By Tiffany Bretana
The word of knowledge is a spiritual gift given by the Holy Spirit where you will know something that relates to someone that you would NOT know by your own natural knowledge.
1 Corinthians 12:8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit.
I had just finished taking the office of the prophet course in April of 2016, but I only started operating in this gift about May 2016, that I know of. The first remarkable instance was when I was minding my own business, when the Holy Spirit told me to tell my friend a simple word, “breakaway”. It wasn’t a term I would use at all. So I texted her and (hit send by faith) sent it to her immediately. She was surprised because it was a phrase that was a special secret phrase only known between her and her coworker when they needed to take a break at her former job. Then the Holy Spirit further told me other things that the Lord had spoken to her heart in private that I would have not known such as airbnb and it’s only a train ride away. This was a confirmation to her.
Words of knowledge impart faith to the ones it relates to as it confirming something the Lord speaks to that person personally or it relates to something that no one else would know but God illuminated to the person by the Holy Spirit. Words of knowledge are an important tool in prophetic evangelism as let’s the unbeliever know that God knows them personally and intimately whether they acknowledge God or not.
Another instance, I was just on a phone call with another prophet I hadn’t spoken to in awhile, a couple nights ago, and through visions the Lord brought up several things that were going on in that person’s personal life without her relating to me one thing. I was given visions for each person in the family of either something that each person enjoys doing and/or a certain mannerisms unique to that individual and how the Lord was speaking through these things. And with the words of knowledge the Lord gave words of wisdom.
Words of knowledge operate out of prophetic gifting and the office of the prophet. There is no limit to what can be revealed by the Holy Spirit in the past, present, or the future. The Holy Spirit has used all three modalities that I operate in with words of knowledge: eyes to see (visions), ears to hear (hearing), and hearts to perceive (discernment). I have heard from others that words of knowledge in prophecy should only be used for unbelievers, as words of knowledge impart faith. But I side with how it is written in 1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one FOR THE PROFIT OF ALL, as we all grow from faith to faith.
Here are a few scriptural references of the operation of words of knowledge:
✨Reveals the secret plans of the enemy✨
2 Kings 6:8-13 Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.” And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there.” Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice. Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?” And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” So he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and get him.” And it was told him, saying, “Surely he is in Dothan.”
✨Jesus knew who Nathaniel was and knew something about him.✨
John 1:43-51 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
✨Jesus tells the woman at the well her past✨
John 4:16-19 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.