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And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
(Rev 22:1)

For His Glory!


The Prophecy Series

Why Prophecy?

God’s true Prophets

Part Two


Amos 3:7

Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

It has been said that one third of Scripture is Prophecy

How do you treat God’s prophets?

2Chr 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy.

MEM issue 221 has the commentary that explores the role of the prophet. Here is a short summary of that role (edited from ISBE**):

1. The Seer and Speaker of God:

  • According to the uniform teaching of the Bible the prophet is a speaker of or for God. His words are not the production of his own spirit, but come from a higher source. The true prophets declare the word which the Lord has spoken to them.

2. Prophetical Inspiration:

  • The divine power, which comes over a human being and compels him to see or to hear things which otherwise would be hidden from him…

3. Relation to Dreams:

In a certain respect the dream can be cited as an analogous phenomenon… without being controlled by consciousness and reason. On the other hand, prophecy differs spacifically from dreams,

  • first, because the genuine prophetical utterance is received when the prophet is clearly conscious
  • secondly, because such an utterance brings with it a much greater degree of certainty and a greater guaranty of its higher origin than is done even by a dream that seems to be prophetical.

4. Freedom of Inspiration:

  • Because this Spirit of God acts with full freedom, He can select His organs (Messengers) at will from among every station, age, or sex. The Spirit is not confined to any priestly class or organization.

5. Supernatural Visions of the Future:

  • The attempt has often been made to explain prophecy as a natural product of purely human factors. - The prophets were themselves conscious of this, that they were not the intellectual authors of their higher knowledge. …they were in a condition to make known things which lay beyond their natural horizon and which were contrary to all probability.

6. The Fulfillment:

  • In genuine prophecy… the fulfillment constitutes an integral part. It would remain an empty word if it did not attain to its full content through its realization. In fact, in the word spoken by the prophet itself there dwells a divine power, so that at the moment when he speaks the event takes place, even if it is not yet visible to man. …In other cases it is only later generations who can judge of the correctness of a prediction or of a threat.
  • But it is not the case that a genuine prophecy must be fulfilled like an edict of fate. Such prophecy is not an inevitable decree of fate, but is a word of the living God to mankind, and therefore conditioned ethically, and God can, if repentance has followed, withdraw a threat (case of Jonah), or the punishment can be mitigated.


In conjunction with the above commentary:

How can we know a true Prophet - read carefully because Yeshua (Jesus) says:

Matt 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. …11 "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

Is the answer found in the TDNTa commentary about peace (Shalom)?

[3. shālōm in the Prophetic Message.

In the history of prophecy shālōm is a key term inasmuch as true prophets are in conflict with those who promise a false peace. … Jeremiah comes into dramatic encounter with those who say "Peace, peace," when there is no peace (ch. 28). Ezekiel is engaged in the same struggle (Ezek. 13:16). The problem with the false prophets is not that there is no true message of peace but that they construe peace as purely political, ignore the sins of the people, and thus fail to see or proclaim impending judgment.]

In other words there is no call for repentance in the message of a false prophet - a call to return to the Almighty God, a plea to follow the path He ordained. Examine what you read or hear from a prophet, does the message contain the element of repentance?

Most all prophecies were messages about Repentance

2Kgs 17:13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel and against Judah, by all of His prophets, every seer, saying, "Turn from your evil ways, and keep My commandments and My statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My servants the prophets."


YHVH’s* Prophets are called for a purpose.

From ‘One Year book of Christian History’ (E. Michael and Sharon Rusten)

July 18 (edited for length)

God sent prophets to the people throughout their history to try to persuade them to return to the stipulations of His covenant with them and to warn them of the judgements that would fall if they persisted in their disobedience and rebellion. The prophets were largely ignored. And God judges His own people for their sin.

A true prophet has revelation from YHVH (the LORD)

Num 12:6 Then He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream.

Miriam used song and dance

Exod 15:20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

Debra a prophetess with her role of judging Israel

Judg 4:4 Now Deborah, a prophetesswas judging Israel at that time.

