ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
October 1, 2003
THE PATHETIC PROPHETIC
NOTE: This is a lengthy study. It is actually two newsletters combined. The first contained the actual study and the second, the scripture references.
Mid-September found me sitting down to breakfast with a friend of many years, and strangely the conversation turned to a subject which often goes without discussion because of its intricate nature. We were engaged, as I had found myself several times during the past month, in a discussion about the state of prophesy: whether what we have been observing posted on websites, spoken from pulpits and pew or vaunted from "schools of the prophets," was really credible--was it really prophesy? Four different times in the past month, concerned friends (some of them ministers) had engaged me in similar conversation about this matter. Evidently, their concerns were genuine and the pervasiveness of the issue was greater than a casual question.
Immediately all sorts of defensive behavior jumps in the forefront of the issue. Various Scriptures are quoted in deference to not "despising prophesy." One even said, "one may kill the prophet, but love prophesy," which raised quite another issue. Apparently, there is some confusion on the issue. (Certainly, there are many denominational structures that wouldn't have need for such a discussion---they don't believe in prophesy or believe in the office of the prophet. To them, I encourage a deeper study into the Word.)
The range of the discussion zigzagged between condemnation of those who quite evidently prophesy outside of hearing from God and instances of confirmed prophetic utterances. Soon it became evident that we both were in agreement on the basic issues. We both believe that the great emphasis on a prophetic word coming forth in every service, and prophesying by every person to every other person has been misused. We agreed that much of what we are reading and listening to was not really prophesy but a word expressed in the hope "that God would make it true because of the integrity of the speaker." We agreed that a whole new genre of religious theology had taken shape in these past few years. A genre of "untouchability" surrounding a new "craft" of prophesy created by those purveyors of "the prophetic," which cry "foul" if questioned or criticized. We both agreed that "something" has happened to the office of prophet in the five-fold ministry, since a seeming hierarchy has emerged where the teacher aspires to being a pastor, the pastor aspires to be the evangelist, the evangelist--a prophet, and the prophet aspires to be an Apostle. All this aspiring culminating in an oft heard declaration, "Well, we all operate in these offices at one time or another and, though not equally, our callings reflect our place." I quickly equated this to the once professional intonation of a "counseling clergy," who, while patting the departing brother or sister, spoke these wonderful encouragements, " We'll be praying for you!" Both pontifications might sometimes, somewhere be true--but highly questionable for the case in point.
We both, having been in the presence of the prophet of honor, felt that we both had been in the presence of the prophet of dishonor as well. Our hearts went out to those unsuspecting "pew-persons" who did not know the difference ( and are often further confused by the fleeting words of a leader saying, "now that is what we call a prophesy"). As friends, our discussion was "no holds barred." ( A rather rare posture today, even among friends, given the amount of facade and impersonal demand that society places on any discussion with more than one side--the "Oh, well, now let's be open about this and not judgmental--after all one must not be critical." ) Whenever I hear these absurdities, a musical inner voice says, "Condemned by what we condone."
My friend and I garnered some relevant material from our engagement. One observation was that Jesus and the Apostles may have had a different view of the prophetic office than what is evidenced today. A quick review will reveal that Jesus mentions Daniel, Jonah, Elijah, Jonah, Jeremiah, Elisha, John the Baptist. In the Acts, Jesus is known as a prophet and Joel and Samuel are cited. Now, if these persons are the model for the New Testament Prophet Office, something is awry to put it mildly. My friend believes that the office spoken of in the New Testament holds a different concept, the same as the church is different from the Temple. I gave him no ground.
I contested that "something" of their character, work and clarity should at least be manifest. These men of old heard from the Lord in exactness. They used such words as "The Lord spoke to me," "It SHALL come to pass," and after describing a forthcoming future event, they clearly proclaimed, "In those days...this will take place." There was none of the modern day ambiguity. Their words did not reflect their desire to "hedge" their bets or spare their egos. There was no hazy prediction, "Next year will be a year of prosperity and the next a falling away." What? If the Old Testament crowd heard such a word, there would have been fewer books in their text. There were false prophets in their day that were specific and sure, true, but theirs failed. Accountability for their messages might have caused their death ( a prescription which is Biblical), so the risk was greater then than now. No one suggests that a review of the prophetic utterances should be made from time to time and proper rebuke and recantation take place (as well as repentance and the vacating of office). A public display of accountability in one day would silence myriads of those espousing their qualifications.
