Jeremiah the prophet received a direct call from YHVH Elohim to warn the nation of Judah, YHVH’s people, of impending judgment if they would not repent and return to his Torah. YHVH commissioned the prophet to warn and to rebuke those at all levels of society: kings, princes, priests and people (1:18). Is it likely that YHVH will raise up a prophet or prophets in the last days prior to the return of Yeshua the Messiah who will be doing the same thing as Jeremiah?
Jeremiah did not feel adequate to the job (1:6), yet YHVH assured him that he was, for YHVH personally had called and empowered him to do what seemed to be an impossible task: for one man, as YHVH’s representative, to set his face against an entire nation and to survive the resulting wrath of the wicked against that righteous man of YHVH (1:7–10; 18–19).
In the end times, will there yet arise true prophets in which the Word of YHVH is shut up like fire in their bones (Jer 20:9) who will utter forth the fiery oracles of YHVH, which like a hammer will smash to pieces the rock-hard hearts of YHVH’s obstinate, rebellious and sinful people (Jer 23:29)?
Yeshua prophesied that in the last days false prophets would arise, and if possible, would deceive the very elect (Matt 24:11, 24). If Satan the adversary has his false prophets on the scene just prior to Yeshua’s return attempting to deceive YHVH’s people, will not YHVH have his true prophets likewise on the scene to warn, rebuke, provoke, incite, encourage, and give spiritual direction to his people?
Some Christian teachers through their unbiblical teachings on the subject of prophets and prophecy are inoculating YHVH’s people against believing that Jeremiah-type prophets will arise in the last days. It is taught that during the New Testament dispensation until the second coming the character and ministry of the prophets is totally different than those during Old Testament times. Since we are living during the so-called age of grace, these teachers reason, YHVH’s prophets now speak only words of edification, exhortation and comfort, and any modern prophets who warn, rebuke, judge, call YHVH’s people to repentance, or otherwise speak in harsh, black and white terms could not be sent of YHVH, for that type of prophet is a thing of the past. They tell us that such a prophet brings strife, division, and disharmony within the church, makes people feel uncomfortable in their sin and therefore cannot receive the church system’s stamp of approval. Is it reasonable to assume that YHVH will limit himself and the going forth of his Word to the constraints of these soft-shoe teachers?
Yeshua said that he did not come to send peace on earth, but a sword. He stated that he came to set a man at variance with his father, daughter, mother and every other member of his family (Matt 10:34–39). Scripture says that YHVH’s Word is like a sharp sword of truth that cuts into the very soul and spirit of man leaving the true heart and intents of man wide open and naked (Eph 6:17; Heb 4:12–13). Did Yeshua commission his disciples to carry forth this style of prophetic ministry?
Prophets existed within the early community of believers of the first century (Acts 11:27; 13:1; 15:32; 21:9, 10; 1 Cor 12:28, 29; 14:29, 32, 37; Eph 2:20; 4:11). Scripture says that YHVH is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8). If the ministry of prophets is not for us today, then perhaps that of pastors, evangelists and teachers are presently irrelevant. Scripture shows that these ministry gifts operated within the body of believers to help build it up; to perfect the saints “until we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Elohim, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah” (Eph 4:11–13). When the spiritual body of Yeshua has achieved this stature, then perhaps the office of the prophet will cease.
Yet, again, some Christian teachers declare that the ministry of the New Testament (NT) prophet is a kinder gentler breed of ministry than those under the so-called Old Testament dispensation. As proof, they will claim that no examples of the “repent or perish, turn or burn,” condemning and judgment style of preaching can be found among those listed as prophets in the New Testament. Based on this notion, these teachers have taught many Christians to either totally reject or to have a strong aversion toward any Jeremiah-type prophets that YHVH may send in our days. Is their analysis correct or have they led the people astray?
Though they did not claim to be prophets, do we find any of the apostolic writers acting like “Old Testament” prophets? How about Peter, John, Jude, James and Paul? They were apostles, but Scripture reveals that they were also prophets who rebuked, warned, and prophesied judgment. Did they speak only ear-tickling, light-duty, soft-shoe words to YHVH’s people avoiding harsh criticism and strong rebuke as do many of the so-called “prophets” today in the Christian church? Absolutely not. Several Scriptures should confirm this question once and for all: 2 Peter 2; Jude (entire book); 2 Thessalonians 2; 1 Timothy 4:1–2; 2 Timothy 3:1–9; 4:1–4; James 4:1–4; 5:1–6; 1 John 2:18; 4:1–3; Revelation (entire book).
After reading these Scriptures, it would seem that the spirit of Jeremiah was alive and well among the early apostolic writers—even during what some Christian teachers would call the “New Testament dispensation of grace”! Will this same prophetic spirit rise up among some of YHVH’s servants in the last days prior to the second coming?
Malachi the prophet answers that question. In chapter four of his book, Malachi speaks of an end-time generation who would return to the Torah of Moses, and about an Elijah (or one coming in the spirit of Elijah) who would turn the hearts of the children to the fathers of their faith.
Isaiah the prophet echoes this idea, as well, when he spoke about a voice crying in the wilderness saying, “Prepare you the way of YHVH, make straight in the desert a highway for Elohim. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.” (Isa 40:3–4.)
John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah prior to Yeshua’s first coming, but this was not the ultimate fulfillment of Malachi’s prophecy, since the day of YHVH’s wrath has yet to occur. Another Elijah, or one(s) coming in the spirit of Elijah, is/are yet to come.
As John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah, likewise the end-time Torah-keeping saints will be those who will come in the spirit of Elijah to prepare the way for the return of Messiah. They will help turn the hearts of the children back to the fathers of the faith (the Jewish or Hebrew roots of the Christian faith as modeled in the Book of Acts) and will help YHVH’s people to restore the ancient paths of Torah (Jer 6:16,19).
As they preach the message of repentance, a return to the Torah (YHVH’s instructions, precepts, teachings in righteousness from his own lips), and strongly admonish YHVH’s people to obey his command to come out of spiritual Babylon (Rev 18:4), which is the spiritual blend of biblical truth and traditions of men that make of none-effect the Word of Elohim, they will, like Jeremiah, come into direct conflict with the church system. As Jeremiah spoke directly and pointedly to the kings, princes, priests and people of his day, so YHVH’s bold Jeremiah-like Elijah generation of remnant warriors who are helping to prepare the way for the Messiah will speak directly and pointedly to the spiritual and secular and humanistic leaders of the last days urging all to repent of their rebellion against YHVH and his Word. Some of these “prophets” will even suffer as spiritual or even physical martyrs, as Yeshua predicted would happen (John 16:2).
Judgment begins first at the house of YHVH (1 Pet 4:17). If those in the house of Elohim are carnal and worldly, we will be judged along with the rest of Babylon (Rev 18:4), unless we repent of our ungodly ways and follow YHVH’s command to “come out of her my people.”
Some of Yeshua’s parables spoke of true and false converts coexisting side by side in the last days (e.g., the Parable of the Wheat and Tares). YHVH is calling his wheat out of Babylon right now. The tares will stay in Babylon to get burned up in the wrath of Elohim that will be poured out on rebellious man. (See Rev 14:4–5 versus 15–20.)
Right now, the Jeremiah the prophet-like Elijah-generation watchmen are sounding the alarm on the city wall urging YHVH’s people to repent and to return to the old or ancient paths of YHVH’s Torah, which were good and gave rest for the soul (Jer 6:16–19). Some will hearken and repent, many will not, but will, instead of taking the message to heart, kill the messenger, as they did to the prophets of old.