Purpose of this Session
Although each prophet called of God will carry individual anointing and the expression of their ministry will differ, there are some common attributes that mark the ministry of the prophet in our dispensation. It is also worth noting that the New Testament prophet will also work in ministry teams comprising other apostles and prophets, as well as other ministry giftings. They are not a law unto themselves, nor isolated from the local life of the church, but integral to it, and accountable to others by mutual consent (Acts 11:27-20; 13:1; 1Cor 14:29).
Marks of prophetic ministry include:
· Insight into the counsels of God, a comprehension of God’s plans and purposes and the timing thereof. They will also be used to impart vision for God’s future purposes and work in tandem with the apostle to see God’s Word and work established (Eph 3:5; Acts 21:10-11).
· An ability to know the intents and purposes of men’s hearts according to the revelation of God (ie: they do not know everything about a person, only that which is revealed to them). (1 Cor 14:25)
· At times they will reveal future events (Acts 11:27-28).
· Their ministry will encourage the people of God to follow God and fulfil His purposes (1 Cor 14:3)
· At times the prophet will be used to warn (Acts 21:8-11)
· The prophet is used in the grounding, establishing and confirmation of ministries and churches. They are a foundational ministry in the New Testament church, and together with the apostle are essential for the establishment of God’s purposes in the earth today (Eph 2:20; Acts 15:32,41; 13:1-3).
· The prophet will be used to equip the Body of Christ for the work of ministry. In a similar way to the schools of the prophets we witness in the Old Testament, where people were trained in the prophetic anointing (see: 1 Sam 19:18-24; 2 Kings 2:1-7,15;4:38), so the Prophet is responsible to train others in the prophetic, so each believer can minister effectively in their sphere of influence.
· Their words will come to pass (Deut 18:22)
· Their words will inspire worship of the one true God (Deut 13:1-5)
· Their words will agree with Scripture (1 John 4:1-6; 1 Tim 4:1-3;Isa 18:18-20)
· Their character and the fruit of their life will glorify God in holiness (Matt 7:15-23; Rev 2:20; Rom 6:16-22)
· They will be free of covetousness (Micah 3:11; 2 Pet 2:1-3)
· Their words will carry conviction and turn people from their sins toward God in repentance (Jer 23:18-23)
Some Examples of New Testament prophets
Ananias (prophetically ministered to Paul) (Acts 9:1-15; 22:10-15)
Judas and Silas (Acts 15:32)
Prophets at Antioch (Acts 13:1-4)
Prophets from Jerusalem (Acts 11:27)
Agabus (Acts 11:28; 21:10-11)