A Gift of Prophecy is puffed-up, the Spirit of Prophecy gives Life.
A Gift of Knowledge vs a Gift of Prophecy:
Nathanael said to Jesus, How do You know me? [How is it that You know these things about me?] Jesus answered him, Before [ever] Philip called you, when you were still under the fig tree, I saw you.
This is not a Prophecy, it is knowledge yet not a gift but the Spirit of Knowledge because it does not have any characteristics of a gift.
There is a Gift of knowledge and the Spirit of Knowledge, a very fine line separates and distinguishes the two.
The bottom-line is either its a gift/spirit of knowledge or a gift/spirit of Prophecy.
A gift/spirit of Knowledge does not carry Life, it only strengthens the belief and(perhaps the faith) of the hearer.
Knowledge edifies the recipient.
Our so called Prophets trending all over South Africa with preeminent names and the 'Can I Prophesy' These Prophets are operating in a gift of Knowledge which only edifies the flesh of the hearer.
Yet many jump out of their skins in outrageous glee mistaking a mere knowledge as a Prophecy.
Jesus further said to Nathaniel:
Nathaniel, you are over the moon because I say I saw you under the fig tree? This is nothing, you will see greater things because you believe, no need to 'RECEIVE' because there is nothing to receive.
Had Natahaniel not believed, he wouldn't have qualified to see greater things.
So, Knowledge paves the ground for greater Life yet knowledge benefits nothing to the Hearer.
Note that Jesus never poked Nathaniel to incite the Knowledge in Him like our Prophets do.
He never said:
"Can I finish you just small-small"
No, the Spirit of Knowledge does not seek after its own, it is not vainglorious like the gift of knowledge.
So, our Prophets are operating in this gift of Knowledge and require the Hearers to praise them first so that, according to them, they can go deeper.
Jesus never said 'I see' He said 'I saw' and surely He never said this at the highest of decibels to flaunt his Spirit of Knowledge.
Our Prophets flaunt their gifts, after all, all gifts are vainglorious.
No Prophecy has ever come out from even those who are reputed to be pillars. They all speak Knowledge.
Knowledge that puffs up.
Knowledge is in the past. (I saw)
Prophecy is futuristic (You shall see greater things)
The Spirit of Knowledge(Past) and of Prophecy(Future).
"Pray for America, I see a looming war"
This is not a Prophesy but a puffed up knowledge.
Albeit puffed up, it becomes accurate most of the times.
"Bob will die in December 2018"
Was this a Prophecy?
Yes it was albeit puffed up and vainglorious.
Did it come to pass?
No, never, a gift of Prophecy is in part, Prophets see dimly.
So in the stead of the vultures screaming saying:
"Pro.... Greater One"
They must actually say:
"Show off your gift of Knowledge Seer One Thousand"
"You are Nathaniel".
This is not a Prophesy dear Vultures.
The Spirit of Prophecy relates the problem and the solution. It gives Life.
The Samaritan woman said:
Here is a man who told me everything.
Evrything is not in part, it's the whole package, the Divine and the Natural.
Even dead bones have the gift of Knowledge and vultures prefer the Living Dead.
Let us stop flocking into the valleys of dry bones in search of what will tickle our ears.
Desire the Truth that sets free.
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To God be the Glory
Source: Opera News