Who created PROPHECY and for what reason(s)?
YAHUVEH (a.k.a YAHWEH) GOD Almighty created Prophecy mainly to redeem HIS people!
There is a saying that YAHUVEH reveals to redeem!
The best place to learn about Prophecy is the Holy Scriptures.
The HOLY BIBLICAL SCRIPTURES say:
Joel 2:28-30 Names OF GOD Bible (NOG)
THE LORD WILL POUR HIS SPIRIT ON ALL PEOPLE
28 “After this, I will pour my Ruach on everyone.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your old men will dream dreams.
Your young men will see visions.
29 In those days I will pour my Ruach on servants,
on both men and women.
30 I will work miracles in the sky and on the earth:
blood, fire, and clouds of smoke.
AMOS 3:7 NAMES OF GOD BIBLE (NOG)
THE LORD WILL PUNISH ISRAEL FOR ITS IMMORAL BEHAVIOUR
7 Certainly, Adonay Yahweh doesn’t do anything
unless HE first reveals his secret to HIS servants the prophets.
EZEKIEL 33:1-9 COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE (CJB)
EZEKIEL IS CALLED TO BE A WATCHMAN
33 The word of Adonai came to me: 2 “Human being, speak to your people; say to them, ‘Suppose I bring the sword on a country, and the people of that country take one of their men and appoint him their watchman. 3 Now if, upon seeing the sword coming against that country, he blows the shofar and warns the people; 4 then, if the sword comes and takes away someone who heard the sound of the shofar but paid no attention to it, the responsibility for that person’s death will be his own — 5 he heard the shofar but paid no attention, so the responsibility for his death is his own; whereas if he had paid attention, he would have saved his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the shofar, so that the people are not warned; and then the sword comes and takes any one of them, that one is indeed taken away in his guilt, but I will hold the watchman responsible for his death.’
7 “Likewise you, human being — I have appointed you as watchman for the house of Isra’el. Therefore, when you hear the word from my mouth, warn them for me. 8 When I tell the wicked person, ‘Wicked person, you will certainly die’; and you fail to speak and warn the wicked person to leave his way; then that wicked person will die guilty; and I will hold you responsible for his death. 9 On the other hand, if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he doesn’t turn from his way; then he will still die guilty, but you will have saved your own life.
2 Chronicles 36:15-17 Names of God Bible (NOG)
15 Yahweh Elohim of their ancestors repeatedly sent messages through his messengers because he wanted to spare his people and his dwelling place. 16 But they mocked Elohim’s messengers, despised his words, and made fun of his prophets until Yahweh became angry with his people. He could no longer heal them.
17 So he had the Babylonian king attack them and execute their best young men in their holy temple. He didn’t spare the best men or the unmarried women, the old people or the sick people. Yahweh handed all of them over to him.
PROPHECY is defined as follows:
A prophecy is a message inspired by YAH, a divine revelation and a spiritual gift and/or office from YAH.
A PROPHET is defined as follows:
A prophet is a person whom YAH anoints and uses as an instrument to bring forth a message inspired by YAH, a divine revelation from YAH to HIS People.
Prophecy was created by YAHUVEH GOD for mankind’s benefit. Note that Satan counterfeits YAHUVEH GOD’s creation SO BEWARE! Ask YAH for the Spirit of Discernment.
The HOLY BIBLICAL SCRIPTURES say that prophets “spoke from YAHUVEH/YAHWEH GOD as they were moved by the RUACH HA KODESH/SHKINYINYAH GLORY (a.k.a HOLY SPIRIT).” (2 Peter 1:20,21). So a prophet is one who receives YAH’S (a.k.a GOD’S) message and transmits it to others.—Acts 3:18.
Acts 3:18 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
18 But what God foretold through the mouth of all His prophets—that His Messiah was to suffer—so He has fulfilled.
IN TERMS OF THE GIFT OF PROPHECY, THERE IS THE OFFICE OF A PROPHET / WATCHMEN AND THE GIFT OF PROPHECY IN A DIFFERENT WAY.
Some people are called to be PROPHETS / WATCHMEN whereas others just speak a PROPHETIC WORD every now and again. The RUACH HA KODESH (HOLY SPIRIT) can move people to prophesy once in a while. This does not necessarily mean that they are YAH’S Called Prophets. They just have the gift to be used as and when appropriate.
