The Hebrew Scriptures contain three major figures: the priest, the prophet and the king. The priest stands between the people and God, and he speaks to God on behalf of the people; the prophet stands between God and the people, and he speaks to the people on behalf of God; and the king represents God in the affairs of the nation.
Prophets are emphatically not seers who gaze into the future and predict far-off events; they are God's spokesmen who always speak into their own historical context. Sometimes what they say may foreshadow messianic or end time events, but they always have an immediate historical reference.
Understanding a prophet's historical context is essential to understanding his message. Join Logos Bible Study's Dr. Bill Creasy in this dazzling exposition of Isaiah, the first of the major prophets. Download and start listening now!