Prophetic Warnings: 5 Good Purposes of a Prophetic Warning

The following study is an excerpt from the Enliven Prophetic School Master Class on the topic of discernment and prophetic warnings:

A prophetic warning is an insight given by the Holy Spirit about a negative event that’s may happen, or is going to happen, in the future.

As we think about prophetic warnings, it is important we remember that our God is a Redeemer, a Saviour and a restorer—and that a prophetic warning given by the Holy Spirit is a gift from God.

Knowing this, enables us to maintain Heaven’s perspective in the midst of a trial.

Remember, Jesus said,
‘Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!’ (Matt 7:9-11)

So as we are weighing up a prophetic warning and determining what to do with it, this is the first thing to remember:

The purpose of a prophetic warning from the Father is for good, just as He is good.

There is a benefit in receiving a prophetic warning, even if we don’t initially see it.


With that in mind, here are 5 things God may be up to in sharing a prophetic warning with us, from a New Testament perspective:

1. The prophetic warning may be a means of protection—e.g. to warn of danger and prevent harm

In Matthew 2, an angel appears to Mary’s husband Joseph in a dream with a warning that Herod is about to search for the child Jesus to kill Him, and telling him to relocate his family in Egypt. (Matt 2:13)

2. God may send a prophetic warning to direct or redirect our actions in accordance with His will

This may also be related to protection. For example, we see in Matthew chapter 2 that God warns the wise men in a dream not to return to Herod. (Matt 2:12)

3. It may be given to help us prepare for an incident before it happens

In Acts 11, the Prophet Agabus prophesies about an upcoming famine and the church rallies to provide financial support. (Acts 11:27-30)

This is a reminder that a prophetic warning doesn’t always mean God is going to rescue us from a trial. The Apostle Paul had many warnings from the Holy Spirit about persecution—these helped prepare him in his resolve to face what was ahead.

4. It may be in order to call us to partner with Him in prayer or spiritual warfare

In Acts 20, Paul tells the Ephesian elders, ‘I only know that in town after town the Holy Spirit warns me that chains and afflictions await me.’ (Acts 20:23) God was preparing Paul for a future time of trial, and through that, He was also calling the churches and Christians to pray for Paul.

Prayer can be used of God to bring Divine intervention.

In 2 Corinthians 1, Paul says,
‘He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.’ (2 Cor 1:10-11)

5. The purpose of a prophetic warning may be to reconcile people to God

God’s great passion is reconciliation. This is the reason for the cross! A prophetic warning given to a person, or groups of people about the consequences of sin, is going to be with the aim of reconciling them to the Father. God’s motivation is one of love and Redemption.

A great example of this is the prophetic warning given through the Apostle John to the Church in Laodicea in Revelation chapter 3. After warning the church of the dire consequences of their spiritual luke-warmness, Jesus says this:

‘Behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me.’ (Rev 3:20 AMP)

God’s passion is always to restore and reconcile.


When the Holy Spirit gives us a prophetic warning, then knowing our Father’s nature is that He’s a Redeemer, and trusting in His goodness, we can have confidence that His purpose in sharing a warning to us is ultimately good, and a gift from Him.

A prophetic warning is going to be based in love, not fear.

And this helps us to weigh up…firstly, whether the warning we are receiving is in fact from God, and secondly, when it is from the Holy Spirit, how He may want us to share it, or respond to it.


Enliven Prophetic School: Discernment and Prophetic Warnings Master Class

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Modules currently include:

  • Foundations of prophetic ministry
  • How to hear God’s voice, begin and grow in prophecy
  • The Seer gift: how to grow in pictures and visions
  • Discernment and prophetic warnings: how to respond and share a prophetic warning
  • Prophetic Guidance: Hear clearly, process wisely, obey boldly

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12 thoughts on “Prophetic Warnings: 5 Good Purposes of a Prophetic Warning

  1. jose ramos

    yo sigo en el camino de obedecer al Señor…Tengo sueños de iglesias inundadas con agua cristalina,otras iglesias las veo sumidas en el fondo,rodeadas de aguas cristalinas,en ocasiones tengo sueños de fundar nuevas congregaciones aqui y alla. No obstante,me mantengo en oracion porque el Señor me diga,cuando seran estas cosas,y vuelvo a escuchar la palabra :ESPERA JOSE. En ocasiones me desaliento,y quiero dejar de orar,y romper mi siglo de oracion que tiene años,les ruego sus oraciones.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Jose,
      I love your prayer and your vision. May you see the fulfilment and the answer to your prayers, the river of life flowing in many places bringing healing and salvation. Your prayers and intercession are powerful! I stand with you – Father let Your glory fall on Mexico and Australia and the nations! I pray for you, Jose to be encouraged and strengthened in your faith.

