This the supposed ability of perceiving things or events in the future or beyond the normal capacity and limitations of our five senses. This psychic or extra sensory perception (ESP) is often associated with the New Age movement and relies on the wrong spiritual input – it is Satan’s counterfeit.  God strongly condemns consulting with any psychics and mediums, those who practice divination, astrology or any form of witchcraft as they give unreliable messages and deceitful predictions (Ex 22:18; Deut 18:9-13; Lev 19:31; 2 Chr 33:6; Zech 10:2).

However, God spoke supernaturally through the OT prophets – they could reliably foretell the future, and ‘see’ events that had not yet happened, and know things that had not come through their five senses (1 Sam 9:9). Today we need to be discerning as there are those claiming to speak for God, yet

Go to the right source

this can be mixed with their own predictions and views. We are instructed to "Not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold to the good" (1 Thes 5:20,21). In Christian counselling God may give a word of knowledge, or prophetic insight about issues unknown to bring clarity and emotional healing. This is not clairvoyance or ESP rather it the Holy Spirit ministering into situations so we “may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way” this includes the natural intuition to sense when something is not right (1 Cor 12:8; Col 1:9,10).

Jesus operated from the divine source, whereas a girl predicting the future functioned from an evil source (Jn 4:16-19,39; Act 16:16-18).

God made us to be dependent on Him and if we want knowledge beyond what our senses can tell us we are to seek that information from God, and from God alone. A Christian has a personal relationship with the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ, is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and can read and discern the mind of God in the Holy Scriptures.

God is omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent (all powerful) and omnipresent (present everywhere). He alone knows what the future holds – He planned it and has the ability to ensure it comes to pass 100% as He desires. Daniel acknowledged it was God who revealed the content and meaning of the kings dream, something totally impossible from

We are responsible to walk in the knowledge we have

the human perspective (Dan 2:22). The Bible says, "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law" (Deut 29:29). So rather than yearn after what is a secret that God has chosen not to reveal, such as the answer to our 'why?' questions it is our responsibility to walk in obedience and trust, living by the truth we have already received through the Bible and illuminated by the Holy Spirit. If there is an issue that we are unaware of, again our divine source will make it known: "Surely the Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). Jesus said, what He learned from the Father He passed on to the disciples (Jn 15:15). However, the specific timing of the rapture will not be divulged (Mk 13:32). 

See also: caution, deception, discernment, ESP, guidance (divine), intuition, knowledge (word of), New Age, occult, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, predict, prophecy, senses, source.