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.
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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