Why Are There No Prophets Today?
I would like to explain something about what I believe about the end times so people don't misunderstand why I'm critiquing these "prophets". I Do believe that we are fast heading into the end times. However, I Don't believe there is even one true "prophet" on the face of the earth at the present time, because Scripture has indicated that is so, and all of them are putting out false prophecies that fail and/or they are teaching another gospel.
We Already have all the Prophecies we need to Guide us Through the End Times.
We were given the scriptures in the Holy Bible which should be enough to guide us through the end times, but for some people this is not enough, and thus we have false prophets feeding the itching ears of these people. The same thing happened in the books of Daniel and Isaiah when astrologers lied to the king to placate him that doom was not coming when the Prophets of God had said otherwise.
However, now it's the false prognosticators trying to placate the people telling them if they repent revival will come when scripture indicates we are heading for apostasy instead (2 Thess 2).
"My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge." (Hoseah 4:6)
Today's "Profits" Never have 100% true Prophecies
They speak partial truths, that this nation needs to repent, which is true, but their prophecies about what's coming do not pan out. Not even ONE of them saw what was coming for the NY tragedy on September 11, 2001 which should settle this matter for good. As Deut 13:1-4 says, (see below) we are to ignore them. We should be analyzing scripture instead. Who is it who wants us to get our eyes off scripture, anyway???
The "gift" vs the "office" of Prophet
There is a difference between the "gift" of prophecy (defending and speaking forth the ESTABLISHED Word of God) and the "Office" of Prophet (speaking forth NEW revelations from God and establishing scripture). The gift is still in effect, but not the office. The office of being an Apostle was to lay the foundation for the Church which was temporary.
John the Baptist was the Elijah that Was to Come
It is claimed by many that Malaki 4:5-6 indicates there will be an endtime prophet named Elijah (that's why we have so many who call themselves "Elijah" now). However Jesus said that Elija's coming was fulfilled in John the Baptist who came in the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 1:17) as well as the following:
"For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear." Matt. 11:14
Warnings About False Prophets in the End Times:
Please notice that Jude did not say we are to listen to the prophets living in OUR day but rely on those in THEIR DAY. This means we have to avoid anyone who attempts to add or take away from what the scriptures have relayed to us.
Jude called them "godless men". And you can tell they are godless men when they deny Jesus Christ, i.e., they preach a false gospel--usually one of works, which betrays a lack of understanding of The Grace of God and thus a false Gospel.
The author of Hebrews also said the prophets of the Old Testament were no longer needed because now we have the words of the Son of God himself:
" In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.";(Heb 1;1-3)
Christ was the Last Prophet:
"In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, BUT IN THESE LAST DAYS he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe." (Hebrews 1:1-2)
Notice it says "in the past" God spoke thru the prophets but NOW he speaks thru the Son and He does this through the Word in the Holy Bible. This should be enough to squelch this argument of any more of them being needed since Christ-- He was the last one that was to come that God promised to Moses (Deut 18:18).
Why do we need new and improved revelations when we have the Word of God himself to guide us? The scriptures clearly lay out what will happen during the end times. The book of Revelation uses a lot of references from the Old Testament. Those who have read their Bible through several times will more fully understand scriptures referring to the End Times.
The Scriptural requirements to be an Apostle:
"Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John's baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become A WITNESS WITH US OF HIS RESURRECTION." Acts 1:21-26
Therefore, ALLLLLLL the apostles were eye witnesses to Christ and his Resurrection and they repeatedly stated this in their writings (see 1 John 1:1,3 and Peter 1:16, Luke 1:1-2).
Therefore we can know the certainty of the things we are being taught by eyewitnesses. This includes the many apostles and prophets of the New Testament who witnessed the Resurrection who are not among the 12. This means we don't have any certainty of those things we are being taught by those who are not eyewitnesses and trying to tell us there are "New and Improved" revelations from God during the end times. The same thing applies to our court rooms now, eye witnesses can provide proof that an event really happened.
Paul claimed to be the last apostle:
"Then he [Christ] appeared to James, then to ALLLLL the apostles, and LAST of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born." 1 Cor. 15:8
Please notice Paul stated he was the LAST apostle to witness Christ. Most so-called "apostles" during these end times ignore Paul's writings for this reason.
How to Avoid False Doctrine
The false apostles in our day distort the truth and seduce the Church into thinking they are holy men when they are actually savage wolves leading the sheep astray (Acts 20:29). We are instructed in 2 Peter to avoid false doctrine by RECALLING the teachings of the Apostles already established (2 Peter 1:12 ). What they had already was enough to firmly establish them in the truth. This means there wouldn't be any other apostles after him, otherwise there wouldn't be such a great need for them to remember what he said.
"The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." Revelation 21:14
If there are more than 12 apostles, why aren't there more than 12 foundations for New Jerusalem???
Taking Scripture out of context
The following scripture is often used to prove that there are prophets and apostles today:
"It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, . . ." Eph. 2:20
However what they fail to do is read this passage in context. If you start back in verse 7 you will see that this is talking about GIFTS, not the office:
You can't build on top of an already established Church
The Church was Built on Only One FOUNDATION :
"Consequently YOU are no longer foreigners and aliens but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, BUILT ON THE FOUNDATION of the Apostles and Prophets with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone." Eph 2:19-20
In the Greek Interlinear bible the word "built" is "having been built," it is in an aorist participle passive tense, i.e., this was an action completed in the past that occurred to the subject of the sentence, i.e., the Church. It is saying the Church WAS built on the foundation, not that it "IS" being built.
Is it any wonder in this time of the end when we have been promised apostasy that these self-proclaimed prognosticators are leading people OUT of the supposedly corrupt denominational churches and to ANOTHER Word (New and improved revelations supposedly from God)? It is mostly in Prophetic driven Pentecostal/Charismatic circles where church attendance is growing. That should speak loud and clear right there. It is because of that same influence permeating all of Christendom that the other churches are dwindling in size. Why? Because a lot of those who KNOW their scriptures see this movement as being unscriptural and they leave.
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;." (1 Timothy 4:1)
Apostles MUST BE EYEWITNESSES to the Resurrected Christ and we are instructed to remember THEIR teachings. There aren't any successors to the Apostles of New Testament times because they had to be eyewitnesses. We have been WARNED about false prophets and teachers in the future who are obviously not eyewitnesses. Therefore we are NOT instructed to believe ANY of them in our day. Any prophet or apostle in our day speaking new revelations is ADDING TO the Word of God that was already established, which scripture forbids. When people claim that we must listen to the visions and new revelations spoken by today's "profits" they are telling us the Scripture is insufficient for our needs which leads us to listen to men instead of God and ignore the Word of God, the Bible. This is exactly what Satan wants us to do.
Copyright © 5-20-00 - updated 12-17-18
Other articles on False "Profits" and False Apostles:
A good article that goes into much greater depth on this topic is by Let Us Reason Ministries .
Ray Waugh, Sr explains his research showing that each and every endtime prophetic pronouncement, which men have indulged in this Church Age, has been false. There has not been one exception.
John McArthur shows that all offices have passed from the scene.
Matt Slick, the President and founder of Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry has a similar article.