Do prophets still exist today?

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Do prophets still exist today? My answer: Yes and No. Please allow me to explain.

Yes: Basing on Scripture we see that prophets were the men called by God to speak on behalf of God. In other words, prophets took a word from God and gave it to God’s people. In this sense, I would say that prophets still exists in form of preachers of God’s Word. Every time, a preacher stands up to preach from the Bible (God’s Word) he is actually saying: “Thus says the Lord in the Bible.” So in this case, prophets (preachers) still exist today.

No: Prophets both in the Old and New Testament got their revelation directly from God in various forms. So, in this sense, prophets of the caliber of Old  and New Testament (who directly get special revelations from God) do not exist anymore. Why? Because God’s special revelation ceased with the completion of the Bible (66 books: 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament).

I know the statement ‘God’s special revelation ceased’ has sent cold chills down the spine of some and probably you have began to agitate in anger against me but I beg you to hear me out. So, please read on.

God’s giving of special revelation (the Bible) had to with the redemption or salvation of man after man sinned. From Genesis, God revealed his plan of salvation little by little until when Christ came and completed the plan of saving man through his birth, death, burial and resurrection. So, when God completed his work of saving man through Jesus Christ, God also completed the work of giving out special revelation with the last book of Revelation.

F. Fowler White is right when he writes in his article, “Does God Speak Today Apart from the Bible”

“God’s giving of revelation, spoken and written, is always historically joined and qualified by God’s work of redemption. Now that God has accomplished salvation once-for-all, in Christ, He has also spoken His word, once-for-all, in Christ and in those whom Christ has authorized and empowered by His Spirit (Hebrews 1:1, 2; 2:3, 4; Matthew 16:15-19; John 14:26; Ephesians 2:19, 20). With the completion of salvation in Christ comes the cessation of revelation. Consequently, the church now lives by a ‘Scripture only’ principle of authority,” (Reformed Perspective Magazine, Vol. 9, No. 15, April 8-14, 2007).

Today, we cannot get any special revelation apart from the one that God has revealed to us through the Bible. Please consider this. Suppose a person calling himself a prophet comes to you with a book in which he has written all ‘the revelations’ he has got from God, will you add that book to the Bible so that you have a Bible with 67 books? Would you call that book the Word of God as you call the Bible? Certainly not! Yet what God revealed to the prophets of the old is contained in the Bible as God’s own word. I hope you get my point there!

Also ponder with me on this. When I ask those who believe that prophets still exist on how they know whether a prophecy is true, they say that they weigh it against the Bible. If what is said is supported by the Bible they take it. If what that man calling himself a prophet says anything that contradicts the Scripture, they leave it.

Now, if you always have to compare any ‘new revelation’ with the Bible, it means that there is no single new revelation that can come to you besides the Bible. In other words, you are in essence saying that God’s final revelation is the Bible and whatever ‘revelation’ that is outside the Bible is not God’s revelation at all, isn’t it? By this, you, further,  agree with me that there are no new ‘revelations’ apart from the Bible hence no new prophecies apart from those contained in the Bible consequently also no prophets like those we read in the Bible.

But some would argue for the existence of prophets today by quoting  that familiar verse about various ministries in the church, Ephesians 4:11, 12: which reads: “And he (Christ) gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”

But before you can conclude that prophets still exist basing on these verses, please just go back to chapter 2 of the same Letter to Ephesians and read verses 19 to 21:

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,” (Underscoring added).

The same Apostle Paul who tells us that God gave the gifts of apostle and prophets to the Church also reminds us that these apostles and prophets are the foundation of the Church. Now, let me ask you. After you have laid the foundation of a house, do you still use the same foundation materials to build the wall of the house as well as roof it? NO! The foundation remains down.

Similarly, the apostles and prophets being foundation of the church are no longer needed today unless we say that the church is still at its foundational level. But most certainly, after almost 2, 000 years since the birth of the New Testament Church no one would say that the Church is still at its foundation level. The church of Christ has grown and it continues to grow.

But what about the ‘predictions’ that the men called ‘prophets’ make and they come to pass, aren’t these a sign that prophets still exist today? First, we should not confuse prophecy with prediction. In as much as prediction is part of prophecy, prophecy is more than prediction. The prophets of the Bible rebuked, taught, encouraged and also predicted.

Secondly, we should realize that the ability to predict does not always and solely come from God. In Acts 16:16-18, we read of a girl who could predict out of powers of a demon. Recently also, during the 2010 World Cup Soccer Finals, there was an octopus called Paul in Germany that also predicted outcome of games before they were played. Did this ability to predict, in the two cases cited, come due to revelations directly from God? No! Would you call the girl and the octopus, prophets? God forbid!

