Friday, March 18, 2005

Comment on "personal revelations"

My friend Abe posted another good comment on my last post. You can read it by clicking here.

For my response, I think we need to start by defining what a prophet is. This definition is just the result of a quick online search, so we may need to refine or change it, but it at least gives us a good starting point.

A prophet is basically a spokesman for God, a person chosen by God to speak to people on God's behalf and convey a message or teaching. Prophets were role models of holiness, scholarship and closeness to God. They set the standards for the entire community.
So, if a prophet is someone speaking to the people on God's behalf, then God is obviously speaking to the prophet. And, according to Acts 2:17, we have not seen the last of the prophets:

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters
will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
So, if that is true, there are certainly prophets among us that God is pouring his spirit upon. That is my basis for believing that God is still giving divine revelation to individuals. There of course, as the Bible warns, false prophets out there. Just go to www.niv.org and do a search for false prophets, and you will see numerous warnings against them.

One of the reasons I am writing here to see how my beliefs change before and after seminary. I certainly make no claims that everything I write is correct, but I certainly don't think there is anything dangerous in discussing Christian issues.

Thanks again for writing. I am enjoying the dialogue we are having, and the spirit we are having it in.

1 comment:

Abe said...

Brother Gil

Once again I enjoy the exchange we are having.
True their are prophets to come....but
The verse that you quoted needs to be examined in it’s correct context, first you must consider who is speaking, second who is being spoken too,third what reference from the Old testament was being made and lastly WHY.
Peter’s quotation from Joel 2:28-32 in Acts 2:16—21.
“Some have viewed the phenomena of Acts 2 and the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 as the fulfillment of the Joel passage, while others have reserved its fulfillment to the final Day of the Lord only- but clearly Joel is referring to the final terrible Day of the Lord. The pouring out of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was not a fulfillment, but a preview and sample of the Spirit’s power and work to be released fully and finally in the Messiah’s kingdom after the Day of the Lord.
Joels prophecy will not be completely fulfilled until the millennial kingdom and the final judgment. Peter by using this reference shows that Pentecost was a pre-fulfillment, a taste of what will happen in the millennium kingdom when the spirit is poured out on all flesh.” This verse was not meant for this day and age but an unfulfilled prophecy to come after the tribulation.
So what to make of this, some bible verses we may read and take at face value. Stop and check it out closer, most times it needs further investigation. Be careful if you take the text at a literal meaning or interpretation, make sure you have exhausted all of the basic interpretation rules first. (Hermeneutics)
So I will ask you, if you feel God still gives divine revelation to individual, havn't many, many preacher made claims in the past that never came true and they also claim "God told them" these things would come to pass. Is God ever capable of being wrong? especially if one claims it to be divine.
Hopfully I can help chang your mind before you get to seminary. Ha ha ha....

I look forward to your next blog but I will be traveling to Nashville in the morning for a few days. Keep blog'n bro!

Abe