Where have all our prophets gone? Do you actually believe in prophets? Can there really be modern-day prophets? I think so. I also think we have silenced our prophets. Not only have we silenced our prophets, we have accused them, pointed fingers at them, called them “softies”. We cry out for leaders and prophets, but maybe we don’t realize we are silencing the ones we already have. Google it or search Wikipedia. You’ll find no news articles or decent pages or information on modern-day prophets except perhaps, a man named Benny Hinn *rolls eyes*. Maybe we are looking for something more. Someone more. Maybe we are looking for another Savior?
Think about it. When we look back at the Bible we see God doing great things through ordinary people (outcasts, prostitutes, adulterers, and persecuters). Maybe we are looking for crazy miracles like in the Old Testament (OT). But that was a different time and a different culture. The miracles that occurred then were relevant for that culture. There were many gods, sorcerers, witches, etc. God used these people and did crazy stuff through them to show all these false gods who He was. For the crazy stuff that happened in the OT happen today, would be a major turn-off for our culture (ex. televangelists). Am I saying that what happened in the OT can not happen today? Absolutely not. But, I, myself, believe God is doing things differently today. And here is where it gets scary.
I am no expert. Just an observer. I am not claiming that I am right or wrong. I believe our prophets are being accepted more by non-Christians than Christians and more by Democrats than Republicans. I have tried for over an hour to write the best description of who these modern day prophets are that I am trying to describe. And I can’t do it without offending someone or the fear of backlash. So I will digress and give you some Bible verses that some I enjoy and others I don’t like. Here are some verses that I want you to check out. * All Italicized in parenthesis are my own thoughts:
Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. Jeremiah 27: 7-9 (Maybe replace prophet with “America”)
Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have given to you and your fathers.” But you have not paid attention or listened to me. Jeremiah 35:15 (These gods, could they be music, food, institutions, presidents, politicians, evangelists, etc.?)
Where are your prophets who prophesied to you, ‘The king of Babylon will not attack you or this land’? Jeremiah 37:19 (What happened to all these prophets AKA “presidents” who said that God will never let his promised land aka America be attacked?)
“When all this comes true—and it surely will—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” Ezekiel 33:33
“We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. Daniel 9:6
“But you made the Nazirites drink wine and commanded the prophets not to prophesy. Amos 2:12 (Why prophesy when we are happy with where we are at?)
“If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ he would be just the prophet for this people! Micah 2:11 (Sometimes we will pay for a good Christian guy to come in and tell us that we are living it up and we need to keep doing what we are doing, and in return we pay him mightily).
“This is what the LORD says: “As for the prophets who lead my people astray, if one feeds them, they proclaim ‘peace’; if he does not, they prepare to wage war against him. Micah 3:5 (America?)
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. Matthew 23:29 (All you great televangelists! Where’s Mother Teresa’s grave?)
At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time. Matthew 24:23-25
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” Luke 13:34
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, Ephesians 4:11
What if we are the false prophets? We have made God a Republican, American, Michael W. Smith fan, Corvette driving, VBS raving, mega-church hoppin’, Christian self-help book club member, For War, Anti-Global Warming, Homophobe god. Not an upper-case “g”, but a lower case “g”. Maybe we should listen to the opposites of all these. God loves them too. And just as much as us.
He loves the “least of these”. Those who don’t glorify themselves, but die glorifying Him in unmarked graves for His cause and not the cause of any other institution or god or idol.
So tell me, where are our prophets?