As I wrap up, I would like to highlight that there are some good and well meaning Christians, some of them are my good friends and even relatives, who believe that prophets still exist, probably basing on what is happening, especially, in the African Church today. Of course, I would not call them heretics. However, I would encourage them to sincerely and prayerfully study Scripture and they will find out that prophets no longer exists today except in cases in which a prophet means a preacher of God’s Word.  Bill Crouse says it better:

“The men who challenge the Church to revive the gift of prophecy have good intentions. They want to see significant growth in the Kingdom; they want to see believers have a vital mystical relationship with Christ. They are not heretics, but they are proposing major doctrinal shifts that we sincerely believe will lead to confusion and dangerous consequences. Regardless of spectacular experience being reported by godly men, we must resist the temptation to satisfy our spiritual thirst for anything other than the certainty of the written Word of God” (C.I.M. Outline #57, The Gift of Prophecy: Is it for today?).

48 thoughts on “Do prophets still exist today?

  1. I do not believe prophets exist today, but I do believe God “allows” individuals the ability to experience dreams of future events. God knows “many” Christians will be deceived by false Christianity, religion and occult’s and often Christians do need guidance are they find themselves wandering. God has always and will continue to use individuals for his will. If he didn’t, there would be no teachers, no pastors, no Godly government. But that’s just my opinion, afterall, I’m one who happens to experience just such dreams…

    Many, many blessings to you…Robin

  2. Yes, according to the definition of a prophet :
    1.a person who speaks for God or a deity, or by divine inspiration.
    2.a person regarded as, or claiming to be, an inspired teacher or leader.
    God is always in the business of using someone. I always think of Moses when one asks this question.

  3. I believe the only person we need to listen to now is the Voice of the Shepherd, the Holy Spirit that Jesus sent us when he ascended. On the mount of transfiguration Elijah, representing the prophets and Moses, representing the law, both left, leaving Jesus alone shining like the sun, the same One who in Revelation 1:13 is described as “one like a son of man…white as snow…eyes like flames of fire…voice like the sound of the many waters…his face like the sun shining in full strength.” We need nothing, lack nothing, and need no more external light or lights (prophets), for we have been given the sun that shines brighter than 7 suns within us in the person of Jesus! Hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, many waters, voice of Father, white as snow fire, and the Son of God, a sun shining within us. The sheep hear only the Shepherd’s Voice!!!

      1. Of course that Voice of the Shepherd, Christ’s Spirit, is in us so we can discern when the one Voice is the Spirit of God speaking in others or not. The Holy Spirit detector lets us know whether to listen to an earthly prophet or not and allows us to receive other’s teaching or not. God bless you!

  4. Ephesians 4:11

    11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

    if there’s no prophets- there’s no church

    1. roma560320,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I have already tackled this text in my article. Prophets and Apostles were needed at the beginning of the church and God used them as a foundation but today we no longer need them. Please read Ephesians 2:20

  5. Prophets no longer exist only that some men give themselves the title prophet because they exalt themselves as God Himself for purpose of earning. They workout miracles, signs , and wonders. Some of the words they prophesy can come to pass. That does not mean that they are Prophets. Our great prophet was Jesus now KING,He taught His congregation the KOG that would come and that’s now the present kingdom that people enter into, when they hear the Gospel of it.Unfortunately the church is being mislead due to the lack of knowledge of the Kingdom that Jesus rules.

    1. Thanks Pakwach for your comment. I can’t agree more with you. Christ is our greatest prophet and we no longer need any now. Once again, thanks for visiting the blog and leaving a comment.

      1. Oonmakhalira, U’ve already agreed with me if say that Christ is our prophet.Read my message carefully and understand it. But the way,Prophets ARE FOR Israelite, NOT FOR Gentiles.When U say ‘WE’ in ur quote, means U are an Israelite. Please clarify. Secondly, Jesus is no longer a Prophet but a King, Do U believe with me ? H’ve U entered His Kingdom?. If so can U tell me what are available in His Kingdom where He reigns? Remember we should agree with one another but with Christ. O.K.?

      2. Pakwach, I am in agreement with you. When I say “I can’t agree with you more” I mean that I am in “total agreement with you.”

        Of course, I would disagree with you that Christ is no longer a prophet because all the three offices in the old testament namely priest, prophet and king were fulfilled in Christ. As our greatest priest, we approach the Father through him. As our greatest prophet, God speaks to us through him (Heb. 1:1, 2) and as our greatest king, he reigns at the right hand of God the Father.

