The second coming of the Messiah is being foretold. The Apostle John wants everyone to know that the time is close, that there is coming a critical, decisive, and significant opportunity to take this to heart, and change the course of our lives. It’s time to live before the face of God.
A prophet’s lifestyle must be that of holiness – a life of prayer, obedience, and integrity. In leading this life of consecration, they can then proclaim the message of holiness, that we may follow. Sanctification… it’s not a word you hear batted around much in this modern-day world…but it’s something essential in the process of making us holy. By allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, our actions and behaviors will be consecrated unto God. To be sanctified is to be set apart by the Lord…it’s not a one time happening, but rather a life-long journey down the highway called holiness.
Modern-day prophets have a two-fold mission to the world. The first is to prepare the people in these the last days. They are God’s voice in the wilderness of this sinful world – calling out to our generation…speaking forth the Lord’s message to get ready…to set one’s house and life in order, for the time is short. Secondly, they are God’s messenger, encouraging all Believers to be resolved in their worship of God alone…staying the course…resisting evil, and focusing on Him only.
The Lord releases His voice into the earth through His prophets…His very nature and attributes being made known to all. God’s voice roars like the Lion of the Tribe of Judah over the earth – bringing terror to the enemy camp, and blessings to His children. The lies of the devil are rendered null and void when God’s truth is revealed…and the captives are set free from the deceptions that have held them prisoner for so long.
Authentic humility is the primary mark of a true prophet. They are not proud or haughty in their role for the Lord. Sadly, there are times when a person takes the title of prophet, but the fruit of their life doesn’t show it. Our true identity should be in Christ Jesus alone, and not based on any title. We should never seek after titles, but rather seek first that intimate relationship with the Lord. For a God-called prophet’s true mission is to cause the hearts of men to come into a closer relationship with Christ Jesus…nothing more…pure and simple.
Prophets are not self-appointed. A true prophet is called of God even before birth. Many times, when someone claims the title of prophet, it’s with their own agenda, not God’s. The Apostle Paul warned the leaders of the early Church to watch over the flock for false prophets who would draw the Believer astray with perverse things and distorted truth. (Acts 20:30)
To be a prophet is a calling…to minister in prophecy is a gift. A wonderful gift that God bestows on a chosen group of Believers to guide and encourage the flock. When the Lord calls you…you receive your identity. When you receive your gifting…you receive your ability. And when you receive the anointing…you receive your purpose.