December 19, 2015 (No Comments) by Christian Israel

In the days of Moses, a prophecy was given of Christ foretelling that He would come not only as man, but as a prophet also. The prophecy is found in the fifth book of the Bible:

Deuteronomy 18:18-19 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. (19) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”

While it is true that God raised up many prophets for His children, Christ was the One by which all the prophets and prophecy ever came, and without Him, there was no prophecy whatever to be had. Let us look at the very first Prophet and prophecy in the Bible:

(Genesis 3:15) “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

This first prophecy declares much in every possible way. It speaks of the victorious power of the gospel in the heart of the believer; it declares that Christ would be made a man. It speaks of the rise and fall of principalities and powers of wickedness in high places; it declares the wonderful victory at last of the saints of God over satanic agencies. It lays open Satan’s heart to both wound and crucify the Son of God, and declares the very heart and grace of God toward all mankind. It foretells those who would disregard the authority of God, and those who are truly reconciled to that highest of governments, who uphold it’s law in all it’s true authority. Indeed, this prophecy is all encompassing in it’s breadth, beautiful in it’s scope, and magnified by thorough study. And who can underestimate such a glorious prophetic utterance? What could make this wonderful declaration of more glory than was here manifested?

Yet there was something truly glorious about this prophecy, not clearly seen on the surface of the words. It was the very Messenger who gave it. The very first prophet in the Bible was declared to be “the voice of the LORD God”. And who is that voice? In an earlier lesson, we identified that Voice as the Word of God, and later the Word of God made flesh. That Voice cannot be any other than Jesus Christ, to whom alone that glorious name is due. Thus was the stage of the gospel set. The promise of the gospel was given by the greatest Prophet, and the pattern for every prophet was first made manifest by Him, who was to proceed forth as that Word made flesh; not the Word to come forth in glorious heavenly array, but the Word who would go forth in the garbs of a humble shepherd from Nazareth. This was “the Prophet” to be raised up “from among their brethren”. In this lesson, we will look more closely at the ministry of that Prophet in relation to all other prophets.

MINISTRY OF PROPHECY

That first prophecy was not only the first word spoken regarding the gospel, but it was a practical declaration of Christ’s being made a prophet, for it contained the definite declaration that He would be made the son of man. Let us take a look:

Matthew 1:18 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”

Christ, in becoming a man, came to man by the Holy Ghost, not in the promise of the gospel only, but as pertaining to His birth. Only two verses later, an angel tells Joseph, “that which is conceived in her [that is Mary*] is of the Holy Ghost” (v. 20) Scripture is clear that the gospel and prophecy only ever came by the Holy Ghost, and without the Holy Ghost, neither the gospel, nor prophetic utterance can ever be given to man.

1 Thessalonians 1:5 “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance;…”

Now that gospel that came in word to the Thessalonians by the apostle through the power of the Holy Ghost was the same gospel that was signified by the Holy Ghost to Adam and Eve in the beginning by Christ, and without Christ, the apostle would never have had the gospel to give at all to the Thessalonians, for it was through Christ that the message of the gospel came. From the prophet Isaiah, came forth a truth regarding his own ministry that echoed a much greater truth, for One was in Him who was to fulfill that very thing spoken. What was that thing He fulfills?

Isaiah 61:1-2 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;”

Now that ministry was true for all who the Spirit of the Lord God was upon, for that Spirit was upon the prophets to declare and foretell those very things. Yet it spoke more than just of the prophets, it spoke of that Great Prophet, who would rise from the watery grave of Jordan: the Christ, in whom all prophets find their message and ministry.

Now, as pertaining to prophecy, which are holy messages of God regarding things to come, the same One that was conceived of the Holy Ghost is that same Prophet, who in Eden declared by Holy utterance of the Spirit, the things yet to come. Being conceived of the Holy Ghost, it was by Him alone that any man may receive the Spirit of prophecy to prophesy anything at all; indeed, it was by that Presence and power of this Great Prophet, that all prophets, through Him, came:

2 Peter 1:21 “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

All prophets that have come into the world were moved by the Holy Ghost, and God can only bestow that gift by Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost would reveal the things of the Kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (10) But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”

It is evident that the prophecy did not come in old time by man’s will but it only comes by Christ, and that is true of every child who is born of the Holy Ghost:

John 1:12-13 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (13) Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Yet without that birth, there can be no becoming a son of God; and without that birth, there can be no prophet at all; for a son of God is one who is born of the Holy Ghost. Likewise, the prophets only can tell of the heavenly realities by that Spirit.

