Spirit of Prophecy

An expression in Rev. 19:10 used by Seventh-day Adventists with several meanings. The text declares, “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” This means that Jesus is witnessing to the church through the medium of prophecy. James White interpreted this verse as follows in his Life Sketches: “The spirit, soul, and substance of prophecy, is the testimony of Jesus Christ. Or, the voice of the prophets relative to the plan and work of human redemption, is the voice of the Redeemer. Christ undertook the work of redemption, and who should inspire a book upon the subject but the Redeemer Himself?” (1880 ed. , pp. 335, 336). By extension of meaning, G. I. Butler, longtime president of the General Conference, defined the term spirit of prophecy as “that spirit which causes cert...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.