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amazzin
Sep 29th 2010, 07:43 PM
This thread serves as a follow up to another thread in the forum which deals with "prophesy". In that thread, the main thrust was whether prophesy is the ability to read into future events. However here I would like to discuss more the "Prophetic" or the role of a prophet in scriptural context of the local church. The following is an exert from a lesson I taught at a leaders seminar on the Five-Fold Ministry in the church.

The chief role of the prophet is NOT to prophesy. It is to teach everyone how to hear the voice of God for themselves. "My sheep know my voice," Jesus said in John 10. We want everyone to be trained effectively in hearing the voice of the Lord and in distinguishing between that, their own opinions and the disrupting influence of the enemy.

The setting of protocol as a framework for moving in revelatory prophesy in the church is extremely vital. There is a huge difference between the simple inspirational prophesy that exhorts, edifies, and comforts as written in 1 Cor 14:1-5, and the more revelatory words that can carry overtones of new direction, correction, warnings, or judgement. The former can be given a fairly free hand because it is highly unlikely anyone will be damaged or upset by inspirational prophesy. At its heart is a desire to bless, encourage, support, and build up the people around us. The worst that may happen is that we get a blessing in an area of our lives that does not exactly need one!

The latter, however, may be incredibly damaging and hurtful is we do not set appropriate guidelines. Revelatory prophesy may lead us across governmental boundaries in church life that are inappropriate and unscriptural. Whatever we hear from the Lord that is of a revelatory nature must be shared with the leadership first. There is a governmental principle at stake. The operation of certain spiritual gifts often require s defined cooperation and relationship with the leadership of the work. Prophets promote such partnerships. They also help to create a framework for ongoing development of prophetic people. We want leaders willing and able to pastor the prophetic, not merely police the ministry.

Ongoing training in the gift, the ministry, and the office of a prophet can be laid down over a period of many years. I have personally seem that it takes between 10-15 years to make a prophet, depending on his access to a good prophet/teacher who can model him effectively. Without that key person in place, many people will never make it or will take twice the time.

Finally, a prophet will prophesy and model how the gift should be correctly used. There are too many blessing prophets and not enough of the building type in today's church. Blessing prophets do a good job in on-off or onetime situations by preaching and ministering prophetically to people. They do not, however, leave a deposit in terms of raising up a local team of prophetic people who can be trained and discipled in the gift and ministry. They do it for you rather than teaching you how to do it.

notuptome
Sep 29th 2010, 08:31 PM
Scripture for each please.

For the cause of Christ
Roger

amazzin
Sep 29th 2010, 11:08 PM
Scripture for each please.

For the cause of Christ
Roger

LOL Roger. What part are you unclear on?

notuptome
Sep 30th 2010, 04:55 PM
LOL Roger. What part are you unclear on?
The revelatory prophecy part. I understand prophecy that is forth-telling the word of God that the body might be edified and the imperative to "covet to prophecy" vs 39 ch 14 1 Cor. I would like you to clarify the revelatory prophecy part especially the overtones of the new direction, correction, warnings or judgment. Where does this fit with 1 Cor 13:8-10?

For the cause of Christ
Roger

BroRog
Sep 30th 2010, 06:23 PM
This thread serves as a follow up to another thread in the forum which deals with "prophesy". In that thread, the main thrust was whether prophesy is the ability to read into future events. However here I would like to discuss more the "Prophetic" or the role of a prophet in scriptural context of the local church. The following is an exert from a lesson I taught at a leaders seminar on the Five-Fold Ministry in the church.

The chief role of the prophet is NOT to prophesy. It is to teach everyone how to hear the voice of God for themselves. "My sheep know my voice," Jesus said in John 10. We want everyone to be trained effectively in hearing the voice of the Lord and in distinguishing between that, their own opinions and the disrupting influence of the enemy.

The setting of protocol as a framework for moving in revelatory prophesy in the church is extremely vital. There is a huge difference between the simple inspirational prophesy that exhorts, edifies, and comforts as written in 1 Cor 14:1-5, and the more revelatory words that can carry overtones of new direction, correction, warnings, or judgement. The former can be given a fairly free hand because it is highly unlikely anyone will be damaged or upset by inspirational prophesy. At its heart is a desire to bless, encourage, support, and build up the people around us. The worst that may happen is that we get a blessing in an area of our lives that does not exactly need one!

