11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
Millions have been spent on evangelistic enterprises since I first accepted Christ so long ago.
There are hundreds of gospel messages on radio, television and the Internet daily.
Book shelves are full of Xthian materials telling every sort of angle point imaginable of how to do this and how to do that to increase your Xthian experience.
Wonderfully eloquent preachers are everywhere.
There are large prosperous Xthian organizations all across our nation.
But where are those who can prophetically bring to us the Living Word of God?
Where are the prophets?
There is a vacuum in Christianity today.
There are missing persons...
Prophetic ministry is the recovery of God's full purpose and thoughts towards His people.
A handful of men and women turned their world upside down as they proclaimed the Lordship and Saviour hood of Jesus Christ.
The book of Acts shows a people working together with a sense of purpose, not organizations with missionary enterprises throwing money and people around while the world is still not evangelized.
The institutionalism, ecclesiasticism, commercialism, organizationalism has not been able to do the work and purpose of God.
In the year that Paul the apostle died there were churches in Jerusalem, Nazareth, Caesarea, Antioch and all Syria; Galatia; Sardis, Laodicea, Ephesus and all the towns on the West coast throughout lesser Asis; in Philippi, Thessalonica, Athens, Corinth, and chief cities of the islands and the mainland of Greece; Rome, and the Western Roman Colonies; and in Alexandria.
How did a few unknown men and women, looked upon as poor and ignorant, associated with one 'Jesus of Nazareth'-which very designation was despicable in the minds of all reputable and influential people, accomplish so much?
With all that we have today, why can't we produce the same fruit?
The Word of God says...He gave some...prophets.
People with a special function and faculty among God's people.
Voices of interpretation and explanation, voices that interpret the mind of God to people.
Prophets bring a declaration and a pronouncement of God's mind to the course and drift of things to God's people.
They bring about a clear view of the thoughts of God against the prevailing course of things.
God's purpose has to be reached in God's way and by God's means.
Not by man's methods, ideas, programs and schemes.
God could have said to Moses, "build Me a tabernacle, OK?
I leave it to you how you do it, what you use, for you know what I am after.
But God didn't do it that way.
God did not leave a single detail up to Moses.
Every peg, stitch and thread was dictated by God.
God sends His prophets where needed to bring about detailed knowledge of God's purposes and intentions.
Only the Holy Spirit of God is acquainted with all the thoughts of God and He alone can speak and work and bring things about in true consistency with Divine principles.
The Church is the Body of Christ- a heavenly thing.
Not an earthly thing.
It is related to Christ in Heaven, Christ the head.
The mind of God comes to us through the Holy Spirit.
He is in charge, not man.
Therefore there is knowledge that is imparted to us by means of revelation and the Word of God.
With this knowledge we can be in conformity to God's thoughts.
So it is that often God uses people to remind us of His thoughts, eternal counsel and vision brought to us.
Those who are among us that God will use to speak His Words through, get our attention.
We react to what they bring to us.
We respond towards heaven.
We, as the Bride of Christ are uplifted to see Jesus our beloved.
We are brought into relationship with Christ.
Where are the prophets?
There is a famine in the land for the Word of the Lord!