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God have mercy, send us Prophets!

Posted by appolus on March 20, 2012

Leonard Ravenhill : Picture of a Prophet
The prophet in his day is fully accepted 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 these experiences. They are his “brand name.”

The group, challenged by the prophet because they are smug and comfortably insulated from a perishing world in their warm but untested theology, is 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 a lost treasure. The degree of his effectiveness is determined by his measure of unpopularity. Compromise is not known to him.
He has no price tags. He is totally “otherworldly.”
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 of 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 a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, but few “make the grade” in his class.
He is friendless while living and famous when dead.
He is against the establishment in ministry; then he is established as a saint
by posterity. He eats daily the bread of affliction while he ministers, but he feeds the Bread of
Life to those who listen. He walks before men for days but has walked before God for years.
He is a scourge to the nation before he is scourged by the nation.
He announces, pronounces, and denounces!

He has a heart like a volcano and his words are as fire. 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 marketplace. 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” are ahead. But the greatest famine of all in this nation at this given moment is a FAMINE OF THE HEARING OF THE WORDS OF GOD (Amos 8:11).

Millions have been spent on evangelism in the last twenty-five 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 Christian organizations straddle the nation. BUT where, oh where, is the prophet? Where are the incandescent men 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 totally otherworldly. 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, nonself-seeking, nonself-projecting, nonself- righteous,
nonself-glorying, nonself-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!

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9 Responses to “God have mercy, send us Prophets!”

  1. lpm said

    Thank you for writing this- it really spoke to me and encouraged me. 🙂

  2. appolus said

    Hi sister, the man who wrote this was Leonard Ravenhill……………. bro Frank

  3. Mark and Pam Proper said

    H A L L E L U A ! ! !

  4. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) said

    Hi bro Frank, after reading Leonard Ravenhill’s “Picture of a Prophet”, I felt nudged to write the poem below which is the outcome of having read several of your spiritually profound and deeply compassionate prophetic articles and comments. Wayne’s humble self-evalution and outstanding contribution, which is prophetic likewise, all along the line has reignited a flame in my heart of which I thought it would never burn again. Thanks, brothers. Also, I have derived so much benefit from those God-breathed entries I was blessed to read from all those who wrote on this site (that is for example, Allan and Robert Halton, Martin Joseph, William E. Males, Ann Allen, Steffi(dotorg), Sue Z, and many, many others). May God richly bless your obedience toward His voice. Thanks to you all, my sisters and brothers.
    Nonetheless, this poem too is the result of (start of quote) “an increasing burden to pray for those who are being called to the narrower path in these days” (end of quote), taken from Martin’s comment on “Delivered from the Word of Faith cult”. Martin, you have been a great inspiration for me. Thank you!

    However, I do not want to withhold from you that I have been suffering from horrible satanic attacks recently (even as I write this entry….. 😈 ). Honestly, your prayers for me would be much appreciated, brothers and sisters!
    Yet increasingly, I also realize that the Lord has blessed me by sharing a, though still small, part of His sufferings because I feel a mysterious joy emerging from whencever though I apparently have been rejected regarding my faith and writing more than once during the last two years. But I may also gratefully say that I have experienced unexpected support from other bloggers who are called to walk the narrow path and who confirmed the truth of what God had put into my heart before.
    Thanks to you, all of my brothers and sisters, who are inside and outside the church on our way to Him. May God bless you as He has blessed me by getting to know you.

    Love,
    Susanne

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    THE PROPHETS CALL

    by Susanne Schuberth (Germany)

    Those who are aliens here on earth
    Endure tormenting pangs of birth
    They make the call to share their pains
    Alas, the whore is bound in chains
    She’s looking for applause of crowds
    The prophets though are His ‘all-outs’

    They call the stout to leave the wall
    So they can hear the desert’s call
    That calls for you and me, my friend
    To leave that church which is a blend
    Of truth and lies we might not see
    And if we stay, we won’t get free

    God calls us to the narrow path
    So that we may escape His wrath
    That is to come so very soon
    When sun is darkened, and the moon
    Where you can hear the weak one say
    “He strengthened me, I’m on His way”

    Don’t we reject the voice we hear
    Through prophets’ words and by our ear
    They urge us that we make our choice
    And listen to His longing voice
    The Lord’s still speaking to our heart
    Because He wills that we take part

    In joining them wholeheartedly
    Who prayed to Him for eyes to see
    The wickedness down to the core
    Of Satan’s wife, his bride, his whore
    See, all the years she took from Him
    The fat, the wool, the sheep at whim

    Still there is time for us to come
    Unto the Lord before it’s done
    The prophets who stand in the breach
    Were called for us to pray and preach
    Don’t we despise their words that hurt
    Since Christ now wants to sift from dirt

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    • Susanne Schuberth (Germany) said

      Correction:
      “Wayne’s humble self-evaluation and outstanding contribution, which is prophetic likewise, all along the line has reignited a flame in my heart of which I thought it would never burn again.

    • appolus said

      Tremendous poem sister. God bless you. It is not an easy path this walk and often times our only solace comes from the arms we have been driven into. You have my prayers sister, you have my prayers……………….bro Frank

      • Susanne Schuberth (Germany) said

        Thank you, Frank. I feel your prayers, brother. Yes, often times He is our only solace. But your reply has been much solace too. In His arms there is that peace and deep, mysterious calmness that surpass all understanding, so that the flaming darts of the evil one bounce back into the darkness where they came from as soon as Satan observes that a believer by faith has been driven into the Lord’s always open arms. Actually, “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Even the darts of the evil one.

  5. Tim Shey said

    “Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and honor those whom they have slain”

    –Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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