Dr Bob Mayo

Bob Mayo

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When prophesying should we always add an explanation or interpretation of the prophecy? Is it our business to know?

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When prophesying should we always add an explanation or interpretation of the prophecy? Is it our business to know?

Answer

It is not up to you to interpret your own prophecies. A prophecy is always person-to-person; it is for the good of others and will be understood by others. The teaching in the Bible about prophecy comes in 1 Corinthians 14 – if you had a prophecy it would be God speaking supernaturally through you to the whole church; the goal of which would be the mutual benefit of all (1 Cor 14:26). A prophecy is largely positive in its character (1 Cor 14:3) – when a negative word is spoken, it is either not truly a word from God at all, or it is a word meant only for the individual, not for someone else - God does not reach our heart by confusing our minds. Paul draws a distinction between prophecy and tongues. Tongues are for our own private one-on-one devotional life with God. They need an interpretation, if spoken in public, but it is fine if no one understands them, because God will always understand what is being said. (1 Cor 14:2). What Paul calls ‘tongues’ are for the individual and will be understood and interpreted by the individual. A prophecy is for the Church and will be understood and interpreted by someone else in the Church.

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