Atlantic Caribbean Union

ACUM places Emphasis on Spirit of Prophecy Weekend

Sabbath, October 8 is being observed as Spirit of Prophecy Day in the Inter-American Division. Accordingly, as a church, attention is being given to the gift of prophecy, one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and how it has been manifested in the life and ministry of Ellen White.
Consider the following official statement known as Fundamental Belief #18 of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
 
Belief Statement
            One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy.  This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G. White – the Lord’s messenger.  Her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth, which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction.  They also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested.
 
Functions of the Prophetic Gift in the New Testament
1.     They assisted in founding the church.  Eph. 2:20, 21
2.     They initiated the church’s mission outreach. Acts 13:1, 2; 16:6-10
3.     They edified the church. Eph. 4:12
4.     They united and protected the people. Eph. 4:14
5.     They warned of future difficulties.
6.     They confirmed the faith in times of controversy Acts 15:32
 
Many Christians believe that the gift of prophecy ceased at the close of the apostolic era.  But the Bible reveals the church’s special need for the divine guidance during the crisis at the time of the end; it testifies to a continuing need for and provision of the prophetic gift after New Testament times.
 
Continuation of Spiritual Gifts
            There is no biblical evidence that God would withdraw the spiritual gifts He gave the church before they had completed their purpose, which, according to Paul, was to bring the church ‘to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ’ (Eph.4:13). Because the church has not yet reached this experience, it still needs all the gifts of the Spirit.  These gifts, including the gift of prophecy, will continue to operate for the benefit of God’s people until Christ returns.
 
The Prophetic Gift Just Before the Second Advent
            God gave the gift of prophecy to John the Baptist to announce Christ’s first advent. In a similar way, we may expect Him to send the prophetic gift again to proclaim the Second Advent so that everyone will have the opportunity to prepare to meet the Saviour.
            In fact, Christ mentions the rise of false prophets as one of the signs that His coming is near (Matt. 24:11, 24). If there were to be no true prophets during the time of the end, Christ would have warned against anyone claiming that gift.  His warning against false prophets implies that there would be true prophets as well.
            The prophet Joel predicted a special outpouring of the prophetic gift just before Christ’s return.  He said, ‘And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; and also on My menservants and on my maid servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heaven . . . .’