MUCH OF THE “PROPHETIC” HAS BECOME PATHETIC

This past week I was watching and listening carefully to judge a supposed “heavy” prophetic word a friend sent me to share my perspective on. More on that later. I normally don’t have the time, patience, or even interest to listen to the 999 supposed “prophetic” words that are out there on internet la la land, with most not worth a nickel to me, but because I have high regard for my friend I went ahead and made time to watch and listen to the prophecy. 

We have so much of the “prophetic” in America, and one of the reasons for the rampant deception that presently exists in many churches and Christians. Frankly, I’m weary of the excesses, extremes, and abuses of it.  Most Christians are not familiar with the real prophetic, so they are swallowed up by the false. People aren’t grounded in the full counsel of the Word, or how to follow Jesus, and be led by the Holy Spirit, but instead they follow their favorite elevated preacher(s) and make idols out of their false prophets. “Ooo! Aaah! Wow! Amen!” they say as their mouths drool with false wonder and emotionalism when it’s not even God that is speaking through them.

Just to be clear, I do not despise the authentic prophetic for I have been a beneficiary of it throughout the many years of my life and ministry. I believe strongly in the  Ephesians 4:11 ministry gift of the authentic Prophet.  But most of what I’m seeing and hearing today is not that. Instead, it’s a cheap imitation at best. It’s false. It’s highly manipulative. Worst of all, it is deceptive and misleads multitudes of Christians who have itching ears for sweet tooth messages and who possess no discernment. Many of these poor souls lack the fear of God and a genuine love for the truth, so they are easy targets for the enemy and those self-promoting foxes (cunning and crafty; Luke 13:32, Ez. 13:4) who peddle the false prophetic. The landscape of Christianity today is filled with such. Tares they are, that must be separated from the wheat.

Top 500 Bible verses. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 
  Matthew 7:15

There are two main sides of the false prophetic. One is the sugary, dainty prophecies that only prophesy “peace, peace” (Ez. 13:10, 16) and the other is the gloom and doom kind that usually only speak of judgment and wrath, and falsely imply that God is angry with everyone. What the Lord is really saying in this hour is what we need to hear. And yes, I realize He can be saying many different things through many different vessels, but there is a true and a false. There is a soulish and then there is the spiritual. The Lord rebuked the false prophets throughout Israel’s history as He did through the prophet Ezekiel:

“And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own heart, ‘Hear the word of the Lord!’ “Thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!” (vs. 1-3) 

(Read the entire chapter of Ezekiel 13 to see a sobering example of this)

Back to the supposed prophecy from a supposed prophet from the link  that my friend sent me. Initially I sensed no anointing on it, but as time went on I was fooled by it, because the individual seemed sincere and at one point even shed tears, so I wavered. Why did I doubt my first impression when I did not sense the true anointing, and the ‘check’ I had in my spirit that something was not quite right? I wasn’t sure any more because I moved into the soulish realm. This is what Christians do all the time because they’re not familiar with the real anointing of the Spirit. 

KNOW THE TRUE ANOINTING

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.” (1John 2:20)

“These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. BUT the ANOINTING which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you…” (1 John 2:27)

You can only know all things “in the anointing”. I cannot always explain to you what the anointing is, but I can sure tell you what it ain’t. That anointing is simply the Holy Spirit who abides in every true believer. It’s also important that we are established in the Word and know the whole counsel of God, but have you ever thought of the fact that the early Christians didn’t have a full Bible yet like we do? The Comforter, whom Jesus left us, is all they knew. In fact, the apostle John was so bold to tell these early believers that “those who went out from us were not of us because if they had been of us they would have continued with us (1 John 2:19)”. Sounds pretty denominational and self-centered, doesn’t it? But back then they knew one another by the Spirit. They discerned the true from the false by the anointing.

Notice in v. 27 that John said that we need not that anyone teach us. Now that sounds pretty arrogant, too, doesn’t it?  But he’s not saying that we don’t need to be taught, for God had placed teachers in the body of Christ. What he’s saying is to let  the anointing teach you while men speak. 

