Why So Many Different Types of Prophetic Words?


Have you ever wondered why there are so many different types of prophetic words?  I have, and I’ve oftentimes wondered why this is so.

I’m not talking about those types of words that are false, way out, unscriptural, or the like.  I’m referring to those prophetic words that one can tell truly do come from the throne of God.

We see words that speak of God’s promises, mentioning that we can be healed, provided for, and protected through whatever comes our way.  Then on the other extreme, we see words that speak of the impending judgments of God which are to come to us.

The words unfold a panorama of the earth opening up with people struggling to escape.  We hear about how our nation and others, will be invaded by outside forces.  We hear about how God is angered by the hypocrisy of the church, and how He will find the true David’s to be exalted who will be the new leaders.

Each one of these types of words are true.  Each of them comes out of a true communion with the Holy Spirit and hearing God’s voice correctly.

What I believe is that each individual is unique in how they were created.  Each person is unique in the many experiences that they have had in their lives.  Each individual is also unique in what portions of scripture that they read and absorb.

Some have been led or choose to read, such portions of scripture like the psalms or proverbs more than other books of the Bible.  Some are drawn to the prophets, both the major ones and the minor books.  Still others focus on the epistles of Paul or the writings of Peter or James.  All of the Bible is the word of God.

Perhaps you have read prophecies that seem to be scriptural in content primarily.  The words of the prophecy are filled with scripture.  It’s almost like it’s word-for-word scripture.

There’s nothing wrong with this of course.  I believe that these types of prophecies come to those who are young in the gift and God wants to be certain that He can trust us with speaking these types of words first.

As we can be trusted, then He can expand and entrust us with different types of messages from His Spirit.  It’s also true and it has been said many times, that there is a difference between those who have the “gift of prophecy,” and those who have been called to prophetic ministry, and ultimately, those who have been called to the prophetic office.

There is a difference in depth and content, and the counsel of God between each of these individuals.  But I would even say, that there is a difference in the flow and content and substance, between each person that may have been called to the office of prophet.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,”   2 Timothy 3:16.

Each of the various books of the Bible speak to another aspect or character of God.  When a person senses that the Holy Spirit is beginning to give them a prophecy to a certain group, area, or the body of Christ, then the Holy Spirit draws out what they have read in the word.

The Holy Spirit draws out what their relationship with God is like, and through this union, then the words begin to flow.  I believe there’s more to this than what I’ve said, but because of the uniqueness of each person, because of the language of the logos word, and because of the different facets of God, then each word spoken through each vessel will be different.

I believe that this helps us understand why there are so many different types of prophecies going across the internet and being heard in our churches and assemblies.

As I’ve said, some are most likely “fluff,” and some can come out of an angry or hurt spirit.  Our own spirits, the influences of the enemy, and a variety of other things, can taint the prophetic word.  That being said, there is still a myriad of prophetic words that are true and are anointed.

May we be able to discern what is true and what is not true.  But let us also not throw the baby out with the bath water and despise prophecy:

“Quench not the Spirit.  Despise not prophesyings.  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good,”   1 Thessalonians 5:19-21.


~ Stephen Hanson

Prophet Stephen HansonStephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since.  In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God.  Will we be prepared and ready?

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