How I Measure a Prophet

How does a person know when a prophet is legitimate? There are prophets everywhere you look. They flood the internet forums, Youtube channels, and private conversations. People often seek the voice of the one whose words closest match their own belief systems.

Some look for clues: Do their predictions come to pass? Do they feel a warm feeling in their presence? Do they preface their remarks with “Thus saith the Lord!”

There has always been dissenting voices whose predictions and gospels go in every direction. There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of prophets these days. Always someone telling us that they have the truth that will usher in Zion, or that God has revealed to them His true path. Because I write my spiritual experiences in detail, I am also compared to others whose revelations contradict my own.

My suggestion to anyone who is confused by the many prophets in our midst – ask yourself this question, “What does their message do to me?”

In my experience with those claiming a prophetic calling I have been admonished to do the following: invest in gold, move to a safer location, do more family history, pay more money to a cause, study more, buy their books, join their exclusive group, be respectful, refer to them as a prophet, teach their doctrine, and it goes on!

If this is a “prophet,” I am NOT one of these!

Yes, I share much of what I have experienced; however, I only teach or admonish one thing – seek the Lord with all your heart that you may know Him personally. This is what I refer to as REPENTANCE.

My calling is simple, to awaken as many PROPHETS as I can! It is not my job to predict the dates of events, or to build a church. It is not my job to condemn others for not believing as I do. It is my work to help others to know the Lord so that we will be ready when He calls us out to gather the remnants of Israel to a place prepared.

If you are wondering whether someone is a true prophet you should first ask God and receive a personal revelation. Second, look for the fruit. What does their message do for you? Are you closer to Christ?

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5 Responses to How I Measure a Prophet

  1. Andreas says:

    That’s my understanding of true prophets too. They are people of extraordinary vision (obtained from the Lord) with the task of awakening and equipping people to reach their full potential in Christ. If they start exercising influence in a controlling/manipulating way they operate outside the will and grace of the Lord and become a stumbling block. They are not to make people dependable on themselves, but point people to the Lord and be catalysts to their growth, serving from below (as Jesus washed Peter’s feet).

    I like the way Paul puts it. He says prophets equip the saints:

    “And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct], [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity].”
    ‭‭EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:11-13‬ ‭AMP‬‬
    http://bible.com/1588/eph.4.11-13.amp

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  2. Rebecca Brent says:

    Thank you for this post! I wish everyone I knew would read it. This is such a big issue right now. In my experiences praying for understanding on this subject, and how to tell the difference, I was told that His true messengers feed His sheep. I asked how? I was told that they feed His sheep by leading them to eternal life. I knew this meant teaching them the true doctrine of baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost.
    So THANK YOU for your message, I truly feel fed!

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  3. kevin says:

    Do you believe, or maybe you know, that all the Prophets from Joseph on down to Russell M. Nelson are true prophets that receive direct revelation for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Jesus Christ? Thanks – Kevin

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  4. I only bear testimony of Christ. Prophets are many, and require a personal revelation for the individual.

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  5. onestilllearning says:

    Just catching up on old posts so I’m late to this one. I’ve been asking myself this question for the last few years also. In studying it out in my mind before taking this question to God for revelation I’ve asked, What are characteristics of a true Prophet of God? I’m reminded of a song years ago I accompanied my Dad singing the song “Oh That I Were An Angel” which takes the words from Alma 29:1 It reads “Oh that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!” And also in DC 6:9 and DC 11:9 God instructs, “Say nothing but arepentance unto this generation; keep my commandments, and assist to bring forth my work, according to my commandments, and you shall be blessed.” One key characteristic is to teach repentance, that this is the way to come unto Christ. Obviously this isn’t the only characteristic. But if a man says words that are pleasing to people and make them feel safe in their place before God, it may likely be an indication he didn’t get his message from God. True Prophets historically have been hated by most of the world and ostracized from the people. True Prophets are not well loved of a wicked generation. A true Prophet never points to himself nor takes glory unto himself or will talk of himself as an example of anything to be like. Quite the opposite he always points to Christ as who to follow and make a pattern to live by. Sad to say this kind of Prophet is rare in these days.

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