There are 17 of the Old Testament’s 39 books are classified as prophetic: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. God spoke to his people through these prophets who were specially called to speak God’s Word to his people. The New Testament makes it clear that such prophets, whether chastising or comforting, testified to Israel’s final redemption and ultimate hope: Jesus the Messiah.

These writing prophets distinguish them from their predecessors such as non-writing prophets as Elijah and Elisha. Many speak of these 17 books as divide into major and minior, based on lenght with one exception Lamentations which is grouped as a major because of its author. Major Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah,Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel) and the Twelve Minor Prophets (the final twelve books of our Old Testament).

The prophetic books of the Old Testament do not appear in chronological order but they are ordered in their sequence because the larger books of the prophets came first, just as in the Epistles or letters of Paul where not written in chronological or time-sequence order but according to their length, however it is important for us to understand the chronological order, to which nation, and the location of the writer.

Understanding the chronological order along with the corresponding events in Israel’s (Israel & Judah) history is vital to understanding why the prophets say what they say.

There are a number of verses that speak to the importance of the prophets such as:

“We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth.” (John 1:45)

Luk 24:25-27 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: [26] Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? [27} And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

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All of Wicket Gate Bible College courses are essay courses that require independent study and a term paper/essay. Please read at least ten resources on this topic and then write a ten page essay discussing a summary of your resources and your personal opinion on the subjec