  2. Francis

    Matthew 24:6-7
    “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.

  3. Nomvuyo

    In 2016 I wanted to leave my marriage but knew where I was spiritually I can’t just make such a decision without praying about it first.
    I prayed about it and some time later my younger brother operates in the prophetic was visited by an angel to warn me and him of some things. He tells me my spirit was also present.
    One of the things the Angel said was that we are concentrating too much on the men of God and the Lord wants to talk to us directly like the prophetic words we want to hear when we attend other prophets ministries, ,He wants us to get such words from Him directly

    The second warning was that “God hates divorce, there are so many angels around you and one wrong move can attract the wrong angels..
    When my brother shared this vision with me, I knew God was answering my prayer…that I should stay in my marriage and this angel was sent by God out of love and wanting to protect me and my brother.
    Thank you so much for your blogs, it blesses me…I a learning a lot, ,
    I received a prophetic mantle and two fruit shaped annointing bottles in my dreams, am still waiting for the appointed time for the gifts to operate

  4. Jara

    These are good general guidelines, Helen.

    Sometimes, prophetic warnings are more basic than this, though: just trying to keep the person alive long enough to accept Jesus’ salvation or show them what is hindering them from experiencing spiritual victory. Those kinds of warnings do not usually sound gracious to a high-minded believer and do not seem to have a high spiritual motive, but they are still messages from God.

    For example:

    1. Telling a person to eat more fruit and stay away from sweets (the prideful deacon who ignored me was diagnosed with stomach cancer weeks later)

    2. Telling a person to stay away from clubs and alcohol (the prideful son of a preacher ignored this and almost died from alcohol poisoning after “celebrating” for his birthday)

    3. Telling a person to come to church more (the prideful son of a pastor got shot and went into a coma, required the entire church to intercede for him to save him)

    4. Posting positive examples of church life in someone’s face (this prideful person STILL chose to go to work on Sunday morning instead of go to church and died in a car accident on his way to work)

    5. Quoting Ephesians 5:18-20 to an alcoholic (the prideful person ignored this warning, continued to binge drink, and got hit by a drunk driver with her son in the car, broke her leg, needed surgery, etc.)

    6. Posting examples of how God blesses obedience when we do not want to obey in people’s face and telling people to bless a prophet materially, so that God will hear and answer their prayers for provision with a “Yes” (0 people obey, continue to receive God’s “No” to their prayers, and they do not advance spiritually but believe they are still pleasing God)

    On and on…

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Jara,
      Yes indeed! it’s so true that adjustment is often needed in these basic areas! God cares about every aspect of our lives and our whole life (lifestyle and priorities) should be in alignment to Him ~ that’s discipleship.
      It’s interesting that you have observed the issue of pride at work – in these instances I believe we can be intentional about moving in the opposite Spirit – i.e. anointed humility and free of judgments (criticism and negative opinions) – only then can we see address what we discern and see pride disarmed.

  5. Richelle Walker

    I received a prophetic warning in a dream. In the dream I was lying on our bed and the door (which wasn’t the normal white bedroom door but was a narrower wooden door like the wardrobe door) started “growing” out towards the bed – getting wider. I reached out with my foot to stop it & there developed a contest of strength between this door and my foot. Finally it stopped resisting and went back to normal size. In this dream I felt threatened but when I woke up I had an understanding that something was going to happen that would encroach upon my personal “space” but God was saying it will be ok, it would only be for awhile. A short time later our son & daughter arrived and had to store a lot of their belongings in boxes in our small house around the edges of the walls. There were times when it would start to frustrate me then I’d remember the dream & know that it was all in God’s hands & would soon be over. Why the wardrobe door? I had personally restored this wardrobe, loved the natural timber & it was a product of my creativity. Similar to our son & daughter-in-law being a loved part of us. That door went through an upheaval in the restoration process before it was finished. It was a bit of an upheaval for this young couple too. Praise God was His loving concern for our everyday lives!!!

  6. Deborah

    This message is really from the Holy Spirit. As I receive more and more of your emails i know you are a true prophet of God. With myself serving as a 5 fold leader prophet at my own church you are an inspiration to me strengthing my convictions and confirming what Jesus is saying to his churches.

  7. Nahomie Riche

    I wanted to Thank you Sister Helen for your teachings.I am like a kid in a candy store, it’s not common for me to find such teaching full of The Holy Spirit, if that make any sense. To hear The Word of The Lord so clearly to me in your teaching is a delicacy to me. I’m jumping up and down in my spirit thanking The Lord! And I thank you, Sister Helen for your Service to The Lord that we, as a Church, is so in need of. I feel like we’re so hungry and dry as a Church…Anyways it was so refreshinglyto come across your teachings, thank you again

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you Nahomie, your comments have been a great encouragement to me today 🙂

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