Bitterness and grieve can come in the heart-beam of the Prophet’s spirit! A prophet can be angry at seeing the condition of (Christianity) people and their attitude against a Holy God, His message and against own brothers and sisters, Nations, wickedness, cruel political leaders, etc... He will be filled with righteous indignation which God inspired against the sins he was called to denounce. This means that he was strengthened by Divine power for his mission, which could be difficult and hard on him! YES, he still can speak about judgments of God over people, nations, wickedness, cruel leaders etc!
Like the Prophet…
The Prophet Ezekiel was called and sent to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that had rebelled against God. The Impudent children and stiff-hearted! And whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: This rebellion house, yet, shall know that there had been a prophet among them. And he shall speak His Words unto them! (Ezekiel 2:1-7)
Like the Prophet Jeremiah, who was seeking after Gods
righteousness and wanting immediate action of dealing with the people who came
so against him! How many times he did warn the King and the
people of the coming judgments; the total destruction of Jerusalem? But God also provided a “way” out of it through his
prophet! A solution, even if the circumstances were terrible!
The Lord guards the prophet from dwelling exclusively on the national character of his specific mission. In the midst of general (pre-)judgments, superficiality & rejection the prophet has to stand alone before his God and give account of himself according to his own works (Ezekiel 3:17-27; Ezekiel 18:1-23; Ezekiel 33:1-20).
Sent out to, like...!
I was sent
out of my country, to go to the nations
and to preach
Picture of a Prophet
The prophet in his day is fully accepted of God and totally rejected by men. Years back, Dr. Gregory Mantle was right when he said, "No man can be fully accepted until he is totally rejected." The prophet of the Lord is aware of both these experiences. They are his "brand name." The group, challenged by the prophet because they are smug and comfortably insulated from a perishing world in their warm but untested theology, is not likely to vote him "Man of the year" when he refers to them as habituates of the synagogue of satan!
The prophet comes to set up that which is upset. His work is to call into line those who are out of line! He is unpopular because he opposes the popular in morality and spirituality. In a day of faceless politicians and voiceless preachers, there is not a more urgent national need than that we cry to God for a prophet! The function of the prophet, as Austin-Sparks once said, "Has almost always been that of recovery."
Our national need at this hour is not that the dollar recover its strength, or that we find the answer to the ecology and economic problems, we are facing today! We need a God-sent prophet!
I am bombarded with talk or letters about the coming shortages in our national life: bread, fuel, energy. I read between the lines from people not practiced in scaring folk. They feel that the "seven years of plenty" are over for us. The "seven years of famine" are ahead. But the greatest famine of all in this nation at this given moment is a FAMINE OF THE HEARING OF THE WORDS OF GOD (Amos 8:11).
Millions have been spent on evangelism in the last twenty-five years. Hundreds of gospel messages streak through the air over the nation every day. Crusades have been held; healing meetings have made a vital contribution. "Come-outers" have "come out" and settled, too, without a nation-shaking revival. Organizers we have. Skilled preachers abound. Multi-million dollar Christian organizations straddle the nation. BUT where, oh where, is the prophet? Where are the incandescent men fresh from the Holy place? Where is the Moses to plead in fasting before the Holiness of the Lord for our moldy morality, our political perfidy, and sour and sick spirituality?
God's men are hiding until the day of
their showing forth,
The prophet is violated during his ministry, but he is vindicated by history. There is a terrible vacuum in evangelical Christianity today. The missing person in our ranks is the prophet. The man with a terrible earnestness! The man totally otherworldly! The man rejected by other men, even other good men, because they consider him too austere, too severely committed, too negative and unsociable.
be as plain as John the Baptist!
God send us this Moses to lead us from the wilderness of crass materialism, where the rattlesnakes of lust bite us and where enlightened men, totally blind spiritually, lead us to an ever-nearing Armageddon! God have mercy! Send us PROPHETS!
By © Leonard Ravenhill
Outreach Ministry Int.