The “Word” of the Lord for 2013

21 01 2013

by Rev. Robert S. Liichow

The beginning of every New Year presents another opportunity for the restored prophets and prophetesses to reveal to the Church what is on the mind of God for the upcoming year.

One thing that seems to be very true of our sign-seeking brethren is they all seem to literally practice “forgetting those things which are behind” (see Phil. 3:3) especially when it concerns previous unfulfilled prophetic (pathetic) utterances.  By now most people have forgotten the claims made this time last year and eagerly await with baited-breath and hungry souls to devour the most recent ‘Word’ from God.

Let’s consider a few of the most recent disgorging of deception from the fetid hearts of the misguided souls.  The first example speaks of good news!

The Word Of The Lord Received During Prayer For 2013 Onward
As given through Prophetess Bishop Doris Hutchinson, Apostle Steve Lyston, Prophetess M. Lyston, Prophetess N. Green, Prophetess S. DiMuccio, Prophetess N. Brotherton, Prophetess M. Malcolm.[1]

THE BODY OF CHRIST (THE CHURCH)

God is calling His people to arise, there are dangers ahead. Many Christians are too busy with their own agenda and they are not faithful to God; which hinders their blessings and the blessings of others. They have shifted their focus from the Lord and have gone back to their old ways. But thus says the Lord to His people, “Do not harden your hearts, but return to me. The enemy desires to sift some of you as wheat. Many prophets and pastors have spoken out of their own spirit to the flock, and have prophesied words that I did not speak, (for fame and recognition). Some have spoken lying words to leaders and others have gone the way of Balaam, and it has caused division and confusion within the Body of Christ.” 33. This is a time when God requires all Christians to unite and pray that His glory will manifest in the earth. It will not be business as usual in 2013.  34. God says, “I am still extending my grace.” 35. This is a year of repentance. Repent, Return and Be Restored! 36. The Lord says this is a time of New Birth. Many of this people have been in labor for years, waiting anxiously for God to deliver them. Get ready for God is about to step in many of his people situations. God is about to deal with your enemies as in 2 Chronicles 20.

Wow edge of the seat stuff, right?  Note the proviso that “many prophets and pastors have spoken out of their own spirit to the flock. . .” This is stated to buttress the “authority” by which this utterance is being made.  Since the seers are speaking about false prophets you know that what is being said is true.  We also learn that ALL Christians are REQUIRED (law) by God to [1] unite and [2] pray.  The result being God’s glory will be allowed to manifest in the earth.  So when this does not come to pass, guess what?  God’s people did not unite and pray as they were directed to do, ergo, God could not release His manifest glory in the earth.

THE UNITED STATES

37. God will cause the US economy to bounce back in 2013 to show His mercy. 38. God is watching the USA – the decisions they are to make they are to do so quickly 39. Pray for the safety and protection of the US President and his family. 40. God shall defend His covenant with the USA. “I shall raise up America and not allow them to be put to shame. Righteousness shall be restored.”
41. Pray for the safety and security of the Indian Prime Minister. 42. The FAA and TSA need to be extremely vigilant with all international flights coming from the Eastern sections of the world. 43. More airlines will be merging because of low profit margins and low sales. 44. Pray for 2 US airlines (initials DA and SWA) that they will pay close attention to maintenance in 2013. . . Additionally, other prophecies revealed for 2013 are classified.[2]

Glory to God!  Forget the increased taxes ALL American taxpayers have been hit with.  Forget the trillions in debt, a debt that is fast approaching the economic tipping point at which point the debt will never be able to be paid off.  Forget the massive unemployment rate, and set aside the growing welfare roll.  Almighty God, who cannot lie (see Numbers 23:19)   “God will cause the US economy to bounce back in 2013 to show His mercy.”  There we have it on the highest authority, a sinful person speaking out of their heart (see Jeremiah 17:9) the revealed mind of God for America.         This financial restoration of America is to demonstrate His mercy.  However, the Bible says that God has demonstrated His mercy by sending His only begotten Son to DIE for our sins on the cross not by providing financial prosperity.

