Are There Prophets Today?
This article will investigate what the Bible says about the question, "Are There Prophets Today?".
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???
Not One Prophet Was Correct on President Trump Winning a 2nd Term
All those so-called "prophets", like False Prophet Kim Clement, claiming Trump would win a 2nd term didn't know that Trump was the last president of the US Corporation Inc. that was formed in 1871 that made us all tax slaves. The US Corp was dissolved as of 12:01 am on 1-20-21 which means that Biden was inaugurated to an extinct Government. Biden is a fake president, signing fake EOs, in a fake office after a fake inauguration and all those involved are guilty of treason. Trump, however, will be the next president of the renewed US of America which was reinstituted on 7-4-20. None of the "prophets" foresaw these details. Why? Because they are all fake prophets. See this video of multiple prophets proclaiming Trump would win a 2nd term.
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 following video goes into more detail on this subject:
Is God restoring the offices of apostle and prophet in the church today?
John the Baptist was the Elijah that Was to Come
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
So John the Baptist was the fulfillment of the prophecy about Elijah who was to come before the Day of the Lord. However, the religious leaders of Israel did not recognize John the Baptist as the Elijah who was to come. They didn't recognize Christ as their Messiah either. This is why God put Israel (and the Law) Temporarily on hold and later started the Church through Paul in the age of Grace.
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, 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)
God used to speak through his Prophets but now he speaks through his Son
Notice it says "in the past" God spoke thru the prophets but NOW he speaks thru the Son and He does this through His Word in the Holy Bible. Christ was the Prophet that was to come that God promised to Moses (Deut 18:15-18).
However, the Jewish religious leaders of Israel also rejected their Messiah:
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. (Luke 13:34-35, Matthew 23:37-39)
Notice that because the religious leaders of Israel rejected their promised Prophet their "house" is now desolate. The term "your house" can refer both the nation of Israel and or the Temple. Notice that Jesus did not say "God's" house. Forty years later Jerusalem was destroyed and the Temple curtain was torn in two by God and the building was torn down by the Romans. The Jews will not recognize Christ as their Messiah until the Tribulation when he protects them from the AntiChrist.
There was no other way for Gentiles to be saved except through being proselytes of Israel so when the Jewish religious leaders rejected their Messiah, Christ then turned to Paul to be "the apostle to the Gentiles" and started the Body of Christ (see Romans 11:13, and Acts 9).
The Sign Gifts, Healing, Prophecy and Tongues, All Ceased
The sign gifts (healing, prophecy and tongues) were given to Israel in Acts 2 at Pentecost so they would be a witness to unbelievers. When the risen Christ sent them on the “Great” commission he told them to be a witness to others in Jerusalem, all of Judea, Samaria and then to the Whole World (they were to be a light to the Gentiles - Acts 1:8).
However, they knew that all Israel had to be saved before this could happen (Acts 8:1) so the apostles never left Jerusalem. They also thought Christ would return right after the Tribulation which they thought was imminent. When Stephen was stoned in Acts 7, it was clear this was not to be.
The risen Christ then chose Paul to be the Apostle to the Gentiles (Acts 9) and start the Church/Body of Christ.
Several years later the apostle Paul said that those signs Gifts would someday cease because they were “in part”, i.e., incomplete, inadequate.
1 Cor. 13:10 "but when the perfect comes the partial will be done away." The word "perfect" was translated as "Mature" everywhere else that Paul used that same word. So, it was the Word of God, the Bible, that became Mature or Complete when the last book of the New Testament was written.
Paul said, “I have become its servant (the Church) by the commission God gave me to present to you the Word of God in its fullness” (Colossians 1:25) So, Paul completed the Word of God when he wrote 2 Timothy.
So, the sign gifts ceased by Acts 20 when the 12 apostles and neither Paul nor his disciples could no longer heal others. 2 Timothy was written shortly before Paul was put to death about 66 AD.
Paul told his disciples that the sign gifts were temporary
“if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. (1 Corinthians 13: 8-10) (See below for the meaning of “perfect”)
When the Sign Gifts Expired for 12 Apostles
The Apostles utilized the sign gifts throughout the Book of Acts, but because Israel refused to repent and accept Jesus as their Messiah (the stoning of Stephen was the last straw), God set these gifts aside temporarily until after the Age of Grace is complete at the Rapture of the Church. The sign gifts for Isreal will be reinstated during the Tribulation and Millennium. (Acts 9-11)
When James wrote his letter he told his disciples, “Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. . . . Is Anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the Church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;” (James 5:13-15). James wrote that about 40 AD.
Why didn’t James heal these people or send one of the other apostles to heal them, if he/they still had the gift of healing?
When God set aside Isreal, because of their unbelief, their gifts ceased also. So, the sign, or Miracle and healing gifts, of the 12 apostles died out by the mid to late 40s.
When the Sign Gifts Expired for Paul and his Apostles
The last account of Paul healing anyone is Acts 28:8-9 about 61 AD. After Paul reached Rome (about 61-63 AD) he could no longer heal anyone.
When Epaphroditus had been ill and almost died “but God had mercy on him”. (2 Philippians 2:25-30) Why didn’t Paul heal Epaphroditus?
Paul told Timothy, “Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses” (1 Timothy 5:23-25) Why didn’t Paul heal Timothy’s many illnesses or even tell him to go to another healer in the Church?
“I left Trophimus sick in Miletus” (2 Timothy 4:20). Why didn’t Paul heal Trophimus?
2 Timothy was the last book that Paul Wrote about 66-67 AD.
Paul’s last seven letters written between 61-68 AD (Ephesians, Collossians, Philemon, Phillippians, Titus, 1st Timothy, 2nd Timothy) don’t even mention the operation of sign gifts (tongues, prophecy, healing, knowledge.).
So the sign, or Miracle gifts (including healing), for 12 Apostles died out after Acts 28 which occurred about mid to late 40s. The sign, or miracle gifts (including healing) for Post Resurrectiion apostles died out about 60 AD.
What is “the Perfect” that Paul mentioned?
Paul told his disciples that the sign gifts were temporary:
“if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. (1 Corinthians 13: 8-10)
What is “the Perfect”, better translated as mature, if you check everywhere else that Paul used this word)?
It was the Word of God that became “mature” or “complete” when the last book of the New Testament was written (2 Timothy).
Paul said, “I have become its servant (the Church) by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness” (Colossians 1:25) So, Paul completed the Word of God.
God Speaks to Us through His Word Today
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.
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 the 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."
One of the typical critiques of this website was from someone who said:"Sorry to say I looked over your list and many are not false prophets - please remove and repent you have been warn!" signed, Pastor and Prophet so-and-so (notice the wrong grammar and punctuation).
Paul said in 1 Cor. 13:10 "but when the perfect comes the partial will be done away." The word "perfect" was translated at "Mature" everywhere else that Paul used that same word. So, it was the Word of God, the Bible, that became Mature or Complete when the last book of the New Testament was written (2 Timothy). Paul said, “I have become its servant (the Church) by the commission God gave me to present to you the Word of God in its fullness” (Colossians 1:25) So, Paul completed the Word of God. Also all the sign gifts ceased after Acts 20 when neither the Apostles or Paul could no longer heal anyone. 2 Timothy was written shortly before Paul was put to death about 66 AD.
Any "prophets" today that are speaking new revelations are 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.
Therefore, I Don't believe there is even one true "prophet" today on the face of the earth at the present time, because Scripture has clearly indicated why there are no prophets today. All of today's "profits" are putting out false prophecies that fail and/or are teaching another gospel.
Also see why there are No Apostles Today
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John McArthur shows that all offices have passed from the scene.
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