Ezra 5:1 Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them.
5:2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them.
What is the purpose of the prophets may we ask? Many see only their job as to pester them. They may be viewed by the world as troublesome people, rebelling against the wicked causes of the unregenerate. Yet God has given them to us, pastors and evangelists, to help the people. Many times they are seen as unfavorable, for they tell the truth in righteousness; and as long as they do this, the offence of the cross will not cease. But as offensive as the cross may be, preach it they must! May the prophets given us by God be regarded differently by the people of God; not as a nuisance, but as a helper in the Christian life.
The goal is to help people, not to belittle them or destroy their lives. There is not a God called preacher who purposely tries to do these things if he operating in the power of the Holy Spirit. Their purpose is to persuade people to a better place in their fellowship with God. They are to try to bring benefits into the lives of people by their reasoning with them. Their reason for this is they are called of God. Sent and commissioned not of their choice, but as by choice of the Saviour; for as it written, he has said, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you." They are representatives of God, persuading you of better things! So let us not see the godly Spirit filled man as a bother, but rather as a refreshing wind sent to refurbish our lives.
They are set in the ministry of God's word. There is no other authority. They wish to solace hurting souls by propagating the healing qualities of the Word. This they do with great joy, for the scripture has concluded they are to be ministers of joy. The ministry which has sweep them into the passion of God's work also brings upon them the necessitation of correction. The word heals, but as well it corrects, and this correction is not aimed as to be picking on ones feelings; but rather on the bettering of their lives, so that they may avoid shipwreck. The prophet of God is a guidance representative of the Bible. His ministry is to guide people in the Bible, and not of opinion or preference.
Christian, are you weary with your prophet that God has given you? If he be a man of God then by all means find place to listen to him. For his job is to represent God. He is a proclaimer of the written word. He has an unction with Holy One (as do all believers) and is ordained of God to watch for your souls. His passion is not prove you wrong, but to warn of impending danger. He has a message for you. One divinely written at the desk of God and burned into his heart by the groaning of the Holy Spirit. Listen to your prophet, for any preacher called of God may deliver God's message if you are prepared to listen.
His message is also, one of this: a message of warning, which is of the upmost importance. For this is the message of Christ and the need of salvation for man. In this message we find the hope and theme of eternity. Christ came to redeem man from the wages of sin and everlasting torment. How is it today prophet with your message? Is Christ the central theme? Have we slowed the gospel from leaping off our tongue? and have we traded it in place for the fear of man? Certainly we hope not! For there is no other thing we shall do in this life that bears more importance. Bring forth with power the message of Christ! For unto the lost it is the power of God unto salvation, and to us who are saved it is the power of God evidenced in our lives and eternity. Oh preachers! preach the word! and listeners, listen to the word; for if you would allow it to be so, the prophet is not your enemy, but your helper!