Beware extra-biblical revelation!

The end of the end time is here. Technically, the end time is the time between Jesus’ ascension and the moment He calls us to Him in the air in the rapture. It is when the full number of the Gentiles comes in and concludes the Church Age. (Romans 11:25; Acts 15:14-17). But now is the end of the end time, the time when God said,

“It will come about after this, That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams,Your young men will see visions. “Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”(Joel 2:28-29)

Many people today claim the ability to prophesy, mistaking the intent of the verse. All revelations are concluded. Jesus was the last prophet and in the latter days God spoke through Him, (Hebrews 1:1-2). Prophets of old were to reveal truth from God. That is what the OT prophets did. Jesus revealed truth to us in His personal ministry on earth; and then He, God and the Holy Spirit revealed all truth to us through the bible. There are no new revelations. The end of the Book of Revelation states,

“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.” (Rev 22:18). We are warned not to take away anything from this book, either. (Rev 22:19). Though the correct interpretation of those verses is not to add or take away the prophesies in the Book of Revelation, the concept holds and extends to the rest of the bible, do not add anything to the bible, nor take anything away.

What Joel was speaking of in the end days of prophetic utterances, is that the Spirit would reveal deeper understandings to believers designated to exhort, explain, and above all, be consistent with what is written in the bible.

Apologetics Index defines extra-biblical revelation as:

–Information or content outside the Bible. Thus, any form of knowledge or experience which gives us information concerning God, His Work or His Will, which is not directly quoted in scripture…
–Teachings, concepts and practices claimed to be supported by or taught in the Bible, but which are based on incorrect interpretation. In hermeneutics, the study of the methodological principles of interpretation, this is known as “eisogesis” super-imposing a meaning onto the text), as opposed to “exegesis” (drawing the meaning out of the text).

I’ve heard people say that they have heard of people who are directly spoken to by Jesus (possible) and that He said to do this or that – which is not in the bible. Uh-oh. If they say they have received prophetic word from the Spirit or Jesus or God that is not consistent with what is already written, they are FALSE. Do not believe what these false prophets say if it cannot be found in the bible and/or is not consistent with what God has already said. He does not contradict Himself. He concluded His revelations to us. The prophesies of which we are not to despise (1 Thess 5:20) are the ones already in the bible and are being exhorted by the strength of the Spirit through Godly men and women who explain them to those who are unfamiliar or do not understand. They are to urge believers to apply the prophesies to daily life, or to illustrate how short the time is so that we may be diligent, and encouraged. The prophesies are not new utterances. People who say they have an inside track and are receiving new utterances are false prophets. I can’t be more plain in warning you.

Test all things. If someone comes, saying “I heard a Word from Jesus and He said …” then be a Berean (Acts 17:11). This is the verse which commended the believers at Berea not to take the Word at face value, but says the believers “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

If someone comes and says “I heard a word from the Lord and it is not in the bible but He specially prepared me to receive it and then reveal it” you know instantly that that person is a false prophet, one we were warned about (Mt 24:11, Mt 24:24, 2 Peter 2:1). Even if the person says something that later comes true, do not believe that person. (Mark 13:6; 21-22)

The bible is God’s standard. If you want to violate His standard and accept utterances from men who are false prophets giving extra-biblical revelation that tickle your ears, that is your choice. But it is the wrong one.