A prophet is one who speaks for GOD to man. He does not necessarily have to foretell the future, although that is a valid prophetic ministry. The Prophet foretells a word from GOD that reveals GOD’s plans for the Church. The qualifications and validation of a true prophet is the gift of discernment, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, a intimate intercessory prayer life, a deep knowledge of the word and a accurate prophetic word that is confirmed.

Biblical profits such as Isaiah, Jesus and John revealed GOD’s plan on a Macro (overall) scale prophesying all the way through to the end of time on earth, basically “The End”. In essence, they told us what the end of the maze will look like. Today GOD uses prophets to give direction and correction to the Church by revealing GOD’s plan on a Micro (condensed scale). In essence, modern prophets, through the unction of the Holy Spirit, let us know which way to turn within in the maze in order to make it to the end of the that was foretold by the major prophets.

According to 1 Corinthians 14:3, prophecy is given to edify, exhort and comfort the Church. In other words, prophecy should build up, stir up and cheer up. Sometimes a hard message, a correction, will come forth, such as a call to repentance, but it will always result in building, not destroying. A good example of a New Testament prophet is Barnabas, who is called “son of consolation or exhortation” (Acts 4:36). He exhorted the body to purposefully and steadfastly hold onto the Lord(Acts 11:23-24). Other New Testament prophets are John the Baptist (Luke 1:76) and Agabus (Acts 11:27-28; 21:10-13). John was sent forth to speak as a prophet through the tender mercy of GOD (Luke1:78). True prophecy will always be tempered with mercy.
The Ministry Office of the prophet involves being "moved by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:21) in prophetic utterance, which centered upon:
  • Providing direction (1 Kings 22:7 and 2 Kings 5:10)
  • Giving words of correction (Ezek. 3:18)
  • Pronouncing divine decrees (of GOD's judgments or blessings) (seen in major portions of Old Testament writings of prophets)
  • Moving in revelation knowledge (prophecy by Isaiah in Isa. 44:28-45:3, fulfilled in Dan. 10, 150 years later)
  • Laying foundations in the Church (Eph. 2:20)
  • Impartation of spiritual gifts (1 Tim. 4:14: Apostle Paul joined with prophet Silas and possibly prophet Judas to form presbytery)
  • Anointing ministries (the three ministries of the Old Testament were anointed by prophets: the first king, Saul, was anointed by the prophet Samuel 1 Sam. 10:1; the first High Priest, Aaron, was anointed by the prophet Moses Ex. 28:41, Ps. 133:2; prophets anointed by other prophets: Elijah anointed Elisha, 1 Kings 19:16)
  • Partaking of the secrets of GOD (Amos 3:7)
To identify a false prophets (1 John 4:1), GOD sets clear guidelines:
  • Prophecies should be time-tested (Acts 11:28).
  • The words of a prophet are judged by church leadership (1 Cor.14:29).
  • Any prophecy should be confirmed independently (2 Corinthians 13:1).
  • Any prophecy should line up with Scripture, "the sure word of prophecy" (2 Peter 1:19-21).