Prophets and Prophetesses in the Bible

Prophets and Prophetesses in the Bible were individuals who received a call from God to be God’s spokesperson, often connected with some crisis that was about to occur, and then announced God’s message of judgment and/or deliverance to Israel and the nations. Clearly, then, a prophet is an authorized spokesperson for God with a message that originated with God and was communicated through a number of means. When God spoke to these Prophets and Prophetesses, they had no choice but to deliver that word to those to whom God directed it.

Abraham  Obadiah  Habakkuk
Isaac  Achiyah of Shiloh  Zephaniah
Jacob  Yahu ben Chanani  Uriah from Kiryat Yearim
Moses  Azariah ben Oded  Jeremiah
Aaron  Chaziel son of Metaniah  Ezekiel
Joshua  Eliezer of Morisha  Shmaya
 Pinchas the High Priest  Hosea  Baruch
 Elkanah (father of Samuel)  Amos  Neriah
 Eli the High Priest  Micah  Seriah
 Samuel  Amotz  Mechasiah
 Gad  Elijah  Haggai
 Nathan  Elisha  Zechariah
 King David  Jonah  Malachi
 King Solomon  Isaiah  Mordechai
 Eido  Joel  Chanani
Michiyahu ben Yimlah Nahum  Oded
 Sarah (wife of Abraham, mother of all Jews)  Chanah (mother of Samuel)  Esther (of Purim fame)
 Miriam (sister to Moses)  Abigail
 Deborah (the only female among the Judges)  Chuldah

The basic definition of  Prophets and Prophetesses in the Bible, is one who speaks for God. Prophecy consists largely in speaking God’s word, calling people to repentance, warning of future judgments, and praising the Lord.

Numbers 12:6 – And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

Numbers 12:6 – He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

Daniel 10:18-19
18 Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, 19 And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.

2 Peter 1:20 –  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

Isaiah 8:20 – To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Matthew 24:4-5
4And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

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