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  Prophets Or Deluded Charlatans
 
(Charlatan - A person who makes elaborate, fraudulent, and often voluble claims to skill or knowledge)

Carol Brooks

False prophets do not know what the word 'truth' means. To believe that these supposed men or women of God are saved, redeemed, and born-again, is to carry delusion to the farthest limit. Although they all claim 'revelation' from the Lord they spew an endless torrent of grandiose and often pretentious mind numbing drivel that does nothing but give one a sense of Dj Moo... The distinct feeling one has heard all this bull before.

As Ezekiel said
"They see falsehood and lying divination who are saying, 'The Lord declares,' when the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word. "Did you not see a false vision and speak a lying divination when you said, 'The Lord declares,' but it is not I who have spoken?"'" Therefore, thus says the Lord God, "Because you have spoken falsehood and seen a lie, therefore behold, I am against you," declares the Lord God. "So My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will have no place in the council of My people, nor will they be written down in the register of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel, that you may know that I am the Lord God. (Ezekiel 13:6-9 NASB)


ON THIS PAGE

 Two Kinds of Prophecy
Predictive Prophecy
The Gift Of Prophecy

Chosen By God Or 'Trained' by Men

False Prophets - Then and Now

Modern Day Prophets and Their Wildly Inaccurate Prophecies

What The Bible Actually Says About The End of Days

Mistakes?

The Fate Of False Prophets And Those Who Listen To or Heed Them

Testing The Prophets

Non-Predictive Statements

Was Jonah A False Prophet?

 

Two Kinds of Prophecy
Predictive Prophecy: To many people a prophet is someone who makes Divinely inspired predictions about the future - things they could not know apart from Divine revelation. This is called predictive prophecy. The men of old (in both Old and New Testaments) who prophesied future events are often said to fill the 'office of a prophet.

The Gift Of Prophecy: On the other hand, there is the 'gift of prophecy' seen in only in the New Testament. Any person who acts as a spokesperson for God and delivers a message that God decreed he (or she) should deliver has been given the gift of prophecy - It is simply prophecy of a different kind.

However, regardless of whether the person was foretelling the first or second advent of Christ, the rise of the Babylonians or the antichrist, or simply delivering a message designed to edify one or more believers there are however a couple of important factors common to both.

    1.) He or she is a legitimate spokesperson for the Almighty entrusted with a gift of immense importance that is not to be taken lightly.

    2.) A true prophet does not proclaim what tradition dictates, what he thought up himself, what he imagines, wishes, or even hopes were true. He or she is in in direct contact with God Himself in a way that most others are not thus his words cannot ever be in error or a 'mistake.

    3.) No person, regardless of how inspiring their message nor how persuasive the manner in which they deliver it can be considered a prophet unless this message came directly from God.  As Peter said

    "for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God". (2 Peter 1:21 NASB)

Predictive Prophecy
The Bible is the only 'religious' book that speaks of future events with the same certainty that it speaks of past and present events. One of the primary reasons for predictive prophecy in the Old Testament was to establish God's credibility because only a Supreme Being can consistently and precisely predict the future in detail. In fact, He actually challenged the idol gods to

    "Declare the things that are going to come afterward, that we may know that you are gods".

And since this was impossible for them, He went on to say

    Behold, you are of no account, And your work amounts to nothing; He who chooses you is an abomination." (Isaiah 41:3-4. Emphasis Added) See God and His Bible

It is a tragedy that so many people are unaware of the truly mind blowing prophecies in the Bible.

For example, Daniel accurately described the succession of empires beginning with the Babylonians, winding down through the Medes and the Persians, the Greeks, and the Roman Empire which began to come into power around 241 B.C. Additionally Daniel 11 spans the centuries from Cyrus the Great to the reign of the antichrist and the end of the age. See The Rise And Fall Of The Empires

Even more amazingly Daniel Specified EXACTLY When The Messiah Would Appear HERE (Scroll Down Slightly). No other religious leader's birth or anything about their life has has ever been foretold

And that was far from all. Hundreds of years in advance the many, many, Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament foretold virtually all facets of Jesus' life including His birth, ministry, death, and His resurrection, all of which gave us a simple way to distinguish the true messenger of God from those who just claimed to be or were themselves vastly deluded.

See Comparing Jesus With Other Religious Leaders... Why Jesus Is Without Equal

 
The Gift Of Prophecy
This type of Divinely inspired revelation has nothing to do with doctrine, nor does it have any authority over the church in general. It communicates precise pertinent information or instruction to one or more specific individuals. Agabus' prophecy about Paul's imprisonment in Acts 21:10, and the Holy Spirit's instruction to send Paul and Barnabas to do the work He had called them to do in Acts 13:2-3, are examples of this type of revelation i.e. relevant to only those for whom the message was intended.

