DOES THE OFFICE OF THE PROPHET STILL EXIST TODAY?
Wonah Moses (+2348033367813)
Reg. No: PTS/Dip/2012/035/3A
My simple answer to the question above is yes!
Who is a Prophet? From the Scripture, we see that Prophets were the men called by God to speak on behalf of God. In other words, Prophets took the word from God and gave it to God’s people. The Webster's definition is: "one who utters divinely inspired revelations; one regarded by a group of followers as the final authoritative revealer of God's will; one gifted with more than ordinary spiritual and moral insight; one who foretells future events." ChristianAnswers.net describes prophets as "the immediate organs of God for the communication of his mind and will to men. The foretelling of future events was not a necessary but only an incidental part of the prophetic office. The great task assigned to the prophets whom God raised up among the people was ‘to correct moral and religious abuses, to proclaim the great moral and religious truths which are connected with the character of God, and which lie at the foundation of his government.'" I think in a very simple terms, you could say a prophet is a truth teller. In this sense, I would say that Prophets still exists today as this function have not ceased in the Church for the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of prophecy. The Church should know by the word of God whether a man holds the office of a prophet. Because the church in the world has been ignorant and, for the most part, void of the offices of the five-fold ministries, it has failed to teach about the office of a prophet. I suppose the main reason is that there have been few prophets down through history. On the other hand there have been, and are, more than most people think. It is important for the people of the world and the church to recognize such an office established by God Himself.
REASONS WHY THE OFFICE OF THE PROPHET STILL EXIST TODAY:
Fulfillment of the Old Testament Prophecy: Joel prophecy in Joel 2: 28-29 was fulfilled in Acts 2:17-18 we read, "In the last days, God said, ‘I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.'" Clearly, since the time of Christ we have been living in "the last days" and this office has been in manifestation. 2.
Jesus’ Teachings about the Office of the Prophet: Matthew 10:41- He that receive a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward.... Jesus made that statement speaking of the future but equally important is what the Old Testament (our schoolmaster) says about God in Amos 3:7 - Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he reveals his secret unto his servants the prophets. Jesus also warns in Mark 13:22 - And if anyone says to you, behold here is the Christ! Or, Behold, there! You shall not believe. For false Christs and false prophets will be raised, and they will give signs and wonders in order to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Jesus here warned of false prophets. This is one of the reasons it is important for us to recognize a true prophet, so we can then recognize a false prophet. Since it is obvious that we have both God's prophets and false prophets performing miracles and wonders, this cannot be the distinguishing factor. Just as it was with Jesus, the distinguishing factor has to be the Word of God. 3.
Prophetic Office did not end on the Cross: Matthew 5:17-18 - Think not that I have come to destroy the law, or the prophets.... The Law and the prophets did not cease at the cross. The word "fulfill" could have been translated "fully preach." Jesus did fully preach the law in the Sermon on the Mount, of which these very scriptures are a part. Apostles and prophets did not cease when the first ones passed away. No man or prophet ever Changed...
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