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 Public Revelation, but to help live 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 for the future. Private revelations approved by the Church, like in Fatima, Portugal, help us to understand the signs of the times and respond to them. Humanity would prevent WWII and Communist expansion responding to the message of Fatima. God has always safeguarded His people through 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 in The End Times.