The doctrine of the last prophet – Part 4
Let me state clearly here, upon the authority of the Word, that any Christian who forsakes God’s arrangement for the perfecting of His Body would remain a child (sometimes overblown and overgrown) and will continue to be “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight or men and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Eph 4:14. This is what happens to all those who believe in this demonic doctrine of the Last Prophet because they have despised the other gifts of the Lord for the growth and perfecting of His Body.
Let us see how this new arrangement of the New Testament came about. Heb 1:1 tells us about the old arrangement. God spoke to the Jewish Fathers by His prophets. They always brought the Word of the Lord to the people. A time came when these people challenged this arrangement. They rejected the Authority of the Lord that came to them by Samuel. They said they wanted a king over them (1 Sam. 8:5). From this point in the life of natural Israel, the role of the prophets began to diminish. They became advisers and counselors to the kings; e.g. Nathan to David etc; until about 400 years to the first coming of the Lord, when the voice of prophecy died completely.
A few years before “THE PROMISED PROPHET” (Deut 18:15) came upon the scene, God raised up a man by the name of John the Baptist to prepare the way for the coming King, the perfect revelation of God, which ushered us into a new arrangement in which the Apostolic ministry even supersedes the Prophetic ministry.
Elijah, The Prophet
There is a particular scripture upon which the proponents of this demonic doctrine have rested their case. It is a clear case of wrongly dividing the word of Truth. but today, we are going to see this scripture by the eyes of the Holy Spirit. This scripture is in Malachi 4:5 and it reads thus; “Behold, I will send you ELIJAH THE PROPHET before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”
It is clear that this Scripture is talking about the last days. It speaks of days “before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord”. The coming of Elijah precedes the two comings of the Lord. A King is always a King, and His way has to be prepared on each occasion (Malachi 3:1). When the king was coming the first time, Elijah did not come in person. John the Baptist made it clear to the Jews, when they went to ask him who he was, that he was not Elijah (John 1:21). Some think that either John was lying or he was trying to be too modest. It is neither of these. He was not Elijah, because at that time, Elijah was in glory land, in the translated body. But, thank God that Luke 1:17 tells us that the spirit and power (anointing) of Elijah came upon a man, John the Baptist for the work of restoration that was necessary prior to His first coming (Matt.17:10-13). This anointing came upon a man because the divine arrangement for that time was that God was speaking to the Jewish fathers by the prophets (Heb. 1:1).
I invite you to join us as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Watchmen’s International Conference from Monday, March 30 to Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the Maranatha Dome of FOBIM, Opp. KAAB Filling Station, Leme, Abeokuta at 10.00am daily. For more information please call 08037253604 or 07034495177.
Bro. Kunle Adigun, Friends of the Bridegroom International Ministries (FOBIM)
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