The Lord has made you go into a deep sleep. He has closed your eyes. (The PROPHETS are your eyes.) He has covered your heads.
(The seers are your heads.) Isaiah 29:10 (New Century Version)
You and I can be very glad we did not live in the time of Isaiah. The apostasy of Israel in those days caused God to make a terrible decision. Because Israel refused to accept the responsibility that went along with God’s grace, God had to take steps to chastise them. In this case, the steps God took were drastic. Destruction, captivity, famine and chaos became the tools God used to bring His children to their senses. Yes, it’s a very good thing that we don’t live in those days. In those days, God blinded the people by taking away the ones who could reveal God’s purposes. Once He removed the PROPHETS, they floundered like men in a pitch-black cave.
The Hebrew word for PROPHET is naviy from the root navat (to look intensely, watch, consider). Please put away the idea that a prophet sees the future. While this is occasionally part of the prophet’s message, the preoccupation with foretelling did not enter the believing community until late in the second century AD after the “church” began its steady progression toward Greek metaphysics and pagan mysticism. The Hebrew PROPHET was a man called by God to deliver God’s message. That is all. He was a spokesman for God. He did not bring his own opinion, evaluation or creative application. He said what God said. End of story.
The root word is instructive. It portrays life in the house of the covenant. The prophet is the eyes of the people of the covenant. He points them toward the way of life by unpacking and revealing what God says. There is a rather terrifying implication. Without eyes, the house is a place of death.
So, why did God take away the eyes of His children? Why did He cause them to become blind? The answer is all about their behavior. They ignored God’s purpose for their election. They did not become the distribution point of grace to the world. They looked after themselves first and foremost. They accumulated rather than distributed. They acted as an exclusive hierarchy of regulation rather than an inclusive community of forgiveness. They denied the priority of God’s commandments. They worshipped man-made institutions and success. They stopped training their children in the ways of the Lord. They were sexually immoral. They took advantage of the weak and the poor. They lived for gain. They served a profitable justice. They followed leaders who did not demonstrate godly character. They clamored for fame. They believed in prosperity for themselves. They turned aside from duty. They let their passions loose. They did not control their appetites or their imaginations.
Therefore, God brought judgment upon them. He led them blindly to destruction. He took away their eyes.
Of course, that was a long time ago. We’re not like that, are we? All those actions and attitudes that characterized the children of Israel don’t look familiar to us, do they? We aren’t blind. We know exactly what we are doing. Can I get someone to turn on the light, please.
Renew Your Mind: Hosea 12:10 (Amplified Bible) I have also spoken to [you by] the PROPHETS, and I have multiplied visions [for you] and [have appealed to you] through parables acted out by the PROPHETS.
Hosea 12:13 (New Century Version) Later the Lord used a PROPHET to bring Jacob’s descendants out of Egypt; he used a PROPHET to take care of the Israelites.
Matthew 10:41 (King James Version) He that RECEIVETH a PROPHET in the name of a PROPHET shall receive a PROPHET'S reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
Luke 1:67-77 (New Century Version) Then Zechariah, John’s father, was FILLED with the HOLY SPIRIT and PROPHESIED: 68 “Let us praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to help his people and has given them freedom. 69 He has given us a powerful Savior from the family of God’s servant David. 70 He said that he would do this through his HOLY PROPHETS who lived long ago: 71 He promised he would save us from our enemies and from the power of all those who hate us. 72 He said he would give mercy to our fathers and that he would remember his holy promise. 73 God promised Abraham, our father, 74 that he would save us from the power of our enemies so we could serve him without fear, 75 being holy and good before God as long as we live. 76 “Now you, child [John the Baptist], will be called a PROPHET of the Most High God. You will go before the Lord to prepare his way. 77 You will make his people know that they will be saved by having their sins forgiven.
Hebrews 1:1-2 (New Century Version) "IN THE PAST spoke to our ancestors through the PROPHETS many times and in many different ways. 2 BUT NOW in these last days God has spoken to us through his Son. God has chosen his Son to own all things, and through him he made the world.
2 Peter 1:20-21 (King James Version) Knowing this first, that NO PROPHECY of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the PROPHECY came not in old time by the will of man: but HOLY MEN [PROPHETS] of God spake as they were MOVED by the HOLY GHOST
Revelation 19:10 (Amplified Bible) ".... WORSHIP GOD! For the substance (essence) of the truth revealed by JESUS is the SPIRIT OF ALL PROPHECY [the vital breath, the inspiration of all inspired preaching and interpretation of the divine will and purpose, including both mine and yours].
"When Any Minister Of God Speaks Under The ANOINTING,
You Are Hearing The VOICE of GOD.
(2 Chronicles 20:20; 1 Peter 4:11)