Question:  What is a prophet?

Question:  Is this a spiritual gift (prophet)??
Question:  What is their “job description” (prophet)??

Question:  Does the Bible provide us examples (prophet)?


Who were some of the Prophets in the Bible?

Aaron (brother of Moses) (Exodus 7:1); Agabus (Acts 21:10); Elijah (1 Kings 18:36);

Elisha (2 Ki 6:12); Habakkuk (Hab. 1); Haggai (Ezra 5:1); Isaiah (Mat. 4); Jeremiah
(Jer. 28); Joel (Acts 2); Moses (Deut. 34:10); Samuel (1 Sam 3:20); and many others.


From Christian  Definition of a Prophet:
”. .  . Prophets were the immediate organs of God for the communication of his mind and will to men
(Deut. 18:18, 19) . . .”


From Wikipedia: Definition of a Prophet:

 “. . . In Abrahamic religion, a prophet is seen as a man who has encountered, and speaks as a formal
representative of, God  . . . Christians believe a prophet is a person who speaks for God, in the name
of God, and who carries God's message to others.

From Wikipedia:  Prophets in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible):

“. .  . Some examples of prophets in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) include Abraham, Sarah, Isaiah, Samuel,
Ezekiel, Malachi, and Job. In Jewish tradition, Daniel is not counted in the list of prophets . . .  A Jewish
tradition holds that there were 600,000 male and 600,000 female prophets. Judaism recognizes the existence
of 48 male prophets who bequeathed permanent messages to mankind.[1] According to the Talmud there
were also seven women who are counted as prophets whose message bears relevance for all generations:
 Sarah, Miriam, Devorah, Hannah (mother of the prophet Samuel), Abigail (a wife of King David), Huldah
(from the time of Jeremiah), and Esther. There were, of course, other women who functioned as prophets,
and the last prophet mentioned in the Bible, Noahdiah (Nehemiah 6:14) was a woman . . .”


Editors Note:  Christians consider Daniel as a prophet.

1 Corinthians 12:27-30 (NIV)      Spiritual Gifts include Prophet:

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
28 And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second
prophets, third
      teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able
      to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different
      kinds of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? Are all
prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?


Matthew 11:7-10:   Jesus and John the Baptist:

7 As John's disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John:
    "What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who
    wear fine clothes are in kings' palaces.
9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a
10 This is the one about whom it is written:  " 'I will send my messenger ahead of
     you, who will prepare your way before you.'


Matthew 12:15-21   God's Chosen Servant:

15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he
     healed all their sick,
16 warning them not to tell who he was.
17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the
prophet Isaiah:
18 "Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight;  
      I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
      till he leads justice to victory.
21 In his name the nations will put their hope."

Matthew 10:37-42          Jesus speaking:

37 "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone
       who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
40 "He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent
41 Anyone who receives a
prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's
      reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will
      receive a righteous man's reward.
42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is
     my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."


Luke 7:14-16 (NIV)    Jesus Raises a Widow's Son:

14 Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said,
     "Young man, I say to you, get up!"
15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. "A great
prophet has appeared among
       us," they said. "God has come to help his people."


Question:  Was Moses a Prophet?  (Read Exodus 7-11 and the plagues)

Question:  Was John the Baptist a Prophet?


Question:  Was Jesus a Prophet?




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