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Prophetic School


Worldwide Great Commission Fellowship conducts a Prophetic School. 


What is the Prophetic?


In Western religion, prophecy is the divine gift of speaking the truth, especially about the future. One who speaks prophecy is called a prophet.
Nature of prophecy
Prophecy often consisted of a warning that God's wrath would destroy the people if they disobeyed God or did not repent. Prophecies sometimes included promises of blessing for obeying God or repenting. Warning prophecies feature in Jewish scripture (Elijah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, etc.) and in the ChristianNew Testament (John the Baptist, Jesus, etc.). Prophecies sometimes foretell the coming of a divine figure, such as Jesus, or appear in apocalyptic literature, such as Daniel or Revelation.
Some prophecy represents the divine truth but not about the future, such as when prophets decry sin without predicting judgment.
New Testament
According to the New Testament, John the Baptist prophesied Jesus' arrival. Jesus is also depicted prophesying the arrival of the Son of Man and imminent judgement on unrepentant sinners. The gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke share the same incident, where the disciples were pointing out how magnificent the Second Temple in Jerusalem was, when Jesus then replied by prophesying its destruction.
The Book of Revelation in the New Testament is accepted by many Christians as a prophecy that includes divine promises of an anointedmessiah or Christ that would: lead the people in war, personally issue judgement at the end times, and Armageddon (see Eschatology, Bible prophecy and "End of the World").
Christians believe that Jesus fulfilled many of the promises spoken in Old Testament prophecy, including that he would be called 'son of God', and that he will return in the future and fulfill other prophecies such as those in the Book of Revelation. In the New Testament, many Christians see most of Jesus' life as God speaking through Jesus.
In the New Testament the prophet is often referred as one of the fivefold ministries or spiritual gifts that accompany the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The five ministries being; Apostles; Prophets; Evangelists; Teachers and Pastors. (Eph. 4:11) The focus of prophecy is not just future events though, this is only part of the prophetic gifting. Jesus often brought words of comfort, exhortation or general uplifting to those in need. Paul teaches in Corinthians that it is for the benefit of the whole body. But it is important for God to speak to believers as he does through prophets of the Hebrew Torah.
Various other groups have claimed the gift of prophecy in more recent centuries. There are many accounts from the early Scottish Reformation of prophecies that came to pass. Jack Deere's book Surprised by the Voice of God recounts many examples of such prophecies.

Prophecy in the Modern Church

Since the early 1900's, the number of Christians prophesying has greatly increased with the growth of the Pentecostal movement. Pentecostals believe in the gifts of the Spirit operating in the church today. The Charismatic movement, which started in the 1960's, started as an acceptance of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the use of spiritual gifts by groups within mainline churches, also believe in the gift of prophecy.
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