The latter, however, may be incredibly damaging and hurtful is we do not set appropriate guidelines. Revelatory prophesy may lead us across governmental boundaries in church life that are inappropriate and unscriptural. Whatever we hear from the Lord that is of a revelatory nature must be shared with the leadership first. There is a governmental principle at stake. The operation of certain spiritual gifts often require s defined cooperation and relationship with the leadership of the work. Prophets promote such partnerships. They also help to create a framework for ongoing development of prophetic people. We want leaders willing and able to pastor the prophetic, not merely police the ministry.

Ongoing training in the gift, the ministry, and the office of a prophet can be laid down over a period of many years. I have personally seem that it takes between 10-15 years to make a prophet, depending on his access to a good prophet/teacher who can model him effectively. Without that key person in place, many people will never make it or will take twice the time.

Finally, a prophet will prophesy and model how the gift should be correctly used. There are too many blessing prophets and not enough of the building type in today's church. Blessing prophets do a good job in on-off or onetime situations by preaching and ministering prophetically to people. They do not, however, leave a deposit in terms of raising up a local team of prophetic people who can be trained and discipled in the gift and ministry. They do it for you rather than teaching you how to do it.

Well, first of all there is no such thing as a "five-fold ministry"
Second, The idea that a prophet's role is not prophey is a contradiction.
Third, "hearing the voice of God" isn't Biblical.
Fourth, "inspirational prophecy" isn't prophecy, it's teaching.
Fifth, the idea that revelatory prophecy must be shared with the leadership first isn't Biblical, and in certain cases is diabolical. (of the devil)

Bladers
Sep 30th 2010, 06:37 PM
The revelatory prophecy part. I understand prophecy that is forth-telling the word of God that the body might be edified and the imperative to "covet to prophecy" vs 39 ch 14 1 Cor. I would like you to clarify the revelatory prophecy part especially the overtones of the new direction, correction, warnings or judgment. Where does this fit with 1 Cor 13:8-10?

For the cause of Christ
Roger
All Prophecy is revelation by the Holy Spirit, in one way or another.

Here is my view on the topic.

New Testament prophets are quite different from Old Testament prophets, the OT prophets spoke the very words of God. They always started their words with "Thus saith the Lord", from the Highest Authority in the Universe. They were God's spokemen and called messengers of God, disobeying them would mean disobeying God himself.


They had Divine Authority to write scriptures and whatsoever they said, had God's authority on it, if you disobey, you are disobeying the commandments of God.

But there was a switch that happen in the NT, just like the fact that in the OT there were few selected priests, in the NT we are all God's priests. In the OT some had the Holy Spirit, in the NT we all have the holy Spirit.

In the new testament, the divine authority the prophets had in the OT were transfered to the new group of people called "Apostles". Jesus called them apostles not prophets and commissioned them.

They were the messenger of Christ, they gave commandments of God, and carried his Divine Authority.
They could write scripture, and whatever they said goes. They even had authority over the prophets of the NT. For example paul told the prophets in Corithians that what he told them were the commandments of the Lord, meaning if they disobeyed. They would be disobeying God. Paul the apostle was telling them how to function not the other way around.

The apostles were Christ's spokemen, had divine authority to write scripture.
The NT prophets were no longer special set of people who brought the commandments of God, Joel prophesied of a day when the Spirit is poured out on everyone, sons and daughters would prophesy, see visions and dreams.

the NT prophets had no more ability to write scripture, nor were their words the very words/commandments of God. They are just words influenced by the Holy Spirit.

For example. Here are a group of regular disciples, giving paul a wrong(inaccurate) prophecy.
Notice it says disciples not prophets. Basically they added their own interpretation to whatever they received from the Holy Spirit.

Acts 21:3-5"And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem."

It was God's will for Paul to go to jerusalem, yet these disciples are giving paul a prophecy by the Spirit telling him not to go. So these disciples were off and Paul knew that, he weighed the prophecy took the good and tossed out the bad.

But for Paul to ignore this prophecy, means that prophecy is not the very words of God, but words of men influenced by the inspiration/insight of the Holy Spirit.

This is why when discussing in 1cor 14, Paul tells the prophets that if a prophet is speaking and a thing is revealed to another. Let the one speaking STOP and hold his peace. Wait, if it was the very words of God, wouldn't it rather be heard and not ignored?

