The Assignment Of The Prophet
The Assignment Of The Prophet
And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was [Israel] preserved. (Hos 12:13) The assignment of the prophet is in his calling. The first assignment of the prophet is to testify of Jesus. The angel told John the apostle in the book of revelation that; “The purpose of all prophecy and of all I have shown you is to tell about Jesus.” (Rev 19:10 TLB). Jesus said unto His disciples in Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.”
The disciples were in the position to testify about Christ because they have been with Him. To testify of Jesus, one has to first of all become a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. You cannot testify of Christ if you have haven’t been with Him.
The Assignment Of The Prophet is in his calling. The calling of the prophets is to first of all become a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ
The calling of the prophets is to first of all become a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. You cannot as a prophet testify of Christ if you are not first of all His disciple. The reason for so many confusions in the prophetic ministry is simply because some assume the office of the prophet without first of all becoming a disciple. The reason why we see some prophetic ministry testifying more of the prophet than they testify of Jesus is simply because the man in the office of the prophet has not been discipled. Discipleship entail taking up the cross,
Jesus in Luke 9:23-24 Said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me”. These words imply discipline. Being a disciple entails daily denial of self, taking up the cross and following Jesus. He said in Matt 11:29-30 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. To testify of Jesus, you have to Learn from Him.
Every disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ has the assignment “to go”.
A prophet being a disciple is not an exemption from the assignment to go. When God called Jeremiah the prophet, He said unto him “You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you” (Jer 1:7 NIV). Prophets are sent with a special message to whoever God has send them to. The whomever means the prophet has no choice of the caliber of people of whom he should speak to or not. He is to go to whosoever God has sent him to irrespective of their status, background, career or position in the society.
The assignment of the prophet is to go and whatever the Lord has commanded him he shall speak.
A prophet has no choice of the word to speak. He is to deliver whatever the Lord has commanded Him to. Sometimes the assignment of whom to go may not make sense to the natural man but it is in his calling to do whatsoever he is commanded to do. This is what makes the assignment of the prophet to be too confrontational. This has made God’s own prophet often target of persecution.
Except we have prophets who are ready to fulfill their assignment, who are ready to confront darkness, the world will be in state of jeopardy. In the church today, there is a wide-open gap in the ministry of the prophets. It seems like the chairs of the prophet of the Lord are vacant. If there are any candidates for this assignment, we will be glad to hear them.
Obedience to God’s command is the life of a prophet who has been discipled.
The obedience of the prophet may sometimes look like foolishness to men. The prophet Elijah after declaring that there will be no dew nor rain, it came to a time that he himself lacked supply from the ravens. The Lord sent him to Zarephath which belong to Sidon to meet a widow that will provide for him.
At the period of severe famine, what has a widow to care for the prophet. The Lord did not send him to any of the king’s palace of the world. he did not send him to any of the politicians of his time. The Lord send Him to a widow. When Elijah arrives at the place of the widow he demanded of water and bread to eat. The widow who was having her last flour to prepare bread for her and her son to eat and die. But the prophet Elijah relied on the word of God. She did according to the word of the prophet. she prepared him bread to eat and the flour of the widow was not used up nor the jar of oil rans dry all through the years of famine.
The provision of the prophet is not in the multitude, it is not in the hands of men. Provision of the prophet is in obedience to the assignment God has given him.
The provision of the prophet is not in the multitude, it is not in the hands of men. The provision of the prophet is in obedience to the assignment God has given him. It is only a prophet who has not been discipled that will be looking up to men for his provision, He will create new philosophy and doctrines in order to rob his congregation. A prophet that is not discipled is confined only to his local congregation or ministry; He has not answered the call “to go”.
Every prophet has the assignment of an intercessor.
And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was [Israel] preserved. (Hos 12:13). Prophets stands in the gap; they intercede for the people. An intercessor is one who builds the wall (or hedge) of protection. In such situations we are standing in-between the people of God and their problems or issues, to protect them from danger and help build a spiritual wall that will strengthen them to stand in health and wholeness.
Ezekiel 13: 4 & 5. Moses was a practical example of an intercessor, The Lord told Moses, I have seen these people, ‘and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.'” (Exodus 32:9-10). Stiff-necked” is a reference to a mule or ox which would resist the lead rope and refuse to let its master lead it. God tells Moses that he will destroy the nation of Israel, and reconstruct the nation from Moses’ own offspring.
Since Moses himself is a direct descendent of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God’s promises to the patriarchs would be fulfilled. God had destroyed mankind once and restarted it with Noah and his descendants (Genesis 6-8); even though Moses has every reason to believe that God is quite serious he choose not to be selfish. He stands in the gap for the people.
A prophet who has answered the call of discipleship
A prophet who has answered the call of discipleship is he who has deny himself of all right. He dies daily to self by taking up the cross, He is not self-centered. Moses appealed to God, boldly interceding for the people of Israel, pleading for mercy rather than condemnation upon them. And in the end God relented and responded positively to Moses’ prayer. A prophet is not always comfortable with the negative attitude of people towards God. He stands as an intercessor to avert the wrath of God.
The prayer of the prophet is not for personal interest. The prayer of the prophet is for the interest of the people. It is totally wrong for a prophet to seek for money before interceding for people or individuals. This is because it is his assignment to intercede for them. Negligence in fulfilling this assignment produced a decayed society. Anna was a prophetess in the new testament that dedicated her life to intercede. As she engaged the word, she also engages in prayers. Anna stayed faithful in her calling to long hours of fasting and prayers!
Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. Luke 2:36-38 NKJV