prophesying

Loud sounding gong? A Word on ‘harsh’ prophecies

Delivering a prophecy that seems harsh to our modern sensibilities doesn’t make you a loud-sounding gong without love, contrary to the absolute tripe being taught today.

There was once a prophet who said things like:

Generation of vipers! (Matt. 12:34)
Though you are exalted to heaven, you shall be brought down to hell. (Luke 10:15)
I will profess to them ‘Depart from me, ye who work iniquity, for I never knew you.’ (Matt. 7:23)

He also cursed a defenseless tree for not having fruit.

Who was this mean old ogre of a prophet?

JESUS.

Today’s teaching on how the prophetic must always be uplifiting would condemn JESUS as not having love.

The truth is that we often fail to understand what the Bible teaches because we read it the way it’s been erroneously preached to us. Prophecy is for edification, exhortation, and comfort, but this does not mean it will always be comfortable.

In the US Marine Corps, my Drill Sergeants edified me, getting me into the greatest shape I’ve ever been in. They exhorted with tremendous intensity. Their training is now a comfort when there’s an emergency or danger of any kind.

Some may argue that we’re still supposed to be gentle, but not all situations call for what we now regard as gentle.

Feel free to call me harsh.

The lake of fire is harsher than anything I could possibly say to you.

Am I your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Why you don’t get the prophecies you hoped for

Were you SENT?

‘I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.’ (Jeremiah 23:21)

It is never enough to be gifted, or anointed. To be effective, the prophet must be SENT by God after having heard from Him. We may notice in this chapter of Jeremiah that God never disputes that these prophets prophesied.

However, God does say that they prophesied by Baal (v. 13), they committed adultery and walked in lies (v. 14), and their vision was from their own heart, and not from God (v.16).

In our time, many of us have been taught that the prophets can prophesy whenever they want, but the truth is that the prophet must be SENT. Otherwise there is the very real danger that the prophet’s words have a source of inspiration other than God.

In this particular chapter of Jeremiah, we see that the prophets encouraged those who refused to depart from sin, and today we see a very similar patter in how so often ministries insist that prophecy MUST always positive and encouraging.

What are your motives in prophesying?

Why do you seek out prophets and prophecy?

Are you walking in truth while wanting to be the mouthpiece of God?

Moved by the Holy Ghost

“Because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:21)

Mastering the Art of Prophetic Disclosure

It’s not enough to have heard or otherwise perceived something prophetically. We must also know when to diclose what God has revealed, to whom it is to be disclosed, and how that disclosure is to take place.

How to Prophesy

I shot this little video while my wife was grocery shopping. Sorry for my shaky hand. 🙂
With so many schools charging thousands of dollars teaching people to guess or to try to prophesy, I have a burden on my heart to see people really learn to hear from God.

Prophecy should never be a matter of trial and error. Indeed, the Bible shows us that the opposite of the Spirit of Truth is the Spirit of Error! So, why should we allow error to be part of our ministering?

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Prophetic Timing

A quick word about releasing prophecy at the appropriate time. The prophet, or anyone with a gift of prophecy, must take care to disclose prophetic revelation when God directs them to do so.

When I was younger, an older prophet had told me that delivering a real word from God was worse than a word from the devil, and I didn’t understand what he meant right away. However, as I thought about it I realized that a premature word, for example, could very well cause someone to move outside of God’s timing, resulting in disappointment, personal tragedy, and more.