Introduction: There are ritualists today who are claiming to be Major Prophets when they have no idea what it means to be a prophet talk less of being a “Major “one. They call themselves major prophet due to their ability to draw un-regenerated miracle and money conscious crowds, telling them their names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. However, if drawing a large crowds or calling unknown people by their names is what makes one a major prophet, then many witchdoctors should also be classified as major prophets, because soothsayers can see visions and cause multitudes to follow them and can even prepare charms for this new generation popularity minded “preachers” to perform fake miracles and to grow their congregation. Some of these so-called “men of god” can go to the point of making human sacrifices to gain large congregations. If you investigate these young preachers today you will discover that they are using secret dark powers; most received their initiation from Ghana, Nigeria, Benin Republic, and other parts of the world. People should be careful because occultism has taken over the structural church!
THE MAJOR PROPHETS
Now, what determines the Major Prophets from the Minor Prophets in the bible is not power manifestation or accuracy and length of their documented prophecies. The plummet for measuring who the Major Prophets are is the spiritual distance they visualized in God’s eternal purposes. As we should know, there are three major ages revealed by the prophets in the scripture: the beginning, the mortal, and the immortal age. The beginning represents the age of creation; a time when nothing existed besides God, only He was and He then created everything within Him. (Ephesians1:4) The mortal age stands for the period of formation; after the age of creation God brought us to the stage of physical manifestation, just like before an inventor can bring anything into physical reality, he must first create the image of what he is trying to manufacture in his mind, and haven gotten a clear picture of what he wants to invent, he will then develop it, bringing it out so that it can be seen and felt. The immortal age is the period of perfection. God started by creating us in His mind, after Creation, He formed us, and from Formation He is taking us through the process of perfection unto completion. What I have just briefly explained can be seen in these three words from the book of Genesis” “Create, Form, and Make”. (Genesis1,2, Isaiah 43:7) Now, the Major prophets are those who visualized from the beginning to the immortal age, for instance, Enoch who was the seventh generation from Adam(Jude1:14-15) was in the period of conscience and spiritually pictured life from the beginning to the period of grace, in other words, within the mortal age Enoch saw 4000 years ahead of his generation through prophetic revelation, he even saw the second coming of Jesus Christ and age of immortality. (Jude1:14-15), Enoch perceived the possibility of growing out the sin nature to attain the sinless nature of God through the inner power of Christ, so as a true prophet he refused to allow the flesh to dominate him, and focused on that divine vision until he achieved it and translated to immortality. Jewish mysticism has it that Enoch is the transformed angel Metatron. (Hebrew11:5) Abraham was another major prophet who was in the period of promise and saw the life in the period of grace and obtained it; Abraham gained the righteousness which is by faith, the scripture says, that Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness (Genesis15:6, Rom4:3). Jesus Christ says; your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad (John8:56). In fact, Abraham received communion; he partook in eating the flesh and drinking of the blood of the New Covenant. (Genesis14:18-19) This scripture signifies that Abraham lived thousands of years spiritually ahead of his generation, he was indeed a true major prophet of the living God, he saw from end to end. (Genesis20:7) Moses another major was transported spiritually back to beginning where he saw how God created all things in Christ, he returned and gave us an account of them as recorded in the book of Genesis. Moses also through the revelatory spirit of God revealed the name of the Messiah by changing the name of Oshea to Jehoshua (Jesus) (Numbers13:16) Moses saw from the beginning to the end of age. It is important to understand that what determines the Major Prophets from the Minor Prophets in the bible is not how many chapters they wrote in the bible, or how many times they prophesied. In fact, most of the major Prophets in the bible didn’t use the phrase “thus saith the Lord,” for example; Enoch and Abraham were Major Prophets (Genesis20:7) but they were not going about declaring thus saith the Lord or performing miracles but they saw the eternal vision of God that helped them achieve a very high dimension of holiness!