Those that are called to be YAH’S True Prophets / Watchmen will know as YAH will make it very clear to them in their WALK OF FAITH WITH YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH. Theirs is a tough calling.
There are many false prophets and they need to be discerned with the help of the RUACH HA KODESH constantly.
2 PETER 1:20-21 COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE (CJB)
20 First of all, understand this: no prophecy of Scripture is to be interpreted by an individual on his own; 21 for never has a prophecy come as a result of human willing — on the contrary, people moved by the Ruach HaKodesh spoke a message from God.
YAH used and uses several methods to transmit HIS thoughts to HIS (appointed) Prophets:
- Direct Speech. YAH used this method in at least one case by directly supplying to Moses the Ten Commandments in written form.—Exodus 31:18.
Exodus 31:18 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
18 When HE had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, HE gave the two tablets of the Testimony to Moses—tablets of stone, written by the finger of YAHUVEH/YAHWEH GOD.
Writing. YAH used this method in at least one case by directly supplying to Moses the Ten Commandments in written form.—Exodus 31:18.
Exodus 31:18 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
18 When HE had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, HE gave the two tablets of the Testimony to Moses—tablets of stone, written by the finger of YAHUVEH/YAHWEH GOD.
Oral communication through angels. For example, YAH used an angel to instruct Moses about the message he was to deliver to Pharaoh of Egypt. (Exodus 3:2-4, 10) When precise wording was crucial, YAH directed angels to dictate his message, as he did when he told Moses: “Write down these words, because in accordance with these words, I am making a covenant with you and with Israel.”—Exodus 34:27. *
Exodus 3:2-4 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
[a] 2 Then the angel of Adonai appeared to him in a flame of fire from within a bush. So he looked and saw the bush burning with fire, yet it was not consumed. 3 Moses thought, “I will go now, and see this great sight. Why is the bush not burnt?”
4 When Adonai saw that he turned to look, He called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”
So he answered, “Hineni.”
Exodus 3:10 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
10 Come now, I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people Bnei-Yisrael out from Egypt.”
Exodus 34:27 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
27 Then Adonai said to Moses, “Write these words, for based on these words I have cut a covenant with you and with Israel.”
Dreams and Visions. These were sometimes given while the Prophet was awake and fully conscious. (Isaiah 1:1; Habakkuk 1:1) Some were so vivid that the recipient participated in them. (Luke 9:28-36; Revelation 1:10-17) At other times, visions were conveyed while the recipient was in a trance. (Acts 10:10, 11; 22:17-21) YAH also transmitted his message by dreams while the prophet slept.—Daniel 7:1; Acts 16:9, 10.
Isaiah 1:1 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah:
Habakkuk 1:1 Names of God Bible (NOG)
1 The divine revelation that the prophet Habakkuk saw.
Luke 9:28-36 Names of God Bible (NOG)
Moses and Elijah Appear with Jesus
28 About eight days after he had said this, Yeshua took Peter, John, and James with him and went up a mountain to pray. 29 While Yeshua was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly, both Moses and Elijah were talking with him. 31 They appeared in heavenly glory and were discussing Yeshua’sapproaching death and what he was about to fulfill in Jerusalem.
32 Peter and the men with him were sleeping soundly. When they woke up, they saw Yeshua’s glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As Moses and Elijah were leaving him, Peter said to Yeshua, “Teacher, it’s good that we’re here. Let’s put up three tents—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” Peter didn’t know what he was saying.
34 While he was saying this, a cloud overshadowed them. They were frightened as they went into the cloud. 35 A voice came out of the cloud and said, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen. Listen to him!”
36 After the voice had spoken, they saw that Yeshua was alone. The disciples said nothing, and for some time they told no one about what they had seen.
Revelation 1:10-17 Names of God Bible (NOG)
10 I came under the Spirit’s power on the Lord’s day. I heard a loud voice behind me like a trumpet, 11 saying, “Write on a scroll what you see, and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12 I turned toward the voice which was talking to me, and when I turned, I saw seven gold lamp stands. 13 There was someone like the Son of Man among the lamp stands. He was wearing a robe that reached his feet. He wore a gold belt around his waist. 14 His head and his hair were white like wool—like snow. His eyes were like flames of fire. 15 His feet were like glowing bronze refined in a furnace. His voice was like the sound of raging waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword. His face was like the sun when it shines in all its brightness.
