Paula says “Strictly speaking, one cannot, in the classic sense, become a prophet”. This is an accurate statement. It is through traditions of man created to work with the gods that we find you can “ommmm” your way through to connect with psychic powers or invoke a spirit for divination.
But God’s ways are different. God has His own methodology of choosing a Prophet. Paula states that based on 1 Jeremiah God has chosen his Prophets before they we were born. She may or may not be right about this, all we know for sure is that this is the case in a few instances such as Samuel- who was promised to God before his conception- and Jeremiah. But with Aaron’s story, we see that God appointed him as a prophet for the purpose of helping Moses become the leader God intended him to be. We don’t see Ezekiel get a message that he was chosen from birth either.
Maybe God does choose us from birth, or maybe He waits to see who will prove to be righteous. The problem with using Jeremiah and Samuel as proof that God has chosen people for prophecy from birth, is that both of them were children when they were called to be prophets.
But then we get back to the question “How does one become a prophet?” Based on what we read about most of the prophets, and Christ’s words:
But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
I have to wonder, is the way you become a Prophet is by not seeking to become one until God calls them. Although Daniel may be considered a Prophet, he is not typically counted amongst the prophets in Jewish Tradition; nor was his intent when he asked to engage in a fast to become a Prophet. And where Paul tells us to covet the best gifts, I can’t help but notice that Isaiah is the only prophet we see volunteering to become a prophet, and only after he meets God. It also begs the question, if you’re asking to be a Prophet to the people, doesn’t that just illustrate that you have ulterior motives? Which brings me to my next point:
“They must be able to receive and interpret divine communications, convey them to those of their era, and fortify their gifts with the license to enforce their words on the stubborn forces that would obstruct their manifestations” – Paula Price
God gives us the freedom to choose our own demise. It’s not on the Prophet to get results:
When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
This same sentiment is echoed throughout the Bible as God decides when to give someone choices and when He’s just going to execute judgement. The Prophet is only intended to be the messenger. And it’s not even within the prophet’s ability to interpret. Both Daniel and Joseph affirm that only God has the interpretation, and only God can decide to give an interpretation. None of the interpretations are of their own ability, but rather God revealing the matter to them.
Making a statement that the gift of prophecy is something we can develop after we have been given it glorifies the self. Aaron and Miriam were admonished by God because they tried to assert themselves as equal in the gift of Prophecy.
Numbers 12 (Full)
‘Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. So they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the Lord heard it. (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)
Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting!” So the three came out. Then the Lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward. Then He said,
“Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I , the Lord , make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the Lord . Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?”
So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper. So Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord! Please do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. Please do not let her be as one dead, whose flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb!”
So Moses cried out to the Lord , saying, “Please heal her, O God, I pray!”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut out of the camp seven days, and afterward she may be received again. ” So Miriam was shut out of the camp seven days, and the people did not journey till Miriam was brought in again. And afterward the people moved from Hazeroth and camped in the Wilderness of Paran.’