Today I landed on Hebrews 10 when I opened my bible. Funny, but this topic came up with a group of people last night. I also had a really interesting thing like this happen recently. I saw a post of a friend who is really struggling with the idea of “hearing” from God and is drawn to prophecy. Suffice it to say, he’s not satisfied.
As I was headed to bed, the story of Elijah came to mind. You may recall it. Elijah had fled Jezebel and was hiding in a cave. He complained to God about his situation, and God instructed him to stand on the mount before the Lord. A great wind passed by, so strong that it tore the mountains and broke rocks. Can you imagine that? Yet, the Lord was not in the wind. After that, there was a great earthquake, but the Lord wasn’t in that. Then there was a fire, but Lord wasn’t in that, either.
Then there was a sound of a low whisper, and the Lord was there.
I knew this concerned my friend, that he was searching so, so hard to hear from God but was missing him. He was willing to “hear” many things that weren’t from God. The thing that he was missing was hearing God in the whisper – the bible. My spirit was settled.
Fifteen seconds later, as I laid down in bed, I opened up my bible at random. It opened at exactly the page of Elijah’s story, in 1 Kings 19! I would have had to Google that story to find where it was located, but God opened the bible right to it. If that isn’t affirmation, I don’t know what is!
Needless to say, I was incredibly excited to see God displaying himself so plainly in my life! That was several days ago, and I’m still tingling about it!
This stuff happens often. I hear this from many others who experience the same thing. They may be impacted by a verse of scripture then run into it several times over the next day or so, whether by radio, friends, or wherever.
With regard to prophecy, let’s just say I’m skeptical. I’m not saying I don’t believe prophecy happens today, because the Lord made a BIG impression on me a few years ago. So, yes, I do believe God puts his word through people. However, I see plenty of abuse in this. How so? When so-called prophecy does not happen.
Deuteronomy 18:20-22 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.
I don’t know about you, but this passage frightens me. I would be very careful about claiming a prophetic word. How many wrong prophecies can one utter before landing in trouble? I have heard prophets who “teach” others how to prophecy that say they are wrong lots of the time, and that’s OK because they are right other times. Yet, if one prophecy is wrong, it seems to me that that “word” came from some other source than God. And if that’s so, then God has said this prophet must be killed.
That’s what God said through Moses.
So, was my story about Elijah “prophetic”? Of this I am sure: I was thinking about the story and the first page my bible opened to was it. You tell me. I think God was involved. Am I drawing any conclusions? Yes, I would think that is the whole point. But, I am careful to distinguish between what I experienced and what I THINK it means. I relate the story as it happened and let others draw their own conclusions. The facts are I was thinking THIS, and then THAT happened. It’s not mine to say, “God told me….” because God DIDN’T tell me anything.
We’ve all heard prophecies all over the board this past year. How many have you heard that were CERTAIN Trump would be re-elected? Lots. Well, in just a few days, Biden will be sworn in, barring a HUGE miracle in Trump’s favor. Does that mean that the prophecy was false? Well, I suppose that Trump could run again in 2024 as a 78 year old man. My guess is if we look into many of those who made this prophecy, we’ll see plenty of evidence of other prophecy that was flat-out wrong.
What if you’ve been caught up in chasing prophecies? Or even making prophecies? The bible is clear about this. It is very serious to falsely be speaking in God’s name. It is also very serious to be listening to false prophets when God makes it so easy to test them. Whether you are a follower of false prophets or a false prophet yourself (or both), the time has come to repent. Recognize your sin and repent, never to return to this again.
There simply is too much of this going on. It reminds me of when Jesus was warning people not to believe in false rumors.
Matthew 24:4-5 4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.
How much false prophecy is too much? You tell me. I think the bible is clear. Let’s remember the lesson of Elijah. And Moses.
Father, protect me from false prophecy and false prophets. I really don’t want to fall into this temptation. Protect me. Amen.
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