The words “prophet” and “prophetic” make many uncomfortable and nervous, even many Christ followers. First, we must remember that God’s Word is prophetic. If we hear any “prophetic” word that does not align with God’s Word, that is not the right word, nor is it a true prophetic word. Every true prophetic voice will speak only what aligns with God’s prophetic Word, The Bible.*
Many are not hearing from God because they are listening to the wrong voices. Many are not discerning, but are distracted and deceived due to a desire for comfort over a commitment to the truth of scripture. Many are surrendering to compromise over answering God’s call to stand for truth. Many mock and scorn God, His prophetic Word, and His prophetic voices. This is nothing new.
Jeremiah was one of God’s true prophets who was badly mistreated and even imprisoned. Jeremiah’s prophecies to all the people in Judah and Jerusalem were definitely not tickling any ears. Neither were many of his words used to bring encouragement as much of the prophetic is used today (see 1 Corinthians 14:29-32). Most of his prophetic words were harsh and strong words of warning. Jeremiah even prophesied Israel and her neighboring lands would serve the king of Babylon and be in captivity for seventy years (Jeremiah 24:11). His prophesies were given from the Lord to warn the people of the devastating consequences their sin and rebellion would bring upon them in hopes that the people would listen and turn from their evil ways (see Jeremiah 26:3). Later in Jeremiah 30 through 34, Jeremiah did prophesy promises of future deliverance, hope and restoration. The entire book of Jeremiah is filled with this true prophet’s words coming to pass and many other false prophets not coming to pass. Jeremiah even told the false prophet Hananiah his life would end because of his rebellion against the Lord. Two months later the prophet Hananiah died (Jeremiah 28:15-17).
God’s prophetic Word and His prophetic voices awaken and ignite God’s people, as well as the mockers and the scoffers. Rebellion and deception, mocking and scoffing – all of this and more – were prevalent in the days of both Isaiah and Jeremiah too. This is nothing new, but it is a fiery reminder of why we need to know what the Lord is saying especially for such a time as this.
Of course, many are not interested in the Word of God and believe it is outdated and irrelevant. Because of this, none of us should be surprised at the rampant lack of wisdom, discernment and the dark deception covering many eyes, ears and hearts today. We are presently living in a world described plainly in Isaiah 5:20 where what is evil is called good, and what is good is called evil.
Isaiah 60:1-3 is prophetically unfolding as well. Isaiah prophesied at the most crucial period in the history of Judah and Israel. The promises below brought hope to Israel during their captivity. The fullest unfolding is messianic and eschatological and applies to the church, the bride of Christ, still today.*
There are true prophets and false prophets. The office of a prophet is also different than the gift of prophecy (see 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 and Acts 21:9 where Philip’s four unmarried daughters had the gift of prophecy).** God’s Word instructs us not to listen to false prophets and false prophecies. However we are not instructed to avoid the true prophets and prophetic voices. Nor, should those of us who are followers of Christ be biblically illiterate. Many of us who are a part of God’s family today are failing as students of the Word of God. Only when we know God’s Word, are we then able to discern what is true and what is false.
Above all else, God is still speaking through His prophetic, eternal and inerrant Word.
Even though darkness and deception covers the earth and the peoples, the light of Christ is still shining above the darkness through those who are walking in the light of God’s love and truth and are reflecting the only true Light of The World.
The message shared by Jonathan Cahn recently in July of 2022 is amazing and powerful. He has written several books including The Harbinger and The Oracle and has given many other powerful and prophetic messages. It is also a confirming reminder of how God is still speaking through prophetic voices today.
This is just one example. There are also other true prophets and prophetic voices God is still speaking through today.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 – the Apostle Paul writing to Timothy:
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
(Also see 1 Timothy 4:1-2)
On a personal note, not only has God’s prophetic Word, The Holy Bible, been used to challenge, encourage and strengthen my faith and calling, but numerous times over my almost 40 year journey now of walking with The Lord, God’s prophetic voices and the gift of prophecy have greatly encouraged and inspired me. On several occasions, the prophetic words I personally received were used to confirm something the Holy Spirit had already spoken to me. I want to make it clear I was not seeking a word from any individual. I was seeking God and His Word. Hopefully, you will understand what I am saying. As we are continually seeking God, the unexpected blessing of God ministering to us through a prophetic gift does occur. My personal encounters with the gift of prophecy operating through another person have usually occurred through people I have not known but encountered through a Bible study or worship gathering. This is one of the ways God, through the power of His all knowing Holy Spirit, uses prophecy to strengthen and equip every part of the body of Christ.
Final prophetic word of encouragement:
*Please read the entire chapter of Jeremiah 23, where God clearly called the prophet Jeremiah to speak out against other false prophets. Also, commentary notes from the Thomas Nelson New Spirit Filled Life Bible were used as additional references, including the notes below on Agabus.
**Agabus – see Acts 11:27-30 and 21:10-12 – Agabus is an example of the “office” of a “prophet” in the New Testament. This role differs from the operation of the gift of prophecy in the life of a believer, for it entails a Christ-appointed ministry of a person rather than the Holy Spirit-distributed gift through a person. The incident of Agabus in Acts 11 resulted in effective action by the church’s rising to meet a challenging situation. This is a valid test of the prophetic office. It is for edification and not for entertainment – to enlarge and refresh the body, whether locally or beyond.
See also Isaiah 44:24-26; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; Matthew 5:14; Acts 13:47; 15:32-33; Ephesians 5:8; 1 Corinthians 12; 1 Corinthians 14:29-32, 39-40; Matthew 5:14; 7:12; 24:11,24; Mark 13:22