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 Prophets


Prophets are God's emergency men for crisis hours.
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The prophet is God’s detective seeking for a lost treasure. The degree of his effectiveness is determined by his measure of unpopularity. Compromise is not known to him. He has no price tags.
He is totally “otherworldly.”
He is unquestionably controversial and unpardonably hostile.
He marches to another drummer!
He breathes the rarefied air of inspiration.
He is a “seer” who comes to lead the blind.
He lives in the heights of God and comes into the valley with a “thus saith the Lord.”
He shares some of the foreknowledge of God and so is aware of impending judgment.

TRUE PROPHETS
By LEONARD RAVENHILL


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There are two great words that I guard with a fierce jealousy, namely, prophetic and apostolic. The church is”...built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets...(Eph. 2:20b)”, and if those two words are ruined, cheapened, made merchandise of, lose their meaning or are made to stand for something that God did not intend, then we have lost our foundation.
If there is something flaky about our apostles and prophets, then what will the superstructure be if it is based on that foundation? The superstructure cannot exceed the foundation, and therefore the foundation deserves the most exceeding attention. This has been my long-standing passion and jealousy, and in a certain sense, a kind of a watchdog over these words, that they should not be used indiscriminately nor lightly, which in fact is exactly what is happening today.

Even if we cannot articulate or explain them, we need to intuit what they represent and the importance of what they represent, or we will indeed lose them. I would go further to say that the greatest threat of our contemporary, charismatic and evangelical Christianity is the cheap and light allusions to, and use of, these words. We throw them about with great carelessness and there are ministers taking for themselves their title, or allowing themselves to be so described, who are not in that office or may be false expressions of it.

THE PROPHETIC CALL
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The prophet comes to set up that which is upset. His work is to call into line those who are out of line! He is unpopular because he opposes the popular in morality and spirituality. In a day of faceless politicians and voiceless preachers, there is not a more urgent national need than that we cry to God for a prophet! The function of the prophet, as Austin-Sparks once said, “has almost always been that of recovery.”

He lives in “splendid isolation.”
He is forthright and outright, but he claims no birthright.
His message is “repent, be reconciled to God or else...!”
His prophecies are parried.
His truth brings torment, but his voice is never void.
He is the villain of today and the hero of tomorrow.
He is excommunicated while alive and exalted when dead!

TRUE PROPHETS
By LEONARD RAVENHILL


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He is dishonored with epithets when breathing and honored with epitaphs when dead.
He is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, but few “make the grade” in his class.
He is friendless while living and famous when dead.
He is against the establishment in ministry; then he is established as a saint by posterity.
He eats daily the bread of affliction while he ministers, but he feeds the Bread of Life to those who listen.
He walks before men for days but has walked before God for years.
He is a scourge to the nation before he is scourged by the nation.
He announces, pronounces, and denounces!

TRUE PROPHETS
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The most formidable character of deception in the last days is not going to be something so bizarre that it can be instantly identified as being out of the bowels of Hell, but rather it is going to be couched in the most conventional, orthodox and biblical language. The persecution of the remnant church of the last days is not so much the threat that comes to us from the world, but from a religious dimension that think that they are doing God a service.
It will be more difficult to discern the good than the evil. Evil is apparent, but good is subtle. Good has much going for it and much to commend it, but if the good is not from God and just emanates from a kind of altruistic, humanistic personality, then good will be just as destructive to the interests of God as evil. That which appears as good will keep us from the particular and perfect will of God, and it is, therefore, more deadly than evil as it is not recognized as evil, because it purports to be good.

How, therefore, will we discern? We have got to hate that which is good—the false good; that which purports to be good; that which appears to be good; that which will appeal humanistically to us as being nice, pleasant or right. We need to hate good in that sense, to hate sentimentality and to hate that which gives a nice feeling.
The false prophet is the one who says, ”Peace, peace, where there is no peace.” He ‘makes nice’, and which of us does not like ‘nice’ and to be ‘made nice’. There is something that yearns for it, and therefore they have a ready market, large audiences, great responses and mass mailing lists, because we want that which is nice, good and pleasant to the ear.
There are two parallel tracks, the fictitious and assumed, presumptuous nonsense of men and the authentic thing, now in process of restoration from God. One will flatter you and make nice with entreaties to your flesh and the other will call you to the cross, and by that you can know who are the true prophets and the false.

THE PROPHETIC CALL
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 Re: prophets

I was looking for something like these statements below. Thanks Sweden.


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What is a prophet if he is not jealous of the Word of the Lord?
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A prophet is a man occupied with things foundational. He is a man pursuing absolutes, even the Absolute. His God is God, the Father, God, the Creator, God, the covenant maker, God, the covenant keeper. His basic message is anchored in the attributes of God. Light - no change. Holiness - no room for compromise. Righteousness - law and redemption. Love - ability to protect what belongs to Him. The prophet brings good news causing conviction and conversion.
The prophet is a man of foundations, Eph 2:20. He brings words which are already tested and refined. His words invite the Refiners fire. A prophet’s words invite testing, demand testing for the sake of truth and for the sake of effective response. His words do not tickle an ear but produce inner growth. The listener needs to adjust and respond properly. Hearts of stone or hearts full of weed will not be able to blame the word for not producing fruit.

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