Be encouraged, “God shall defend His covenant with the USA.”  What covenant is being referred to?  I know of the covenant God made with Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, etc., but I am totally unfamiliar with any covenant God has made with America.  I am aware that now in Christ we have a better covenant based upon better promises (see Hebrews 8:6) but I can find no biblical reference to a covenant with America.

Furthermore, God says “I shall raise up America and not allow them to be put to shame.”  From a human point-of-view as an American I could say “yea God is on our side,” but the facts speak otherwise.  In order for God to “raise” up America then the following will have to change this year: (1) abortion will have to again become illegal and not the law of the land; (2) acceptance of homosexuality must be rejected by us as a nation; (3) the divorce rate, a manifestation of the breakdown of marriage must be addressed; (4) the Church must be unhindered by the political system; (5) illegal immigration must be stopped (it can be), etc.  These issues among many others would have to be totally reversed in order for our “shame” to be removed.  Folks, even worse than the above policy decisions The Church in America has the SHAME of allowing heresy to be exported to virtually every place on earth.  Some might be tempted to say “hey Bob our church does not export. . .”  Truth matters, it really does and the truth is the reason so much heresy and so many SINisters flourish is because the Church does little to nothing to combat them (keeping silent and hoping they go away is not a biblical option)!

Friends, I personally know every major ministry who sole mission is to warn and educate God’s people to the eternal dangers presented by the false teachers, pastors, prophets, apostles and brethren attacking the Church.  Every one of these outreaches is ignored by the Church at large and because of this lack of support all of these ministries struggle financially.  DMI has been in the apologetics and counter-cult arena for over sixteen years and to this day we do not have ONE congregation supporting us period (even though we speak at churches often, somehow it does not translate into any financial support.  Folks, DMI is not alone in this reality).

The prophetesses go on to tell us that God will “restore righteousness” to America along with our financial fortunes.  When was America a righteous nation?  If anyone will simply go back and read the sermons written back in the day, they will discover the pastors decrying sin and moral decay from the inception of this country.  America has been more morally upright in the past, but morality is not righteousness.  In order for America to be a righteous nation, it must be filled with righteous people.  The only way people can become righteous is by placing their faith in Christ alone:

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Romans 5:1-11

Unlike the biblical prophets, this most recent crop of soothsayers is not in agreement regarding the future of the Church, America and the world.  Here are some future insights given by a prophetess Phyllis Ford.  Phyllis Ford, another prophet who works with restored apostle (opossum DMI calls them) Eckhardt and through her we are told by “God” the following:

An Issachar Prophetic Company Movement:

“There will be a new fresh strong prophetic movement arising, they will be liken to an Issachar people: who will know the times and seasons, and who will know what my people ought to do.  There will be a distinct difference in what is perceived now as the prophetic.  For I will establish my people in this hour to do great exploits; not just say what will occur, but also go forth to demonstrate and execute my will.  They will uncover and destroy the works of the enemy in many places.  They are humble warriors who will properly train and prepare those whose hearts are willing, and even to those who have lost their own way.  They will bear the burdens of the people needs in their hearts and will emphasize salvation, healing and the deliverance as they go.  They will not be afraid to walk in the power that I will release upon them for my glory, says the Lord.”[3]

God reveals through Phyllis “a new fresh prophetic movement arising” as opposed to the old stale prophetic movement which formally took off in the mid 1980’s.  The role of these newest of the new prophets is to do GREAT EXPLOITS as opposed to merely “saying” what will occur.  These newly minted prophets will go “forth and demonstrate and execute my will.”  Here are just a few quickie examples of God’s will as revealed in the Bible.

For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day. John 6:38-40

For this is the will of Godeven your sanctification that ye should abstain from fornication1 Thess. 4:3

…in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:18

 It would appear from the context of this pathetic word that God’s will involves uncovering the destroying the works of the enemy in many places.  This group (as opposed to the former ones) will not be afraid to walk in the power “I will release upon them” for “my glory.”  Somehow it is always said to be for God’s glory and yet it ALWAYS ends up with the sinful human vessel being lifted up, glorified and financially enriched.  God does not share His glory with anyone, never has, never will:

I am the Lord; that is my name;my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. Isa. 42:8

Bad news America!  Forget what the other prophetesses and apostle have spoken forth under the anointing of some spirit because here comes another word prophesying the opposite for America!

