5 Reasons “Believe in the Prophets” Does not Translate to the New Testament
by RON CANTOR NOVEMBER 16, 2020
I have heard many prophets or prophetic leaders quote 2 Chronicles 20:20 recently, regarding their prophecies. I just heard another one proclaim it this morning.
“Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” (2 Chr. 20:20)
The idea of having “faith in the prophets” (which means, in the prophetic word that God gave through them, not in the prophets themselves) is an Old Testament concept that does not transfer to the New Testament. There are some changes between the way God dealt with the nation of Israel in the Hebrew Scriptures and the way He speaks to the eklessia in New Testament. Why? Because:
1. Now, we have the word of God and every believer can read it. We are not dependent on prophets in the same way that the Israelites were.
2. In Yeshua, every believer, whether they are a prophet or not, has the Spirit of God and can prophesy. (Acts 2:17)
3. Before we had the written word of God, the word of the prophet was like the word of God. God used the Hebrew prophets as the primary way to deliver his word to His people. But things have changed.
Hebrews 1:1 says, “In the PAST God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us BY HIS SON, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” (emphasis added)
We can say that Yeshua is the word of God. And His body is on earth. He speaks today through the written word of God primarily and through the entire body of Messiah. Not exclusively through prophets as in the days of ancient Israel.
4. I absolutely believe in the continuation of the function of pro