In this, the third in a series of teachings, Dr. Don G. Pickney deals with the nature of personal prophecy in the New Testament Church today. He suggests that it is possible to be using "right tools" in a "wrong manner," and thereby do an injustice to a good thing God has given the body of Christ.
He shows unique differences in "prophecy" of the Old Testament and the New Testament. He says, "Two separate things having the same name, yet operating in totally different ways.
In OT prophecy, for example, the scripture says that, "holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (2Peter 1:21) In the Greek it is, "anthropos Hageos" (men holy). The world "holy" referencing the "men" is the word "Hageos," meaning "placed in a fixed position, separate to speak these things not of their own will." These men, when God would move on them, had no choice but to speak.
Even when the OT Prophet, Balaam, wanted to speak a prophecy for Balak, King of the Moabites, cursing Israel, when he eventually opened his mouth to do so, what came out was blessing for Israel instead. When he was approached by Israel's enemy to prophecy, he initially told the messengers of the enemy king, "Stay the night and I will inquire whether I can go with you or not. The next morning he informed them he could not go. Later, they returned with a new message from the King: Numbers 22:17 KJV "For I will promote you unto very great honor (with riches and influence) and I will do whatsoever thou say to me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people."
Balaam was tempted, so he said to them, "Stay the night, for I will inquire again whether or not to go." Now, under the influence of a rich bribe, the Prophet became deceived and hear a word that he could go. Of course, he told himself and the messengers, even "for a house full of silver and gold" he could not prophecy anything except what God said, but he was mentally convinced that he could effect words to suit the king.
When he arrived at the destination to perform the prophetic act, he opened his mouth to fulfill the wishes of the king just to find that words of the opposite came forth out of his mouth and he wound up blessing, not cursing, Israel, much to the displeasure of his host King.
This is the meaning in 2Peter 1:21, "Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." This distinguishes these OT prophets from their counterparts of the New Testament. The latter part of this verse "moved by the Holy Ghost," is "phero hupo pneumotos hagaos (moved by the Spirit Holy). The word "moved" is the Greek, "phero." This Greek word means "to bear upon, carry between the shoulders, to drive, be driven." It denotes that these men had no more choice than an oxen that has been yoked to fulfill the will of its master. They spoke because they were "moved (phero) to speak by God, the Holy Spirit Himself. It was God speaking literally through their mouths. It was indeed the "Word OF the Lord," not just "a word FROM the Lord."
Today, if someone prophesying comes to you and says I have the "Word OF the Lord" for you, they are mistaken in the weight of authority with which they are prophesying. They are placing a wrong context on their prophecy. The only "Word OF the Lord" I can give you is "biblical scripture." If I prophesy to you, I am responding to something "within me" not something "upon me" as is the connotation of the OT prophecies.
You will want to view this scriptural contextual teaching of "Prophecy & Biblical Prophecy" to better understand the NT gift of the Holy spirit called, "prophecy."