THE MINOR PROPHETS
The Minor Prophets are simply those prophets who visualized within the range that other prophets have already seen, in other words the Minor prophets don’t see beyond what the prophets who was before them had already seen, whatever they see must be measured by what the ancient prophets had already laid, Isaiah said,
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. (Isaiah 8:20)
This mean that there is no way that we can have another Major Prophets today, because there’s not going to be new revelation, there is nothing that we are going to see that the old prophets before us did not see. It doesn’t matter what you call yourself you can’t exceed what is written; “Do not go beyond what is written.” (1Corinthians4:6) It is obvious that the so-called replacement theology claimed that the Old Testament prophets did not see the church age. But clearly Jesus Christ says; your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad (John8:56). Enoch, the seventh from Adam, saw the Lord Jesus Christ is coming with thousands upon thousands of his saints to judge everyone. (Jude1:14) Because Moses spiritually visualized the victory of Jesus Christ, he changed the name of “Oshea” to “Jesus” (Joshua) (Numbers13:16), now how can we justify replacement theology that claims that the Old Testament prophets knew nothing about the church age? Anybody who claims to be a major prophet today is liar and antichrist because the scripture has been completed. Ii is also important to know that there is a big different between Old Testament prophets and prophets in the New testament; In the time past the people didn’t have the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit like we the New Testament Christians. The Old Testament prophets were serving as the eyes, ears, and mouth of the people; prophets had the responsibility of hearing from God on behalf of the people in the time of the law. However, Christ has come and baptized each of us with the Holy Spirit; consequently, as every true Christian has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and entitled to hear from God themselves, Christians cannot be dependent upon a prophet, for we are required to be led by the Spirit to carry out everything that God requires of us…
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (John16:13)
Primarily, what the New Testament prophets do is to teach young Christians an accurate revelation of God to see danger and offer warning to God’s people and to confirm the word of the Lord for the believers, especially when one is in doubt or don’t understand what the lord is communicating within his or her spirit (Act15:36).
BASIC QUALITIES OF GOD’S PROPHETS
They are certain qualities that shows that one is a true prophet, for instance, Prophets are well known for their life of separation (HOLINESS), John the Baptist was a holy man; he was called the voice in the wilderness. This speaks about the level of his consecration. John the Baptist was not affiliated with any religious order of his day; in his time he did not belong to the sect of the Sadducees, Pharisees, Scribes, Essenes, the council of Sanhedrin or any other Jewish religious group. The moment John perceived that the glory had departed from the religious organizations of his days he made his way into the wilderness where he could fast, pray, meditate and have pure “one on one” fellowship with God. It was in the wilderness that the word of the Lord came to him.
It is only when someone separates him or herself for God that that person can develop a clearer view about God and accurately fulfill His mind. Separation helps prophets to consider their own personal life to see what they are lacking and see what other people are going through and the error all religious institutions. For instance, John the Apostle of Christ didn’t transport spiritually into the future Lord’s Day until he was persecuted and banished into the Island of Patmos (Revelation1:9-10). The entire spiritual realities compiled in the book of revelation was achieved during Apostle John’s time of seclusion in the Isle of Patmos. Paul the apostle wrote almost all his epistles when he was in prison, as Clement of Alexandra said; “prison does to a Christian what the wilderness does to the prophets”. Elijah worked out his immortalization in the wilderness. Moses didn’t encounter Jehovah while living in the king’s palace in the land of Egypt; God appeared to him in the wilderness. Martin Luther during the period of his seclusion after his excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church translated the New Testament into the German language, which gave ordinary lay people the opportunity to read God's Word for themselves for the first time ever. For one to become a true living testimony for the Lord, that person must separate himself.
Throughout the New and Old Testaments, God has never spoken to His people through religious organizations. He has always spoken to the people through an individual; a consecrated person “a voice in the wilderness, not voices”. Jesus was speaking to the crowd about John the Baptist, he asked them; what did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you (Mathew11:7). This simply means that if you are searching for the true prophets don’t waste your time going to the city to find them in the kings’ palace, or the most expensive school of theology, go to the wilderness- that is their home. But if you are looking for the Kings no need going to the desert, go straight to the city and find them in their palace. To put it another way, if you want to see the true spiritual men of God, you can’t find them in the city super mega churches, instead go and look for them among the rejected and isolated people. But to search for the suit and tie non-spiritual professional pastors, don’t think about going to the wilderness; just go to the city in big denominational churches. In most cases what chases true prophets to the wilderness is persecution and rejection. Wilderness in this regards stands for the place of affliction; where one can remain alone and discipline the flesh through fasting, prayer and holy meditation in order to silently listen to the sacred voice of the Lord. That is where every true child of God should live and fellowship with God.