Before I minister the Word of God I will sometimes say: “It’s not important what I say. What’s important is what the Holy Spirit says while I’m speaking.” See the difference?

When I was listening to the aforementioned video of this supposed prophet I disconnected from the Anointing within me and began to yield more to my soul and emotions and was fooled. 

Believers today need to familiarize themselves with the true anointing of the Holy Spirit and be around it. Quit putting your faith in the wisdom of men and more in the power of God. 

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FEAR NOT, AMERICA IS NOT DOOMED

Lately I’ve been going back and referring to the late Kenneth E. Hagin’s many visions and prophecies that he was given throughout much of his life and ministry. They have provided great encouragement and confirmation about some things I have known in my spirit about these end times, but became muddied through the many false prophetic voices heard today. I know that there are godly prophets in the earth today, but Bro. Hagin was proven and accurate, and lived an impeccable life of faithfulness and character, unlike so many today. In my humble opinion, he is the foremost prophet of my lifetime, and the closest man to Jesus that I have personally known.

Columnist’s Note: This is a prophecy by the late Kenneth E. Hagin on Oct. 01, 1974, Longmont, Texas: Amid the present plague/virus and fear and uncertainty in the world and even among some Christians, the church needs to be reminded of this

“No, the time of the end is not yet. No, America is not doomed,” I heard Him say. “No, judgment will not fall as yet.

“Some have seen some things in the spirit and didn’t know how to interpret it. They interpreted it as happening now. I didn’t say it was going to happen now. In the spirit you see things in the distance—and even in another age.

“When the church age is over, judgment will fall. But judgment will not fall upon the church. For the only judgment that the church will face is the judgment seat of Christ. They’ll not face the judgment of tribulation.”

My comments: Pre-trib and post-trip arguments avail; I’m a proponent of both of them with a split church at the pre-trib rapture where some go and some stay; for more clarification on this go here and scroll back, then go forward to read the 12-part series I did in 2013. I received this understanding from my personal studies on a number of eschatology books of the late Rev. Gordon Lindsay, who was a good friend of brother Hagin. My understanding of eschatology may change as I continue to grow, but right now, that is what I believe is closest to the fullness of truth concerning the rapture of the church.

“They’ll not face the judgment of the enemy or the judgment of God, for they’re protected by God.

“And there is more to happen yet. There’s missionary work to be done. And even the renewal that you call the ‘charismatic renewal,’ and the move of the Spirit in these last days—you have only seen a little. And there shall be those that stand before the leaders of this nation and work miracles. And it shall be even so as it was with Phillip, after he had baptized the eunuch that he was caught away and found in another city. And so one shall be in this city and television cameras shall be trained upon him. The reporters will say, ‘He’s here in Dallas, Texas.’ And as fast as you can snap your finger, a television camera in Los Angeles…and there he is. Some will say, ‘How did he do that?’ It shall be the Spirit of God that shall catch him away. [My personal comments: I’ve always had that same conviction. How glorious! We need to think bigger than the present dark situation in our nation.]

“And these signs and wonders shall become more prevalent. Signs and wonders have come here and come there. But they shall become more prevalent and more prevalent in these last days. ‘And let not your heart be fearful, nor let it be afraid.’

“For there shall, and on the scene he has already arisen [I believe he’s speaking of President Trump, who was about 28 years old at this time. I can’t prove that, so I’ll just submit it to you for consideration. Keep reading.], one who shall respond unto the things of God and whose heart will be open toward God.

“And your nation that seemed to be cut down to the roots, and the wild birds of the air and the fowls of the air came and roosted in her branches and did much disrepute unto the nation. Yet that shall all be repaired because this man shall say,

‘I will walk in the way of God. I will trust also in Him.’ And he shall be at the head, and many shall follow him. And the work of God shall be consummated that must be consummated in other nations before I come. [Oh, glory to God! Hallelujah!]

