What is prophecy?

For starters, prophecy is something that you can be taught. Proverbs 31:1 says, “The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.” In addition, keep in mind that 2 Peter 1:20-21 says, “20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

In essence, while anyone can learn biblical prophecy, scripture must answer to scripture to ensure that there is no private interpretation of scripture. Also, prophecy is that which holy men of God spake, as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Nevertheless, notice how 2 Peter 1:20 clearly demonstrates that the scripture’s prophecies. It literally says, “no prophecy of scripture”. Wow.

Prophecy contains words that are spoken, and in most cases these words are written within a book, that we refer to as the bible or scripture. In Revelation 22:7 we read, “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”

As someone who is dispensational in their theology, when I refer to prophecy, the focus is typical on the Gospel of the Kingdom which has been prophesied ever since the world began, in which case I would argue that the heart of biblical prophecy all throughout scripture, pertains to the Kingdom prophesied to Israel.

As it is written, “68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, 69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; 70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:” Luke 1:68-70

To be continued…