With all the confusion and division going on in the church caused by what some consider false prophesies, I have decided to write my perspective based on what I see the Word has to say on this topic.
First, I want to clarify that a prophet and the gift of prophecy are two different things. Someone who operates in the office of a prophet is called to speak to a people concerning the heart of God. Ephesians 4:11 in the New Testament addresses the office of the prophet. The prophet is to equip and edify the body of Christ. A prophet is always called to a people. In the Old testament, they were called to the nation of Israel. Now, a prophet can be called to a particular church body, the church within a nation, the world, or an entire nation. There are those who operate in the gift of prophecy but do not carry the mantle of prophet. These gifts are spoken of in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. The gift of prophecy can operate at anytime and often operates in personal ministry within the body or can be a word spoken into a nation or a people. However, this does not make this person a prophet to that nation, it would likely confirm a word the prophets over that nation have already spoken. When I think of modern day national prophets, Kim Clement and Johnathan Cahn come to mind. People who are clearly called and generally only speak to a particular nation through their prophetic gifting. They have a track record of prophetic accuracy and Biblical knowledge of the patterns through scripture and how Biblical patterns repeat throughout history. So, when listening to prophets concerning a nation, look for those who speak specifically concerning that nation, who clearly wear the mantle of a prophet with tried and tested words, who wield the written word frequently and accurately and line every prophetic word with the written word.
Having said all of that, I want to get to the heart of this blog. We just went through a presidential election and many prophets prophesied that Donald Trump would win the 2021 election. He did not win or perhaps more accurately, he was not inaugurated as our 46th president. Many in the body are divided, confused and want to know how do we respond to the prophets who publicly proclaimed he would be our President?
First of all, I’m going to throw out the “false prophet” title that has been tossed around immediately. Prophecies that fail to come to pass to do not deem someone a false prophet. Calling someone a false prophet is stating that they are not from God, and I think as Christians we must not take that kind of cursing of others lightly. Let’s clarify according to the New Testament the qualifications of a false prophet.
1 John 1:1-3 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.
2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who brought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
So, I do not believe an inaccurate word, or seemingly inaccurate word qualifies someone as a false prophet. The above criteria clarifies that a false prophet leads people away from the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and teaches heresy. The manner in which the church handles true false prophets would be different from how we handle those we feel gave a public inaccurate prophetic word.
Beginning with the word, there is a scripture that seems pretty cut and dry.
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. Deut. 18:21-22
Well, according to the verse above it means it is not a word from the Lord. However, there are instances in the Word of prophets who delivered words that did not come to pass. These were God’s prophets, but God relented or seemingly changed his mind. However, we know God sent the word to change the circumstance. However, in man’s mind it looks as though the prophet spoke a word that did not come to pass. Jonah delivered a word to Ninevah that in 40 days their city would be overthrown. (Jonah 3:4) We know that in 40 days that did not happen. The people repented and a great revival swept through their land. Jonah knew that is likely what would happen, because he knew the heart of God. However, if we were to apply some of the judgment some in the body are applying today, we would throw Jonah out as a false prophet. There is another story of a king named Hezekiah. God gave a word to his prophet Isaiah to set his house in order, because he would die and not live. (2 Kings 20:1). Yet, Hezekiah pleaded with God and was given an additional fifteen years. Isaiah’s prophecy did not come to pass. What should Jonah and Isaiah should have done? Did they hear God or not?
Often times, God releases a word to cause His people to act, to repent, to turn away from something destructive, to stay His hand of judgment. His word does not always come to pass as the prophet spoke it, that is clear from scripture. Also, from scripture we can see that the people were discerning enough to recognize the hand of God still upon the prophet and saw no need to judge them or discredit them.
I believe with everything in me that God chose Trump to end the shedding of innocent blood in our nation, to protect and stand by Israel, to restore Biblical values, and to lead this nation back to our founding father’s original intent. His methods were not of a concern to me. Biblically, he used Jehu to slay Jezebel and make an end to the house of Ahab. However, Jehu was not of a mild temperament as demonstrated by his merciless slaughter at Jezreel. (Hosea 1:4) He used Jephthah to deliver his people. Jephthah was the son of a harlot and put out by his people. He banded together with worthless men and went out raiding with them. (Judges 11) Yet, God used him to bring deliverance to his people. We love to point to Trump’s failed marriages and affairs, but forget that God’s man, King David, had an affair with a married woman and had her husband killed. Yet, God still chose to continue to use him. We love the pointing of the finger and declare he has a higher standard because he is a man in authority. Well, was King David not a man in authority? The kind of man the church was looking for was not the kind of man God chose to use. We always forget that God does not see as man sees, God looks upon the heart for a man WILLING to do his will (1 Samuel 16:7) Too many pastors, teachers, Christians in our culture today have been afraid to enter the political arena. We’ve been afraid to speak truth. We’ve even allowed the world to tell us that gay marriage and abortion are political or human rights topics. Yet, they have been Biblical topics from the beginning. Marriage was ordained in creation. Abortion (child sacrifice) was condemned throughout scripture and throwing a political name on them does not take them out of our sphere of influence or authority.
You see, God threw Trump on the American political scene just in time to infuse a backbone into the American church. Unfortunately, most of us spent the last four years rejecting him and condemning him as he fought for the very things we were supposed to be fighting for. Perhaps, Trump not making into office is an example of judgment delivered. Perhaps, God’s will was to put him in office and he knew we would not fight with him once again and he spared him from us. I am not speaking prophetically right now, I am just suggesting that rather than throw stones at the prophets we look at ourselves.
