“How Long must I Endure the Silence of My Prophets”
“My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience.”
Walking in the office of the prophet is not all bad. It does have its high points. As long as you stay dedicated to seeking God, controlling your emotions and personal thoughts, you will be found a useful instrument of God for His people.
The life blood of any caring prophet is the testimonies. Without the continual positive reports coming in from His people, you feel the prophetic stream within drying up, leaving you a parched and lonely vessel. However, each report confirming that you have heard God clearly brings a new and fresh anointing, giving you the boldness to go deeper when seeking God for the next batch of requests.
“He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward.”
We all agree that Jesus was and always will be “The Prophet.” There are major and minor prophets, but Jesus is “The Prophet”, the ultimate Word of God. Therefore, it would make more sense if the verse of Scripture read: “He who receives a prophet in the name of “The Prophet” (referring to Jesus), rather than “a prophet in the name of a prophet”. To receive a Word from a prophet that came from “The Prophet,” Christ Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords, would be easier to understand. Then the reward comes from “The Prophet” (Jesus), not just any old prophet, but from Him, the Word of God. For the reward is always in His Word, not in yours.
“Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”
2 Chronicles 20:20
Another reason to receive prophets in the Name of “The Prophet” is the reward of prosperity. The word “prosperity” is defined as “help along the journey.” There will be many times in life’s travels that you will need a prophet to help you find your way back to prosperity. We all know how easy it is to get off track and lose sight of where we are headed. That is another reason why God has given His Church prophets.
“And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings…”
1 Corinthians 12:28
Over the years, I have found it very difficult to work full time within the local church as a prophet. In trying the fivefold ministry, threefold ministry and a few other formulas, none seemed to work. The main problem was always the same. Either the pastor or someone with a dynamic personality would take control, telling you what you could say and what you could not say when giving a word, or there was the true Word of God delivered, and it made someone angry and they wanted to retaliate.
Another popular personality would always seem to rise to the occasion, the jealous one. This would be a person who felt they were not receiving enough attention, so another problem would begin to boil over, tainting the true purpose of the prophet.
Finally, after much prayer and seeking Him for answers, He gave me the reason why it was not working in the local church. First of all, it was not in the format of fivefold or threefold, but rather the answer was in the true understanding of what the Church is and not what we have made it to be.
Over the years, our daily language has painted a picture of what we think the church is. Like, “I got saved and began to go to church.” Another cliché is: “What church do you belong to?” There are countless others, but the fact is there is only one Church, and it is neither a denomination nor non- denomination. It is the invisible Church of God, the Kingdom of God on earth as well as in Heaven.
When I study the Old Testament prophets of God, they were not in the temples or synagogues. They were far away from the crowd seeking God. When the people saw the prophet or prophets of God coming down from the high place, they were all ears to hear what God was now saying through the prophets. Another thing when you are with the fellowship of the local church and someone needs a word from God, it does not have the power unless you have been absent from the body for a long period of time. The reason is twofold. First, if you are the prophet and thoughts start coming to your mind, you wonder: “Is this something I overheard, or is my personal knowledge of the person influencing my words?” The second part is the recipient of the word will wonder if someone told the prophet about their personal life or about the problem they were experiencing, and this drastically diminishes the power of the word.
If the prophet was a total stranger then you know they have heard God because there was no way they could have known what was going on in their life. This is another reason why standing alone as a prophet of God is important for the people. The sacrifice sometimes is hard but well worth the reward in knowing that you are truly helping His people by accurately hearing His Word.
Andy Frasure posted to Kent Simpson on Facebook
While going through my stuff I stumbled on a word I received from you in mid 2009. I was not serving God then and they meant little to me, today as I listened to the word God spoke through you, it all makes sense. Thank you for being a instrument for God to work through in the service of others.
Dear Brother Kent,
Thank you so very much for taking time to hear from God for me. I know you have a lot of people to send messages to – you got mine out to me faster than expected!
I so appreciate everything you spoke about, and it is simmering in my spirit, as I lift it to the Lord with gratitude and seek Him as to how to walk out this word. I prophesy to others as the Lord leads and it is just a wonderful blessing to get a word myself!
Blessings to you and thank you again,
I received the CD with my personal prophecy that you recorded. I have to say I cried and laughed at the Words of the Lord you spoke forth.
This Word confirmed many things to me. First of all, I have sensed that God was about to bring forth things that I have hoped for, had faith for, and even spoken out and that was confirmed in this Word. Secondly, when you said that there are times something rises in me and I become “brash” with others you were right on the mark. God has been working on me since this past spring on the way I speak to people. Just when I think I have overcome something happens and I start all over again where the Lord and I left off. When you said that people feel ” a little like they have been sandpapered” I was able to see happening to people when I come across in brash tones.
Thirdly, the good things God showed you about me was right on the mark. Fourth, I am a person that likes excitement and romance but I am the type of person that will take the mundane jobs because I see a need for those things to be completed.
Fifth point, while you spoke the words that I needed a companion that would put my needs above his own needs, I must say that caught me off guard in a way. My husband of 10 years past away 2 years ago and I have said that I do not want to get married again. Now, I have felt that if I were to ever get married again it would be to a man who puts God first and would treat me as Christ treats the church but really never thought I would get married again. So while I don’t want a man in my life, and even told the Lord that, whatever God’s Will for me on this earth will be done as it is already done in Heaven.
Thank you so very much for this Word and while I have listened over and over to it, I also have taken the time to “Write it down” on paper. I will pray through this Word and expect God to perform His Word in His Time!
Blessings to you,