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

The Scripture is plain regarding these matters. “The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” This includes things pertaining to the gospel, the kingdom of God, the work of Christ, and the impediments brought by Satan to those great moves of God. For such was, and still is, ever the ministry of the prophets.

1 Peter 1:11-12 “Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. (12) Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the
3 things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”

To consider the thought! That Great Prophet is the Word of God! He is the only One by which the prophets speak that very Word, and by it, testify of Christ!

John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

THE LIGHT OF LIFE

The Bible speaks of many notable examples of those who had the manifest gift of prophecy, and if they had the gift of prophecy, it is evident that they must have also had the Holy Ghost. Yet not all who came professing the gift of prophecy, nor who worked great miracles were “moved by the Holy Ghost.”

1 John 4:1-2 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (2) Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: Notice that not every spirit is the Spirit of God.”

So what precisely is the test of every true prophet, not excluding that Great Prophet, that comes into the world? They speak according to that very first prophetic utterance: that Christ comes in the flesh, as the “woman’s seed”, and by this, He will even dwell in us to speak what He spoke in the beginning. Of the false teachers that were rampant in the days of Isaiah, God showed the prophet that these messengers of Satan would not cease until the final judgment was executed. He was moved to show the test of every true prophet:

Isaiah 8:20 “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”

All prophets must not only confess Christ in the flesh, by which we have access to the Holy Ghost, but also speak according to “this word”. And what word is that? “To the law and to the testimony” of God. The testimonies of the prophets which came before them as well as the law of God would furnish every word and deed of a true prophet. Furthermore, God qualified the true messenger of God through the prophet Malachi: “The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips…he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.” Finding no exception, this is true of every messenger of God in Christ. Notice also from the passage in Isaiah that if they do not speak according to this rule (the law and the testimony), there is no light of God in their messages. Now what is that light? Speaking of the prophet John the Baptist, we read:

John 1:8-9 “He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (9) That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

That true light is Christ, which sheds light upon all of the prophets. Bearing the perfection of the divine credentials, that Prophet of which Moses spoke, upon Himself, bore the greatest message of all, for in it was all the light of heaven to be found, because Christ is the light of heaven that “proceedeth from the Father”. As “that Prophet” come in the flesh, He would “magnify the law, and make it honourable.” (Isaiah 42:21)

Matthew 5:17-18 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (18) For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

Christ came both to fulfill the law and the words of the prophets, and to anoint us to both partake of the fulfillment of those long expected prophetic passages, as well as have the law fulfilled in us, magnified and made honorable. This was that true Light, that imparts the light of life to every man that comes into the world. None need abide in the darkness of death. THE HEAVENLY BAPTISM Speaking of Christ, John saw the exalted place of Christ, who alone could impart the priceless gift of the Holy Ghost to those who believe. Speaking of this, he said:

John 1:33 “And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.”

Christ, the Son of man, who was born of the Holy Ghost, had the Spirit “remaining on Him” to testify that He is the only man by which all men may receive the Holy Ghost, therefore it is written of Him that “the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost”.

Acts 10:37-38 That word, I say…after the baptism which John preached;…How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

It was God the Father that anointed the Son of man with the Holy Ghost and with power at His baptism. And it is the Son of man that anoints us with that baptism:

1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

God Anoints Christ with the baptism. Christ, the Son of man, anoints us. This alone is the manner in which the messengers of God come forth with messages from heaven. By Christ, the baptist of heaven.

THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS

“Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man”, that much has been evident in our lesson. It should also be abundantly clear that only Christ can empower a man with the Holy Ghost to prophesy at any time ever. Yet how are new messages from those glorious old messages opened more fully to the minds of the prophets of God? Let us see what the Scripture reveals.

