A Place of Pondering

Spirit of Prophecy

(Nov.-Dec. 2010 – Niceville, Florida)

What it is

A testimony of Jesus Christ. Prophet=witness also known as Spirit of Freedom, Spirit of Revelation. A Testimony relates to Christ past, present, and future. It’s not about foretelling so much as forth telling Christ in All things. You can see the future because you see Christ as the infinite Being He is! All who are disciples of Jesus Christ have the Spirit of Prophecy. The words of Isaiah are plain to those who have the Spirit of Prophecy 2 Nephi 25:4. The ancient prophets wrote their records according to the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation, Joseph Smith used the same Spirit to view Christ past and translate The Book of Mormon.

What it does

Causes those who have it to testify of Jesus Christ whether past, present, or future. The End result is the More Sure Word of Prophecy. Essentially, your testimony of Christ becomes so sure, the veil is taken or rent from you. You see Him as He is and know as you are known!

How to obtain

Prayer and fasting, sacrificing devotion, becoming more like Christ. (Christlike Attributes), relating all things to Him (Condescension of God) study of scriptures especially those which Christ has directed us to read to see the Prophecies therein. Liken the scriptures to you AND to Christ! en this gift by strengthening my Testimony of Jesus Christ. Thus, this gift goes hand in hand with believing others testimonies and knowing Jesus Christ is my Savior and the Son of God.

Personal Journal Entry (before I had a study journal): Fri. Nov. 19, 2010 Niceville, Florida

The Spirit of Prophecy is the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 19:10 In this passage John the Beloved is about to worship the angel speaking to him and teaching him. The Angel tells him not to because he is a fellow servant of Christ and has a testimony of Jesus Christ and that is why he is prophesying to John (because of his testimony. How will I know when I have the Spirit of Prophecy? When I testify of Jesus Christ, when I see how He relates to different things. For instance, today we went to the Chabots and after awhile of cards, we talked to Allie. She had the question of the Soul (PMG pg. 107) “Why do bad things happen to good people?” or “Why does God allow suffering and evil to occur?” First, we taught her about how Lucifer rebelled against God and became the Devil. We explained how his plan was to force us to do everything right and how against the will of God that was. Then I thought of Alma 14:9-11 which, as it happens, is the exact scripture Preach My Gospel uses to explain this question. We talked to her more and she explained how she wants to help people and because of the experiences she has had she is able to understand other people in those situations. She is a comforter for those people and I noticed the parallel between her being a comforter and Christ being a comforter. This part of her testifies of him whether she realizes it or not. This is part of the Spirit of Prophecy, being able to recognize and gain testimony of Christ in all things. To conclude the story, Allie basically finished by saying she is just about ready to be baptized. I was thrilled and didn’t quite know what to say and of course the distractions came almost immediately after in the form of Zach playing with Elder Call…

Personal Journal Entry: Sat. Nov. 20, 2010 Niceville, Florida

The Spirit of Prophecy and the Spirit of revelation go hand in hand. I looked up prophecy in True to the Faith and it redirected me to Spiritual Gifts and to Revelation. Essentially, revelation is receiving instruction, counsel, and learning from God. Enlightenment, intuition and every other such word help describe Revelation. So, it seems, through the Spirit of Revelation I learn new things and through the Spirit of Prophecy coupled with Revelation I gain testimony and understanding of how these things relate to Jesus Christ. Doctrine and Covenants 131:5 describes when and how I will know I have the Spirit of Prophecy in its Fullness. It is called the More Sure Word of Prophecy and it means knowing I am sealed up unto eternal life by revelation and the Spirit of Prophecy. So, the two gifts together bring a final result of Eternal Life. So, to gain further these gifts, I need to seek revelation and seek to relate All things to Jesus Christ and to talk and testify of Christ all the time. It is very exponential.

Personal Journal Entry: Thur. Nov. 25, 2010 Niceville, Florida

Today I read a lot of Ether. Moroni talked about how if anyone has faith like the brother of Jared, the veil over their minds will disappear and the revelations will unfold before them. I think this describes the process leading up to the More Sure Word of Prophecy where Eternal Life is certain. Definitely something for me to work towards and it gives me hope knowing how often it has been done in the past.

