Foretelling vs. Forthtelling: Understanding Prophecy

The right interpretation of God’s true Word has been significantly corrupted by mainstream religion and its superficial concentration on pleasure and wealth.

Prophecy, as well as its rightful significance, have been greatly distorted. Many pretending to be prophets have downgraded the gift to worldly fortune-telling instead of empowering and offering hope to people from the knowledge of God’s purpose.

Much modern prophesy has devolved into commercialized psychic mediums centered on coincidental projections of fleeting delight. Because their beliefs are founded on overexposure to questionable prophecy, many people with legitimate prophetic gifts may fail to acknowledge the power they have.

It is critical to recognize that the role of prophets and prophecy has evolved since the Old Testament period. The prophets of ancient were distinct from today’s prophets in that they championed the growth of God’s people. Most of Yahweh’s plan for His children hasn’t yet been revealed, if at all, in that eras, therefore His people’s confidence was based on the message of prophecy. The church fathers prophetic’ mission was to clearly unveil and sanctify the law, as well as foresee the advent of Jesus so that New Testament Christians could have faith in the promises to come. Prophecy, which is being practiced today, serves a somewhat distinct yet separate purpose.

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Foretelling vs. Forthtelling

Prophecy has two intents: it can both “foretell” and “forthtell.”

Foretelling is the proclamation of events in the future as unveiled by the Almighty, with a focus on God’s kingdom.

To forthtell is to speak forth, disclose anything that can only be revealed through divine inspiration; proclaim the supernatural will, explain God’s plans, or publicly announce in any manner the message of God intended to influence humanity. Prophets are the only ones who can discover and explain it.

The first is foretelling, which is speaking about unforeseeable events in the future. While this feature is not lost, its importance has altered as we near the end times. The greater destiny of humanity has already been spelled out in the bible, and there isn’t much of a “new” Kingdom plan to reveal. Furthermore, the bible instructs us to not change or alter anything at all in the Bible as it is. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Revelation 22:18-19). The only entirely mysterious aspects of the future are on the other side of our complete redemption, and prophecy will have stopped throughout this period (1 Cor. 13:8-13). So, in more ways than one, prophesying that far into the future appears to grossly misrepresent scripture.

Because it is complete, the message is enough to nourish us. People are uninformed of the extent of God’s compassionate purposes for His people, which is stated in The Bible. This is a serious issue that prevails now and has existed since the start of history. People and the Body of Christ everywhere have shown a dangerous lack of understanding of Holy Scripture, which is His relationship with us. This is precisely why prophecy has been twisted to such extreme levels today, and why prophets like Elijah and Jeremiah spent so much of their time assuring God’s people of His laws. The kingdom of Satan is continually working to twist the truth.

Foretelling has been and still is a key element of prophecy. As we come to the end of this time, prophets will be called upon to fearlessly and plainly declare the spiritually clouded truths of God’s commandments and blessings across the full church. The essential duty of prophecy today is to disclose the misinterpreted or unacknowledged realities of God’s Covenant. For all those who study their Bible and are frustrated by things they don’t comprehend, the prophetic gift of foretelling reveals the Bible Author’s benevolent purposes.

Foretelling (predicting or telling something before it happens). It aims to foresee the future. It foreshadows or reveals upcoming people, events, and circumstances. It may also focus on current events (i.e., those occurring at the time of the prophet), or it may look ahead to the future. It is generally a very wonderful gift from God, and those who possess it serve in the role of a Prophet. Acts 21:10-11 contains an example of foretelling, in which Prophet Agabus predicts what will happen to Paul in Jerusalem.

Acts 21:10-11 “And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles”

Another instance is Moses’ recording of Genesis 1’s story of creation. He was given a divinely inspired narrative of what happened during the first week of earth’s history, despite the fact that he was clearly not alive at the time.

Forth-telling is a term used to describe the act of delivering a message to others or things that are based on inspiration. This has to do with using the gift of prophecy for your own personal enrichment, in which you declare the word of God about you and everything that concerns you under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In the book of Ezekiel, the Prophet spoke to the dry bones, a perfect illustration of this in the Bible.

Ezekiel 37: 4 “Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord” 

Although not everyone is qualified to serve as a Prophet (foretelling), anyone can bear the gift of prophecy (forth-telling).

Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”

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