After reading Heschel’s article What Manner of Man Is The Prophet?, one can tell that he has a deep respect for the prophets. Hershel’s approach holds the prophets in high regard and sees them as being specially chosen people by God. They act as spokespeople to the citizens of Israel, declaring the word of God so that all will know his power and his teachings. The prophets see the world from the point-of-view of God and speak out the prophetic truth, in hopes of straightening out man’s ways.
As we examine the Book of Amos, one can see Amos display various characteristics of a prophet. Amos’ messages are direct and unyielding. He says to the people of Israel that because of their religious pretentiousness and social injustice, God will punish them through disaster. He doesn’t necessarily call for the people to change their behavior, but Amos calls for the people of Israel to feel remorse and pray to God, which Amos believed would save them from the Lord’s anger. Here, one can see that Amos’ is acting as a spokesman, delivering God’s word to the Israelites.
In my opinion, I do believe that there are still prophets in our world today. God is unchanging, and loves us just as much as he loved his people back then. We will continue to always have a prophet figure to guide us on the right path. Currently, we live in a world of war and violence, and I think that there are good people (such as Church leaders) who are able to connect with God and help us to know what God would want us to do in these times of unrest.