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Do we need prophets today?

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Why do we need prophets when we have the bible? Well, the simple answer is it is one of the gifts Jesus gave to the church to help equip us until He returns. (Ephesians 4: 9-16)

There are many attributes to this gift and one of them covered in this video is timing. Will you listen? Will you prepare and be ready? God uses prophets to tell us what time it is. Another way of saying it is -Do you know what time it is? And will you be ready?

Hey honey, "Do you know all the money you borrowed and gambled away, well the bill is coming due to pay it back! what are you going to do about it?"

Do we need prophets?
What other useful attributes of a prophet have you thought of?
Or do we need Jesus’s ministry at all today or can we each go it on our own? What do think?
Here’s a short video on some thoughts on that subject I made.

 
Loyal
This is a debatable topic.

As we know prophets served an important role in the Old Testament and the early stages of the church. There is differences of opinion as to whether there are prophets in the church today.

There are, as we know, many claim to be prophets today, the real question is whether God continues to have/use prophets today.

In the early church, God used both apostles ('sent out ones') and prophets as the foundation for the church's early growth (Eph 2:20).
Eph 4:11-12 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.

Some look to make a distinction between the apostles and prophets of the NT period with the idea of apostles and prophets in a general sense today. This view would agree there are no apostles and prophets today similar the NT period, but that God continues to raise up leaders to reach new areas for Christ (apostles) or serve as 'Truth tellers'. Though this may appear correct on the surface, it doesn't really answer whether the role of prophet continues today as in the NT.

Looking at the NT, it seems to indicate, some aspects are unique to the early period of Christianity, among these are the roles of apostles and prophets. What is clear, is that the NT books give a lot of emphasis to 'warning believers about false prophets'. First John 4:1 "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world." As the books of the NT were completed, there would not have been the same need for apostles and prophets to reveal new truth about God.

Though there do not appear to be prophets today as in the NT period, two concessions must be noted.

Firstly, it is still possible God can speak through people in whatever way He chooses to 'reveal' certain information at certain times. This 'revealed' information will not contradict, in any way, what God has already revealed about Himself in the Bible. This type of 'prophet' is different from being a prophet, same as they were in the NT.

Secondly, the need for 'prophets', in the sense they speak Truth to a sinful world is still of great value. These individuals may not be prophets in the same sense as the NT prophets, but it is true to say, the role of bold speakers of God's t Truth remains needed as much in these wicked latter days as it did in NT times.

Shalom
 

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