More about God & Prophets
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What is a Prophet?
There has not been a prophet of God who appears with signs, miracles, and wonders since the invention of television. I believe that this is why there is much confusion in the world today about what exactly a prophet is. Many people confuse the gift of prophecy with the appointment of a prophet. There are gifts given to us by God through the Holy Spirit:
1 Corinthians 12:7-10
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
Often when people are given the gift of prophecy, they are wrongly referred to as a prophet. The gift of prophecy activates when God wants to say a word or phrase to a person or a group. The person speaking sometimes does not have the control of what they are speaking. The purpose of this gift, like all the gifts, is to edify, build-up, and occasionally to correct. It is a gift of God that can be given to any Christian.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
These offices are appointments by God, not man. We still have preachers and we still have evangelists, why wouldn't God still need prophets? God calls people to the office of a prophet just as He calls preachers and apostles. This is a full-time job. A prophet is sent out to do what God tells them to do and say what God tells them to say. They work with will churches.
What is the job of a Prophet?
Many of the prophets spoke "face to face" with God. Abraham was the first officially designated prophet by God (Genesis 20:6-7). A few of the most commonly known prophets are Moses (Deuteronomy 3:10), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:5) and John the Baptist (Luke 1:76). Some of the things we see prophets doing in the Bible are:
They appear with signs, wonders, and miracles proving that they speak for God. (Deuteronomy 13:1-2)
Making God known to men - Deuteronomy 5:4-10, Leviticus 19:1-4
To warn of Divine judgment - Jeremiah 36:30-31
To call people back into obedience to God - 2 Chronicles 24.19
A prophet is the mouthpiece of God, speaking by Divine inspiration (Deuteronomy 18:18, Jeremiah 1:9). When a prophet appears, a change is coming:
Jeremiah predicted the destruction of Israel
Moses frees God people from Egypt
John the Baptist was God's witness for the coming of Jesus Christ
Because of this, much of the Bible is written by prophets.
Do we judge prophets?
How do we know if someone is a prophet appointed by God? Should they be judged? God is perfect and He the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Malachi 3:6). Prophets in the Old Testament were judged, and so should prophets that appear under the new covenant of Jesus who is the Christ. According to God's word in the Old Testament, we should judge prophets in two ways:
Do they point they way to God and Jesus or another god? (Deuteronomy 13:1-3)
Does what they say come to pass? (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)
In biblical times, false prophets were killed and all their prophecies were destroyed. This was a good way to keep people from claiming that God said this or that and to make sure that prophets were careful to say exactly what God said, no more, no less. If a prophet today says, "Thus sayeth the Lord," and it doesn't come to pass - don't listen to them.
Learning about God
Below is a list of churches and online sites that have good information about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. The list will grow as I become better acquainted with more sources.
There is nothing like corporate worship and interacting with people with the same beliefs. Pastors and preachers are appointed by God, but they are human, just like you and me. Occasionally their messages can be... off.
That doesn't mean they can't be used by God or that you shouldn't go to that church. Let the Holy Spirit guide you through the services. I, personally, have received a really important word from God from a preacher that was off during 40% of the message. If you feel that a preacher or pastor is off more than 30% consistently, you have two choices?
Pray for God to correct and help him
Find a different church
In some cases, you may chose to do both. Below are church that I have found to be pretty reliable, whose pastors endeavor to listed to God, even if they don't always get it 100% right.
* Star next to a church means that I have spoken at this church and have prayed for God's anointing for miraculous healing to be on the members.
This is where I attend most often when I am in town. They have a great worship team. Praying for healing happens often, if not in every church service.
Dress code: Relaxed
4950 N. Bradley Street
Garden City, ID 83714
Pastor George and Teri Pearsons are continually vigilant, endeavoring to listen and be guided by God. Healing and miracles happen quite often at this church.
Dress code: Semi-Relaxed
123 Auto Drive,
Boise, ID 83709
Online sites & TV programs
Sometimes we are unable to find a church in our area that is a good fit, or perhaps a family member prevents us from attending as often as we like. If this is the case, or if you just want easier access and more information about God, today's technology can be very helpful. Below are links to online sites and list of television programs that I have found very helpful.
You can view their services on the BVOV. On the website you can dowload study notes.
You can view their services live.
You can see their last service or join them the current service live, online.
Kenneth Copeland Ministries have an archive online where you can find a variety of videos and podcasts on a plethera of topics. You can also download study notes to go along with many of their programs.