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The Greatest Prophet?

Apr 16, 2009 at 18:26

By: Steve & Marilyn Hill

Who is the greatest prophet?

Would that be Ezekiel due to the intensity of his visions?  Would that be Isaiah due to the accuracy of his revelation of Jesus?  Would that be Daniel due to his wisdom and ability to interpret dreams that kept him at the power centers of two world empires?  Would that be Enoch who had such a powerful encounter with God that he literally was not here anymore?  

According to Jesus the greatest prophet was John the Baptist who came preaching "repentance for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand".  So far as we know John never had a vision, dream or angelic encounter.  Yet Jesus called him the greatest prophet!  

How many prophets do you know who are preaching repentance?  

It is difficult for them to preach repentance from the practice of casual divorce and remarriage since such would close "ministry doors" to them and offend folks who pay for their conferences and buy their books.  But Jesus did so in Matthew 19:9!

It is difficult for them to preach repentance from selling the gospel and making merchandise of the people of God since most have embraced the same values.  But in Matthew 10:8 Jesus commanded us to freely give as we have freely received.   In II Corinthians 11:5- 21 Paul said that the  difference between the true and the false was not in message, anointing or gifting but in how they related to the people and money!  

It is difficult to for them to preach repentance from self promotion,  the love of position and title since most have embraced celebrity status but Jesus did so in Matthew 23:1- 12.

It is difficult for them to preach repentance from seeking special experiences and angelic encounters since those experiences are their tickets to "prophetic" status in a world that values experiences above obedience.  But Paul did so in Colossians 2:18- 19.

You cannot preach repentance from inside the camp!  You support the camp.  You can only preach repentance from outside.  The court prophets support the court.  The prophets from the wilderness are free to preach repentance.  That is why Hebrew 13:13 calls us to follow Jesus outside the camp.

Jesus said that "the pure in heart shall see God".  

The result of true repentance should be a pure heart to see God.

Once you see God the claims for revelation from the prophets will literally be seen in a different light.  Once you see God all dreams, visions and words will take their proper place.  That some talk about third heaven experiences as casually as a trip to Pizza Hut  and claim to be able to teach others how to have them, shows that they have never been farther than their own imaginations. 

Maybe the fascination of the general church world with the supernatural experiences, dreams, revelations  is simply because few of them have ever seen God?  Maybe we put prophets in a wrong place because we do not have God in the right place?

Maybe we would be less fascinated with "supernatural experiences" if we understood the vision of God that Jesus presented to us?  Yes, He came to show us the Father but He also said that if we served the least, we served Him.  

He placed the face of God on every suffering child. 

The pure in heart will see God and when they do the whole religious game of status, money, recognition, book sales and numbers will fade away.  They will see God and they will see His face as the face of human need and they will serve.  

Jesus is the greatest Prophet!

Hear Him!

Steve

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Comments



Ronald, 18-04-09 14:18:
Hi There!

Great article! I really enjoyed reading it, and I will be back to read more!

God Bless You!
- Ronald Gabrielsen
(Denmark)


Renee, 01-06-09 23:13:
Thank you for this post. While I do have dreams and visions, most of it is warnings for getting right with God - repentance. It seems that my part in the church is constantly delivering words of warning and exposing mal-intents of the heart. I try to do so as kind as possible, but some things just still taste bitter despite the honey. It seems that I have had to continually speak to the church itself about repentance. I remember one word I gave over a year ago - it was about the proper order of the church and that it must get into God's order - not like we think or have been used to. And while I do teach, being given the proper ground to teach what that means has not been considered.

I'm always the odd one and many preachers don't like me and I'm ok with that but it was nice to read this post and know that I'm not alone.


marge, 12-06-09 16:03:
Thank you for your word,at least I know I am not totally off the wall. I have had to separate myself from the mass of false prophets,visions,angelic visitations,and manipulative words just to be able to discern what is really going on. God help us all! Being in the wilderness is a lonely experience, feeling like you are on the wrong train and everybody else is on the train to Paradise. I can believe John the Baptist felt like that!Then the Lord sends a message like your article and I breathe a sigh of relief and know I am not deceived and I am hearing from the Lord. Thanks again and keep the Faith!!


ruth, 20-06-09 03:00:
Great article, and also for the record John the Baptist never performed any healings either. Signs and wonders are not proof the prophet is from God.

What is also interesting is his reply to those who heard his message of repentance and asked "What shall we do?"

My paraphrase..."Give to the poor, don't cheat people, don't manipulate people, don't lord it over people." A simple lifestyle of love we need to recapture.


Fatima, 03-01-11 03:36:
I've been feeling truly alone and asking God if I am losing my mind, I been feeling like a misfit and told by my family that I am not "normal" and should seek professional help. Anyway, this holiday season I withdrew totally from any and all celebrations and focused on hearing from God. I can tell you that in the last few days God has shown me that I am not alone, finding these posts I believe is an answer to prayer.


AngelFord32, 29-08-11 18:51:
I guess that to receive the <a href="http://bestfinance-blog.com/topics/home-loans">home loans</a> from banks you ought to have a good reason. But, one time I have got a student loan, just because I was willing to buy a bike.

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