This Prophets page is added by popular demand!  A great deal of interest has been
expressed in the Prophets, the Prophets of the Old Testament, and Bible on the
prophets.

First, something about Prophets in the Bible in order to deal with search questions.

1.  Who are the Writing Prophets of the Old Testament?

From classical Bible studies and books, there are general considered to be 16
Writing Prophets per se in the Old Testament, 4 major prophets and 12 minor
prophets, called minor prophets simply because they are smaller books than those
of the major prophets.   Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel, of course are the
majors.  You can hardly when you read Amos of Joel call their messages minor.  
However, the answer is not that simple in that Moses who wrote the Pentateuch, or
first five books of the Bible, is often called a Prophet in the New Testament; but we
know that Moses had many other functions in Israel and in the writing of the Bible
beyond those Prophets who were primarily prophets all the time.  {Of course Amos
was also a sheep herder and tender of sycamore trees.}  Also David while busy as a
King, warrior, and poet was also called a Prophet in the New Testament; of course,
writing most of if not all of the Psalms under the leadership of the Spirit of Christ and
Holy Spirit.  Likewise King Solomon writing the Song of Ecclesiastes and Proverbs.  
We know from the historical books of many Prophets of the Old Testament like
Elisha, Elijah, and Samuel who were not called by God to write prophetic books of
the Old Testament; but who like the writing prophets had messages for the people of
the day.

2.  You can read more on all of these Old Testament Prophets in the two volumes
below of the LEARN CHRIST FROM THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS.

Volume 1:  Prophets and Apostles, the Old Testament According to the New
Testament.  A Magic Outline Survey of the Old Testament based on what the
Apostles and Jesus in the New Testament gave us for clear understanding.  Why
speculate on what the Old Testament means when the Apostles and Jesus told us
exactly how to understand the prophets, and indeed even showed us their quotes
with explanations of what God considers the most important matters to know from
the Old Testament?   You are really studying  the whole Bible itself in this Magic
Outline sequenced by Genesis through Malachi and with exegetical and
superimposed topics.  After reading and studying with your Bible close at hand, you
will come away with a satisfaction that you have a much better grasp of the total
message of the Bible!  The LEARN CHRIST commentaries are guides to Bible
Study.  Perhaps, you have not downloaded the chapter,
"Gospel in Isaiah", which is
a good example of guidance in Bible study!  You will find that these study guides are
of the Bible itself rather than the oft seen commentaries that are about the Bible. Or if
you would like read the first chapter from volume 1 of Prophets and Apostles, the Old
Testament According to the New Testament.

Chapter 1 of volume 1, "The Old Testament According to the New Testament".

As well as seeing in the later part of this chapter the way the Magic Outline works,
and how in the chapter title of "The Living God of the Living" is derived from these
quotes of all of Genesis and part of Exodus, you will read thorough treatments of a
good conscience and a seared conscience in the Bible.  Likewise you will find a
very large listing of Prophet Messiah, favorite Bible words for Jesus, quotes and
references in the Old Testament.

Volume 5:  The Message of the Writing Prophets which includes Moses, David, and
Solomon along with the 4 major and 12 minor Writing Prophets.  Like all volumes of
the LEARN CHRIST commentaries it centers around Christ.  Volume 5 like volume 1
is constructed around the Magic Outline of the Old Testament, likewise the whole
Bible, being simultaneously a Bible book and a topic outline.  Of course, the depth of
this volume 5 is built on and goes beyond that of volume 1, with an emphasis on the
commonality of THE MESSAGE of the Writing Prophets.

Chapter 16 of volume 5, "The Writing Prophets on the Prophet Messiah."

While seeing the continued and more thorough presentation of the Magic Outline at
the peak of volume 5, you will also see a Bible discussion of the Prophet Messiah
quotes in the Old Testament.

3.  The Prophets had a message for their day and time, which by the way is the
same relevant message for our day and time.  They also had a predictive message,
generally one which would shortly apply to the nation of Israel and had a fuller and
long range meaning, which some like to call a double meaning.

4.  Some wrestle with those who call themselves prophets or Prophets today, how
they fit into God's kingdom today.  For example the so-called Prophets of the
Mormons and the increased Bible teachers from among Pentecostals.  This is a
legitimate concern since there are so many of them and they seem so sincere, and
indeed we do read of some prophets and prophetess in the New Testament such as
those who warned against the imprisonment of Paul.  There are certain
fundamentals of the Bible, clearly written and understood, except among those who
have become intolerant today of sound doctrine, an inevitable consequence among
church members of the Falling Away.

(1).  Popularity among church members and those who call themselves by the name
of Christ is a bad sign during the approximately 40 years of the Falling Away.

(2).  We have to face up, and strive to identify by a "testing the spirits", the false
prophets, false teachers, and itching ears teachers foretold by Jesus and the
Apostles as dominant in the last days and Falling Away.  The human tendency is to
look for them in every church, denomination, and country except our own.  It is like
the surveys of Americans which indicates a dissatisfaction with Congress as a
whole, but not with their own congressman.

(3).  The teachings of God through the Apostle Paul are being ignored today among
church members, especially that of I and II Corinthians, such as on how to worship
without confusion and a prevalence of self-expression over group worship of God, on
the difference between revelation which only came to the Prophets and Apostles in
the writing of Bible and illumination which can come to any Christian with the help of
the Holy Spirit, the warnings to church members against the haughty attitudes that
the "Word of God came to them only" or that "the Word of God came out of them".

(4).  The "itching ears" teachers during this time of the final Falling Away, much like
the falling away of all of Israel in the wilderness except for approximately 6 souls, will
manifest itself in a "heaping up" of these kind of Bible teachers, preachers, and
Prophets like no other time on earth.  Look around you on TV, in best sellers, on
radio, and in the pulpits:  they are coming out of the wood work like a vast army of
termites.  Everybody has a song, everybody has a message, and everybody has a
prophesy!

6.  The Prophet Joel, one of the so-called Minor Prophets of the Bible, is a good
example of a Prophet with both a contemporary message-for his fellow citizens and
for us today-and prophetic predictions for the future.  Perhaps you would like to view
a short   
PowerPoint Presentation on Joel.  

NOTE:  If you have any problem with the download of this PowerPoint
presentation on Joel, please email me at bibleman@netscape.com.  I will
email it to you free of charge.  Thank You!
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