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October 11 2021 2 11 /10 /October /2021 13:22
Properly Discerning Prophetic Revelation

This teaching is be a bit longer than I like to post. I am working on being less wordy, and more efficient, so, if I am repetitive I apologize, but this word has been burning in my heart for days. I will try to keep it as short as possible, but this is a serious subject that needs addressing in our time. 


There are many voices out there right now, a lot of talking heads, claiming to be led by “The Spirit of Prophesy”. There are many who are actually being led by The Holy Spirit of God within a calling of The Prophetic Revelation. There are also, however, just as many who are not quite so tuned in, who are operating from religious flesh, or other spiritual influences, who are seeking a name for themselves, instead of the Glory, and Will of our God.


There seems to be a lot of those who are “sort of”, “kind of”, “almost getting it”; those who are trying hard, yet, are, too often, more hit and miss than acquiring the target. Those are the ones who are most confusing. They come out with something like, “This is what I heard God is going to do – and THIS is when He is going to do it!” And then, when He doesn't do exactly that, IN THAT TIME FRAME; they come out with some lame, disgruntled, embarrassing, apology. As Paul would say, “My brothers (and sisters) this ought not to be!”


First of all, please hear me - (and what I am about to state is a Scripturally supportable observation of mine, as well as personal experience in following Him for the last 6 decades) - God rarely, if ever, tells the “when” of anything! He gives “the what”, that is, He gives the instructions on what WE are to DO, and He expects us to GO DO THAT, while we trust Him, pay attention, and “stand by”, so that His Spirit can instruct us as to WHEN to act!


But, that kind of “prophetic proclamation”, which tries to pin God down to a particular time-frame, is always a “red flag” to me that something is amiss. God gives confirmation of His promises. But what He promises does not always look like what we imagined. Our filters frequently misinterpret His words. We must be very careful to ONLY say what HE has said to us, and NOT try to expound on it, make sense of it, or pin Him down. That will never work.


And then there is the added complication that if, of course, God is doing ANYTHING, the enemy will be working on a counter move to confuse as many as he can! So, this means that whenever there is a true spirit of revelation from The Spirit of God & The Anointed One, there will be also be false prophetic messages hurled into the mix as well! That is what we are in the middle of right now! That is why we must have the gift of “discerning of spirits”, which requires being tuned into The HOLY Spirit!


Today I want to try to shed some light on all of these “stages” or “brands” of prophetic usage, and what is going on there, so that The Body of The Anointed One (a.k.a., “The body of Christ, “The Church”, The Ecclessia..., “believers”) can begin to grasp the spiritual war we are in, and to get on the right side of it!


First of all, just “seeing stuff”, without knowing what God means by it, or even worse – getting a morsel from God then adding our own conclusions to it - is worse than no vision at all! These are the products of untempered religious flesh, with a potential prophetic gift, that has not been vetted by Holy Spirit! This immature prophetic gifting tends to stop at the dark side, only exposing what the enemy is about. The difficulty in that is that it causes fear, which is not of God. That is because it exposes the darkness, but doesn't shed God's light on it, because they didn't also reveal God's plan to short circuit it. This is not God's idea of “prophesy”. When the Spirit of God blows the devil's cover, He also informs us of God's intention to deal with that! Bring hope, not terror!


True prophesy contains some elements of a not yet fulfilled Word of God. However, this tendency to simply predict the worst possibilities, the threats of the enemy, without a plan to overcome, is a fear-mongering spirit, that causes pandemonium. That is NOT how GOD operates. It is a result of demonically inspired, or religiously deceived, flesh trying to operate in an untempered, immature, incomplete calling – usually to gain a name for themselves. Unfortunately that usually does not end well, and the name they end up with was not that for which they had hoped!


This morning The Holy Spirit of God has led me to read the book of Hosea, giving special attention to chapter four, (reading from the American Standard Version); it could be a page from any honest newspaper reporting on our situation today!


God's Charges against Israel

"1. Hear the word of Jehovah, ye children of Israel; for Jehovah has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor goodness, nor knowledge of God in the land. 2. There is nought but swearing and breaking faith, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery; they break out, and blood touches blood. 3. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwells therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

4. Yet let no man strive, neither let any man reprove; for thy people are as they that strive with the priest. 5. And thou shalt stumble in the day, and the prophet also shall stumble with thee in the night; and I will destroy thy mother. 6. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.

7. As they were multiplied, so they sinned against me: I will change their glory into shame. 8. They feed on the sin of my people, and set their heart on their iniquity. 9. And it shall be, like people, like priest; and I will punish them for their ways, and will requite them their doings. 10. And they shall eat, and not have enough; they shall play the harlot, and shall not increase; because they have left off taking heed to Jehovah. 11. Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the understanding.

12. My people ask counsel at their stock, and their staff declares unto them; for the spirit of whoredom hath caused them to err, and they have played the harlot, departing from under their God.13. They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and terebinths, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters play the harlot, and your brides commit adultery.

14. I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot, nor your brides when they commit adultery; for the men themselves go apart with harlots, and they sacrifice with the prostitutes; and the people that do not understand shall be overthrown.”


Wow. SPOT ON. “My people are destroyed by a lack of knowledge”. This is the information age? How is it possible that we lack knowledge of anything? Only by choice! Apathy. Negligence. Irresponsibility. Disinterest. We tend to “know” whatever it is that we focus on. So, what He is referring to is a lack of knowledge of HIM, His WORD, and HIS SPIRIT – which empowers us through His Anointing – because it is just not a priority to most of us! And certainly not THE priority for too many who consider themselves to be “His people”, “Believers”, “Followers of Yeshua”, and even those claiming to be “Filled with the Spirit”.


What is destroying our nation is a very selective interest in spiritual things. We have treated The Word of God like a fast food menu. Choosing our favorite parts and ignoring, or rejecting the parts that don't suit our taste! We've treated God like some sugar daddy, who we run to when we need something, after ignoring Him for weeks or months, while running after all the things that our flesh has made priority in our lives.


What we miss, in living like that, is that being a disciple of Yeshua requires that HE BE THE PRIORITY, above all others! If the bills don't get paid, if we get pitched out of our homes, if our world crumbles around us, HE still gets THE FIRST hour of our day, THE FIRST PLACE in our hearts, our love, our attention, our time, and our devotion – FIRST & FOREMOST!


But what I have found is that the more I give Him the more I get back! When He gets the first bit of my day, everything else just falls into place. Not that the enemy doesn't still try to throw stuff up in there, but when I am truly IN HIM, living in His Anointing, the devices of the enemy just don't work as well. I catch them sooner and put them down, and the day progresses as intended!


So to sum up, don't believe everything you hear, vet it with the Word and Spirit of God. Stay in The Spirit of God, so as to have the needed discernment to navigate this insane world and culture in which we find ourselves, and MAKE HIM FIRST, so that everyone and everything else finds the proper place in our lives! Then we will correctly discern the prophetic words which are being hurled at us daily!


Shalom Haverim

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