The New Testament lists the gifts that potentially would be be manifest when believers came together (Apostles were probably listed first in both lists probably because of the their church planting role) 

    And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; (Ephesians 4:11-12 NASB)

    And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:28 NASB)

Other verses make it clear that the purpose of these gifts, including the gift of prophecy, would contribute something that edified the entire body (the word "edify" simply means to 'build up' morally or spiritually). This was very important because of the instability of those days. Not only was Christianity a fledgling religion but it had enemies in high places. Revelation from God that communicated so much support for believers had to be vital thus it no wonder that Paul told the Corinthians to "desire earnestly to prophesy" (1Corinthians 14:39)

    But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church. (1 Corinthians 14:3-4 NASB)

    What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.  (1 Corinthians 14:26 NASB) (Also see 1 Corinthians 12:7-10)

After Pentecost this function could be carried out by any willing Spirit-filled believer, chosen of God. At any gathering of believers, anyone could be chosen to deliver a message that was not a matter of global importance, but simply be any combination of inspired guidance, direction, exhortation, encouragement, correction, admonition etc. for an individual, or the community as a whole. The Bible tells us that two prophets - Judas and Silas. "encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message". (Acts 15:32 ) It is more than likely that this is the role that the the four daughters of Philip also had (Acts 21:89).

Now that the canon of Scripture is complete, and we have been told as much as God wants us to know there is little reason for predictive prophecy. However, there are still those who need encouragement and support -  who might be dealing with specific situations or difficulties, which is why the 'gift of prophecy' is still very relevant and very important. It certainly was to me during an exceedingly difficult time away from home when a man whom I didn't know from Adam, who was part of a prayer group I had only heard a couple of days earlier, came up to me and very quietly said "The Lord said to tell you... " what he said was short, to the point, very relevant and made me realize the situation I found myself in was not for nothing. There was a reason behind it.

 
Chosen By God Or 'Trained' by Men:
If one were to read every single instance in the Bible of how and when each prophet was called it becomes patently obvious that prophets were not chosen or elected by men, they did not inherit the title nor the ability, nor was it possible for anyone be 'trained' to be a prophet.

Yet, in our world schools to train people (for a fee of course) who are called "to the prophetic" abound (Even Joseph Smith started one). Apparently God "calls" them but leaves the training to someone else.

And, many claims to the contrary (one immediately below) there were NO "schools of prophets" in the Old Testament See Footnote I


Bethel School of The Prophets
Kris Vallotton, Senior Associate Leader of Bethel Church and cofounder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM). Kris travels internationally training and equipping people to successfully fulfill their divine purpose.

    The School of the Prophets has deep roots in biblical history. In the Old Testament, the prophet Samuel started a school for the purpose of training young prophets. Elisha succeeded Samuel as the head of the school.

And adds that their

    ... "pre-event package" that includes a "foundational 12-session video course will prepare you to recognize a true prophet from a false prophet..." [01]

That's odd! I thought the Bible had already told us how to do that.

Christian International School of the Prophets: Tom Hamon and his wife Jane are senior leaders of Vision Church and help to lead Christian International Ministries founded by Tom Hamon's father Bill Hamon.

In 1979, about twelve years after Bill Hamon founded Christian International School of Theology God supposedly challenged him to add the "School of the Holy Spirit" to the Cl ministry. According to their website the 'school' served as a

    "classroom ministry to teach, train, and activate individuals in the gifts of the Holy Spirit"... Three years later, in 1983, Dr. Bill Hamon received the revelation that God was going to raise up a great end-time company of prophets to restore the ministries of the prophet and the apostle. [02]

In May of 1992, Christian International Apostolic Network (CIAN) was formed that is said to offer (All Emphasis Added)

     "... more than credentials and affiliation. It offers activation, training, accountability and relationship with like minded ministers who are moving in the apostolic and prophetic. Members are equipped to fulfill their God-given destiny and make ready a people to establish His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. [03]


Morningstar School of the Prophets

Rick Joyner who formerly headed up The School of the Prophets has been succeeded by Chris Reed, ex lead pastor of Apostolic Revival Center in Peru, Indiana. Described as a "young prophet" in an article in Charisma News, Chris Reed said that he is "going to be doing a school of the prophets" that will run for three days each month for nine months (September 2021-May 2022). (Emphasis Added)

    "During this time each student will experience twenty-seven days of intense training and activation in the prophetic... [04]

Tuition for in class training for the nine months comes to $2950 plus meals or accommodation). The article further quotes Chris Reed as saying (All Emphasis Added)

    "We're not trying to appeal to just anybody that's interested in prophecy. We are wanting to see God raise up a group of prophetic voices, not just one man standing out in a generation. We want a company of people with integrity, who know how to hear the voice of God and that can speak to social leaders, social media leaders and political leaders, just like in the Bible," Reed continues. "Daniel 5:12 spoke of how Daniel was learned in dreams and dream interpretation and knowledge and wisdom so much that Nebuchadnezzar listened to what he had to say in the same way Pharaoh did with Moses and Joseph. So, with this school of the prophets, I'm really excited. [05]

Regarding Reed's statement that they want to see "God raise up a group of prophetic voices, not just one man standing out in a generation" I can only say this - Why exactly is it being forgotten that that all the men named in the above quote were not members of prophetic groups but were lone individuals who did stand out in their generation and made history. Additionally, we can want till we are blue in the face but the fact remains that God will raise up as many people as He wants. And, as an aside, the Pharaoh didn't heed Moses and Aaron until he was forced to (Exodus 5:1-2. 6:1)

Besides which the number of prophets makes absolutely no difference. The Old Testament tells the story of how there once was a deceiving spirit in the mouth of prophets. In fact, on one occasion one sole prophet of the Lord, stood against and opposed 400 prophets who, like our modern day prophets prophesied good things for Jehoshaphat the king of Judah and Ahab king of Israel - in this case victory in War. Micaiah said they would be defeated. and they were. He was right because he was the only true prophet - there was a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all the other four hundred prophets. See Footnote II

Welcome to the 21st century 


Zoe Ministries

Was founded by Bishop E. Bernard Jordan and his wife Pastor Debra.

