Many things are happening globally and may are wondering if God really speaks, or what is the role of a New Testament Prophet. Wherever you go in the globe, you will see people who are deemed Prophets; but do they understand their job description?
A prophet is more than prophesying! They are God’s messengers to speak as given utterance; speak on behalf of the poor the fatherless and the widow and live holy lives! They are like spiritual Sheriffs! When spiritual laws are broken they must speak!
Every prophet should look on the life of John the Baptist or Amos. John the Baptist cried out in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord. Amos, although he had never seen himself as a part of the then Prophetic Company nor was he deemed from the lineage of prophets; he was a farmer, but a burden-bearer also! He was not afraid to speak ‘Thus says the Lord’!
The office of a prophet is not about telling someone who is going to get a house, a car or a husband or predict who will win the next election; but to address those issues that affect their communities and nations while themselves walk holy before the Lord as examples. John was not afraid to address Tax Collectors, Oppressors, Injustice and Sin. He walked in humility! (Luke 3: 15 – 20) He was not afraid to speak the truth! The Holy Spirit was the center of his ministry and his message was about Jesus.
Old And New Testament Prophets
There are many today who want to compare Old and New Testament Prophets in how they function. The Old was a shadow, but the New brought completion. Most Old Testament Prophets were only accountable to God; but New Testament Prophets were and are accountable to their Apostles and the Eldership of the New Testament Church, as Paul outlined in I Corinthians 14; I Corinthians 12: 28; Ephesians 4:11.
The New Testament Prophets must also function in building the local churches; as Ephesians 2: 20 states,
“having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,”
They must also help to identify the callings of the saints, preach against sin, promote Jesus as the center of the Church, preach repentance, hope healing, restoration and the full gospel, and that through Jesus Christ men can be saved and receive change! (John 5: 29; Mark 9: 43; I Timothy 4: 8)
While the globe is being eaten away by sin, many New Testament Prophets are only focusing on the material things. Most don’t realize that Jesus shed His blood to restore man to a Spiritual Kingdom. So it is the role of the Prophet of God to speak about Faith in God, Trust in God, The Cross, and the Holy Spirit Who is the Center of your ministry.
It is the New Testament Prophet who should be a part of a Company trying to come up with solutions for some of the problems that exist like Health, Education, the Economy and Security. Just like Joseph and Daniel did!
Solutions are what give God glory and promote God’s people. Any government official will tell you that their reason for listening to psychics is that they see no distinction between God’s prophets and the psychic; thus they are turned off from the Prophets of God.
Recognize that the Prophets of Old spoke the Words that have become the Words for us today – the Bible! They did not have the Bible of as the guide! We now have the word they spoke as the word that now guides us! Hence, we should be more productive and effective. The New Testament Prophet must speak Exhortation, Admonition, Comfort and Encouragement to God’s people and function in integrity; and must stop comparing and competing with each other on the issue of accuracy!
The Lord is about to raise up some people who deem themselves as not being prophets, just as Amos did who was a farmer and shepherd; who will be burden-bearers and will not walk in the path of most of our present prophets. The Holy Spirit will be the center of their ministry! They will birthed from the local Church and souls will be their priority. They will walk in humility and not be afraid to submit to leadership. They will build the local church and watch the Apostle’s back and hold up their hands. They will flow in great revelation knowledge and they will come up with solutions in the areas of science pharmaceuticals. They will be inventors, and they will write music!