Let the Prophets Speak ~ Reflections from Acts

“At that time there were prophets in the church of Jerusalem, and some of them came to Antioch. One of them, named Agabus, stood up in one of the meetings and prophesied by the Holy Spirit that a severe famine was about to come over Israel. (This prophecy was fulfilled during the reign of Claudius Caesar.) So they determined that each believer, according to his or her ability, would give an offering to send as relief to the brothers living in Judea. They set aside the gifts and entrusted the funds to Barnabas and Saul to take to the elders of the church in Jerusalem.” ⠀

Acts 11:27-30 TPT⠀

I feel the prophets around the world right now are really being tested in a way I have not seen in my experience. Many of them are being crucified within the Body of Christ. This grieves me. An inaccurate prophecy does not make a false prophet. New Testament prophets do not operate under the same guidelines as the Old Testament prophet. So we must not measure them against the Law.⠀

Part of the role of a prophet is to warn. This is what Agabus did in this passage in Acts 11. What I would like to clarify, however, is the importance of a redemptive plan with any warning from God. The Father does not leave us abandoned. If He truly does warn us of something, then it is His love to give us a prayer strategy or a way of escape so we may mitigate the plans of the enemy. This is one of the many purposes of prophecy. According to the protocol laid down in scripture, particularly 1 Corinthians 12-14, let a few prophets speak and let the rest weigh and judge the words given. ⠀

But we must allow the prophets to speak and be gracious when we don’t see the full picture or things don’t pan out the way we thought they would.⠀

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