When we begin to talk about the five-fold gifts, the Word/Scripture states [Ephesians 4.11] that there were some Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and teachers. The word “gave” and it states, “And He gave…” In 1 Corinthians 12.8-28 the Holy Spirit is seen as equipping the members of the body of Yehushuo [Jesus,Christ] with spiritual gifts, or enablements for a varied service; here certain Spirit enabled persons, that is, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are themselves the gifts whom the glorified Yehushuo bestows on His body the Church. In 1 Corinthians the gifts are spiritual enablements for specific service; in Ephesians, the gifts are persons who have such enablements. “equip the saints,” The Lord in bestowing the gifted persons, determines providentially (e.g. Acts 11.22-26) or directly through the Holy Spirit (e.g. Acts 13.1-2; 16.6-7), the places of their service. Some churches or places need one gift, as, for example an evangelist; while others need a pastor or teacher. Absolute nothing in Yehushuo’s service is left to mere human judgment or self-choosing. Even an apostle was not permitted to choose his place of service (Acts 17.7-8).
• A prophet is G-d’s spokesman to the people
• Can be male or female, Jewish or gentile
• The Bible records 48 male prophets, 7 female and one gentile
What is a Prophet?
Many people today think of a prophet as any person who sees the future. While the gift of prophecy certainly includes the ability to see the future, a prophet is far more than just a person with that ability.
A prophet is basically a spokesman for G-d, a person called by G-d to speak to people on G-d’s behalf and convey a message or teaching. Prophets were role models of holiness, scholarship and closeness to G-d. They set the standards for the entire community.
The Hebrew word for a prophet, navi (Nun-Beit-Yod-Alef) comes from the term niv sefatayim meaning “fruit of the lips,” which emphasizes the prophet’s role as a speaker.
The Talmud teaches that there were hundreds of thousands of prophets: twice as many as the number of people who left Egypt, which was 600,000. But most of the prophets conveyed messages that were intended solely for their own generation and were not reported in scripture. Scripture identifies only 55 prophets of Israel.
A prophet is not necessarily a Jew. The Talmud reports that there were prophets among the gentiles (most notably Balaam, whose story is told in Numbers 22), although they were not as elevated as the prophets of Israel (as the story of Balaam demonstrates). And some of the prophets, such as Jonah, were sent on missions to speak to the gentiles.
According to some views, prophecy is not a gift that is arbitrarily conferred upon people; rather, it is the culmination of a person’s spiritual and ethical development. When a person reaches a sufficient level of spiritual and ethical achievement, the Shechinah (Divine Spirit) comes to rest upon him or her. Likewise, the gift of prophecy leaves the person if that person lapses from his or her spiritual and ethical perfection. MY NOTE: This is why I get annoyed at seeing people still sitting in the training box/bleachers for years at a time not utilizing their gifts as G-d has given them. I have seen many leaders recognize a person who is attached to them, knows their gifts and chokes them with silence, sitting and not training. We here the words practice makes perfect. Understand we are not perfect without Him, however, we need to perfect our gifts that He gave. No one can learn to use his or her gift unless we use the gift to glorify Him. We would be most offended if we had given a gift to someone and they abused the gift by not utilizing it in what it was intended. For example, they break it, chip it, use it for another purpose than what it was brought for. Taking a vase and using it as a door stop. Also understand that if you have been given this gift and the gift allows itself to become tainted because of or with sin, He will remove it from you. Trust me, you will know when the gift is being pulled. It is a slow descending feeling. Much like you know when you are feeling better after being down with the flu. You will know.
