PROPHESY

Key Verses

  • And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision1 and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by. For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day. Habakkuk 2:2-3 AMP
  • Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am [actively] watching over My word2 to fulfill it.” Jeremiah 1:12 AMP
 

Examples of Personal Prophesy

1. Joseph

  • Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. … Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers Genesis 37: 2,5 NKJV
  • Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. Genesis 41:46 NKJV

Time to fulfilment: 13+ years (Age 17 to Age 30+)

Dream to Fulfillment Sequence

  1. Pit
  2. Potiphar
  3. Prison
  4. Prime Minister

2. Abraham

  • Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. … Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. Genesis 12:4,7 NKJV
  • Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Genesis 21:5 NASB

Time to fulfilment: 25 years (Age 75 to Age 100)

Promise to fulfillment. What happens in the gap?

  • Until the time that his word [of prophecy regarding his brothers] came true, The word of the LORD tested and refined him. Psalm 105:19 AMP

Purpose of prophesy 

What to do with prophesies?

1. Believe prophets/prophesy:

  • Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:14,15 NKJV
  • believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 2 Chronicles 20:20 NKJV
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2. Write down prophesies

  • “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel says: ‘Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book. Jeremiah 30:2 NASB
  • Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:2-3 NKJV

3. Hold on to prophesy in the wilderness; to have hope & to fight fear:

  • This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, so that [inspired and aided] by them you may fight the good fight 1 Timothy 1:18 AMP
  • Remember the word to Your servant, Upon which You have caused me to hopePsalm 119:49 NKJV
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  • Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well 1 Timothy 1:18 ESV

4. If prophesy delayed, pray

  • in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. Daniel 9:2,3 NKJV

Prophesy Changes Us - Sequence

  • Fact: Abraham and Sarah were already old and well along in years; Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. Genesis 18:11 BSB
  • Prophesy/Promise: behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” Genesis 15:4 ESV
  • Faith/Believe: By faith even Sarah herself received the ability to conceive [a child], even [when she was long] past the normal age for it, because she considered Him who had given her the promise to be reliable and true [to His word]Hebrews 11:11 AMP
  • Statement: Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister3.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. Genesis 20:2 NKJV
  • Fulfillment: Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised. Genesis 21:2 BSB

Sequence of events

  1. Receive Prophesy 
  2. Believe
  3. Changes happen (Read: YOUNGER)
  4. Fulfillment

Responses to prophesy

  • Hezekiah: In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Put your house in order, for you are about to die; you will not recover.’” Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, saying, “Please, O LORD, remember how I have walked before You faithfully and with wholehearted devotion; I have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.  And the word of the LORD came to Isaiah, saying, “Go and tell Hezekiah that this is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: ‘I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life. Isaiah 38:1-5 BSB

First Prophesy: Responded by praying 

  • Hezekiah: Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord of hosts: ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,’ says the Lord.  ‘And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’ ” So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good!” For he said, “At least there will be peace and truth in my days.” Isaiah 39:5-8 NKJV

Second Prophesy: Responded by simply accepting

  • Abraham: And the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.” Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Genesis 18:20-25 NKJV

Responded by interceding.

Footnotes

  1. .2377 חזון [châzôn] \khaw-zone'\ From 2372; a sight ({mentally}) that {is} a {dream} {revelation} or oracle: - vision.
    2372 חזה [châzâh] \khaw-zaw\ A primitive root; to gaze at; mentally to {perceive} contemplate (with pleasure); specifically to have a vision of: - {behold} {look} {prophesy} {provide} see.
  2. 1697 דּבר [dâbâr] \daw-bawr'\ From 1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) of thing; adverbially a cause: - {act} {advice} {affair} {answer} X any such ({thing}) + because {of} {book} {business} {care} {case} {cause} certain {rate} + {chronicles} {commandment} X commune ({-ication}) + concern {[-ing]} + {confer} {counsel} + {dearth} {decree} {deed} X {disease} {due} {duty} {effect} + {eloquent} {errand} [evil favoured-] {ness} + {glory} + {harm} {hurt} + {iniquity} + {judgment} {language} + {lying} {manner} {matter} {message} [no] {thing} {oracle} X {ought} X {parts} + {pertaining} + {please} {portion} + {power} {promise} {provision} {purpose} {question} {rate} {reason} {report} {request} X (as hast) {said} {sake} {saying} {sentence} + {sign} + {so} some {[uncleanness]} somewhat to {say} + {song} {speech} X {spoken} {talk} {task} + {that} X there {done} thing ({concerning}) {thought} + {thus} {tidings} what {[-soever]} + {wherewith} {which} {word} work.
  3. At this point in time Sarah was 90 years of age. Read Genesis 17:17 AMP