A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Justin. He’s the guy who claimed I was a spiritually dead false teaching devil who crept in unawares within the Body of Christ. It appears that Justin hears God’s voice and actually speaks for God. Rather then ripping this man’s “prophecies” to shreds or attacking him personally I thought it would be better to examine biblically whether the office of prophet is still in operation today. Take a look at Justin’s “prophecies” and then come on back to see what God’s Word has to say regarding this matter.
Let’s begin with a portion of Scripture from the Book of Hebrews;
Hebrews 1:1-3 ESV
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
In the days of old, God did indeed use prophets to communicate to His people. He spoke through these prophets in various times and various ways. These prophets were honored and revered because what God’s chosen prophets revealed proved to be true. These prophets didn’t make any mistakes when claiming to speak for God. Most, if not all the “prophecies” that so-called or “self-called” prophets claiming to speak for God today clearly contradict God’s Word. How can this be?
As the writer states in verse two, Jesus was chosen and sent by God to communicate to His people. God became man and communicated personally to His people. It should be obvious that we don’t require another prophet because God did this himself. Jesus wasn’t speaking for God…..He was and is God. Isn’t His Word enough? Apparently not because people are claiming to be prophets speaking for God worldwide. Let’s move on.
Ephesians 2:19-22 ESV
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. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
Notice how the writer refers to whom and how the household of God was built. He states that this household was built on the “foundation of the apostles and prophets”. How many times does a builder lay a foundation when building anything? Once! What happens when the foundation is broken? You have to knock down the whole house and start over!
The writer goes on to state “Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone”. Christ is the interlocking piece that holds the whole foundation together. Would Christ interlock with anyone who wasn’t called personally by Him? Would Christ build his household with an inferior foundation? Why we need to re-build a foundation anchored by Christ and completed by the apostles and prophets is beyond my scope of comprehension.
Youtube and the Internet are chock full of these “prophets” claiming to speak a “word from the Lord”. These so called prophets all have websites that are nothing more then appeals for money either through donation or to buy their merchandise. I suspect that money may be their motivating factor. Even Just has a “donate now” section on his website.
I don’t know whether Justin is delusional or just plain silly. One thing is for sure…..he isn’t speaking for God. He certainly isn’t a prophet unless he believes that he can somehow replace Christ, the apostles or prophets and re-lay the foundation of the true Body of Christ. Close inspections of his “prophecies” show several contradictions to God’s Word and that’s the clincher folks. If it contradicts God’s Word then it ain’t from God.
Based on my interpretation of God’s Word, the office of prophet is closed. Any new revelations or prophecies should be considered as man made….not God inspired unless you think Christ failed in laying the foundation or Christ didn’t communicate effectively enough.