When the Abba placed His mantle of “prophet” on me, He had instructed me to use the word Prophet and not prophetess. Scripture tells us that He “gave.” “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers…” Ephesians 4.11 A well known verse. He gave some…not everyone is an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. Not everyone…even if you do prophecy…does not make or place you in the office of the prophet. Bishops are not automatically change their title to apostles. There is only one chief apostle and He is the only chief. It seems that those of the African-American religious organizations have these words, chief, double chief and chief-prelate and so forth. We do not need all these words to announce who we are. If we would just let Abba do His work. He appoints and confirms without a word being said who we are in Him. The Key Word(s)….IN HIM. We have so many self-appointed people that the world does not know the “real” from the “wanna be’s” to the “false.” There seems to be a conflict of interest when it comes to understanding the job description of the ecclesia of Yehushuo [Jesus]. Many of us need to carry His character and less of what our title is so that we can organize the unity of the people/church. I have been operating with this prophetic mantle for several years and continue to do so. When He placed that mantle upon my shoulders I was instructed to announce myself as His Prophet and not prophetess. In this particular scripture it clearly states “He gave prophets.” Not prophetess or prophetesses. What is interesting is that this is the only word out of the five-fold that has an “ess” on the end of the word. Each Evangelist whether male or female is and Evangelist…there are no Evangelistess nor are there teacheressess. Only on this word and the dictionary will tell you, this was when I researched it years ago, that a prophetess is the wife of a prophet. Now dictionaries are stating that a prophetess is a prophet. So you should be a prophet. No gender needs to be stated here.
That prophecy was not forbidden to women is clear from I Cor. 11:5, where women’s public prophesying is presupposed and their deportment regulated. Paul was not trying to quench the Holy Spirit from speaking through women, but he wanted to ensure that women who spoke for God acted modestly in a way that could not bring legal accusations against the church. Doubtless, his concern to protect the women leaders who were being persecuted in unspeakable ways motivated his cautions. This is even important today. Modesty seems to be a thing of the past and the world is the root of that which should be holy unto G-d.
THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY
The basic definition of a prophet is one who speaks for God. Prophecy consists largely in speaking God’s word, calling people to repentance, warning of future judgments, and praising the Lord. Whenever the Holy Spirit moves on a chosen vessel to speak Divine communications, the spirit of prophecy is at work.
The Bible makes no distinction between the prophetic ministry of men and women. A prophet, whether male or female, is God’s servant, called and anointed by Him. Prophets are chosen by God, who opens their spiritual ears, gives them a message, and directs them as to when and to whom to speak His Word. This Divine calling and direction constitutes the basis for their spiritual authority. God often gives His prophets and prophetesses words of rebuke and correction to those in authority. Often, prophets are rejected and persecuted by those in power, because the messages God gives through them frequently call these powers to account. Their responsibility is to speak the word of the Lord and leave to God whether or not their messages are received, believed and obeyed.
The exercise of the prophetic ministry is under the authority of the prophet as directed by God; but in public settings, common courtesy and due regard for the up-building of others are to be maintained. New Testament prophets are, along with apostles, builders of the church’s foundation. They catch God’s vision for His people, speak it boldly, and exhort others to follow Christ. As they pray and fast together, seeking God’s will for the church, the Holy Spirit gives direction to them for the church’s mission (Acts 13:1-3).
A prophet (male or female) is the mouthpiece for the one who sends him or her … Also, understand that the dark side has their prophets as well. I have heard people in the music artist that have called themselves prophets.
The Talmud recognizes the existence of 48 Male Prophets who bequeathed permanent messages to mankind. The Talmud also claims 7 Woman as Prophets, Sarah, Miriam, Devorah[Deborah], Hannah, Abigail, Hulda & Esther. The Talmud states that Haggai, Zachariah & Malachi were the last Prophets & now only the Bat Kol¹, or Whisper of God² exists.
I want to bring to the teaching, Sarah, as she was deemed by G-d as a prophet. The Talmud claims her as one, as previously mentioned in the paragraph prior.
Sarah, the first of the four Matriarchs, has come to symbolize motherhood for the entire world, and not only for the people of Israel. The midrash presents her as a prophet and a righteous woman whose actions are worthy of emulation; she converted Gentiles and drew them into the bosom of Judaism. The changing of her name from Sarai was her reward for her good deeds, and attests to her designation as a Sarah (i.e., one of the ruling ones) not only for her own people, but for all the peoples of the world. By merit of her good deeds, the people of Israel would merit certain boons; thus, for example, Israel received the manna in the wilderness by merit of the cakes that Sarah prepared for the angels.
