In due season
Is. 50: 4The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. 5The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
A word in season to him that is weary. This is the writing of Isaiah, but is speaking of Christ which would come thousands of years later. Isaiah was indeed a prophet, and spoke to the children of Israel concerning the things of God.
Prophets functioned all throughout the bible, and were known to speak a word at just the right time, to just the right person. A word in due season. That is the job of a prophet, to speak a word at just the right time.
In the O.T., there are 3 words which describe the job of a prophet. 1-means to bubble forth, as from a fountain. That word is nabi. SO the prophet would literally bubble out the words of God. The prophet is the stream, which flows out from the source which is a spring.
The other two words ro’eh, and hozeh, when applied to the title of a prophet is pertaining to a seer. Or someone who beholds the vision of God-In other words, they see into the divine will of God.
The “prophet” proclaimed the message given to him, as the “seer” beheld the vision of God. Thus a prophet was a spokesman for God; he spake in God’s name and by his authority. He is the mouth by which God speaks to men, and hence what the prophet says is not of man but of God. Prophets are the immediate organs of God for the communication of his mind and will to men. The whole Word of God may in this general sense be spoken of as prophetic, inasmuch as it was written by men who received the revelation they communicated from God, no matter what its nature might be. The foretelling of future events was not a necessary but only an incidental part of the prophetic office.
It is not necessary for a prophet to see into the future, as much as it is for him to speak forth the oracles of God. The prophet is set in order of the ministries, as 2nd, only to the apostle.
The job of the apostle is basically a church planter. They are the ones that set the church in order, and get it running. Then comes the prophet, with the words of edification for the people.
Prophets weren’t just under the old covenant, but are also still functioning today. As we can see, Paul felt that it was very important to have prophets in the church.
1 Cor: 12 ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Ephesians 4:11 Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers.
Jesus was called the great prophet throughout the bible several times, and is still the great prophet of the church today.
We know that the gift is still functioning, but we don’t necessarily call them as they are.
It is a great event in your life, to receive a word from a prophet. A word that you have no doubt is straight from the throne.