We don’t have more prophets today because of our failure to obey the law.”The law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the Lord” (Lamentations 2:9). Ezekiel says the same thing, “Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients” (Ezekiel 7:26).
Also, these references carry the same meaning Jeremiah 26:4-6; Ezekiel 20:12-16; and Proverbs 29:18. These verses show that when God’s people disregard His commandments, He sends no guidance. However, when they show willingness to obey His commands, He sends a prophet to assist, encourage, and guide.
But, based on Joel‘s prophecy (Joel 2:28-32), the Lord promised to send prophets at the end of time to guide His church. The devil will also send false prophets (Matthew 7:15; 24:11, 24). That’s why we must be prepared to test the prophets by the Bible (Isaiah 8:19, 20; 2 Timothy 2:15), heeding their counsel only if they are genuine and rejecting them if they are counterfeit.
In the early church “the manifestation of the Spirit” was given “to every man to profit” (1 Cor. 12:7). Various gifts were in evidence, such as “the word of wisdom,” “the word of knowledge,” “faith,” “healing,” “working of miracles,” “prophecy,” “discerning of spirits,” “divers kinds of tongues,” and “the interpretation of tongues” (vs. 8–10).
The events of Pentecost were but a partial fulfillment of Joel’s prediction. The prophecy is to reach its full accomplishment in the manifestation of divine grace which will attend the closing work of the gospel. God knows when prophets are needed to wake people up, warn them, and turn them to Jesus and His Word. He sent a prophet (John the Baptist) to prepare people for Jesus‘ first coming (Mark 1:1-8). And He will also send prophets to prepare the church for His second coming.
In His service,
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