“I heard Him say, ‘Because, you see, The enemy shall not gainsay the work of the Lord.’ And like a trumpet sounding across the valley, I heard His voice so strong and clear, and He said,

‘I am not coming for a church, the body of Christ, that’s weak, emaciated, sickly and underground, meaning hiding in fear [My comments: He is not speaking of the mighty underground church, because of persecution as in nations like Iran, but he’s speaking of the mighty holy remnant of God who will rise up in this hour]. I’m coming for the spiritual giant that’s alive and living, and working the works of God!’

“So be not fearful, nor cast thy glance around about, and become askant. But look ye up unto Him, for He is the head of the church. And through the church, the head will manifest Himself. And men are the hands of the Lord, and the hands are in the body. And He shall stretch forth His hands to heal the sick, that signs and wonders shall be wrought in the name of the Holy Child Jesus. [GLORY! GLORY! GLORY!]

“And two things shall shortly be made manifest unto the real people of God: ‘One is further light and teaching and revelation in the area and realm of healing—physical healing, divine healing—that will be the key that will unlock the chain that has bound so many and they’ll never more be the same.’ [Comments: There was much teaching in the ’70s and ’80s on this that many of us need to revisit. I was a part of an apostolic team that received a mandate from God to carry the word of faith into West Africa in the mid-80s into the mid-90s. And I will be writing and ministering more on this in the near future]. We need this ‘word of faith’ (Rom. 10:8) especially in this time where great fear is abounding all over the world.

“And then there shall come revelation…further light according to the Word concerning the miraculous, and the part that faith doth play. For faith is like the fuse that ignites the dynamite.

“And when the explosion goes off, all can hear and see. But there was a fuse that had to be lit, and faith is the fuse. [Yes! Yes! Yes!]

“And thou shalt be able to stand and to take a blackboard, like a teacher teaching mathematics and write out the equation and come up with the right answer. And any man or woman, boy or girl, standing or seated in that congregation will be able to take that equation, translate it into the spiritual realm and their faith will ignite the power of God. And they’ll have an explosion in their home and in their community and in their church.

“And it will be popping here and popping there; and it will be popping here and popping there; and it will be popping here and popping there.

“So get ready for it.

“And the curtain was closed. And into the realm of eternity I could no longer see.

“And into the realm of eternity I could no longer hear. But I looked again into the realm of time, where you sit and live, and say with words from heaven above, ‘These things shall shortly be, and shall shortly come.'” 

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THE REASON FOR THE LACK OF THE POWER OF GOD: TOO MUCH MENTAL PRAYING AND NOT ENOUGH SPIRITUAL PRAYING

There is a book in my library I often refer to. It is called, Tongues: Beyond The Upper Room, by the late Kenneth E. Hagin. Every believer should have that book. Every church should teach thoroughly from it. Every minister should read it regularly. There are certain men of old like Hagin and many others who were sent by God with light from heaven for their generation. The challenge with each new generation is to keep the light burning that these men brought to us from the Holy Ghost. There is a new church methodology that is making it easier to lose this light. There is a new ministry philosophy that is content to let it slip away because according to their wisdom, it doesn’t bring in the numbers or the dollars.

In the aforementioned book, there are some amazing testimonies of the miracle working power of God that was manifested through those who strongly believed and practiced praying in tongues. One testimony is told of one Brother Boley, a missionary to West Africa. He would travel by sailboat to some primitive islands to preach the gospel to unreached tribes. One night on his return to the mainland a storm arose at sea. This was at the turn of the 20th century when they did not have light or navigation equipment.

The storm was so bad that they reached a point of two choices. They could stay out at sea and be swallowed up by the turbulent waves, or direct the boat toward shore through the coral reef, where in all likelihood; it would be smashed to pieces. Either way, barring a miracle, there would be loss of life to all on the boat.

Unbeknownst to Brother Boley, one of his helpers back at the mission station on the mainland, had a burden to pray that night. Not knowing the situation or even quite what she was sensing, she prayed in tongues for about two hours. Then the burden lifted and she had a note of victory that the answer had come. The Old Pentecostals called this “praying through” – something so few Christians know anything about today. This is one of the elements of prayer modern Pentecostals and Charismatics are losing.