PROPHETS ARE LIVING ORACLES OF GOD
Jesus Christ as a prophet was not just a preacher and teacher of the word of God, He was the Living Word of God, and one of His names is the “Word of God” (Revelation19:13). Christ was a physical manifestation of God’s word….
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (John1:14).
Jesus says we should think not that He come to destroy the law, or the prophets: He did not come to destroy, but to fulfill (Mathew5:17). This means that Jesus came to brings what is written in the Old Testament into physical manifestation. For instance, if the bible speaks about holiness and no nobody was holy, Jesus Christ demonstrated it to show that holiness is real. Jesus Christ is the role model for every prophet, anyone who thinks is a prophet is expected to conform fully to the word of God, and not just to preach it. Your life must be a written epistle or physical manifested written word of God. In the scripture; at a certain time Prophet Jeremiah was proclaiming “HEAR ye the word of the Lord” then afterward he began to say….O generation, SEE ye the word of the LORD (Jeremiah2:31 KJV). This reveals that Jeremiah gradually grown out of ordinary preacher of the word and became a demonstrated word of God, in other words, in Jeremiah’s time, people were able to see the word of God through his lifestyle. Paul the apostle said God wants all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (1Timothy2:4). Despite the accuracy of one’s prophecies or predictions, if that person does not have the character of Christ, if he is not bearing the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control etc (Galatians 5: 22), that person is not a true prophet of God, for God’s prophet demonstrate God’s word. (Mathew7:16, 20)
PROPHETS ARE HUMBLE SERVANTS
Prophets are extremely humble, for the secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant (Psalm25:14). The fear of the LORD means to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth (Proverbs8:13). God cannot reveal his secret to a proud person! Moses was very humble—more humble than any other person on earth. (Number12:3). Moses was a servant to God’s people instead of allowing the people to serve him. Though in his era God revealed Himself to other prophets in visions, and spoke to them in dreams. But He “God” spoke face to face, clearly and not in riddles to Moses and he saw the form of the LORD (Numbers12:6-8). Despite his spiritual level Moses did not think of himself to be greater or more superior than any other Hebrew. Moses was down to earth. As mentioned before, though Moses was well educated in Egypt, a university graduate (Act7:22), he was also a prince, an adopted son of Pharaoh, but in the course of pleasing God, the things that humans considered valuable, Moses considered worthless and accepted to become a shepherd, tending the flock of Jethro a priest of Midian (Exodus2, 3). In Hebrew tradition during the time of Jesus Christ, the job of washing feet was to be assigned to the lowest of servants. However, Christ humbled Himself at the last supper and washed the disciples' feet. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth; slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them (John 13:12-17). Jesus also explains to us that the leadership principle of this world is totally different from the spiritual leadership in the kingdom of God. He says that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew20:25-28). Understand! It is humility that will lift you up both spiritually and physically above the organized religions of men and make you different from ordinary men…
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up (James 4:10). Don’t let anyone call you ‘Master,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father. And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted (Matthew23:8-12).
If a prophet is humble he will not let anyone praise and exalt him instead of God, for the more people praise him, and the more he acceptes their praises, the further he is going away from God’s presence. But if his humbleness is genuine, God will always fight for his defense (Numbers12:1-15). A prophet is always modest; he will never believe that he is superior to other people, the word of God says: Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Prophets don’t look out only for their own interests, but take an interest in others, too. They always have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philipians2:3-11).
