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Is Derek Prince still alive?

  • Derek Prince died at his home in Jerusalem on 24 September 2003 in his sleep. He was 88 years old.

Has anyone taken on Derek Princes mantle?
  • Although this is a frequently asked question, there is no indication that this was ever the case.

Are any of Dereks children or grandchildren in full-time ministry?
  • Yes. As of August 1995 when Derek celebrated his 80th birthday in England, many family members were present. He stated that he had 35 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. Eight grandsons were in full-time Christian ministry at the time, as were two great-grandsons. That number has probably increased since then.

What was Dereks favorite Bible translation?

  • By far, Derek liked to read the King James Version in his personal Bible study time (or the original Greek or Hebrew!). But, because many of the words used in the KJV had fallen out of common use, he switched to the more modern translations, so he wouldn’t need to spend so much time defining words while he was preaching. The New American Standard Bible and the New International Versions came into more frequent use, but later he switched almost exclusively to the New King James when preaching. That said, he never failed to use another version (i.e., J.B. Phillips, The Living Bible or The Amplified Bible, or “the Prince version”) if it better expressed the true meaning of the original Greek or Hebrew.
“Strangely enough, God usually speaks to me in King James English which I love, I understand it. Well, there’s a lot of advantages of King James English. I don’t use the King James Version [when preaching] because I find I spend ten percent of my time telling people what the words mean, which is not a good investment of time.”
— quoted from 4141 “God Wrote Your Scenario”

“I’m reading from the New King James. I don’t necessarily uphold that as the best translation, but I got so used to the old King James, it’s so deeply ingrained in my mind, that if I ever quote anything, it comes out that way. If I move to the New King James it’s not an obvious hiatus between the one and the other. I don’t think there is a perfect translation. I think the New International Version is very good linguistically. You wouldn’t always be able to get the exact original truth from it. By making it elegant English they’ve passed over some things. The New American Standard aims to be very accurate put into English. It’s absolutely appalling in my opinion. So you’re left with a choice. One of the very best is the Revised Standard which was published somewhere early in this (20th) century and it’s based on the old King James but it’s very well.”
— quoted from 4245 “Press the Battle to the Gates”

“I studied Greek since I was 10 years old and I am qualified to teach it on the university level. I do not say that to boast, but at least it gives me the right to give my opinion. I do not mean I am right, but I’m entitled to an opinion.”
— quoted from 4262 “The Structure of Satan’s Kingdom.”

 
Did Derek observe the Jewish Sabbath or worship on Sunday?
  • Derek did both, in a certain sense. Because Derek lived in Jerusalem for much of his life, he enjoyed observing the Sabbath—not as a religious observance, and not because it was a Jewish tradition, but because he felt that the Lord was showing him that he could be more productive if he took twenty-four hours in a week and did no work. It was because of the Lord’s leading rather than under duress or as an obligation he had to fulfill. In addition, he was an active member of an Anglican church in the Old City. When he went on mission trips, he was sent out by that church and when he returned he reported to them the results of his journey. When he was in need, he called for the elders of the church. In short, he believed in being a functioning part of the Body of Christ in whatever place the Lord settled him.
— taken from 4068 “Spiritual Blindness: Cause and Cure”

