God bless you all. I am in the process of preperation for full time ministy. So my pastor had me do a short study/report on the office of the prophet, so going through the discussion board I ran across a young mans response. I decided to post this in hoping that it would bless someone and or help you get a little more understanding.
The Office of the Prophet/Profit
To start off I think that question to be asked is what is a Prophet? A Prophet is a person who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of God is expressed. A Prophet is a person who is in charge of giving direction to the assignment that which is placed on a persons life. They are in charge of giving warning of judgement, and empowering the body of Christ. I think another question to be asked is are these people walking around really PROPHET’S of God or are they someone who is trying to PROFIT the respect or money of others. The dictionary lets me know that profit is an adventageous gain or return.
I think now in the day and age that we are living in people live their lives wanting to be more than they are. People in the church are so caught up with trying to be more, position wise. Some feel that the church cant operate unless God is using them in it, I can say one thing the church can live without is FALSE PROPHETS. Misdirecting the lives of other’s one word at a time. Now in the christian churches we are so caught up with hearing a word from the Lord, without seeking him for theirselves. People will pay any amount of money to hear what “thus saith the Lord” and when they are down to there last dime that “PROPHET” is nowhere around to “speak a word” of financial deliverance. Often times people get so caught up they don’t even know when the real word of God is coming forth. Matthew 7: 15-20 says “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are revening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brigeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot being froth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree being for the good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not for the good fruit is gewn down, and cast into the first. Wherefore bu their fruits ye shall know them”.
Before I go any further in this I must clarify that there are different types of prophesy. First off prophesy is an inspired utterance of a Prophet, veiwed as a revelation of divine will. It’s a prediction of the future made under diving inspiration. Then you have the prophesy that all scripture. You can go to a person and say “God is going to enlarge your territory”, that’s the Prayer of Jabez and at the same time it’s a prophesy. You can’t be called a false prophet by telling someone something that God is going to do when its in the bible. If that was the case we would know God as a liar. However to know wheather it is a prophesy from the bible you must know the word of God for yourself. Often times people get so caught up in the “spirit” not knowing that attracts false prophets. I have been in services where people have ran all around the church rolled across the floor, and someone came to give a word the was not from God. I have seen it where all during the service people wont way a word but when it comes time for a prophetic word to come forth they get all spiritual. They are seeking a word from the Lord and they think that’s the key to getting a word by drawing attention to themselves.
Jeremiah 14: 14 says “Then the Lord said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a fasle vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deciet of their heart”. Deciet is the act of representing as true what is known to be false. In other words people don’t care what they tell you when they are seeking glory from others. Now to back up you will always know when a word comes from God. Jeremiah 28: 7 says “The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the Lord hath truly sent”. Now people voice their opinion to say who can or cannot be a prophet. God uses anyone he wants to use when he wants a word to be delivered. Now in the churches people are against female preachers, but according to Matthew 8:15 it says “And he touched her haldn, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them”. And according to Luke 8: 3 it says “And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s sterard, and Susanna, and many others, whuch ministered unto him of their substance”. If there was a problem with female preachers and ministeres Jesus wouldn’t’ve let this happen. I said that to say God can and will use anyone he wants for his glory, who are we to say who he has chosen and not chosen.
Romans 12: 4-7 says “For as we have many members in one body, and all memebers have not the same office: Having then gifts differeing acording to the grace that is fiven to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on out ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching”. This scripture is letting us know that everyone that is attached to the body of Christ has a part to play. We all have different ministries and different calling for the scripture says “To some he gave Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists’, Pastors, and Teachers”. That is the only part of the bible that people remember what about the other ministries that people tend to look over. Such as the usher, church maitenance crew, church secretary, church cook, church lay member, church brother, or church sister. Those are the ministries that people think they are good the hold in the church. But God has no respect of person if I can re-arrange that scripture or add another verse it would be “GOD HAS NO RESPECT OF MINISTRY!” don’t be something that you’re not.
Joel 2: 28-32 says “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in these days will I pur out my spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens, and in the earth, blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come”. According the Ezekial 39: 29 this shall be done through the spirit which we know as the Holy Ghost. Verse 29 of Joel says ”And I will pour out my spirit upon the servants and upon the handmaids”. It’s not just the Propets, Evangelists, and Pastors, God is going to pour his spirit out on the ushers and lay members as well. Galatians 4: 28 says “There is neither Jew nor Greek, ther is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus”. Every office in the church is one there is none greater than the next according to this scripture, no one will get left out if we are all equal.
As I end this I do think that the office of the Prophet is a very instrumental office in the church. Sometimes that’s the only way a person without a steady prayer life will reach their destiny, just by the prophetic release. All that is required is that the prophet is speaking word for word what thus saith the Lord, and the person in which the word is being delivered to knows of its of God. Often times people think when a word is coming forth it is straight from God not knowing if they are dealing with a false prophet. You have to have the knowledge of God and whats going on around you to really know whats of God and whats not of him. Not every prophetic word is going to help you some are released to put the fear of God back in you and to let you know to get it together. That is what the people don’t want to hear, if its not about car, money, or getting a house they don’t get excited. I have been in churches where that has happened and then there were times when a false word was coming forth and the PROFIT got stopped in his tracks. Then there were times where people have told them over the mic, “No that’s not true, and if so God would tell me before he tells you because I talk to him daily”. But again I do think that the office is important, now if they person should wait on God to go that way YES. If not then your not sensitive enough to know if its really God speaking or of your thinking it yourself. Someone elses life is in your hand and you will be the one being held accountable by God for leading them astray.