As we close our month dedicated to prophecy, we leave you with few verses from the old testament that were given as instructions to Israel on what to do concerning prophets.
~Deuteronomy 18:18-22~ I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. I will put My words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. And I will hold accountable anyone who does not listen to My words that the prophet speaks in My name. But if any prophet dares to speak a message in My name that I have not commanded him to speak, or to speak in the name of other gods, that prophet must be put to death.” You may ask in your heart, “How can we recognize a message that the LORD has not spoken?” When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD and the message does not come to pass or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.
~Deuteronomy 13:1-5~ “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
~Jeremiah 5:30-31~ An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?
We already know that we are approaching a season of the two witnesses, we have to know the difference between the true prophet of God and a false one. Scripture tells us in Revelation 13 that the false prophet will perform great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people. Also, in Matthew 24 Jesus says, for false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. We have seen the season of the false prophet but we have not yet come to its climax, so we have to be vigilant.
Having said that, I came across the following extract on Facebook written by Amanda Shiflett. It is very comprehensive and gives us a full picture of what we need to understand about the prophetic…
Although there are many similarities, there is quite a big difference between prophets and those who flow in the gift of prophecy. These differences need to be more understood in the wider body, so I have felt led to share some things that are the primary differences.
First of all, not all who flow in a high level gift of prophecy are prophets. They can be gifted greatly prophetically, but not carry the mantle of prophet.
Many who function in high level gift of prophecy are continually in a flow of the prophetic, and may have something new from the Lord quite often, as they tap into all that the Lord is saying.
It isn’t necessarily that way with prophets.
Many times, prophets are living the words that He gives them, they are having to walk it out. It’s not that they can’t get into the flow of what the Lord is saying prophetically at any given time, but they are usually a bit too focused on the weightier, heavier things that the Lord is revealing and speaking about, and they are usually having to walk out those words in reality. This can be quite intense, and takes a lot of energy and effort. Many times, the Lord will keep them on a particular theme or word for some time, until they feel the full weight of it, and they will be required to walk it out. In many ways, they become the word and the word becomes a part of them. Their life is actually a prophecy in and of itself.
Prophets are focused on what He is saying for the big picture, and not always what He is saying for just the moment. They simply can’t be. They must focus on the weighty things that the Lord is revealing for His church, the world, and the nations of the world. Their scope is much more expanded, and it takes a lot of “RAM” to process on that level, if that makes sense?
That’s not to say that what the highly prophetic person is speaking is not important, because it is, but it will simply be for a different sphere, and for a different time frame. They also may not feel the words as intensely as the prophet does, nor will they necessarily have to walk the words out and live them.
The mantle of the prophet is a weighty one, and they feel and experience it on an intense level as they move with it. This makes them much more focused when they have been given a mandate or heavy word from the Lord to walk out.
So please don’t confuse the prophets silence with “nothing to say”, or for lack of hearing from the Lord. Many times, their silence means they are hearing quite a bit actually. For certain, they have many things to say, but not everything are they allowed to say, and sometimes they are simply processing what the Lord is showing them in the bigger picture and larger scale, and figuring out how to parse that out, and what He is wanting them to do with what they see, hear, and perceive.
The weightier the word, the longer it takes to process, and the more careful the prophet is with how they release it. They feel the weight of heaven on it, and many times, even a great fear of the Lord on the things they see and hear.
Can I be honest? I believe we have many people in the body who think they are prophets, and even other people may think they are prophets, but they are actually simply highly gifted in prophecy. I believe there are way fewer actual prophets than we realize, who are called to walk out and live the words they speak, and have a mantle of prophet on their life.
The scriptures say that any and all may function in the gift of prophecy, and we should even covet to prophesy. It is a wonderful and very useful gift in the body. But not all can be a prophet, nor does it tell us to covet to be a prophet. We should be very careful before declaring someone is a prophet, or before declaring we ourselves are one. Many can prophesy, but not as many are prophets. This is something that needs to be understood more within the prophetic realm!
~ 2 Peter 2:1-3~ But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep
In addition to what has been said above, anyone who calls themselves a prophet and is not grounded in the word of God is to be tested. Prophets are grounded in the word of God because God communicates with them with His word and tests them through His word. It is not enough to just know the word but they also live the word.
There is a lot happening in the body of Christ including covetousness. We have people chasing after what they see others do instead of positioning themselves where God has placed them. In the kingdom of God, no one is more gifted than the other. We all are gifted differently yes, but equally according to our calling, purpose and capacity. It is only by faith that the level at which the gift is at is increased. Yes, the enemy has infiltrated the body and has perverted the gifts. Room for such we open to the enemy ourselves. We should be pursuing Christ constantly and focusing on Him. By doing that we carve our relationship with Him through His word and by His Spirit. It is this relationship that leads us to the knowledge of who we are as He defines us. When we want a shortcut to a definition of who we, circumventing Christ, we are highly likely to end up with our own definition or other’s definition concerning us. There are no shortcuts to being a prophet of God. It is a very intense process that one goes through and still even after that, they will still not see themselves as prophets. Jeremiah had to be threatened to take his position, Jonah had to be swallowed by a fish and Moses came up with many excuses. Prophets rarely go around proclaiming that they are prophets because even they have not come to terms with such. Elijah, when he was called a man of God he always would say – “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven…”, still testing it himself for he had not believed to be such. The gift of prophecy on the other hand is available to all. In us we have the greatest prophet, the Holy Spirit of God. It is better to desire this gift for yourself through the Holy Spirit than to go around looking for people who can prophesy over your life.
May the Lord God open our eyes in these end times that we are no longer deceived in the name of prophecy.