The Role of the Church Prophet
In this writing we're going to be talking about the role of the church prophet and how the church prophet differs from the itinerant.
To understand the church Prophets well we start by giving some fundamentals on the position. Our goal in this teaching is to validate church or resident Prophets and help define their role in the church. For me, the best place to begin is in the Scriptures please look at Hosea 12:13 this passage reads by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt and buy a prophet he was preserved. The relevance of this teaching centers on the two words used to describe what Moses the Prophet did and continued to do in the life of the people that God had him delivered from bondage. Implications behind Israel's exodus and Moses guardianship over these delivered people of God shed light on the constant work of the Prophet after their deliverance.
Most of us are very familiar with Samuels ministry as a prophet. But Hosea gives us insights greater what we learned about Samuels ministry as a prophetic judge on how the Prophet may be utilized in the local church. From the wisdom of scripture, we can deduce that every church needs a prophetic guard. This is the primary and standing purpose of the church prophet. Without one, the church and its members is vulnerable to humanist and demonic victimization and can easily lapse into their original bondage.
Two words used in this passage show what ancient prophets did. Together they enlightened us on the functions of stationary Prophets in today's church. They give a sketch of the work these officers are to do in the modern church. The two words are Alah and Shamar. We concentrate in this discussion on the Hebrew word Shamar. It means to guard. Regarding the Prophet these definitions are a good guide for those of you who cover our churches with your prophetic mantles and mandates. Shamar clarifies your functional activity and responsibilities in the local congregation.
GOD’S PLAN FOR CHURCH PROPHETS
The church prophet, as God intended, is to watch, guard, protect, fenced in, patrol war, pray, and intercede for their assigned churches. This responsibility includes their constant ASSESSMENT of Christian doctrine and theological outpourings in their generations. Church Prophets should not conduct their offices in a vacuum. They should be aware of new teaching and movement taking place around them so they can endorse or renounce them. In this they spiritually and supernaturally guard the Lords church as long as it is on earth. The description of the Ministry of the contemporary Prophet as taken from the book of Hosea involves the prophetic in all of these because of Shamar’s meaning.
The word Shamar means to keep and guard safely, to preserve and protect. Think about this prophetically to see how you would achieves this in the church.
The church as a spiritual entity on earth enjoys the bulk of what is performed or accomplished for it in the realm of the Spirit. It's a duties as executed by the prophet uses mostly supernatural means. Prayer vigils and intercessions, spiritual warfare, divine revelation, interpretation, and translation of the old to the new are either performed or maintained for the local congregation by the prophet assigned to it. Your mantle is designed to make any carnal humanistic tactic feeble. Therefore, local church Prophets above all, should endeavor to attend prayer sessions held by the church. How else can revelations imparted to the prayer group be balanced and validated by a credible witness?
Also in no other way, outside actual participation in the congregation’s prayer vigils, can Church Prophets effectively and intelligently battle darkness for the flock. Prophet’s spirits are powerful, and so easily release blessings and victories to the church that may otherwise be held up by demons. Your respected presences successfully guards and keeps the territory given by God to a particular church body. A church prophet who does not participate in a congregation’s corporate prayer life regularly, is a guard disconnected with his or her purpose for being on the wall, or enlightened on the meaning of prophetic ministry.
Church Prophets are too further participate in, and spiritually see to the officiations of church sacraments and special ceremonies such as weddings christenings and baptisms. In this capacity, the church prophet is on hand with a ready word from the Lord on the event being celebrated. Likewise, their presence immediately preserves the protocols, practices, and executions of the services and keeps Gods aim at the heart of it. As a human representative of the Godhead in attendance, you ward off ungodliness, arrow, abuse, and neglect. That’s why competent training is so vital.
General Church Prophet Tasks:
Churches and their leadership should be well-versed on where and how to employ their church Prophets. For instance one case in point is at the christening of new babies. All new babies born into the world have a divine purpose, which can be revealed to the parents by God's prophets. The church Prophets rolled then, is to divulge that purpose to the parents before negative world influences have a chance to subvert or inseminate the child's destiny. Parents should use the Prophet’s revelation to nurture the children in God's divine purpose. Children in the church should have time to hear from God about their lives as much as the adults. Having trained Prophets ministered to them is practice and a great developmental exercise.
Likewise, with the new convert Church Prophets should be in attendance when or soon after their conversions and baptism to minister the Lords word to their new life and to cover them with the mantle of the church. Sometimes, The way they were nurtured naturally may attempt to overthrow the will of God in their life, so the Lord's high powers must intervene early to prevent needless upsets that take them off course.
The revelations of the church prophet can place the newcomer to Christ on his or her destiny path and settled them in their new creation destiny. Church membership too can benefit from your resident ministry. If Church members were able to hear from the Lord prophetically in their home church under the auspices of their pastors, then fewer Saints would be seduced to follow questionable Prophet’s ministries, or resort to psychics to hear about their future.
Another important function of the Prophet is prophetic counsel. This embraces more than prophesying, it is advisory prophetics that blends present insight, future wisdom, and divine revelation. Beyond this the church prophet should be part of the clergy representatives in membership crisis like death, illness, calamity, and so forth. It is the Prophets word that assures the demons involved in the attack are halted and do not move past their permitted bounds. Read over David's penalty for counting Israel and how the Lord told the angel on assignment in the judgment when to drawback his sword. The account is in first Chronicles 21.
