Gino (11 June 2017)
"ministry of the prophets"

The ministry of the prophets wasn't clairvoyance or fortunetelling.


Nehemiah 9:26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations.


It seems that the ministry of the prophets was to turn the LORD's people back to the LORD.

Their prophesying was a testifying against the LORD's people to turn them back.

They testified of the past blessings of the LORD, and the present sinfulness of his people.

They also testified of the future, some of warning, and some of promises yet future.

Even the testifying of the future was to turn the LORD's people back to the LORD.

It wasn't so that we, today, could claim that we have unlocked the secrets to the future.

We betray ourselves, like when we call the last book, Revelations, rather than Revelation.

When we mistakenly append that one letter "s" to the end, it betrays what we really think of that book.

We too often look at that book as a collection of future prophecies, for us to discover, decode, and unlock.

We ought not treat that last book like it is of the same ilk as the abominable quatrains of Nostradamus.

Its not so that we could have our own little collection of futuristic predictions, like a bowl of fortune cookies.

It is actually a revealing of Jesus, the book is about him.

The effect of reading it ought to turn us back to Jesus, from wherever we have backslidden to.

It should not puff me up with spiritual pride over all the future secrets I'm able to unlock.