Samuel was called to be a prophet as well as a judge

1Sam 3:19 So Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the LORD. 21 Then the LORD appeared again in Shiloh. For the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.

The LORD’s people should all be prophets (having divine revelation, by and thru God’s Spirit)

Num 11:29 Then Moses said to him, "… Oh, that all the LORD's people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!"

Moses, a prophet, prophesied of the coming "Greater Prophet" (Yeshua/Jesus)

Deut 34:10 But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,

Deut 18:15 " The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, 16 according to all you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, 'Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.' 17 And the LORD said to me: 'What they have spoken is good. 18 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.

  • Did you catch why God’s people needed a prophet? Because of what they said when He appeared to them on the mountain (v16). We should hear… (The divine power, which comes over a human being and compels him to see or to hear things which otherwise would be hidden from him…)

Prophets have a mission, a message from YHVH

Judg 6:8 that the LORD sent a prophet to the children of Israel, who said to them, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'I brought you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of bondage…

Prophets were assigned to King David

Nathan (A court prophet in David's reign and a supporter of Solomon at his accession)

2Sam 12:25 (to David) and He sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet: So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.

Gad (David’s seer)

2Sam 24:11 … the word of the LORD came to the prophet Gad, David's seer

Prophets can be sent to Anoint

1Kgs 1:34 "There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, 'Long live King Solomon!'

Prophets often sent with messages of woe

1Kgs 14:18 And they buried him; and all Israel mourned for him, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke through His servant Ahijah the prophet.

As Messenger’s to rulers and Kings

1Kgs 16:12 Thus Zimri destroyed all the household of Baasha, according to the word of the LORD, which He spoke against Baasha by Jehu the prophet,

Prophets that were spared, cared for and protected

1Kgs 18:4 For so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water.)

Prophets can be given secret information

2Kgs 6:12 And one of his servants said, "None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom."

Prophets sent to warn or prophecy blessings (as Jonah to Nineveh)

2Kgs 14:25 He restored the territory of Israel from the entrance of Hamath to the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which He had spoken through His servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet who was from Gath Hepher.

Prophecies of unexplainable miracles

2Kgs 20:11 So Isaiah the prophet cried out to the LORD, and He brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down on the sundial of Ahaz.

God, with His redemption plan for mankind, has sent, and will send, many true prophets with a cry to repent or suffer the consequences - that we may understand the goodness and the severity of His Prophetic Word to us. Rom 11:22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.

Consider -YHVH’s Prophetic connection with Mankind!

* YHVH the Hebrew letters for LORD (the Almighty God’s name)

** International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

*** The use of Us, Our or We, will normally refer to those that have chosen to be the children of God


God’s Prophets - have a divine Mandate

That we May Know

Proverbs 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding,

Proverbs 1:4 To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion --

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

Proverbs 22:21 That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?


Many Psalms are Prophetic - That we might Know

Psalm 83:18 That they may know that You, whose name alone is the LORD, Are the Most High over all the earth.

Psalm 67:2 That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.

Psalm 103:7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.

Psalm 145:12 To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.


"Do you see two groups listed in the Biblical account of the heroes of the faith? The first received miracles of healing, deliverance, and victory. The second group received cruel mocking, bonds and imprisonment, stoning, destitution, affliction, and torment. Do you draw a strong distinction between these things? Wouldn't you prefer to be in the first group? Yet God combines them and treats them as a single entity. There is more overlap than you see at first glance. You must be sick before you can be healed, and afflicted before you can receive deliverance. His prophets of old who worked miracles were also destitute sojourners. Follow the common thread of faith, of belief, obedience, and action. You will experience both affliction and victory, be His good and faithful servant."

(Adapted from a Dale Cresap blog)


"Wherever you go, there you are."
― Thomas ΰ Kempis

Have you ever thought about your mission as an Ambassador for Christ? As a prophetic representation of the Greatest Prophet of all! Why? So others may be reconciled to Him, that they may come to know Him.



See if you can figure out what these words have in common.








Answer below.

In all of the words listed,

If you take the first letter,

Place it at the end of the word,


Then, spell the word backwards,

It will be the same word.