To Utter As If By Divine Inspiration —
ONCE UPON A TIME, someone in the office of my local Church cried out: “I need a word from God!” …
I then heard Pastor’s secretary down the hall, saying under her breath, “Read your Bible” … I couldn’t help myself; I chuckled profusely.
Today, with the ease of uploading videos to YouTube, many people with a ‘word’ from God will prophesy as they please on their public YouTube channels.
However, you will find that specific prophecies are few and far between, — instead, their mass uploadings are usually opinions and generalizations given as prophecies.
If you’re a student of the Bible, take note of opinions uploaded as ‘words from God,’ when, if you carefully listen they are opinions from one’s imagination… The ease of uploading to YouTube has caused many clergy to be careless and none of them fear of accountability for their words.
Go to the Tree of Knowledge. Pick up your concordance. Dust it off if you haven’t used it in a while. With current events in mind, I did a simple concordance search for:
“Prophecy” and “Prophesy.”
I chose to zero-in on the verb, “prophesy“ —
In Jeremiah 14:14, God was displeased… Here, God spoke directly to Jeremiah:
The Lord said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I did not send them, neither have I commanded them, neither spake I unto them: they prophesy unto you false vision and divination, and a thing of nothing and the deceit of their own heart.
Couldn’t this rebuke be very well aimed at today’s prophets?
Make a note: those who prophesy “nothing” are simply declaring from out of their own imaginations.
Indeed, I’ve yet to see one of these various Youtube prophecies subject to any kind of scrutiny, yet all are accepted at face value by the listeners.
The thing is, if you know in part and prophesy in part as per 1 Corinthians 13, — then even that partial word from Yahweh must be true…
…Suppose it is the case for someone that: “God only showed me this much” … Okay; that’s valid. But if one claims to speak for God he still must be very circumspect in his language.
In large corporate settings there appears to be an expectation by those in the pews for excitement and animation, so that a burden may be placed on the minister with this bias. That’s too bad. What if God instead wants the pulpit sermon to be repentance from sin to those in the pews?
(Of course, the doctrine of repentance has fallen on hard times with the masses. It seems to be more fun for clergymen to scratch itching ears).
Another branch of the Tree of Knowledge took me to Jeremiah 23:16. Here Jeremiah spoke sternly to his own brethren:
Thus says the Lord of hosts: Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord.
➤ First, a modern-day example of this remarkable phenomenon:
In 2020 there was a prophecy given within a popular American church that was uploaded to Youtube where “judgment on covid-19” was “pronounced” and the virus outbreak was declared “over”…
Yet, later, covid variants began to appear.
Another prophet, encouraged in his imagination, used a historical event from the Old Testament to predict that the 2021 Jewish Passover celebration was going to be a “true passover” of the covid-19 virus. This false prophecy which gave hope to listeners is also on the Youtube forum… Yet nothing changed. The virus did not ‘pass over’.
No prophet had the ear of the President of the United States to forewarn the nation of this apocalyptic pandemic.
No prophet had credible foreknowledge of this pandemic which brought the entire world to a standstill — and shut down all corporate Christian fellowship.
Some may think the Old Testament is a collection of experiences that only concerned the ancient Israelites, but we must use the Old Testament to assess the validity of modern ‘prophetic’ utterances.
If you also consult the New Testament epistles, the apostle Paul, too, warns of Christian communities having the corrupt influences of false teachers and false prophets in their communities of faith.
Take Bible-literacy seriously. The Bible is the best standard by which to judge any prophecy…
Today, how may one know if a ‘prophecy’ is from God? — it must always be harmonious with the spirit of the Word of God.