Jeremiah 14.14-15
Old Testament Prophets, Scripture & Revelation
Posted: 25 June 2010 in Jeremiah

Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.

It is sometimes asked why prophets are no longer to be heard speaking today, and why those who do announce themselves to be speaking on God’s behalf usually turn out to be false prophets.

The answer may be that the office of prophet was only needed whilst the canon of scripture was in formation. Today, if we want to know what God has to say for himself, we can turn to the Bible, and apply by inference to our own times what God has said in previous times. Of course our inferences must not be false, and it is entirely possible for the Bible to be deliberately misused. Nevertheless, the Bible is a very great treasure, because we no longer have to contend with the possibility of false prophets – they will all be false (cf Zech 13.3).

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