But in the OT we see a difference.

Deuteronomy 18:18 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+18:18&version=KJV)
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

Prophets today are not here to replace our communication with God, but to confirm it.

amazzin
Sep 30th 2010, 08:12 PM
Well, first of all there is no such thing as a "five-fold ministry"
Second, The idea that a prophet's role is not prophey is a contradiction.
Third, "hearing the voice of God" isn't Biblical.
Fourth, "inspirational prophecy" isn't prophecy, it's teaching.
Fifth, the idea that revelatory prophecy must be shared with the leadership first isn't Biblical, and in certain cases is diabolical. (of the devil)

Did Paul not pray in Ephesians 1:15-23 for the Ephesian believers that they would become filled with a Spirit of revelation. He taught that believers could receive personal revelations: "How is it then, brethren? when you come together, every one of you has a psalm, has a doctrine, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying" (! Cor 14:26...emphasis is mine)

Paul instructed the believers that some can indeed speak by revelation "Now brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall it profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine" (1 Cor 14:6)

moonglow
Sep 30th 2010, 09:19 PM
My understanding of this type of prophesy isn't about foretelling the future...that you explained but knowing things about people or situations that a person couldn't possibly know except through the Holy Spirit..is this correct?

God bless

amazzin
Sep 30th 2010, 09:33 PM
My understanding of this type of prophesy isn't about foretelling the future...that you explained but knowing things about people or situations that a person couldn't possibly know except through the Holy Spirit..is this correct?

God bless

Yes, that is part of the gift of prophesy but not the only aspect of the gift

RockSolid
Oct 14th 2010, 04:14 AM
A few things here. Maybe you can help me understand. I'm not too up to date on modern day prophets.

1. I didn't know we had to be taught to 'hear the voice of God'. I have never received such teaching. Maybe you, or someone with knowledge of it, could elaborate on that.

2. I didn't realize God was giving out new revelation and new direction. Is the Scripture not sufficient?

3. "God told me", "The Lord spoke to me", ect. is dangerous. I don't think God would be too happy to have people saying He said 'this or that' when He really didn't say anything. You were held accountable with your life in OT days.
If one of your prophets says "Thus sayeth the Lord" and it doesn't come to pass, even if it's one tiny little thing, do you brand them a false prophet like the Bible says to do? Or does that not disqualify them from speaking for God.

4. Do you put modern day prophets in the same league as Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, ect.

5. How exactly do you receive a prophecy. Audible voice, inaudible voice, phrases just entering your mind, visions?

6. If its a true word from God, it shouldn't matter if it's damaging, hurtful, ect. Who decides if it's from God or not?

Diggindeeper
Oct 14th 2010, 05:05 AM
I am one that does not believe there are NEW revelations. I offer that a true prophet can reveal, explain, teach, expound upon what has already been given to us. They are NOT fortune tellers who can predict future, coming events. But be in the presence of a real prophet and that person always points to Christ Jesus and to scripture! You understand and see what you didn't understand or see previously. And you leave them thinking, "Why hadn't I seen that before?" (Or understood that before.)

One thing that makes my caution light turn yellow is the person who chases people down, saying, "I have a word from the Lord for you..." I've seen these self-proclaimed prophets run to people in the parking lot to 'give them a word from the Lord." (In fact, I've named them Parking Lot Prophets! Saw one trying to 'give a word from the Lord' to a lady in the stall in the ladies rest room!)

What can we say to those who think they are prophets, with some GREAT, private phone line to God? When they run up and say something like, "I have a word for you from the Lord. Thus sayeth the Lord to you..."

One woman, who by the way called herself a 'prophetess', came to my home a long time ago, and asked to speak to one of my sons (Bobby, age 16) IN PRIVATE, down in our basement. She said, "I have a word from the Lord for him...and him alone."

I told her, "In our family, we have no secrets. If the good Lord wants my son to receive a message, it will be with him standing right here, in my living room with me." She got all red faced and mad and left. (Must not have been very important...) I already knew she and another woman had left (abandoned) their families --she had 5 children and she went off galavanting about to (of all places) Rest Areas along interstate highways to prophecy' to strangers. Her daughter, age 15 ended up having a baby and had to quit school. Her dad was doing all he could to earn a living and be a dad and mom too.