Noted primarily for his prophetic ministry and revelatory teaching, Bishop Jordan established the School of the Prophets in 1985.... A liberator in his own right, Bishop Jordan is charged with preparing the church for the New Millennium and stands with the heart of a father, acknowledging that he is but one of hundreds of thousands called by God to prophesy.

Incidentally, The Zoe Ministries website opens with an invitation to "SIGN UP AND GET A FREE PROPHECY" (As far as I know ALL the prophecies made in Scripture were free, or did I miss the part where Isaiah charged king Hezekiah?). [06] See More about Jordan on Lifestyles of Wealthy Celebrity Pastors And Their Self Serving Shallow Theology HERE


False Prophets - Then and Now
Unfortunately, the Lord's legitimate prophets often found themselves in the murky world of false prophets who, interestingly, usually predicted good things - the victories, the blessings etc. to come. I do not believe they ever mentioned sin, repentance , God's Wrath or judgment.

Sound familiar?

For example, false prophets told King Zedekiah that Nebuchadnezzar, the greatest and most powerful of the Babylonian kings, would not come against Judah. However Jeremiah's word to the king was that he would be "given into the hand of the king of Babylon!" (Jeremiah 37:17 NASB). As anyone familiar with the Old Testament is aware, Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem destroying the temple and most of the city in the process. He also deported most of the residents to Babylon. (See Jeremiah 39:1-2)

And NOTHING has changed from that day to this...

When was the last time you heard a modern prophet warning about the wrath and judgment of God? In fact, when was the last time you heard them actually use Scripture as their guideline except for verses wrenched from their context to in an effort to prove the legitimacy of what is being said.

Most of the bilge spewed out by modern day so called prophets consists of messages of hope - great "breakthroughs", "rivers of revival" flowing across the earth, and "major reconciliations between denominations, nations, and peoples". Also "longstanding breaches between siblings and between parents and their children" being healed and miracles seen "in hundreds of churches across the world". [07] This endless drivel does nothing but lull gullible and Biblically ignorant listeners into believing that virtually everything will be coming up roses - God is going to do great and wonderful things. He isn't! See End Time Revival Or End Time Apostasy?

When Paul warned the Corinthians that two or three prophets should speak and the others were to pass judgment he was making sure that all prophecies conformed to the Scriptures - the standard by which the accuracy of the words were to be tested against. If what the prophet said did not line up with God's word, he was to be considered a false prophet.

Unfortunately all the warning, all the numerous admonishments to be careful, to test, to not accept anything at face value, have all too often fallen on deaf ears. If anything, the situation has gotten worse - at least in terms of numbers.


Modern Day Prophets And Their Wildly Inaccurate Prophecies
In the modern church well-advertised and well-known self-proclaimed 'prophets' abound.

In churches around the country, on national television, or on one or another stage somewhere people like Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, Bill Lackie, Patricia King Mike Bickle, Benny Hinn, Kim Clement, Kenneth Copeland, Pat Robertson and countless others have all, at one time or another, made statements - some of which were pretty outrageous, others just plain daft. Many are non-specific prophecies that cannot be tested objectively and could be made up by any imaginative Christian on the spot.

Even the specific prophecies are never tested although virtually all are made in public - even on national television. It is a sad reflection on the church when Christians have become so used to hearing these people's 'thus saith the Lord', that it seems by the time the next service rolls around everyone has totally forgotten what was said the week or even the day before.

    "An appalling and horrible thing Has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it? (Jeremiah 5:30-31 NASB)

Yet, what they all had in common was that none of them came to pass.

There is even an organization titled the 'Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders' - Bill and Jane Hamon, Dutch Sheets, Bill Lackie, and Cindy Jacobs are all members. Although these people all claim 'revelation' from the Lord they spew an endless torrent of mind numbing drivel that does nothing but give one a sense of Dj Moo... The distinct feeling one has heard all this bull before.

Here is a good example of pretentious hot air that means absolutely nothing made by from Bill Lackie - called 'an Apostle/ Prophet' to the local church body and to the nations whose "anointing as an "Equipper and Releaser imparts to people life-changing results in their walk with God," [08].

    In the year 2021 we are being called from a place of revelation to demonstration. Declaring what God is speaking to you will release the revelation to a place of demonstration. This will shift the Church from the "church age" into the "Kingdom age." Old revelation about the mighty Church of Jesus Christ is still applicable, but the now word of God to the Ecclesia is to demonstrate and possess.

