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Biblical Prophets Vs. Today’s Prophets

09 Nov

A couple of days ago, the social media was awash with a prophecy coming from the West Africa, Nigeria in particular. The so-called Prophet TB Joshua predicted the outcome of USA 2016 Elections. He stated that a female candidate would win. This was a reference to Hilary Clinton. However, come early this morning, the “prophecy” has proved to be another false prediction.

Now this is not the first time that prophets in my beautiful and beloved continent have predicted falsely. They are a number of instances that can be cited, but that is beside the point of this post. I am writing mainly to express my concern over some people’s unhealthy fascination with prophets.

Prophets have become so popular in Africa that they are regarded as semi-gods, which is certainly against the Second Commandment. Prophets have also become the elite and one of rich groups of people, monetary wise, at the expense of their poor followers. But this is very different from the picture we see of Biblical prophets both in the Old and New Testament.

The Biblical prophets were often unpopular. Their message was very offensive to those rebelling against God. The Biblical prophets were not crowd-pullers as our “prophets” today. They were not business magnets as the prophets our time. When one was called to be a prophet in the Bible, it often meant putting your life in the harm’s way.

While it was not all glamour and glitter for the Biblical prophets, it’s all a bed of roses for the contemporary “prophets.” The biographies of modern “prophets” stand in sharp contrast to the biographies of Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, and John the Baptist just to mention a few examples.

Looking at this fact, one thing is certain: the prophets like those in the Bible no longer exist. Without repeating what I have stated again and again, the ultimate fulfiment of the office of Biblical prophets is found in Christ (Hebrews 1:1-2). Jesus Christ is the Prophet par excellence. He is the only prophet we need today. In fact, he is not only the Prophet but also the Priest and King forever.

Now back to the prophecy of TB Joshua. His so-called prophecy should bring to mind Deuteronomy 18:20-22:

But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’  And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’ when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.

Now we know how we should respond to TB Joshua and all the so-called prophets.

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2 responses to “Biblical Prophets Vs. Today’s Prophets

  1. Donald John

    November 10, 2016 at 12:02 am

    A Prophet is one who has direct revelation from Jehovah God & speaks the Word of the Lord. “Thus Saith the Lord…” Many false prophets are among us today and Africa is the home base it would seem. As if the motherland did not have enough problems…

    Jesus said a sign to rejoice over was being persecuted for righteousness sake because this is how they did the prophets of old. Prophets are one of the 5-fold New Testament ministry laid out in Ephesians by Apostle Paul.

    Shalom & Maranatha.

     
    • conmakhalira

      November 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks Donald for your comment. Indeed we need to be concerned with false prophets amidst us today. The New Testament shows that Prophets and Apostles which are mentioned also in the Fivefold Ministry of the NT were the foundations of the church (Eph. 2:20). The Church is no longer at a foundation level today. Blessings.

       

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