Prophets Outside The Bible

Q. I have a question about sources of prophecy other than the bible. Do you really believe nothing but the Bible is able to prophesy future events? I have some personal experiences that beg to differ and many other people have been introduced to prophecy from sources other than the bible. Something out there is dropping hints about various things and occurrences to many people. I wonder what exactly it is?

A. I know there are lots of extra-Biblical sources of “prophecy”, but the Lord told us not to be guided by them. In fact in Deut. 18:20 He said if a prophet says something the Lord hasn’t commanded him to say, or speaks in the name of other gods we’re to put him to death.

He also said if a prophet ever says something that doesn’t come true we shouldn’t pay any attention to him (Deut. 18:22). Only God knows the end from the beginning and because of that all of His prophets have to have a 100% success ratio.

Today we have people who claim to have the gift of prophecy, spoken of by Paul in 1 Cor. 14:1. They are not the same as the prophets of old. Whenever I’m approached by a person like this I listen to what he or she says but wait until I have independent confirmation from someone else who doesn’t know what the first person told me. In this way I’m following the Biblical mandate that says a thing is established by the testimony of two witnesses (John 8:17). It protects me against the possibility that the person doesn’t really have the gift, or is a false prophet.

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