Judges, Catastrophic Events And Acts Of Terrorism:

“I will reestablish judges in the land, those who I will place my authority in as I deal with the corruption in the land and the people.  Some regions will be destroyed and the places where the people live that refuse to change, under great shakings will not stand.  I will call my people out from a place, and I will speak to them in dreams and visions and they will know that my timing is now.  Do not be so attached to a place that you will not come out.  In 2013 there will be devastation in the land through large earthquakes, landslides, major flooding from tsunamis and violent wind storms.  2013 will have several volcanic eruptions that will cause major damage.  So when you see these things pray and find out my will before determining your own plans.  When I say come out from among them and be separate, then come out.  Because of some unbridled emotions, strife and decisions within leadership in nations and regions, there will be adverse reactions from the hand of others.  Terrorism will occur from within and from the outside the United States.  There will be, at times, sudden striking without any warning.  Terrorism in London, and within various European lands, will become hot spots as the acts of violence grow against those regions.  The seizing of planes by highjackings with terrorist will also occur and the government will have to set new measures in place to counter act this activity.  Planes will have to be secured better and there will be many no fly zones announced.”

America is going to financially prosperous and righteous we were told for 2013, but now what do we hear?  “Some regions will be destroyed and the places where the people live that refuse to change, under great shakings will not stand.  I will call my people out from a place, and I will speak to them in dreams and visions and they will know that my timing is now.  Do not be so attached to a place that you will not come out.”

Regions will be destroyed if people do not change.  Catastrophes do not change people into believers (see Rev. 6:16).  Economic prosperity does not make people Christians (see Luke 12:20).  Seeing miracles does not produce faith in Jesus Christ (see Hebrews 3:17).  People are changed when they receive by faith the Gospel presented through the foolishness of preaching (see 1 Cor. 1:21).  According to the above fount of folly God will reveal to His people in dreams and vision when it is time to vacate an area slated for destruction.  While there is some biblical precedent for God speaking a warming through dreams and visions, especially in the O.T. the Christian is never urged to seek guidance from either dreams or visions.

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;  Hebrews 1:1-3

We are told to look to the Scriptures and to hear the voice of God’s Son in His Word.  The God of the Bible NEVER tells His people to lean on their own subjective experiences to determine His will.  Anyone who encourages you to “look within” or “follow your dreams” is someone who does not have faith in God’s Word and as such is someone to be avoided.

In 2013 there will be devastation in the land through large earthquakes, landslides, major flooding from tsunamis and violent wind storms.  2013 will have several volcanic eruptions that will cause major damage. . .

 This seer see’s destruction coming on the land from God sent ‘natural’ calamities along with terrorism from within and without America.  God will warn His people to “come out and be separate” but He does not reveal exactly where we are to go to escape the deluge.   If you’re wondering “where have I heard that phrase before”. . .?

 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 2 Cor. 6:16-18

False prophetic words often contain snippets of biblical text to give them some gravitas in the listeners’ ears.  Well churched people’s minds will ‘click’ when hearing a portion of text —- later when asked if the word was biblical, they will give a hearty “yes” because it did, after all, contain some textual citation (don’t muddy up the stream by asking about context with these folks).  Let us continue our journey into enthusiastic excess.

Bob Jones is one of the ranking (and is he rank) false prophets of the movement.  His prophetic pedigree goes back to the early days of the Vineyard (1980’s) and at one time he was considered by their followers to be one of the “most powerful”  of what became known as ‘The Kansas City Prophets.’

