Prophecy is a gift of speaking a message from God inspired by the Holy Spirit, which can never be in contradiction to the Scriptures or to the official teaching of the Church. “In every age the Church has received the charism of prophecy, which must be scrutinized but not scorned,” explained Cardinal Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI.
“Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” (1 Corinthians 14:1)
“Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22)
A prophetic word delivered correctly can change your life, because prophecy should always edify, encourage and comfort. The role of a private revelation is not to complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Refer to the articles A Word of Prophecy and Public and Private Revelations.
Prophecy does not mean to predict the future but to explain the will of God for the present, and show the right path to take for the future. Prediction of the future is of secondary importance. Private revelations approved by the Church, such as in Fatima, Portugal, help us to understand the signs of the times and to respond rightly to them. The Lord has always safeguarded His people with the prophets in difficult periods when the people were discouraged or destroyed. “Lord, let there not be a lack of prophets among your people!” preached Pope Francis. The Church is now passing through great darkness, persecutions and insidious attacks.
Prophecy has shown us to live our times, and it is critical in The End Times. The remedies recommended in Fatima, if heeded, could have prevented WWII and Communism and altered the future.