If the Bible is to be believed, prophecy and visions have long since been “sealed up”. Here’s my source for that:
Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks[a] are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of[b] sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.
25 “Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The street[c] shall be built again, and the wall,[d]
Even in troublesome times.
Yes, it’s complicated, and I don’t intend to spell it out in this post. If you’d like to discuss it, write me.
Now, even amongst people who agree with me that prophecy was sealed up in the First Century AD, there are still a surprising number of claims to prophecy today. Some will come right out and admit it, saying “I am a prophet.” Others are a little less direct with their claims. They say things like, “The Lord put it on my heart to….” or “I feel that the Lord is leading us to….”. And you’ll also hear other signs that people believe in prophecy. Things like: “Lord, please give Brother Billy the words as he preaches to us today” and “Lord please guide my mouth as I speak.”
Whether one realizes it or not, these are claims to prophecy. But if prophecy has indeed been sealed up, then all such claims would false, wouldn’t they?
And then there’s the matter of miraculous abilities. Certain prophets in the Bible could work miracles. Can today’s “prophets” work miracles?
So I thought I’d start making a list, sharing videos or quotations as I run across them.