The Prophet!
The Prophet!

Music Title: El Shaddai
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is He who Comes in the name of the LORD!'"
--- Luke 13:34,35 (NKJV)

"They hate the one who rebukes in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks uprightly."

--- Amos 5:10 (NKJV)

The Prophet in his day is fully accepted of God and totally rejected by men.

Years back Dr. Gregaory 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 of 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 are 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 lost spiritual treasures. The degree of his effectiveness is determined by the measure of his unpopularity.
  • Compromise is not known to him.
  • He has no price tags.
  • He is totally "other worldly."
  • 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 with 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 against the "establishment" in ministry, then he is established as a "saint" by posterity.
  • Daily he eats 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.
  • God talks to him about men.
  • 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 market place.
  • He is naturally sensitive, but supernaturally spiritual.
  • He has passion, purpose, and pugnacity.
  • He is "ordained"of God, but disdained by men.

Our natural need at this hour is not that the dollar recovers its strength, or that we save face over "the Watergate Affair," or that we find the answer to the ecology problem. We need a Godsent 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 the nation at this given moment is a FAMINE OF THE WORD OF GOD.

Millions have been spent on evangelism in the last 25 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 is the incandescent man fresh from the Holy Place? Where is the Moses to plead in fasting, before the Holiness of the Lord, in our moldy morality, our political perfidy, and sour and sick spirituality?


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 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, non self-seeking, non self-projecting, non self-righteous, non self-glorying, non self-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 1973 Leonard Ravenhill

Know Any Influential Cities That Qualify for the Following?

Woe to her who is rebellious and polluted, to the oppressing city! She has not obeyed His voice, she has not received correction; she has not trusted in the LORD, she has not drawn near to her God. Her princes in her midst are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves that leave not a bone till morning. Her prophets are insolent, treacherous people; her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.
--- Zephaniah 3:1-4 (NKJV)

Can You Identify with the Following?

O LORD, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? even cry out to You, "Violence!" And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.
--- Habakkuk 1:2-4 (NKJV)
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