Personal Journal Entry: Fri. Nov. 26, 2010 Niceville, Florida

Ether (more accurately Moroni) talked about how the revelations given to the Brother of Jared are sealed up but that John the Beloved would share Revelation and whoever would have faith and use their gifts of the Spirit while studying Revelation would have them unfolded before them. So I began reading Revelation looking for the Spirit of Prophecy. In Revelation 2 , the unique phrase “He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Churches in this case is each Dispensation and the Spirit had cross-referenced or foot-noted Gifts of the Holy Ghost. This phrase was repeated 7 times between chapters 2 and 3 with a new statement each time along with it, each one saying “He that overcometh…” One says they are given to eat of the tree of life, the second says they shall not be hurt of the second death. The third says they will be given hidden manna, and a new name on a white stone. The fourth says they will be given the morning star. This is ultra significant because I investigated and found it is another name for the 2nd Comforter, or More Sure Word of Prophecy, or Election made sure. Brother Manwaring talked to me about it at dinner and said he found via cross-reference that the Morning Star is Jesus Christ. For the Disciples, the 1st Comforter was Jesus Christ and the 2nd Comforter was the Holy Ghost. For us, the Holy Ghost is 1st and Jesus Christ is 2nd, so He is the More Sure Word of Prophecy, the Morning Star. How awesome! The other two statements in Revelation say they that overcometh will be a pillar in the temple of God and the last one says they will sit with Christ in His throne. In Jesus the Christ (which I began reading today as well) page 15 references a book by John Taylor “Meditation and Atonement” pg. 93, 94 that references a scripture (Job 38:4-7) that says the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy. To me, this means those who had been redeemed and received Eternal Life, maybe even those that will yet receive such a marvelous gift. To become a morning star, how splendid!

Personal Journal Entry: Mon. Dec. 6, 2010

Today I realized something else about a Testimony of Jesus Christ. It isnt just about bearing Testimony or witnessing that He is. The mountains, the trees, everything testifies of Him without doing anything. Even the devils testify of Him but he silenced those that possessed people because these are not the testimonies He desires to hear. The statement of the damned knowing He is their master and the only Way. A huge part of a testimony is the way I live my life. In this way, my testimony can be of how He is helping me attain Salvation and how I am learning to be like Him rather than just a statement that He is. A testimony is Living like Him and as He would have me live it. That doesn’t mean pretend to be something I am not. I still am me with my quirks and personality, but I should strive to rid myself of all ungodly parts. To transform my character and personality into one of my own, yet Christ’s in how I am righteous. What a powerful yet simple perspective I am gaining of the Spirit of Prophecy or Testimony.

References:

2 Nephi 25:4 The words of Isaiah are plain to those who have the Spirit of Prophecy.

Mosiah 5:3 Were it expedient, we could Prophesy of all things.

Alma 17:3 They had given themselves to much prayer and fasting; therefore they had the Spirit of Prophecy and of Revelation.

1 Nephi 5:10-18 When my father saw all these things (the Brass Plates) he was filled with the Spirit and began to prophesy concerning his seed. (He saw the future of his posterity because he saw how the scriptures relate to Christ.)

1 Nephi 10:17-19 I was desirous to see, hear, and know. He that diligently seeketh, shall find, and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them.

1 Nephi 11:6  Because thou believes in the Son of the most High God, thou shalt behold the things which thou hast desired (vs. 7 And ye shall see and bear witness of Christ)

1 Nephi 15:3,11 He (Lehi) spake many things which were hard to be understood save a man should inquire of the Lord, and if ye ask in faith, with diligence in keeping my commandments, and harden not your hearts, surely these things shall be made known to you.

1 Nephi 19:23 That I might more fully persuade them to believe in Christ, I did read that which was written by Isaiah. I did liken it to us!

2 Nephi 6:4 I would speak concerning things which are and which are to come; wherefore I read you the words of Isaiah.

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