The “Kansas City Prophets” was a group of men who controlled several sign-gift congregations through their pathetic prophetic utterances.  These men also spiritually abused members in their flock, Mr. Jones was one of the abusers.  For the record some of these individuals included: Paul Cain (a known homosexual and alcoholic), Mike Bickle, Bob Jones, Rick Joyner (an extreme mystic/false teacher), John Paul Jackson, Francis Frangipane (one of the New Order of the Latter Rain propagator and devotee of John Roberts Stevens, another sexual predator and false prophet).

Bob Jones, however, who not so long ago was regarded as the most powerful of the Kansas City crowd is out of ministry.  First when Wimber’s Vineyard absorbed the Kansas City Fellowship, Jones and another “prophet” were disciplined for making some outlandish statements and prophecies that were judged to have harmed some, and their prophecy tapes were removed from distribution. Jones’s ministry was then limited to church leadership “behind closed doors.” But it was behind those doors where Jones’s ministry ended.  Two women came forward in 1991 and told Vineyard leaders that Jones had used his prophetic authority to touch and fondle them sexually.[4]

Mr. Jones was restored back to ministry and he is still regarded as a great prophet of God today!  After all, the gifts and callings are without repentance according to these folks (see Romans 11:29).  Certainly there is forgiveness for his sins in Christ Jesus, but that does not mean he is fit to serve in public ministry, his fruit and the lack thereof prove this.  Here is the latest from Jones regarding 2013:

Nicolaitan spirit–This spirit is condemned by the Lord in Rev. 2:6 (church at Ephesus) and in Rev. 2:15 (church at Pergamum). This spirit has victory over or rules over the people. It’s the pastor (and sometimes other leaders in the church) being on a different, higher level than the people. The Lord says in Revelation that He hates this spirit, to repent of it, and that He will come against it with the sword of His mouth. The reign of the pastor over the entire church is coming to an end. There will be a community of believers with their various giftings operating. Everyone will be important. [5]

The reign of the pastor over the church is coming to an end,” oh really?  Note the language (out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, see Luke 6:45) —- Jones say the Lord condemns this spirit that rules over the people, does he mean the same spirit by which he and the other false prophets manipulate and rule over their audiences?

What he is speaking forth is the sign-seekers mythical view of the Church, one in which everyone will minister and be used in their gifts within the church service.  What he envisions is total chaos in a service with no set people in authority per se, just a community of believers being led by the spirit.  Jesus Christ Himself gave the ministry of the keys (see Matthew 16:19) to the pastoral office.  The true God-sent pastor will not reign over the people but HE will serve them, lay down his life of them and lead them by Word, sacrament and example.

Bob added that it was not necessarily so that the woman would come along side the man and together they would be successful. Wherever he has gone to speak in the United States, it has been the women who have shown hunger for God–about 85% to 15%. It could very well be that the men will come along side the women and be successful. 6. Plagues coming to crops. Bob saw fleas hit the fruit in Florida and wipe out the crop. There will be new viruses and new infections. The medical community will have no answers. These plagues will promote fear everywhere, but we do not have to buy into it. Don’t pray to God for help. He’s already given us the authority over plagues, but we must rise up and use our authority. Bob gave an example of a virus that hit North and South Carolina a few years back. It killed many people and there was no medicine to stop it. The church pleaded with God to help them.[6]

Women seem to be more hungry (85%) than the men for what Jones is selling which does not speak well for these poor women.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.  But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. 1 Timothy 3:1-9

According to Jones men will be coming along the women and become more spiritual by following their lead (i.e. following these 85% to Jones` meetings).  The role of women in the Church is a powerful one, but they are not called by God into leadership roles over men in the Church period, end of story.  Jones and his ilk note no difference between the ministry roles of men and women, something the Bible clearly demarcates.

Jones foretells of coming plagues on crops, new viruses and new infections will be coming upon humanity with no medical cure and due to these afflictions fear will come upon the land!  However, God’s people don’t have to give into fear (how many times does Jesus tell His people to “fear not”?), in fact, we do not even have to pray about these troubles and turmoil’s.

Stop the presses! ANYTIME ANYONE TELLS YOU NOT TO PRAY — THAT PERSON IS DECEIVED AND IS LYING TO YOU.

