Are there prophets in the church today?

It always seemed strange to me when someone would say they were “getting a download from God” and that this download was supposed to be some word of prophecy that would bring us new revelation. I started to do some reading and studying (starting with the Bible and a good study guide) and began to write my findings. Then I stumbled upon a writing at “Got Questions dot ORG” and found that their writing was more concise than what I had been trying to write so I just copied and pasted. Here it is!

Question: “Are there prophets in the church today?”

Answer: The gift of prophet seems to have been a temporary gift given by the Christ for the laying of the foundation of the church. Prophets were foundational to the church (Ephesians 2:20). The prophet proclaimed a message from the Lord to the early believers. Sometimes a prophet’s message was revelatory (new revelation and truth from God) and sometimes a prophet’s message was predictive (see Acts 11:28 and 21:10). The early Christians did not have the complete Bible. Some early Christians did not have access to any of the books of the New Testament. The New Testament prophets “filled the gap” by proclaiming God’s message to the people who would not have access to it otherwise. The last book of the New Testament (Revelation) was not completed until late in the first century. So, the Lord sent prophets to proclaimed God’s Word to His people.

Are there true prophets today? If the purpose of a prophet was to reveal truth from God, why would we need prophets if we have the completed revelation from God in the Bible? If prophets were the “foundation” of the early church, are we still building the “foundation” today? Can God give someone a message to deliver to someone else? Absolutely! Does God reveal truth to someone in a supernatural way and enable that person to deliver that message to others? Absolutely! But is this the biblical gift of prophecy? No.

Whatever the case, whenever a person claims to be speaking for God (the essence of prophecy) the key is to compare what is said with what the Bible says. If God were to speak through a person today, it would be in 100% complete agreement with what God has already said in the Bible. God does not contradict Himself. 1 John 4:1 instructs us, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 declares, “Do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good.” So, whether is it a “word from the Lord” or a supposed prophecy, our response should be the same. Compare what is said to what the Word of God says. If it contradicts the Bible, throw it out. If it agrees with the Bible, pray for wisdom and discernment as to how to apply the message (2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:5).

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Prophet School?

Really? You’re going to teach us how to prophecy?

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6 Responses to “Are there prophets in the church today?”

  1. Linda Says:

    A most logical explanation, yet one that seems to bypass Paul’s message to the Corinthians (1 Cor: 12) about the various gifts of the holy spirit (including prophecy) being given “to all men”. Of course, as the writer points out, Paul was speaking to the early Christian church at the time. But, if his words were meant only for that time, why haven’t biblical scholars over the centuries eliminated them from the original text? Just a thought, not that there aren’t false prophets among us. Perhaps it is simply a matter of praying for discernment.

  2. Brandon Says:

    For the same reason that they didn’t eliminate all the old commands in the Old Testament that don’t apply any longer. God wanted it written down and recorded. Who is man to remove from the Bible what is written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit?

  3. Linda Says:

    And who is man to pass judgement?

    Passing on a Christian friend’s message fowarded to me this morning. Just scroll down please.

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  4. YALLIWIST Says:

    Prophets of the OT were and are the chief tools of God to share with His called people.Nowadays,prophets are only to reveal what God has already spoken in His words.He said in John 19 .30 …….It is finished.So where else do we have to depend upon .Nothing less and nothing more than to His Spoken Words.I personally do believed prophecies provided it is provable in the written word of God.Thanks

  5. An Introduction to the NAR – New Apostolic Reformation « Insights With Billy Vee Says:

    […] First of all, The NAR promotes the office of the PROPHET. I believe the Bible is complete with all the prophetic words we need in order to be able to understand what our purpose is and also to understand the reason Jesus died on the cross. (See “Are there Prophets in the Church Today?”) […]

  6. Timothy Favelle Says:

    To me, this is just another epic fail by got questions. Prophets were not, as the first paragraph asserts “a temporary gift given by the Christ for the laying of the foundation of the church” but people who were called especially for God to deliver His messages (see I Kings 13). There are and have always been people who God chooses to deliver messages through, and in these last days (and for those who don’t realize, I mean to say, for the last 2000ish years) all of us who have had that same Holy Spirit that Philip had have been God’s prophets; and all who were sent by the same authority that sent Paul have been apostles. Some have accepted this calling and have worked diligently to turn their five talents into ten for reverence of God. And others with no fear of the Almighty, Who is able to destroy the body and the spirit, have destroyed their talent and sold it for the passing pleasures of this temporary life.

    The article continues to misquote (by means of omission) I John 4 neglecting the whole purpose of sola scriptura; as though we have nothing but the written word to compare to. No, no and a hell no. If one speaks as though the real Jesus is not the one recorded in our history by eyewitnesses and people who searched out eyewitnesses, but has some “new revelation” that is contrary to what was seen and heard and has been passed down, that’s an obvious phony. If someone would reject the incarnation of Christ in deed, this is how you recognize that that spirit is not of God. For this reason, we must be familiar with that Jesus recorded in the Gospels and Revelations. That is why we have sola scriptura; because by the word we know Him. So whether it is a word from the Lord or a “supposed prophecy” we should do the same thing. If it contradicts Him or His nature we should throw it out. If it agrees with His nature we should pray for discernment and wisdom to know how to apply the message.

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