"The Way of G-d"
Part 3: "The Soul, Inspiration, Prophecy, and the Supernatural"
Chapter 3: "Inspiration and Prophecy"
Don't think for a moment that the prophetic experience is at all static or
pre-fit. In fact, it happens on many levels, encompasses different nuances
and hues, and is colored by a number of phenomena.
For some prophetic experiences last long, while others are sudden then
gone; some are overwhelming, others are of little effect; some touch upon
universal cataclysm, others on local minutiae, etc. Yet despite the
variables, the one common denominator is the surety the prophet senses that
he's in the midst of a prophetic experience.
There are other times, though, when someone experiences a low degree of
communication loosely referred to as "Divine Inspiration" (which it really
isn't) or a "cryptic message". When that happens, the recipient doesn't so
much sense revelation but rather a "hunch" or a "feeling" that this or
that is true.
Just know that that a recipient of true Divine Inspiration (which is
actually subordinate to real prophecy, it should be pointed out) would
still-and-all know that he or she was experiencing the "real thing", since
it would be so clear and vivid.
This series is dedicated to the memory of Yitzchak Hehrsh ben Daniel,
and Sarah Rivka bas Yaakov Dovid.
Copyright © 2003 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and torah.org
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