Prophet-able Times Ahead
Indeed, the Sovereign Lord never does anything
until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets.” – Amos 3:7 NLT
The noun ‘prophet’ appears throughout the Bible 454 times (KJV) in the forms of prophet, prophetess – singular and plural forms. In the New Testament, we find it use 157 times.
In comparison, the word ‘pastor’ appears 9 times and ‘shepherd’ 74 times in the whole of the Bible. We find the word ‘pastor’ once in the New Testament (Eph. 4:11) and therein the word ‘shepherd’ 17 times (KJV).
Contemporary theologies discount the role of prophets in the church age, but what about God? Has he demoted the office of prophet, for that matter also the offices of evangelist, apostle and teacher, leaving these offices of no or little value in these last days?
The word ‘never’ is interesting, is it not? ‘Never’ is a long time, won’t you agree? Let’s review use of this adverb in the NIV Bible.
…he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deut. 31:6 NIV
Well, you may hear, God has no need of prophets in the church age and that promise in Deut. 31:6 was for Jews of another time. Really? Why do you suppose the New Testament reaffirms Deut. 31:6 over in Hebrews 13:5?
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5 NIV
In practically all contemporary ‘evangelical’ churches paid staff and select church leaders bear title “Pastor” – Pastor of worship, Pastor to singles, Youth Pastor, Education Pastor, Building and Grounds Pastor, Missions Pastor, Pastor This and Pastor That, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.
“Yeah, yeah, what’s your point?”
Stick with me, Mr. or Mrs. Impatient, I’m coming to my point.
Let’s look in the New Testament, Ephesians 4:11.
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.
Well, I hear from my well-educated theology graduates, Jesus did away with all those except for the office of pastor. Really? Then, following your theology, the Apostle Paul was a false apostle, right? Of course not!
Looking back at Amos 3:7 and keeping in mind Ephesians 4:11, let’s understand this simple truth: the five offices Jesus Christ gave to the church, his body, are all in play today and they will continue in play until the second coming of our Redeemer.
Preparing for Rough Times Ahead
Throughout human history God has repeatedly warned, redirected and admonished us through his prophets. Prophets live among us today and they are here for the purposes outlined in Ephesians 4:12-16 NLT.
One of several credible prophets among us today is Rick Joyner. Rick describes a
vision of soon coming events and directions for overcoming difficult times ahead in MorningStar Prophetic Bulletin #75 – December 10, 2012, titled “A Field of Dreams or Nightmares?”
I encourage you to read this prophetic bulletin and benefit from it. Open the link above or simply click on the image to the right to read this prophetic bulletin.
If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, it’s available to you now. To be sure, there comes a time when it will be too late for you. Read the following scriptures – just click on the links – confess your sin and your need for a savior and invite Jesus into your life.
It’s important for you to become a part of a local body of Christians that study and revere the Bible. If you live in the North Texas area, I recommend my church, Gateway Church with campuses in Southlake, Frisco, North Richland Hills and Fort Worth.