truth on prophets
Modern day "prophets" abound. They wear the name in order to imply or outright claim they are speaking for God.
Understanding some fundamental aspects about the prophets of old sheds light on the claims made by so many during these times. Prophets are a fascinating class unto themselves in Scripture that hold many lessons for us today.
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Is God active among nations today?
Whether or not God is active among nations today is fundamentally a question of God's providence. When a country is engaged in a geopolitical struggle or even a war, we often find religious leaders and/or institutions being very vocal about God's position in it. In fact, we will often [more]
What is the day of the Lord?
Defining the day of the Lord is an increasingly important exercise when it comes to eschatological, or 'end times', Bible study. Many have hijacked this term or expression and imposed either partial or completely inaccurate definitions to it. For example, those that subscribe to a 'premillennial' understanding of Christ's [more]
Is sola scriptura (scripture alone) enough?
Sola scriptura, meaning scripture alone, originated as a doctrinal position of Martin Luther's movement away from and out of the Catholic Church. As a Christian theological position, sola scriptura stands opposed to the elevation of authority above that of God's word. The Catholic Church recognizes tradition equal to scripture for [more]
Who is the Root of David?
The "Root of David" is a proper name used in Scripture, in particular in the book of Revelation1. As is typical in Bible books of prophecy, a highly figurative and visual term is used to describe something...but what? Many times, we are not able to absolutely assert the prophets' [more]
Do Apostles exist today?
There are many in the religious world today that claim to be an apostle. More than simply "a messenger" (Greek meaning of the word "apostle"), a title of "Apostle" is given or assumed by individuals wishing to mimick the authority and power given to the original twelve. For example, the [more]
Who are the messengers of God?
God has relied on messengers throughout history, but tracking the messengers of God through Scripture reveals some interesting things about God's character and His word. It also has rather damning implications for "Churches" and individuals making claims about their own supposed "anointing" by God to speak His words today. [more]
What is required to understand the Bible?
Attempting to understand the Bible can be difficult. For many centuries, the Catholic Church taught that the Bible could only be understood by an ordained priest. In modern times, people like N.T. Wright and other well-credentialed theologians are often held up as having profound (even special or unique) [more]
Are Christians under the Ten Commandments today?
The Ten Commandments are recorded in Exodus 20. They were given to Moses by God and written on tablets of stone. According to IMDb, the classic 1956 movie "The Ten Commandments" (staring Charlton Heston) is the seventh highest grossing film of all time! The Ten Commandments were central to the [more]
Will King David return to reign again?
A literal return of King David is a tenant of much of the modern religious thought today. Purveyors of premillennial doctrine, such as David Jeremiah, teach that King David will return in the flesh to rule alongside Jesus during the thousand year reign on earth. The prophets have much to [more]
Will Elijah return?
Central to this question of will Elijah return is a prophecy given by Malachi. Elijah was a prophet that lived during the final days of the judges, just before the first King Saul was installed over the twelve tribes of Israel. He lived roughly seven hundred years before Malachi, yet [more]
Can we interpret Bible prophecy?
How we interpret Bible prophecy presents a unique challenge, at least to the extent that the question should be asked...Is Bible prophecy even something we can interpret? interpret (verb): 1-to explain or tell the meaning of : present in understandable terms. 2-to conceive in the light of individual belief, [more]
Did Jude quote from the book of Enoch?
Some maintain that Jude quotes from the apocryphal book of Enoch. Often, this is put forward as a statement of fact in order to move forward to the much "larger" discussions regarding the meaning of extra-Biblical quotes, their place in Scripture, and the question of their inspiration. The book of [more]
Do miracles still happen today?
"It's a miracle!" That's an exclamation we hear often and have probably uttered ourselves. It might be used to describe passing a test you didn't study for or to sum up a great, come-from-behind victory. For example, the great Olympic victory by the U.S. Men's Hockey team is known as [more]
Is the Bible the complete revelation of God?
Whether or not the Bible is the complete revelation of God has profound implications on Christianity today. If the Bible isn't the complete revelation of God, then the door remains open to "other" revelation. "Other" could be other scriptural authority such as the Quran or the Book of Mormon. [more]
Do God’s prophets exist today?
Many today claim to be God's prophet. In fact, there is a wide belief in what is referred to as the prophetic ministry. Statements like "The most urgent need of the modern church is for the restoration of the prophetic ministry" and "We all need the prophetic voice to [more]
Does it matter where we worship God?
Where we worship God has often been debated through the years. Some hold to the idea that worship must occur in a cathedral -- an often ornate structure dedicated to the worship of God. Others don't take much stock in the structure at all, whether an official worship building [more]
What distinguishes a prophet of God?
The Journal of Joseph [Smith] It seems that there have always been "prophets" of one sort or another. In another question we look at what Scripture has to say about determining a prophet of God from one that was false. But more fundamentally, what is a prophet [more]
How were false prophets identified?
The children of Israel were surrounded by prophets that claimed to be speaking for God but they were actually false prophets. In fact, by most accounts in the Old Testament, most "prophets" were false prophets and there were two kinds. First, there were prophets associated with other gods. For [more]
Is the Bible the word of God?
The word Bible is from the Greek and Latin meaning "book" or "books". The Christian Bible as we know it is made up of two Testaments or Covenants (Old and New) that together might also be referred to as the Holy Writ, Holy Scriptures or Word of God. [more]
Who said scripture interprets scripture?
This site is based on a scripture interprets scripture hermeneutic. It is rooted in the fact that all Scripture is from God, and that all scripture can be understood by anyone determined to do so. Hermeneutics is the theory and methodology of interpretation, especially the interpretation of biblical texts, wisdom [more]
Should you follow your heart?
"Follow your heart" is a common refrain from those in the world. Or maybe you've heard someone say, "the heart wants what the heart wants?" Telling someone to "follow your heart" is usually meant to be aspirational and reassuring. The intent may be to give the individual confidence to [more]
Are Jesus’ words (red-letter Bible) more important than other Scripture?
You've probably seen a red-letter Bible. In fact, you probably own one. A red-letter Bible places all of Jesus' words in prominent red letters in order to stand out from all the other recorded words in Scripture. This is obviously a man-made introduction to Scripture, along with the chapter/verse [more]
What is a false teacher?
False teacher. It can seem like a harsh term, but the Bible talks a lot about false teachers. In fact, it may be interesting to measure the 21st century Christian's "shock-meter" against how the Bible describes a false teacher. Terms such as "irrational animals," "dangerous reefs," and "condemned to Hell" [more]