Rejecting the Prophet's Reward
Everyone loves the apostles, evangelists, teachers and pastors whereas the prophets of the Lord are generally not welcomed in churches as a part of a 5 fold team or as a guest preacher. Here is why:
The apostles and pastors are cultivators of the love of the Father in deed and in preaching the word. They are there through thick and thin and are planters for the long haul. The function of apostles are to operate like a father and the pastor operates like a shepherd protecting the sheep.
Teachers can go deep into the word of God and expound "line upon line and precept upon precept" to where anyone could understand it. They know how to go deep and take many different types of people with them.
Evangelists know how to go and get the people. They can reach crowds that no one else can.
Prophets, this is why ministers do not like the prophets of God: “See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant" (Jeremiah 1:10).
Prophets are designed to uproot and tear down what isn't working (or what is an abomination in some cases) and to plant/rebuild things according to the blueprint of heaven. The prophets of God are rejected because people do not want to uproot and tear down their own kingdoms. They are too comfortable in what they have built or what church traditions have built even if it is a kingdom of soulish mixture, a kingdom built on sand.
For this reason, many legitimate prophets of God are typically on the backside of the wilderness preaching what the church needs to hear but won't be allowed in. Many are not “lone rangers” because they want to be or are “rebellious” because they have no church home. Often times, they do not have a choice but to walk alone because they have no place to minister inside of the church. They walk alone because they are continually rejected by leaders that cannot handle the fire of God, the true word of the Lord, and life/ministry change. Prophets are rejected so others can cover up what is really going on behind the scenes.
Prophets see what needs to be changed in order to bring the church into what the Lord is calling his people to step into. The rejection of the prophets is why it takes many years for the church to adapt to what God is doing. This is why the church thinks that what is “new” and “contemporary” is actually 20-30 years already out of date. Things that the church is now spiritually stepping into as a collective whole should have already been the norm since Pentecost and have progressed from glory to glory. It takes too long for change to occur because of the rejection of the prophetic voice and vision of Yahweh.
People simply do not want to change, so they essentially reject the voice of God in order to continue down the path of their own kingdoms. They bow to the fear of man instead of the fear of the Lord. They are ruled and reigned by the government of religion instead of the government of heaven.
You cannot “receive the prophet’s reward” (Matthew 10:41) if you reject the prophet. The prophet’s reward is everything that the prophet, the living oracle of the Lord, is carrying and symbolizes. The prophet’s reward is the living vision and living word of the Lord that he/she carries. Wonder why the church is void of the word of the Lord and the power, glory, and fire of God? You reap what you sow is why. It is impossible to reap miracles, signs and wonders (the prophet's reward) if you do not sow into the prophet's reward.
God help us.