Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred…. –1 Chronicles 12:32
A prophet is one who knows his times and what God is trying to say to the people of his times….
Today we need prophetic preachers; not preachers of prophecy merely, but preachers with a gift of prophecy. The word of wisdom is missing. We need the gift of discernment again in our pulpits. It is not ability to predict that we need, but the anointed eye, the power of spiritual penetration and interpretation, the ability to appraise the religious scene as viewed from God’s position, and to tell us what is actually going on….
Where is the man who can see through the ticker tape and confetti to discover which way the parade is headed, why it started in the first place and, particularly, who is riding up front in the seat of honor?…
What is needed desperately today is prophetic insight. Scholars can interpret the past; it takes prophets to interpret the present. Learning will enable a man to pass judgment on our yesterdays, but it requires a gift of clear seeing to pass sentence on our own day….
Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the Throne. Of God and Men, 19-22.
“Lord, I pray for that gift of prophetic insight. Move me beyond the knowledge You’ve enabled me to gain through education, reading, and study. I pray that I might lead as one ‘who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the throne.’ Amen.”
A. W. Tozer Sermon: Prophetic Preachers
By Robert Hart
It is not the duty of the clergy to blunt the sharpness, to soften the hammer, to quench the
fire. Woe to the preacher who protects the people from the Word that kills, because he
protects them also from being made alive – truly and forever alive. Woe to the preacher
who acts as a buffer, deflecting the force of the Scriptures to soften the blow, because in
protecting the people from the stroke, he prevents their healing.
If his labors in the pulpit amount to a lifetime of standing between the people and the
word of God, reducing its effect, taming it and making it polite, presentable, and
harmless, he will have nothing to show for it in the end but wood, hay, and stubble,
instead of gold, silver, and precious stones.
If the passages that have been read speak of life and death, then elaborate on life and
death. If they speak of repentance, then preach that men should repent. When they
encourage faith, proclaim faith. When they warn of hell and the judgment to come, then
blow the trumpet as a faithful watchman on the walls. When they comfort, speak as a
pastor who feeds the sheep.
Let the meaning of the Scriptures be expounded to their full effect; proclaim from them
the truth that affects the eternal destiny of the souls in your care. It is far easier to preach
if a man will ride the Scriptures like a wave, letting them make their own point and arrive