For all prophets today. Although I do not agree with all that Austin had said here in his thought provoking article, I still perceive that some points he brought up is relevant today for those who walk in the prophetic gift. He asked us to focus on the ultimate purpose of God’s revelation. This is the focus for prophets old and new.
Many of us now know that God did not bring failures as all good gifts come from God. So our failures in the past were results of our not hearing the Lord’s counsel or worse chose to listen to the spiritual adversaries or our own foolish and proud minds. We know by now we cannot blame God for He is not the one responsible for human choices.
On the other hand, Austin’s point on keeping a prophet’s focus on the ultimate purpose of God for the big picture is relevant. Many times this watchman has been brought back to this track. Sometimes I read the book of Jeremiah and wonder why prophet Jeremiah chose to remain in Jerusalem and eventually had to follow the doomed group of disobedient and unbelieving Israelites who went to Egypt instead of heeding the Lord’s advice through the prophet Jeremiah to go to Babylon. The power of Babylon had promised Jeremiah protection in Babylon and Jerusalem/Judah whichever place he chose to reside. But Jeremiah clearly received from the Lord the safety and prosperity the Lord would grant to the Israelites in Babylon. He was promised freedom and special treatment. But he chose not to go the safe land. I ask myself, if I were Jeremiah what would I have chosen? Safety and comfort or otherwise?
When I look at some of today’s prophets I have noted the same choices of Jeremiah’s. They are prophets apostles in the frontiers blazing the trail for the lost to return to the Lord and the Father. They know the ultimate purpose of God. they follow the heart of God. They are not concerned with their own personal safety and comfort. They are compelled by the Father’s love.*
* Excerpts quoted from online sources about what happened to Jeremiah:
“When Jerusalem finally fell, Jeremiah was released from prison by the Babylonians and offered safe conduct to Babylonia, but he preferred to remain with his own people. So he was entrusted to Gedaliah, a Judaean from a prominent family whom the Babylonians appointed as governor of the province of Judah. The prophet continued to oppose those who wanted to rebel against Babylonia and promised the people a bright and joyful future.
After Gedaliah was assassinated, Jeremiah was taken against his will to Egypt by some of the Jews who feared reprisal from the Babylonians. Even in Egypt he continued to rebuke his fellow exiles. Jeremiah probably died about 570 BC. According to a tradition that is preserved in extrabiblical sources, he was stoned to death by his exasperated fellow countrymen in Egypt.”
The watchman is led today to intercede for prophets. He had never been asked to do this before. He realized then that there are currently events going on involving prophets. So he obeyed and prayed in the spirit. He was then led to read Isaiah 51 and 52.
Isaiah 51:7; 16 New Living Translation (NLT)
7 “Listen to me, you who know right from wrong,
you who cherish my law in your hearts.
Do not be afraid of people’s scorn,
nor fear their insults.
16 And I have put my words in your mouth
and hidden you safely in my hand…
He recalled the verse from 2 Peter 1:19 “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”
Here is a classic article…
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