Women Preachers and Prophetesses

Acts 21:9
And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.

8 Reasons for women preachers:
1 – In the Gospel we read of several women messengers who proclaimed “good news” [Matt. 28:1-10; Lk. 24:9-11; Jn. 4:28-30; 20:16-18].

2 – In Acts 2:14-21; Joel 2:28-31 God predicted and promised that He Himself would pour out His Spirit upon women and they would prophesy.
To prophesy means to “speak to men to edification, exhortation, and comfort” [1 Cor. 14:3]. He that prophesieth edifieth the church’ [1 Cor. 14:4]. Prophesying is for the church and general public [1 Cor. 12:1-31; 14:1-6, 12,  24, 26, 29-33]

3 – In Acts 21:8-9 it is clear that Philip’s four daughters were prophetesses, that is, they were evangelists like their father. This is in perfect accord with Joel 2:28-29 which was fulfilled in the early church [Acts 2:16], and with Acts 2:17-18 which will be fulfilled in the last days.

4 – In Romans 16 we have record of a number of women servants of the Lord in various churches. Phebe [v1-2], Priscilla [v3-5], Mary, Tryphena, Tryphosa, Persis, and Julia [v6-15] are mentioned as laborers in the Lord.

5 – In Phil. 4:2 Euodias and Syntyche are mentioned as being leaders of the church at Philippi.

6 – Corinthian women prophesied and prayed in church [1 Cor. 11:4-5], so the scripture in 1 Cor. 14:34-35 that is used to condemn women preachers does not refer to preaching, but to disturbance in church services – asking or talking to their husbands in church, as stated in 1 Cor. 14:35.
Even so with 1 Tim. 2:11-15, Paul is not condemning women preachers as long as they keep their place and do not “usurp authority over the man”. Both men and women at Corinth were permitted to pray and prophesy, but were regulated by fixed laws in doing so [1 Cor. 14:24-32].

7 – In 1 Cor. 12 Paul compares the church to a human body and mentions 9 gifts of the Spirit, including the gift of prophecy, for all the members of the body of Christ, men and women.

8 – Women were used of God in O.T. days as prophetesses [Ex. 15:20; Judg. 4:4; 2 Ki. 22:14; 2  Chr. 34:22; Neh. 6:14; Isa. 8:3; Lk. 1:39-56; 2:36].
The law made provision for women to make sacrifices, attend feasts, and make vows [Dt. 12:11-18; Lev. 27].
God used a rod {Ex. 4:2, 17];
Ass [Num. 22:28];
Ram’s horn [Jos. 6:5];
Ox, goad, nail, barley cake, pitchers, jawbone, millstone [Judg. 3:31; 4:21; 7:13, 20; 9:53; 15:15-19];
Mantle [2 Ki. 2:8];
Ditches [2 Ki. 3:16];
Empty vessels [2 Ki. 4:3];
Cruise of oil, ravens [1 Ki. 17:4, 16];
Worm, wind, fish, goard [Jonah 1:4-17; 4:6-7];
Cock [Mk. 14:72];


– Dake’s A.R.B. : Page 149.

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