Prophecy is speaking that which is yet to come, unseen currently, for encouragement. It is a gift from God, but operated only through Holy Spirit. It was the Spirit that empowered Hebrew prophets and still moves in His people today, at His pleasure and will. Paul gives a very practical and stark explanation of prophecy in the congregation of Believers. “…if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!” (1 Corinthians 14:22-25) This prophecy is not like a parlor trick guessing how much change is in someone’s pocket or anything focused on the one prophesying, but rather by prophetic words to the one(s) to whom God has directed them. The validation is in the heart of the hearer. We may be right to beware of those who make a show of themselves, for themselves. The prophetic gift operates in the fear of God, intent on speaking only what is received, whether understood or not, as their understanding is not necessarily required by the speaker.
What we need is a release of God’s word to break the hold of the enemy and let His light of truth into our innermost being, so we can receive His truth, freedom and healing. I have experienced this, as only God can do. Yeshua said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…“Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:31-32, 35-36) Yeshua came to set captives free, though we all can fall into bondage from time to time, whether it is a lie we believe, or a besetting sin, a generational curse, a harmful injustice, unforgiveness, or another device of the enemy. The Holy Spirit works on earth today setting captives free in the truth of Yeshua. It could be as simple as a curse or lie spoken to us which we believed, and the truth of God breaks it’s hold over us and our bondage is broken. Countless people suffer today because they believe hate, but God’s love is greater and expels the fear of hate. “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:16-19)