  • Derek also said:
     “I personally do not believe that Christians are required to observe the Sabbath as the Jewish people were.
     “I’ll tell you something else: I never could believe that Sunday is the Sabbath. Sunday is the first day of the week and Sabbath is the seventh day of the week. I mean, I never have been able to believe that. One of my problems is that before I became a preacher I was a logician and it just won’t leave me! One and seven are different things.
     “Furthermore, if we were required to observe the Sabbath and if the Sabbath were Sunday, we’re all Sabbath breakers. You aren’t allowed to kindle any kind of a fire on the Sabbath. Don’t switch your light on. Don’t turn your stove on. You’re not allowed to travel more than a very minimal distance. Most of you could never get to [church] on Sunday! You’re not allowed to carry any burden, so you couldn’t carry that big Thompson Chain Reference Bible of yours around! So, let’s either do it or not do it—that’s what I say.
     “Now the British used to have a very strict and rather dismal way of observing Sunday. I remember that my first wife Lydia was considered a backslider because somebody saw her knitting on Sunday. I tell you, in Newfoundland (that’s the eastern part of Canada) five or ten years ago good men didn’t shave on Sunday. That’s true. I mean good Pentecostal churchgoers didn’t shave on Sunday. If you gave people a hug on Sunday evening you got, you know, a little emery paper!
     “I’m talking from personal observation and experience. Children were not allowed in Britain to play with a ball on Sunday. I don’t want to go into that but—no newspapers, that’s right. Absolutely.
     “Well, I mean, you know, the thing is either do it or don’t do it, but don’t make your own rules. Most of those, I would say, are human rules which have got very little relationship to Scripture.
     “But the Scripture says, ‘There remaineth therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God.’ I’ve made it clear to you I’m not talking about observing the Sabbath or making Sunday the Sabbath or all that, but there still is something there we’ll miss if we’re not careful. I’ve often said that we are not required to observe the fourth commandment. You know what the fourth commandment is? ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ I don’t want to exchange Scriptures with people, but if you want to look at a Scripture, look at Colossians 2:16. Paul says: ‘Let no one judge you in respect to the Sabbath day.’”
— quoted from 4113 “Worship and Rest”

 
Was Derek pre-, mid-, or post-Trib — and did he believe the term rapture to be correct?
  • Derek never took a stand regarding pre-, mid-, or post-Trib. Derek says:
“If you want to know what I think about the rapture and the tribulation, I’ll tell you. I think there are a whole lot of things we don’t know. I don’t think anybody knows them. I was greatly blessed by what Britain Jones said when he was discussing the first coming of Jesus. And he pointed out three streams of prophecy. [Jesus] was to come out of Bethlehem. He was to come out of Nazareth. And He was to come out of Egypt. And he said, “How could anybody ever have got it right in advance?” And yet all three were fulfilled. And if there had been schools of prophecy in those days we would have three schools: the Nazareth school, the Bethlehem school and the Egypt school. And each one would have tried to prove the others wrong!”
— quoted from 4068 “Spiritual Blindness: Cause and Cure”
  • Derek also said:
“A lot of people, when I preach on prophecy, they always come up and say, ‘Pre-, mid-, or post-?’ Do you know that? Do you know what they mean? Pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation or post-tribulation. I say, ‘I don’t know.’ I’m really not concerned for them. And furthermore, I think in the light of time it may prove that those questions are meaningless.
     “See, in Deuteronomy 29:29, Moses said: ‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong unto us and to our children that we may do them.’
     “God has got the secret things and that’s not our business. We’ve got to deal with the things that are revealed and obey them.
     “I think the exact order of events when Jesus returns is one of God’s secrets. I’ve known many dedicated, sincere Christians almost cross swords because they had different concepts. I don’t think any of them know. I don’t believe I know. I think I have one advange—I know I don’t know. But that doesn’t worry me. My aim is to obey what is revealed. Actually, I think in a way it’s irreverent to try to pry God’s secrets from Him. In my observation about people who interpret prophecy, those who are so busy with that issue usually miss the real, practical issues of prohecy.”
— quoted from 4369 “The Last Four of Revelation’s Seven Churches”
  • What is Derek’s belief regarding the term rapture? Derek says:
“A lot of clever people have been telling us that there’s no such word as rapture in the New Testament. I find that rather naive because the New Testament was not written in English. You don’t find any English words in the New Testament. It’s a question of what translation is used. The word we’re talking about, the Greek word written in English letters, is harpazo. And it means “to snatch, to grab, to pull up.” There’s no English word formed from that verb. But, there’s a Latin verb that’s used to translate it which is rapido, which means exactly the same as harpazo. And the noun or verb formed from it is rapture. So you see that, in actual fact, it’s a perfectly accurate way to describe what Paul is talking about. I think there’s a certain prejudice in some quarters against the rapture because some people can’t believe that things like that will really happen. But I believe it.
     “Some birds are called raptors. Do you know what a raptor is? It’s a bird that swoops down over its prey, picks it up with its claws or its beak, and carries it off. So this is absolutely consistent. To say that rapture is the wrong word, honestly, is to display ignorance.”     (Then Derek goes on to give Scripture references where this same word is used in the New Testament.)
— quoted from 4272 “The Climax of Life's Destiny”
 