17 When I saw him, I fell down at his feet like a dead man. Then he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the first and the last,
Acts 10:10 Names of God Bible (NOG)
10 He became hungry and wanted to eat. While the food was being prepared, he fell into a trance.
Acts 22:17-21 Names of God Bible (NOG)
17 “After that, I returned to Jerusalem. While I was praying in the temple courtyard, I fell into a trance 18 and saw the Lord. He told me, ‘Hurry! Get out of Jerusalem immediately. The people here won’t accept your testimony about me.’
19 “I said, ‘Lord, people here know that I went from synagogue to synagogue to imprison and whip those who believe in you. 20 When Stephen, who witnessed about you, was being killed, I was standing there. I approved of his death and guarded the coats of those who were murdering him.’
21 “But the Lord told me, ‘Go! I’ll send you on a mission. You’ll go far away to people who aren’t Jewish.’”
Acts 16:9 Names of God Bible (NOG)
9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man from Macedonia. The man urged Paul, “Come to Macedonia to help us.”
Daniel 7:1 Names of God Bible (NOG)
Daniel’s Vision about Four Animals
7 In Belshazzar’s first year as king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream. He saw a vision while he was asleep. He wrote down the main parts of the dream.
Mental guidance. YAH guided the thoughts of his Prophets to convey his message. This is the sense of the Bible’s statement: “All Scripture is inspired of YAH.” The phrase “inspired of YAH” can also be rendered “YAH-breathed.” (2 Timothy 3:16; The Emphasised Bible) God used his holy spirit, or active force, to “breathe” his ideas into the minds of his servants. The message was YAH’S, but the prophet selected the wording.—2 Samuel 23:1, 2.
2 Samuel 23:1-2 Names of God Bible (NOG)
David’s Last Words
23 These are the last words of David:
“Here is the declaration by David, son of Jesse—
the declaration by the man whom El raised up,[a]
whom the Elohim of Jacob anointed,
the singer of Israel’s psalms:
2 “The Ruach Yahweh spoke through me.
His words were on my tongue.
DOES PROPHECY ALWAYS INVOLVE FORETELLING THE FUTURE?
No, BIBLE PROPHECY is not limited to foretelling the future. However, most messages from YAH relate to the future, even if only indirectly. For example, YAH’S prophets repeatedly warned the ancient Israelites about their evil ways. Those warnings described the future blessings if the people would heed the warning, as well as the future calamity if they refused. (Jeremiah 25:4-6) The actual outcome depended on the course that the Israelites chose to follow.—Deuteronomy 30:19, 20.
Jeremiah 25:4-6 Names of God Bible (NOG)
4 “Even though Yahweh has sent all his servants the prophets to you, you haven’t listened or paid attention to them. 5 The prophets said, ‘Turn from your evil ways and the evil you have done, and live in the land that Yahweh permanently gave to you and your ancestors. 6 Don’t follow other gods to serve and worship them. Don’t make me furious about the idols your hands have shaped. Then I won’t harm you.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 Names of God Bible (NOG)
19 I call on heaven and earth as witnesses today that I have offered you life or death, blessings or curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants will live. 20 Love Yahweh your Elohim, obey him, and be loyal to him. This will be your way of life, and it will mean a long life for you[a] in the land that Yahweh swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
EXAMPLES OF BIBLE PROPHECIES NOT INVOLVING PREDICTIONS
On one occasion when the Israelites asked YAH for help, HE sent a Prophet to explain that because they had refused to obey YAH’S commands, HE had not helped them.—Judges 6:6-10.
When YAHUSHUA spoke to a Samaritan woman, HE revealed things about her past that HE could have known only by divine revelation. She recognized HIM as a Prophet even though HE had made no predictions about the future.—John 4:17-19.
At YAHUSHUA’S’ trial, HIS enemies covered HIS face, hit HIM, and then said: “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” They were not calling for YAHUSHUA to foretell the future but for HIM to identify by divine power who had hit HIM.—Luke 22:63, 64.
YAH SPEAKS THROUGH HIS PROPHETS
Prophets / Watchmen are appointed by YAHUVEH / YAHWEH to deliver messages regarding judgment, pure worship, and the Messianic hope.
DURING the period of the kings of Israel and Judah, a special group of men came to the fore—the PROPHETS / WATCHMEN. These were men of extraordinary faith and courage who delivered God’s pronouncements. Consider four important themes developed by YAH’S PROPHETS.
