No man or nation is exempt from present sorrows of this dying world, as the Bible says: “…the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” [Romans 8:22] The fabrics of society are crumbling and families shattered like glass against a rock. Rulers and governments are perplexed by failing economies, social disorder, terror and rising wave of unprecedented natural disasters. The stability of heavenly kingdoms is disturbed and prophecy is fulfilled, as it is written: “…but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven” [Hebrews 12:26] Bottomless pits are broken and their prisoners escaped to afflict the earth with unparalleled horror. There is no end to growing tribulation and confusion, with: “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth…” [Luke 21:26] Those who trust in the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ ache and sigh in pains, “…earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven” [2 Corinthians 5:2] The Saints daily ask one another; when shall these things be and where are the prophets?
2. Where are the prophets?
The RIGHTEOUS ask, “WHERE ARE THE PROPHETS? The simple-minded, retort; “WHY ASK FOR PROPHETS in the 21st century of a technology driven civilization?” The answer is simple; man and his civilizations have pushed the world to the edge of mutually assured destruction. United Nations, super powers and international peace accords are a ruse because; “…when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” [1 Thessalonians 5:3] As the nations rush headlong to collective annihilation, the SOLUTION is in PROPHECY and the PROPHETS. God is primed to translate those who trust in Him to a new earth and new heavens [Revelation 21:1] This is the mystery of all time and a sure prophecy. The movement of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land was a dry run for the ultimate Exodus, of which the Bible says: “And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved” [Hosea 12:13] God has prepared and revealed his secrets unto his servants the prophets [Amos 3:7] In the midst of mounting tribulation we shall be made ready by prophets of the Most High; “…to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 4:17] Alas, where are the prophets?
3. Where are the prophets?
Prophets are ordained by God in classes for specific assignments, as it is written: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” [Jeremiah 1:5] There are also man-made prophets who see vanity and speak lies, saying: “…Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken” [Ezekiel 22:28] Many lives are daily destroyed by magicians, seers and diviners dressed as prophets, “…after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders” [2 Thessalonians 2:9] A seer operates a spiritual gift but is not a prophet. Magicians and diviners work with familiar spirits for material gain. Prophets are the mouthpiece of God, established to declare, confirm and activate prophetic agenda. Every prophet is approved by testimony of Jesus Christ and not by wealth or title, as it is written: “…the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” [Revelation 19:10] God-sent prophets are sealed by prophetic revelation of birth, death and coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Where are the prophets proclaiming prophetic mysteries of Jesus Christ?
4. Where are the prophets?
There is a special order of prophets for this generation; “…upon whom the ends of the world are come” [1Corintians 10:11] The army of Elijah prophets are reserved for the last days, as it is written: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse” [Malachi 4:5-6] John, the Baptist, came in the spirit of Elijah and turned the hearts of the “fathers” to the children. The “dreadful day of the LORD” is here. The heart of the children shall be turned to the “fathers” by “fire” as a refiner purges gold. The Saints shall be sanctified by the message of Elijah prophets and cleansed by; “…the washing of water by the word” [Ephesians 5:26] Elijah prophets shall purge the Church with the fire of Truth to seal “wise virgins”. The “little flock” and their shepherds shall be hated and persecuted by the world and organized religion; “…but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” [Matthew 10:22] The present tide of harassment and intimidation of Christ’s followers is the tip of the iceberg. As the world staggers in confusion, faithful men and women whisper to one another; where are the Elijah prophets?
5. Where are the prophets?
Some are hiding in plush parish “caves” fed by men as in the days of Obadiah, who took; “…an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water” [1 Kings 18:4] Many voices that spoke with passion in the past have turned back to settle for; “…bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water…” [1 Kings 13:22] Those who left their duty post to receive fame and wealth are lepers before the Lord and like Gehazi, executive storytellers in the courts of their paymasters [2 Kings 8:4-5] Beloved, the army of Elijah prophets is here. They are not “temple priests” and do not go from house to parish in quest of tithes and offerings. Elijah prophets do not “serve tables” but committed; “…to prayer, and to the ministry of the word” [Acts 6:4] You will find them when you earnestly seek Christ and separate your faith from hypocrisy of organized religion. Let those who have ears hear as the Spirit say: “…Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” [Revelation 18:4] God bless you, amen