Kenneth E. Hagin heard Brother Boley in person share this testimony, or else I would’ve had a hard time believing it myself. Around the same time that the burden of prayer lifted off this woman the boat took off in the air like an airplane and sailed over the dangerous reef and landed in the harbor where the waters were calm and peaceful. There was much rejoicing and not a life was lost.

Why are we not seeing and hearing more testimonies like this today? It’s simple – because we are not praying very much in other tongues. The next wave of God’s Spirit is dependent on the prayers of God’s people. Ministers who know and have experience in these areas need to teach more on the Holy Ghost and prayer, and then demonstrate some of it to the people. The Lord told Kenneth E. Hagin that the greatest move of God would come through the combination of the solid foundation of the Word that’s been built over the last few decades and the power of the Holy Ghost that will be manifested as we learn to enter into this deeper realm of prayer.

Here is a powerful quote from Hagin in the book I referred to here:

“Oh yes, we’ve seen the power of the Holy Ghost in a limited fashion, but a wave is coming that will bring His power on a higher level and in a far greater measure than we have ever seen before. I can see that wave out yonder in the deep waters. It’s coming!

“Don’t stay on the old wave of yesterday’s move of the Spirit. Swim out to the deep waters of the Spirit realm by praying in the Holy Ghost, and get on the next wave of God’s purposes for this hour. Then keep on praying so you can ride that new wave as it builds in divine power and glory.

“I’m convinced the wave that is coming will be twice as high as the healing wave, the Charismatic wave, or the faith wave. In fact, it will be twice as high as all of them put together! I believe it is going to be the wave that sweeps us right on into the shores of the glory world!”

It is surely not a time to back off from the Holy Ghost and praying in tongues. Instead, it is time to double up and triple up in praying in other tongues so that we can see our mighty God display His great power in this time of gross darkness on the earth.

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FLESH CHURCHES VS. SPIRIT CHURCHES

As guardians of local churches, shepherds have been entrusted with such a great responsibility. They can either be a lock or a key to opening the door to the move of the Spirit of God in their midst. The Word of God is our foundation, but the Holy Spirit supplies the life. The more we follow the leading of the Spirit the greater will be the life flow in our meetings and times of assembling, and of course in our personal lives as well.

The only way to see a turnaround in many local churches today is to focus first on personal and leadership renewal, and then congregational renewal. Let everything else be subservient to that order, including our mission and structure. What happens, though, is we usually work this in reverse. We establish our mission and structure and then attempt to breathe life into it, instead of following the life and direction of the Spirit of God and then facilitating that life with the necessary structure. There is a world of difference between these two approaches. Unless renewal happens first, all is in vain.

These two approaches are like the difference between a powerboat and a sailboat philosophy. A powerboat runs on the human fuel of education, leadership books, programs, going to seminars and conferences, and fine-tuning systems of the church, but a sailboat is dead in the water if the wind doesn’t blow. Being a sailboat is difficult for the program-oriented, “bigger is better” – American culture activist, but it is the only way to glory.

The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a Church of holiness, love, and power. It is the workings of the Holy Spirit in the lives of His ministers and saints that makes it that way. 

FLEE CHURCHES THAT RESEMBLE NIGHTCLUBS

There are basically two types of churches today: Flesh churches and Spirit churches. A flesh church reaps death and corruption but a Spirit church reaps life and peace (Rom. 8:6). Churches that revolve around the wisdom of men, social activities only, entertainment and carnal fellowship are flesh churches. They have the glitter but it’s not gold. They have fake glory and smoke, but there’s no real fire. They may look good outwardly but there’s no internal depth and substance. Churches that are birthed and built through Holy Ghost prayer and the wisdom of God are Spirit churches.

Holy Ghost praying is the doorway to the supernatural. A few years ago an interesting survey was taken to determine how often Spirit-baptized Pentecostal/Charismatics utilized their prayer language and spoke in tongues. Results showed that only 15% used their prayer language daily and only another 7% weekly. Nearly 50% never use it.  

No wonder we have so many flesh churches. 