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Luke 18:1

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Col. 3:17

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thess. 5:17

Jones is repeating what Kenneth Hagin revealed through an encounter with some entity posing as the Lord Jesus Christ (read about these amazing revelation in Hagin’s book I Believe In Visions).  In one of the visions Hagin’s Jesus reveals that the Church does not have to pray about many things, but we are to simply use our authority that Jesus has given the Church.  This is why many of our prayers go unanswered, Jesus has done all He is going to do about these situations, now it is up to us!  This is precisely what God is saying to us via Jones.  Forget that this latest directive violates probably ten direct passages on the necessity of prayer in and for all circumstances.  Further into the miasma of deceit!

TBN Darling and one of Michigan’s premier false prophets – Kim Clement

The Spirit of the Lord came upon me again. He said, “I’m speaking about 2012 and 2013.” He spoke to me about this. He said, “2012 to 2013 – for a seven-year period – it’s going to go up. Everything’s going to move upward. I’m going to bring about a move of My Spirit, a shaking, for My goodness will be seen by the people. For a seven-year period, you’re going to have exactly the opposite to what you’ve been experiencing now.”

I have the outline for another book entitled “More Moves Then Exlax©” in it I will briefly outline the various moves of the spirit including: The New Order of the Latter Rain, the Charismatic movement, the Discipleship movement, the Word of Faith movement, the Prophetic movement, The Apostolic movement, The Signs and Wonders movement —- and they keep on coming!

Great news God says “I’m going to bring about a move of My Spirit.”  Wow, yet another movement of the Spirit!

We’re all going to move forward and we will see God’s goodness for the next seven years.  My mother used to say “weak as water” and that is just what this pathetic, limp word is, insipid and weak.  My Bible tells me that my outward man decays daily, but my inner man is renewed daily (see 2 Cor. 4:16).  Every genuine child of God is growing, moving forward and God reveals His goodness to us daily and daily loads us up with benefits (see Psalm 68:19).  Kim continues —

Someone give Him a shout of praise, because I can hear some of you at home saying, “I want to believe this. Is this just giving us false hope?” No, it’s not. We’ve got to the worst place; the waters have subsided. The ark is now in a resting place; the dove has been sent fort h. The dove has found a resting place, and I promise you by the Spirit of the Lord that beginning 2012 to 2013, that period of time, for a seven-year period, there will be enough, there will be provision, there will even be abundance. America shall even stand strong again. The move of the Spirit shall be so strong . . .You have heard from the Spirit of the Lord. I’m standing in the garden – twelve visits; 2012–2013 is when it’s all going to erupt. The dove has found a resting place, which means that God has now found the place He wants so that we can be released on the earth to do what He wants us to do. I’m standing in the garden, tears are pouring down from my eyes, because I know it’s not coincidence, and as this is all happening, you’ll never guess what happened – and it’s so beautiful[7]

God has promised by the “Spirit of the Lord” that there will be: (1) enough, (2) provision and (3) abundance and (4) America will stand strong again.  Twice Kim lets us know that it is the Spirit of the Lord that we’re hearing from.

God has found the resting place He wants, so now we (the Overcomers) can be released on earth to do what He wants us to do.  What resting place is he referring to?  The whole earth is the Lord’s (Psalm 24:1; 1 Cor. 10:26) where can He be localized?  God’s plan for the ages has been rolling right along, on track and on time Mr. Clement, where have you been?

T.B. Joshua – Nigerian false prophet/ fake healer/false teacher/sexual predator

D.M.I. has not dealt with Mr. Joshua to any great degree primarily because he is in Africa and is not currently impacting the Church here in America.  Nonetheless, he is gathering steam and influence on his continent and among many in Europe.  The following is a little insight via the revelations of a woman delivered from his clutches:

In the Synagogue, the prophet’s Bible study regime is ring-fenced with rigid codes, subtle manipulation, fear, threat and weird misinterpretation of the Holy Bible. Months after Anneka Kinch’s embattled mind was won over with bitter lies, a new perverted dimension to her acculturation unfolded.  She began to notice regular assignations between the prophet and other young ladies. Many of them, both black and white had come from different countries in search of the miraculous but are being recruited into a sophisticated harem. They are being recruited into a nether world of sexual slavery. Naively, they become cannon fodders for the insatiable sexual appetite of a bearded Satan who masquerades as an angel of light and salvationDazed, befuddled and fooled, poor Anneka Kinch was caught in the intriguing sexual web of a prophet she believed with immovable conviction that he was God. She ran assignations several times to the pent house bedroom of our prophet of doom. Interestingly, the prophet was able to make his sinful union chic, respectable and sought after with rich permutations of passing anointing through copulation with his female disciples! The prophet believes in false cross-fertilisation. Christ knew better. He had no female disciples![8]

If one ventures online to read about Mr. Joshua’s SINistry one discovers multiple accounts of spiritual and sexual abuse yet his work continues to grow (like leaven).  Here is a portion of the future as revealed to us by profit Joshua —

2013 is a year of surprises. I am seeing many great, famous, popular and rich men and politicians will become helpless and in need of help in matters of sickness, disease, finances, death, etc,” he said in the service broadcast live on the popular Christian station Emmanuel TV. One of the causes: They have failed to reward those who helped them to succeed. This is the year of judgment, especially for politicians who use youth to support their political ambitions without reward after winning power,” he added. Joshua then proceeded to celebrate the future of farming, claiming that providence would favour those who engaged in it this year. “Those in the foodstuff business will have a field day this year. Farming and agriculture will be the order of the day and will help greatly to be the source of solution this year. People engaged in it will be greatly blessed. Foodstuff business and agriculture or farming are anointed businesses this New Year, to revive the world from economic depression. This is the secret of God revealed to you today. Quote me; you will not regret doing it. My name is T.B. Joshua,” he said.[9]

Here we have another vapid, non-specific word from the deranged mind of a lost soul to a people seeking direction.  Almost thirty (30) years ago I visited a blind Pentecostal evangelist who lived in Nigeria back in the day he prophesied to Pastor Joseph Frye and myself in his living room about the coming day of agriculture in Nigeria and God’s blessing on it.  My point?  Simply this, Nigerian people recognize, and have for decades, the necessity for people to go back to their farms — Nigeria was once a major food producer, but with the discovery of oil people left their fields and sought work in the cities and oil production.  So Joshua (and our former Pentecostal brother) is not revealing some ‘great’ insight, but actually a commonly known fact of life, big deal.

Confusion Rules!

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:3-4

 

Dear readers, you and I read these prognostications, shake our heads and continue to live our daily life which is as it should be.  However, there is a large (and growing) multitude of people who listen intently to their preferred diviner and attempt to structure their lives in accordance with what they have heard because they chose to believe the word being delivered.

The few examples I have cited demonstrate the problem of conflicting prophetic words.  If I am a sign-seeker whom am I to believe?  Do I go with the person with the larger following or the word that bears witness with my spirit?  Obviously, both prophets cannot be hearing accurately from the Lord, somebody is wrong.

Sign-gift devotees are not upset at all when the prophet ‘misses’ it (a euphemism for giving an unfulfilled/false word).  They say “we are all growing in our individual gifts, even so the prophet.”  To be forgiving is one thing, tolerant is another?  What does the Bible say about those who would speak in the name of the Lord?

The Serious Problems with These Heavenly Prophets

Now I have foretold it, and my prophesying will become true (I’m afraid), that God will visit our ingratitude and permit the truth to be cast down, as Daniel says (Dan. 8: [12]). Because we persecute and do not accept the truth, we must again have vain error and false spirits and prophets. Dr. Martin Luther, Against The Heavenly Prophets, 1525.

               The first and most serious problem that today’s prophets and those who listen to them have is the issue of blasphemy.  When one stands up and makes a proclamation in “the name of the Lord,” or “thus saith the Holy Spirit,” or “this is what Jesus is saying to His people,” —- and their words DO NOT have their origin from our God then these people are guilty of blaspheming the name of God.  They have spoken out of their darkened hearts and LIED in the name of the most Holy One and thus have presumptuously ‘attached’ Him to their words, words He did not speak.  This is a severe violation of   The Second Commandment.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain. What does this mean?–Answer. We should fear and love God that we may not curse, swear, use witchcraft, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.[10]

These people have boldly stood up and declared the “word of the Lord” when the Lord has not spoken at thing!  There is no fear of God before their faces.