What was his stand on salvation—once saved, always saved?
  • Derek says:
“We have been looking in Hebrews 6 and in verses 4 and 5, which you will find dealt with in your outline at the top of Page 6/2. We have spoken about people who have had five experiences. Every one of the experiences I think in some measure is supernatural. They have been supernaturally enlightened. Christ has been revealed to them, the Bible has been made a living book. They’ve tasted the heavenly gift which I believe is really Jesus Himself. Third, they become partakers of the Holy Spirit. They’ve related directly and personally to two persons, Jesus Christ the Son of God and the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God. They’ve tasted the good Word of God. The Greek word there is rhema, the word that’s alive, that’s quick, that’s personal. Not just theology but they’ve know what it is for God to speak to them directly and individually through His Word. And they’ve tasted the powers of the age to come through, I believe, the Holy Spirit. I believe through the supernatural infilling of the Holy Spirit, we are lifted up into the next age. We begin to taste something of what it will be like to be living totally in the Spirit. And even to have a glorified body.
     “Now the tragic and solemn thing is that the writer of Hebrews says that people who’ve had all these experiences, if they deliberately turn away, there is nothing more that anyone can do for them to renew them again to repentance. They’ve lost the ability to repent. I don’t want to dwell on this, but I believe I mentioned in my last session that I have personally dealt with people who I believe were in that category. I mean, I am not the final judge, God is. Once we lose the ability to repent, there is no way to God for us. Because without repentance we cannot get back to God.”
— quoted from 1109 “Hebrews 6:6 – 7:19”
 
  • Derek also said, regarding this topic:
“Now we have to go on with the nature of repentance. There is one parable that Jesus told which is the most vivid and perfect illustration of true repentance. It’s the parable of what we call the Prodigal Son. Somebody else has said it should be called the Caring Father. You remember the story in Luke 15, most of you know it. The second son of a wealthy family decided to get all his inheritance from his father right now and went off to a distant country and lived it up. He did all sorts of sinful things. And then, when he’s spent his whole inheritance, a famine came and the only job he could get was feeding pigs. And you have to remember, he was Jewish so for him to feed pigs was just as low as he could come—without any slight on pig farmers. We’re not saying anything against them, but it just so happens that for the Jewish people, the pig is right outside.
     “And so here he is, in rags, feeding the pigs, hungry, wishing he could fill his stomach with the husks that the pigs are eating. And then this is what happens. Verse 17 of Luke 15: ‘When he came to himself, he said. . . .’
     “That’s the point you have to come to. You have to come to yourself, what I call ‘the moment of truth.’ You have to see yourself as you really are. You have to see yourself as God sees you.


When he came to himself he said, How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger. I will arise and go to my father and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants.


     “Now, you see the two elements? — Because it goes on to say: ‘And he arose and went to his father.’ He made a decision, and he turned around. That’s repentance. Making a decision and carrying your decision out. Going back to the father whom you have offended, to the God who loves you, saying, ’I’ve made a mess of my life. I can’t run my own life. I need you. Will you take me back?’ The wonderful thing is, he planned to say to the father, ‘Make me as one of your hired servants.’ But when he started out, his father was watching for him. I think this is so beautiful. That’s how God is. When we begin to turn, He’s watching for us and waiting for us.


The father saw him a long way off and ran to meet him.


     “That’s how God is. That’s how He meets us. ‘And he kissed him. . . .’ And he never let him say those last words, ‘Make me as one of your hired servants.’ He said: ‘Bring out the best robe, put a ring on his finger, sandals on his feet and kill the fatted calf.’

     “That’s the result of true repentance. It’s worth repenting to be welcomed like that by God. That’s the picture. Just think about it for a moment yourself. He came to himself. He said, ‘I’ve made a mess of my life. I’ve wasted everything my father gave me. But I’m going to make a decision. I’m going to turn around. I’m going to go back to my father and say I’m sorry.’ He turned and went. Think about that. That is true repentance. Repentance in action.

