Prophecy was taught in the Bible. Learn more about the Bible by going to our Bible quiz site.
A prophecy consists of divinely inspired words or writings, which a person receives through revelation from the Holy Ghost. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Rev. 19:10). A prophecy may pertain to the past, present, or future. When a person prophesies, he speaks or writes that which God wants him to know, for his own good or the good of others. Individuals may receive prophecy or revelation for their own lives. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/gs/prophecy-prophesy?lang=eng#p1
A well-documented, revealing, and powerful Biblical pattern is evident throughout the history of God’s dealings with His children as noted in Amos 3:7, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, save he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets".
When Jesus spoke in the Sermon on the Mount He warned of the rise of false prophets. (Matt 7:15). Some have assumed that the coming of Jesus Christ ended God’s reliance on prophets all-together. He did say, after all in Matt 11:13 “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.” This is certainly logical but does not bear with the rest of the biblical record for Peter, John and others continued to prophesy as God’s called and authorized servants. In fact, God made it clear, through the prophet Isaiah that the divine capacity to know future events is a unique capacity of God through His authorized servants, even though many have and will pretend to predict. (Isa 41:22-24) Hence, Jesus warned of false prophets not all prophets. He leaves it to us to learn to distinguish between the false and true by examining their fruits (Matt 11:15-16), and asking, seeking, and knocking in faith. It is certainly logical that if God called a prophet, He would want people to be able to discern between him and the false prophets. Couldn’t we expect that God would provide, for that true prophet and those seeking God’s current revealed word, some means of recognition; good fruit discernable by the honest in heart? Joseph Smith was given such a powerful fruit by which his calling as prophet can be tested. It is called the Book of Mormon; a sacred text revealing the dealings of God on the western hemisphere that serves as another testament of the resurrected Christ.
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