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How do you evaluate a prophecy?

Submitted: 2/22/2006
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Question: My question is, if you get a prophecy, how do you tell if it is truth from God or from this individual's carnal mind? What are most prophecies about when given to an individual person? A friend of mine got one at his church and the prophecy said that he would not live to be old...this kinda sounds like a psychic type to me...is this what most prophecies are about? I have never gotten one before, so I was just curious as to how to tell when it's a true prophecy. Thanks. In Jesus' name.

Answer: The Bible says that when one person prophesies, the others should judge or evaluate the prophecy (see 1 Corinthians 14:29). The idea is that people do not have to accept every prophecy at face value. The wise and mature people present should make a determination as to whether or not it is of God. The Bible says that prophecy is given for the edification, exhortation, and comfort of the church (1 Corinthians 14:3). This is certainly a valid basis for evaluation.

We cannot judge the prophecy you have mentioned because we were not present to hear all that was said.