The Prophetical Books Of The Old Testament

By Arend Remmers

During the time of the OT God sent many prophets to His earthly people Israel: for example Samuel, Nathan (2 Sam. 7:2), Shemaiah (1 Kings 12:22), the Man of God out of Judah (1 Kings 13), Ahijah (1 Kings 11:29), Iddo (2 Chron. 12:15), Azariah (2 Chron. 15:1), Hanani  (2 Chron. 16:7), Jehu (1 Kings 16:1), Elijah (1 Kings 17:1), Jahaziel (2 Chron. 20:14), Micaiah (1 Kings 22:8), Eliezer (2 Chron. 20:37), Elisha (1 Kings 19:16), Zechariah (2 Chron. 24:20), Zechariah (2 Chron. 26:5) and Oded (2 Chron. 28:9).

Only twelve further prophets have left inspired writings, which were added to the canon of the OT.

The fact that the prophetical service became a necessity among the earthly people of God is a proof of their spiritual decline. Again and again we find serious calls to repentance and return in the prophetical books in order that Jehovah could turn to His people again. Therefore most of the prophets were callers who stood before the face of God (as did Elijah in 1 Kings 17:1) and spoke the Word of God for the actual time and its circumstances.

The prophets point not only to the immediate circumstances but also to the future of Israel in connection with the coming Messiah (Jonah is an exception to this). The nations of the earth are mentioned also as far as they are in connection with God's ways to His aim. This aim is the Messiah's reign over the whole universe in the Millennium in which Israel will play a special part. The prophets therefore reveal the plans of God with creation. This explains why the assembly of God does not belong to the subjects of the prophets in the OT.  For the assembly is the subject of the eternal, heavenly counsels of God, which have only been revealed after the redemption, work of Christ in the NT (compare Eph. 3:1-12).

When did the Prophets of the Old Testament Serve?

The Prophets in Chronological Order
Prophet  Time Period
Joel during 9th century BC
Obadiah during 9th century BC - or after 586 BC?
Jonah 800 - 790 BC
Hosea  772/752 - 722 BC
Isaiah  767 - 697 BC
Amos 767 - 753 BC
Micah 750 - 700 BC
Nahum 663 - 612 BC
Jeremiah 627 - 586 BC
Zephaniah 622 - 606 BC
Habakkuk 612 - 605 BC
Daniel 605 - 536/535 BC
Ezekiel 593 - 571 BC
Haggai  around 520 BC
Zechariah 520 - 480 BC
Malachi 450 - 425 BC

         

           

           

         

       

     

      

           

         

        

      

         

Expand All | Collapse All

God
Bible
Christianity
Christian Living
Marriage & Family
Church
Rapture
Prophecy
Topics by author
Commentaries
Overview
Old Testament
New Testament
Index by Author
Lectures
E-Books
Magazine
Audio Teaching
Meet Christians
Study Meetings
In the Hall
In the Home
Study Meetings in UK
Conferences
Plumstead Conference
Children's Corner
Links
Site Updates

Copyright © Biblecentre.org :: Free for personal use
Publication only with prior permision from Biblecentre