Proclamation & Prophecy
The Lord does not call forth a people and give them a message, only for them to remain silent. The Remnant has been given a mission and message to proclaim for all of God's people. It is a calling that does not allow them to be complacent, to go along with the crowd, to remain silent. Instead, it is a call to action.
"But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in His name," His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot." (Jeremiah 20:9)
"Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!" (1 Corinthians 9:16)
This is the message which God is calling His Remnant to proclaim and to live out...
A return to preaching the Gospel, a return to our first love, to unashamed Evangelism of the lost, to unapologetic Bible centered preaching and teaching, to Spirit-filled prayer and worship, to steadfast courage and self-denying obedience to the word of Christ.
This is contrary to the false image of church and the superficial message which is being propagated to a lost world by self-gratifying church leaders. In their eagerness for numbers and desire to be loved by the world, they put forth a watered-down Gospel which cannot save the lost, nor feed the weak flock.
It is at times like these, God has used a Remnant to call His people back. It is a prophetic role which does not come without cost.
" Along with my God, the prophet is the watchman over the people of God, yet snares await him on all his paths, and hostility in the house of his God." (Hosea 9:8)
Before reading further, it should be noted that there are two basic types of Biblical prophecy.
(1) In the first way, the Prophets proclaimed what will happen in the future. Not predictions, but facts. God specifically revealed to them what will happen. Not always a judgment, sometimes as with the coming of Christ, a good thing! Regardless, it's a done deal.
(2) The second type of prophecy is a warning to God's enemies and His own people of what will happen in the future - if they didn't repent. God's Spirit within the prophet had moved them to speak. This second type is more frequent and reveals God's patience with us and His loving desire to see us return to Him. It is not necessarily a done deal. Man can repent and God would graciously relent. However, more often than not, these prophetic warnings are often the precursor to the first type of prophecy in cases of God's judgment. Of the examples we have in the Bible, only with a couple of exceptions such as Jonah and Nineveh, most of the time the people ignored the prophet's warnings, and what the prophet warned came to pass!
So, these prophetic warnings carry the same authority as of the first type of prophetic proclamation and thus cannot be ignored. Both are messages to us from God.
In the previous "Remnant Scripture & Insights" section discussing "Spiritual Warfare", discernment was a key characteristic of the Remnant's call. It is no coincidence that listed next to the gift of discernment in 1 Corinthians is the gift of prophecy.
"...to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits..." (1 Cor. 12:10)
As we mentioned before, the Bible says there are many gifts of The Holy Spirit and God distributes and proportions them to believers for the common good. In His wisdom, God has included among the Remnants' gifts, both prophecy and discernment. Together they benefit both the hearers and proclaimers, by providing the needed prophetic word from God at the just right time, in the way He wants it delivered, and to the particular audience to whom God is speaking.
Some of our brothers and sisters in Christ are believing a deluding spirit and we;
"...do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother." (2 Thessalonians 3:15)
Yet, others are wolves in sheep's clothing which we, like Christ, must expose and rebuke forthrightly, with the authority of the scriptures and the anointing of the Holy Spirit - regardless of the consequences. Jesus counted the cost and chose to endure the persecutions and even suffer death for the sake of the sheep and a lost and dying world.
The Remnant, like all believers have been called to be Christ-like in everything we do and say. We have been called to follow Jesus. There is no turning back.
Please take time to reflect on the scriptures below as they relate to speaking God's word and pray for the Lord's guidance. Seek His will on your life as you strive to prophesy and proclaim as a voice of the Remnant. You are not alone.
The Call to Proclaim:
Jesus said, "What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs." (Matthew 10:27)
"...if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood." (Ezekiel 33:6)
"The lion has roared—so who isn’t frightened? The Sovereign Lord has spoken—so who can refuse to proclaim his message?" (Amos 3:8)
"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction." (2 Timothy 4:2)
"This is what the LORD says: Stand in the courtyard of the LORD's house and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of the LORD. Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word. (Jeremiah 26:2)
"Go now to your countrymen in exile and speak to them. Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says,' whether they listen or fail to listen." (Ezekiel 3:11)
"But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says.' Whoever will listen let him listen, and whoever will refuse let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house." (Ezekiel 3:27)
"Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy." (1 Corinthians)
"Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood." (Acts 20:26-28)
“Let these false prophets tell their dreams, but let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word".(Jeremiah 23:28)
"The gifts of the Holy Spirit, "...to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits..." 1 Corinthians 12:9-11)
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock?" (Ezekiel 34:2)
" 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. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy." (Acts 2:17-18)
False Religion Worthless "This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD : "Stand at the gate of the LORD's house and there proclaim this message: "Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the LORD. This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place." (Jeremiah 7:1-3)
Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, (1 Corinthians 14:39)
"When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say." (Luke 12:10-12)
The mission and example of Jesus, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free" (Luke 4:18)
A Prophetic Attitude:
"Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should." (Ephesians 6:19-20)
"Although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ." (Ephesians 3:8)
"We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ." (Colossians 1:28)
"I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly." (Psalm 40:10)
"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should." (Colossians 4:2-4)
"If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing." (1 Corinthians 13:2)
"I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD." (Psalm 40:9)
"Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you." (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
The Prophet's Burden:
"To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it." (Jeremiah 6:10)
"Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long." (Jeremiah 20:8)
"Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness." (Acts 4:29)
[ False Prophets ] "Do not prophesy," their prophets say. "Do not prophesy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us." (Micah 2:6)
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." "Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child." But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you." (Jeremiah 1:5-7)
"The priests, the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speak these words in the house of the LORD. But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the LORD had commanded him to say, the priests, the prophets and all the people seized him and said, "You must die!" (Jeremiah 26:7-8)
“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." (Acts 20:22-24)