We first see God acting as prophet for Himself in Genesis 1 where “… God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” We see God choose prophets throughout the Old Testament. A prophet is a spokesman or speaker for God. Generally, it is accepted that a is one In the bible, many have titled books in the Old Testament as Major and Minor Prophets. According to traditional Protestant positions, twelve Minor Prophets are identified. In order of their occurrence in the Bible, they are Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. They’re described as “minor” not because they’re less important than the books of the Major Prophets, but because they’re shorter in length (most of them can easily be read in a single sitting). The books that are considered to be Major Prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Similarly in regards to length, Major Prophets are termed as such because they are lengthier and cast a correspondingly longer shadow on Old Testament history and theology than Minor Prohets. TRUST: You Can Believe the Prophet
Again, A prophet is a spokesman or speaker for God. As we could easily expect, there have been and will be many who claim to be a prophet, so the dilemma is who is a true prophet. One of the most poignant examples in the bible is with Isaiah and the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18. It is an enthralling demonstration of the faithfulness and power of God. You should read it. In it, the people, God’s people, were hardened in their hearts because they had chosen to follow Ahab in the worship of a false god – Baal. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” That really is what it boiled down to – either the prophet is from Jehovah, the One True God, or he is not. In that account in 1 Kings 18, God demonstrated who was the true prophet because God acted on behalf of what Isaiah stated. TRUST: You Can Believe the Prophet
Jesus, like the prophet Isaiah, made prophecies. We see a number of them in Mark 13. The first has to do with the temple in Jerusalem. TRUST: You Can Believe the Prophet
As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”
2 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
In the post TRUST: God Destroys Our Idols, it was evidenced that some 40 years after Jesus prophesied the destruction of the temple that it occurred. There are many, many prophecies that Jesus fulfilled. Let’s look at one of the first in Genesis.
Genesis 3:15 (NIV)
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
Fulfilled by Jesus Christ
Galatians 4:4-5 (NIV)
4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—
8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
TRUST: You Can Believe the Prophet. People have spent years aligning and verifying such prophecy and fulfillment by Christ. Jesus told His disciples that the temple would be destroyed and it was. Perhaps my greatest experience with Jesus fulfilling prophecy was His destruction of the power of death in my life. Jesus saved me from my sin and the power of sin. Truly, where I had no control, through Jesus, I have power to say NO! to sin and experience victory over it. Titus 2:11-12 conveys that but my life affirms it. Titus 2:11-12 says, “11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,“
TRUST: You Can Believe the Prophet. Have you been able to experience victory over sin and death? Truly, only through Jesus Christ can you experience victory over sin and death. TRUST Jesus as Savior and Lord to experience Him fulfilling prophecy in your life.