The Bible is prophetic. It reveals God’s will through His Word and His works. It also reveals God’s plans and predictions.
Today, through the gift of prophecy, the Holy Spirit still inspires men of God to speak the words and will of God to others.
However, the written Word of God, the Bible, is already complete and nothing is to be added to it (Deut 4:2; Prov 30:5,6; Rev 22:18).
Modern-day prophecies should not add to or change what is already complete in the Bible.
Since the Bible is the ultimate source of truth, all other words and prophecies inspired by the Holy Spirit today must be compared to, or “judged” by, the Bible.
The Holy Spirit has already inspired what is in the written Word of God, and anything the Holy Spirit inspires today will agree with the Bible.
The Scriptures clearly tell us to judge all prophecy. “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge” (1 Cor 14:29). But how is this done?
There is a final “court of appeal” by which all the manifestations or gifts operating in the Church can be judged. It is the written Word of God.
“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word [i.e., the Bible], it is because there is no light in them” (Isa 8:20).
Peter calls the Word of God “a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as a light that shineth in a dark place” (2 Pet 1:19).
The Holy Spirit inspired the writing of the Word of God, and His working through others today will always agree with what is already in the Bible.
THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT IN BALANCE
It is wonderful to experience the gifts of the Holy Spirit manifesting in meetings and ministry situations.
But it is equally wonderful and important to be balanced believers who also stand firmly on the foundations of the Bible. We can and should be both Spirit-filled AND Bible-based believers!
There are many scripture verses that show the harmony between the Holy Spirit and the Word of God:
“The SPIRIT of the Lord spoke by me and His WORD was in my tongue” (2 Sam 23:2).
“I will pour out my SPIRIT unto you, I will make known my WORDS unto you” (Prov 1:23).
“The HOLY GHOST shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to SAY” (Lk 12:12).
“He…speaketh the WORDS of God: for God giveth not the SPIRIT by measure unto Him” (John 3:34).
“It is the SPIRIT that quickeneth…the WORDS that I speak…they are SPIRIT, and they are life” (John 6:63).
“SCRIPTURE must needs have been fulfilled, which the HOLY GHOST by the mouth of David spake” (Acts 1:16).
“They were all filled with the HOLY GHOST, and they spake the WORD of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).
“After that ye heard the WORD of truth…ye were sealed with that HOLY SPIRIT of promise” (Eph 1:13).