5 Reasons Why and 7 Reasons Why Not Holy Prophets Exist Today
1. GOD APPOINTED THEM TO THE CHURCH
1 Corinthians 12:27-28 explains that we are individual members of the body of Christ and that “God has appointed” prophets in the church.
2. CHRIST GAVE THEM TO THE CHURCH
Ephesians 4:11-12 states that Christ “gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;”
3. THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST IS MADE KNOWN TO THEM
Ephesians 3:5 explains that the mystery of Christ “has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;”
4. THE ORIGINAL TRANSLATION CONFIRMS IT
The Greek word for prophet is προφήτης or Prophētēs and is translated “one who, moved by the Spirit of God and hence his organ or spokesman, solemnly declares to men what he has received by inspiration, especially concerning future events, and in particular such as relate to the cause and kingdom of God and to human salvation.”
5. HOLY PROPHECY IS DEMONSTRATED AFTER PENTECOST
Acts 11:27-28 reads “Now at this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world. And this took place in the reign of Claudius.”
7 Reasons Prophets Don't Exist Today And God Ain't Mad At Them
1. THE BIBLE EXPLAINS THAT PROPHECIES WILL CEASE
Love never fails; but 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. 1 Corinthians 13:8
2. PROPHECY IS A PARTIAL REVELATION OF GOD’S TRUTH
For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 1 Corinthians 13:9
3. GOD’S WORD IS PERFECT
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30
4. NO MORE NEED FOR THAT WHICH IS IN PART
but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 1 Corinthians 13:10
"Each particular prophecy was only God’s revelation in part. But once that which is perfect has come (God’s complete revelation in scripture), then there is no more need for that which is in part (prophecy)." Pastor Gregory D. Ward
5. THE COMPLETE WORD OF GOD HAD NOT YET BEEN WRITTEN
In the early days of Christianity, the New Testament was not yet complete. Scripture was still being written. Paul started the church at Corinth during his second missionary journey (49 A.D.) and wrote 1 Corinthians in 55 A.D. At this time, all of the NT books had not been written (see the chronology of New Testaments books below)
6. PROPHECY WAS NEEDED IN THE EARLY DAYS OF CHRISTIANITY
How then were they to know all the other truths that God had for them which had not yet been written down and collected into the New Testament OTHER THAN BY PROPHECY?
"FINALLY, where is there a need for a prophet now? We have the entirety of the scripture from Genesis to Revelations. That which is perfect has come." Pastor Gregory D. Ward
7. GOD AINT MAD AT TODAYS PROPHETS
Many of us, if not all of us, have adopted false truths based on what we understood the bible to say. God loves us so much that He has made available to us the entirety of His Truth. We must reciprocate that love by getting in line with His Truth when it is made known to us.
Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says,
“Today if you hear His voice,
8 Do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
9 Where your fathers tried Me by testing Me,
And saw My works for forty years.
10 “Therefore I was angry with this generation,
And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
And they did not know My ways’;
11 As I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’”
"A Rare Rebuttal" by Pastor Gregory Ward
The Chronology of New Testament Books
(FOR REFERENCE ONLY)
1. James 44-49 A.D. (James half-brother of Jesus)
2. Galatians 49 A.D.
3. St. Mathew 50 A.D.
4. St. Mark 50-60 A.D.
5. 1 Thessalonians 51 A.D.
6. 2 Thessalonians 51-52 A.D.
7. 1 Corinthians 55 A.D.
8. 2 Corinthians 55-56 A.D.
9. St. Luke 60-61 A.D.
10. Acts 60-62 A.D.
11. Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, Philemon 60-62 A.D.
12. 1 Peter 64-65 A.D.
13. 1 Timothy, Titus 65 A.D.
14. 2 Timothy 66-67 A.D.
15. 2 Peter 67-68 A.D.
16. Hebrews 67-69 A.D.
17. Jude 68-70 A.D.
18. St. John 80-90 A.D.
19. 1, 2, 3 John 90-95 A.D.
20. Revelations 94-96 A.D.