A friend recently asked me “How can you tell that a “prophet” is a false prophet”?
When their prophecy doesn’t come true!
My reply was almost juvenile, but true – if God is truly speaking to someone and they are “relaying” His words to you, then whatever He “tells” them is supposed to happen.
“But what about the things that have happened to me that have been prophesied” you ask?
I’m not a naysayer – in general. I believe in the power of God and I believe that He is the Supreme Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Nothing happens except the Lord wills it.
I can’t, however, take today’s “parking lot prophets” seriously either (these are the folks who accost you in the parking lot after church to tell you what “thus says the Lord”).
I’ve been “prophesied” to before, and the “prophesies” have generally been vague and open ended. “God told me to tell you that your breakthrough is coming” they say, or “The Lord told me to tell you that your latter will be greater than your former, thus says the Lord…”.
No one has ever told me “The Lord told me to tell you that on Tuesday April 1, 2008 you will get a call from your cousin John asking you to forgive him for pushing you off your bike when you were 7”.
Most of today’s “prophets” act more like fortune tellers that you see on late night television.
They say“The Lord is showing me someone in your life with a name that begins with T…does that sound familiar to you? It does, ok…the Lord says that T owes you money, is that correct? No? OK, umm, is there someone who’s name begins with C that owes you money? No, umm, I’m hearing a C, or T, or D, or P, or…” you get the point.
That was my introduction, here’s the point of this post:
This week is the start of TBN’s bi-annual “Pimp-A-Thon”, so I was looking for some videos of the pimps on parade from the first night of the show.
I don’t have video yet, but I did see Paula White take a break from her heretical ramblings to declare that you would get a breakthrough if you sowed $88 or $888 (you did know that 2008 is the “year of the breakthrough”, didn’t you?).
The “prophecy” is interesting as well, particularly since it’s vague AND incorrect. I won’t reprint the entire text here (you can click the link above to check it out for yourself), but take a look at a few interesting points:
2006 WILL BE A YEAR OF MANIFESTATION FOR THE CHURCH.
Wow – that sounds important, especially since it’s written in all caps. It’s a pretty vague statement, though. I don’t remember any particular “manifestations” (which is religious for “happenings”), but I was under the influence of a pulpit pimp at the time so I can’t knock her hustle.
The enemy has set his hand to strike once more against this Nation, not only once but twice in the months ahead.
I don’t remember that happening…
I hear crying in the streets of Jerusalem, wailing for their dead, sudden calamity
C’mon lady, that was a pretty safe bet there. Jerusalem has been under attack for the past 40+ years.
The cry of China has come up before the Lord. Great revival is breaking out, massive miracles.
Hmm, last time I checked China was still cracking down on dissent of any kind, especially dissent from the church – even until today.
The screeching of brakes can be heard in Hollywood as a turn around in the movie industry takes place. Movie moguls and producers are going to rethink some of their plans for future films as throngs of people scurry to the box office to see the good family films, many depicting the things of Christ. Hollywood cries, “show me the money,” while God’s men and women that are in the business cry, “show them the way.”
Would someone please contact Aquilla and ask her to turn on her television or to go see a movie so she’ll know how far off base she was on this one?
Because of the travail of the people, the Church will take on a whole new look. Many will no longer be satisfied with entertainment and watered down sermons. They will demand the meat of the Word with signs following.
I’m sorry, I have to laugh at that one :-P The church has taken on a “whole new look”, but folks are EVEN MORE SATISFIED WITH ENTERTAINMENT in the church. I was one of them.
These days, pulpit pimps have stirred up the sheep so much that they will run in the aisles, speak in tongues, rub their bibles, and demand that God “open up the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing” like never before.
And she made this “prophecy”on TBN, the alpha pimp network? :-P
There’s more of these deep sayings so feel free to read it on your own.
The bottom line is this – there are no Jeremiah’s or Nathan’s or Isaiah’s walking around declaring the Word of the Lord these days. Most of today’s “prophets” are acting in direct opposition to 2 Peter 16:20-21:
I started this post with a question: “How can you tell that a prophet is a false prophet”?
God gave the best answer to this question in Deuteronomy 18:20-22 – and He gave the prescription of false prophecy as well (my emphasis in bold):
21“You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’
22“(C)When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken The prophet has spoken it (D)presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.