The Miriam-Webster dictionary of English language defines prophecy as “an inspired utterance of a prophet.” It further refers to prophecy as “a prediction of something to come.” While these two descriptions are accurate, the dictionary tells us still that it is “specifically: the inspired declaration of divine will and purpose.” There’s hardly any description that can be more accurate, because prophecy is about God and His Word and how He plans to use it to affect human life on earth.
To do that, He separates some people to Himself, called prophets, and put His Word in their mouth, to speak to whoever and in whatever place of His choosing, and to speak exactly what He says to them–no more and no less. In GOD’S END-TIME MOVES, shown below, the topic of Prophecy occurs in chapter six, page 58. And will here give the first few lines regarding this topic, in order to help others better appreciate God and His will for His creation.
“Prophecy is God’s stated intentions communicated through a prophet. It is usually a statement of what He wants to do or bring about in the world. God communicates His intentions to a human being, a prophet, who has been enabled by God to hear Him speak.” This is the crux of the matter; that God, by His own wisdom alone, chooses those whom He enables to receive messages from Him for onward transmission to fellow human beings, with only one purpose in mind–to enable us live in His created earthly space the way He would have it done. In other words, the prophetic utterance is given to mankind to help us understand how we ought to relate to God and to one another, and above all, to please God. There is no living a Godly life which is not based on His will. To do His will is to hear His truth, to believe it and live it.
Prophetic utterances and declarations, based on visions and revelations, are given solely for one purpose; to reveal God’s will and how to do it. All other things follow once this is in place. And the numerous other attendant things following such revelations and/or visions fall into one of two categories. Is it pleasing to God? or is it in opposition to God’s will? Put another way, are all our motives and intentions right with God, or have the people, including the prophet, set out to please themselves?–2 Timothy 3:2 & 4. Prophecy is Word revealed by God to do what He says it will do or can do.