True Prophets are called, set aside by determination of God, not by the will or desire of men.
This is clearly seen in the Bible, which is the true record of God’s relationship / interaction
with mankind. That which is initiated by God to mankind, in a manner, that mankind cannot
corrupt nor manipulate, can be trusted that it is from God.
Please note that:
God is spirit and as Spirit communicates primarily with mankind’s spirit, although God certainly
has the ability and does speak audibly as He determines.
Yet – beware – there are other spiritual beings, who can also communicate and speak to mankind
as deceiving / lying spirits, rebellious against God our creator. (they are called satan & demons).
** The first man to be called a prophet was Abram --- Abraham;
The Bible is the only record of the man, Abram / Abraham and his descendants for numerous
generations. God spoke to Isaac about Abraham in Genesis 26: 5 and said:
“because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes,
and My laws.”
In the verse above Abraham is commended by God in such a way that he is certainly worthy to
be called a prophet as is stated in Genesis 20: 7;
“Now therefore, restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and
you shall live.”
Thus Abraham was a prophet, not necessarily because of prophetic words spoken, but
because of the righteous / honorable life that he lived. Yet he was not without sin, for in
Galatians 3: 6 the scripture says, “--- just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was accounted
to him for righteousness.”
As we combine these verses we see that Abraham was a prophet called of God:
** Because he believed in God and believed what God said.
** Because he obeyed the voice of God.
** Because he lived an exemplary life of obedience to God.
The result was, that through the determination of God and God’s covenant with him, Abraham
and his descendants became “a great nation” (Genesis 12; 2) and he was told “And in you all
the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12: 3).
In the 21st century it is obvious that the descendants of Abraham have been “a great nation”
because of the great impact / influence (good & bad) that they have had upon mankind.
The descendants of Abraham has been a great – great blessing to “all the families of the earth”
in two specific things. They have blessed all mankind with two spiritual blessing.
1). Through Abraham and his descendants we have the Bible / the Word of God.
2). Through Abraham and his descendants Jesus Christ the Son of God came to earth.
Because of the importance / magnitude of the two spiritual blessings above, it is reasonable and
right for God to be very diligent / careful / particular as He selected those persons who would
fulfill the covenant that God made with Abraham in Genesis 12: 1 – 3.
EXAMPLES OF THOSE GOD CHOSE:
Isaac --- the second son of Abraham was chosen by God. The evidence that Isaac was chosen
is found in the fact of his miraculous birth to parents who were far pasted the age of child bearing.
“Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, ‘Shall a child be born to
a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a
child.” Genesis 17: 17. And also, in Genesis 21: 1 - 2 & 5, “And the Lord visited Sarah as He
had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. For Sarah conceived and bore
Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which the lord had spoken to him. Now
Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.”
God correctness in His choice of Isaac is seen in these scriptures:
** Isaac was a spiritual man ---- Genesis 24: 63.
** Isaac pleaded with God and his prayers were answered --- Genesis 25: 21.
** Isaac understood and obeyed God’s instruction --- Genesis 26: 1 – 6.
Thus God chose Isaac the second son of Abraham rather than Abraham’s 1st born son Ishmael.
Please note that in Genesis 16: 12 are given some of the characteristics of Ishmael;
“He shall be a wild man; his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand
against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” (Last sentence – he will
live with / choose people of like character).
Isaac was not only God’s choice, but he also proved through his life style and character that he
was the right person to continue God’s covenant with his father Abraham.
Also, Jacob was chosen by God. Jacob had a twin brother who was born first. But God chose the
second born by the same criteria as He had chosen his father Isaac.
Although both Esau and Jacob had faults / sins enough, it is very clear that Jacob became the man
of faith and obedience to God. (Reference Genesis 25 – 35). Thus, it shows us that God in His
infinite knowledge of the hearts of mankind chose the right one to carry on the covenant God
made with Abraham.
In the three examples above (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) is seen some criteria God uses to
call His Prophets:
** The prophet does not need to be perfect in faith and trust in God, but must have the potential
to become a man of ‘Faith’ / obedience.
** The prophet must be a ‘spiritual’ man of ‘prayer’ ‘understanding’ and ‘obedient’ to God.
** The prophet need not be perfect / sinless, but have a teachable heart and a character that
will persevere through time and trails.
Thus – down through history God has chosen certain persons to give to / relate / preach His
message to mankind. They were persons from different walks of life – different in social
standing, even different in spiritual understanding, but all chosen by God for a particular
purpose / task.
Above all the message must prove to be 100% / completely true.
There are many false prophesies from false prophets recorded in the Bible --- people who
considered themselves prophets and were considered to be prophets by their peers, but their
prophesies did not prove to be true.
False prophets are severely reprimanded / condemned throughout God’s Word.
False prophesies are Not 100% true.
True prophesies from God ARE 100% true.
Revelation 19: 10b says, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
‘Testimony of Jesus’ means == word, statement, declaration of Jesus.
‘spirit of prophecy’ means == the source of -- or -- the heart of prophecy.
All true prophecy comes from Jesus Christ --- as ONLY Jesus Christ the Son of God knows the
“Test the spirits, weather they are from God” I John 4: 1.
"For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if
possible, even the elect". Matthew 24: 24.
Jesus Christ -- Himself warns us warns us about the end times.
?? How to understand the meaning of --- 'false christs'. ??
***Someone who places them self in the position of declaring future events --- if it truly is truly
reveled from Jesus Christ --- it will prove to be 100% true --- if not --- false christ.
***A problem in todays Christian world --- persons calling themselves preachers, evangelists,
bishops, prophets, etc. and some TV personalities --- declaring end time events, times and
circumstances. But some of those circumstances and times have passed and the world continues
as it has Always been. And the stories seem to get bigger and bigger, disregarding past mistakes.
So -- apparently they did not get a true 100% message from Jesus Christ -- thus they are 'false
christ -- false prophet'.
The burden of proof falls upon us all -- me included --- Lord, please forgive -- Lord, please help us !!!!
.****GREATLY BEWARE OF FALSE CHRISTS AND FALSE PROPHETS !!