    To possess in 2021, the Lord has revealed several keys for us to demonstrate the Kingdom, and to possess or rule what is brought from Heaven to Earth through our anointed Kingdom decrees. With this new positioning in 2021 we will enter into "Ruling and Reigning" with our actions to possess. [09]

Rick Joyner actually once said the general level of prophetic revelation in the church was not very high - probably the truest statement he ever made. (All Emphasis Added)

    Bob Jones was told that the general level of prophetic revelation in the church was about 65% accurate at this time. Some are only about 10% accurate, a very few of the most mature prophets are approaching 85% to 95% accuracy. Prophecy is increasing in purity, but there is a still a long way to go for those who walk in this ministry. This is actually grace for the church now, because 100% accuracy in this ministry would bring a level of accountability to the church which she is too immature to bear at this time. It would result in too many Annaniases and Sapphiras" [10].

So, how in the world are we supposed to know which of God's supposed revelation or pronouncements is accurate? Come to think, of it how does the so called prophet himself know which are and which are not?. Or does it make more sense to believe that that these prophets/apostles are not 100% right because they are not speaking for God who is always 100% right?

So here is a sample of the wildly inaccurate prophecies floating around today

Benny Hinn
Here is one of the many false prophecies made by Benny Hinn some years ago.

    "The Lord also tells me to tell you in the mid 90's, about '94-'95, no later than that, God will destroy the homosexual community of America.... He will destroy it with fire. And many will turn and be saved, and many will rebel and be destroyed." (Benny Hinn. Orlando Christian Center, Dec. 31st, 1989)

In 1999 He also said something about people being raised from the dead by watching TBN. Apparently their loved ones would bring their caskets close to the television set and pick up the dead person's hands to touch the screen which would bring them back to life. He also foretold Castro's death in the 90s

The only problem is that none of this ever happened. Nothing has changed in the homosexual community, no one was raised watching TBN and Castro died in 2016.

But on to more recent days...


Cindy Jacobs - Prophetic Word: Expect Great Shakings and Breakthrough in 2017
who, along with her husband Mike, founded Generals International, is called "a respected prophet who travels the world ministering not only to crowds of people, but also to heads of nations. Perhaps her greatest ministry is to world influencers who seek her prophetic advice" [11]

When someone came up with the idea that the number 17 in Scripture symbolizes "overcoming the enemy" and "complete victory" [12] She and several other 'prophets' jumped on the bandwagon because 2017 was the supposed 'Breakthrough Year'.  This one was made by Cindy Jacobs in January of that year...

    The greatest harvest of souls the earth has known is upon us. Hundreds of thousands will be saved. The Middle East will experience a revival and this will extend into the evangelization of both the Arab and the non-Arabic-speaking Muslims. Look to Egypt to be a leader in this revival and awakening.

    The glory of God is going to be poured out across the United States, and these areas were specifically given as revival centers:

    Los Angeles, California; Silicon Valley, Redding, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Phoenix, Arizona; a new spring coming out of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Oklahoma; Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Madison, Wisconsin; Indianapolis, Indiana; Nashville, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; Fort Mills, South Carolina; Virginia; Annapolis, Maryland; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; New York City; Boston, Massachusetts; as well as other cities and regions.

Whoops! I almost forgot...

    "Vietnam is preparing to be the "Star of Asia" as far as the numbers of people being saved... Hanoi will become a beacon of light to the nations. [13]

Forgive me if I am wrong but for some reason I am under the impression that although 2017 is long gone Hanoi is still the same place it has been for a very long time. Oh yes, and I live not very far from Seattle but the 'revival' there seems to have escaped my attention (and everyone else's for that matter).


Patricia King - 17 Prophetic Words for 2017
Patricia King, called a respected apostolic minister of the gospel is founder of Patricia King Ministries and co-founder of XPmedia.com. wasn't far behind...

    The use of social media will explode in 2017. Many will grow spiritually through input they receive through social media channels, and many will find Christ. ... Women will rise into positions of influence in 2017... Many women appointed by God will rise to the frontlines of the seven realms of influence in society. Women entrepreneurs will arise in particular... There will be an emphasis on children in 2017 in many areas of the world. I saw a vision of masses of children being visited by God. They will naturally move in the supernatural and will have heavenly encounters. [14]

Did I mention that XPmedia.com.advertises a course in "Prophetic Tattoo & Piercing Interpretation' that you can take for $79.00 . Taking the course will enable you to "discover how you can give powerful prophetic words to people through their tattoos and piercings". [15]


Bill Lackie
Here is a VERY small part of Bill Lackie's prophecy made in 2019 called More Doors Open Than Before.

    Medical Discoveries for 3 Major Diseases in 2019

      Doctors and Medical professionals will be astounded with radical turn arounds from dangerous diseases. Cures and recovery of the sick will reach a new high...

    Revival Is Going To Explode In 2019

      Revival will break out in England. Burton on Trent will be the epicenter of this move of God, and it will spread like a wild fire to cities throughout England. It will then spread to Scotland and Ireland.  Revival will break out in North Dakota, and then move quickly to Canada. Let it Rain!...

    Denominations Will Join Hands for The Exaltation Of Jesus "King of Kings"                               

      Denominations will reach across their theological boundaries and connect heart to heart and hand to hand. A  blending of the Body of Christ will release an unconditional love healing many in the Body of Christ....