That woman failed miserably in what should have been her most important mission field...her own children!

Anyway, can you see why I am extremely cautious when people call themselves a prophet or a prophetess? \
Read again what amazzin said in the OP. There's a lot of wisdom there.

RockSolid
Oct 14th 2010, 05:15 AM
I am one that does not believe there are NEW revelations. I offer that a true prophet can reveal, explain, teach, expound upon what has already been given to us. They are NOT fortune tellers who can predict future, coming events. But be in the presence of a real prophet and that person always points to Christ Jesus and to scripture! You understand and see what you didn't understand or see previously. And you leave them thinking, "Why hadn't I seen that before?" (Or understood that before.)

That is what a teacher does, not a prophet.


Wickipedia: In religion, a prophet is an individual who is claimed to have been contacted by the supernatural or the divine, and serves as an intermediary with humanity, delivering this newfound knowledge from the supernatural entity to other people. The message that the prophet conveys is called a prophecy.

The dictionary: a person who speaks for god or a deity, or by divine inspiration.
a person regarded as, or claiming to be, an inspired teacher or leader.

amazzin
Oct 14th 2010, 05:17 AM
Hey RS
I'll try to reply tomorrow sometime. I'm travelling in the morning and don't have much down time

Diggindeeper
Oct 14th 2010, 05:20 AM
That is what a teacher does, not a prophet.


Wickipedia: In religion, a prophet is an individual who is claimed to have been contacted by the supernatural or the divine, and serves as an intermediary with humanity, delivering this newfound knowledge from the supernatural entity to other people. The message that the prophet conveys is called a prophecy.

The dictionary: a person who speaks for god or a deity, or by divine inspiration.
a person regarded as, or claiming to be, an inspired teacher or leader.


...an imspired teacher or leader. There you go....

They are not considered a 'foreteller'.

RockSolid
Oct 14th 2010, 05:31 AM
The word "inspired" is bold. The same word as in this Scripture.

KJV 2Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God , and is profitable for doctrine , for reproof , for correction , for instruction in righteousness:
ESV 2Tim 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,


If they aren't giving prophecies, then they aren't prophets. I thought this was undebateable but apparantly not.

MoreMercy
Oct 14th 2010, 05:35 AM
Speaking just for myself: there is, I see it, I hear it. There is teaching/prophecy all around us, one just has to have their eyes and ears open to hear or see it.

For those of you here who think prophecy is just telling of future events, I challenge you to do an exhaustive topical study of the word prophecy, prophet and/or prophetess in scripture and in new testament letters and writings... I am not going to do it for anyone but myself and my house.


Father blesses

RockSolid
Oct 14th 2010, 05:36 AM
Hey RS
I'll try to reply tomorrow sometime. I'm travelling in the morning and don't have much down time

No problem man, take your time. Be safe!

RockSolid
Oct 14th 2010, 05:39 AM
Prophecies don't necessarily have to be future events. But a prophet should produce prophecies, no?

Diggindeeper
Oct 14th 2010, 05:41 AM
Describe the word prophecies, please.

RockSolid
Oct 14th 2010, 05:43 AM
Describe the word prophecies, please.

A message that has been communicated to a prophet from God.

Diggindeeper
Oct 14th 2010, 05:46 AM
So, you believe some people have a private line to God, that others don't have? And God, to speak to that person must do so through some special person? God can't communicate to each of us as he sees fit?

RockSolid
Oct 14th 2010, 05:49 AM
So, you believe some people have a private line to God, that others don't have? And God, to speak to that person must do so through some special person? God can't communicate to each of us as he sees fit?

No sir. That's why I'm trying to get a better understanding of what the OP is saying.

Diggindeeper
Oct 14th 2010, 05:53 AM
I think the OP put it pretty plainly. I was just showing what I DON'T consider a true prophet.

P.S. I'm not a 'sir'. Sorry to disappoint you. :lol:

RockSolid
Oct 14th 2010, 05:57 AM
I think the OP put it pretty plainly. I was just showing what I DON'T consider a true prophet.

P.S. I'm not a 'sir'. Sorry to disappoint you. :lol:

Hah, sorry about that, maam.
I'm saying a prophet should be producing a prophecy, if not then what makes them a prophet.
Someone who helps you understand the Word better and see things more clearly would , to me, be considered a teacher not a prophet.
Am I making sense?

