I guess I didn't make it clear enough that I do believe the Bible to be the Word of God and source of Truth. I LOVE the Word...have devoured the Word for years...I am NOT discounting the Bible in any way!! What I was saying is that Jesus Himself said that it would be the Holy Spirit who would lead us into Truth, and it would be the Holy Spirit who would tell us "what is to come."
How does the Holy Spirit do this? As Peter affirmed when the Holy Spirit was first poured out--he quoted the prophet Joel:
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
This is just part of the whole prophecy...and only part of it was fulfilled in Acts...the rest is being fulfilled now (another thread, I know...). Anyway...how does the Spirit speak according to this, and according to Peter's words? "Your sons and daughters will PROPHESY. Your old men will DREAM DREAMS. Your young men will see VISIONS...on my servants BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.... THIS is how the Holy Spirit primarily communicates: prophecy, dreams and visions--signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth!! He communicates through the supernatural and revelation (part of prophecy).
Yes, I am fully aware of how many in the church interpret things differently, and how that has led to all the different denominations, etc. Actually, I believe most denominations were formed because someone got a true revelation of a piece of the Truth that God wanted to reveal at that time, but then they "camped out" around that truth--they made THAT truth be the ONLY truth they were going to give themselves to... Then someone else gets a different piece of the whole and "camps out" around that truth...and so on, and so on... As for individuals, I think you and I discussed this on another thread...most of what people call the "leading of the Holy Spirit" is simply their conscience leading. That doesn't discount the need for being led by conscience, but nor does it invalidate a TRUE leading of the Holy Spirit--it's just that MOST don't know the true leading of the Holy Spirit, although they fully believe that they do!! They fully believe they are being "led by the Spirit," although they are all seeing things so differently. That is why we can point to all of these "differences" and say, "aha--it must all be wrong, because they all think they're right, but they are all hearing things differently..." The problem does not lie in the Holy Spirit's ability to communicate to us, the problem lies in most Christians thinking they are actually being led by the Spirit when they are in fact, not. That is also why Jesus spoke in parables--to the crowds, the majority, even the religious majority, He still spoke in parables...but it was only those who would take the time, spend the time, give their heart fully to knowing Him and being known by Him that He would then reveal His secrets, and explain the parables...and eventually call them friends (He doesn't call everyone friends...and this is not an elitist thing, it is OUR choice...we can ALL get that close to Him, but until we do, He is not going to reveal His secrets haphazardly to just the "crowd." Most of Christendom is still "the crowd."
What I DO know is everyone who IS receiving actual revelation from the Holy Spirit (not just what they claim to be revelation, which is actually intuition, suspicion, or what have you...)....but those who really receive true revelation are all saying the SAME thing--yet they may have been shown it in a different manner. When it's true, there are numerous witnesses to the Truth...it's an amazing thing. And, contrary to your claim, after 2000 years there is a growing number who really do understand what the Bible is revealing...as the Holy Spirit is telling them what is to come, but it is yet a remnant. It won't be mainstream. Mainstream is always wrong.