    A Revival in Hollywood in 2019

      Hollywood will prepare to bow their knee to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Hearts will be healed, bodies will be healed and loneliness will be dispelled. This revival will be known as a replica of Azusa Street Revival. [16]

    See The Azusa Street Revival on THIS PAGE

And, of course, Lackie also was quick to predict Trump's reelection.   I am pretty sure if the Tasmanian devil showed up and ran for election he would get massive support from so called Christians. As long as he had an R after his name, it wouldn't matter how much he ran around with women of dubious character, paid less taxes than the janitor, spouted oodles of misinformation during a pandemic, stirred up an attack on the Capitol, and has fewer brains than God gave two fleas. Anyway here is what the "prophet" Lackie said

    Threats in great number have been hurled at our President. I see a very large angel in place to protect him and his wife. The Lord says, "This is my man and the apple of my eye. I am using him and his wife to raise a new standard within the United States.  Through them, I am purging the doctrine of evil that has permeated the United States.  Pray continually for their safety and the hypervigilance needed to protect them. The heart of a group of people in the United States are angry, because he has confronted their evil. [17]

They are too blind to realize he is the epitome of evil and a perfect example of what is wrong with this country, Anyway, Lackie was not the only one to predict Trump's reelection .See Footnote III


Joshua Fowler of Legacy Life Church Senior pastor
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These so called prophetic words were said at Todd Bentley's commissioning ceremony led by C. Peter Wagner.

    Todd [Bentley] the Lord has made you to be a detonator. I see cables going around the world to different nations. I see Great Britain being set ablaze by the power of the God. I see even as you go into places that God says you will go you even with the glory, like William Branham. And the Lord says you will carry a portal anointing and whatever city you go over there will be a portal. There will be a portal that will be opened up, saith the Lord. The Lord says you will detonate, and BOOM BOOM BOOM there will be a release of glory through the nations says the Spirit of the Lord. (Fowler begins speaking around the 8:13 mark]

     

     

    I am afraid that there is only so much of this I can read before the urge to throw up gets overwhelming. It beats me  how some people sit there and soak this garbage in month after month, year after year, without ever checking whether any of these so called prophetic words were fulfilled. 


    What The Bible Actually Says About The End of Days
    Although the wrath of God will not fall on you as a believer, there is little question that The Antichrist will make things more than unpleasant. If you compare what Jesus said in Matthew 24 with the Seals of Revelation 6, it should become very evident that the Seals represent the persecution of Christians. See The Seven Seals

    When, during the persecution of the church under the antichrist, you not only face tribulation but death, you need to remember that it was not the Bible that lied to you, but you yourself who allowed your beliefs to be shaped by wolves in sheep's clothing rather than the word of God.

    And no, don't let anyone ever tell you that you will be wafted away to 'heaven' before the going gets rough. You wont.

    Does the timing matter? It most certainly does!. In the near future the Church is going to enter a long period of intense persecution and if you are going be able to face the onslaught of the Antichrist then you have to be prepared! Believing the foolishness of the false prophets will NOT prepare you. See The End Of The Age Part V... The Rapture

    It is no wonder that the New Testament contains so many warnings about false prophets and the damage they can do

      Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.  (Matthew 7:15 NASB)

      For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.  (Matthew 24:24 NASB)

      But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.  (2 Peter 2:1 NASB)

      Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  (1 John 4:1 NASB)


    Mistakes?
    I have heard 1 Corinthians 13:9 (For we know in part and we prophesy in part (Gk. meros) used as the reason for false prophecies - scores of which are floating around today. The explanation was that "prophesy in part" means that the prophet may mix error with truth.

    The Greek word meros means a portion or segment of a whole - a share. The New Testament tells us of Ananias, who sold a piece of property "and kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife's full knowledge, and bringing a portion (Gk. meros) of it, he laid it at the apostles' feet." (Acts 5:2 NASB). The disciples gave the resurrected Jesus "a piece (Gk. meros) of a broiled fish; (Luke 24:42 NASB). etc.

    Although crucial, none of of God's prophesies are ever wrong or inaccurate however, they are often incomplete - only a piece of the complete picture. Even the greatest prophets of the Bible revealed only that God wanted us or them to know - not all there is to know. For instance they knew only something of the sufferings of Christ and the glories that were to follow but much was hidden from them including the inclusion of the Gentiles into the church (Ephesians 3:4-6) and the fact that Christ would abolish death (2 Timothy 1:10).

    In other words, they ' knew in part' and 'prophesied in part'. However, when the "perfect" or the kingdom of God comes then we shall know fully. However, at that time there will no longer be any need for prophecy.

    However, regardless of how many false prophecies they make they keep telling the sheep that follow them that incorrect statements doesn't mean they are "false prophets" and keep urging them to keep faith in the prophets. Seriously?????  They seem not to realize that not only are they doing untold harm to God's people but also making the church look very foolish in the eyes of unbelievers. Nor do they seem to realize that they will not get away with it for very long. Their followers may be blind but God isn't and He has long decreed the fate of false prophets and those who listen to or heed them


    The Fate Of False Prophets And Those Who Listen To or Heed Them

      'Thus says the Lord God, "Woe to the foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing.  4) "O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins.  5)  "You have not gone up into the breaches, nor did you build the wall around the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the day of the Lord .  6)  "They see falsehood and lying divination who are saying, 'The Lord declares,' when the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word. (7)  "Did you not see a false vision and speak a lying divination when you said, 'The Lord declares,' but it is not I who have spoken?"'"  (8) Therefore, thus says the Lord God, "Because you have spoken falsehood and seen a lie, therefore behold, I am against you," declares the Lord God. (9)  "So My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will have no place in the council of My people, nor will they be written down in the register of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel, that you may know that I am the Lord God. (Ezekiel 13:3-9 NASB)''

