Protestants get private revelations, but they need to be discerned like those of anybody else, including Catholics.
I used to be Presbyterian, and the pastor I had then was one of the wisest and most prophetic men I’ve met.
If he said he thought something was going to happen, it almost invariably did. And the only way he could say the things he did was if God was telling him, as the devil can’t foresee the future, other than to put two and two together better than we can.
I’ve related this story before, but I’ll go through it again to make my point.
I suppose it was close to the end of his life, but he one day commented, “I think you’ll be doing a cleaning job for a short time. You won’t like it much, but I think the Lord will just want you to hear about a ghost.”
Now that was probably circa 1990 or 91, as he died in January 1992.
I thought it was silly, even though I knew how accurate he was, after knowing him for 8 or 9 years be that time.
At the time I had an admin job in the state government, and had no intention of doing cleaning. But I lost that job (which he also predicted, saying “I think there’ll be a bit of a conspiracy against you and you’ll lose your job”, and “You’ll make a silly mistake and they’ll use that to get rid of you.”). I think there was a bit of a conspiracy against me, and I did make a silly mistake. I lost the admin job in 1995.
Fast forward to 2006, and I was doing a cleaning job. I didn’t like it much, and only did it for about 4 months (“not long”). That was the first part of his prediction.
I was being shown around an old store in Ipswich for the first time by the cleaner who was leaving, and he suddenly remarked, “This place is haunted.” I later found out a former manager had committed suicide in the basement circa the 1960’s. And things used to happen in the store.
The other clearner was a bit scared of being there at night. He claimed that one night all the stock just jumped off the shelves and landed on the floor. He also said something used to push the very heavy buffer with him (probably 200 or more pound in weight) as he could sometimes push it with his little finger.
Anyway I got around to phoning the local priest a couple of years later. He said he’d say a mass, but I had this sense of unease about whether he did or not. After all I was just a strange voice on the phone with a strange story to tell, and I couldn’t give him much detail about the suicide - no name, unknown date etc.
But in 2010 I happened to notice a Fr. Michael Grace on this forum. I looked up his biography on the forum, and he was an Australian priest, the only one I think I’d seen on the forum, which is predominantly American.
Guess which church he was located at, out of all the Catholic Churches in Australia? Yep - the very same Church where I’d phoned the senior priest in 12008.
The 2009-10 Catholic directory listed 1349 parishes in Australia, so that gives some idea of the odds against it. So here I am, with the old pastor’s prediction having relevance to the US based Catholic Answers Forums.
Via the forum facilities, I emailed him the story and asked if he’d say a mass. He assured me he would, and I left it at that. This time I felt a bit more assured.
But a few months ago I was at the Jimboomba Church of our parish (one of 3 churches) and decided to buy a “Catholic Leader”, our local Catholic rag. Actually something seemed to push me to buy it, as I normally don’t.
On around page 5 or 6, here’s a photo of Fr. Michael Grace at a wine and cheese evening raising funds for a right to life function. What interested me however was that he was now the parish priest in Wilston. And the reason that interested me was that when the old pastor made the original prediction, I was going to the Wilston Presbyterian Church, no more than a few hundred metres from the Catholic Church where Fr. Grace was now domiciled.
So I emailed him again, just to point out this interesting coincidence.
A couple of days later, I got an email back saying, “… just to raise the spookiness level another notch, Jimboomba was my home church before I went into the seminary…”
I’m still waiting to see where all this leads apart from being a very unusual set of circumstances. But I think I can honestly say the most prophetic man I’ve met was a Presbyterian, Methodist trained pastor named Rev. Robert Missenden.
Protestants get private revelations. God knows His people, and He can speak to them whenever He wants.