That's why I posted those questions on page 1.

divaD
Oct 14th 2010, 05:58 AM
Many years ago when I was a Charismatic, I used to attend Church On The Rock in Rockwall, TX, Larry Lea was the pastor, in case some of you have heard of him. This church was huge, not sure how many many members tho. It wasn't uncommon during service for someone to stand up and allegedly give a word of prophecy from the Lord.

One particular Sunday, a gentleman stood up and started allegedly prophesying. He started saying a bunch of stuff about Jimmy Swaqggart and how he was involved with prostitutes, etc, and that Larry Lea was in cahoots with him, or something like that. Well, they didn't want to hear that. A couple of members strongarmed him out the door, with him still prophesying all the way out. Then I guess they locked him out, since he never came back in. A few months after that, sure enough, Jimmy Swaggart got in some hot water involving prostitutes at a motel or something.

This is a true story, tho I don't recall word for word what this guy said, since it's been so long ago. So my question is, was this guy a prophet of God, or just a false prophet, or perhaps someone that knew something about Swaggart beforehand, like from a reliable source?

RockSolid
Oct 14th 2010, 06:04 AM
Many years ago when I was a Charismatic, I used to attend Church On The Rock in Rockwall, TX, Larry Lea was the pastor, in case some of you have heard of him. This church was huge, not sure how many many members tho. It wasn't uncommon during service for someone to stand up and allegedly give a word of prophecy from the Lord.

One particular Sunday, a gentleman stood up and started allegedly prophesying. He started saying a bunch of stuff about Jimmy Swaqggart and how he was involved with prostitutes, etc, and that Larry Lea was in cahoots with him, or something like that. Well, they didn't want to hear that. A couple of members strongarmed him out the door, with him still prophesying all the way out. Then I guess they locked him out, since he never came back in. A few months after that, sure enough, Jimmy Swaggart got in some hot water involving prostitutes at a motel or something.

This is a true story, tho I don't recall word for word what this guy said, since it's been so long ago. So my question is, was this guy a prophet of God, or just a false prophet, or perhaps someone that knew something about Swaggart beforehand, like from a reliable source?

It would be great if we could ask the guy personally.

Diggindeeper
Oct 14th 2010, 06:13 AM
Why would God send someone to try to destroy another person? In the Bible, God did send men with messages like that, but he sent them directly to the person who needed to hear it. Like the Prophet Nathan. He told King David, "That man is you, David!" Went straight to his face. Didn't try to destroy him publicly.

My guess is that he may have had some prior information. But had he been the one who pointed to the scriptures, even to future events, then I would take notice. That man did not point anyone to scriptures or to truth, but to only trying to destroy certain preachers. When the time is right, we can be sure that our sins do find us out. And truly, we do reap what we sow.

I would believe in that man, I guess, if he had been the one person who went to Jimmy Swaggart and turned him away from his sin by something he said to him. THAT would be a true prophet, to be able to say, "Friend, I know you are living in sin, and I'm here to warn you that if you don't repent, the whole world will know soon enough what you are doing."

PneumaPsucheSoma
Oct 14th 2010, 05:39 PM
The Prophet/prophecy/prophesying office/gift/act is a communion-to-communication "forth telling" of Divine truth, especially regarding the miracle of salvation. Though the primary function is declaration, this can include "foretelling". This wouldn't be so puzzling if everyone understood that eternity is "concurrent" with the temporal realm of time and space, and there is no future in eternity as we comprehend the sequential duration and passage of time.

Understanding the Spirit's "unction function" in prophetic demonstration isn't really different from that of the other gifts.

Yes, the offices/gifts are misused and abused, both unintentionally and maliciously, or by manipulation. That doesn't invalidate the gifts themselves; and it certainly doesn't invalidate the Giver.

There can't be "false prophets" without prophets. An alternative requires an absolute. There is no counterfeit of non-existing currrency.

Whether it's an office-Prophet, a gift-prophecy, or open-prophesing; the Word is the primary message that should be coming forth.

"Some are called; some are sent;
Some just packed their stuff and went."