    As mentioned earlier Jesus called them "ravenous wolves" in Matthew 7:15, said they would mislead if possible even the elect. (Matthew 24:24). Peter said they would bring swift destruction upon themselves. (2 Peter 2:1)

    Considering the Lord made it an extremely simple matter to distinguish false prophets from genuine ones, listeners are in no way excused because they were lied to. Giving credibility to these fabrications will result in the hearer to be as severely judged as those who actually prophesied. As Jeremiah warned,

      "Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who are prophesying in My name, although it was not I who sent them - yet they keep saying, 'There will be no sword or famine in this land' - by sword and famine those prophets shall meet their end! "The people also to whom they are prophesying will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and there will be no one to bury them - neither them, nor their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters - for I will pour out their own wickedness on them. (Jeremiah 14:15-16 NASB)

    In other words, if after testing the words of the claimed prophet we find him or her to be false, we need to walk away - just as far and as fast as we can.


    Testing The Prophets
     One of the most dangerous mistakes made in the church is assuming that God must be present because miracles are performed. So one has to ask whether supernatural manifestations provide evidence that God is at work? The short answer is no!

    (See The Four Most Dangerous Mistakes any Christian Can Make)

     Both Paul and John cautioned not to turn our backs on prophecy but to carefully examine and test everything then hold onto that which is good.

      do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:20-22 NASB)

      Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1 NASB) 

    Luckily, when it comes to predictive prophecy it is not particularly difficult to distinguish between prophets who have been sent by the Lord and those who have not. The Old Testament emphasizes not one, but two tests of a true prophet.

    1) This first one is usually misconstrued. It says

      'But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.' "You may say in your heart, 'How will we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?' "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 presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. (Deuteronomy 18:20-22 NASB)

    However, one needs to read the words very carefully because, contrary to popular opinion, they do not teach us that any prophet whose words come true is a true prophet. The text only says that any prophet whose words do not come true is a false prophet.

    2) Deuteronomy 13 give us the acid test of a true prophet... his adherence to the Word of God.

      "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. (Deuteronomy 13:1-3 NASB)

    Regardless of any sign or wonder if what the prophet says contradicts God's word in any way the prophet or "dreamer of dreams" was to 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 13:5 NASB)

    A word of wisdom from Gregory Koukl of 'Stand To Reason Ministries'. (Excerpt from Do Not Despise Prophecy, But...)

       - . when a prophecy is given, if we are to test prophecies, what that means is, at least minimally, that you have got to write the prophecy down and pray about it a little bit. How many churches do you know that give prophecies regularly that have a log of the prophetic words uttered in their services--or the alleged prophetic words--so that they can pray about them and test them to see if they are from God, or if it is prophetic in a futuristic sense, to wait and see if it actually comes true? I have never heard of a single church that did that. I wonder why they don't do it - ..

       - . I think we should also put the name of the person who gave the prophecy in parenthesis at the end of the prophecy. Put down their address and phone number, too. Most people don't even know whether a prophecy is fulfilled because they don't write it down; they just forget about it next week because it doesn't matter what God says in a congregation from week to week the way most people treat prophecy. It doesn't really matter. We just say, Hallelujah. Praise the Lord. Glory. Then everybody forgets about it. If we wrote it down we wouldn't forget about it, and six months later we would find out that it was bogus.


    Non-Predictive Statements
    One of the problems in the church to day is the never ending stream of people who seem to sincerely believe that they have heard from the Lord and are not usually shy about sharing the messages with others -  often introduced with a "Thus saith the Lord".

    The problem being that the statements tend to be so general that it is close to impossible to figure out which might be from the Lord and which might stem from the person's own head affected by something in their past, their current mood, something they may have heard another person say or write or have heard preached, innate biases, their own wishes and desires, etc. etc. etc.  The list is a long one

    I do not know exactly how we are supposed to tell truth from error in cases like this. All I can say is if something pops into your head, it makes sense not to immediately jump up and repeat it. This because not everything that crosses our minds is from the Father and we should not be egotistical enough to think so.

    Give yourself a few minutes to 'settle down' because it is often the case that a little reflection lends a little wisdom to what one says and how one says it. Or even if one should say anything at all.

    If the words really were from the Father, that they will not lose their impact if delayed for a few minutes.


    Was Jonah A False Prophet?
    Although we do not know how exactly the Word of the Lord 'came' to any of the prophets including Jonah, we know that he was told to "cry against Nineveh" because of their wickedness (Jonah 1:2). See How The Bible Was Written. Jonah was however, very likely familiar with Jeremiah 18 that stated that if any nation were to turn from doing evil, they would not suffer the consequences God planned to bring down on it.

