What is a Prophet?By: Guy Templeton
Many people on the bloggernacle think that LDS prophets don’t act like biblical prophets. LDS prophets rarely give new scripture or perform dramatic miracles. But is that a correct definition? The LDS Bible Dictionary gives many roles for a prophet. Here are some definitions (formatting changed)
- The work of a Hebrew prophet was to act as God’s messenger and make known God’s will. The message was usually prefaced with the words, “Thus saith Jehovah.”
- He taught men about God’s character, showing the full meaning of His dealings with Israel in the past.
- It was therefore part of the prophetic office to preserve and edit the records of the nation’s history; and such historical books as Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings were known by the Jews as the former Prophets.
- It was also the prophet’s duty to denounce sin and foretell its punishment and to redress, so far as he could, both public and private wrongs.
- He was to be, above all, a preacher of righteousness.
- When the people had fallen away from a true faith in Jehovah, the prophets had to try to restore faith and remove false views about the character of God and the nature of the divine requirement.
- In certain cases prophets predicted future events, such as the very important prophecies announcing the coming of Messiah’s kingdom;
- But as a rule a prophet was a forthteller, rather than a foreteller.
- In a general sense a prophet is anyone who has a testimony of Jesus Christ by the Holy Ghost, as in Num. 11:25-29; Rev. 19:10
Well, that last definition is a bit weak, but overall, it seems that some people have a misconception of what a prophet is. Do you think LDS prophets match the definition of ancient biblical prophets?