1. The destruction of Jerusalem. Long in advance, YAH’S Prophets / WATCHMEN—Isaiah and Jeremiah in particular—began warning that Jerusalem would be destroyed and abandoned. In vivid terms, they revealed why the city had incurred YAH’Ss anger. Her claim to represent YAHUVEH / YAHWEH was belied by false religious practices, corruption, and violence.—2 Kings 21:10-15;Isaiah 3:1-8, 16-26; Jeremiah 2:1–3:13.
2. The restoration of pure worship. After 70 years in exile, YAH’S people would be freed from Babylon. They would return to their desolate homeland and rebuild the temple of YAHUVEH / YAHWEH in Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 46:27; Amos 9:13-15) About 200 years in advance, Isaiah foretold the name of the conqueror—Cyrus—who would defeat Babylon and allow God’s people to restore pure worship. Isaiah even detailed Cyrus’ unique battle strategy.—Isaiah 44:24–45:3.
3. The Messiah’s arrival and his experiences. The Messiah would be born in the town of Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2) He would be humble, presenting himself in Jerusalem, riding upon an ass. (Zechariah 9:9) Though gentle and kind, he would be unpopular, and many would reject him. (Isaiah 42:1-3; 53:1, 3) He would experience a cruel death. Would his life then be over for all time? No, for his sacrifice was to make possible the forgiveness of sins for many. (Isaiah 53:4, 5, 9-12) Only his resurrection could accomplish that.
4. The reign of the Messiah over the earth. Imperfect humans are really unable to govern themselves peacefully, but the Messianic King would be called Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Jeremiah 10:23) Under his rule, all humans would be at peace with one another and even with all the animal creation. (Isaiah 11:3-7) Sickness would vanish. (Isaiah 33:24) Even death would be swallowed up forever. (Isaiah 25:8) During the Messiah’s reign, people who had died would be resurrected to life on earth.—Daniel 12:13.
—Based on the books of Isaiah,Jeremiah,Daniel,Amos,Micah,and Zechariah.
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DANIEL 12 COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE (CJB)
PROPHECY OF THE END TIME
12 “When that time comes, Mikha’el, the great prince who champions your people, will stand up; and there will be a time of distress unparalleled between the time they became a nation and that moment. At that time, your people will be delivered, everyone whose name is found written in the book. 2 Many of those sleeping in the dust of the earth will awaken, some to everlasting life and some to everlasting shame and abhorrence. 3 But those who can discern will shine like the brightness of heaven’s dome, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.
4 “But you, Dani’el, keep these words secret, and seal up the book until the time of the end. Many will rush here and there as knowledge increases.”
THE WORDS ARE SEALED UP
5 Then I, Dani’el, looked; and I saw in front of me two others, one on this bank of the river and the other on its other bank. 6 One of them asked the man dressed in linen who was above the water of the river, “How long will these wonders last?” 7 The man dressed in linen who was above the water of the river raised his right and left hands toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times and a half, and that it will be when the the power of the holy people is no longer being shattered that all these things will end.
8 I heard this, but I couldn’t understand what it meant; so I asked, “Lord, what will be the outcome of all this?” 9 But he said, “Go your way, Dani’el; for these words are to remain secret and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many will purify, cleanse and refine themselves; but the wicked will keep on acting wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand. But those with discernment will understand. 11 From the time the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12 How blessed will be anyone who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. 13 But you, go your way until the end comes. Then you will rest and rise for your reward, at the end of days.”
1 CORINTHIANS 12 COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE (CJB)
GIFTS OF THE RUACH HA KODESH
12 But, brothers, I do not want you to go on being ignorant about the things of the Spirit. 2 You know that when you were pagans, no matter how you felt you were being led, you were being led astray to idols, which can’t speak at all. 3 Therefore, I want to make it clear to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says, “Yeshua is cursed!” and no one can say, “Yeshua is Lord,” except by the Ruach HaKodesh.
