PROPHETS: Are they for today?

Posted by Gabriel (G²) on October 27, 2007

“THUS SAY THE LORD ….” If you’ve ever grown up in a Charismatic Church as I have, you probably have heard of this phrase before……& most likely, you’ve seen this happen with people who have claimed God said something, but it wasn’t God. Moreover, you’ve probably seen this happen in cultic movements, from Mormonism with Joseph Smith claiming to be a prophet of God, to JIM JONES, & a whole host of others who’ve claimed the title “PROHET” & done plenty of mess by it.

That said, are prophets alive today…..or have they dissappered? Below is a interesting article on the issue of Prophets, their role in the NT/OT, & whether or not they’re for today. The reason why I wanted to put this out there is because their is considerable debate on the isssue of their existence today…….& in light of how there are many nowadays who claim the title & have done much damage by it, especially within Charismatic circles as I have seen for myself since I’m Charismatic (i.e. making false prophesies, saying to others they speak for God, \ & must do EVERYTHING they say or be cursed/disobeying God, etc)< seems pertinent to put some ggod feedback on the subject. Pray that it blesses/enlightens someone…..& if anyone has any thoughts on the issues, please share:


W e witness a mushrooming of ‘prophets’ in today’s more charismatic Christian congregations. One whole group of the new prophets will be found within ‘positive confession’ (prosperity gospel) churches, and another group within the older-type ‘restorationist’ (pentecostal/charismatic) congregations.

Some of these new prophets have made some quite amazing prophetic statements and claims and – lamentably – cult watchers are already filling books with failed prophecies. We could detail those here, but I don’t want to do that since others have done it. I simply want to question the whole concept of modern-day prophets within the Church. Let us do that.

The age of the great Old Testament Prophets has, of course, now past. There are no Isaiahs, Jeremiahs or Ezekiels around today. Hebrews 1:1-2 plainly tells us that we now live in a new era:

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. (NIV).The age of the Prophets who were undoubtedly famous men within their own societies has now past. The great Hebrew Prophets could claim an audience before kings and princes and were undoubtedly famous men indeed. And yet, Scriptures such as Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 12:10 and 14:29-32, show that a gift of prophecy can be expected to be witnessed in the New Covenant Church of God!

Romans 12:6-8

6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[a]faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.



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