prophets

THE NEW-FANGLED GARBAGE “THEOLOGY” ABOUT PROPHETS – PART 2

I’ve been told by people that John the Baptist was the last of the OT prophets, and therefore NT prophets shouldn’t be strong or forthright, AKA “judgmental” by people who don’t want to hear the truth.  So, I decided to study it all out, because you know, I like to study like the Bereans in Acts to “see if these things be true”.  I wrote out some similarities and differences of Jesus and John the Baptist:

Jesus and JtB similarities:

1. Developed in the wilderness. (Matthew 3:1; Matthew 4:1)

2.  Preached repentance. (Matthew 3:2; Matthew 4:17, plus more in the other Gospels)

3.  Baptized.  John w/water (Matthew 3:6)  Jesus with Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:11)

4.  Confronted religious leaders of their day (Matthew 3:17; Matthew 12:31, plus more in the other Gospels)

5.  Exposed sin. (Matthew 14:4; Matthew 21:11 & John 14:17)

6.  People came to them to listen. (Matthew 3:1 &5; Matthew 4:25, plus more… )

 

Jesus and JtB differences:

1.  Wore different clothes. (Matthew 3:4) (John 19:23; Matthew 3:11: Matthew 9:20)

2.  Eating Habits (Matthew 11:18-19; Matthew 3:4)

3.  John didn’t do miracles, and Jesus did.  (John 10:41; Matthew 4:23-24)

I was struck by the importance of Mark 6:14-16.  A lot of people look at this Scripture as being about John the Baptist, because it was.  However, it is also about Jesus.:

14 Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, “John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.”

15 Others said, “It is Elijah.”

And others said, “It is [c]the Prophet, or like one of the prophets.”

16 But when Herod heard, he said, “This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!” 17 For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; for he had married her. 18 Because John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”

Something about both of their their ministries were similar, because Herod thought that Jesus was John the Baptist raised from the dead.  It wasn’t how they dressed, ate, or acted.  They didn’t look the same, not even close!   It wasn’t even their ministries, because John baptized with water and Jesus didn’t.  His disciples did.  John didn’t do miracles, but Jesus did.  It was their words-  the message of the Gospel, spoken with authority!  Both of their ministries made people uncomfortable because of the truth.  The love didn’t make them uncomfortable, did it?

So, with all of this in mind, if John the Baptist was the “last” prophet of the old way, and nowadays prophets sound and look completely different, as some claim, then how come Jesus was compared to John the Baptist by the people of His day?

THE NEW-FANGLED GARBAGE “THEOLOGY” ABOUT PROPHETS – PART 1

THE NEW-FANGLED GARBAGE “THEOLOGY” ABOUT PROPHETS – PART 1

I’m sick to death of hearing Christians say that the nowadays prophets are different than the OT prophets. First of all, the OT prophets were all different from each other. Sometimes their message was the same, because the hard-hearted, hard-headed, idolatrous Israelites refused to listen to God’s messengers. However, Jeremiah is considered the “weeping” prophet. Elijah is often compared to the fire of God. David sang his prophecies. Moses prophesied the wonders of God and did miracles, but was considered the most humble man in the world.

The Israelites lived under a covenant that they were supposed to be holding up. God was holding up His end. He gave them hundreds of years to hold up their end of the deal. He told them that He was slow to anger, rich in love, gracious and compassionate. (Psa. 103:8, Psa. 145:8) They refused to listen, so were punished by God for breaking covenant. We live under a covenant of grace, but we are still slaves to righteousness.(Romans 6:19) We are still required to live a holy life. If our brother sins against us, Matthew 18 says to let them know. If there is a false teaching going around preaching a different Gospel, both Jesus and the Apostles warned the leaders to expose it.

Prophets should be led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit isn’t just the spirit of grace, but also the spirit of truth that comes to convict, judge, etc.

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. – John 16:7-15

I don’t believe in beating people down with judgment. I believe that prophets are only supposed to say what they Holy Spirit tells them, which vicariously is what Jesus and God say. Even the NT shows examples of Jesus slamming the Pharisees, literally whipping the moneychangers, and prophesying judgment on cities who refused to believe the Gospel. Peter prophesied that Ananais and Sapphira would drop dead on site for lying, and they did. Agabus prophesied of famine, which happened, and that Paul would be bound in Jerusalem, which happened.

GOD NEVER CHANGES. ANY “GOSPEL” THAT TELLS YOU OTHERWISE IS A FALSE GOSPEL!!! <— That’s a warning, because I do love people and don’t want them to go to hell for believing it. (What a dichotomy! LOVE in the TRUTH.)

NT Basis that God/Jesus/Holy Spirit never changes. He is truth AND love AND justice AND mercy AND judgment. :

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. – Hebrews 13:8

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. – Romans 8: 18-20

I absolutely believe in grace and love, but I have been adamant about not taking the power and strength away from the voice of the prophets. This is because I believe that the tactic of the devil in these days is to water down the message of the Gospel, which has always been radical. The Gospel says that He loves and wishes to know you, but if you choose not to accept that love, you will be separated from it in hell for all eternity. THAT is the New Covenant. Depending on which side you look at it, it is gracious or it is terrifying. In reality, it is both!

PART TWO will be about the similarities and differences between John the Baptist and Jesus.  These are just thoughts from extensive study.

Please Listen.

Vulnerable moment:

I wish the church would understand that God made us as individuals. All of us are wired differently. The prophets are wired to notice things, and to speak truth. Generally, real prophets are careful to put “thus saith the Lord” behind something, because they realize that they are being a mouthpiece for God. They aren’t perfect in that by any means, but the way that true prophets are wired will cause them to repent quickly. Why? Because they can’t stand having that little bit of sin between them and God.

Too many times, prophets are told to just “go with the flow” or “speak in love”, when the very reason that they say things, is because they DO love people and want them to grow in God. Sometimes there is so much injustice or lies in a situation that they CAN’T go with the flow.

As someone who is a prophet, (and I didn’t accept this term in conjunction with myself until about 16-17 months ago,) I’ve been wounded deeply and rejected by the very same people who want me to “speak in love”. I’m working through these wounds still. It is hard for me to trust the body of Christ. It is hard for me to trust myself. It’s less hard to trust God, but sometimes that is hard too.

For the sake of my fellow prophets, PLEASE don’t just throw off their conversations and sparks of ideas, because they make you uncomfortable. They make you have to think, but please understand in these last days, we NEED to think. We need Spirit AND Truth. Once the church joins these two things hand-in-hand? Harvest, friends.