    1. I agree, Christ is the center of Christianity. It’s all about Him but that should not stop us from correcting other errors in the church. God calls us to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). I believe this is my calling just like any other Christian and I will continue to do that until God calls me into glory.

      1. The error that’s in the Church is leaving aside the preaching of the gospel of the KOG. in which mankind is dieing before entering the KOG. The water Baptism is preached but that of Baptism of the HS to make one enter the KOG IS FORSAKEN.What do think about tha?

  6. conmakhalira, you made some very good arguments in your post. I was one of those who got cold chills when you said “God’s special revelation ceased”, but you do go on to make it clear what you mean by ‘special revelation’ and ‘new revelation’. I agree with you that the whole revelation of our salvation is contained in God’s word to us, but we need interpreters (what you call preachers) to speak the truth of that revelation into our lives. (The word “prophesy” means “truth-telling”, not just “predicting”, as you rightly point out later.)

    There are many self-styled prophets in Asia and Africa who preach, as if God told them, revelations that are not in, and are not even in the spirit of God’s special revelation. However there are many other faithful servants to whom God will give a specific revelation for a specific need of his church. That revelation may involve present or future events, but is always safely grounded in both the Word and the spirit of the Word. I see no problem in churches embracing the latter as long as they avoid the former.

  7. There is so much judgment on this topic…it is so sad that all this separates the body..and causes people to be lost..

  8. I truly beleive you are a true seeker of Christ…but your understanding of this scripture is incorrect…there are still apostles today for the church is still being built, there are still prophets, not as of the Old Testament , but who build up the church and give direction, there are evangelist who seek the lost , pastors who stay and feed and protect the flock, and teachers who help to clarify the word of God…all are needed today, until the comming of our Lord!

    1. Thanks Theresa for your comment. I still stand by what I have written and I am convinced by the testimony of Scripture that this is correct and true. Grace and peace.

  9. Prophets are not future tellers. They are ordained by God to talk to people behalf of them. In Ephesians 2.19-21 Paul is talking about GLOBAL CHURCH and he says that It happens by joining several other buildings ( different churches in different places all around the world) together. If there is no “single church”, there is no “The Church”. Thats why I say it’s because of IGNORANCE that we say we don’t need things we used for foundation anymore. Every time “single church” happens, we need all of them again and again.

    In Ephesians 4:11- 13 its clear that church need them to grow to the head, that is Christ. If prophets wasn’t a need, trust me, Paul wouldn’t have add them in the list – the list of God’s BUILDERS OF THE CHURCH.`

    1. Thanks for your comment my brother. A couple of things:

      First, we agree that prophecy is not always about forth-telling but speaking on the behalf of God as he has revealed his will in Scripture. This post addresses this point very well, I believe.

      Secondly, I have a problem with your definition of the church. It seems to me that your differentiation of the invisible and visible church is a bit shaky. The Church in Eph. 2:20 is the invisible not the visible one. The visible church had its foundation laid once for all by Christ as the cornerstone and the prophets and apostles as the foundation. This church doesn’t “happen” as you put it any more ever since this foundation was laid but it continues to grow and expand every day as the Holy Spirit works in the hearts of unbelievers and convicts them on sin and lead them to Christ for salvation.

      The invisible church which you call the “Global Church”, I believe, is not made up of buildings but believers: those who have gone to be with the Lord, those who are on earth now, and those who will believe in Christ for their salvation. This church does not need any new foundation because it was already laid. That’s the teaching of Ephesians 2:20. The visible church on the other hand, is what we see gathering together in buildings or any other place. In the visible church, we have both believers and non-believers.

      In regard to the visible church which people start or plant, there is the Word (The Canon) which is sufficient for that church. They don’t need prophecy but the Bible.

      Thirdly, the challenge that you face in insisting the need of prophets in the church today is this: Do you believe that the Bible is sufficient will of God for man and his church? If yes, then you don’t need any other revelation of his will. If no, surely you need more revelations now and again.

      Thank you for you comment. Grace and peace.