Why do I mean by Holy Ghost prayer? Praying with your own understanding is mental praying, which is limited to the realm of your own mind and reasoning. Praying in tongues is praying with God’s understanding, which is unlimited and often comes with interpretation and revelation (1 Cor. 14:14-15). 

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Another survey was taken among 50 Spirit-baptized Pentecostal/Charismatic ministers. Only 10% of them prayed at least 15 minutes a day in the Holy Ghost. No wonder so many are being diverted by the wisdom of men. No wonder there’s so much showboating and fleshly preaching among ministers. Eloquent speech and persuasive words of man’s wisdom have trumped the demonstration of the Spirit and power of God.

There is an entire breed of churches that are ignorant of how the Holy Ghost works and moves. Many teachers are teaching the way of the flesh instead of the way of the Spirit. 

There simply will not be much profit without Holy Ghost praying. Who would’ve believed that one prayer group of 120 people in an upper room could’ve changed the world? God’s plan for revival has not changed. The pattern was set long ago. God changes the world through abiding, persistent, and consistent Holy Ghost praying. 

“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]” (Jam. 5:16b – Amp.).

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THE THING I MISS THE MOST ABOUT THE TRAVELING MINISTRY

There was a season in the late John G. Lake’s life and ministry when all he did was travel throughout North America and fellowship with ministers and good friends. He said it fulfilled such a need and ministered a satisfaction to his spirit. He had been ministering and pioneering a work in Africa for years and pouring into others before coming off the field to just travel around the nation and fellowship with those of like-precious faith.

Carolyn and I haven’t traveled in over a year. We’ve been in and out of hospitals a good portion of that time. Thank the Lord our health is improving. She’s no longer in excruciating pain and my sleep patterns are nearing normal, plus my memory is getting better. Praise God! But we miss the face to face fellowship with some of our dearest friends and fellow ministers. This connecting and joining of kindred spirits is something that the Holy Spirit is highlighting in this hour.

In prayer Carolyn and I have received much revelation and understanding concerning this very important aspect of our Christian walk. The people of God are connecting more deeply with one another in the spirit of truth and genuine brotherly love as a divine dissatisfaction with the spirit of the world and of its religious and political systems fills us. This is the attitude that will bind kindred spirits and those of like precious faith in this hour and mushroom into a mighty move of God.

The real unity of the Spirit is not ecumenicalism, where people with various religious beliefs are brought together through man’s efforts. It’s relationship-based Christianity and activity in the Holy Spirit that connects spirits to spirits. This is real unity in the Spirit.

Here’s an excerpt from a recent word from God that we jotted in our prayer journal:

“You see, I’ve brought you into relationships that are after Me, and you stir one another, for this is what I’ve ordained for My body to have—spirit to spirit communications and activations. For it is only then that there is a move of My Spirit and revelation knowledge of the things I am doing. That is why when you hear of someone who is moving with Me your spirit is stirred, and it causes you to move with Me, too. This is why you can only go to places now where I’ve made that spirit to spirit connection even through your writings and teachings. For the things that others also hear from you causes an activation of My Spirit in their spirits, and this is what causes the communications and them to reach out and connect. For if you can see what it looks like in the Spirit realm—it is the moving of My Spirit and the activation and the life that comes forth…and it even goes through the phone lines, I see, for there is no distance in the Spirit.”

Services, meetings, and conferences where we receive teaching and spiritual impartation is great, but we also need to realize that much ministry and life is imparted and activated through our fellowship in the Spirit with those of like-precious faith. It enriches us and deposits things into our spirits that are eternal and profits us much in this life. I could tell you so many unforgettable accounts and examples of this in our own lives through the many years of serving the Lord. I know even since being home from the hospital I’ve connected with minister friends in America and in other nations through social media or via phone who were quickened by something I wrote or said or vice versa, and we were both enriched and even received direction from the Lord.

Please don’t neglect your God ordained relationships, because they multiply who you are and add an important element of life and wisdom to your spirit. I’ll say more in another blog.

Love and blessings!

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