“And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and
the Lord said unto me, Go,
prophesy unto my people Israel.”Amos 7:15.
Help: Patriarchs and Prophets, 589, 590; Prophets and Kings, 407, 408.
“In giving light to
His people anciently, God did not work exclusively through any one class.Daniel was a prince of Judah.Isaiah also
was of the royal line.David was a
shepherd boy, Amos a herdsman, Zechariah a captive from Babylon, Elisha a tiller of the
soil.The Lord raised
up as His representatives prophets and princes, the noble and the lowly, and
taught them the truths to be given to the world.”The
Ministry of Healing, 148.
Isaiah to his important work and gave him his message?Isaiah 6:8, 9.Compare 11 Peter 1:21.
was under circumstances of difficulty and discouragement that Isaiah, while yet
a young man, was called to the prophetic mission.Disaster was threatening his country.By their transgression of God’s law the
people of Judah had forfeited His protection, and the Assyrian forces
were about to come against the kingdom of Judah.But the
danger from their enemies was not the greatest trouble.It was the perversity of the people that
brought upon the Lord’s servant the deepest depression.By their apostasy and rebellion they were
inviting the judgments of God.The
youthful prophet had been called to bear to them a message of warning, and he
knew that he would meet with obstinate resistance. . . . His task seemed to him
almost hopeless. . . .”Conflict and Courage, 232.
2How and when
was Jeremiah called to the prophetic office?Jeremiah 1:4-10.
those who had hoped for a permanent spiritual revival as the result of the
reformation under Josiah was Jeremiah, called of God to the prophetic office
while still a youth, in the thirteenth year of Josiah's reign.A member of the Levitical
priesthood, Jeremiah had been trained from childhood for holy service.In those happy years of preparation he little
realized that he had been ordained from birth to be ‘a prophet unto the
nations’; and when the divine call came, he was overwhelmed with a sense of his
unworthiness.‘Ah, Lord God!’ he
exclaimed, ‘behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.’ Jeremiah 1:5,
6.”Prophets and Kings,
3How early in
history was the prophetic gift manifested?Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21.
began with the first book written by Moses, and traced down through all the
prophets the inspired proof in regard to his life, his mission, his suffering,
death, and resurrection.He did not deem
it necessary to work a miracle to evidence that he was the risen Redeemer of
the world; but he went back to the prophecies, and gave a full and clear
explanation of them to settle the question of his identity, and the fact that
all which had occurred to him was foretold by the inspired writers.Jesus ever carried the minds of his hearers
back to the precious mine of truth found in the Old-Testament Scriptures.”The Spirit
of Prophecy, vol. 3, 208, 209.
4According to the Scripture record, what patriarch was first
endowed with the prophetic gift?Jude 14, 15.
was the first prophet among mankind.He
foretold by prophecy the second coming of Christ to our world, and his work at
that time.His life was a specimen of
Christian consistency.Holy lips alone
should speak forth the words of God in denunciation and judgments.His prophecy is not found in the writings of
the Old Testament.We may never find any
books which relate to the works of Enoch, but Jude, a prophet of God, mentions
the work of Enoch.”“Ellen G. White
Comments,” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 1, 1088.
5What is said
concerning the word of the Lord in the days of Samuel?1 Samuel 3:1.
could not communicate with the high priest and his sons; their sins, like a
thick cloud, had shut out the presence of His Holy Spirit.But in the midst of evil the child Samuel
remained true to Heaven, and the message of condemnation to the house of Eli
was Samuel’s commission as a prophet of the Most High.”Patriarchs
and Prophets, 581.
this message from God, ‘Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word
of the Lord yet revealed unto him’ [1 Samuel 3:7]; that is, he was not
acquainted with such direct manifestations of God’s presence as were granted to
6How was Elisha called to the prophetic office?1 Kings , 16, 19-21.
Elijah, divinely directed in seeking a successor, passed the field in which Elisha was plowing, he cast upon the young man's shoulders
the mantle of consecration. . . .To him it was the signal that God had called him to be the successor of
Elijah. . . .Elisha must count the cost¾decide for himself
to accept or reject the call.If his
desires clung to his home and its advantages, he was at liberty to remain there.But Elisha
understood the meaning of the call. . . .Not for any worldly advantage would he forego
the opportunity of becoming God's messenger, or sacrifice the privilege of
association with His servant. . . .Without hesitation he left a home where he was beloved, to attend the
prophet in his uncertain life.”Conflict and Courage, 221.
did God entrust to Daniel?Daniel 1:17, last part.
valued his human capabilities, but he did not trust in them.His trust was in that strength which God has
promised to all who will come to him in humble dependence, relying wholly upon
“He purposed in his
heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank; for he knew that such a
diet would not strengthen his physical powers or increase his mental
capability.He would not use wine, nor any other unnatural stimulant; he would do nothing to
becloud his mind; and God gave him ‘knowledge and skill in all learning and
wisdom,’ and also ‘understanding in all visions and dreams.’[Daniel 1:17.]”Christian
Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 22.
