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God's Prophets. Who Are They?
A prophet is someone in whom God speaks to and through. They stan d between God and man to proclaim to man God's Word. When the prophet spoke as the mouthpiece, they were inspired and without error. The prophet, though, is not a puppet or a mindless repeater of what they hear. Instead, they retain their own will, mind, and thoughts as they speak of and for God.
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Prophecies fell into three categories: 1. concerning the destiny of Israel, 2. the messianic prophecies, and 3. eschatological prophecies. The term Law and Prophets refers to the canon or inspired writings of the OT which are divided into two categories: 1. The Law is the Pentateuch, known as Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. 2. The Prophets are all the rest of the OT books.
Are Prophets Among Us Today?
Yes! There are false prophets and God's prophets. False prophets consistently mix foretelling with forth telling. Discerning believers know the difference between the two. Since the completion of God's Word is a reality, there is no need for foretelling. Yet, God continues to call and equip believers to forth tell the Word of God (Acts 13:1,5; 2 Timothy 4:1,2). The authority of the call to preach or teach God's Word is the exclusive prerogative of Jesus Christ alone; for He calls whomsoever He wills. He said to His disciples: "Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain." (John 15:16).
Dr. Arthur Belanger