Nothing has caused such devastation in churches as the ignorance regarding prophecies. The same way that Satan has used the trick of speaking in tongues, he has also taken advantage of the lack of spiritual discernment regarding prophecies. And the worst part is that a lot of knowledgeable people have also given in to the shams of the “prophets” who, by the way, are poorly married or frustrated with their love life.
The situation is so critical that prophecies, divinations, predictions of the future and even imposed unions, business partnerships and travel get mixed in the same bundle of illusions to deceive sincere unsuspecting people.
The Bible leaves no doubt as to the use of prophecy and teaches its purpose:
But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. I Corinthians 14.3
The prophet speaks to men (Church). This is, the prophet does not speak to a specific person in private. On the contrary, if the word is prophetic, then it comes from God, and if it comes from God, His guidance is to bless all of the Church, and never one specific person. After all, God does not make exceptions. So why would He speak to one or another in private?
The purpose of prophecy is for the EDIFICATION, EXHORTATION AND COMFORT OF THE CHURCH according to the biblical texts below. But, please read carefully and meditate:
But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church…
Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe. 1 Corinthians 14.3-4, and 22