MEMORY VERSE: “Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons
of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the
BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Peter 1:19-21
Samuel was the first Old Testament’s major prophet even though many had
uttered prophecies before him. They manifested the speaking gift of
prophecy but Samuel ministered in the office of a prophet. The ministry gift
of prophecy is still active in the New Testament times. (1 Samuel 9:9; 1
1. WHO IS A PROPHET?
2. CHARACTERSITICS OF TRUE PROPHETS
WHO IS A PROPHET?
A prophet, simply put, is a “speaker” for God (Jeremiah 1:9). He proclaims a
message given him by God and not from his own spirit (Hebrews 1:1). A
prophet is primarily a preacher of righteousness (Acts 15:32) but sometimes
foretell future (Acts 11:28, 21:10). He sees and hears things beyond the
natural realm usually through visions, dreams, trance, inward voice and
unusual visitation of the presence and power of God (Numbers 12:6, Amos
3:7). He speaks in God’s name with God’s authority (2 Peter 1:20-21).
CHARACTERSITICS OF TRUE PROPHETS
True prophets live a holy life (2 Kings 4:9). They operate under the influence
of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:67). Sometimes they speak in parables or by signs
(2 Samuel 12:1-6). A true prophet is faithful to the word received from God
(Jeremiah 23:28, Ezekiel 3:17-21).
They are not after material benefits associated with the office but rather
seek to do God’s will (2 Kings 5:15-16).
The church needs prophets today even as in the times past. However, care
must be taken not to allow diviners to assume the roles of prophets in our
churches. The life of the prophet and the biblical conformity of the prophecy
are very important. (Jeremiah 23:21; Ezekiel 13:7).
1. A person is not a prophet just because he prophesies. Explain.
2. What are the differences between a prophet and a diviners?