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How do you know if you are called to be a prophet/prophetess?

I think that the title is very specific. I know this is a calling that God gives us from birth. But I guess I am just tired of listening to those people who believe that they are prophets of God when they clearly are not.
I just want to know how you know whether you are called to prophet/prophetess or not.
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I dont know how you know if you are called. See I dont know for sure what the title really means, do you? Does it mean you are a messenger? Does it mean God speaks to you? Does it mean you are getting a vision or dream from God (hence prophetic)? Do you have to have them all? Or just one? Does God have to perform signs and wonders through you, like Moses or Elijah?

I dont know. This I do know: for so long I wanted so badly for the Lord to speak to me. I went to church, I heard about God speaking to all these people. My friends, my family. Even people in the bible. I wanted God to speak to me! I wanted to be used by God. I could picture it in my head, being one of those great people of God, like Elijah, man. Calling fire from heaven, saying if I be a man/woman of God! Being someone great for God. If only I could hear his voice, if only...

Years went by. I couldnt even understand the bible. I would read it, but the words just didnt make sense. Not to my heart. Not to my life.

About what, four and a half years ago it happened, it finally happened. I was reading in Proverbs, and the Lord caused chapter 2 to make sense to me, bam! I fell to my knee's, and I did what the scripture told me to do, I began to search for him like buried treasure. I hid myself away from the world for probably six months, reading the Word of God. I would read, and sleep, wake up and read some more. My every waking moment was about God.

Finally it happened, I heard his voice! Oh that beautiful voice! I was sleeping and it spoke to my dream. It was teaching me from the bible. It was almost more than my brain could take in. When I woke up, it was amazing I had to run and wake my mom up and tell her what all the Lord had told me. This was all new to me, so it came out jumbled and excited. I think all mom got was keys, the book of revelation is a key! Mom made me place a notebook beside my bed from then on, lol.

I learned to meditate on the word of God before I went to sleep. A wonderful thing to do. The Lord teaches you from his words, amazing.

The Lord began giving me dreams. And later visions.

Another time, the Lord began speaking to me with a vision and my heart, he had me play basketball with a young man. To this day I am still not sure why, perhaps the kid just needed to know God cared about him enough to send someone to him to spend the day.

I guess what I am saying is maybe all a prophet is, is someone who hears Gods voice. Listens to his teachings and lives them. Someone like Abraham who not only hears the voice of God but listens to the voice of God. And when people like that exist, signs and wonders follow, because they believe. Miracles happen because they have faith. (Not the other way around). It was just bound to happen.

Well anyways, God bless friend.
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prophets

Prophets are indeed messangers from God. their messages are not always foresight. matter of fact they rarely are a foresight. mostly, messages are for encouragement, conviction, or to help those needing guidance. Often people wonder what God would have them do and a prophet can help with those answers. Remember God inspires the prophet what to say and it will usually be gentle..just like Christ...usually when a prophecy has been spoken it strikes a cord somewhere, so you can discern it's from God. Obviously anything extremely harse or contrary to scripture is not the voice of God. Only those at dangerous roads with God will receive a harsh message. The gift is available today of course and if you are on EXCELLENT terms with Christ and while speaking you find yourself saying things out of character but honest and feeling right then you could have the gift. Always pray on things not known and include others for verification. Good luck and God bless!
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Originally Posted by Brooke4Jesus
I think that the title is very specific. I know this is a calling that God gives us from birth. But I guess I am just tired of listening to those people who believe that they are prophets of God when they clearly are not.
I just want to know how you know whether you are called to prophet/prophetess or not.
A true prophet is one who hears the physical voice of God. There are only 6 true prophets on the Earth today. God does not give anybody the gift of prophecy at birth. God chooses those who he can use for his purpose only after testing them thoroughly.
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Originally Posted by Brooke4Jesus
I think that the title is very specific. I know this is a calling that God gives us from birth. But I guess I am just tired of listening to those people who believe that they are prophets of God when they clearly are not.
I just want to know how you know whether you are called to prophet/prophetess or not.
From experience. I do not think the title is as specific as you say. In the time of the prophet Samuel, these people were called seers. People who have the gift of prophecy also have other gifts. Moses is a prophet, yet often is not called one -- the same is true about John the Baptist.

I have had messages from God in many various ways... and they have come to pass.

That is experience.

