We all know that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ prophesied. He prophesied of His death and resurrection, of wars and rumors of wars, of famines and of other world-changing events. However, few notice that Jesus also ministered in personal prophecy, giving individuals words of knowledge, wisdom, and prophecy.
Then he (Peter) began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly. (Matthew 26:74- 75)
The all too familiar prophecy Jesus gave Peter solidifies the fact that Jesus did give personal prophecies. As we study the Holy Scriptures, we discover there are many times personal prophecy was administered, Nathanael under the fig tree (ref. John 1:48-51), the thief on the cross at Calvary (ref. Luke 23:39-43), the woman at the well (ref. John 4:5-26), and the scriptural list continues.
It is very clear that giving a prophetic word in this day and time is of the Bible. Apostle Paul goes as far as to say that out of all the spiritual gifts we should seek the gift of prophecy. “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (1 Corinthians 14:1)
I still find it amazing that after all these years of ministering in personal prophecy, rejection from the church is still an obstacle of the prophetic message. In fact, the reason I preach this message is because I was told that prophesying to people was not in the Bible. I thank God for this erroneous statement being made. It helps me to be stronger and more determined to see that everyone receives the gift of prophecy.
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. (1 Thessalonians 5:19-20)