From time to time, we have hear about this ‘prophet’ or that ‘prophet.’ We roundly call out the false prophets/prophecies but I have not had much time to really go into the biblical prophetic mantle. I do not intend to go into it much here, just a brief examination, to maybe start the conversation and my thought process.
In Revelation 19.10, we read –
…”For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.” (NLT)
What to do with this verse? First, people have used ‘prophecies’ to testify of themselves, or of great and never to be seen disasters, yet John tell us that the clear witness of Christ is what prophecy is about. While there are times in which the future is foretold, the prophet is the one who explains the will of God.
In the book of Acts, we read by Luke’s hand,
Then Judas and Silas, both being prophets, spoke extensively to the believers, encouraging and strengthening their faith. (Acts 15:32 NLT)
Judas and Silas (a later companion of Paul) spoke encouragement to the believers – not great swelling words of coming judgment, but things about their common Faith. It was the strengthening of their faith, not the raising of their fears, which the two prophets were after.
Further, along this same line, we read –
But one who prophesies is strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church. (1 Corinthians 14:3-4 NLT)
Again we see that prophecy was meant to strengthen the entire Church. Connecting this to Revelation, what else strengthens the Church but a clear witness, a testimony, of Christ?
If you take the time to read both Isaiah and Amos, as well as Micah and Hosea, you will see prophets who instead of always seeing things far into the future, preached about the hear and now. They spoke about the evils of the age – with the hope of the age to come.
It has often been said that we no longer have prophets today – perhaps, but perhaps we simply do not know what a prophet is to listen to him or her.