PROPHETS ARE TEACHABLE
Moses achieved enormous spiritual depths in God. God spoke face to face, clearly and not in riddles to Moses and he also saw the form of the LORD (Numbers12:6-8). By revelation Moses was transported back to the eternity beginning and witnessed the event of Creation how it happened, and spiritually visualized the future events both in the kingdom and Immortal age. Moses did not receive the account of creation which he recorded in the book of Genesis from any man; he received it through prophetic revelation. Apart from Jesus Christ, Prophet Moses is the greatest spiritual leader who ever lived. Now, regardless of his vast and profound knowledge of God and experiences, Moses remained teachable, and was eager to learn more. He did not claim to know it all, like the Pharisees and the Sadducees did in Jesus’ time. Both sects held the mysteries of God in part but assumed they had it all. It was very difficult for the Sadducees and the Pharisees to receive the present truth (a higher revelation of God) that came through Jesus Christ because of their “I know it all mind-set”. Although Moses was well educated in Egypt, had a clear calling of the Lord and was powerfully anointed by the Spirit of God, he recognized his weakness, and accepted counsels and corrections from other people whom he knew they were matured in the spiritual matters. For instance, it was Jethro the priest of Midian who advised Moses to establish a system of judges to relieve Moses of the overwhelming burden of judging all disputes (Exodus18). Moses acknowledged that he did not know all that was needed to know about God. After that God spoke to him face to face, and manifested His form to Moses, Moses was still carrying out longing to know God;
And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people (Exodus33:12-13).
PROPHETS TEACHES, AND MAKE DISCIPLES FOR CHRIST
Abraham was the first well known soul winner in the bible, his message was emphasized on one God (Genesis 12:5). As mentioned earlier, a New Testament Prophet must be an absolute preacher or a teacher of an accurate revelation of God. Jesus commanded every Christian to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. To teach the new disciples to obey all that He has commanded (Mathew28:19). One who only forecasts for people without rebuking the wicked and teaching repentance and salvation to sinners is not of Christ;
Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins. (Isaiaah58:1)
John received his message directly from God and preached an undiluted message of repentance with all boldness without compromise; he rebuked the religious leaders and challenged kings with no favoritism;
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire (Mathew3:1-10).
Prophets preach and teach the revelation of Christ not their own created bible doctrines and don’t preach trying to please people, they minister the accurate mind of God. If some claim he is a prophet let him or her show you his specific message, because a messenger must have a specific message for the people he is sent to;
The voice said, Cry. And he said, what shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:(Isaiah40:6)
A prophet must have a divine message, and make disciples. Jesus Christ was not interested in bringing in new members for the sole purpose of having people to occupy His religious auditorium to convince people that he was making a great impact in the world. He knew that he must multiply himself so that the whole earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. Christ was a wise master builder; His way of training men was excellent. When Jesus preached the message of the kingdom, great multitudes followed Him (Luke14:25). From the multitudes, Jesus selected one hundred and twenty disciples (Luke 10:1, Act2), then from one hundred and twenty He ordained twelve that they might be with Him, this twelve Jesus called the apostles (Mark3:14-16). Among the twelve, Jesus called out three Peter, James and John to be very close to Him. When Jesus departed, these three men became the pillar among the apostles (Galatians2:9). Now, Jesus trained the people according to their level, He didn’t attempt to train the whole multitude that came to him at once, by preaching to them on Sundays and mid-week meetings. Jesus spiritually separated them and spent quality time with them revealing the true character of God and explaining the mysteries of the kingdom of God to them. After three years, Jesus was able to impart Himself into them all, in such a way that when someone sees the apostles and the disciples you see the accurate copy of Jesus Christ (Act 4:13. 11:26). Due to the good training that Jesus Christ gave his early apostles, before the dawn of the first hundred years after the death of Christ, the apostles who were very few in number had already taken the gospel to every nation and demonstrated the love and power of the resurrected Messiah Jesus Christ (Acts 8, Act 19:9-10,Colossians 1:23). No religion or government of this world was a threat or a barrier to the early Christians in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.
PROPHETS DO NOT CONTRADICT THE WORD OF GOD, AND THEY ARE FEARLESS
I have seen a lot of people who call themselves prophets clearly contradicting God’s word. However, a true prophet's words will be in absolute harmony with the written words of God; for instance, a true prophet cannot proclaim peace to the wicked when the Lord has spoken through the prophets of old that there shall be no peace unto the wicked. The scripture reads; To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light in them (Isaiah8:20). True prophets are fearless; they don’t compromise the word of God, but always willing to die for the truth (1kings22:10-51). Like Jeremiah; prophets don’t fear the face of anyone or respect anyone’s religious title. They go to everyone that God sends them to and says whatever He commands them. A true prophet of Christ can never be afraid of affliction, persecution, tribulation or physical death; you must go out there and make Christ known to the entire human race. It is obvious that the so-called great acclaimed prophets and miracle workers are afraid to preach the gospel in Islamic countries; the only mission field of the Christians today are the British colonies where a distorted form of the gospel has been over preached. If the so-called apostles and prophets of today lived up to their titles, the true gospel could have spread to the Middle East. God wants the Muslims, Hindus, Buddhas, and Hare Krishna’s, Bahai-faith, Grail message, people from all religions and occults to be saved but it takes apostolic and prophetic anointing to reach them.