8By whom was
the prophetic gift exercised in early New Testament times?Luke 2:25-38.Compare Luke 1:41-55, 67-79.
heavenly heralds aroused all the wrath of the synagogue of Satan.He followed the steps of those who had charge
of the infant Jesus.He heard the
prophecy of Simeon in the temple courts, who had long been waiting for the
consolation of Israel.The Holy
Ghost was upon him, and he came by the Spirit into the temple.Taking the infant Saviour
in his arms, he blessed God. . . .Satan was filled with frenzy as he saw that the aged Simeon recognized
the divinity of Christ.”Review and Herald, October 29, 1895.
that he held in his arms One who was the Way, the
Truth, and the Life.There was at this
time nothing in Christ’s outward appearance to give him this assurance, but
Simeon had lived in the atmosphere of heaven.The bright beams of the Sun of righteousness gave him spiritual
discernment.His one desire had been to
see Christ.The purity of his life
corresponded to the light he had received, and he was prepared for the
revelation of the great truth that this helpless infant was the Lord’s
anointed, even the Messiah. Joy and exultation transfigured his face as he held
in his arms God’s most precious gift to men.His illumined mind received the light flowing from the Source of all
light.”Ibid.,April 2, 1901.
9How does Paul
describe the manner in which he received certain divine revelations?11 Corinthians 12:1-4.
apostle Paul early in his Christian experience was given special opportunities
to learn the will of God concerning the followers of Jesus.He was ‘caught up to the third heaven,’ ‘into
paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to
utter.’He himself acknowledged that
many ‘visions and revelations’ had been given him ‘of the Lord.’His understanding of the principles of gospel
truth was equal to that of ‘the very chiefest
apostles.’11 Corinthians 12:2, 4,
10He had a clear, full comprehension of ‘the
breadth, and length, and depth, and height’ of ‘the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge.’Ephesians 3:18, 19.
note:“Paul could not tell all that he had seen in
vision; for among his hearers were some who would have misapplied his
words.But that which was revealed to
him enabled him to labor as a leader and a wise teacher, and also molded the
messages that he in later years sent to the churches.The impression that he received when in
vision was ever with him, enabling him to give a correct representation of
Christian character.By word of mouth
and by letter he bore a message that ever since has brought help and strength
to the church of God.To believers
today this message speaks plainly of the dangers that will threaten the church,
and the false doctrines that they will have to meet.”The Acts
of the Apostles, 469, 470.
description of Elijah indicates that the call to the prophetic office does not
remove the prophet above and away from his human characteristics?James 5:17; 1 Kings 17:1.Compare 11 Corinthians 4:5-7.
Elijah we see the natural elements of his character revealed amid the spiritual
life, commingling together in strange confusion; the grace of God and the
impulses and passions of the natural man, each striving for the supremacy.The human is being tried in the furnace and
the dross is revealed, impurity is brought to the surface, but the trial of
Elijah is a scene that all Heaven was looking upon at that time with deep
solicitude.The fine gold appears in his
character, the dross is lost sight of and
consumed.This must be our individual
experience in God's own way.”The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, vol. 2, 490.
learning God’s will for Judah, of whom
did Hilkiah the priest and his associates seek
counsel?11 Kings 22:12-14.
from his earliest manhood, had endeavored to take advantage of his position as
king to exalt the principles of God’s holy law.And now, while Shaphan the scribe was reading
to him out of the book of the law, the king discerned in this volume a treasure
of knowledge, a powerful ally, in the work of reform he so much desired to see
wrought in the land.He resolved to walk
in the light of its counsels, and also to do all in his power to acquaint his
people with its teachings, and to lead them, if possible, to cultivate
reverence and love for the law of heaven.
“But was it
possible to bring about the needed reform?From all that he could learn from the reading of the volume before him, Israel had almost reached the limit of divine forbearance;
soon God would arise to punish those who had brought dishonor upon His
name.Already the anger of the Lord was
kindled against the people.Overwhelmed
with sorrow and dismay, Josiah rent his garments, and bowed before God in agony
of spirit, seeking pardon for the sins of an impenitent nation.
“At that time the
prophetess Huldah was living in Jerusalem, near the Temple.The mind of
the king, filled with anxious foreboding, reverted to her; and he determined to
inquire of the Lord through this chosen messenger, to learn, if possible,
whether by any means within his power he might save erring Judah, now on the verge of ruin.”Ye Shall Receive Power, 268.
“Josiah sent as
messengers to the prophetess, the highest and most honored of the people. He
sent the first men of his kingdom,—men who occupied high positions of trust in
the nation. Thus he conferred honor upon the oracles of God.”“Ellen G. White Comments,” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 3, 1133.
were the prophets often treated?Matthew 23:29-31; , 12; Acts .
said, ‘Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes:
and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge
in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city.’[Matthew 23:34.]This prophecy was literally fulfilled by the
Jews in their treatment of Christ and of the messengers whom God sent to
them.Will men in these last days follow
the example of those whom Christ condemned?”Testimonies to Ministers
and Gospel Workers, 79.
“Prophets and wise
men full of faith and the Holy Ghost, represented by Stephen, James, Paul, and
many others, scribes, men of learning, who understood the Scriptures and could
present them in all their bearings as revealed by God, would be scorned and
persecuted, condemned and put to death.”The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 3, 68.