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    by A.W. Tozer

    If Christianity is to receive a rejuvenation, it must be by other means
    than any now being used. If the Church in the second half of this
    century is to recover from the injuries she suffered in the first half,
    there must appear a new type of preacher. The proper, ruler-of-the-
    synagogue type will never do. Neither will the priestly type of man
    who carries out his duties, takes his pay and asks no questions,
    nor the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to make the
    Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried
    and found wanting.

    Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be
    of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and
    has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray
    God there will be not one but many), he will stand in flat contradiction
    to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. He will
    contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn
    the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom.
    Such a man is likely to be lean, rugged, blunt-spoken and a little
    bit angry with the world. He will love Christ and the souls of men
    to the point of willingness to die for the glory of the One and the
    salvation of the other. But he will fear nothing that breathes with
    mortal breath.

    This is only to say that we need to have the gifts of the Spirit
    restored again to the Church. And it is my belief that the one gift
    we need most now is the gift of prophecy.

    "Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to
    know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred" -1 Chr 12:32.
    A prophet is one who knows his times and what God is trying to
    say to the people of his times....

    Today we need prophetic preachers; not preachers of prophecy
    merely, but preachers with a gift of prophecy. The word of wisdom
    is missing. We need the gift of discernment again in our pulpits. It
    is not ability to predict that we need, but the anointed eye, the
    power of spiritual penetration and interpretation, the ability to
    appraise the religious scene as viewed from God's position, and
    to tell us what is actually going on....

    Where is the man who can see through the ticker tape and confetti
    to discover which way the parade is headed, why it started in the
    first place and, particularly, who is riding up front in the seat of

    What is needed desperately today is prophetic insight. Scholars
    can interpret the past; it takes prophets to interpret the present.
    Learning will enable a man to pass judgment on our yesterdays,
    but it requires a gift of clear seeing to pass sentence on our own day....

    "Lord, I pray for that gift of prophetic insight. Move me beyond the
    knowledge You've enabled me to gain through education, reading,
    and study. I pray that I might lead as one 'who has seen visions of
    God and has heard a voice from the throne.' Amen."