grave risk of deceiving yourself.
  • On our own, we humans cannot reliably reliably predict the future.

BIBLE:

  • 1 Corinthians 2:16. “For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him?” But we have Christ’s mind.

 

2. A MYSTICAL VISION

 

SUMMARY: A prophet is given a mystical encounter with God.

ANALYSIS:

  • It is very difficult to distinguish between a genuine vision from God and a vision generated by your own mind.
  • Mystical visions almost always happen when people are stationary and in prayer. However, prophets sometimes receive messages during conversations. Or even during difficult situations.

 

3. GOD IS A VENTRILOQUIST

 

SUMMARY: A prophet is a puppet. God speaks a prophet’s mouth like a ventriloquist speaks through a puppet.

ANALYSIS. God does not take away our free will.

BIBLE:

 

4. A VOICE IN YOUR HEAD

 

SUMMARY: A prophet hears the voice of God as if it were a voice in their own head.

ANALYSIS:

  • It is very difficult to discern between the voice of God inside your mind versus the voice of your own mind itself
  • The most common experience of Schizophrenia is hearing a voice in your head that gives you commands or comments.

 

5. A FEELING IN YOUR GUT

 

SUMMARY:

  • Many people consider a feeling in their gut to be a trustworthy indicator of God’s will.
  • Other people consider the gut to be the home of their intuitive sense.
  • The enteric nervous system that lines the human gut is considered a second brain.

ANALYSIS:

  • The human intestines are not a reliable source of truth from God about the destiny of the world.

 

6. A VISIT FROM AN ANGEL

 

SUMMARY: An angel privately appears to a prophet and tells them what to say.

ANALYSIS: Some prophetic messages are delivered during conversations with other people.

 

7. A FEELING OF DIVINE INSPIRATION

 

SUMMARY: Some people find their feelings to be compelling and absolutely trustworthy.

ANALYSIS: This is not a reliable source of truth from God about the destiny of the world.

 

8. A PROPHET MAKES IT UP

 

SUMMARY: The prophet makes things up. And they happen, somehow.

ANALYSIS:

  • The prophets are sincere. They are not deceivers.
  • This is not a reliable source of truth from God about the destiny of the world.

 

9. A PROPHET SPEAKS IT INTO EXISTENCE

 

SUMMARY: The prophet boldly says things. And by saying it, the prophet causes it to happen. It is like doing a Jedi mind trick on the entire universe. The universe does whatever the prophet says.

ANALYSIS: This is not a reliable source of truth from God about the destiny of the world.

 

10. A SENSE OF CLARITY

 

SUMMARY: Some people find a sense of clarity to be compelling and absolutely trustworthy.

ANALYSIS: This is not a reliable source of truth from God about the destiny of the world.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Prophets are convinced that God speaks to them. How do they know whether a message is from God or just from themselves? Here are the most popular theories:

What do you believe?

 

BIBLE REFERENCES

 

Isaiah 15:1. The burden of Moab. For in a night, Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to nothing. For in a night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to nothing.

Isaiah 18:4. For the LORD said to me, “I will be still, and I will see in my dwelling place, like clear heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”

Isaiah 37:6. Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘The LORD says, “Don’t be afraid of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.

 

NOTES

In the New Testament era, there is a ministry Gift of the Holy Spirit called “prophet.” It is a gift to communicate God’s revealed truth.

 


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