A Word of Wisdom and a Word of Knowledge, then, differ from Prophecy, in that while Prophecy is undated and anonymous, and may deal with a present or far distant situation, they are to meet situations which are present and pressing. Prophecy again is to be spoken by the prophet to his hearers: these gifts need not be spoken at all, but may simply be used by the recipient to meet the present need, or may warn him of a hidden danger. Prophets may or may not have these gifts also, and those who possess these gifts may or may not be prophets also. It may be as well to stress again that these two gifts do not endow their possessor with the ability to speak with wisdom or knowledge of spiritual truths: they do not impart anything which is of continuous value in preaching or teaching, but are given when the recipients are in need of some special wisdom or knowledge to meet temporary situations such as have been outlined. The recipients are not wiser or more knowledgeable in spiritual truth than their neighbours in a general way—indeed like Holy Ann they may be very ignorant—but they are equipped by the Spirit from time to time with such wisdom or knowledge as is necessary to meet their difficulty or danger. The instances given in the Bible will suffice to show how very powerful these gifts are in the life of their possessor. Elisha, for instance, was surprised that the Lord had not told him of the death of the son of the Shunamite woman! (2 Kings 4:27). He was accustomed to live so close to God that he was never taken by surprise, but walked on earth in the light of Heaven! (John 11:9-10).