Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, received word that an enormous army was closing in on him and his people. What was his reaction? He "set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD:" 2 Chronicles 20:3, 4. Before the whole congregation, the king prayed to almighty God acknowledging who He is, His promises, and making entreaty for God's intervention. "Then upon Jahaziel . . . came the Spirit of the LORD" verse 14. Not only was the message from the Lord a promised victory, but they were told "Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you" verse 17.
How many of us have heard of the prophet Jahaziel? Few, I imagine, and yet he was God's man of the hour to give the message of promise that was soon accomplished just as prophesied. Jehoshaphat made an important statement to Judah that would serve us well to remember. "Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper" verse 20.
Since sinful man can no longer have face to face communication with God and live, God has, in love, utilized chosen individuals as His spokespersons to convey His messages to mankind. We're told in
2 Peter 1:21 "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." Notice that it was the person who was moved – the penmen, not the pen. That's good. God has been able to preserve His intended thoughts in spite of time and multiple languages and translations. What a blessing!
We're told in Amos 3:7 "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." He wants us to know what is to come. Why else would His Word be so filled with prophecies? Jesus gave one reason for providing information on the future. "And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe" John 14:29.
Prophecy is one of the gifts of the Spirit considered especially important. "Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy." The reason given is "he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort" 1 Corinthians 14:1, 3. Along with the other spiritual gifts, we will see it in God's church "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" Ephesians 4:13. So, what about prophets today?
Kathryn Irizarry is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.