There seems to be quite a misconception about who and what a Prophet of God is in today´s Christian church. Most seem to think that those who prophecy are automatically prophets, but that is not the case. A person who is cloaked in the mantle of a prophet is not to be confused with one who merely has the ´gift of prophecy´, which is one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit and is available to every believer. Being a prophet, though, is a calling and one of the offices of the fivefold ministry found in Ephesians chapter four which God instituted ´for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry and the edifying of the Body of Christ´, with the purpose of spreading the gospel unto the ends of the earth. Since he or she operates in the revelatory gifts such as the ´gift of prophecy´, ´the word of knowledge´, and the ´gift of discerning of spirits´, they hear supernaturally from the very throne room of God and are given the secret counsel of God as is clearly stated in Amos 3:6, "Surely the Lord will do nothing but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets." (KJV)
He is not a person that got up one morning and decided to be a prophet nor did he go somewhere to learn how to become one. He is appointed and anointed by God himself as God´s spokesman. His main role is not to tell about the future, but it´s to urge the people to turn away from their sin and to turn back to God. He brings warnings of coming judgment to those that are backsliding and becoming corrupt in the house of God. He confronts those who have a form of godliness without the power that comes from holiness, urging them to differentiate between the holy and the profane. He is God´s watchman who sees the storm clouds of divine judgment gathering. He is called to blow the trumpet and to sound the alarm so as to awaken the churches who have been functioning without Holy Ghost discernment and for churches who are devoid of grief over the gross sin amongst it´s believers. He especially warns those who have just enough of God in their lives to be considered a Christian, yet who still crave the things of this world, that they are guilty of apostasy.
He does not compromise. That word is not in his vocabulary. He hates what God hates and he grieves over sin almost obsessively. He won´t give an inch. He is forever warning the righteous about the seductions coming into the church while declaring judgment upon the wicked. He brings no new doctrine or new revelation but the same age old message, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand". Since his goal is to turn believers away from their evil ways and since his messages elicit repentance, reformation and restoration it is not surprising that he is labeled negative, critical, judgmental and a legalist by those who fail to heed his voice.
I took one such lady to hear David Wilkerson speak when he came to Toronto, (I am convinced that he is ´the´ Prophet of God for this nation and for Canada for just such a time as this). The crux of his message was on confronting our sin and repenting, ending with a call to return to the ´Book of Acts´ type of Christianity. As we were leaving his service she commented, "I´m never coming to hear him preach again! He makes me feel like I´m not even saved!" It breaks my heart to report that over a period of the next few years she became increasingly alienated from God until one day she turned her back on Him completely.
Wilkerson´s message was the same as it was centuries ago when the prophet Amos cried out against "those at ease in Zion ..... who are not grieved for the afflictions of Israel". He shared God´s grief over a backslidden people lounging in ease and prosperity, ignoring the impending hour of judgment, while lying on beds of ivory (materialism), strumming their music and drinking their wine, yet having no grief over the ruin all around them. (Amos 6: 1-6 LB) They had no hunger for God or burning passion to experience His glory or His presence and they had lost their holy fear of Him. They were not aware that they were about to perish..
Thankfully, God in His mercy first sends His prophets to "turn many to the Lord their God ... and they shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the (second coming of the) Lord". ( Luke 1:17 KJV)
It would be very foolish to reject their message!
.Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com