Definition of Russian roulette: a deadly game in which people take turns firing a revolver loaded with only one bullet at their own heads, after spinning the cylinder; a dangerous or reckless action or activity
Definition of prophet: (1) Muhammad, the founder of Islam; (2) Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; (3) somebody who claims to interpret or transmit the commands of a deity (4) inspired leader - somebody considered to be an inspired leader or teacher; (5) somebody who advocates a cause or idea; (6) somebody who predicts the future
I never knew there were so many definitions for the word ‘prophet’. I always thought a prophet was someone God spoke to (as in the Old Testament) like Isaiah or Jeremiah, who God used to convey messages to His people. You know, God used to walk amongst His people, way back before the great flood. Then after the flood, He spoke through prophets. Then Jesus came, just like the prophets said He would come, and now we are waiting for Him to come back for us, His church.
I may upset some people with this writing, but I’m not writing to please people. I live a normal life with daily problems, and seek wisdom by reading God’s Word. I have to share what I learn in the newspaper, at least for now. It’s my calling. If I stopped, I would feel like I’m not doing what God put in my heart, and what’s in my heart is gratitude for being able to read God’s Word; and it’s so good, that I have to share it, because it would be selfish to keep it to myself and not be concerned with helping someone else. So, let’s talk about what the bible says about prophets! I did a word search for ‘prophet’, and here is part of it.
Exodus 7:1 (And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.
Exodus 15:20 (And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
So the above two scriptures indicate that a man or a woman can prophesy.
Numbers 12:6 (And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
God spoke to prophets in visions or dreams.
Deuteronomy 13 “ 1If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
5And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
This one lets us know there will be false prophets and God will punish them. Just because Acts 2:17 & 18 speak of God pouring His Spirit upon all men (and women) who will prophesy, why would you want to seek one out? Wouldn’t they be prophesying to the unbelievers to save them? You and I who’ve received Christ as our Lord and Saviour don’t need prophets, we just need more of God’s Word so we won’t be deceived by false doctrines! And Jesus said there would be false prophets, too, and even the elect could be deceived! So, why take a chance? (Matthew 24:24)
Deuteronomy 18:15 (The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
Deuteronomy 18:18 (I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
The Prophet spoken of in the above two Scriptures is Jesus.
Deuteronomy 18:22 (When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
I have read the 4 Gospels and cannot recall a Scripture teaching us to seek a seer or prophet. I learned from reading the Gospels that Jesus did not do anything unless God the Father told Him to; and He said “Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” John 8:28
Jesus also said “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.” John 6:45
So, since Jesus did only what the Father told him, and He was the Prophet spoken of in Deuteronomy 18:15, He is the Prophet I would seek. Why would I ever want to seek advice from someone else, when He is my Teacher?
I’m a sheep, and He’s my Shepherd.
Mark 6:34 (And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
Even Nicodemus, a Pharisee, knew He was the Teacher from God.
John 3:2 “The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.”
So, if he went to Jesus to learn, why should we go to someone other than God, to learn? We have Jesus’ Holy Spirit within us, if we believe in Him.
And Jesus said “For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.” Luke 12:12
And Jesus said this, too, which is great, because we can always lean on: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26
Someone may say “how can He bring it to our remembrance, when we haven’t actually heard Him speak?” Well, I’d say, we do hear Him speak to us in our hearts when we read His Word, because His Word is spirit and life. And it sears our hearts, comforts, soothes, and satisfies our needs when we go straight to our bibles for advice.
The prophets went to God for direction, and now we have the Holy Spirit for direction, so who needs anyone else?
In my heart I believe it would insult God if we went to a prophet for guidance instead of Him. Be careful who you accept advice from.
1 Samuel 9:9 “(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)”
1 Samuel 28:6 “And when Saul enquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.”
If you read chapter 28 of 1 Samuel, you will see that the Lord did not answer Saul when he inquired of Him what to do when he was faced with the Philistines. God did not answer him because of his disobedience. And so he went to a ‘familiar spirit’ to ask her to raise up the spirit of Samuel, which she did, and he told Saul why God was not answering him.
Perhaps that is the same reason some people cannot hear from God today; because of disobedience, or refusal to keep all of God’s commands. Some people have straddled the fence, and are trying to walk with God, but refusing to pull their other leg over the fence. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too! It’s either or! We won’t hear from God if we are hateful to our spouse or family or friends. We won’t understand what we read in our bibles unless we ask God to help us, and He won’t help us if we’re lying to people, or gossiping or fornicating, or getting drunk. God wants us to keep our bodies holy if we want Him to reside in us, or He flat won’t! And we won’t have the benefit of His teaching in our hearts if we are drunk, or involved in same sex relationships. We need to be doing all our part, trying to live right, and trying to please God, too, in order to hear from God. And if you’re walking in disobedience and seeking knowledge from a prophet because God won’t speak to you, you are playing Russian roulette, because you won’t have the discernment to recognize a false prophet, and could easily be misled by someone claiming to be a prophet, or “having a word” for you, when they indeed are not being led by God.
We can, and should seek God, just as Jesus did, and we can and should read our bibles and pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.
So far, I have not found a single Scripture teaching you or I to seek our knowledge and wisdom from prophets. So far, I have not found a place in my bible where Paul or Jesus told us to find a prophet for our wisdom or to help us make decisions in life. And so far, in my bible, I have found that Wisdom is God.
1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
If I had space I’d print Proverbs 1. It’s good to read once a month.