Revelation 1:1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:”

The most solemn prophecies which hold the greatest import to the saints of God are to be found in the book of prophecy declared to be “the Revelation of Jesus Christ”. In this prophetic book, it’s name casts a bright and shining light upon all prophetic utterances that have ever come to man. It declares that if the prophecy does not in some way shed upon the soul the light of Christ, thus revealing Him and His unfolding purposes, that prophecy has failed to be at all the very thing that God has always had His prophetic declarations to be: that is, a “revelation of Jesus Christ”.
For we have “a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts”. (2 Peter 1:19)

And notice in that first verse of Revelation how that prophetic revelation came to John. It was from God. Given to Christ. Signified by His angel. Given to the prophet. Therefore it looks like this:

God>>>Christ>>>Angel>>>Prophet.

Similarly, in the prophetic call of Isaiah, we see from a different angle a similar pattern given in the revelation given to him:

Isaiah 6:1-3 “…I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. (2) Above it stood the seraphims… (3) And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Here is seen a clear revelation of the throne of God. The angels surrounding the throne clearly acknowledge the Sovereign of heaven as the One who is Most Holy, being “above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:6). At this revelation, Isaiah keenly saw how unfit he was to be a messenger of the Lord. Then the angel comes from the Sanctuary to Isaiah:

Isaiah 6:6-8 “Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: (7) And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. (8) Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

Notice that it is Christ, the “Voice of the Lord”, who asks who the Divine Council would send as Their messenger. The purification of Isaiah’s lips to make him a fit vessel by the fiery coal is nothing less than a symbol of the baptism of that Spirit, symbolic of that which makes us fit to bear the messages of God, and which may be unveiled in the very messages God has given. Thus we see the import of the work of angels in the ministry of the prophets. The angels have ever borne a special place in the work of Christ. And this they were permitted to do by virtue of the promise of that Great Prophet’s first prophetic utterance, that is, that He should be born of a woman, made flesh, and called the Son of man. Angels of God have, based upon this declaration, ministered to mankind, opening man’s mind more fully to the prophecies:

John 1:51 “And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”

Genesis 28:12,17 “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it… And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

Christ as the Son of man is the very gate of heaven, for He says “no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” And it is by virtue of Him being made flesh alone that the angels of God may go through that “gate” to minister to man. They do not minister to man of themselves, but minister through the power of Christ in-and to- man. It is by that rule, that we see in the Scriptures the angels giving Daniel and John prophetic messages, and open also their interpretations to man in their appointed time . It was at the appointed time of their fulfillment, when God was doing something upon the earth, His angels would come to announce the unfolding of these things to His servants, (whether visibly or invisibly) impressing them of things which must shortly come to pass, that they may bear witness of the purposes of God to man.

Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”

Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

ONE VOICE: MANY VOICES

Now of the angels, we read in Revelation of one angel which admonished John, declaring he had the “testimony of Jesus.”

Revelation 19:10 …I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Notice that the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy. And we saw earlier that Christ, being born of a woman and conceived of the Holy Ghost, is that Prophet who anoints all prophets to their appointed work in His body. Thus all true prophets have the testimony of Jesus, which is the Spirit of prophecy, which “shall show you things to come” (John 16:13).

Revelation 12:17 “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

Do you notice that the remnant of the woman’s seed “have the testimony of Jesus Christ?” These are those who have the gift of prophecy, understanding the secret things of God, having the revelation of Jesus Christ and also being a revelation of Jesus Christ. Thus are they also called “her seed”. The Scripture is clear however, that there is truly only “one seed”, and not “many”.

Galatians 3:16 “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.”

So it can be truly said that there is only one prophet that has the Holy Ghost remaining upon Him. So how is it that there are a “remnant” at all, and why so many prophets?

Galatians 3:29 “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. There is only one Christ, who is that seed. And one body of Christ.”

In Christ, we are counted as part of that seed, and partake of that prophetic gift. In like manner, Christ only has one voice, and His Voice is called “the Word of God.” How is it then that when we read the Bible, we have over forty different inspired writers consisting of what we call “the Word of God?” It is that same principle which the Scripture speaks of. John, when describing Christ’s Voice “as of a trumpet”, also says it is “as the sound of many waters.” (Rev. 1:10, 15) Then, in the consummation of his visions, he hears “the voice of a great multitude”:

Revelation 19:6 “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”

The prophets consist of many voices, yet all these voices are in- and of- Christ. He is the Voice of all voices that declare truth, for there is no truth apart from Him. For this cause, His people are spoken of as having “the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Does this mean that God would have all of His people be prophets? What saith the Scriptures?

