Summary: Oral teachings and traditions of ministers are to be tested by the written word (Act_17:11). 1Th 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Judging the Bible in one’s own way. Oral teachings and traditions of ministers are to be tested by the written word (Act_17:11). 1Th 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Gal 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. This statement is understood, ”Prove to yourself that which you teach and preach is correct so that you can rejoice in yourself that the Holy Spirit has taught you new Remas from God. Our wisdom and knowledge in Gods word is not of ourself but from the Spirit that teaches us. We cannot understand the Gospel with the carnal mind, it is Spiritually discerned. Not taking joy from another mans work. Prophecy, unlike the speaking in tongs, is for the un-believer that he may be turned from his path and to follow after Christ. Not everyone that teaches prophecy has full insight into the scripture. There we must be careful to prove them. How do we prove them, according to scripture, we compare scripture with scripture. Any interpretation that is contrary to scripture is to be view as sceptiable untill proven wrong. In other words we do not teach or preach, untill we have proven to ourselves that what we teach or preach is true to the intent of the Holy Ghost concerning man. As Far as prophecy being changed by the jews lets read about false christ that came to Israel before Christ. Act 5:35-39; And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.
For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.
After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. As you can see in these passages, the prophecy of the Christ could not be changed. Even John the Baptist could not change prophecy, even thou he had a great following, but instead preached, Mat 3:11-12; “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Going further he ask of Jesus,” Mat 11:2-6; Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”
As you see, Judas of Galilee and neither Theudas, could change prophecy, why, because they didn’t fulfill the prophecy to the letter. So what was these passages stating? That John proved Jesus according to Scripture and prophecy. [Knowing: 2Pe_3:3; Rom_6:6, Rom_13:11; 1Ti_1:9; Jam_1:3 that: Rom_12:6] Rom 12:5-6; So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
2Pe 1:20-21; Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. This phrase proves that the Holy Ghost was already with man, teaching and bringing insight into the scripture. Ye do well, as knowing this, that no scripture prophecy is of private interpretation - It is not any man’s own word. It is God, not the prophet himself, who thereby interprets things till then unknown. It will be sufficient to remark, preparatory to endeavoring to ascertain the true sense of the passage, that some have held that it teaches that no prophecy can be interpreted of itself, but can be understood only by comparing it with the event; others, that it teaches that the prophets did not themselves understand what they wrote, but were mere passive organs under the dictation of the Holy Spirit to communicate to future times what they could not themselves explain; others, that it teaches that “no prophecy is of self-interpretation,” (Horsley;) others, that it teaches that the prophecies, besides having a literal signification, have also a hidden and mystical sense which cannot be learned from the prophecies themselves, but is to be perceived by a special power of insight imparted by the Holy Spirit, enabling men to understand their recondite mysteries. In other words, ” let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith”;