  10. The apostles and prophets were killed. The Jews rejected them and the Lord and even killed the son of God. Therefore the kingdom of God was taken from them and given to another. Jesus told a great parable about Matthew 21. The church was built on the foundation of apostles and prophets. But what if they are killed and destroyed? What happens to a building if the foundation is removed? It falls. The Church fell and needed to be restored. Hence Daniel prophesied that in the last days God would set up a kingdom which would never be destroyed. That kingdom carries the Lord’s name today, even the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints, which is built on the foundation of living apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone. The Bible is a battleground. Christians arguing with Christians and never coming to the truth. There are over 42,000 Christian religions who believe in the same Bible. If ever we needed modern apostles it is today. I am grateful I know who they are. Visit to read or listen to their messages to know for yourself. “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Peace out. BTW I really appreciate your kind responses to those who don’t agree with you. You seem like a great guy. I wish you the best with your ministry.

    1. Thank Lance for reading and leaving a comment. The article summarizes very well what I believe is Scriptural regarding prophets and apostles. Christ the chief cornerstone of the church continues to hold the church together and on this church the gates of hell can never prevail. I don’t have any reason to believe in any existence of apostles today because that does not have support of Scripture and unless I am convicted of error by the testimony of Scripture I still stand by what I have written. The other details of you comment require more time to discuss and I am sorry I am unable to do so now but once again I appreciate your visit to my blog.

    2. Lance, the bible is not a battlefield, but the Word of God is a sharp two-edged sword of the Spirit. It is time for all human beings to listen to the Word of Jesus as the only Voice and come together in Christ Jesus. The sheep hear the Shepherd’s Voice alone if they are truly in the body of Christ. It is time for the church, the body of Christ, to use the Sword of the Spirit, the Word to bind evil and the evil one and to loose the prophesy of Jesus which is his testimony (Rev 19:10 “Worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy”). Those led by the Spirit are the sons of God and his Word, the Sword of the Spirit, is ours to use for the glory of God. The sons of God are given the keys of the kingdom to bind and loose on earth and it is done in heaven by our Father, and is manifested back on earth (Hosea 2:21). In Hosea God tells us he is our Husband and we are to have no more Ba’als. The kingdom of God is within those who are led by the Spirit of God. The only prophet we need is Jesus. The only Voice we need to listen to is Jesus. The only Sword we need is the Word of the Spirit of God. The innocent, trusting children of God receive the kingdom. Be innocent as doves and wise as serpents as Jesus said. I ask that all followers of Christ Jesus start using the testimony of Jesus, his Blood, his Living Water, and his Spirit to be your prophesy and use the Sword of the Spirit: the Word of God to cancel, nullify, make void all evil and the evil one’s intention for our world and loose the Light of Christ to expose all hidden darkness. Jesus is the Light of this world, not lucifer, and I call on all my brothers and sisters in Christ to arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you and his glory will be seen upon you…lift your eyes and see…be radiant, let your heart rejoice and thrill” Isa 60:1-5. Sons of the Living God, I adjure you to speak the Word of God, using the Sword of the Spirit to bind darkness and loose the Light and Peace of Christ into every hidden dark place in the hot spots of the world, as well as Russia, China, the Vatican, Pope, and the United States and its president, government, military and supreme court. Call forth the Light of Christ Jesus to reveal and dissolve all darkness. Jesus said, “God is Light and in him there is no darkness at all” Let God’s creation all be brought into the Light of Christ and be found spotless, blameless and at peace as we wait for the promise of new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:13-14 RSV)

  11. Prophets existed to save the is realities from slavery. But now we have the duplicate prophets,that mind on their stomach en family………………………………………………………………………………….

    1. Thanks Nuwaijuka. Indeed one of the duties of Old Testament prophets was to warn of God’s punishment through slavery and how God would redeem his people if they were repentant. This they did pointing us to the greatest Prophet Jesus Christ who saves us from the slavery of sin, death and Satan. What a greater and gracious prophet we have in Jesus.

  12. I partly agree with you in your writings but somewhere I can see incomplete understanding of the word of God. Don’t confusu preacher & prophet because these r two different offices in the kingdom. Examples u’ve given of those who predicted is not satisfying. Why mentioning slave girl act16 leaving Agabus in the same book who did it twice & Bible Calls him prophet, what about daughter of Phillip Evangelist Whom Bible Calls Her Prophetess? If @ all prophets do not exist, then Jesus Wouldnt have bothered to tell us the there would be false prophets in the last day. The best Warning from Jesus Wud Be “everyone Who Calls himself a prophet is false. If there is false prophet, there is true prophet. U’ll never have fake money where there is no orignal money. Those who use the Bible to know who is true or false prophet, they are right, even Berean Church did so to examine paul Messages. Prediction & prophesying are different things.