A passive review of the scriptures on the addendum pages will suffice for a brief study on the true role model.
Paul's, Ananias' and Agabus's office smells different than most of what we are exposed to today! They entered the scene with a "Word from the Lord," that bore fruit--some immediate, some long range. There was no question ever whether they were prophets from the Lord or not.
Paul, reared in strict Judaism--speaks of the office of prophet with a different mindset than the "exclusionist" interpretations of a profligate church. The first words of John, the Apostle turned Prophet through Divine Appointment, was "Repent (Revelation 1-4)." To pursue a study of the New Testament prophet without the Old Testament model should be blatant heresy. Visions, direct words from God, revealed circumstances and accurate time frames were their characterizing features. Alas, the church has missed such uplifting encouragement as they brought, while languishing in the, "No negative word will ever be spoken from this pulpit," mentality. Such perfunctory statements in Old Testament days would have drawn back a withered hand or experienced the screams of children eaten by bears.
My friend and I came to some conclusions that we both agreed with:
1. The office of prophet has the same problem today as it did centuries before Christ and the advent of the church. Namely, a. those who prophesy according to the people Isa. 30:10; Jer. 5:1;Jer.14:14 *;Micah 2:11 b. those who prophesy in order to receive glory: Jer. 23:16; Jer 23:32; c. those who admittedly lie and prophesy from their own hearts IIChron. 18:17 Jer 23:25: Jer. 27:10 Jer. 29:9; Ezek 13:2 d. those who prophesy what the Lord designs and says: Jer. 19:14; Jer 26:12;32:3; Ezek. 34:2 Amos 7:15; Matt15:7;Mark 7:6
2. The office of prophet today is executed with little of the weeping and lamenting, coupled with the personal burden of their Old Testament counterparts.
Jeremiah14:17 "Therefore you shall say this word to them: 'Let my eyes flow with tears night and day, And let them not cease; For the virgin daughter of my people Has been broken with a mighty stroke, with a very severe blow.'" 3. That true prophetic words are being and have been spoken in modern times. Evidences abound in former days: Bevington, Wigglesworth, Lake,Brannon and more. (One of the platform men in the heydays of the full gospel businessmen's movement. speaks of seeing "immediately" when a person walked into the room, every aspect of the person's life, down to name and street address along with personal aspects of lifestyle and habits [Many dismiss this as "word of knowledge."] . This same business man in Columbia was given a word of the Lord for the entire government, was immediately given opportunity to address their congress, gave the prophetic word and said, "Tomorrow, before my plane lands in my hometown, an earthquake will hit this nation like to no other and from north to south, east to west...and you will know that what I have spoken is truth." When the earthquake took place exactly as he spoke...they invited him back but never undertook the reforms. They languish in their sin.)
That is a prophetic word, just in case some might be confused!
Although this is an extended treatise, I would be amiss if I did not base these last comments on the book of Isaiah. Today, in reading this text and experiencing the anointing to write these words, an energy arose from these Scriptures. Wishing to impart some of what reached to me, I invite you read this section--Isaiah 23-33. Some points beg my attention: Isa. 23:9 Some things are SEALED by God, and Sealed on earth by the prophet Isa. 23: 15 What is the song of the harlot church? Isa. 23:18 A real message of prosperity
Isa. 24:2 "And it shall be" is so different than "well, I forsee." Isa. 24:3 "The Lord has spoken this word." Isa. 24:5-6 Broken covenants and curses Isa. 24:10 The "city of confusion." The place of dwelling for most. Isa. 24:16 The prophet cries: I am ruined because of "The treacherous dealers" Isa. 24:18 "and it SHALL BE." Isa. 24: 21 "It SHALL come to pass in that day." Isa. 25: 2 "a city of ruin" and a "palace of foreigners" Isa. 25:6 "and in THIS mountain." Isa. 25: 7 surface coverings and veils Isa. 25:10 " and on THIS mountain." No question as to where! Isa. 26:1 In that day...this song... Isa. 26: 13 "other masters than You have had control over us." That is true! Isa. 26:20 The secret place--v. 21 Isa. 27: 1 "In that day." Isa. 27:12 It shall come to pass Isa. 28:5 "In that day." Isa. 28:7 "the priest and the prophet have erred." Isa. 28:8 " so that no place is clean." (Hear, the multitudes cry out) Isa. 28:18 (After many great words, he concludes) "A terror just to understand the report" Isa. 28: 22 "for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts." Isa. 29:10 " The spirit of deep sleep has closed your eyes, namely the prophets..." Isa. 29:13 " And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men." WOW! Isa. 29:18 "And in that day." Isa. 30:1-2... " and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit." Use that for calculation in your next church project. Isa. 30:10 "...to the prophets, 'Do not prophesy to us right things: Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits'" Isa. 30:17 The reverse of blessings: "One thousand shall flee at the threat of one." Isa. 30: 23 "THEN" Isa. 30: 26... "in that day." Isa. 30:28 the "sieve of futility." (Right on) Isa. 30: 29: Hope for the righteous...always the truth of the prophet. Isa. 31: 2 " and shall not call back His words." They are sealed!!! Isa. 31:4 For thus the Lord has spoken to me....note this! Isa. 31: 7 For in that day. Isa. 31:8 "Then" Isa. 32: 1ff What a wonderful prophesy, especially verse 8 Isa. 32:15 "UNTIL" Isa. 32:17 Look at this verse and get it in your spirit Isa. 32: 20 Blessed are those who sow beside all waters. Isa. 33:1 : Spiritual law! Isa. 33:14 a good question is asked and it is answered afterward, note: v.17 Isa. 33:20 Note this verse and verse 24.
