Dr. Don G. Pickney begins the fourth part of this series reminding us of the difference between personal (inspired) prophecy and Biblical prophecy.
In personal prophecy there is a coming together of the natural and the divine, God flowing His divine will and words, as He illuminates a human mind utilizing the natural vessel of a man or woman. Jesus spoke of this:
Matthew 13:52 AMP “He said to them, Therefore every teacher and interpreter of the Sacred Writings who has been instructed about and trained for the kingdom of heaven and has become a disciple is like a householder who brings forth out of his storehouse treasure that is new and [treasure that is] old [the fresh as well as the familiar].
For this reason the Apostle Paul wrote:
1Thessalonians 5:19-21 AMP “Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit; (20) Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the prophets [do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation or warning]. (21) But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.”
So in personal gift of prophecy, or hearing the prophets today in the Church, we are to take Paul’s instructions, understanding Jesus’ words that the natural element within a man or woman, when flowing under the divine inspiration of the Spirit, does not cease to be human. Pastor Don reminds us that the gifts of the spirit flow in the “super-natural.” Within that context is the “super” (God’s perfection) and the natural (human imperfection), both elements interworking to bring forth God’s will. It is for this reason that Paul instructed us to “test and prove all things for that which is good and to that, hold fast.”
But when opening God’s written Word to find biblical prophecy, we are looking at the “divine.” God’s servant in ministry must develop special maturity, wisdom and skill in biblical interpretation, understanding the most important principle of biblical prophecy is to, first and foremost, make certain that each scripture is identified correctly within its contextual setting, before attempting to present it in connection with other scriptures to bring forth God’s plan and purpose. Skill in “connective scripture” is vital to anyone attempting to teach biblical prophecy. This is vital since “connective scripture” is how God brings forth His understanding to us of things to come:
Isaiah 28:9-10 LITV “To whom shall He teach knowledge? And to whom shall He explain the message? Those weaned from milk, those moving from breasts? (10) For precept must be on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, there a little.”
Pastor Don, in this teaching reminds us of this important part of biblical interpretation which he calls “connective scripture,” (line on line, line on line; here a little, there a little.) as Isaiah instructed.
In this audio/video opportunity, you will see how this is accomplished as a great revelation of the “abolishment of death,” giving faith to be “alive and remain” until the coming of Christ is unveiled in the teaching.
Get ready again this week for much revelation in this series by Dr. Don G. Pickney