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 man. Scripture records the stories of seven female prophets, listed below, and the Talmud reports that Sarah‘s prophetic ability was superior to Abraham‘s.
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. Continue reading Take the [ess] off Prophet