     “Now, there can be a false repentance which we in English today call remorse. Judas experienced that, described in Matthew 27, verse 3 and following:


Then Judas, the betrayer of Jesus, seeing that he had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priest and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it.” Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed and went and hanged himself.


     “Judas had remorse but he never changed. In fact, I believe he’d passed the point where he could change. And to me this is a solemn thought. People can in this life pass the point where it’s possible for them to change. I think the most significant moment in any human life is the moment when God begins to deal with you about repenting. If you shrug your shoulders and say, ‘Well, I’m not interested. Maybe later,’ there’s no guarantee that God will ever deal with you again. The most critical moment in any human life is the moment when God says, ‘Repent. I’m willing to take you back. I love you, I want you.’

     “I’ve considered what I’ve seen in people’s lives and in the Bible. I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s one thing that makes God really angry and it is despising His grace. He freely offers us His grace but if we despise it He turns in anger. There’s one person who despised the grace of God. Do you know what his name was? Esau. And he’s described in Hebrews 12. I want to look at that passage for a moment because there’s a lot of the Esau in people like you and me. We want to be careful that Esau doesn’t make our decisions. This is what it says in Hebrews 12, beginning in verse 14:


Pursue peace with all men and holiness without which no one will see the Lord. [Notice that, without holiness no one will see the Lord.]  Looking diligently, lest anyone fall short of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled. Lest there be any fornicator or profane or godless person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.


     “Now we have no record whatever that Esau ever committed fornication, but his attitude in God’s eyes was just as bad as fornication. What was his attitude? For one little bowl of soup he despised his birthright. He had the birthright as the elder son. All the inheritance could have gone to him. But just because he was physically hungry and could smell that delicious soup which Jacob had prepared—this is very vivid to me because I lived amongst the Arabs for some time and they make exactly what Jacob made, soup of lentils. They call it in Arabic surabit addis. It has the most delicious smell; it permeates the house. And I can picture Esau coming back from his hunting, tired, hungry, and he just smells this delicious smell. And Jacob says, the bargainer that he was: ‘Listen, you sell me your birthright; I’ll give you the pottage [the soup].’ And I suppose Esau thought, What good will my birthright do to me now? Im hungry. I'll just take what I've got offered to me. And it says Esau despised his birthright and he made God extremely angry. And later on through the prophet Malachi God said, ‘Jacob I have loved, Esau I have hated.’ That’s a very solemn thought. If you deliberately despise the grace of God and the inheritance which He offers you in Jesus Christ and turn away for some cheap, temporary pleasure of this world, you make God very angry.

     “And then it says, going on with that story: ‘For you know that afterward when he wanted to inherit the blessing he was rejected [rejected by God] for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.’

     “Now the Greek makes it clear. He wasn’t seeking the place of repentance, he was seeking the blessing. But he was rejected because he found no place, no way, to repent. And I do believe that in this life a person can pass the place of repentance and never be able to get back. I want to urge upon you, this is a very, very solemn thought. Far too little is said today in many congregations and many denominations about the need for repentance. But without true repentance there can never be true faith. You’ll always have a wobbly up and down experience—in one day and out the next—because you haven’t laid the first foundation stone which is repentance, a decision of the will to turn away from self-pleasing and doing your own thing to turn back to God, to face up to God and say, ‘God, here I am. Tell me what to do and I'll do it.’ That’s repentance."

— quoted from 4162 “Through Repentance to Faith”


What did Derek teach on the term Trinity?

