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The Missing Person!

Volume 40

February 2017

Number 2

Beloved:

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, KJV).

Leonard Ravenhill, my favorite non-biblical author, stated before his death: “The PROPHET in his day is fully ACCEPTED of God and totally REJECTED by Men. Yet there is not a MORE URGENT NEED than that we CRY to God for a PROPHET. There is a TERRIBLE VACUUM in Evangelical Christianity today. The MISSING PERSON in our ranks is THE PROPHET!”

Thank YOU dear ones for YOUR FAITHFUL SUPPORT. I love YOU dearly in our WONDERFUL LORD JESUS

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.

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