By now, you know I love the expository method of preaching--- "great gobs" of the word rather than a "ration" of a verse spread over an hour.
Let those who hemorrhage prophesies take heed...the Lord is watching! The plumb line is in place.
Some Verses related to : THE PATHETIC PROPHETIC
1 Cor 14:1-5 14:1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. 3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.
1 Cor 14:31-32 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
Rev 11:3-6 3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. 6 These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.
Num 12:6-8 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. 7 Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. 8 I speak with him face to face,
Deut 13:1-5 13:1 "If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods'--which you have not known--'and let us serve them,' 3 "you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice, and you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. 5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.
Judg 6:7-10 7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried out to the LORD because of the Midianites, 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; 9 and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 Also I said to you, "I am the LORD your God; do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell." But you have not obeyed My voice.' "
1 Sam 3:20-21 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.
1 Sam 9:9 9(Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he spoke thus: "Come, let us go to the seer"; for he who is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.)
2 Sam 12:24-25 24 Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. Now the LORD loved him, 25 and He sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet: So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.
2 Sam 24:10-12 11 Now when David arose in the morning, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying, 12 "Go and tell David
1 Kings 1:23 23 So they told the king, saying, "Here is Nathan the prophet." And when he came in before the king, he bowed down before the king with his face to the ground
1 Kings 1:45-46 45 So Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon; and they have gone up from there rejoicing, so that the city is in an uproar. This is the noise that you have heard. 46 Also Solomon sits on the throne of the kingdom.
1 Kings 11:28-12:1 29 Now it happened at that time, when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite met him on the way; and he had clothed himself with a new garment, and the two were alone in the field. 30 Then Ahijah took hold of the new garment that was on him, and tore it into twelve pieces. 31 And he said to Jeroboam, "Take for yourself ten pieces, for thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: 'Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and will give ten tribes to you 32(but he shall have one tribe for the sake of My servant David, and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel), 33 because they have forsaken Me, and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the people of Ammon, and have not walked in My ways to do what is right in My eyes and keep My statutes and My judgments, as did his father David. 34 However I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand, because I have made him ruler all the days of his life for the sake of My servant David, whom I chose because he kept My commandments and My statutes. 35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand and give it to you--ten tribes. 36 And to his son I will give one tribe, that My servant David may always have a lamp before Me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen for Myself, to put My name there. 37 So I will take you, and you shall reign over all your heart desires, and you shall be king over Israel. 38 Then it shall be, if you heed all that I command you, walk in My ways, and do what is right in My sight, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as My servant David did, then I will be with you and build for you an enduring house, as I built for David, and will give Israel to you. 39 And I will afflict the descendants of David because of this, but not forever.' " 40 Solomon therefore sought to kill Jeroboam. But Jeroboam arose and fled to Egypt, to Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon. 41 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon? 42 And the period that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. 43 Then Solomon rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.
1 Kings 13:18 18 He said to him, "I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, 'Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.' "
1 Kings 16:6-7 Then Elah his son reigned in his place. 7 And also the word of the LORD came by the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha and his house, because of all the evil that he did in the sight of the LORD in provoking Him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam, and because he killed them.