      "At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to uproot, to pull down, or to destroy it; if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it. "Or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to build up or to plant it; if it does evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will think better of the good with which I had promised to bless it. (Jeremiah 18:7-10 NASB)

    This didn't sit well with the prophet and probably accounts for the fact that the he took off in the opposite direction when first told to go to Nineveh and warn them of God's impeding judgment. I have heard many self-righteous people in whose mouths butter wont apparently melt who wondered how 'Jonah could possibly have done something like that'.

    Very easily.

    It is actually hard to condemn Jonah for his actions. The Assyrians, who had carted the northern kingdom of Israel into exile, were one of the most cruel kingdoms in ancient days with a terrible reputation for sparing no one. Jonah's feelings would have been akin to telling a Jew to go Nazi Germany and tell ling the Gestapo that if they repented they would be spared.

    After the incident with the whale, Jonah was again instructed to "Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you." Following which, Jonah who had probably developed a distinct aversion to fish,

      ... arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three days' walk. Then Jonah began to go through the city one day's walk; and he cried out and said, "Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown." (Jonah 3:2-4 NASB)

    But the fact that the city was not overthrown in 40 days is often used by today's false prophets to explain why their 'prophecies' also fail to come to pass.

    WHat they do not realize is that Jonah's prophecy was a conditional one that, thankfully, applies to us as much as it applied to the Assyrians. Verse 5 says "Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them"

      When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it. (Jonah 3:9-10 NASB)

    However conditional prophecies only apply to sin and judgment etc. Inasmuch as if the person repents, the Lord stays His hand. If they do not, He does what He said He would do. In this case the Assyrian's repentance didn't last and they soon relapsed into their old ways. It fell to the prophet Nahum to proclaim to the Ninevites that Divine trouble was brewing and it was only a matter of time before it came to the boil. They were once again the target of God's wrath -

    Jonah's mission was a call to repentance, that typified God's message to the world. Nahum's mission was to pronounce on Nineveh its doom... a forerunner of the judgment to come.

    This is so much a matter of common sense that I am not sure why I am writing about it at all.


    Footnote I - Schools of Prophets in the Old Testament????
    I have absolutely no idea where the phrase "school of prophets" comes from. In an article entitled The Holy Spirit In The Old Testament on the website ministry.journeyonline.org says the following,

      At Ramah there was a school of prophets (I Samuel 19:19-20) under Samuel's leadership. Young (My Servants, p. 92), states: "After the death of Samuel the prophetical bodies seem to have died out, not to reappear until the time of Elijah and Elisha." During this time the "sons of prophets" appeared. There were schools of prophets at Bethel (II Kings 2:3), Jericho (II Kings 2:5), Gilgal (II Kings 4:38), and elsewhere (II Kings 6:1). Then, Young (My Servants, p. 94) says: "When the great writing prophets appear upon the scene, the 'sons of the prophets' largely disappear. [18]

    However the word "school" does not even exist in the Old Testament - much less that a 'school of prophets' was under "Samuel's leadership". The verse they quote (1 Samuel 19:20) uses the Hebrew word lahaqh only used this once in the OT. According to Strong's lahaqh is probably from an unused root meaning to gather or an assembly. It has been translated group, company or assembly in all major versions. 

       Then Saul sent messengers to take David, but when they saw the company (Heb. lahaqh) of the prophets prophesying, with Samuel standing and presiding over them, the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul; and they also prophesied. (1 Samuel 19:20 NASB)

    One other word used for a number of prophets in one place is chebel - not the easiest to understand because it actually means a twisted rope, as when Rahab let the spies down with a rope through her window on the city wall (Joshua 2:15) The Concordant Literal Version translates chebel as "cord". In other verses it has been rendered 'portion'. See Joshua 17:5 and 19:9.

      "Afterward you will come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is; and it shall be as soon as you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group (Heb. chebel) of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and a lyre before them, and they will be prophesying.  (1 Samuel 10:5 NASB)

      When they came to the hill there, behold, a group of prophets  (Heb. chebel) met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him mightily, so that he prophesied among them.(1 Samuel 10:10 NASB)

    Finally we have the Hebrew word bn that according to Strong's means 'son' (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship.

      Now Elisha the prophet called one of the sons (Heb. bn) of the prophets and said to him, "Gird up your loins, and take this flask of oil in your hand and go to Ramoth-gilead.  (2 Kings 9:1 NASB) Also See 2 Kings 2:3, 2:15, 4: 1, 6:1 etc.

    The point being that there were no "schools of prophets" where they were trained and 'activated in the prophetic'. [PLACE IN TEXT]


    Footnote II - A Deceiving Spirit In The Mouth Of Prophets.
    Jehoshaphat  (king of Judah) wanted a word from the Lord when he and Ahab (king of Israel) decided wage war against Ramoth-gilead. Accordingly Ahab gathered 400 prophets and asked whether or not he should go in to battle. The answer (apparently from all 400) was "Go up, for God will give it into the hand of the king." 2 Chronicles 18:5)

    However, Jehoshaphat asked if there was a prophet of the LORD that they could inquire of and was told by Ahab that yes, there was one man Micaiah, son of Imla. However, Ahab hated him for, as he said, Micaiah never prophesied good concerning him but always evil. Jehoshaphat apparently prevailed and they sent a messenger to fetch Micaiah. Here is what transpired

      Then the messenger who went to summon Micaiah spoke to him saying, "Behold, the words of the prophets are uniformly favorable to the king. So please let your word be like one of them and speak favorably." But Micaiah said, "As the Lord lives, what my God says, that I will speak." (2 Chronicles 18:12-13 NASB)

    At first Micaiah said they would succeed but when the king adjured the prophet to speak nothing but the truth, here is what he said

      (18) "Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing on His right and on His left.  (19)  "The Lord said, 'Who will entice Ahab king of Israel to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?' And one said this while another said that.  (20)  "Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord and said, 'I will entice him.' And the Lord said to him, 'How?'  (21)  "He said, 'I will go and be a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.' Then He said, 'You are to entice him and prevail also. Go and do so.'  (22)  "Now therefore, behold, the LORD has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of these your prophets, for the LORD has proclaimed disaster against you."  

