Do True Prophets Still Exist Today?
The following is from Appendix D of our new book, God’s Answer For America, which includes key prophetic words of exactly how to save and change a nation, as well as insight for the future.
First and foremost, God’s written Word, the Holy Bible, is the standard
by which every message (prophetic or not) is measured.
The Purpose of Prophecy
Each part of the five‐fold ministry exists today. In Ephesians 4:11–13, the apostle Paul lists “prophet” as one of the five‐fold ministry offices placed in the church to help equip, grow, and mature the body of Christ. We also see prophets, both male and female, in the Book of Acts. And the Book of Revelation speaks of the two witnesses prophesying during the end times.
The Book of Acts also tells how two prophets, Judas and Silas, greatly encouraged the church. “Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them” (Acts 15:32, kjv).
Paul exhorted the church not to despise prophecies, but test them (1 Thess. 5:21), because God will be speaking to His people. We encourage you to judge all prophecies in this book. Are they biblically sound?
Types of Prophecy and Prophets
Joel 2:28–32 says in the latter days God will pour out His Spirit, and His servants (both male and female) would prophecy. God’s Word also says we are to pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, especially that we may prophesy (1 Cor 14:1).
Prophecy is for today; however, we all need to gain more understanding of the different operations. When we look at God’s Word we see there is a difference between the gift of prophecy and one operating in the office of the prophet. Besides speaking God’s Word—a sure word of prophecy (2 Pet. 1:19), there are different levels and operations of prophecy, these include:
Prophetic Unction—God briefly speaking prophetically regarding something. It is possible for God to utter prophetically through anyone from time to time, as He did with Caiaphas the high priest when he said of Jesus that one had to die for the people (John 11:49–51).
Prophetic Gifts—most people in the “prophetic movement “seem to operate here. Most prophecy is on personal level or general level with prophetic insight, dreams, visions, and words of wisdom or knowledge, as Joel 2:28–32 describes. These are most often encouraging words.
Office of a Prophet— the office and operation of the prophet is very different then that of prophecy. The Prophet is called to speak to the church, to leaders, and nations. Most often prophets will be used to confront, speak correction, direction, warnings, exhortation, and will also bring messages of redemption, hope and also repentance, with a strong call to turn back to God and His ways. As with the other five‐fold ministry gifts, there is a level of authority for the office of a prophet. The office of a prophet is modeled by prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Elijah.
Jesus warned of many false prophets in the last days (Matt. 24:11, 24). False prophets are deceptive. They often tickle the ears and warm the heart with words of comfort, yet rarely, if ever, call for repentance. When true prophets are warning of judgment because of great sin, the false prophets are usually saying everything is going to be OK, as they did in Jeremiah’s day. They lead people astray from the true message God is speaking.
“Your prophets have said so many foolish things, false to the core. They did not save you from exile by pointing out your sins. Instead, they painted false pictures, filling you with false hope.”
—Lamentations 2:14, nlt
Typically, true prophets are those who devote much time to prayer, seeking the heart of God, then speak as He directs. We see throughout Scripture that the true prophets came on the scene in times of crisis or key times in history. They brought correction, direction, and many times warnings of judgment if the people did not turn from their sin. Many times God’s prophets gave words and initial warnings years before their fulfillment, because God in His great mercy allows time for people to hear His voice clearly and repent. But there is a point when mercy must give way to God’s holy justice. We believe America is at the very edge of this today.
True prophets do exist today, but there seem to be few who will speak even the hard and unpopular things and not compromise. As with most all the main prophets of old, they speak from the heart for God to His people and the nation.
The prophet Jeremiah often wept for them. They speak God’s Word, which even when hard and concerning judgment is often redemptive in message. They speak of what God sees and call for repentance to turn back to Him before judgment or destruction came. Really, they are not prophets of doom and gloom, but rather truth and hope.
In biblical times God’s prophets often spoke in utterances, phrases, in poetic form, and sometimes even in prophetic song. We have found this to be true in the many of the prophecies we share with you. We present the message and all the prophetic words in this book for you to judge according to Holy Scripture.