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The definition of a prophet of the New Testament is totally different from that of a prophet of the Old Testament. The major difference lies in the fact that in the old Covenant, a prophet was there to speak on behalf of God. God did not live in man by his Spirit on a permanent basis, that is why a prophet was there to be as an intermediary between God and the people, or a person of the people. It could happen that the Holy Spirit was temporarily in a person, so there was no need of a Prophet in this case. The prophet of the old Covenant was a person, man or woman, who could make a link of communication between God and men.
In the new Covenant things are different, in the sense where the Holy Spirit makes his permanent home in those who are born again and who have received the Spirit of God in them. We can conclude that every member of the Church, the people of God, has the potential to communicate directly with God. It is not necessary to have a prophet in the manner of the old Covenant, because everyone has the potential to enter into direct contact with God. This doesn’t mean that you cannot give me a word of God as a son or daughter of God.
The cases of prophecies are rare in the new Covenant, this simply because since the cross, God speaks directly to His children. We can take an example where Paul receives a word for his own life.
Acts 21: 10-13 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
It is clear that this was not a surprise for Paul to hear what Agabus said. God had already said it to him ; the word of Agabus was just a confirmation for Paul. Just read what Paul said some time earlier.
Acts 20: 22-25 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
Paul knew that he would be taken away as prisoner. This word of Agabus was only a confirmation of God and not a piece of information for Paul. It is only in this way that one can receive a word of God by others, in a confirmation. It can be a word of knowledge or a word that confirms a fact. Since the cross, God informs His children without the intermediary of a prophet.
This shows us that when a person comes up to me and asks me if I wish to be prophesied on my person, in the sense where this person wishes to inform me, this is not necessary, because God speaks to me and informs me directly.
1 Corinthians 14:31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
Too many Christians act almost like people who would go after the fortune-tellers, asking for "prophecies" about their lives.
Often, it simply happens due to lack of knowledge or by the fact that it is easier to ask someone rather than spend time ourselves in the presence of God in order to receive a response.
With a little motivation, you have all the potential to receive words directly from God for your life, so stop unnecessary intermediaries...
Bye for now.