Will there be end-time prophets?

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By BibleAsk Team


The concept of end-time prophets holds a significant place within biblical eschatology, serving as heralds of divine revelation and agents of God’s redemptive plan for humanity. In this exploration, we delve into the biblical teachings regarding end-time prophets, drawing upon references from the Scriptures and examining key passages that illuminate their role, characteristics, and significance in the unfolding of end-time events.

Biblical Foundation of Prophetic Ministry:

The Bible contains numerous prophecies concerning the end times, including the rise of false prophets, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and the emergence of prophetic voices to prepare God’s people for the culmination of history.

The institution of prophetic ministry is deeply rooted in the biblical narrative, spanning from the Old Testament prophets who proclaimed God’s word to Israel to the New Testament apostles who heralded the coming of Christ and the establishment of His kingdom.

In the early church “the manifestation of the Spirit” was given “to every man to profit” (1 Corinthians 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” (verses 8–10).

According to Joel (ch. 2:28-32), the Lord promised to send messengers especially 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 Scriptures (Isaiah 8:19, 20; 2 Timothy 2:15), heeding their counsel only if they are genuine and rejecting them if they are counterfeit.

The events of Pentecost were only a partial fulfillment to Joel’s prediction. His prophecy is to reach its full fulfillment in the manifestation of divine grace which will attend the closing work of the gospel. “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

References:

  • Amos 3:7 (NKJV) – “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”
  • Ephesians 4:11-12 (NKJV) – “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
  • Matthew 24:24 (NKJV) – “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”
  • Joel 2:28-29 (NKJV) – “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”

Characteristics of End-Time Prophets:

End-time prophets exhibit distinct characteristics that set them apart as vessels of God’s revelation and instruments of His divine purpose. These include boldness, spiritual discernment, and a fervent commitment to proclaiming God’s truth amidst opposition and persecution.

References:

  • Acts 2:17-18 (NKJV) – The prophecy of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the manifestation of prophetic gifts in the last days.
  • 2 Timothy 2:21 – “Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, [a]sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”

Purpose of End-Time Prophets:

End-time prophets are entrusted with a specific mission to proclaim God’s word, warn of impending judgment, and call people to repentance and faith in preparation for the coming of Christ and the establishment of His kingdom.

References:

  • Revelation 10:11 (NKJV) – “And he said to me, ‘You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.'”
  • Malachi 4:5-6 (NKJV) – The prophecy of Elijah’s return before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord, turning the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers.

End-Time Prophets and Spiritual Warfare:

End-time prophets engage in spiritual warfare against the forces of darkness, confronting deception, exposing falsehood, and contending for the advancement of God’s kingdom in the midst of spiritual conflict and opposition.

References:

  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJV) – “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
  • Revelation 12:11 (NKJV) – “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

Conclusion:

In conclusion, the Bible teaches that there will be end-time prophets who play a crucial role in preparing God’s people for the culmination of history and the return of Christ. As vessels of divine revelation and instruments of spiritual warfare, end-time prophets proclaim God’s truth, confront deception, and call humanity to repentance and faith in anticipation of the coming kingdom. Believers are called to recognize and support the prophetic ministry in the end times, discerning the voice of God amidst the clamor of competing voices and remaining steadfast in faith and obedience until the day of Christ’s glorious return.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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