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The Missing Person!
Pastors, Teachers and Evangelists abound, but PROPHETS have always been RARE and NOW, in this present hour, are ALMOST EXTINCT. The PROPHET does not FIT into any of the neat little categories of the so-called CLERGY. He defies regimentation and cannot be catalogued. William Barclay says, “The settled ministry began to resent the intrusion of these wandering PROPHETS, who often DISTURBED their Congregations.” THEY STILL DO!!!
The PROPHET is ANATHEMA
to the Establishment in any day or generation. An Elijah on Mt. Carmel,
an Amos in Bethel, still upsets the STATUS QUO. The PROPHET is not
welcomed to the Councils of the POWERS-THAT-BE in Church or State. He
is not welcome in Herod’s Palace but only in Herod’s Prison. (Ask John
the Baptist about this.) He is not photographed with dignitaries, not
invited to address the Conventions of BUSINESS-AS-USUAL. He is
smilingly dismissed as CONTROVERSIAL by the SMOOTH DIPLOMATS of the
ECCLESIASTICAL MACHINE who rest “AT EASE IN ZION.” (“Woe to them that
are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are
named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!”--Amos 6:1,
Now a Word from HIS WORD: “And he said unto me,
Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. And the
spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that
spake unto me. And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the
children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against
me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this
very day. For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send
thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for
they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a
prophet among them”--Ezekiel 2:1-5, KJV.