Prophets By Isabel Kennedy

Prophets

‘In the Bible, prophets often had both a teaching and revelatory role, declaring God’s truth on contemporary issues while also revealing details about the future.’ (Got Questions) A prophet was a person who spread the Catholic way. They spread the word of god and set an example on how to live like a christen and show your faith towards god. The modern-day prophets don’t have to be Catholic, they just have to spread the message in which Catholics believe. I believe that Rosie Batty is a modern-day prophet because she is faithful to her cause in helping the less fortunate and for spreading her teachings.

Crossroads Kids' Club, (2017). The prophets of the bible. [video] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sumaXbjP2Kg [Accessed 29 Mar. 2017].

What is a prophecy?

A prophecy is a prediction of what will happen in the future. In the bible, it describes a prophecy as ‘A prophecy is a message inspired by God, a divine revelation. The Bible says that prophets “spoke from God as they were moved by holy spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20, 21)’.

Rosie Batty

Rosie Batty was a mother to her son Luke and an ex-wife to her Greg who had been battling a mental illness for 20 years. Rosie watched in horror as her husband gruesomely beat her son to death at his cricket training. Greg had been homeless for many years due to his lack of employment, he had previously been offered help but came to the decision that he was, ‘OK’ and didn’t need help. Rosie from there started to fight domestic violence and started up the ‘Luke Batty Foundation’ in her husband’s honour.

Rosie still works against domestic violence helping woman and children. She has since she has been talking to the media, been invited to talk at functions, corporate events and family violence conferences. She says that she is surprised to have received awards and acknowledgement and believes that she IS making a difference. Their purpose is, “Through the voices of women and children, deepen our understanding of family and domestic violence in order to drive and effect attitudinal, cultural and systemic change” (Batty, 2017).

‘In the Bible, prophets often had both a teaching and revelatory role, declaring God’s truth on contemporary issues while also revealing details about the future.’ (Got Questions) A prophet was a person who spread the Catholic way. They spread the word of god and set an example on how to live like a christen and show your faith towards god. The modern-day prophets don’t have to be Catholic, they just have to spread the message in which Catholics believe. I believe that Rosie Batty is a modern-day prophet because she is faithful to her cause in helping the less fortunate and for spreading her teachings.

Pictures of Rosie Batty

Who where the olden day prophets?

The olden day prophets where men who were chosen and inspired by God. They listened to what he had to say and teach and then spread his message to others. They can be literally described as ‘messengers of God’, and they teach people how to faithful and the laws of God.

Daniel

Daniel was an olden day prophet who lived from around 620–538 B.C. Even in the hardest of times Daniel was able to stay faithful towards God and have hope and was also able to conquer adversity. As a young boy, Daniel was taken captive and taken to Babylon, once there Daniel was taught how to serve the king and the Babylonian culture and customs. God inspired Daniel to stay faithful and to follow him, in which Daniel did. Daniel grew up inside the court of the king. Daniel was able to help the king interpret his dreams which made him a favourite with him and Daniel was given power and land. Soon after this a new king came into power and a new law came into play that anyone that didn’t worship him as God would be thrown to the lions. And though Daniel did respect him as a good king Daniel kept his faith with God and continued to worship the one and only God. Soon after this Daniel was discovered praying to God and even though he was favoured by the king, he was thrown to the lions. Though because of his faith towards God, God closed the mouths of the lions, sparing Daniel.

Rosie Batty and Daniel the prophet

When Daniel the prophet was thrown to the lions he was able to overcome them by staying faithful, faithful towards God. For his faithfulness, he was rewarded by not being eaten alive by the lions. Rosie Batty is faithful towards her cause in which she helps people overcome domestic violence. Her ‘lions’ are the death of her son and having to deal with her ex-husband. She takes her ‘lions’ and makes a point that she is faithful towards her cause and she became a face to her cause of domestic violence and created a movement and a change. And because she has stayed faithful and hopeful she can relate to the prophet Daniel.

Scripture passages relating Rosie Batty and Daniel

Daniel 6:13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” 14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.

15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.” (Daniel, 6:13-15). In this piece of scripture dew to Daniel’s faith he is going to be prosecuted. He will have to overcome adversity just like Rosie Batty had to.

Daniel 6:21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty” (Daniel, 6:21). This passage shows that when Daniel stayed loyal and hopeful he was able to make people understand how this can be rewarding. Which is what Rosie Batty was able to do.

Daniel 12:4 "But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge" (Daniel, 12:4). This relates to Rosie Batty because she is out there getting her message across and she is going to increase people’s knowledge.

Daniel's Quote

Daniel says in the bible "Peace! Be strong now; be strong" (Daniel 10:19). I believe that this quote represents Rosie Batty perfectly. How Rosie has had to stay strong and how she has had to come to peace with the death of her son.

References

Amazing Bible Time Line, (2012). Daniel a Major Old Testament Prophet - Amazing Bible Timeline with World History. [online] Amazing Bible Timeline with World History. Available at: https://amazingbibletimeline.com/blog/daniel-a-major-old-testament-prophet/ [Accessed 21 Mar. 2017].

Batty, R. (2017). The Luke Batty Foundation – About Us. [online] Lukebattyfoundation.org.au. Available at: http://lukebattyfoundation.org.au/about-us/ [Accessed 8 Mar. 2017].

McMillion, M. (2017). Prophecies of Daniel | Prophecies fulfilled, and yet to be fulfilled. [online] Prophecies of Daniel. Available at: http://www.propheciesofdaniel.com/ [Accessed 25 Mar. 2012].

Ross, M. (2014). Anguished mum's plea for understanding after son killed on cricket field. [online] ABC News. Available at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-13/mother-in-shock-after-son-killed-by-father-at-cricket-oval/5258252 [Accessed 15 Mar. 2017].

The Bible, (n.d.). Daniel 10:19 "Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed," he said. "Peace! Be strong now; be strong." When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, "Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.". [online] Biblehub.com. Available at: http://biblehub.com/daniel/10-19.htm [Accessed 22 Mar. 2017].

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, (2017). Prophets | Ancient and Modern-Day Prophets of God. [online] Lds.org. Available at: https://www.lds.org/topics/prophets?lang=eng&old=true [Accessed 22 Mar. 2016].

Photo References

ABC News, (2016). Rosie Batty smiling. [image] Available at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-19/rosie-batty-calls-on-peter-dutton-to-let-chamari-liyanage-stay/8132396 [Accessed 29 Mar. 2017].

Daily Mail, (2017). Rosie Batty receiving an award. [image] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2925256/Rosie-Batty-named-Australian-Year-tirelessly-honouring-memory-son-Luke-tragically-murdered-father.html [Accessed 29 Mar. 2015].

speakerpedia, (2014). A photo of rosie batty. [image] Available at: https://speakerpedia.com/speakers/rosie-batty [Accessed 29 Mar. 2017].

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