Another consideration is simply that we cannot see the full picture. According to 1 Corinthians 13:9, we prophecy in part. Simply stated no one is given the full picture. A prophet was given the knowledge that Trump would win by a landslide, and he did. If you do not believe that election fraud took place, please take a moment to read this very well researched and thought out blog by Gil Sanders, https://thomisticthinker.com/skeptical-of-voter-fraud-in-2020-heres-your-evidence/ So, it is quite possible, more likely it is probable that he did win and by a landslide. However, if that was the sum total of the prophecy and the prophet just assumed it would be followed by an inauguration, then the prophecy was not inaccurate there were just assumptions added to the prophecy, which would be a good learning lesson for all prophets. Perhaps, the prophetic word was for another time, another election year and again the prophet assumed it was this year. Seeing in part, makes us and the prophets vulnerable to error and requires us to rely on one another to hold the full picture. God never intended for one person to see everything.
Further, we still have to make allowance that God is just waiting, as some prophets say, to do what is impossible for man to do. Maybe God will turn this whole thing around and some miracle will take place and Trump will be the President in 2021. I know you can’t see that in any realm of possibility, but just because you cannot imagine how it can be, does not mean God must be limited. There are prophets who are holding out and believing God will do something miraculous and this challenges us as do-it yourself Americans in every way. If the prophet chooses to stand firm on the word that God has given them, what will happen if it does not come to pass? They will look like a fool. I would rather look a fool believing God than give up on a word I vehemently believe God gave me because I was afraid of what man would think, because I know one thing for certain “Without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God”(Heb. 11:6). Are there biblical examples for this craziness? John 11 tells the story of a man Jesus loved named Lazarus. Lazarus had died and was in the grave four days. Now He sees that he is in the tomb. At this point, any rational person would know that it is time to give up. This is an impossible situation. However, Jesus simply speaks to Lazarus and he returns to life. Nothing is impossible for God. We say it, but do we believe it? I’m sure Noah was mocked for believing rain was coming. Yet, rain came nonetheless. Those who choose to continue to believe, let’s just wait and see where this leads before we begin the pointing of the finger that seems to be our area of expertise in the church.
Finally, I must address the very obvious Jezebel spirit that has run rampant in this nation. For clarification, the Jezebel spirit does not indicate an unruly woman. The Jezebel spirit from 1 Kings 17-21 is a spirit that first hates the prophets. Second, she usurps God given authority. Third is a lying/deceiving spirit and fourth worships Baal with the blood sacrifice of children (Jeremiah 19:5) As you can see right now, there is a war against the prophets in the nation. People are crying out “False prophet” and judging them. People are throwing our prophecy entirely. Division is coming within the body because some prophets are apologizing and some are holding fast declaring that their words from the Lord will still come to pass. You see, Jezebel hates the prophets, and it took a prophet to call down fire from Heaven and revive the nation and draw them back to God. Without the prophets, we cannot defeat Jezebel. Jezebel must discredit the prophets, cause them to run and doubt they ever heard God at all. She must get the church to believe they cannot trust the prophets that is step one to destroy the church in this crucial hour. We need our prophets. We need to be unified in the body. We are in a very real battle for the heart of America and the blood of millions of babies are crying out to the Father every day. Let’s wage the good war and finish the race, not killing one another off along the way. For the prophets who feel convicted to apologize, then praise God that they follow their conscience to do what they feel led of God to do. For the prophets who are still holding on, I admire your faith and courage to keep believing. For the prophets who were clearly wrong but do not want to say anything, that is between you and God. We all have our own walk to walk. Walk in integrity, with a bond of unity between the brethren. We need one another, and at this crucial hour we especially need our prophets.
My word to you is simply let’s settle down and remember the word of God. Our responsibility as disciples of Christ is to be discerning and mature in Him.
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:12-14)
We are also required to not reject prophecy but to test prophecy.
“Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
We are called to test the prophecy not the prophet. God will judge His prophets and remember we ourselves cannot see the beginning to the end. I know we feel we must lead the church away from false prophecies and censor what they take in from around them. This will fix NOTHING. It only creates further division and separation in a fragmented church. As long as the prophet is not teaching heresy, an inaccurate prophetic word, again by your standard, is not a fight worth fighting. As the church, the greatest issue we have is that the body of Christ is no longer discerning good from evil as clearly evidenced by the amount of Christians who voted for Joe Biden and signed their names onto the murdering of millions of unborn babies without a thought to the heart of God in that matter. They did not consider his disdain for God’s people, Israel. They failed to see how he would silence the church and essentially shut down every dissenting voice in America. Discernment comes through the word, understanding it, digesting it, living it. We have created this problem by failing to teach the full council of God from our pulpits. Pointing the finger at prophets and calling them out by name does nothing. If they are truly false prophets 10 will rise up in their place. We need a discerning, equipped body of Christ. Let’s take the time we would use to call out false prophets to teach, disciple, train our young people in the word of God. Worship, pray, and stir up the greatest revival in American history. Take a lesson from leaders like Sean Feucht. Don’t disengage politically, but keep the main thing the main thing.
Hello Rachel your message seem to be for the hearers and not for the prophets. as a hearer, I was minding my own business when the prophet says to me "God told me or showed me he was going to do this for that". I did not ask that prophet to approach me and say those things to me. I think it does harm to the hearers in the body. I think it does harm to their faith don't you? why not send words of correction to the ones who address the body of Christ and say God told me to tell you all this or that. If our reactions to so-called prophecies that don't come to pass need to be good and godly.. then, the prophet and the prophecy should be good and godly as well. don't you think so?