Numbers 11:25-29 “And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. (26) But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp… And Joshua the son of Nun… said, My lord Moses, forbid them. (29) And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!”

God would have all of His people be prophets! For the true prophets are always counted as the children of God, and their mouths are filled with the Word of God, which in it’s essence, is Christ. And to bear witness of Him, who is the light of the world, whether by life, pen, voice, or some other expression, is the only safe course to pursue for the people of Christ, because apart from this, the world can have no light on the law, nor the gospel, nor things that are soon to take place in the world; and it is that testimony of Christ that is always the work of the Holy Ghost. For Christ speaks of the Spirit as such, that it is “the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of Me.” (John 15:26) It is only in this manner that the high calling of God in Christ can be fulfilled in us:

Matthew 5:14-16 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. (15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

THE GREAT PROPHETIC SOURCE

The Word of God has always found it’s great Source in God. And we have always found our existence, our life, and anything we do in the Lord, as being done in the Word of God. Yet seeing as God is the Source of His Word, and He accomplishes all His purposes by His Word, we may find the Source of every word that a prophet utters from Him. A prophets words shall come to pass, just in the manner that God declares. Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. It is God who speaks of the thing which shall come to pass before it happens. His Word alone will fulfill all that it says.

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”

When Moses had doubted for a moment God’s Word, He replied:

(Numbers 11:23) “And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.”

Yet just a quick reading of the first chapter of Genesis is sufficient to know that the Word which God speaks comes to pass.

Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Therefore the prophet that is sent by God speaks not of himself, but speaks those things which have been plainly revealed to Him by the testimony of Jesus Christ. And of those words, God says “it shall accomplish that which I please.” Christ as that great Prophet, being sent of God to us, to manifest all the counsel of God, declared “He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please Him.” (John 8:2829) And so it is with us as God sends us. Christ declares “without Me, ye can do nothing” (John 15:5) “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure… [you*] can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth [you*]…” (Phil. 2:13, 4:13)

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December 19, 2015 (No Comments) by Christian Israel

In the days of Moses, a prophecy was given of Christ foretelling that He would come not only as man, but as a prophet also. The prophecy is found in the fifth book of the Bible:

Deuteronomy 18:18-19 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. (19) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”

While it is true that God raised up many prophets for His children, Christ was the One by which all the prophets and prophecy ever came, and without Him, there was no prophecy whatever to be had. Let us look at the very first Prophet and prophecy in the Bible:

(Genesis 3:15) “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

This first prophecy declares much in every possible way. It speaks of the victorious power of the gospel in the heart of the believer; it declares that Christ would be made a man. It speaks of the rise and fall of principalities and powers of wickedness in high places; it declares the wonderful victory at last of the saints of God over satanic agencies. It lays open Satan’s heart to both wound and crucify the Son of God, and declares the very heart and grace of God toward all mankind. It foretells those who would disregard the authority of God, and those who are truly reconciled to that highest of governments, who uphold it’s law in all it’s true authority. Indeed, this prophecy is all encompassing in it’s breadth, beautiful in it’s scope, and magnified by thorough study. And who can underestimate such a glorious prophetic utterance? What could make this wonderful declaration of more glory than was here manifested?

Yet there was something truly glorious about this prophecy, not clearly seen on the surface of the words. It was the very Messenger who gave it. The very first prophet in the Bible was declared to be “the voice of the LORD God”. And who is that voice? In an earlier lesson, we identified that Voice as the Word of God, and later the Word of God made flesh. That Voice cannot be any other than Jesus Christ, to whom alone that glorious name is due. Thus was the stage of the gospel set. The promise of the gospel was given by the greatest Prophet, and the pattern for every prophet was first made manifest by Him, who was to proceed forth as that Word made flesh; not the Word to come forth in glorious heavenly array, but the Word who would go forth in the garbs of a humble shepherd from Nazareth. This was “the Prophet” to be raised up “from among their brethren”. In this lesson, we will look more closely at the ministry of that Prophet in relation to all other prophets.

