Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christian Prophecy from Moses to Paul

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Old Testament

Prophets are first mentioned in the Bible with Abraham, who
is the founder of all of Christianity, Judaism and Islam;
and it given premium importance in the bible. God says, Now
Therefore restore the man his wife, for he [Abraham] is a

The first time Abraham says the word Prophet the word is
connected to prayer. Being a prophet requires a solid
prayer life. This is one of the most important and
neglected elements of being a prophet and cannot be
stressed enough. It is best exhibited by a simple and quite
easy-to-remember equation:


It is that simple: A prophet needs prayer. Christian
prophecy requires an open channel with God and prayer is
(by far) the best way to know you are communicating with
the Lord. Without this connection to God, the prophet is
without the gift of Christian prophecy; the prophet will
not hear the message of the Lord with clarity. Clarity is
incredibly important to a prophet because the line between
a false prophet and a real prophet is a thin one in the
eyes of many though it is easily seen by God.

Prophets all share different roles today as they did
before. Prophecy is practiced in different ways by
different individuals. God takes advantage of our diversity
through Christian prophecy. Some Prophets in the Old
Testament were leaders of the Israelites: Moses, Samuel,
Elijah and Elisha. A prophet is usually a supportive
ministry but currently a prophet can lead a church or have
a leadership role inside of it. In other words, not every
leader is a prophet but some prophets are leaders. There
are also many prophets which directly wrote to the people
of Israel. Prophetic writers include those who had a great
impact on the destiny of the people of Israel in the Old
Testament and also; Minor Prophets, whose impact was not
felt as deeply, but were people of the Lord and made holy

New Testament

God ordains Christian Prophecy in the New Testament book of
Ephesians. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets;
and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For
the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry,
for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in
the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of
God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of
the fullness of Christ.

After Christ came to earth, prophecy also played a crucial
role. There are different types of Prophets in the New
Testament: prophets of exhortation, prophets who foretell
events, and prophets of confirmation.

When Agabus sees the spirit that Paul would be bound by the
Jews at Jerusalem; this is an example of foretelling. The
Bible says:

And as we tarried there many days, there came down from
Judaea, a certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he was
come unto us, he took Pauls girdle, and bound his own hands
and feet ,and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the
Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and
shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. Acts 21:

The book of Acts depicts Prophets of exhortation; which
means Prophets who fortify the faith of others: Judas and
Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage
and strengthen the believers.

Christian prophecy enriches not only your spiritual
well-being, but also brings you closer to our Savior. It's
a spiritual gift that Jesus bestowed on us. Find out how
Prophecies can actually help you. For prophetic christian
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