I love the Bible and, even more, what God did in history as it is accounted for in these books. From both the Old and the New Testaments, one aspect that seems relevant is the area of the Prophetic. Sam Storms writes that;
“Prophecy is always the communication of something the Holy Spirit has “revealed,” or disclosed to a person.”
Lots of people find the Old Testament Prophets fascinating, including myself. In the Old Testament, God communicates His definite will via the medium of the Prophetic. In the New dispensation, can we still expect God to move and speak this way? I believe so, yes. I have written here about false Prophets and the dangers associated with those trying to be impressive. But let me give you a few reasons why the Prophetic still matters. For a quick overview of the standard by which Prophets and the Prophetic should adhere, click the following link.
Recently, I spoke to a friend who had three objections to modern-day Prophets. He said if they are young (he did not say how young?), or if they have money, or if they seem that all they do is Prophecy, we have a problem. Now, in this article, I am definitely not going to attempt to tell you why all three of these supposed disqualifications simply will not work. All I want to do is show you why the Prophetic still matters. Reformed pastor Charles Spurgeon accounted for the Prophetic ministry in his autobiography (Volume. 2, Pg. 226-227) and added this story:
“I could tell as many as a dozen similar cases in which I pointed at somebody in the hall without having the slightest knowledge of the person, or any idea that what I said was right, except that I believed I was moved by the Spirit to say it; and so striking has been my description, that the persons have gone away, and said to their friends, “Come, see a man that told me all things that ever I did; beyond a doubt, he must have been sent of God to my soul, or else he could not have described me so exactly.” And not only so, but I have known many instances in which the thoughts of men have been revealed from the pulpit. I have sometimes seen persons nudge their neighbours with their elbow, because they had got a smart hit, and they have been heard to say, when they were going out, “The preacher told us just what we said to one another when we went in at the door.”
The prophetic still matters for several reasons. First and foremost, the prophetic provides a way for people to connect with a sense of higher purpose and meaning in their lives. By offering insights and guidance that extend beyond our immediate circumstances, the prophetic can help us to envision a better future and work towards its realization. Additionally, the prophetic can serve as a voice of conscience and a check against injustice and oppression. Prophets throughout history have spoken out against systems of power that exploit and harm marginalized communities, often at great personal risk. By calling attention to these injustices, the prophetic can inspire collective action toward creating a more just and equitable society.
Furthermore, the prophetic can help us to cultivate a deeper sense of empathy and compassion for others. By challenging us to see the world through the eyes of those who are different from us, the prophetic can break down the barriers that separate us and promote greater understanding and solidarity. Overall, the prophetic still matters because it provides a powerful framework for connecting with our deepest values and aspirations, for promoting social justice and equality, and for fostering a more empathetic and interconnected world. There are several biblical arguments for the continuation of the prophetic, including: