A prophetess is simply a female prophet. Just like a prophet, a prophetess is a person called by God. A prophet (male or female) is the mouthpiece for the one who sends him or her; the prophet speaks on behalf of the sender (Exodus 7:1-2). A prophet is considered a seer (1 Samuel 9:9), because God gives him or her the gift of foreknowledge. God reveals his secrets to prophets (Amos 3:7), and true prophesy is initiated by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). 1 Corinthians 12:28 and Ephesians 4:11 both rank prophets as second only to apostles. (source)
There are at least 10 confirmed prophetesses in the Bible. 5 in the Old Testament, 1 in the New, and Phillip in Acts is said to have 4 daughters who all have the gift of prophesy.
Marriage is not a prerequisite to being a prophetess. Of the 10 we know that:
- Three were married. (Deborah, Huldah, & Isaiah’s wife)
- One was a widow. (Anna)
- Four were virgins at the time. (Phillip’s daughters)
- Two don’t even have marital status mentioned. (Miriam and Noadiah)
Even in the times where women were looked at as lowly by men, the Bible tells us stories of God taking women and giving them power, knowledge, position, confidence, and a voice. After all, it is just like God to choose what mankind considers as the “weak things of the world to put to shame the things which [mankind considers] are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31).
God gave certain women the divine approval and divine authority to speak to his people.
You do not have to be male.
You do not have to HAVE a male.
You do not have to have approval from someone else to speak.
You only have to know that God is on your side and ask him for a message to share.
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