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Children of the Prophets

on Apr 25, 2006 | Mike |

In Acts 3:25 Peter referred to Israelites as "children of the prophets." Surely he chose this wording because the Jews owed their spiritual existence to the ministry of the prophets who had spoken unto them in the name of the Lord. They could easily trace their spiritual heritage back to those who flowed in the prophetic: Enoch, Job, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and a host of others who all heard from God and imparted their insights to God's covenant nation. These oracles of God "begat" in Abraham's seed a revelation of the truth…becoming spiritual "fathers" to the people of God.

We who are born again can also trace our heritage back to the prophets. We have all rejoiced with Enoch that "the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints." We have wept with Job and then shouted "I know my Redeemer liveth". We have walked with Abraham and learned to be "strong in faith, giving glory to God." We have embraced the laws of God flowing through Moses and asked God to write them in our hearts. We have all been emboldened by the boldness of Joshua and soared to prophetic heights with Isaiah. So we, too, qualify to be called "the children of the prophets." And for an even more profound reason: Jesus was spoken of in Scripture as being a prophet (See Dt. 18:15, 18, Jn. 6:14, Ac. 3:22) He never prophesied as far as we know by saying "Thus saith the Lord", but everything He said was prophetic. He claimed "The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself, but the Father that dwelleth in Me…"(Jn. 14:10) Without a doubt, we are Jesus' offspring. Therefore, because children inherit the nature of their parents, it is only expected that we inherit Jesus' prophetic nature. Many of us may never give a direct prophetic utterance preceded by the statement "Thus saith the Lord", but we can flow in the prophetic Word every day of our lives.

What is prophecy?—Amos 3:8 declares "the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?" In other words, when God speaks, either by the written Word or the living Word, those who hear with their hearts are compelled to echo prophetically with their mouths what they know to be true. Therefore, to prophesy is to declare the Word of God under the inspiration and influence of the Holy Spirit. (See II Peter 1:16-21) This should always be done for "edification, exhortation and comfort." (I Cor. 14:3-5) On the highest level prophesying may include predictions concerning the future or supernaturally known insights about people's lives, but this is not always the case. I Corinthians 14:31 declares that "Ye may all prophesy" and Romans 12:6 claims believers "prophesy according to the proportion of faith." (Ro. 12:6) No wonder Peter echoed the prophecy of Joel concerning the New Covenant church - "It shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters SHALL PROPHESY…and on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit and THEY SHALL PROPHESY!" This is all-inclusive, for in the New Will "the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." So if we testify of Jesus' works, we are automatically prophesying that He will do it again.

Prophetic mantles can be imparted—When Saul came into a company of prophets the Spirit of God moved on him and he also began to prophesy. (I Sam. 10:1-6) We also have the key Biblical examples of: Elijah passing his mantle to Elisha, and God removing the prophetic anointing from Moses and putting it on seventy of his elders - who immediately began prophesying. (See II Kgs. 2, Num. 11:16-17,24-30)