4 Now there are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. 5 Also there are different ways of serving, but it is the same Lord being served. 6 And there are different modes of working, but it is the same God working them all in everyone. 7 Moreover, to each person is given the particular manifestation of the Spirit that will be for the common good. 8 To one, through the Spirit, is given a word of wisdom; to another, a word of knowledge, in accordance with the same Spirit; 9 to another, faith, by the same Spirit; and to another, gifts of healing, by the one Spirit; 10 to another, the working of miracles; to another, prophecy; to another, the ability to judge between spirits; to another, the ability to speak in different kinds of tongues; and to yet another, the ability to interpret tongues. 11 One and the same Spirit is at work in all these things, distributing to each person as he chooses. 12 For just as the body is one but has many parts; and all the parts of the body, though many, constitute one body; so it is with the Messiah. 13 For it was by one Spirit that we were all immersed into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free; and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
14 For indeed the body is not one part but many. 15 If the foot says, “I’m not a hand, so I’m not part of the body,” that doesn’t make it stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I’m not an eye, so I’m not part of the body,” that doesn’t make it stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If it were all hearing, how could it smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged each of the parts in the body exactly as he wanted them. 19 Now if they were all just one part, where would the body be? 20 But as it is, there are indeed many parts, yet just one body. 21 So the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you”; or the head to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be less important turn out to be all the more necessary; 23 and upon body parts which we consider less dignified we bestow greater dignity; and the parts that aren’t attractive are the ones we make as attractive as we can, 24 while our attractive parts have no need for such treatment. Indeed, God has put the body together in such a way that he gives greater dignity to the parts that lack it, 25 So that there will be no disagreements within the body, but rather all the parts will be equally concerned for all the others. 26 Thus if one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; and if one part is honored, all the parts share its happiness.
27 Now you together constitute the body of the Messiah, and individually you are parts of it. 28 And God has placed in the Messianic Community first, emissaries; second, prophets; third, teachers; then those who work miracles; then those with gifts of healing; those with ability to help; those skilled in administration; and those who speak in various tongues. 29 Not all are emissaries, are they? Not all are prophets, are they? or teachers? or miracle-workers? 30 Not all have gifts of healing, not all speak in tongues, not all interpret, do they? 31 Eagerly seek the better gifts.
But now I will show you the best way of all.
YEREMYAHU / JEREMIAH 1 COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE (CJB)
1 These are the words of Yirmeyahu the son of Hilkiyahu, one of the cohanim living in ‘Anatot, in the territory of Binyamin. 2 The word of Adonai came to him during the days of Yoshiyahu the son of Amon, king of Y’hudah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It also came during the days of Y’hoyakim the son of Yoshiyahu, king of Y’hudah, continuing until the eleventh year of Tzidkiyahu the son of Yoshiyahu, king of Y’hudah, right up until the time Yerushalayim was carried away captive, in the fifth month.
4 Here is the word of Adonai that came to me:
5 “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you;
before you were born, I separated you for myself.
I have appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.”
6 I said, “Oh, Adonai Elohim, I don’t even know how to speak! I’m just a child!” 7 But Adonai said to me, “Don’t say, ‘I’m just a child.’
“For you will go to whomever I send you,
and you will speak whatever I order you.
8 Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you, says Adonai,
to rescue you.”
9 Then Adonai put out his hand and touched my mouth, and Adonai said to me,
“There! I have put my words in your mouth.
10 Today I have placed you over nations and kingdoms
to uproot and to tear down,
to destroy and to demolish,
to build and to plant.”
11 The word of Adonai came to me, asking, “Yirmeyahu, what do you see?” I answered, “I see a branch from an almond tree [a]. 12 Then Adonai said to me, “You have seen well, because I am watching [b] to fulfill my word.”
13 A second time the word of Adonai came to me, asking, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a caldron tilted away from the north, over a fire fanned by the wind.” 14 Then Adonai said to me, “From the north calamity will boil over onto everyone living in the land, 15 because I will summon all the families in the kingdoms of the north,” says Adonai,
“and they will come and sit, each one, on his throne
at the entrance to the gates of Yerushalayim,
opposite its walls, all the way around,
and opposite all the cities of Y’hudah.
16 I will pronounce my judgments against them
for all their wickedness in abandoning me,
offering incense to other gods
and worshipping what their own hands made.
17 “But you, dress for action; stand up and tell them
everything I order you to say.
When you confront them, don’t break down;
or I will break you down in front of them!
18 For today, you see, I have made you into
a fortified city, a pillar of iron,
a wall of bronze against the whole land —
against the kings of Y’hudah, against its princes,
against its cohanim and the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you,
but they will not overcome you,
for I am with you,” says Adonai,
“to rescue you.”