I still remember Sunday, August 9th, 1998 when the phone rang in the morning. It was the senior pastor of Oslo Vineyard. He said in English: “This is a directive prophecy: You shall preach at Oslo Vineyard today!”
I consented. Not because of the senior pastor´s “directive prophecy”, but because the Lord had told me the day before that I would be ministering the next day at Oslo Vineyard.
That Sunday became the turning point in my necessary dealing with the aberrations and falsehood of the “Lightbearer” movement, leading to the senior pastor being defrocked and the false movement being exposed.
But what do we do with directive prophecy?
Be cautious with directive prophecy!
Directive prophecy is when somebody says “God says!” – and you must do as I say! Or else!!!
My observation is that directive prophecies are most often presented by very controlling, manipulative and insecure people.
The general rule is: Reject it!
The exception is when it confirms something God has already said.
On very rare occasions directive prophecy will come first and be confirmed later. God knows you. Unless there is an overwhelming reason, He will speak directly to you. Never act until it is confirmed. Even then: Be cautious!
Do not act unless you are absolutely sure. Get wise counsel.
The New Testament pattern is that prophecy is presented for “edification and exhortation and comfort to men” (1Corinthians 14:3).
The New Testament also declares that “you can all prophesy” (1Corinthians 14:31). So there is nothing exclusive about prophesying. It´s not for a privileged elite.
The New Testament teaches clearly that prophecy must be judged by somebody else, not just by the one that prophesies: “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge” (1Corinthians 14:29). And: “Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good” (1Thessalonians 5:20-21).
Prophecy should be judged by everyone, but especially by the council of elders together, as in Antioch: “Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away” (Acts 13:1-3). And as the apostle Paul states, the first in rank is the apostle, second the prophet, third the teacher (1Corinthians 12:28). There is beauty, harmony and soundness in the teamwork of the apostolic team.
Unsound “prophets” or “prophecies” can wreak havoc in an individual, a church or a ministry. Don´t let it slip into your lives! Reject it firmly.
But humble prophets, or humble Christians who present prophecies, should be encouraged and welcomed!
Don´t despise prophecy! It can save lives! It can save nations!