Another activity for the church prophet is being with the churches members who have to face and interact with the world authorities like judges, police, and so forth. The respectful presence of the church prophet interceding in the background and upholding the will and word of the Lord in the matter could soothe otherwise explosive situations. And above all else, the church prophet should be present and involved at the church’s major outreach reach functions, and it goes without saying that the mature ones, meaning mature Prophets should be collaborators on the churches business matters( read first Kings 22:6-13, Ezra 5:1 and Nehemiah 6:7 to see how all of this becomes clearer.
Avoid Prophetic Monopolies.
It should be said here that the church Prophet institution should not be limited to just one prophet. There can be one chosen to superintend the Ministry of the local church and should be free to identify, nurture, and induct others into the ministry to help shoulder the workload. But having more than one prophet reduces the possibility of prophetic monopoly in the church and allows the membership to hear from God in more than one dimension. It’s a safeguard institute in 1Co 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
Pastors should seek to establish the ministry of the church prophet in such a way that avoids these prophetic monopolies.
The Watchman Duties of The Church Prophet
Okay now let's talk about the watching duties of the church prophet. Going back to the words :Shamar” that we have been discussing, if further means to watch over as one who is a guard over Cattle or sheep. It applies to a Prophet. Sheep in this case is referring to the flock or a congregation. In the church it means church members. Many of you already know that another word for the Prophet is watchmen. It symbolizes thus the patrolling watch center of the church. Prophets territory coincides with their churches divinely appointed sphere. In other words if the churches sphere is evangelism then the Prophets in the church should be strong in, witnessing and human interaction.
Watchmen duties then are accomplished through the prayer, intercessions, and petitions of the Prophet on behalf of the church. These duties are reasons why prophet should be installed as the superintendent of the churches overall prophetic, and head of the spiritual guard particularly over the prayer group. Such a guard would consist of the prayer team, the special intercessors, dedicated Psalmist, Seers, and of course subordinate Prophets. The watchmen application link between what Prophets do spiritually and what a similar officer would do in the natural realm.
The word Shamar emphatically gives Prophets the status of spiritual guards, warriors, supernatural enforcers, and keepers of the church of God. Also, word Shamar identifies a prophet who encircles, or surrounds, to retain and attend to as one does a garden. The Prophets spiritual authority acts as a fence or Garrison around an assigned congregation that shields it from harm, attack, or demonic trespass. Protection from trespassers, as meant here, includes protection from the spoilage, destruction, invasion, and threats that result from spiritual and human trespassers in the church. There are times heretical types or wayward renegades join the church just to sow seeds of destruction in it. The watchful eye of the resident prophet can spot these people and bring spiritual discomfort to bear on them so that they are uncomfortable among the flock and quickly leave. This tactic is always engaged by occultists in the neighborhood. On the other hand in the congregations where the prophetic is refused, the same situation can have disastrous results. By the time church leaders become aware of the manipulations of roaming renegades, it is often too late. Usually excessive generosity, overt assistance, and frequent volunteering at the outset are things to be looked out for. Usually, the ulterior motive that brought them to the church is submerged beneath their good deeds or charity work. Which is and other way occultist infiltrate and contaminate the churches they target. Months, years, even decades can go by before this game is uncovered without a designing and well-respected prophetic eyes. In the meantime, countless souls could have been lost to the church because of the free course given a saboteur of darkness. (Example of the detriment of a prophetic void, lets look at the effect of Elijah's death on Israel in the book of second Kings chapter 13 verses 14 through 21.)
The account gives a biblical picture of how the absence of the prophet is used advantageously by the enemy. Notice how the band of raiders attempting to invade the area was successful only after Elijah's death. The spiritual void, better yet prophetic void, left by Elijah's death enabled their attack on the land to finally succeed.
Natsar, A Kindred Term:
The Shamar teaching is supported by kindred term that validates it's truth. It is the word Natsar, and it for the explains the watchmen statues of the prophet in the contemporary church .
The resident or staff prophet is to spiritually and practically engage in activities that protect, preserve, maintain, and observed the quality of the church, its basis for existing, its stability, and its growth. He or she is obligated to observe and spiritually nurture its communal life. This even includes inspecting their worship and recreational forms, educational doctrines, and kingdom practices to see they are consistent with scripture and compatible with the nature of the God in conduct, perspective, and manifestation. Natsar means surround the church as one does a well-guarded city. That makes the prophetic guard a human wall about the church and a spiritual shield by which the Lord Hides the congregation from attack. The Prophets covenanted spiritual authority intervenes for the church as the mantle cloaks it to conceal its vulnerabilities. The station church prophet fortifies the church he or she covers as a cultivating fortress in God's high places. The prophet protects the house from the bondage and strongholds of idolatry, spiritual intimidation, and ecumenical compromise. They spot even secular holes and humanistic philosophies lurking in traditional church doctrines unknown to most. See Jeremias 4:16 and Nahum 2:1 for an expanded understanding of God's mind on this duty.
From our teaching, you can see that Prophets are fighters. It is the nature of the mantle and the requirement of the task. They must be fearless, determined, resolute, and protective. If not, they are mere newscasters that announce what is going on with no godly effect on the event happening in the church whatsoever. Obviously character and temperament like this can be harmful without Divine restraint. That is why Prophets must be painstakingly obedient and fiercely loyal to the Lord however hurtful the job may be at times. The Prophet is dangerous if they have not surrendered their hearts and disappointments to the Lord. Looking at the prophetic attitude in Micah chapter 3:5, ask yourself could your pastor use some additional spiritual health and increased supernatural covering for those entrusted to their care? If so, your answer is yes you are an ideal candidate for church or resident prophet.