Prophets and Prophetesses
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Prophets and Prophetesses
November 30, 2019
[The question has been asked; “do we have prophets and prophetesses in the assembly today?” I was also asked if I considered my self to be a prophetess? They asked because I had said one of the jobs they [prophets] did was to teach. I answered a firm NO! I call myself a teacher because that is what I do and others accept me as such. This is what scriptures tell us on the subject.]
(1Sa 9:9 KJV) (Before time in Israel, when a man went to enquire of Almighty, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was before time called a Seer.)
Seer H7200 A primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitively, intransitively and causatively): - advise self, appear, approve, behold, X certainly, consider, discern, (make to) enjoy, have experience, gaze, take heed, X indeed, X joyfully, lo, look (on, one another, one on another, one upon another, out, up, upon), mark, meet, X be near, perceive, present, provide, regard, (have) respect, (fore-, cause to, let) see (-r, -m, one another), shew (self), X sight of others, (e-) spy, stare, X surely, X think, view, visions.
Total KJV occurrences: 1308
Prophet H5030 From H5012; a prophet or (generally) inspired man: - prophecy, that prophesy, prophet.
Total KJV occurrences: 315
Prophetess H5031 Feminine of H5030; a prophetess or (generally) inspired woman; by implication a poetess; by association a prophet's wife: - prophetess.
Total KJV occurrences: 6
Inspire (dic.) 1. To fill with noble or reverent emotion 2. to stimulate to creativity or action. 3. to elicit or create in others. 4. inhale
[The KJV of scriptures does not use the word inspire or inspired but eight other translations use it sparingly. Reading the above descriptions of prophet and prophetess it would seem that all of us would fit the description at one time or the other. So yes the assembly has both, now and again! But do we have them available all the time? Are there certain individuals who seem to be inspired all or most of the time? Are they known to most as a wise person? All questions that should be asked before a person takes upon themselves the title, or accepts it from others. All such offices (?) should be given by Yahweh through His spirit, not by a vote of the people.]
(Exo 15:20 KJV) And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
[No where is there scriptures telling us how Miriam became an acknowledged prophetess, but we see she was accepted as a leader among the women.]
(Jdg 4:4 KJV) And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.
[Deborah was not only a prophetess but she was also a judge. Her husband is only mentioned here and he is not given a title. How she was granted these offices is not told to us. It is what it is!]
(2Ki 22:14 KJV) So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.
[Huldah was married and her husbands family were the keepers of the wardrobe, if it was an inherited family position. They were not prophets so she did not step into this office because of marriage.]
(Neh 6:14 KJV) My Almighty, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.
(Ezr 8:33 KJV) Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels weighed in the house of our Almighty by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them was Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui, Levites;
[In Ezra Noadiah is a man and a Levite on the side of Yahweh. In Nehemiah Noadiah is a woman, a prophetess against the rebuilding of the temple. Again we have no basis for the office being given to Noadiah.]
(Luk 2:36-37 KJV) And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served Yahweh with fastings and prayers night and day.
[Again no background on how she was set-apart, but the facts of her service are given.]
(Rev 2:20 KJV) Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
[This scripture would be enough to keep me from claiming this title or allowing others to put it on me. She called herself, she was not called!
How can we tell a true prophet from a false prophet?]
(1Co 14:37 KJV) If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Master.
[Here is Paul saying that if a man calls himself a prophet you can be sure he will agree with Paul. Boy is that a slap in the face of all those proclaiming Paul's writings should be taken out of scriptures. It is also a warning to avoid the teaching of those who so speak, if they are false in this we are warned not to listen to them.]
(Joh 7:37-40 KJV) In the last day, that great day of the feast, Yahshua stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. 7:38 He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of His belly shall flow rivers of living water. 7:39 (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Set-apart Spirit was not yet given; because that Yahshua was not yet magnified.) 7:40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
[They recognized the scriptures He quoted and they knew His reputation so they were able to see that He was indeed inspired.]
(Num 12:6 KJV) And He [Yahweh] said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I YAHWEH will make Myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
[Here is the truth of the matter! Yahweh appoints the true prophets and prophetesses, not man. First and foremost we need to understand that not all prophets and prophetesses foretell events. Most are inspired to teach the words of scriptures and show us how to apply them to our lives. This can cause a problem for those who think all who are called prophets are fore tellers. The problem is in the fact that our languages continue to change, daily. Yahweh speaks and we should be listening to Him and that takes time and study. If you leave the studying all up to others then you are learning their words, which can be said in a manner to twist the meaning. You need to read it for your self.]
(Mat 13:54 KJV) And when He was come into His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
(Isa 50:4 KJV) The Most High YAHWEH hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: He wakeneth morning by morning, He wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
[Both Yahshua and Isaiah were prophets, and they both were inspired in the same way, by the power of Yahweh. Do we as believers need to have those in our midst who bear these titles, or is it better to leave the titles out and just recognize the fact that we have those who Yahweh inspires among us and they share with us? If I need a title to do the job, who am I looking to for my authority and if for my authority then who is my supply?]
(Deu 18:18-22 KJV) I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put My words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 18:19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words which He shall speak in My name, I will require it of him. 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 18:21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which YAHWEH hath not spoken? 18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of YAHWEH, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which YAHWEH hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
[This scripture is speaking of Yahshua in the first two verses, but it is also true of all Yahweh's prophets. There is at least one very popular Messianic Ministry that has just such a leader [a prophecy that did not come to pass] as spoken of in the remaining verses, and it is one reason I advise all to look at the beginnings of a ministry. That ministry, as far as I know, teaches a lot of truth; but we are told to not be afraid of them. That is not exactly the same as not listening to them, but you must judge for yourselves. Can you determine if that is their only error?]
(Amo 7:12-15 KJV) Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there: 7:13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court. 7:14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: 7:15 And YAHWEH took me as I followed the flock, and YAHWEH said unto me, Go, prophesy unto My people Israel.
[This is the true calling of a prophet! Yahweh sends them and puts His words in their mouths. Anyone willing to be used can be used if they are also willing to let Yahweh be in charge.]
(1Sa 3:20 KJV) And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of YAHWEH.
[With Samuel it was an easy conclusion. He was raised in the temple, he was trained by Eli, his proclaiming of the end of Eli's family came true. How could they not recognize him?]
(Isa 8:18-20 KJV) Behold, I and the children whom YAHWEH hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from YAHWEH of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their Almighty? for the living to the dead? 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
[If you are looking for people to follow then it would be wise to follow a true prophetess or prophet if you are sure they are really one.
If they proclaim then it must come to pass, for if it is from Yahweh it is a sure thing.
They must be willing to be corrected, for they also are human and that fact sometimes gets between Yahweh and His true message.
Their position, wealth, popularity, etc. should not be a thing considered when deciding if they are safe to listen to. Only their personal walk needs be considered, and their careful handling of His word should be your foremost concern.
Still, if you are not reading the word for yourself how will you know if they are speaking the truth?]