Sometimes it boggles my mind to think I used to traverse the snowy streets of Michigan talking to people about prophets. Was I crazy? Am I still crazy?
Day in and day out…I’d knock on someones door or stop them in the streets and say something to the effect of, “would you like to hear a message about Jesus Christ”? If on the off chance they’d say “yes”…I’d immediately light up and then start telling them about prophets.
“Wait a minute!” the people would protest… “you said you were going to share a message about Christ.”
“I am!” I’d exclaim…and then I’d ask… “would any of us ever know anything about Christ without prophets first revealing Him to us?”
“I don’t want to hear anything about prophets” they’d say. “There were no more prophets after Christ. We don’t need anymore prophets because Christ left us the Bible and the Holy Ghost.”
The door would begin to slam shut and then I’d ask to share a quick scripture out of the Bible.
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it…it is folly and shame unto him (Proverbs 18:13)
That scripture softened hearts…the door would slowly open back up… and we’d have a few minutes to share what so many of us have traveled thousands of miles around the globe to share.
The message is this;
There are living prophets in the land again. Those prophets have come in these last days to testify of Jesus Christ and to lay down any contention over who He is. After almost 1700 years of confusion and darkness, those living prophets have revealed and restored a true knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ back on to the earth. Because of those prophets…we can now know who it is we’re worshipping and how it is we’re supposed to worship Him.
Without prophets…we’d be left to our own philosophical speculations about God.
Is He a man or a God?
Does He have a body right now or did He turn into a spirit essence?
Is He three beings or one?
Is baptism required for salvation or is it ancillary. If it’s ancillary…then why do we do it. If it’s required as it states in John 3:3-5 then that is an action…and does that therefore mean our works are required for salvation as well?
Do we need to repent to be saved or is a verbal confession enough?
We could go on for days…
But seriously….hasn’t God always worked through prophets? Doesn’t it say in Amos that the “Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7)
If that scripture is true…then why would anyone in this world not greet the idea of a modern prophet with excitement and curiosity? Could it be true? Was there ever a time in the history of this world in which a prophet was needed more than in our day?
Throughout recorded history, God has always sent prophets to “restore” a knowledge of the gospel back to the earth. Amos also said that “People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.” (Amos 8:11-12) Pretty much…you could search the entire earth for the gospel of God and no matter how hard you search…if there is no prophet on the earth…you won’t find it. No one ever just “figured out” the will of God without it being reveled to them first through prophets.
So a basic fact exists. You cannot accept Christ without first accepting His prophets. It’s a logical impossibility. We would have no clue who Christ is without the teachings of the prophets. It would be crazy to say that we accept and believe in Christ while simultaneously rejecting the witness of John the Baptist.
After Christ absolutely goes off on the scribes and Pharisees about accepting dead prophets and rejecting living prophets…He says these important words about prophets that’ll be sent in the future;
Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. (Matt 23:39)
Translation from Old English: “You cannot see me or know me until you accept the prophets that I sent to you.”
I can imagine that one of the things that frustrates Jesus the most is when he sends one of His servants to teach His people and then they reject them. I can imagine Him placing His hand on His head and saying something similar to what He said as He viewed the condition of Israel at the time;
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! (Matt 23:37)
This pattern of God sending prophets to His children has been going on for thousands of years. It started with Adam. He was rejected. He sent Noah, and Abraham, and Moses. They were rejected. Prophets were sent to people in the American continent. Rejected.
The people would say in every age…”We have prophets. We don’t need more prophets.”
But its obvious that we do need prophets.
Roger Williams…the founder of the baptist church in America might have articulated this point best. Cotton Mather said, “Mr. Williams [finally] told [his followers] ‘that being himself misled, he had [misled them,’ and] he was now satisfied that there was none upon earth that could administer baptism [or any of the ordinances of the gospel], … [so] he advised them therefore to forego all … and wait for the coming of new apostles.”
Do you remember when Jesus told us to “beware of false prophets” that would come after His time? Think about the unseen implication of this statement from the Savior. Jesus never said there wouldn’t be anymore prophets. If there weren’t going to be anymore prophets…He would have said “there will not be anymore prophets”. In His warning alone…there is an implied promise that prophets will indeed come on to the scene after He’s gone. He just wants us to beware of the false prophets.
And so He leaves us with maybe one of the most important pieces of advice He can give; “Ye shall know them by their fruits”.
Does this sound crazy?
So when someone tells you that there’s no need for prophets in our day…introduce them to a few whose fruits are worthy of careful consideration.