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Lesson 17 MODERN PROPHETS AND VISIONS. How God Communicates Q. 1) The book of Revelation is a prime example of how the prophetic gift operates. The first.

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1 Lesson 17 MODERN PROPHETS AND VISIONS

2 How God Communicates Q. 1) The book of Revelation is a prime example of how the prophetic gift operates. The first few verses explain the steps which are utilised in bringing a prophetic message from God to men. What are these steps? –R–Revelation 1:1-4 –A–A. God gave the message to JESUS CHRIST. –B–B. Jesus gave it to His SERVANT. –C–C. His angel gave it to JOHN. –D–D. John gave it to the CHURCHES.

3 Q. 2) To whom will God reveal His plans for the future? –A–Amos 3:7 –T–THE PROPHETS.

4 Q. 3) Where do true prophets get their information? –2–2 Peter 1:21 –H–Holy MEN of God SPOKE as they were MOVED by the HOLY SPIRIT.

5 Q. 4) Must a prophet write a book of the Bible in order to be authoritative and true? –N–NO.

6 Q. 5) Does God ever prophecy through women? –Y–YES.

7 Q. 6) Does God promise to speak through prophets in the last days? –J–Joel 2:28-31 –Y–YES.

8 Acts 2:14-21 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. "For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. "But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.

9 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapour of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.'

10 SPIRITUAL GIFTS TODAY At His ascension, Jesus gave gifts to His Church.

11 SPIRITUAL GIFTS TODAY Q. 7) When Jesus ascended to heaven He left gifts for the church. What are these gifts? –E–Ephesians 4:7,8,11 –“–“And he gave some APOSTLES –a–and some PROPHETS –a–and some EVANGELISTS –a–and some PASTORS and TEACHERS.

12 Q. 8) Why were these gifts given? –E–Ephesians 4:12 –“–“For the EQUIPPING of the saints, for the WORK of the ministry, for the EDIFYING of the body of Christ.”

13 Q. 9) How long were these gifts to remain in the church? –E–Ephesians 4:13 –“–“Till we ALL come to the UNTIY of the FAITH, and of the KNOWLEDGE of the SON of God, to a PERFECT man, to a MEASURE of the STATURE of the FULNESS of Christ.”

14 GOD’S CHURCH TODAY Q. 10) When you find and enter the church with all these gifts what will it do for you? –E–Ephesians 4:14 –“–“That we should be NO LONGER children, TOSSED to and FRO, and CARRIED about with EVERY WIND of DOCTRINE.”

15 Q. 11) Did God’s New Testament church have the gift of prophecy? –1–1 Corinthians 1:6 –“–“Even as the TESTIMONY of CHRIST was CONFIRMED in you.”

16 Q. 12) Does Revelation teach that God’s true church for the last days will have the gift of prophecy? –R–Revelation 12:17;19:10 –Y–YES

17 TRUE PROPHETS OF GOD Q. 13) What three things does Paul command regarding prophets? –1–1 Thessalonians 5:20,21 –A–A. “Do not despise PROPHESYING” –B–B. “TEST all things.” –C–C. “Hold fast what is GOOD.”

18 Q. 14) How do I test or prove what a prophet says, to see if the prophet is true? –I–Isaiah 8:19,20 –“–“If they do not SPEAK ACCORDING to this WORD it is BECAUSE there is NO LIGHT in them.”

19 Q. 15) What other things will be true of a prophet of God? A. Prophesies as moved by Holy Spirit B. Interpretation not own C. Points out sin of people D. Warns of judgement

20 TRUE PROPHETS OF GOD Q. 15 continued. E. Edifies, exhorts and comforts F. Recognises deity of Jesus G. Is in harmony with Scripture H. Not an astrologer, magician etc.

21 Extra to question 15 Predictions come true: - Jer 28:9; Deut 13:1-4; 18:21,22 Physical effects: - Daniel 10:7-11, & Rev 1:17(also in question 19 part 2)

22 TRUE PROPHETS OF GOD Q. 16) In 1 Corinthians 12:1,11,12-18 Paul likens the gifts of the church to parts of the body. What part of the body would best represent prophets? –1–1Samuel 9:9 –T–THE EYES

23 Q. 17) In what condition would a church be which did not have the gift of prophecy? –M–Matthew 15:14 –B–BLIND

24 ARE MIRACLES A TEST Q. 18) Do miracles prove that a prophet is true? –Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Revelation 16:14 –No! Because the DEVIL can also work miracles.

25 ARE MIRACLES A TEST Q. 19) God promises to speak to a prophet in one of three ways. What are these three ways? –Numbers 12:6,8 –A. VISION –B. DREAM –C. MOUTH TO MOUTH

26 ARE MIRACLES A TEST Q. 20) What happens to a person who believes and obeys true prophets? –2 Chronicles 20:20 –“Believe His PROPHETS, and you shall PROSPER.”

27 A PROPHETS MINISTRY Q. 21) Are prophets called primarily to serve the church or unbelievers? –1–1 Corinthians 14:22 –“–“Prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who BELIEVERS.”

28 Q. 22) What is prophecy called in Revelatian12:17? –“–“The TESTIMONY of JESUS Christ.”

29 Q. 23) Whom did Jesus say would have very great influence in the last days? –M–Matthew 24:24 –“–“FALSE Christs, and false PROPHETS.”

30 Q. 24) What types of false prophets does the Bible specifically condemn? –Deuteronomy 18:9-12; Revelation 22:15; 21:8 –A. Diviner –B. Observer of times –C. Enchanter

31 A PROPHETS MINISTRY Q. 24 continued –D. Witch and wizard –E. Consulter with familiar spirits –F. Necromancer –G. Sorcerer –H. Charmer

32 A PROPHETS MINISTRY Q. 25) John the Baptist did not write a book of the Bible but he was a true prophet. Whose counsel does the Bible say people rejected when they rejected John’s counsel? –Luke 7:28-30 –They “rejected the COUNSEL of GOD.”

33 A PROPHETS MINISTRY NOTICE SOME OF THE TITLES GIVEN TO PROPHETS. A. PROPHET B. SON OF MAN C. SEER D. MESSENGER E. FELLOW SERVANT F. SERVANT OF GOD G. MAN OF GOD H. WATCHMAN I. VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN WILDERNESS

34 A PROPHETS MINISTRY Q. 26) Since God still speaks through prophets today, and since the word of a true prophet is the personal “testimony of Jesus” to you, are you willing to test modern prophets by the Bible and obey those who agree with Scripture?

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36 Lesson 17 - Quiz 1. To whom does God reveal His plans for the future? T __ __ P __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 2. God promises to speak through p __ __ __ __ __ __ __ in the last days. 3. J __ __ __ was the prophet who received the Revelation of Jesus Christ. 4. Prophets are one of the g __ __ __ __ given to the church. 5. Revelation teaches that God’s true church for the last d __ __ __ will have the gift of prophecy. h e r o p h e t s r o p h e t s o h n i f t s a y s


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