Jesus was acknowledged in His
time on earth as being a prophet.
“I see you are a prophet, sir,” the woman said. (Joh 4:19)
“This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee,” the crowds answered.” (Mat 21:11)
Prophets are closely associated with healings, signs and wonders. The people
recognized the prophetic mantle of Jesus through the miracles he performed.
“Seeing this miracle that Jesus had performed, the people there said,
“Surely this is the Prophet who was to come into the world!” (Joh 6:14)
The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
They all were filled with fear and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us!”
they said; “God has come to save his people!” (Luk 7:15-16)
So the Pharisees asked the man once more, “You say he cured you of your blindness
—well, what do you say about him?” “He is a prophet,” the man answered. (Joh 9:17)
Peter clearly emphasized this same point when he addressed the people in Jerusalem.
“Listen to these words, fellow Israelites! Jesus of Nazareth was a man whose divine authority was clearly proven to you by all the miracles and wonders which God performed through him. You yourselves know this, for it happened here among you.” (Act 2:22)
Note: The true test of a prophet is not the ability to do signs and wonders.
“My dear friends, do not believe all who claim to have the Spirit, but test them to find out if the spirit they have comes from God. For many false prophets have gone out everywhere. This is how you will be able to know whether it is God’s Spirit: anyone who acknowledges that Jesus Christ came as a human being has the Spirit who comes from God.” (1Jo 4:1-2)
The ability to prophesy must not be confused with
This same ability is also promised to the New Testament saints.
“But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses
for me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Act 1:8)
“And it shall be in the last days, says God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. (Act 2:17)
New testament prophets have a very specific task.
It was he (Jesus) who gave gifts to people; he appointed some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, others to be pastors and teachers. He did this to prepare all God’s people for the work of Christian service, in order to build up the body of Christ. (Eph 4:11-12)
The early apostles clearly demonstrated their prophetic abilities wherever they went.
“Many miracles and wonders were being done through the apostles,
and everyone was filled with awe.” (Act 2:43)
“Many miracles and wonders were being performed among the people by the apostles.” (Act 5:12)
“Stephen, a man richly blessed by God and full of power, performed
great miracles and wonders among the people.” (Act 6:8)
We are now all exhorted to desire this prophetic gift above all others.
“Pursue love, but strive eagerly for the spiritual gifts, above all that you may prophesy.”
(1Co 14:1 NAB)
Be careful, this is not a game!
Simon, the sorcerer, used to make money with his magic tricks. Seeing the power of the Holy Spirit, he thought it was an excellent opportunity for making even more money.
“Simon saw that the Spirit had been given to the believers when the apostles placed their hands on them. So he offered money to Peter and John, and said, “Give this power to me too, so that anyone I place my hands on will receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter answered him, “May you and your money go to hell, for thinking that you can buy God’s gift with money!” (Act 8:18-20)
Jesus is calling us, even now, because He wants to fill us with his Spirit.
On the last and most important day of the festival Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, “Whoever is thirsty should come to me, and whoever believes in me should drink. As the scripture says, ‘Streams of life-giving water will pour out from his side.’ “ Jesus said this about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were going to receive. At that time the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not been raised to glory. Some of the people in the crowd heard him say this and said, “This man is really the Prophet!” (Joh 7:37-40)
The robe of the prophet, just like the rest of the armor of God,
is Christ himself, the Prophet of prophets.