There are those who would tell us that personal revelations are part and parcel of being a Christian. Some of those on the pentecostal wing of the faith would actually say that without personal revelations we are not truly Christians. Numerous books have been written on the subject of personal revelation and how to increase our prophetic ability. Often the arguments presented to readers of such novels make use of Biblical figures. The argument usually follows the pattern of “if God could speak with x, then God can speak to us”.
If God could speak with Moses, then God can speak to us
If God could speak to Jeremiah, then God can speak to us
Which is of course... TRUE. God can talk to us and no one denies that. However the difference is in understanding the way in which God chooses to talk, and if indeed He does still talk in that prophetic sense. In the Old Testament Korah rightly believed that God could speak to anyone, the problem however was, as Korah learned in a terrible yet decisive way, that God spoke only through Moses. Yes He could have talked through anyone and even everyone had He wanted to, but He chose to speak through Moses alone.
So, is being the recipient of special revelation normative for all? Looking at Scripture it is clearly not. Time and again we see God choosing to speak to the patriarchs, to Moses, to the prophets and to the Apostles. Small groups or solitary figures rather than the masses.
But if one looks at the Bible one will quickly notice something else, long periods without revelation. From Joseph until Moses and the Burning Bush there is no record of any revelation. Yet God was working. From Malachi to John the Baptist there were no prophets of God yet God was working. The Book of Maccabees is testament to the fact that there was no authoritative prophet (1 Maccabees 4:46) around at that time and also that God was working in the lives of His people. Esther is another brilliant example of this work of God. Though never mentioned throughout the entire Book, God works to turn a lowly Jewish girl into a Queen. He works providentially through Esther to save His people and to keep His promises and what we can see from these examples is that during those periods, without any revelation (other that what had been given previously to others), God still worked His plan through people just as effectively as He did through direct revelation.