    1. Thanks Foster for your comment. First, to put the matter into perspective I am not refuting the existence of prophets in Acts. Those you have mentioned were real prophets then but as Eph. 2:20 tells us, they were the foundation of the church. They no longer exist today. Secondly, Jesus warns of false prophets as he compares himself to these false prophets. In other words, read those passages that Jesus is warning against false prophets and point out to me when Jesus is saying you will have also true prophets. The contrast he is making is in reference to himself the Prophet per excellence. Lastly, if I have to compare everything that the so called prophet says with the Bible why then not just read the Bible because this clearly shows that this so called prophet has nothing new to say apart from what has already been revealed in Scripture.

    1. Thanks Avonelle for your comment. We are not contradicting the Bible at all. Deut. 18:18 points to Jesus Christ. Moses was referring to Christ, please, see Acts 3:20-23. The office of prophet was fulfilled in Christ the Prophet per excellence (Heb. 1:1-3), and he gave us some prophets in the early stages of the New Testament church (Eph. 2:20) but these prophets are no longer needed now because the special revelation has been complete and ceased.

    1. Hi Chi, that is a great question. When the New Testament Church was a few years old, somebody also asked a similar question to Apostle Paul and Silas. He asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Their response was: “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household,” (Acts 16:30-31). So, for one to be saved, he needs to believe in Christ and repent of his sin. I would love us to talk more, if you wish. Please send me an email.

  13. Show me the scripture that says there is no prophets now day, because most of the scripture is filled with the gift of prophesy. Example, 1 Corinthians 14

    1. Thanks Stephen for your comment. If you can read the whole post and not get the reason why I say that prophets do not exist anymore basing on the teaching of Scripture, then I am sorry I can explain more than what I have already written in the post. Blessings.

  14. Evening Bros khalira
    I understand what u r saying n thanks for d enlightenment. What if God wants to say something to someone in church n decide to use another person (maybe a prophet) to deliver d msg? What about churches dat prophecy for almost d whole service? How do u even know if d prophet is from God or not?
    Thanks for your time… God bless

    1. Thanks Kedi for your comment. I am not sure if I am getting you right. You will correct me if I am wrong. First, if God wants to say something to someone, he will use the Bible as I have already argued. God is directly speaking to his people today through the Bible alone. Secondly, if by prophet you mean a preacher, I would say that you know whether one is a true prophet/preacher if what he is preaching is in agreement with the Bible. If he speaks anything that contradicts Scripture then he is not speaking on behalf of God but for himself. I hope this helps.

  15. Whether you wish to believe that prophets exist or don’t exist isn’t a call that anyone can make. But the Bible is abundantly clear from the Old Testament and from the New Testament that prophets still exist today. See Malachi 4:4-6 Remember this scripture is unfilled because the Law of Moses has not been restored to its rightful place. Some pastors claim that they are prophets, but they are very rarely truly prophets. The reason for the five-fold ministry is to keep the churches in balance. It goes like this, the apostles lay the foundation ( there still exists apostles, just none that are eye-witnesses of Jesus Christ life see Rev chaps 2 & 3), the prophets, ( speak for God and upheld the entire word of God both the Law and the Gospel without regard to man )the evangelists ( witness to the unbelievers ), pastor ( he preaches the big-picture to the assembly of believers; most churches focus on the gospel and rarely ever preach from the Old Testament ), the teacher ( he teaches with more detail ). Hath thou not heard, what is true and right?

    1. Time is Come thanks for visiting Scripture alone and leaving a committee. First, I do not think that it is true to say that Malachi 4:4-6 has not been fulfilled because Jesus said that this prophecy was fully fulfilled in John the Baptist. Christ when responding to a question from his disciples regarding the prophecy of the second coming of Elijah, he answered them that Elijah came as John the Baptist (Matt. 17:10-13). Secondly, don’t you think you are contradicting yourself when you say that Apostles still exist today yet they are not eye-witnesses of Jesus Christ’ life or resurrection when this is the requirement for one to be an apostle ?(Acts 1:21-22; 10:38-41).

  16. The prophets reason for being a prophet is well laid out in your article. The job was to say stop sinning or face a horrible punishment by God if you continue, then the horrible punishment would come to pass if they continued. Therefore there is no need as you explained for current day prophets. Any person proclaiming the word of god must be able to pass one simple test, which is, can that message be preached anywhere in the world. I do not mean a sermon or two for a particular congregation but the message in totality. The true word of God can be preached in Africa, Dallas TX, China, etc… and it will have the same meaning no matter the country of origin. That is why preaching only prosperity is wrong. Jesus and His apostles were all persecuted and killed, they only owned what they needed to survive, not elaborate furnishings, that is to say – the desires of the flesh.

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