Greetings and blessings to you! Welcome back as we take this journey in studying the Prophetic! Today we will break down a few Scriptures on how they deal with the prophetic, we will break down a few definitions, add a few notes.
*Note: I like to point out that there is no substitute for the presence of God! Although prophets may hear from God for you, they are not to be the substitute for you spending time in prayer with God.
Scriptures we will break down relating to the prophetic today:
“So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:
Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.
And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.
And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto the Apostles.
Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.
Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.”
*Please note that it is not my intention to take the Scriptures out of context, but to use the above Scriptures as a teaching tool.
Points and definitions:
- In verse 30 we see that they delivered a message (Epistle). So as prophets we are to deliver a message from God to the Church (Body of Christ), to a church, to a community, a nation, or an individual.
- In verse 30 they gathered the multitude together. We should be assembling the people together for the purpose of hearing a message from God (What is Holy Spirit saying?).
- In verse 31 we see the word consolation which we will define. It comes from a root word which means: To call near. It also means imploration; hortation; solace; comfort; exhortation; intreaty. Comfort received by a person after distress, disappointments, or loss.
- In verse 31 (For full understanding you can read back from Acts 15:15-35) we see that prophets can bring a message that brings freedom, they can bring a message that sets people free from bondage of tradition or customs.
- Relating to verse 31 when a prophet delivers a message from God it can bring joy and cause rejoicing because the people become free.
- In verse 32 I will give you the definition of the word prophet from the amplified: Inspired interpreters of the will and purposes of God. A few other definitions for prophet: Inspired speaker; to make known one’s thoughts; speak or say (above, ago, before, ever); to forth tell.
- In verse 32 we have the word exhorted (meaning):To strongly encourage someone to do; To call near, invite, invoke; by imploration, hortation, or consolation; to call for, be of good comfort, desire; give exhortation, intreat, pray.
- Prophets should be pointing people to a closer relationship with God (Drawing them near to God, pointing them to Jesus and the benefits (blessings) of the cross.
- In verse 32 we also have the word confirmed (meaning): To firmly establish a person in a particular habit, belief, or way of life and unlikely to change; To support further; re-establish; coaffirm, strengthen; long-standing.
- One of the purposes of the prophetic is to strengthen people; build them up.
- In verse 33 we have the word tarried. As prophets we should be about God’s business, we should continue to carry on God’s business.
- In verse 33 we also see the word Apostle which is one of the 5 government offices of God (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors, Teachers).
- In verse 34 we have the word abide (meaning): Persevere; remain.
- As prophets of God we are to persevere no matter what might come our way, whether blessings, hardships, etc… Remain until God changes your season (Moves you on to next assignment; opens a door, removes a mountain; etc..)
- Let’s be like Paul and Barnabas and continue to preach and teach the word of God.
I pray that this study has encouraged you in the Lord. May God bless you and keep you until next time. As the Lord directs I will see again on more of “Studying The Prophetic”
Remember to Smile 🙂 God loves you!