Discerning the True Prophets of God
When the Y2K was on the horizon, many were proclaiming to speak prophetically about the disasters that were lurking dangerously in our nation's path. If what the masses were prophesying was true and we took their warnings seriously, what could we have lost? On the other hand, if we did not hoard up water, food, cash and purchase a generator for electricity and guns to protect our rations, what danger could we have found ourselves facing?
Almost any day of the week, you could find ads in the newspaper offering Y2K provisions-even land for sale to retreat to as a hiding place when the sci-fi bug was loosed upon the populous. The bottom line was that this millennium event would bring an easy differentiation between who was and who was NOT a true prophet of God.
In September of 1998, I went out on the limb proclaiming what the Lord had to say about the Y2K problem. This prophetic message was offered to all of our prophetic partners and well over a one-hundred tapes were sent out through the US mail. At the time I released this prophetic word, many were despondent, however, as each day we saw the word unfolding in its true form.
If the church is ever going to gain respect in the eyes of the world, the body of Christ will have to cease chasing after and endorsing false proclamations from the "brand name preachers." Already, we see the well known proclaimers of doom backing off of their original predictions. If the body of Christ had a global housing place for all of the prophesies that have been released to the general public, we would already know who are the true prophetic vessels of God.
One man took on the task of researching and publishing a book recording all of the predictions of one "brand name preacher." If I mentioned his name, which I will not, you would more than likely know who he is. I was amazed at this well known preachers ability to be 100% INACCURATE in all of his prophesies, however, he is still looked up to by the majority. Why? Because he seems to only preach bad news and bad news sells better than the gospel (good news).
Unfortunately, I am astounded at the number of Christians who continually purchase his books and tapes, not knowing that this want-to-be prophet has been married and divorced three times in the last fifteen years of his ministry. Politically, he is religiously received as the chief Pharisee and sociably accepted as the authority on current Bible prophecy. This well known preacher has received much honor from his own people; he obviously is not a true prophet. If I were to all of sudden begin to be accepted by the majority of my brothers and sisters in the Lord, I would begin to be very concerned about my destiny as a true prophet.
My point is not to speak evil against anyone, however, if we are going get the truth, we need to begin unveiling the false. The Scriptures do not lie, nor does God, so what is the problem'?
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will NOT endure sound doctrine but according to their own desires., because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers, and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” II Timothy 4:2-4
I realize that not everyone has the time to study the Bible and seek God in prayer for all of their needs. There was a time when this was left up to the priest and prophets of the church; however, over time this responsibility has been neglected. Believe me, it is a great responsibility before God to teach His people truth, for there is a greater judgment for those who teach the things of God.
It is even a greater responsibility to stand in the office of a prophet, speaking on behalf of God as a watchman for His people. The price to pay for telling people that you heard God and the word not be from God is a sure sentence of death for that prophet!
Why would anyone what to be a prophet? It is like living your life in catch twenty-two. If you do not tell the people what God says you could die in the belly of whale. On the other hand, if you mess up translating what God is saying or discern the spirit incorrectly, you die. The job doesn't pay well and the honor before man is not there, so why do you do it? When you are truly called of God you cannot do anything else.
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