Slug1
Oct 14th 2010, 05:50 PM
It would be great if we could ask the guy personally.Ya can't rule out the spirit of divination. Here we got satan tempting Swaggart and he falls intosin... nothing stopping satan now with the authority he gains over Swaggart and then send a spirit of divinaion upon a "church" goer and have that person appearently prophesy about Swaggart. To anyone it could be taken as prophesy but you have to judge the prophecy (test the spirits) and since prophecy of this sort, according to scripture will:

1 Cor 14:25 And thus[a] the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.

We can test this prophetic word (about Swaggart) against scripture. We see that since Swaggart was not present it already doesn't line up with scripture despite the fact it was truth. We see that it was a secret of Swaggarts heart but again, the result was not to have Swaggart be convicted. The proper thing to do was to go to Swaggart and speak to him, such a prophetic word is personal... that is what a prophet does. Sometimes it is easier for God to make a point this way because the Holy Spirit is being ignored and the conviction that the Holy Spirit brings is also ignored. Harder for a person to IGNORE another person when all they say is very specific about what is in a persons heart.

Anyway, months later he was convicted, sure... but not because of what appeared to be a prophetic word... what convicted Swaggart was the "exposure" of his sin to the world.

I would lean toward a spirit of divination, not anything prophetic based on DivaD's post that you quoted.

Why? Ultimately... no edification. More pain or confusion than edification... DivaD being only one who is in pain/confused and not edified by this prophecy.

Divination and hiding it behind a perception of prophecy... a clear tactic satan uses to infiltrate the church and gain even more authority in the Body of Christ. Specially when people believe him and make no attempt to discern the spirits and expose him.

divaD
Oct 14th 2010, 06:07 PM
I would believe in that man, I guess, if he had been the one person who went to Jimmy Swaggart and turned him away from his sin by something he said to him. THAT would be a true prophet, to be able to say, "Friend, I know you are living in sin, and I'm here to warn you that if you don't repent, the whole world will know soon enough what you are doing."


I like this. I would agree, that would be a true prophet.

Regardless of this person's motives, was the right thing to do, to forcefully remove this man from the building? The keyword being forcefully? My point being, since it wasn't uncommon for others to stand up and prophesy, who's to say that their messages were even from God? So why weren't they forcefully removed also, if so be their messages weren't from God? At the time I believed in all that stuff. Now I have my doubts. I of course believe what Scriptures have recorded about this gift. I just have my doubts about this gift today, whether it's even the same as what was recorded about it. That doesn't make me closed minded about it, just unsure I guess.

Bladers
Oct 21st 2010, 03:17 AM
What was the message behind the man's prophecy? When a prophecy deals with personalities, It always has a message.
I'm pretty sure it had a message behind it but was not given because he was thrown out of the Church. The bible clearly tells us don't quench the Spirit in connection to prophecy, and also tells us dont despise 'prophesying'.

The bible is full of prophets exposing sin, without the presence of the person there.
FULL OF IT, I mean literally. So I'm puzzled that people will saying something like "because the person involved is not there, then its not a true prophecy"
Yet the bible is full of that. Prophets all over the bible gave prophecies with a messages attached and mentioned other peoples sins and acts that they have done.

And the person who said, A prophets Job is to prophesy. Thank God we still have people who stick with the word of God and not try to compromise with what is out there today.
The gifts of the Spirit is being slowly deluded, soon it will have no value at all..
We should stop trying to be politically correct, but biblically correct.

Bladers
Oct 21st 2010, 03:35 AM
So, you believe some people have a private line to God, that others don't have? And God, to speak to that person must do so through some special person? God can't communicate to each of us as he sees fit?

Actually the bible states we can "ALL" prophesy that all may learn and be comforted in a church worship setting.
Paul said that he wanted "US" "ALL" to prophesy.
Prophecy is like preaching the Gospel, everyone can do it. But there are those who are called to the office of Evangelist, or Prophet, or Teacher, etc...
Anyone can prophesy, If they want to.


Describe the word prophecies, please.

I had this on my twitter account a-couple of weeks ago.
General prophecy and I mean personal prophecy is to me means "expressing the mind of God in the context of someone's life!"
Whether its the gift of prophecy (foreknowledge of the events of the future, either dealing with a person's life or with a place or thing.)
Or the Word of Knowledge (Having Insight by the Spirit into someones past/present.)
Or the word of wisdom (Applying God's wisdom to a situation.)