1 Kings 18:22-23 22 Then Elijah said to the people, "I alone am left a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
1 Kings 20:13 13 Suddenly a prophet approached Ahab king of Israel,
1 Kings 20:22 And the prophet came to the king of Israel and said to him, "Go, strengthen yourself; take note, and see what you should do, for in the spring of the year the king of Syria will come up against you."
1 Kings 20:35-43 35 Now a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his neighbor by the word of the LORD, "Strike me, please." And the man refused to strike him. 36 Then he said to him, "Because you have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, surely, as soon as you depart from me, a lion shall kill you." And as soon as he left him, a lion found him and killed him. 37 And he found another man, and said, "Strike me, please." So the man struck him, inflicting a wound. 38 Then the prophet departed and waited for the king by the road, and disguised himself with a bandage over his eyes. 39 Now as the king passed by, he cried out to the king and said, "Your servant went out into the midst of the battle; and there, a man came over and brought a man to me, and said, 'Guard this man; if by any means he is missing, your life shall be for his life, or else you shall pay a talent of silver.' 40 "While your servant was busy here and there, he was gone." Then the king of Israel said to him, "So shall your judgment be; you yourself have decided it." 41 And he hastened to take the bandage away from his eyes; and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. 42 Then he said to him, "Thus says the LORD: 'Because you have let slip out of your hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore your life shall go for his life, and your people for his people.' " 43 So the king of Israel went to his house sullen and displeased,
1 Kings 22:7-9 7 And Jehoshaphat said, "Is there not still a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of Him?" 8 So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "There is still one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD; but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil." And Jehoshaphat said, "Let not the king say such things!" 9 Then the king of Israel called an officer and said, "Bring Micaiah the son of Imlah quickly!"
2 Kings 6:12 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."
2 Kings 14:25-26 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.
2 Kings 20:8-11 9 Then Isaiah said, "This is the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing which He has spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees or go backward ten degrees?" 10 And Hezekiah answered, "It is an easy thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees; no, but let the shadow go backward ten degrees." 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.
2 Chron 12:5-6 5 Then Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the leaders of Judah, who were gathered together in Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, "Thus says the LORD: 'You have forsaken Me, and therefore I also have left you in the hand of Shishak.' " 6 So the leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, "The LORD is righteous."
2 Chron 13:21-22 22 Now the rest of the acts of Abijah, his ways, and his sayings are written in the annals of the prophet Iddo.
2 Chron 15:8-9 And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim; and he restored the altar of the LORD that was before the vestibule of the LORD. 9 Then he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those who dwelt with them from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon, for they came over to him in great numbers from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.
2 Chron 28:9-11 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded; and he went out before the army that came to Samaria, and said to them: "Look, because the LORD God of your fathers was angry with Judah, He has delivered them into your hand; but you have killed them in a rage that reaches up to heaven. 10 And now you propose to force the children of Judah and Jerusalem to be your male and female slaves; but are you not also guilty before the LORD your God? 11 Now hear me
2 Chron 35:18 18 There had been no Passover kept in Israel like that since the days of Samuel the prophet
2 Chron 36:12 12 He did evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the LORD.
Ezra 5:1-2 Then the prophet Haggai and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophets, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them. 2 So Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak rose up and began to build the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and the prophets of God were with them, helping them.
Ezra 6:14 4 So the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel,
Ps 74:7-11 They have set fire to Your sanctuary; They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name to the ground. 8 They said in their hearts, "Let us destroy them altogether." They have burned up all the meeting places of God in the land.
9 We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet; Nor is there any among us who knows how long. 10 O God, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever? 11 Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? Take it out of Your bosom and destroy them.
Isa 9:14-17 14 Therefore the LORD will cut off head and tail from Israel, Palm branch and bulrush in one day. 15 The elder and honorable, he is the head; The prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail. 16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed. 17 Therefore the LORD will have no joy in their young men, Nor have mercy on their fatherless and widows; For everyone is a hypocrite and an evildoer, And every mouth speaks folly. For all this His anger is not turned away, But His hand is stretched out still.
Isa 28:7-8 7 But they also have erred through wine, And through intoxicating drink are out of the way; The priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink, They are swallowed up by wine, They are out of the way through intoxicating drink; They err in vision, they stumble in judgment. 8 For all tables are full of vomit and filth; No place is clean.
Jer 1:4-5 4 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations."
Jer 6:13 Everyone is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely.