Sarah is described as preeminent in the household. Abraham was ennobled through her, and subordinated himself to her; God commanded him to heed his wife, because of her prophetic power. Please note that because G-d now has called you to be a prophet you are to subordinate your husband illegally, meaning disrespect and try to demote him. Sarah never demoted her husband, she spoke with a civil tongue and spoke what G-d had given her to say. In all that he had done, you did not hear of her attitude changing. She honored her husband in all things. Yet, you need to understand that Abraham knew when he was hearing G-d. Discernment with him knew when G-d was speaking. Okay, now lets continue further…
The Rabbis are lavish in their description of the beauty of Sarah, who was one of the four most exquisite women in the world and was regarded as the fairest, even in comparison with all the women in the nearby lands. Her barrenness was not perceived by the Rabbis as a punishment, and her pregnancy at the age of ninety was a reward for her good deeds. The Rabbis include in this wondrous occurrence additional miracles that she experienced when G-d remembered her: He formed a womb for her and her entire body was restored to youthfulness. When G-d remembered her, all the crippled and deformed were healed, and all infertile women became pregnant. When she nursed, she could have done so for all the infants of the nations of the world, without wanting for milk; in the wake of this nursing, many Gentiles entered Judaism. It might be point to suggest here, that those who are praying for a barren woman that they include, as a remembrance, Sarah whom He formed a womb for her and restoration of youthfulness and we can mention the restoration of wombs that have been damaged due to abortions.
Sarah’s untimely death is perceived as related to the Binding of Isaac. She was the first of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs to be buried in the Cave of Machpelah. Her distinguished funeral teaches of the great esteem in which she was held by the inhabitants of the land, who all locked their doors and came to pay their respects to Sarah.
The different traditions tell of Sarah’s role in spreading the name of G-d throughout the world. Her maternity expanded and came to symbolize the warm bosom of Judaism, both for her future descendants and for all the world.
Sarah the Prophet and Righteous Woman
The midrash asserts that all the Patriarchs and Matriarchs were termed “prophets” (Seder Olam Rabbah 21). The Rabbis note that God himself attested to Sarah’s being a prophet when He told Abraham (Gen. 21:12): “Whatever Sarah tells you, do as she says” (BT Sanhedrin loc. cit.). Another exegetical tradition lists Sarah among the seven women prophets, the others being Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Huldah and Esther. Her prophetic ability is also learned from her name Iscah, for she saw [sokah] the spirit of divine inspiration (BT Megillah 14a).
The Rabbis applied to Sarah Prov. 12:4: “A capable wife [eshet hayyil] is a crown for her husband.” While she was not ennobled through her husband, he was ennobled through her. She is also called her husband’s “lady,” or mistress of the house. Everywhere it is the husband who has the final word, but here (Gen. 21:12), “Whatever Sarah tells you, do as she says” (Gen. Rabbah 47:1). The midrash further tells that on their journeys Abraham would first erect Sarah’s tent before he tended to his own (Gen. Rabbah 39:15).
Regarding Sarah’s good attributes, it is said that Abraham and Sarah converted the Gentiles. Abraham would convert the men, and Sarah, the women. These converts are (Gen. 12:5) “the persons [nefesh, literally souls] that they acquired [asu, literally, made] in Haran,” because if anyone converts a Gentile, it is as if he created him (Gen. Rabbah 39:14).
It is important for you to know that G-d calls you, prophetess, His prophet. It is time to let loose of the “religiosity” of fitting in with the norm. Drop the excess baggage and go forth in your job description to do His will. A key role of the prophet is waiting in the presence of G-d to receive the word of G-d. G-d is sovereign so we cannot tell him when he should speak. We have to patiently wait on Him. If there is no word, do not make one up for popularity.
The Office of a Prophet
The Church should know by the word of God whether a man/woman holds the office of a prophet. Because the church in the world has been ignorant and, for the most part, void of the offices of the five-fold ministries, it has failed to teach about the office of a prophet. Possibly, the main reason is that there have been few prophets down through history. On the other hand there have been, and are, more than most people think. It is important for the people of the world and the church to recognize such an office established by G-d Himself. The reason being,
He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward….