Do I assert myself over other Christians? Absolutely not. I reason with them using Scripture, usually. What I have witnessed of the Lord effects directly how I view Scripture.

I am not here stating this as some kind of law for people to do: there are many different people in the Church and many different roles they can fulfill. What is right for me may not be right for them.

The higher gifts are open to everyone. We should seek them. But, the gifts are but shadows of things to come. They are temporary tools.

I view them as views of the age to come, like a dusty window with spots here or there where the sun shines through.

And that is how they are.

The Light is the Lord, and His Glory edifies us.
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IN NT TIMES CHRISTIANS WERE MEASURED IN THE THOUSANDS. AND WE HAVE SEVERAL EXAMPLES OF PROPHETS THEN. I CANT BELIEVE ONLY SIX IN EXISTENCE. I BELIEVE I HAVE THE GIFT, SO THAT WOULD LEAVE 5 LEFT. I ADMIT I DONT GET STRONG MESSAGES LIKE ISAIAH, JEREMIAH AND SUCH BUT THEY WERE IMPORTANT FIGURES IN BIBLICAL HISTORY. OBEDIENCE AND FELLOWSHIP HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH NOTICING YOUR GIFTS AND USING THEM EFFECTUALLY. I ADMIT I STILL NEED IMPROVEMENT. BUT I FEEL THERE WILL BE A PROPHET AT LEAST FOR EVERY MILLION BELIEVERS. THAT'S JUST MY OPINION. AS FAR AS PROPHETS COMPARABLE TO ISAIAH, EZEKIEL AND SUCH...YEH THERE MAY BE ONLY 6..THOSE MEN WERE WELL SURRENDER TO GOD. IF WE COULD ONLY BE SO CLOSE!....GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
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Originally Posted by humbletodd
IN NT TIMES CHRISTIANS WERE MEASURED IN THE THOUSANDS. AND WE HAVE SEVERAL EXAMPLES OF PROPHETS THEN. I CANT BELIEVE ONLY SIX IN EXISTENCE. I BELIEVE I HAVE THE GIFT, SO THAT WOULD LEAVE 5 LEFT. I ADMIT I DONT GET STRONG MESSAGES LIKE ISAIAH, JEREMIAH AND SUCH BUT THEY WERE IMPORTANT FIGURES IN BIBLICAL HISTORY. OBEDIENCE AND FELLOWSHIP HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH NOTICING YOUR GIFTS AND USING THEM EFFECTUALLY. I ADMIT I STILL NEED IMPROVEMENT. BUT I FEEL THERE WILL BE A PROPHET AT LEAST FOR EVERY MILLION BELIEVERS. THAT'S JUST MY OPINION. AS FAR AS PROPHETS COMPARABLE TO ISAIAH, EZEKIEL AND SUCH...YEH THERE MAY BE ONLY 6..THOSE MEN WERE WELL SURRENDER TO GOD. IF WE COULD ONLY BE SO CLOSE!....GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
You are right on this: fellowship is good for finding them... and obediance is crucial. We know we believe because we obey.

As for "every million", I do not agree with that.

The general concept is sound, it is just that far more have the gifts: as for playing the actual role, that is another matter. As for even knowing what is going on, that is another matter as well.

The Apostle actually says to seek the spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.

But, this is a hard saying to accept.

You should not assume that God's mysteries are finished with. Or, that there is nothing left to do.

Listen well to this:
Surely, the roots of the tree are exceedingly important, for the roots receive the water which feeds the whole tree.

But, what of the fruits of the tree?

Shall we not celebrate when the capstone is put on place?

Or is there greater darkness in the world back then, or today?

Today is a day for our lights to shine in this greater darkness. We must have more Christians out there believing the harder sayings. These prophets, are they not men like you? Would God so design the world so that He would have no one else to do anything? Would He hold back His grace?

I can say truly, most Christians have not studied the history of the Church. There are many incredible stories through the centuries. Yet, today is darker then ever and the battle in Heaven is ever so intense.

If you can simply believe there can be greater things given, they will be given. If you can believe that.

But, such things are very hard to accept.
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Originally Posted by Jimmy West
A true prophet is one who hears the physical voice of God. There are only 6 true prophets on the Earth today. God does not give anybody the gift of prophecy at birth. God chooses those who he can use for his purpose only after testing them thoroughly.
Really? How do you know there are only 6?
 


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