Friday, 16 December 2011

Testing Prophecy

With so many different words coming from various sources in these end times we have to learn to discern what the Lord is saying in it all. We should always test things out and make sure that it is the Lord speaking and not another source of personality. I am more than aware that we can have mixed messages, but God does not like mixed messages because He hates mixed seed; in other words He does not like words that come from bad motives. Messages that are man based are flesh based, they maybe scriptural yet they do not necessarily have to come from the Lord. Any flesh activity promoted by the desire of man rather than led by the Sprit will not be from God, and will be rejected by the Spirit because any flesh activity is like filthy rags to the One who is Holy.
2 Peter 2:1-3 speaks of many false prophets arising in the end times just as false teachers. And many will follow their sensuality and it will create diversion off from the real truth of what the Lord is saying. V 10 speaks of those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise God- given authority.
V 11 daring to speak out what they feel is right and not seeking what comes into their head in the way of thoughts, not taking them captive and testing out what is and what is not of God. Just because it is from the Bible does not make it from God. The Word and the Spirit have to be involved, we could never have Jesus as the word without having the Holy Spirit, because they are ONE. One cannot have the Spirit without having the Word because they are ONE. Just quoting the word from memory can be just oneself speaking out from intellect and not led by the Spirit, your spirit maybe alive in God and like Paul said in…….. I do not say thus said the Lord but I am filled with His Spirit”. Of course we should listen to mature men of God and learn from them…BUT ALL HAS TO BE TESTED. Is it God speaking through them? or it could be just their own understanding or insight. Too many people have been led astray by deceiving spirits using people because the word was not tested and found to be of God.
1 Cor 14:37-40 “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. Wherefore, brethren, covet to
prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order”.
In other words test the things that are spoken whether it be in teaching or prophecy.
I have a sense that there is a spirit in the world of false prophecy, I see it like this… Jesus is coming soon, we are all agreed on this, yet He is here already in His people as the body of Christ, the church. The anti-Christ is coming in the end time yet he is already here in his followers promoting the new age and the new world order. Therefore we can be assured that the false prophet is already here and is coming, but already using people to divert them from the reality of what Jesus has said in His word regarding these end times. Many are saying revival when the Lord is saying I am bringing judgement onto the household of God on my people in preparation of my coming back to the earth to see if I can find faith in them, a faith and a trust in Me and not man. When I come will I find the fear of God and not a fear of man, which has ensnared so many.
Many prophets have declared “do not come against the anointing of God in their life and bring some injustice back on themselves”. In other words do not test out and prove what I am saying as right or wrong. Before testing any prophecy we should test the prophet, where are they coming from what is their track record, how much mixture was
there? What is their life like before God and before man. No-one is saying that they have to be perfect to prophecy, but if declaring I am a prophet then the gifting has to match up with the fruit of the life lived. One of the fruit of living by the Spirit is humility, therefore each prophet should be accountable to others for what is said. I know of one prophet who after his word of prophecy did not come about, stepped back for two years from the ministry after saying that he had made a mistake because the prophecy was not fulfilled in the time stated. That is what is called integrity, so I would be more inclined to listen to this man’s heart if he prophecies again.
Let us also consider timing in regard to prophecy. We may see something in a prophetic way because of a measure of prophetic insight given by the Spirit for the watchman or intercessor, so that they can pray the will of the Lord into being. He gives understanding along side of the prophetic insight or what He would have them to pray, often allowing them a measure of birthing things through prayer. He will often give to the watchmen an understanding of what the evil one is preparing to do so that they can enter into areas of resistance of evil, therefore blocking what the devil would seek to
do. We would not say these folks are prophets but they do have prophetic insight. They do not speak out so much the words but get into prayer activity in preparation for what the Lord would have them do and also at times to resist the things of the evil one.
In listening over the years to many different “words of prophecy” and testing them to see if they are from God I have been made aware that most are not from God but from the people who have prophesied. We used to keep a book at the church of all the “words” that were spoken “as from the Lord”. After reading this book later I found that only five per cent were genuine words from the Lord, ninety-five per cent were words of encouragement that came from the people themselves to encourage the church into more of God. We have need to understand what is prophecy and what are words of encouragement. Encouragement is not prophecy and prophecy is not encouragement we do need to know the difference.
Prophecy (from the dictionary on the internet says) divine prediction: a prediction of a future event that is believed to reveal the will of a deity. prediction: a prediction that something will occur in the future.- supposed ability to predict future: the supposed ability to predict the future when inspired by a deity. So prophecy is an open window in time ahead revealing some future event that will take place. Then the window closes again and the one who has seen it reveals it to
others of what they have seen that has been given by God. This is clearly what we should be seeing when someone declares “this is prophetic”. Sometimes this can be in a vision or in a dream, and it then has to be tested out by the person themselves and then shared with others so as to ascertain if this is God or not. It has to be tested, weighed on
the scales of balance of how much of the Lord is. Accepting what is of God and rejecting what is not, OR we can begin to accept false prophecy we can open ourselves up to deceiving spirits who will mislead many in these end times, even some of the elect can be deceived.
I can only say that we have need to be more than cautious in these end times of what is declared to be prophecy and what is encouragement. For it all to be tested and shown to be yes of God or no it is of man or from any other source. God may reveal something that is not found in the Bible but He will never reveal anything that is contrary to the character of God in the Bible.
We would all like to hear clearly what the Lord is saying, so let us pray that the Lord will reveal His heart to His own prophets for us. Let us continue to look for Him and seek His face regarding the future. trusting that he will show us and prepare us for what is about to come on the whole earth. I would like you to test this one from Lance Lambert for me and let me know if it witnesses with your spirit in these times we live.
“Sunday 18th April 2010 from Jerusalem
“Do not fear neither be dismayed for that which is coming upon the face of the earth, for I am with you, says The Lord. Nevertheless I have a serious controversy with the nations. They are seeking to divide My Land says The Lord, the land that I covenanted to give to Abraham and to his seed after him through Isaac and Jacob, as an everlasting inheritance. This I will not allow without devastating judgment upon those nations who pursue this plan. I have arisen with intense and furious anger and will not back down until I have destroyed their well being. I will cause their economies to fail, and their financial system to break down, and even the climate to fail them! I will turn them upside down and inside out and they will not know what has hit them, whether they be super powers or not. For I am the only One, the Almighty God and besides me there is
none to compare.
Do they believe that in their arrogance they can contradict and nullify covenants that I the Almighty have made? Do they believe that they can change what has gone forth from My mouth with impunity? It is My Word and My decree that has gone forth concerning the seed of Abraham. It will not be changed by man. I and I alone am Almighty. Do not fear!
For this reason a new and a far more serious phase of judgment is commencing. Do not fear, it is I who is shaking all things. Remember that in Me you have peace but in the world tribulation. Trust Me! I am shaking all things so that which cannot be shaken may remain. When all your circumstances become abnormal, discover in Me your peace, your rest and your fulfilment.
In this phase the old and powerful nations will become as if they are third world countries, super powers will no longer be super powers but countries such as India and China will arise to take their place. A great company of the redeemed will come out of these two countries. In all this change, do not fear.
I know your weakness and your tendency to fear, but do not be dismayed at these things. In the midst of all this shaking, this turmoil and strife, there are two peoples that lie at it's heart, the true and living church and Israel. I will use these matters, these events, to purify one and to save the other! Do not fear, above the storms, the shaking, and the conflict, I am the Everlasting and Almighty One. In Me you cannot be shaken, you can only lose what is not worth holding!”
Discern the prophetic and see the encouragement.
Many blessings and further revelation from the Lord.