“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. “But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the LORD your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-5)
Blood moons, Super Blood moons, Tetrads, Shemitah’s, and of course – harbingers, have all become the popular talk among Christians in these current days in which we live. Yet surprisingly still, it reveals something more than a mere interest in these so called “prophetic events”, it signals how far the modern church has drifted away from sound biblical teaching, and instead, has embraced mysticism instead of the bible and true prophetic voices.
Since the release of Jonathan Cahn’s book ‘The Harbinger’, followed up by the books by John Hagee, John Shorey and Mark Biltz, the church world has found itself plagued and hypnotized by star trek prophecy preachers who are so far out into outer space that not even I can lock a radar on them. The fact is, they are running on prophetic utterances and shallow prophecies that, if taken into question, lacks serious scriptural weight. Yet now, with all the church foaming at the mouth to devour yet another “prophecy” by hit-and-run prophets, the word of God is left sitting on the desk while mythical conjecture masked as “prophecy” is embraced, the result? Seduction by another spirit.
I won’t begin to go through the entire problems with each of these individuals I have mentioned in the above paragraph, instead, I want to focus directly on what the Lord dropped into my spirit recently. At the time of this article it is now September 19th, 2015. To many, that date might not gain an interest, but to thousands upon thousands it was supposed to hold significant weight because as Cahn, Jim Bakker and other so called “prophets” have eluded to, September 13th was the end of the Shemitah and the elud 29, which was supposed to bring about the end of the economic world, WW3, and the rise of the antichrist, not to mention the rapture was supposed to occur, followed by a large earthquake. Yet none of these things have happened (or are going to right now). Instead, it once again proves why God takes prophecies very serious, and especially those which are spoken in his name.
When a prophet (under the law) spoke falsely, God had a remedy to deal with such – death. Some would argue that killing (by stoning) was a harsh judgment to pronounce simply because someone might have “missed it”, but one must truly understand the entire aspect of the role of the prophet under the old covenant. To walk and speak as a prophet was not an easy task, nor a popular one, many times true, genuine prophets of old were killed, boiled alive in hot oil, cut in two, and stoned to death, not for being false, but for being true. To speak for God in the time of Israel was not only full of great responsibility, the very words of a prophet held such a high weight among the people, that a false word could literally destroy an entire nation, or render it helpless to its many enemies, it could even lead people into false worship of idols, such was the weight of a prophets words and why God demanded that if someone claimed to be sent by God and spoke with a clear word, and it did not come to pass, that man had to be removed from the people and killed, to protect the nation itself from falling into great apostasy.
Unlike the past, there are no more judgments as to dealing with prophets whose words fail to come to pass, instead, we mark them as false, or sometimes immature, and leave them be, unless true repentance takes place where God can, if they were truly called into the role of a prophet, can mature them over a period of time so that they can then speak the word of God with surety and not by speculation. The fact is, it matters if a prophets words come to pass or not.
When a prophets words come to pass, and that man (or woman) has a proven ministry of leading people to the cross, then God is glorified, the people are edified and the prophetic office is respected. But when a prophets word does not come to pass, not only is the prophet tainted, God is also equally placed into doubt because the word claimed to be from God did not materialize, thus leaving people room for doubt for all other acts and wisdom of God. Such is why a prophets word is not only important, but why it matters.
Today, unlike Israel’s day, there are no longer any accountability toward those who would speak falsely of claiming to hear from God and say on a certain day such and such is going to occur, and when that claim comes and goes, then the people are left wondering what happened? Why the word never came to pass, and more importantly, it puts the legitimate office of the prophet into serious doubt. Such is why these men should be labeled as false, not simply because of their words failing to come to pass, but because they have also preached another gospel. This is the warning God’s word reminds us of when examining the words of a prophet, not just in their prophecies, but in their teachings as well. If Christ and the cross is not pointed out to the world and the church, then something is amiss. If they seek to gain financially from their prophecies, then something equally is amiss. God’s word never comes with a price tag, it will always be free. Yet it matters when a prophets word fails to come to pass as we have recently seen, and that failure is what is helping the enemy of our soul in his attempt to desensitize the church in these last days so that when a true, genuine false antichrist spirit emerges among the land, leading millions astray, then those who never questioned the words of such a man as being true or not, will lead them into complete seduction, thereby fulfilling the words of Paul, “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3)
It matters if a prophets word comes to pass or not, because God warns us that in the last days, seducing spirits and angels of light would infiltrate the church, leading many astray, and when we fail to examine and hold those men and women who claim to speak for God and miss the mark entirely, then the church suffers greatly. This is no time for allowing false wolves among us, but instead, we must begin to mark those who claim one thing and speak another, that is the mark of a true Christian testing all things, for it will save them from eternal damnation.