God sent prophets throughout history to guide and warn and guide his people. In religion, a prophet is an individual who is regarded as being in contact with a divine being and is said to speak on that entity’s behalf, serving as an intermediary with humanity by delivering messages or teachings from the supernatural source to other people.
Why did we need prophets?
Why would people need this messenger in the first place?
A number of reasons can necessitate a prophet.
Prophets increased credibility of the Scriptures. First, a prophet can give veracity to the Scriptures. If, for instance, someone prophesied about a Messiah who would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), and hundreds of years later it happened, this would bolster the truth of Scripture.
The odds of a prophecy coming true hundreds of years after the prediction would be so small, that it’s fulfillment would increase belief in God rather than belief that it happened by chance.
Prophets represented time for repentance. Second, a prophet gives a group of people a chance to turn back to God. Usually, God places a buffer of time (a prophet) between immoral actions of a group of people and consequences which follow.
Prophets delivered God’s word to sinful people. Third, before Christ came, a prophet provided an arbitration between God and His people. Because sin had divided a Holy God from sinful people, a prophet served as a sort of bridge to convey God’s word to a group in need of hearing that message.
Do prophets still exist today?
This brings up quite a few questions which have sparked theological debate, mainly, asking:
(1) Do the gifts of prophecy still exist?
(2) And why would we need a mediator when Jesus is the Mediator?
Before we answer both of these, we do need to keep in mind Scripture warns against many false prophets in the age to come. These “wolves in sheep’s clothing” will turn followers away from God. Christians must exercise extreme caution when handling this subject.
Any being outside of God’s following is fake? Only the prophets can be honored as messengers? Keep in mind, the bible is manmade and this fear driven concept is exactly why people rebel against the binding of religion.
The Bible is full of examples of spirit communication and mediumship. From Jacob wrestling with an angel at the ford of Jabbok, to the materialized hand that wrote on the wall in the palace at Babylon. The Bible holds examples of many of the phenomena that began to strongly reoccur in the mid 1800’s.
Mediumship and spirit communication have been an integral part of Christianity beginning with Jesus, continuing with his apostles and the early Christians, and can still be experienced in our “Spirit-filled” church today.So, for all of the “doubting Thomas” out there, read your Bible. If it is somehow against biblical teachings to do this, then Jesus himself would have to be the first one to reply, “I’m guilty as charged.” But it wouldn’t be the first time Jesus broke the rules of the religious authorities of His day.
Prophecy does appear to exist, even after Jesus ascended into heaven.
Many say all prophecy has ceased in today’s day and age.
But, I believe in some sense, prophecy does exist today and acknowledge many religions do not believe this to be the case.
Clairvoyants, Psychic Mediums and Empaths are modern day Prophets. These are the light beings and the bringers of love, peace and healing. They are among us. They are sent from the divine collective. These messengers are sought out for channelling messages of guidance.
The difference is, now there is not the binding of religion. It is essentially without true religious order, but brings the same concept of “speak on that entity’s behalf to serve humanity”.
1. a person regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God.
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