MINISTRY OF PROPHECY

That first prophecy was not only the first word spoken regarding the gospel, but it was a practical declaration of Christ’s being made a prophet, for it contained the definite declaration that He would be made the son of man. Let us take a look:

Matthew 1:18 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”

Christ, in becoming a man, came to man by the Holy Ghost, not in the promise of the gospel only, but as pertaining to His birth. Only two verses later, an angel tells Joseph, “that which is conceived in her [that is Mary*] is of the Holy Ghost” (v. 20) Scripture is clear that the gospel and prophecy only ever came by the Holy Ghost, and without the Holy Ghost, neither the gospel, nor prophetic utterance can ever be given to man.

1 Thessalonians 1:5 “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance;…”

Now that gospel that came in word to the Thessalonians by the apostle through the power of the Holy Ghost was the same gospel that was signified by the Holy Ghost to Adam and Eve in the beginning by Christ, and without Christ, the apostle would never have had the gospel to give at all to the Thessalonians, for it was through Christ that the message of the gospel came. From the prophet Isaiah, came forth a truth regarding his own ministry that echoed a much greater truth, for One was in Him who was to fulfill that very thing spoken. What was that thing He fulfills?

Isaiah 61:1-2 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;”

Now that ministry was true for all who the Spirit of the Lord God was upon, for that Spirit was upon the prophets to declare and foretell those very things. Yet it spoke more than just of the prophets, it spoke of that Great Prophet, who would rise from the watery grave of Jordan: the Christ, in whom all prophets find their message and ministry.

Now, as pertaining to prophecy, which are holy messages of God regarding things to come, the same One that was conceived of the Holy Ghost is that same Prophet, who in Eden declared by Holy utterance of the Spirit, the things yet to come. Being conceived of the Holy Ghost, it was by Him alone that any man may receive the Spirit of prophecy to prophesy anything at all; indeed, it was by that Presence and power of this Great Prophet, that all prophets, through Him, came:

2 Peter 1:21 “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

All prophets that have come into the world were moved by the Holy Ghost, and God can only bestow that gift by Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost would reveal the things of the Kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (10) But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”

It is evident that the prophecy did not come in old time by man’s will but it only comes by Christ, and that is true of every child who is born of the Holy Ghost:

John 1:12-13 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (13) Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Yet without that birth, there can be no becoming a son of God; and without that birth, there can be no prophet at all; for a son of God is one who is born of the Holy Ghost. Likewise, the prophets only can tell of the heavenly realities by that Spirit.

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

The Scripture is plain regarding these matters. “The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” This includes things pertaining to the gospel, the kingdom of God, the work of Christ, and the impediments brought by Satan to those great moves of God. For such was, and still is, ever the ministry of the prophets.

1 Peter 1:11-12 “Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. (12) Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the
3 things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”

To consider the thought! That Great Prophet is the Word of God! He is the only One by which the prophets speak that very Word, and by it, testify of Christ!

John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

THE LIGHT OF LIFE

The Bible speaks of many notable examples of those who had the manifest gift of prophecy, and if they had the gift of prophecy, it is evident that they must have also had the Holy Ghost. Yet not all who came professing the gift of prophecy, nor who worked great miracles were “moved by the Holy Ghost.”

1 John 4:1-2 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (2) Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: Notice that not every spirit is the Spirit of God.”

So what precisely is the test of every true prophet, not excluding that Great Prophet, that comes into the world? They speak according to that very first prophetic utterance: that Christ comes in the flesh, as the “woman’s seed”, and by this, He will even dwell in us to speak what He spoke in the beginning. Of the false teachers that were rampant in the days of Isaiah, God showed the prophet that these messengers of Satan would not cease until the final judgment was executed. He was moved to show the test of every true prophet:

Isaiah 8:20 “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”

All prophets must not only confess Christ in the flesh, by which we have access to the Holy Ghost, but also speak according to “this word”. And what word is that? “To the law and to the testimony” of God. The testimonies of the prophets which came before them as well as the law of God would furnish every word and deed of a true prophet. Furthermore, God qualified the true messenger of God through the prophet Malachi: “The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips…he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.” Finding no exception, this is true of every messenger of God in Christ. Notice also from the passage in Isaiah that if they do not speak according to this rule (the law and the testimony), there is no light of God in their messages. Now what is that light? Speaking of the prophet John the Baptist, we read:

