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Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep
those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3


The Spirit of Prophecy

Lesson 29

Marking Code: SP
Marking Color: Green
Key Text: Amos 3:7

 

  1. Amos 3:7. God has promised to make known to us, through His prophets, anything that will significantly affect us and our relationship with Him. God’s method of communication through His prophets is needed until the end of time in order to edify, strengthen, and build up His church.

 

Ephesians 4: 8-15. The gift of prophecy is to be in the church as long as we are growing into the fullness of Christ.

Acts 2: 17,18.

 

  1. Revelation 12:17. The “testimony of Jesus” is one of the identifying marks of God’s faithful remnant church in the last days.

 

  1. Revelation 19:10. The testimony of Jesus is the “spirit of prophecy.”

 

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5: 20, 21. We are not to despise prophecies, but we are to test them to determine if they truly come from God.

 

  1. 1 Corinthians 14:32. No true prophet disagrees with previous prophecies of God.

 

2 Peter 1:21.

 

Note: Spiritual tests of a true prophet include:

 

Isaiah 8:20 Their prophecies will be in harmony with the Bible.

Jeremiah 1:7; Deuteronomy 18: 18-22. They will speak God’s words-not their own opinions.

Jeremiah 28:9. Their predictions will be accurate and actually happen.

1 John 4:2. They will exalt Christ in their messages.

Matthew 7: 15-20. Their life and work will be exemplary and will rightly represent Christ.

 

Note: Physical tests of a prophet while in vision include:

 

Acts 10: 10, 11. A trancelike state.

Numbers 24: 2-4. The eyes remain open, but do not see the physical world around them.

Daniel 10: 17. No breath while in vision.

Daniel 10:8. Natural strength departs.

Daniel 10: 11, 18. Supernatural strength follows.

 

  1. Hosea 12: 10, 13. As ancient Israel was brought out of Egypt by a prophet, so God will again lead His people out of the end-time Babylon by a 144,000 prophet-servants.

 

  1. 2 chronicles 20:20. God promises spiritual prosperity if we believe His prophets.

 

Note: In one particular church today, the Seventh-day Adventists believe that the gift of prophecy is evidenced in the writings and work of Ellen G. White. Those who have carefully studied her writings can attest to their inspiration. She met every spiritual and physical test of a prophet.

 

Ellen G. White lived from 1827 until 1915. Although she had only three grades of formal education, she wrote some 100,000 manuscripts pages on a wide variety of subjects. Her writings continue to withstand the test of time. Specialists in various fields who have examined what she wrote have testified that she was given knowledge far in advance of the times in which she lived.

 

Her work in the remnant church included more than the office of a prophet. She championed reforms in health, temperance, medical, educational, and even orphanage work.

 

Her writings are designed to lead people back to the Bible, not to take the place of the Bible.

 

SP-End.

 

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