And the Lord said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds. Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name although I did not send them, and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not come upon this land’: By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed.  And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword, with none to bury them—them, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their evil upon them. Jer. 14:14-16

The biblical record is crystal clear regarding how our God views those who presume to speak for Him.  This is not a new phenomenon; God’s people have always been plagued by satanic envoys whose mission is to divert people away from Jesus Christ and towards anything or anyone else.

What value are these heavenly prophets words? They spew forth (1) a lying vision; (2) a worthless divination and (3) the deceit of their own minds.  Whatever these people say is simply garbage and is to be rejected by man as it already has been rejected by God.

The danger to the hearer is that those who heed these lying words will suffer the consequences of believing a lie.  Over the years we have heard various horror stories regarding people who acted on prophetic words spoken over them and the great tragedies that occurred because of being misled.

I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, then they would have proclaimed my words to my people, and they would have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their deeds. Jer. 23:21-22

Again God is telling His people that He did not send these prophets, if they had simply proclaimed God’s Words to His people then the people would have turned from the evil ways and deeds, i.e. God’s Word produces good fruit, men’s words are worthless.

We live in a time that for some reason the Bible is no longer seen as a totally self-sufficient guide for faith and practice.  Many people are far more ready to act on the word of a sinful self-proclaimed prophet then they are to trust the written Word once delivered to the saints.

Throughout the Bible God has never sent prophets to reveal what was going to transpire in a New Year.  A close study of the role of biblical prophets will reveal how FEW men (and fewer women) God spoke through prophetically, not everybody ran around spewing forth “words” from God; if they did so they were most likely quickly stoned to death (see Deut. 13:5).  When God did speak through a prophet the word delivered was of great importance in the salvific economy of God as opposed to the vapid, silly and asinine drivel uttered by people whose conscience has been seared as with a hot iron (see 1 Tim. 4:2).  There is simply no comparison between what Isaiah prophesied and what Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Robert Tilton, Marilyn Hickey, Fred Price, Kim Clement, Pat Robertson, Kenneth Hagin, Peter Popoff and other false prophets regularly disgorge upon the minds of the willing seekers.

The Bible warns us over and over regarding the reality and the danger these false prophets present to God’s people.  There is no light in them (see Isa. 8:20).  God has not sent them.  Their sincerity and zeal is no excuse for blaspheming the name of our God.  These lie and deceive people in His name and lead people further from Christ Jesus and not closer to Him. These people are tares sown among the pure wheat of God (see Matt. 13:25-26) by Satan.  Those who speak and those who listen to them are equally guilty before the Lord.

Let us pray for those who speak lies in God’s name that He might grant them repentance and then genuinely fill their mouths with His written Word.  Let us pray for the multitudes who follow these blind guides, they have been deceived and while they live there is hope for change.  Lastly, let us NOT be tolerant and accepting of error in our midst.  We all see through a mirror darkly (see 1 Cor. 13:12) and none of us has perfect understanding —- YET —- let us contend for the faith ONCE delivered unto the saints (Jude 3).

The word “contend” is ἐπαγωνίζομαι in the Greek and it means to exert intense effort” to struggle for the faith delivered to us.  We’ve got to fight for the accurate teaching of God’s Word and not sit passively by.  The following verse in Jude tells us exactly why we have to contend —

V. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Unawares” in the Greek refers to men with an evil intent who’ve slipped in without being noticed.  Once in the Church they begin to divide the people by teaching false doctrine and seducing people away from their chaste faith in Christ Jesus.  Let us all take up our Bibles and from Its sacred pages let us contend with those who oppose our God, His Church and themselves (see 2 Tim. 2:25). This New Year let us together strive to “Teach Truth & Expose Error.”

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