MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 54
Article views: 2
Latest Badges:

View all Elijah's badges.

Prophets vs Profits

23 April 2013, 07:29

What is a prophet? Judaism 101 defines it as follows: ‘Many people think of a prophet as any person who sees the future. While the gift of prophecy certainly includes the ability to see the future, a prophet is far more than just a person with that ability. A prophet is basically a spokesperson for God, a person chosen by God to speak 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. The Hebrew word for a prophet, ‘navi’ comes from the term ‘niv sefatayim’ meaning ‘fruit of the lips’ which emphasises the prophet’s role as a speaker.’

As always the emphasis is on the task or function that the person must fulfil. It does not refer to the higher levels of some hierarchy. A good comparison would be the concept of ‘mother’ – any mother will tell you that being a mother is not a title but essentially a function, something that you do whether you feel like it or not. Hierarchical thinking and structures as exemplified in organisations like businesses and the military is not really the way of the Kingdom of God. Messiah said in John 15:15: ‘…but I have called you friends, for all the things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.’ He is basically saying that He has been transparent, something hierarchies are not particularly good with.

To be ‘false’ simply means: ‘not according to truth or fact, incorrect.’ It does not require an in depth study of the Bible to realize that the Lord hates anything false. Whether false: dealings (Exod 8:29); testimony (Exod 20:16); reports (Exod 23:1); gods (Deut 32:21); accusations (1 Kings 8:31); confidence (Ps 62:10); beliefs (Jer 7:14); visions (Jer 14:14) and then of course ‘false prophets’ (Jer 23:9)

Why is being false a problem? It’s because it’s sin. And what is sin? Sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). What law? Well, the Torah – the word ‘law’ is just an inferior translation of Torah. But the standard is Torah, it is there where God articulated and defined what is right and what is wrong. Yes but what about the rituals? You mean the slaughter of animals and so on? It taught the seriousness of sin before the Lord and was a shadow of how Messiah would die for us. The physical spoke of and taught of the spiritual or unseen realm. The spiritual content of the Torah is eternal, whether it is 350 BC or 23 April 2013. Torah then refers to all the standards, values, teachings, statutes, principles, precepts of the inspired word of God. Remember, if we get saved it is by grace, in other words, we cannot earn it. But to walk in righteousness or righteous paths we have to align with Torah. I have just defined for you what the Torah is. Messiah is the Torah (Word) made flesh, that is, He not only fulfilled the Torah, but corrected false teachings and used parables to explain the different levels of meaning of the Word of God.

Here are some of the false prophets listed in the Bible: Ahab (Jer 29:21); Pashur (20:6); Hananiah (Jer 28:15); Shemaiah (Jer 29:31); Balaam (2 Pet 2: 15-16). See we live in the days of political correctness. It is unpopular to speak the truth. There is unwritten rule or understanding that says that we have to always cushion the truth. This is another fulfilment of the word of Paul the apostle or ‘sent one’ when he told Timothy (2 Tim 4: 3): ‘For the time will come when they will not endure (tolerate) sound doctrine (truth), but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up from themselves teachers, and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.’

False prophets are not sent by God (Jer 29:31); speak lies (Jer 28:15); are greedy    (Jer 6:13); teach others to follow after other gods -like mammon (Deut 13: 1-3); they prophesy peace, when what is required is a warning (Jer 6:14) and all men speak well of them (Luke 6:26)

The false prophets fulfil this vital role in that people want to hear what they want to hear. It’s a lucrative industry today. True prophets always point us to Messiah, false prophets always imply, if we listen to them carefully, that they themselves are awesome.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Mohammed Parak
Zero Gravity

It's not everyday that a thought comes up, highlighting something you didn't know before. Read more...

0 comments 271 views
Submitted by
Could Glencore be wiped out?

Glencore is a stock that everyone’s talking about, but the mining giant has collapsed again. Read more...

0 comments 2780 views
Submitted by
The Scribe
In Defence of Dianne Kohler-Barna...

The media, especially social media is all agog about THAT Facebook share by Dianne Kohler-Barnard. Read more...

0 comments 2656 views
Submitted by
Michael Ernest Meder
Crime entitlement

Entitlement is a major underlying cause of crime.

0 comments 231 views
Submitted by
Mike Van Wyk
Should big banks offer more unsec...

Since the crisis of 2008, the major banks have gone back to providing their fundamental function, but have been slow to keep pace with the growing demand for loans by South Africans. Read more...

0 comments 942 views
Submitted by
Stishera Khumalo
Corruption - Enough is Enough

Corruption has gone too far now.

0 comments 2087 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2015 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.