Jer 23:11-12 "For both prophet and priest are profane; yes, in My house I have found their wickedness," says the LORD. 12 "Therefore their way shall be to them like slippery ways; in the darkness they shall be driven on and fall in them; for I will bring disaster on them, the year of their punishment," says the LORD.
Jer 23:28-29 28 "The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?" says the LORD. 29 "Is not My word like a fire?" says the LORD, "and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?"
Jer 28:1-29:1 28:1 And it happened in the same year, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year and in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, who was from Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of the LORD in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying, 2 "Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: 'I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. 3 Within two full years I will bring back to this place all the vessels of the LORD's house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place and carried to Babylon. 4 And I will bring back to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah who went to Babylon,' says the LORD, 'for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.' "
5 Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and in the presence of all the people who stood in the house of the LORD, 6 and the prophet Jeremiah said, "Amen! The LORD do so; the LORD perform your words which you have prophesied, to bring back the vessels of the LORD's house and all who were carried away captive, from Babylon to this place. 7 Nevertheless hear now this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people: 8 The prophets who have been before me and before you of old prophesied against many countries and great kingdoms--of war and disaster and pestilence. 9 As for the prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet comes to pass, the prophet will be known as one whom the LORD has truly sent."
10 Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke off the prophet Jeremiah's neck and broke it. 11 And Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, "Thus says the LORD: 'Even so I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years.' " And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.
12 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying, 13 "Go and tell Hananiah, saying, 'Thus says the LORD: "You have broken the yokes of wood, but you have made in their place yokes of iron." 14'For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "I have put a yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him. I have given him the beasts of the field also." ' " 15 Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, "Hear now, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, but you make this people trust in a lie. 16 Therefore thus says the LORD: 'Behold, I will cast you from the face of the earth. This year you shall die, because you have taught rebellion against the LORD.' " 17 So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.
Ezek 14:6-11 6 "Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations. 7 For anyone of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who separates himself from Me and sets up his idols in his heart and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, then comes to a prophet to inquire of him concerning Me, I the LORD will answer him by Myself. 8 I will set My face against that man and make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of My people. Then you shall know that I am the LORD. 9 And if the prophet is induced to speak anything, I the LORD have induced that prophet, and I will stretch out My hand against him and destroy him from among My people Israel. 10 And they shall bear their iniquity; the punishment of the prophet shall be the same as the punishment of the one who inquired, 11 that the house of Israel may no longer stray from Me, nor be profaned anymore with all their transgressions, but that they may be My people and I may be their God," says the Lord GOD.' "
Amos 7:14-15 4 Then Amos answered, and said to Amaziah: "I was no prophet, Nor was I a son of a prophet, But I was a sheepbreeder And a tender of sycamore fruit. 15 Then the LORD took me as I followed the flock, And the LORD said to me, 'Go, prophesy to My people Israel.'
Hab 3:1-2 3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth. 2 O LORD, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years!
Zech 1:7 7 On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet:
Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Matt 2:17 Jeremiah the prophet,
Matt 3:2-3 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.' "
Matt 12:39 sign of the prophet Jonah.
Matt 24:15 Daniel the prophet,
Mark 6:15 Elijah.
Luke 4:27 Elisha the prophet,
Luke 7:28 there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."
Luke 24:19-21 "The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him.
Acts 2:16 by the prophet Joel: NKJV
Acts 13:20 Samuel the prophet
Rom 16:25-27 25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26 but now has been made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures has been made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith-- 27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
2 Peter 1:18-21 19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
A few words about the publications:
l. I will soon post the cover for the new book, "The Regal Pair," on www.zadokpublications.com. The book again has hit delays. However, we will contact you and the many who have backordered it ASAP.
2. Next month, I shall content myself with offering a sampling of all the wonderful emails and notes that have come forth these past months; they emanate from all over the globe. What encouragement you offer. Bless you! www.zadokpublications.com 3. A lady enclosed a hefty offering this past month which enabled us to send books to Chile, Peru, Mexico and Africa without charge. She said, "The Lord told me to do this." Blessed be the Name of the Lord and His obedient daughter. www.zadokpublications.com 4. When you read this, our trip to the Boston area will already be on...our calendar has been full for the summer and fall. I encourage you to pray for the Larry Johnsons who Labor in Guatemala, the Stendals of Columbia, Col. Arrendal who is teaching in Kenya (pastoral school), and Kim Freeborn of Passions for Souls ministry in Bath, England as he preaches in Scotland and Wales.
Until Next Month,
Dr. C. R. Oliver, PhD.