I am not from the south, we just moved here a year and a few days ago so I do not know many people in the area yet; however one day last November I met a prophet. I had been warned at the time by the lady who styled my hair that a prophet wandered up and down the highway by where her salon was located, but I really had no idea that God had designed an encounter for us. The day that I met “Prophet” he had no idea who I was, but immediately referred to me as “Woman of God”, and then without provocation he began to speak to me about my life, my husband, our children and our mission. I was enthralled and better, my spirit recognized his. I later learned that this gentleman had no “home”; he lived in one of the travelers motels along the highway and his existence was primarily through the kindness of strangers, and any part-time jobs that he could find. He has a very gentle spirit, and is soft-spoken, kind and unassuming. If you could meet this man you would really relate him to biblical prophets.
If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account. But if a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.
You may say to yourselves, How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord? If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.
Why do we, as Christians, believe every spirit when we have been warned not to do so, but to try the spirit by the spirit to see if it be of God? How are the Harold Campings of the world able to prosper when they claim to be of God but are WRONG again and again. Read Deuteronomy 18:21-22 again! I was following a “Pro-fit-phet” on Twitter earlier this year when I began to notice his daily Tweets stated things like this, “The prophet is coming to town, tell your friends”, “Come out to see the prophet tonight so you can receive your miracle”, “The prophet is in your area, come hear a Rhema word tonight at XYZ Ministries”. It seemed like shameless self-promotion; all he was missing was MC Hammer’s hype man or Lil Jon screaming “YEA!!!” Come on y’all, we know what’s out there lol. These modern day prophets are able to stay relevant because they mix a little truth with error and the sheep are desperately seeking a “Word” from the Lord.
Please take a look at this short video that I put together of some of our modern prophets; I apologize for the grainy quality!
A book? You are a supposedly a prophet of the Almighty God, and you have to write your prophesies into a book? Wait, names, addresses, bank account numbers? This, my friends, is not Our Most Holy God in operation, it is the spirit of divination – be aware! These people have the spirit of Balaam and need to be rebuked, simply put.
Isaiah the prophet foretold the coming of Jesus; the name alone means The Lord is Salvation. Isaiah urged those in Judah and Jerusalem to repent and turn back to God, to rid themselves of corruption and to purify their spirit. His message was not about “increase” or “overflow” or telling people’s personal business to the church. The Word that came from Isaiah did not return to God void.
Jeremiah the prophet is like many of us, he thought that he was too young for the job, but God had already chosen him for His purpose. After the death of Josiah, Judah fell into extreme idolatry and unbelief. Jeremiah’s job was two-fold; he was to warn of God’s judgement and to tell of God’s mercy. Jeremiah clearly wept for the state of the people and their disobedience to God. He did not bring words of being abundantly blessed, but warning and admonition.
Daniel means God is my judge, and we are told that the king demanded that Daniel along with some others be brought to serve in his palace. Daniel was to be taught the language of the Chaldeans, and educated for 3 years then brought to stand before the king. Daniel’s claim to fame came from being able to do what all of the king’s “seers” were not able to; he was able to interpret the dreams of King Nebuchadnezzar through the spirit of God. The King, recognizing that indeed God was with Daniel, set him up in high places in the kingdom, yet Daniel remained humble. Though many theologians and political enemies tried to discredit him, God always proved himself and His word and redeemed Daniel. His prophecies are directly linked to passages in the book of Revelation.
There are many minor prophets in the bible who are just as credible as the big three that I named above: Hosea, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah and Amos, Zechariah and more. Not one of the prophets called by our God gave an incorrect prophecy, because they knew the fear of Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 9:10). What we have masquerading as prophets today are men and women who are into self-aggrandizement; remember that earlier I made the comment that false prophets will mix some truth with error? John 8:32 tells us, And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
If you need a “prophetic conference” to hear a word from the Lord then maybe you should fall on your face and worship Him. These conferences, meetings, revivals, etc. are nothing more than fundraising events meant to line the pockets of the hosts and the “seers”. I am not picking on this particular ministry because there are countless numbers of prophetic seminars going on as we speak. Fall is the best time for them; people are seeking a “harvest” before the holidays and if they believe that the Profit has the word of prosperity that they need, they will continue to flock to these events. I had a friend who shared with me that a Profit came to her ministry last year and “prophesied” that her best friend wanted a husband (true), and that the spirit of God told him that she would be married within a year. This was in April 2010. This young woman wanted to believe this Profit so badly that she began to prepare for her wedding; well April 2011 came and went and she is still single.Truth mixed with error; do you see the damage that this could do to the body of Christ? Does that young woman believe that the Profit was wrong or does she blame herself, or God? We will never know, but I know that God holds that person accountable for misrepresenting His word!
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me! (NIV)
GOD CHOSE ISAIAH
Finally, I find it extremely amusing that most of our modern day “called” feel the need to append their title before their first name, i.e. Prophet Manasseh Jordan, Prophetess Juanita Bynum, etc. Our biblical prophets’ titles followed them not preceded. ;) Brother Herbert is the name of the prophet that I introduced you to at the beginning of this blog post; he has the spirit of Isaiah, very unassuming but delivering God’s Word with assurance and accuracy. I urge you, my brothers and sisters, to believe not every spirit, but to pray for discernment and save your money and peace of mind by listening to God for yourself. If you seek out a wolf, no matter how domesticated the wolf may seem, you will get eaten before it’s all said and done. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). May the rest of your week be blessed!