The Role and Responsibility of the Prophet

First, let’s define what a prophet is.  A prophet is a man or woman that has been called by God to function as part of the Five-Fold Ministry as mentioned in Ephesians 4:11: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers”.  The term Prophetess is used when referring to a woman that holds this office.  The Prophet or Prophetess is an anointed minister who God has given the ability to perceive and speak the mind of Christ to individuals, churches, businesses as well as nations.  Prophet defined in the Greek as a messenger or a spokesman for God that speaks by divine revelation.

There are those who have the “prophetic gifting”, but are not called to the office of the Prophet.

    I Corinthians 12:1-11:

    Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

    Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

    Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

    Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

    And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

    And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

    But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

    For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

    To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

    To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

    But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.


The Responsibility of the Prophet

The prophet's primary responsibility is to bring about restoration, balance and order as well as speaking out against injustice, abuse and blatant unfairness in the church, the marketplace and government.  The prophet is a warrior, a watchman, and a gatekeeper and is constantly in a state of readiness to do battle in the heavenlies.  Ephesians 6:12 clearly shows that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Again prophets are warriors, not competitors.  The spirit of competition does not exist in the life of a prophet/prophetess.  Prophets are not judgmental towards other Christians who are doing the work of the Lord, however, are very judgmental when it comes to sin.  The prophet is to “bring a big dose of God” wherever he or she goes; and is in total agreement with the word of God and has a fair knowledge of the written word.

The prophet's spirit is in line with the Holy Spirit in that everything the prophet speaks or declares points directly to Jesus Christ and not to him or herself.  A willingness to learn from others as the Lord leads and directs is also very important for the Prophet/Prophetess, because the Prophet/Prophetess does not know everything and can’t “study’ everything.