The Prophet in his day is fully acceptable of God and totally
rejected by men.
Years back, Dr. Gregory Mantle was right when he said, “NO
man can be fully accepted, until he is totally rejected.”
The Prophet of the Lord is aware of both of these experiences.
They are his “brand name.”
The group challenged by the Prophet because they are smug
and comfortably insulated from the perishing world in their
warm, but untested theology are not likely to vote him “man
of the year” when he refers to them as habituates of
the “synagogue of Satan!”
The Prophet comes to set up that which is upset. His work
is to call into line those who are out of line. He is unpopular
because he opposes the popular in morality and spirituality.
In a day of faceless politicians and voiceless preachers,
there is not a more urgent national need than that we cry
to God for a Prophet!
The function of the Prophet as Austin Sparks once said “has
almost always been that of recovery.”
The Prophet is God’s detective seeking for lost spiritual
treasures. The degree of his effectiveness is determined by
the measure of his unpopularity. Compromise is not known to
He has no price tags.
He is totally “other worldly.”
He is unquestionably controversial, and unpardonably hostile.
He marches to another drummer!
He breathes the rarefied air of inspiration.
He is a “seer” who comes to lead the blind.
He lives in the heights with God and comes into the valley
with a “thus saith the Lord.”
He shares some of the foreknowledge of God, and so is aware
of impending judgment.
He lives “in splendid isolation.”
He is forthright and outright, but he claims no birthright.
His message is “repent, be reconciled to God or else
. . .!”
His prophecies are parried.
His truth brings torment, but His voice is never void.
He is the villain of today and the hero of tomorrow.
He is excommunicated while alive and exalted when dead!
He is dishonored with epithets when breathing and honored
with epitaphs when dead.
He is against the “establishment” in ministry,
then he is established as a “saint” by posterity.
Daily he eats the bread of affliction while he ministers,
but feeds the Bread of Life to those who listen.
He walks before men for days, but has walked before God for
He is a scourge to the nation before his is scourged by the
He announces, pronounces, and denounces!
He has a heart like a volcano and his words are as fire.
God talks to him about men.
He talks to men about God.
He carries the lamp of truth amongst heretics while he is
lampooned by men.
He faces God before he faces men,, but he is self-effacing.
He hides with God in the “secret place,” but he
has nothing to hide in the market place.
He is naturally sensitive, but supernaturally spiritual.
He has passion, purpose and pugnacity.
He is “ordained” of God, but disdained by men.
Our national need at this hour is not that the dollar recover
its strength, or that we save face over “the Watergate
Affair,” or that we find the answer to the ecology problem.
We need a God-sent prophet! I am bombarded with talk or letters
about the coming shortages in our National life; bread, fuel,
energy. I read between the lines from people not practiced
in scaring folk. They feel that the “seven years of
plenty” are over for us. The “seven years of famine”
But the greatest famine of all in the nation at this given
moment is a FAMINE OF THE WORD OF GOD. Millions have been
spent on evangelism in the last 25 years. Hundreds of Gospel
messages streak through the air over the nation every day.
Crusades have been held, healing meetings have made a vital
contribution, “come outers” have “come out”
and settled too, without a Nation-shaking revival. Organizers
we have, skilled preachers abound, multi-million dollar Christians
organizations straddle the Nation. BUT, where, oh where is
the Prophet? Where is the incandescent man fresh from the
Holy Place? Where is the Moses to plead in fasting, before
the Holiness of the Lord, for our moldy morality, our political
perfidy, and sour and sick spirituality? GOD’S MEN ARE
IN HIDING UNTIL THE DAY OF THEIR SHOWING FORTH. They will
come. The prophet is violated during his ministry, but he
is vindicated by history. There is a terrible vacuum in Evangelical
Christianity today. The missing person in our ranks is the
Prophet. The man with a terrible earnestness. The man rejected
by other men, even other good men, because they consider him
too austere, too severely committed, too negative and unsociable.
Let him be as plain as John the Baptist. Let him, for a season,
be a voice crying in the wilderness of modern theology and
stagnant churchianity. Let him be as selfless as Paul the
Apostle. Let him, too, say and live, “This ONE thing
I do.” Let him reject ecclesiastical favors. Let him
be self-abasing, non self-seeking, non self-projecting, non
self-righteous, non self-glorying, non self-promoting. Let
him say nothing that will draw men to himself, but only that
which will move men to God. Let him come daily from the Throne
Room of a Holy God, the place where he has received the order
of the day. Let him, under God, unstop the ears of the millions
who are deaf through the clatter of shekels milked from this
hour of material mesmerism. Let him cry with a voice this
century has not heard because he has seen a vision no man
in this century has seen. God send us this Moses to lead us
from the wilderness of crass materialism, where the rattlesnakes
of lust bite us and where enlightened men, totally blind spiritually,
lead us to an ever nearing Armageddon.
God have mercy, send us PROPHETS!