  • Derek says:
“In Genesis 1:26, we are again confronted with the combination of singular and plural in reference to God: ‘Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. . . .’” The verb said is singular in form, the pronouns Us and Our are plural.
     “This combination of singular and plural in reference to God recurs in other passages of Scripture. The prophet Isaiah had a vision of the Lord on His throne and then heard Him say, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ (Isaiah 6:8). The pronoun ‘I’ implies that one Person is speaking, but the pronoun ‘Us’ indicates that He is no longer speaking on behalf of more than one Person.
     “In the ongoing revelation of Scripture, three distinct Persons emerge, each of whom is God: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The first of the three divine Persons referred to individually in Scripture is the Spirit: ‘The Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters’ (Genesis 1:2, NASB).
     “We can never explain God, but He has provided us in the world He has created with various parables that reveal Himself. One of these is light. Light is a part of everyday life to which we do not normally give much thought. Yet in this single phenomenon we discern plurality in at least two forms.
     “Light is regularly refracted into the three primary colors: blue, yellow and red. Again, in the rainbow, light appears in seven colors: violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red. Thus, within the unity of light, there is the trinity of the primary colors and the sevenfold diversity of the rainbow.
     “Throughout Scripture seven is the number particularly associated with the Holy Spirit. Revelation 4:5 speaks of ‘the seven Spirits of God.’ In Isaiah 11:1–2 the prophet shows how the Holy Spirit will set apart Jesus as the Messiah (the Anointed One) and lists seven distinct aspects of the Holy Spirit: the Spirit of the Lord (the Spirit who speaks in the first person as God); the Spirit of wisdom; the Spirit of understanding; the Spirit of counsel; the Spirit of strength; the Spirit of knowledge; and the Spirit of the fear of the Lord.
     “It is significant that, even in Jesus Himself, knowledge needs to be balanced by the fear of the Lord. Otherwise knowledge on its own can become a source of pride. ‘Knowledge puffs up [makes arrogant]’ (1 Corinthians 8:1).
     “In Acts 13:2 the Holy Spirit is plainly presented as being Himself God. To the leaders of the church in Antioch, ‘The Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”’ Clearly the Spirit is speaking here in the first person as God.”
— quoted from B44 Who Is the Holy Spirit?
  • Derek also says:
“The word trinity does not occur in Scripture. I prefer to say ‘the Godhead’ or ‘the triunity of the Godhead’ in which there are three persons but one God. I don’t have any problem with that. I don’t know whether other people do. I just got used to it, that’s the way it is. It could have been otherwise, but it isn’t. I find that truth runs all through the Bible from the opening verse of Genesis.”
—quoted from 1102 “Hebrews 1:1 – 1:14”


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Resources

How is DPM still able to publish new books?

  • Even though Derek Princes home-going was in September 2003, the editorial staff at Derek Prince Ministries continues to produce new books. How is this possible? It is because of the vast collection of Dereks recorded messages that remain in the archives on various topics.

 

Since Derek Prince has passed away, are his works still covered by copyright?

  • Yes. Any book in print by a publishing house is bound by copyright restrictions due to contractual agreement. Written permission must be obtained from the publisher for photocopying or use in other publications (except within “Fair Use” guidelines). See the copyright page for contact information.
  • For CD, DVD, MP3 materials or Derek’s teaching letters, it has consistently been the policy of Derek Prince Ministries to allow individuals to make copies for giving away.

Can I translate Derek Princes Bible teaching into my own language?

  •  Contact your nearest office to find out the procedure for new translation and publishing.

Where can I buy non-English books?

  • Contact your nearest office for details.

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Conferences

Do you hold conferences?

  • Conferences are held in some countries. Although not all offices hold conferences of their own, we do participate in those organized by the local churches and ministries.

 

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About Derek Prince Ministries

Did Derek ever write a commentary or a translation of the Bible?

  • No, he did not. Occasionally in his teaching, however, Derek would half-jokingly refer to “the Prince version” of the Bible. By this he was not referring to an actual Bible that is in print. He just meant that because he knew the Greek language so well (having studied it at Eton and Cambridge since he was ten years old) and was also thoroughly trained in Hebrew (having studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem), that he was offering his best educated guess as to what the real meaning of a certain passage would be. (As a matter of fact, Derek was qualified to teach Greek at the university level.)
  • Though Derek did not write a commentary, he did teach two verse-by-verse series—one on the book of Romans called “The Roman Pilgrimage” and the other on the book of Hebrews entitled “God’s Last Word.”

What is Derek Prince Ministries Statement of Faith?

  • DPM’s Statement of Faith is contained in the “About” tab at the top of the DPM window under the heading “What We Believe.”

 

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