PROPHETS ARE NOT FAME SEEKERS
The people calling themselves “Major ones” are seeking for cheap popularity. However, true prophets don’t seek for popularity, but always seek for a deeper intimacy with God. Not a president or head high-ranking governmental official can bribe a prophet to make them compromise the word of the Lord. And they don’t advertise miracles (John7: 1-5). Prophet Micaiah in the bible didn’t seek for popularity or favor from man, his passion was to live in truth and to proclaim the truth which he valued more than any other thing. God’s prophets love the truth beyond popularity; they always make God their only sufficiency. Prophets don’t expect everyone to speak well of them, they abide in the truth regardless of whatsoever! A true prophet does not prophesy any time he wishes, or any time people consult him. A prophet prophesies only when the Holy Spirit moves him (2Peter1:20). You can’t pay a prophet and ask him to prophesy to you. A true prophet is not money conscious (Daniel 5:13-17, 2Kings5:14-19,1Timothy 3:3). He does not ask people for an offering before he prophesies, or asks people to “sow a seed” in order to claim their prophecies. Directly or indirectly, a true prophet does not receive praises or worship from people, or he does not draw attention to himself; instead, he will sincerely abase himself and allow the people to see Jesus Christ. A true prophet does not allow people to depend on him, he encourages people to inquire directly from Jesus Christ (John1:24-36). The purpose of the prophetic ministry is to help in bringing people to Jesus Christ. A prophet does not consider his assignment as a guiding ministry. John the Baptist pointed people to Christ, he was not self-conscious, and he reduced himself to the dust so that people could see Christ the savior. John totally removed himself out of the picture, though he was the one who baptized Jesus Christ, when he announced Christ to the people and revealed that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, top disciples of John the Baptist left him and followed Christ, and John didn’t complain or accuse Jesus of stealing his sheep, because he knew that it is all about Jesus and not man. When John’s disciples came to him and said, “Rabbi, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River, the one you identified as the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everybody is going to him instead of coming to us. John didnt become jealous, instead he exalted Jesus Christ the more and abased himself. John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven. You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’ It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else. He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment (John3:23-36). John the Baptist do not perform a single miracle (John10:41) but Jesus Christ declared him the greatest prophet among all the Old Testament prophets;
Verily I say unto you, among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. (Mathew11:)
Greatness in God’s sight isn’t determined by power manifestation or accumulation of earthly wealth, but in purity and humbleness of heart. You can prophesy, perform miracles and build the largest church and university, or even own an airplane and yet you can be counted as the poorest man on earth by the Lord. When the Laodicean Church boasted that they were rich; they acquired wealth and did not need a thing! God said to them that they are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked but do not know it (Revelation3:17). But about the Smyrna church, Jesus says I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan (Revelation2:9). I imagine the Church in Laodicea to be a well organized super mega assembly, their church building was furnished with various precious stones, and decorated with fancy lights and equipped with sophisticated electronics and sound systems. They also had evangelism busses that transported their members to church. But owning these material things didn’t make the Laodicean church members righteous or holy, all that they were doing was giving God their lip service in anticipation of material things when their heart was far away from Him. While the Church in Smyrna had no church building but the character of the people reflected Christ.
PROPHETS ARE WATCHMEN AND PREACHERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
As mentioned earlier, being a seer is more than making prediction, prophets are sacrificial intercessors; real spiritual watchmen who bear the burden of the saints and the nations of the earth in his heart…
O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the LORD (Isaiah62:6).
Prophets are preachers of holiness and righteousness (2Peter2:5, Isaiah58:1). Not only do they preach holiness, they practice what they preach; These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God (Genesis 6:9).Paul the apostle also writes; If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. (1 Timothy6:3-7)