Ephesians 4:11-16 (KJV)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Strong’s H5030 – nabiy’ 


  1. spokesman, speaker, prophet

    1. prophet

    2. false prophet

    3. heathen prophet

Strong’s G4396 – prophētēs 


  1. in Greek writings, an interpreter of oracles or of other hidden things

  2. one who, moved by the Spirit of God and hence his organ or spokesman, solemnly declares to men what he has received by inspiration, especially concerning future events, and in particular such as relate to the cause and kingdom of God and to human salvation

    1. the OT prophets, having foretold the kingdom, deeds and death, of Jesus the Messiah.

    2. of John the Baptist, the herald of Jesus the Messiah

    3. of the illustrious prophet, the Jews expected before the advent of the Messiah

    4. the Messiah

    5. of men filled with the Spirit of God, who by God’s authority and command in words of weight pleads the cause of God and urges salvation of men

    6. of prophets that appeared in the apostolic age among Christians

      1. they are associated with the apostles

      2. they discerned and did what is best for the Christian cause, foretelling certain future events. (Acts 11:27)

      3. in the religious assemblies of the Christians, they were moved by the Holy Spirit to speak, having power to instruct, comfort, encourage, rebuke, convict, and stimulate, their hearers

  3. a poet (because poets were believed to sing under divine inspiration)

    1. of Epimenides (Tit. 1:12)

Prophets by far are spoken of more often than any other positions in the five-fold ministry. They go back all the way to the beginning in Genesis. Many of them wrote books and we definitely will see prophets in the end times. So what is a prophet? The most simplest definition is that they are a speaker. In Bible terms, it is one who speaks for God. Their primary job is to tell us the will of God and their secondary job is to tell us what will happen in the future. Let’s start with a list of all the prophets in the Bible.

Male Prophets

  • Enoch Gen 5:21, Jude 1:14-15
  • Abraham Gen 20:7
  • Moses Exo 4:10-16
  • Aaron Exo 7:1
  • That Prophet Deu 18:15-22, John 7:40
  • Unknown Jdg 6:8
  • Samuel 1 Sam 3:20, Acts 3:24
  • Company of prophets 1 Sam 10:5,10, 19:20
  • Saul 1 Sam 10:11
  • Gad 1 Sam 22:5, 24:11
  • Nathan 2 Sam 7:2, 12:25,
  • Ahijah 1 Kings 11:29
  • Man of God out of Judah 1 Kings 13:1-3
  • Old prophet 1 Kings 13:11
  • Jehu 1 Kings 16:7
  • 100 prophets 1 Kings 18:4
  • Elijah 1 Kings 18:22
  • Elisha 1 Kings 19:16, Luke 4:27
  • Prophet sent to Ahab 1 Kings 20:13
  • Prophet son of a prophet 1 Kings 20:35-43
  • The 400 prophets 1 Kings 22:6
  • Jonah, son of Amittai 2 Kings 14:25, Jonah 1:1, Matthew 12:39
  • Isaiah, son of Amoz 2 Kings 19:2, Isaiah 1:1, Matthew 3:3
  • Shemaiah 2 Chronicles 12:5
  • Iddo 2 Chronicles 13:22
  • Obed 2 Chronicles 15:8
  • Jeremiah 2 Chronicles 36:12, Jeremiah 1:1,5, Matthew 2:17
  • Haggai Ezra 5:1, Haggai 1:1
  • Zechariah Ezra 5:1, Zechariah 1:1
  • Azur Jeremiah 28:1
  • Hananiah Jeremiah 28:5
  • Ezekiel Ezekiel 1:3
  • Daniel Daniel 1:17, Matthew 24:15
  • Hosea Hosea 1:1
  • Joel Joel 1:1, Acts 2:16
  • Amos Amos 1:1, 7:14-15
  • Obadiah Obadiah 1:1
  • Micah Micah 1:1
  • Nahum Nahum 1:1
  • Habakkuk Habakkuk 1:1
  • Zephaniah Zephaniah 1:1
  • Malachi Malachi 1:1
  • Jesus Matthew 21:11
  • John the Baptizer Matthew 21:26
  • King David Acts 2:29-30
  • Barnabas Acts 13:1
  • Simeon Niger Acts 13:1
  • Lucius Acts 13:1
  • Saul (Paul) Acts 13:1
  • Judas Acts 15:32
  • Silas Acts 15:32
  • Agabus Acts 21:10

Female Prophets

  • Miriam Exo 15:20
  • Deborah Jdg 4:4
  • Huldah 2 Kings 22:14
  • The prophetess Isaiah 8:3
  • Anna Luke 2:36
  • Philip’s four daughters Acts 21:9

Let’s look at what God says a prophet is.

Exodus 4:10-16 (KJV)
10 And Moses said unto the  Lord, O my  Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.  11  And the  Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the  Lord12  Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.  13 And he said, O my  Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.  14 And the anger of the  Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.  15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.  16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.

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