      (23) Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, "How did the Spirit of the Lord pass from me to speak to you?"  (24)  Micaiah said, "Behold, you will see on that day when you enter an inner room to hide yourself."  (25)  Then the king of Israel said, "Take Micaiah and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king's son;  (26)  and say, 'Thus says the king, "Put this man in prison and feed him sparingly with bread and water until I return safely."'"  (27)  Micaiah said, "If you indeed return safely, the Lord has not spoken by me." And he said, "Listen, all you people." (2 Chronicles 18:18-27 NASB)

    And as the record shows Ahab was killed in that battle but Jehoshaphat returned in safety to his house in Jerusalem.  [PLACE IN TEXT]


    Footnote III - False Prophets and Trump
     The following is from an article in Newsweek

      Several evangelical and Christian church leaders, including televangelist Pat Robertson, White House spiritual adviser Paula White and First Baptist Church Pastor Robert Jeffress, all made bold predictions about a sweeping Trump victory in the presidential election...

      Just days before the election, '700 Club' host Pat Robertson proclaimed Trump would "without question" defeat Biden.

      Two Christian leaders who prophesied Trump victory on Election Day are responding in very separate ways. North Carolina-based "prophet," Jeremiah Johnson, is predicting Trump to reclaim victory as God exposes voter corruption in the coming months...  California-based Bethel Church Pastor Kris Vallotton, apologized for "missing the prophecy" on Trump defeating Biden. The 11,000-member mega church leader said he made a "major, major mistake"

      Distraught followers of both prophets said they felt reassured "God's Word" would come true and Trump will prevail, with dozens of top comments citing Democrat support of abortion and the conservative-leaning Supreme Court as evidence of what's to come. [19]

    Here however is the kicker

      All of the self-proclaimed Christian leaders who prophesied Trump's win reiterated that their incorrect message doesn't mean they are "false prophets," urging their followers to "keep trust in the prophets." [20] [PLACE IN TEXT]


    End Notes
    [01] School Of The Prophets Essentials. https://bethel.events

    [02] Christian International. https://christianinternational.com/bill-hamons-story

    [03] Christian International. https://christianinternational.com/apostolic

    [04] MSU. MorningStar University. https://www.morningstaruniversity.com/prophet-school/

    [05] Prophetic Pastor Chris Reed to Succeed Rick Joyner as CEO of MorningStar Ministries.
    https://www.charismanews.com/us/85569-prophetic-pastor-chris-reed-to-succeed-rick-joyner-as-ceo-of-morningstar-ministries

    [06] https://www.zoeministries.com

    [07] Prophecy: A New John 17 Movement, The Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders.
    https://greglancaster.org/2016/12/prophecy-new-john-17-movement-apostolic.html

    [08] http://www.flowprophetic.com/author/bill-lackie/

    [09] 'Prophet' Bill Lackie: 2021 Word Of The Lord Revelation To Demonstration.
    https://christianinternational.com/prophet-bill-lackie-2021-word-of-the-lord

    [10] Rick Joyner. The Prophetic Ministry. Morningstar Prophetic Newsletter. Vol. 3, No. 2, p. 2

    [11] Morningstar Ministries. https://www.morningstarministries.org/biographies/cindy-jacobs

    [12] Number 17 in the bible. https://www.awakeningarchive.com/post/number-17-in-the-bible-its-going-to-be-biblical]

    [13] Cindy Jacobs. Prophetic Word: Expect Great Shakings and Breakthrough in 2017.
    https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/62679-prophetic-word-expect-great-shakings-and-breakthrough-in-2017

    [14] Patricia King, Maricopa, AZ. The Elijah List. 17 Prophetic Words for 2017".
    http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=17387

    [15] Prophetic Tattoo & Piercing Interpretation. https://xpmedia.com/p/prophetic-tattoo-piercing-interpretation

    [16] Bill Lackie. More Doors Open Than Before. February 5, 2019. http://www.flowprophetic.com/more-doors-open-than-before/

    [17] Bill Lackie February 5, 2019 http://www.flowprophetic.com/more-doors-open-than-before/

    [18] https://ministry.journeyonline.org/the-holy-spirit-in-the-old-testament/

    [19] Newsweek. Benjamin Fearnow. Minister Prophesies Trump Comeback, Says 'God Hates' Biden Support of Equality Act, Abortion Rights. https://www.newsweek.com/minister-prophesies-trump-comeback-says-god-hates-biden-support-equality-act-abortion-rights-1545885

    [20] ibid.

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