TITLE: Prophets, then and now
By David McArdle
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Prophets, then and now
“The word of the Lord … which he saw … “ [Micah 1.1 NASB]
Since the start of Christendom, there have been vast number of prophets, local and itinerant, who are keen to declare what God is saying to them.
Sometimes when we break down and examine what we have heard from them, we are disappointed and confused.
I do not know, how you feel, but I get very angry and upset, when I see people leaving the Church service, more depressed than what they were, when they first came in. Why is this?
Let us look at the introduction to Micah and compare the Word, which he gave and what is ministered in our churches.
Point 1. The word of the Lord came directly to Micah.
There is a major difference between being specifically called to the prophetic office and hearing, on occasions, what you believe to be the word of the Lord.
Some men regurgitate the word, which they have heard from others, and then they present it as their own, or worse still, from God. Danger, manipulation and fabrication have no place in God’s work.
It is spiritually demoralising to discover this to be true, especially after the meetings have finished and all the offerings have been taken.
Micah’s words were not his words, but His words.
Point 2. God gave it to one man to give to the entire nation.
A good number of the words, which we hear today are given in a cloistered environment, where the praise of God and men, are vying for attention.
Those, in our land, who are in positions of authority, need to hear the word of the Lord, even more than those in Christian meetings and conferences, who have probably acquired a portfolio of prophecies.
Point 3. Micah saw the word of the Lord. The prophet is a visionary. We desperately need today, men of spiritual stature. Solomon said, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained … “ [Proverbs 29.18 NLT]. Is this one reason for the increasing number of ministerial divorces?
Point 4. Micah was not alone. There were three other prophets with him, Isaiah, Hosea and Amos. All of their ministries have stood the test of time.
It is still a true measurement of a prophet’s authenticity, that his words actually do come to pass. [David McArdle]
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