Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Send us prophets!

Picture of a Prophet
By Leonard Ravenhill
The prophet in his day is fully accepted of God and totally rejected by men.

Years back, Dr. Gregory Mantle was right when he said, "No man can be fully accepted until he is totally rejected." The prophet of the Lord is aware of both these experiences. They are his "brand name."

The group, challenged by the prophet because they are smug and comfortably insulated from a perishing world in their warm but untested theology, is not likely to vote him "Man of the year" when he refers to them as habituates of the synagogue of Satan!

The prophet comes to set up that which is upset. His work is to call into line those who are out of line! He is unpopular because he opposes the popular in morality and spirituality. In a day of faceless politicians and voiceless preachers, there is not a more urgent national need than that we cry to God for a prophet! The function of the prophet, as Austin-Sparks once said, "has almost always been that of recovery."

The prophet is God's detective seeking for a lost treasure. The degree of his effectiveness is determined by his measure of unpopularity. Compromise is not known to him.
He has no price tags.
He is totally "otherworldly."
He is unquestionably controversial and unpardonably hostile.
He marches to another drummer!
He breathes the rarefied air of inspiration.
He is a "seer" who comes to lead the blind.
He lives in the heights of God and comes into the valley with a "thus saith
the Lord."
He shares some of the foreknowledge of God and so is aware of
impending judgment.
He lives in "splendid isolation."
He is forthright and outright, but he claims no birthright.
His message is "repent, be reconciled to God or else...!"
His prophecies are parried.
His truth brings torment, but his voice is never void.
He is the villain of today and the hero of tomorrow.
He is excommunicated while alive and exalted when dead!
He is dishonored with epithets when breathing and honored with
epitaphs when dead.
He is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, but few "make the grade" in his class.
He is friendless while living and famous when dead.
He is against the establishment in ministry; then he is established as a saint
by posterity.
He eats daily the bread of affliction while he ministers, but he feeds the Bread of
Life to those who listen.
He walks before men for days but has walked before God for years.
He is a scourge to the nation before he is scourged by the nation.
He announces, pronounces, and denounces!
He has a heart like a volcano and his words are as fire.
He talks to men about God.
He carries the lamp of truth amongst heretics while he is lampooned by men.
He faces God before he faces men, but he is self-effacing.
He hides with God in the secret place, but he has nothing to hide in
the marketplace.
He is naturally sensitive but supernaturally spiritual.
He has passion, purpose and pugnacity.
He is ordained of God but disdained by men.

Our national need at this hour is not that the dollar recover its strength, or that we save face over the Watergate affair, or that we find the answer to the ecology problem. We need a God-sent prophet!

I am bombarded with talk or letters about the coming shortages in our national life: bread, fuel, energy. I read between the lines from people not practiced in scaring folk. They feel that the "seven years of plenty" are over for us. The "seven years of famine" are ahead. But the greatest famine of all in this nation at this given moment is a FAMINE OF THE HEARING OF THE WORDS OF GOD (Amos 8:11).

Millions have been spent on evangelism in the last twenty-five years. Hundreds of gospel messages streak through the air over the nation every day. Crusades have been held; healing meetings have made a vital contribution. "Come-outers" have "come out" and settled, too, without a nation-shaking revival. Organizers we have. Skilled preachers abound. Multi-million dollar Christian organizations straddle the nation. BUT where, oh where, is the prophet? Where are the incandescent men fresh from the holy place? Where is the Moses to plead in fasting before the holiness of the Lord for our moldy morality, our political perfidy, and sour and sick spirituality?

GOD'S MEN ARE IN HIDING UNTIL THE DAY OF THEIR SHOWING FORTH. They will come. The prophet is violated during his ministry, but he is vindicated by history.

There is a terrible vacuum in evangelical Christianity today. The missing person in our ranks is the prophet. The man with a terrible earnestness. The man totally otherworldly. The man rejected by other men, even other good men, because they consider him too austere, too severely committed, too negative and unsociable.

Let him be as plain as John the Baptist.
Let him for a season be a voice crying in the wilderness of modern theology and
stagnant "churchianity."
Let him be as selfless as Paul the apostle.
Let him, too, say and live, "This ONE thing I do."
Let him reject ecclesiastical favors.
Let him be self-abasing, nonself-seeking, nonself-projecting, nonself- righteous,
nonself-glorying, nonself-promoting.
Let him say nothing that will draw men to himself but only that which will move
men to God.
Let him come daily from the throne room of a holy God, the place where he has
received the order of the day.
Let him, under God, unstop the ears of the millions who are deaf through the
clatter of shekels milked from this hour of material mesmerism.
Let him cry with a voice this century has not heard because he has seen a vision
no man in this century has seen. God send us this Moses to lead us from the
wilderness of crass materialism, where the rattlesnakes of lust bite us and where
enlightened men, totally blind spiritually, lead us to an ever-nearing Armageddon.

God have mercy! Send us PROPHETS!

"Copyright (C) 1994 by Leonard Ravenhill."

7 comments:

  1. O how often I have lamented and prayed for the same. "God have mercy! Send us PROPHETS!"
    I believe there are too many false prophets and teachers in these days. They are underminding the truth which is in The Word and have way too much influence. Satan is very hard at work these days.

    Lord Jesus, please keep on exposing those that teach a false and deceptive Gospel.

    But I know there will be at least two prophets of old that will be used by God in a mighty way during the tribulation (according to Rev. 11:3-8). I hope more will be raised up by God before this.

    -Mark

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  2. Also. Elizabeth, if I may say, servants of The Most High like yourself voicing the truth and exposing lies are doing the work of a prophet. May God increase your influence on others and bless and equip you with all the blessings He wants to give to you.

    -Mark

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  3. Yes God, send us true spiritual leaders; men and women not interested in getting rich or becoming famous, but those who want to serve you - poured out as a living sacrifice. Give us your heart to become like you.

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  4. Thank you OS MUCH Mark. I really appreciate the encouragement. The Holy Spirit sustains me but it's nice to have fellow brethren rooting for His work through us, too :)

    Nothing New: Amen...

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  5. The most of the "organized church" do not want prophets, they want profits.

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  6. Maybe I'm misunderstanding this post (not saying it'd wrong or offensive!) but I feel there are true spiritual leaders out there but the majority don't want to be led to the truth and to complete surrender to God anymore. Leaders can't lead if the majority don't want them to.

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  7. Anonymous, I do agree with you. There are some good shepherds and some good proclaimers out there. But they get lost in the forest full of dead trees and thorns, and the herds of false prophets who are mixing in like savage wolves. I also agree that people don't want to surrender anymore. There is a downward spiral Paul Washer talked about the "Biggest sin Pastors commit" which is church leaders who permit carnality. People aren't hearing the Gospel, the people who come to church are goats (unsaved) and they want carnality, the pastor wants to keep them in church so incrementally the pastor allows the carnality, which feeds their lust so the pastor gives them more...and the cycle continues until all the true sheep have been driven away, or the few who are left are huddling in the middle of the pews, starving, and crying that they just want to worship Jesus...

    3 min video here
    http://vimeo.com/26100841

    Leaders should lead though. When Isaiah was called to his post as Prophet, he asked how long, O LORD, shall I preach? And the LORD said until there is no one left to preach it to. (Is 6). Jeremiah preached years without a single convert. We should pray that the leaders do not faint and grow weary in the well-doing. It can't be easy for them these days when they see most of their flock take God so casually.

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