Predictive Prophecies Of The Bible (Pt 1): Derek Prince (Transcript)

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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher

We were going to say 1st Chronicles chapter 28 verse 20, but I’ve decided we’ll say the one from Psalm 118. I haven’t warned Ruth. This is really our testimony, both of us. I don’t think we would be either of us here if this Psalm weren’t true. It begins with verse 13 and goes through verse 18. And the person addressed in the first place is the enemy, but then it goes on to God.

Psalm 118:13-18: You pushed me violently, that I might fall, but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. The LORD has chastened me severely, but He has not given me over to death.’

And if the Lord has not given you over to death, you’re not going to die. Oh, we’ve helped, I don’t, I suppose hundreds of people by teaching them to say, I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord. I think it’d be only fair to you to let you say that. Say it after us the first time.

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. Amen.

Okay. Now, I plan a series, six messages, of which this is the first. And the theme of them will be: The Predictive Prophecies of The Bible. I say of the Bible, because there are prophecies that are not recorded in Scripture. I believe in the gift of prophecy today. I believe there are prophets.

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But there’s one extremely important difference between the prophecies of the Bible and prophecies that may be given today. And it is this: the prophecies of the Bible have already been tested.

David said that the Lord — His word is tested. And he said in Psalm 12:6: The words of the Lord are like silver, purified in a furnace of earth seven times. That’s a vivid picture. The silver is the message. The furnace is the Holy Spirit. And the earth is the human vessel. But though they’ve been given through human vessels, they’ve been so purified by the Holy Spirit’s fire, that they are totally reliable. You do not have to check the prophecies of the Bible.

But any other prophecies given today, you need to test them. You do not need to swallow them whole. I’ve often said to people, you know what to do when you eat fish. Swallow the flesh and spit out the bones. Do the same with the kind of prophecies that are going around in the church today. It’s become very fashionable to be a prophet.

As a matter of fact, it wasn’t nearly so fashionable with the real prophets. They had a pretty tough time, most of them. As a matter of fact, the truth is that even being an apostle is not really fashionable. I was preaching in Ghana on the ministry gates. And there was a several thousand mostly young African men.

And I gave the picture of the apostle. And I said, How many of you would like to be apostles? And a lot of them stood up.

I said, Wait a minute, let me give you the job description before you apply. And I read what I can’t read tonight: 1 Corinthians chapter 4, where Paul describes what it’s like to be an apostle. He said, We are the refuse and off-scouring of all things. We’re the last in the procession on our way to death.

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