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"Inspired" Speakers

The English word prophet is used to translate the Old Testament Hebrew word pronounced naw-bee, meaning inspired seer, and the New Testament Greek word pronounced prof-ay-tace, meaning an inspired speaker (inspired being an abbreviation of in-spirit-ed). Unlike the numerous false prophets that existed throughout Bible History, and continue to exist through our time and beyond (see The Great False Prophet), God's true prophets were always sent directly by Him to deliver His message, not their own e.g. "do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but The Spirit of your Father speaking through you." (Matthew 10:19-20 RSV).

John On Patmos God's prophets did not live easy lives. Most were persecuted, ridiculed, often living in grave danger for their lives, and nearly all were ignored - until it was too late. The message of God's true prophets was not, and will not be, well received by most people. If it was, there would be little need for a prophet in the first place. Usually, their purpose was to warn and reprimand a very sinful and unrepentant people to stop doing what they were doing before it was too late.

Fully 17 of the Old Testament's 39 books are classified as prophetic: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. All of the other 22 books are also filled with prophecy. Elijah and Elisha were two of the most powerful prophets of that time (see Why Elijah?).

The New Testament is also filled with Prophecy. Beginning with John The Baptist, a prophet whose own coming was prophesied by an earlier prophet over 700 years before (Isaiah 40:3-5), the Gospels, Acts, epistles, and Revelation are filled with prophecy for our time now.

The Greatest Prophet Of All

Jesus Christ, while being the focus of prophecy, was Himself a prophet. His "Olivet Prophecy" describes what is just over the horizon for all the world now:

Fact Finder: Who will be God's two great prophets active at the very end time?
Revelation 11:1-14
See also The Two Witnesses, Are The Two Witnesses Here Now? and "Butch and Sundance"

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