A False Prophet
Ezekiel 13:7 -
Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying [deceitful] divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken?
Some months back a group of Pastors approached me to help them organize a grand event where many Churches of various denominations came together. It was a dream opportunity for me, something I prayed for very much and caused me to nearly jump in and say YES, but I chose to tell them I would pray and confirm with the Lord and come back to them.
My relationship with the Lord is such that before any serious disaster or great event happens the Lord speaks to me through visions or through His Word. When this came I was a little surprised how the Lord had not spoken of it to me before it came. Before going to bed that night I prayed to the Lord to minister unto me, as I was praying I realized the night before I had a vision where I saw 3 things. Frist I saw not many people gathering in a business location, second I saw myself and my family at a place like a restaurant far from this gathering and third I saw a terror act like a blast happening far away and I alerting about it. When I realized this was a sign from the Lord I opted out of that event. But I thought this event would face a terror act and warned of it.
I was not at the event so I do not know how many people and how much effect this event did spiritually to people and much commercially it made to the people organizing. How much people they were expecting and how many did come. Secondly that very day daughter was celebrating her birthday with her friends at a restaurant and this was unplanned and happened at the last moment. It was after it happened that I realized what I was shown. About the third part that day I was praying nothing bad happens I even told one of the organizers to be careful. Those two days of the event, I watched the NEWS continuously to see if any bad news, my heart did and did not want anything bad to happen. I did not want people to be hurt but at the same time I did not want to be pointed a finger at me. Nothing happened at the event all went well. But that day there was a big terror act (bomb blast) in Lebanon that very time of the event.
That day I was kind of destroyed and for many days I questioned my vision and the Lord if I had walked into the danger zone of 'false prophet'? Many time before the Lord spoke to me in visions and I have seen them come to pass. Sometimes I may have over exaggerated at time but they come to pass but this time I had messed up totally. Later through scriptures I was comforted by the Lord but that mistake of mis-linking things has put me on a back seat. When I see a vision I speak what is shown and do not add or delete or link according to my thinking but to plainly speak what is shown. Till date I have not understood why the 3rd part of the vision was shown to me, but that incident has caused me to mature more in the Lord.
Today's message says the one whom the Lord calls as a false prophet is the one who speaks a deceitful divination. If one goes into the root of these words on the lighter side it means they spoke even though God did not speak to them. It means they were lying in the name of the Lord. On the harder side these words mean they spoke with a purpose to destroy.
In Deuteronomy 13:1-5 the Lord clearly says when these people (false prophets) lie with the intension to mislead us to worship other gods such a person would receive the punishment of a false prophet.
If we look at the Bible most of the prophecies given by the Prophets were not clearly understood by them themselves for they had the Spirit of Prophecy but had not received the Spirit of Truth. The Spirit of Truth was given to us only after Jesus paid the price. Even after the Spirit of Truth was given to the Church there were people like Peter and Barnabas who make mistakes and misled people, Paul corrected them but did not accuse them to be false prophets.
If we look at Preachers today almost all of them make mistakes, it does not make them false prophets. All are limited in our understanding but as we share and grow in the Lord our understanding is increasing and we are becoming more and more accurate in our understanding of scriptures.
In the book of Joel the Lord says after He gives us His Spirit He would speak to His little one in visions (things that are hazy, understood little by little) and the those mature in dreams (clear visions, even though symbolic but yet accurate).
It is sad when we have people to whom the Lord speaks in vision and dreams and then the elders think these people are going astray.
When I started in the Lord and the Lord started ministering to me in vision and then dreams and when I shared them with people, they literally tried to destroy me. If it was not my passion for the Lord I would have become an atheist by now or a Muslim or a mad person.
Let us not be greater fools by pointing fingers at sane people and calling them fools. Let us not destroy those who are growing in the Lord, but guide and support them when they make mistakes. Let us not swallow the fly in an attempt to break away its wings, thinking the wings have the disease just because the fly dusts it wings every now and then.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, in your Word You said after You give your Spirit to man You will speak in visions to the little and to those who are grown in Spirit You will speak in dreams. We pray for all those little in spirit to whom You speak in visions that things may be more and more clear to them and that they may one day see dreams. Lord we pray we do not judge people by our understanding but be able to discern their intentions. We pray Lord we not be cause for destruction of any soul and that their blood not be on our hands...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.
5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.
6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.
7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken?
8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD.
9 And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:
11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.
12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it?
13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.
14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it;
16 To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord GOD.
Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
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