Book Review: The Prophets of God


I recently read The Prophets of God, by John Finkbeiner,G and was impressed enough that I decided to write a review.

The premise for this book is that in the last days God is going to call some to the true office of the prophet. In the past, those called to this office had a specific purpose. Their job was to warn the people of God of impending disciplinary judgment, and to declare God’s coming wrath to unbelieving nations. They were watchmen on the wall.

There is a difference between a prophet, and a person who operates in the spiritual prophetic gifts (1 Corinthians 12). Those who operate in the gifts typically build up or rebuke individual believers through the gifts of knowledge or wisdom. Sometimes, they will also receive insight from God of future events or trends. However, the prophet stands guard to protect and warn the body of believers, and warn the world. They sometimes address individuals, but their primary ministry is wider than that.

One advantage you will gain by reading this book, is learning how to recognize a true prophet of God, and to distinguish them from the many false prophets that are so popular in the modern church. John does not do this by exposing the false prophets of today, but by describing what true prophets of God taught in contrast to the false prophets from the Bible.

John shows the manner in which the prophets lived. They did not seek to exalt themselves, but to exalt God at all times. They did not prophesy for financial gain or prosperity, and in fact often refused money when it was offered to them. He leaves it to the discerning Christian to compare this to the self-proclaimed prophets of today.

There are a couple of points with which I must disagree with him, but they are relatively minor points in his book. First, he thinks there will be many thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, who are called into this office in the last days. I do believe that some will be called to that office, but question the numbers he projects.

Second, he believes the task of these prophets, and of the last days church, is to find the lost tribes of Israel. He believes that the ten tribes who broke off from Judah and were lead away captive by Assyria are lost among the nations. While certainly some of Hebrew descent were assimilated by the Gentiles, there are no lost tribes. There is no reason to think that all the Jews today are from the tribes of Judah and Manasseh. As a corollary to this, he believes that the church is included in the 144,000 (Revelation 7, 14). I disagree, and believe they only consist of the tribes of Israel.

Aside from these two points, John’s book is “spot on.” I highly recommend that every believer read this book. I also highly recommend another book of his I have read, Lifesaver.

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9 Responses to Book Review: The Prophets of God

  1. Brother Dale says:

    I have always wondered what the great objection is to the Sinner’s Prayer. It seems many people are more offended by that little prayer than most other things. Why is that? I, for one, got saved through that Sinners Prayer – and it was a prayer of desperation and hope that maybe, just maybe, there was a God up there that was listening. And when I finished that prayer, I could feel the Spirit of God come down on me and I knew I was saved. No water yet, just pure salvation.
    For several years back there in the early ’70’s, I witnessed tens of thousands come to Salvation down at the altar through that little prayer. And yes, it was a REAL Salvation, not just some dumb words.
    So again I ask, what is it that bothers you so much about that prayer. I’m sure you’ve seen the basis for it in Romans, so you cannot say that it’s not in the Bible. As for baptism, what about Acts 10 when the Holy Ghost came down upon them before Peter had to ask for water?
    Just saying …

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    • The problem is not with the prayer, itself. But many out there teach that once you say this little prayer, your place in heaven is assured. They insist it no longer matters how you live your life. In Matthew 13 Jesus tells a parable of four kinds of soil. The first type is not saved. The second type receive it with joy, but when it comes time to live the Word and tribulation comes, they fall away. They are like the first soil, not saved.

      All too often, our “evangelists” only go out to get people to say the sinner’s prayer, but there is no follow up to bring them into the kingdom of God, to help them stand firm. So there are literally millions of “believers” out there who claim to believe in God and Jesus, but support the liberal agenda, don’t go to church, and/or live life like the ungodly. There is no evidence to their supposed salvation.

      In fact, when I look on your page under the sinner’s prayer, I see the same basic idea that we were talking about, that repentance is required as part of it.

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      • Brother Dale says:

        Amen to that. So basically, your objection is to the Calvinist doctrine of Eternal Security, which for the life of me, I cannot understand where the Baptists get that. (Actually, it has it’s roots with Augustine). I spend half my time in Africa where there is a great manifestation of a moving of the Holy Spirit – souls saved, outpourings of the Spirit, healing miracles, and more — but nowhere have I found anyone who believes in “once saved, always saved.”
        It must be a uniquely American disease.

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  2. “SINNER’S PRAYER”
    There are those who advance the position that, by saying, the Sinner’s Prayer your sins will be forgiven and you will be added to the Lord’s church. The question remains, can saying a prayer save anyone? Let us investigate that supposition.

    The typical sinner’s prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I believe that you have died for my sins and arose from the grave. I now turn from my sins and invite You into my heart and life. I receive You as my Lord. Amen.”

    The birth of the church of Christ was A.D. 33 the Day of Pentecost. How were they saved?

    Acts 2:22-41…..36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren what shall we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    The events on the Day of Pentecost that lead to salvation.
    1. Peter preached the death, burial , and resurrection of Jesus.(Acts 2:22-35)
    2. Peter proclaimed Jesus as both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:36)
    3. Men believed the message and were convicted of their sins and ask what they should do. (Acts 2:37)
    4. Peter told them to repent and be baptized (immersed in water) so their sins could be forgiven and they could receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    5. How were they saved? Act2:40-41…”Be saved from this perverse generation” 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. (Notice they were not saved until they were baptized).

    PETER DID NOT TELL THEM TO SAY THE “SINNER’S PRAYER” IN ORDER TO BE SAVED.

    What did they have to do to be saved?

    They needed to have faith: John 3:16, Mark 16:16
    They needed to repent: Acts 2:38, Acts 3;19 (repentance means to make a commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God).
    They needed to confess: Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:36-37.
    They needed to be baptized: Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:20-21.

    The apostles never taught the sinner’s prayer as the terms for pardon.

    No one is questioning the sincerity of those who recite the SINNER’S PRAYER, the question is, can the SINNER’S PRAYER SAVE ANYONE?

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  3. arjdolphins says:

    I think that your review was extremely fair and thorough. I liked the fact that you differentiated between a prophet and one who operates in the prophetic gifts. Your description of a true prophet was very accurate. The prophets may not have understood everything that God told them but they brought His message to the public word for word. I also agree with you that instead of attacking false prophets, pastor John shows us what a real prophet is. It is a lonely life and it is not filled with glory. The prophet is a watchman (as you point out) empowered by God to warn others about what lies ahead. The prophet is not popular among ungodly Kings or secular government.

    Well Done Chris.

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  4. It is an honor to have my book reviewed on “The Bible Stop” blog. You have indeed captured the essence of “The Prophets of God”. It is encouraging to have an insightful brother with whom so much is held in common. I must go back and re-read the statements over which you expressed some disagreement. I, too, think prophets are a special breed and will not exist in large numbers. Also, I agree that the 144,000 are Israelites, as the text in Revelation 7:3-8 states. I try and make the case in my first book, “The People of God”, that the 144,000 are also the final manifestation of the Church in this age, and the Israelites, many who are currently “lost sheep”, will be found by Jesus’ disciples who take the good news to the ends of the earth. The prophets’ role is not the same as the evangelists’. Hope this helps to somewhat clarify my position. Even where you thought we might differ, we may, instead, be in harmony. God bless you.

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