Summary: Wherever the Holy Spirit says "Yes" in the scripture, he says "Yes" also through prophecy. And wherever he says "No" in the scripture, he says "No" also through prophecy. True prophecy never contradicts the scripture.
Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa.
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Series – How To Judge Prophecy.
ALL TRUE PROPHECY MUST ALWAYS AGREE WITH THE LETTER AND SPIRIT OF SCRIPTURE.
A) 2 Timothy 3.16 (KJV) "All scripture is given by inspiration of God".
2 Timothy 3.16 (NIV) “All Scripture is God-breathed”.
2 Peter 1:20-21 (NIV) “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
All scripture is given by the Spirit of God — the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit never contradicts himself.
2 Cor 1:17-20 (NIV) “When I planned this, did I do it lightly? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say, “Yes, yes” and “No, no”? 18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
With God there is not “Yes” and “No" (2 Corinthians 1:17-20). Wherever the Holy Spirit says "Yes" in the scripture, he says "Yes" also through prophecy. And wherever he says "No" in the scripture, he says "No" also through prophecy. True prophecy never contradicts the scripture.
B) Isaiah 8:19-20 (NIV) When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.
Isaiah 8:19-20 (KJV) And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? 20To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
In Isaiah 8.19-20 this principle (that prophecy must agree with scripture) is used to enforce God’s warning against consulting the dead, or to "wizards that peep and that mutter" (KJV) — i.e., those whom in modern terminology we would call mediums, or clairvoyants, or fortune tellers. "If they speak not according to this word (the scripture), there is no light in them" — or alternatively, "they are not to be sought unto." It is precisely through neglect of this warning, and through ignorance of scripture, that multitudes are today falling prey to the deception of spiritualism, and other similar occult practices.