Jesus made that statement speaking of the future but equally important is what the Old Testament (our schoolmaster) says about God.
Surely the Lord G-d will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
Jesus warned of false prophets. This is one of the reasons it is important for us to recognize a true prophet, so we can then recognize a false prophet.
Mark 13:22 ILB
And if anyone says to you, behold here is the Christ! Or, Behold, there! You shall not believe. For false Christs and false prophets will be raised, and they will give signs and wonders in order to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
We see here that these false prophets have the power to produce miracles and wonders in order to seduce. One of the things these false prophets will be saying is “Here is Christ” or “There is Christ.” In my own lifetime we’ve had people who claimed to be the Christ and those who say “He is here” or “He is there.” All of them are false prophets. If you google this, you will find these false prophets. Many have gone into leadership to “control” people and therefore are practicing witchcraft. There was recently a pastor who was arrested for raping women in his congregation and threatened them with deportation if they told. If you were to look at him, with your spiritual eyes, you would see the demon that dwells in that house.
When Jesus came to the earth and performed miracles and wonders, these things, in themselves, did not reveal who He was. Almost everything that Jesus did in this area God had previously performed through prophets. The miracles and wonders were only a part of fulfilled scripture or prophecies that foretold what He would do.
G-d gave the Word of G-d to us so we could recognize Jesus. It was given as a testimony of His Son. It was given so we as believers could understand that, legally (according to the laws of G-d), He is who He is.
Since it is obvious that we have both G-d’s prophets and false prophets performing miracles and wonders, this cannot be the distinguishing factor. Just as it was with Jesus, the distinguishing factor has to be the Word of G-d.
Look directly to these scriptures,
Numbers 12: 6,7,8a
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 to him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him I will speak mouth to mouth….
…It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God
Prophets are the mouth piece of G-d. Let’s understand you are reading a Spiritual Law of G-d, which was spoken from His mouth. It will never change until heaven and earth pass away. Jesus said,
Think not that I have come to destroy the law , or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Think not that I have come to destroy the law, or the prophets…. The Law and the prophets did not cease at the cross. The word “fulfill” could have been translated “fully preach.” Jesus did fully preach the law in the Sermon on the Mount, of which these very scriptures are a part.
Apostles and prophets did not cease when the first ones passed away. No man or prophet ever changed anything by dying. All the changes or additions to G-d’s covenants were made through men who were living. Not one thing concerning G-d’s word was changed by their death.
When He [Yehushuo/Jesus] died a covenant was ratified by His blood. Things were changed even in heaven by His death. To say that G-d’s word changed because a prophet or an apostle died, is an abomination to Jesus. He said that He would establish the five-fold ministry in His church. All five offices will be there when the church comes into the unity of the faith.
Don’t try to hide from the Lord if you’re called to the office of the prophet. It won’t do any good. He will convince you one way or another. It is best to conform to His will and He will guide, teach and train you. Understand that His training is life long and also very detailed in what you will learn. Yes, it is painful, to be blessed with the anointing there is pain required, so that you will appreciate the gift. You will by the experience. You will go through life learning and maybe unto the job experience before half of your training has begun or continues. He is very thorough in His training. You will find days that you will cry. Days you will find yourself prostrate on the floor and often asking the question, “why Lord?” Is it worth it, yes it is. He will be the best protector in all your war-fare and your greatest supporter during your seasons of war. Be encouraged and make sure you are with a leader that will intercede for you, guide you and most of all available to you.
Prophetess, it is time to remove the “ess” and be the Prophet you were called to be. For He made some…Prophets. Remove the concept as that word when spoken by man will attack that you are less than when in fact you are equal than. For we know that there is no gender specific when doing the work of G-d as a leader: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3.28
My prayer is that you will glean from this post, that you have been encouraged, filled with strength, passion, faith increased and ready to be about Our Abb’s [Father’s] business.
¹Bat Kol (Hebrew בּת קול: lit. small voice or whisper) is a “heavenly or divine voice which proclaims G-d’s will or judgment. …²Whisper of G-d: the still small voice of G-d
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