John 1:8-9 “He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (9) That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

That true light is Christ, which sheds light upon all of the prophets. Bearing the perfection of the divine credentials, that Prophet of which Moses spoke, upon Himself, bore the greatest message of all, for in it was all the light of heaven to be found, because Christ is the light of heaven that “proceedeth from the Father”. As “that Prophet” come in the flesh, He would “magnify the law, and make it honourable.” (Isaiah 42:21)

Matthew 5:17-18 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (18) For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

Christ came both to fulfill the law and the words of the prophets, and to anoint us to both partake of the fulfillment of those long expected prophetic passages, as well as have the law fulfilled in us, magnified and made honorable. This was that true Light, that imparts the light of life to every man that comes into the world. None need abide in the darkness of death. THE HEAVENLY BAPTISM Speaking of Christ, John saw the exalted place of Christ, who alone could impart the priceless gift of the Holy Ghost to those who believe. Speaking of this, he said:

John 1:33 “And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.”

Christ, the Son of man, who was born of the Holy Ghost, had the Spirit “remaining on Him” to testify that He is the only man by which all men may receive the Holy Ghost, therefore it is written of Him that “the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost”.

Acts 10:37-38 That word, I say…after the baptism which John preached;…How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

It was God the Father that anointed the Son of man with the Holy Ghost and with power at His baptism. And it is the Son of man that anoints us with that baptism:

1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

God Anoints Christ with the baptism. Christ, the Son of man, anoints us. This alone is the manner in which the messengers of God come forth with messages from heaven. By Christ, the baptist of heaven.

THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS

“Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man”, that much has been evident in our lesson. It should also be abundantly clear that only Christ can empower a man with the Holy Ghost to prophesy at any time ever. Yet how are new messages from those glorious old messages opened more fully to the minds of the prophets of God? Let us see what the Scripture reveals.

Revelation 1:1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:”

The most solemn prophecies which hold the greatest import to the saints of God are to be found in the book of prophecy declared to be “the Revelation of Jesus Christ”. In this prophetic book, it’s name casts a bright and shining light upon all prophetic utterances that have ever come to man. It declares that if the prophecy does not in some way shed upon the soul the light of Christ, thus revealing Him and His unfolding purposes, that prophecy has failed to be at all the very thing that God has always had His prophetic declarations to be: that is, a “revelation of Jesus Christ”.
For we have “a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts”. (2 Peter 1:19)

And notice in that first verse of Revelation how that prophetic revelation came to John. It was from God. Given to Christ. Signified by His angel. Given to the prophet. Therefore it looks like this:

God>>>Christ>>>Angel>>>Prophet.

Similarly, in the prophetic call of Isaiah, we see from a different angle a similar pattern given in the revelation given to him:

Isaiah 6:1-3 “…I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. (2) Above it stood the seraphims… (3) And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Here is seen a clear revelation of the throne of God. The angels surrounding the throne clearly acknowledge the Sovereign of heaven as the One who is Most Holy, being “above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:6). At this revelation, Isaiah keenly saw how unfit he was to be a messenger of the Lord. Then the angel comes from the Sanctuary to Isaiah:

Isaiah 6:6-8 “Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: (7) And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. (8) Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

Notice that it is Christ, the “Voice of the Lord”, who asks who the Divine Council would send as Their messenger. The purification of Isaiah’s lips to make him a fit vessel by the fiery coal is nothing less than a symbol of the baptism of that Spirit, symbolic of that which makes us fit to bear the messages of God, and which may be unveiled in the very messages God has given. Thus we see the import of the work of angels in the ministry of the prophets. The angels have ever borne a special place in the work of Christ. And this they were permitted to do by virtue of the promise of that Great Prophet’s first prophetic utterance, that is, that He should be born of a woman, made flesh, and called the Son of man. Angels of God have, based upon this declaration, ministered to mankind, opening man’s mind more fully to the prophecies:

John 1:51 “And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”

Genesis 28:12,17 “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it… And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

Christ as the Son of man is the very gate of heaven, for He says “no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” And it is by virtue of Him being made flesh alone that the angels of God may go through that “gate” to minister to man. They do not minister to man of themselves, but minister through the power of Christ in-and to- man. It is by that rule, that we see in the Scriptures the angels giving Daniel and John prophetic messages, and open also their interpretations to man in their appointed time . It was at the appointed time of their fulfillment, when God was doing something upon the earth, His angels would come to announce the unfolding of these things to His servants, (whether visibly or invisibly) impressing them of things which must shortly come to pass, that they may bear witness of the purposes of God to man.

Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”

Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

ONE VOICE: MANY VOICES

Now of the angels, we read in Revelation of one angel which admonished John, declaring he had the “testimony of Jesus.”

Revelation 19:10 …I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Notice that the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy. And we saw earlier that Christ, being born of a woman and conceived of the Holy Ghost, is that Prophet who anoints all prophets to their appointed work in His body. Thus all true prophets have the testimony of Jesus, which is the Spirit of prophecy, which “shall show you things to come” (John 16:13).

Revelation 12:17 “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

Do you notice that the remnant of the woman’s seed “have the testimony of Jesus Christ?” These are those who have the gift of prophecy, understanding the secret things of God, having the revelation of Jesus Christ and also being a revelation of Jesus Christ. Thus are they also called “her seed”. The Scripture is clear however, that there is truly only “one seed”, and not “many”.

Galatians 3:16 “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.”

So it can be truly said that there is only one prophet that has the Holy Ghost remaining upon Him. So how is it that there are a “remnant” at all, and why so many prophets?

Galatians 3:29 “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. There is only one Christ, who is that seed. And one body of Christ.”

In Christ, we are counted as part of that seed, and partake of that prophetic gift. In like manner, Christ only has one voice, and His Voice is called “the Word of God.” How is it then that when we read the Bible, we have over forty different inspired writers consisting of what we call “the Word of God?” It is that same principle which the Scripture speaks of. John, when describing Christ’s Voice “as of a trumpet”, also says it is “as the sound of many waters.” (Rev. 1:10, 15) Then, in the consummation of his visions, he hears “the voice of a great multitude”:

Revelation 19:6 “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”

The prophets consist of many voices, yet all these voices are in- and of- Christ. He is the Voice of all voices that declare truth, for there is no truth apart from Him. For this cause, His people are spoken of as having “the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Does this mean that God would have all of His people be prophets? What saith the Scriptures?

Numbers 11:25-29 “And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. (26) But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp… And Joshua the son of Nun… said, My lord Moses, forbid them. (29) And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!”

God would have all of His people be prophets! For the true prophets are always counted as the children of God, and their mouths are filled with the Word of God, which in it’s essence, is Christ. And to bear witness of Him, who is the light of the world, whether by life, pen, voice, or some other expression, is the only safe course to pursue for the people of Christ, because apart from this, the world can have no light on the law, nor the gospel, nor things that are soon to take place in the world; and it is that testimony of Christ that is always the work of the Holy Ghost. For Christ speaks of the Spirit as such, that it is “the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of Me.” (John 15:26) It is only in this manner that the high calling of God in Christ can be fulfilled in us:

Matthew 5:14-16 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. (15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

THE GREAT PROPHETIC SOURCE

The Word of God has always found it’s great Source in God. And we have always found our existence, our life, and anything we do in the Lord, as being done in the Word of God. Yet seeing as God is the Source of His Word, and He accomplishes all His purposes by His Word, we may find the Source of every word that a prophet utters from Him. A prophets words shall come to pass, just in the manner that God declares. Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. It is God who speaks of the thing which shall come to pass before it happens. His Word alone will fulfill all that it says.

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”

When Moses had doubted for a moment God’s Word, He replied:

(Numbers 11:23) “And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.”

Yet just a quick reading of the first chapter of Genesis is sufficient to know that the Word which God speaks comes to pass.

Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Therefore the prophet that is sent by God speaks not of himself, but speaks those things which have been plainly revealed to Him by the testimony of Jesus Christ. And of those words, God says “it shall accomplish that which I please.” Christ as that great Prophet, being sent of God to us, to manifest all the counsel of God, declared “He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please Him.” (John 8:2829) And so it is with us as God sends us. Christ declares “without Me, ye can do nothing” (John 15:5) “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure… [you*] can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth [you*]…” (Phil. 2:13, 4:13)

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