Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. – 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21.
As I was studying several articles on end-time prophecy this past couple of weeks and especially in relation to the Church, the Body of Christ, I ran across several things worth stating as well as repeating if I’ve mentioned them before. Ironically this came at a time when I found several prophecies on social media that I wasn’t even looking for. They just happened to pop up on my timeline and out of curiosity read a couple of them.
To me, it is always fascinating (I’m being nice) the number of people who rely on these very popular “prophets” because they say they pray often, and the Lord gave them these words and yet, the ones I read said the words came from God THROUGH watchman angels, oh excuse me, watchman GUARDIAN angels, as I guess the Holy Spirit was to busy with other things at that moment to speak to them. I later saw one where this same person started off naming the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, as part of her prophecy, based on the character from C.S. Lewis’ allegorical stories, as if he is the true Lion of Judah. I didn’t get very far into that one.
Oh, by the way, this “prophet” does use a lot of Bible or “church” terms and she does sound spiritual, but it reminds me of what Paul wrote to his protégé Timothy about “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.” (see 2 Timothy 3:5). It goes to show me that what the Bible itself prophesied about the end-times and the fact that people would gather to themselves teachers who would tell them what they want to hear. You know, the itching ears reference. It shows me that TRUE Bible prophecy can’t be disputed!
Anyway, a couple of things I picked up in my studying that I wanted to relay for those interested and especially when it comes to the practical purpose of Bible prophecy (not these day to day religious fortune tellers), the prophecies that have been recorded for the Church, the Body of Christ.
A very esteemed and well-known Bible prophecy expert, Charles Dyer, emphasizes this purpose of Bible prophecy:
“God gave prophecy to change our hearts, not to fill our heads with knowledge. God never predicted future events just to satisfy our curiosity about the future. Every time God announces events that are future, He includes with His predictions practical applications to life. God’s pronouncements about the future carry with them specific advice for the ‘here and now.’”
During my studies, I read the anecdote about the person that went to a local psychic, but when the person arrived at the little shop, there was a sign on the door that read, “Closed due to unforeseen circumstances.” It reminds me so much of the ads that used to run on the television about the call-in psychics. (Don’t know if they still do it or not).
With God, especially in the role of our Heavenly Father, there are NO unforeseen circumstances for nothing takes God by surprise, absolutely nothing! God Almighty, the Creator of All, rules over His creation, ALL of His creation, with absolute sovereignty.
A while back I did a series of teachings on the Character, Nature and Attributes of God. The God of the Bible knows everything (omniscient), is present everywhere (omnipresent), and possesses all power (omnipotent). By the way, when I state that He is present everywhere, I don’t just mean geographically either. I also mean everywhere outside of time itself! This is why NOTHING can ever take Him by surprise.
Because He knows all things and is present at all times in all places, He has the power to not only know the future, but also to fulfill all of His predictions. Too many people tend to forget that God has had a plan for mankind and His creation long before He ever laid the very first foundation stone!
So back to the purpose of Bible prophecy; the true test is the content of the message, not miracles. The true prophet spoke only in the name of the Lord and called people closer to God, not away from God. The miracles only lent credence and authority to the message.
As we have seen, prophets often spoke a divine message for their own day, and their message was always closely tied to a predictive element of future judgment for disobedience and future blessing for obedience.
The Bible always links prophecy with living a godly life. Since Jesus came, and especially the way He interacted with the religious leaders of His day concerning their demands to always have a sign, the SIGNS have been everywhere and in fact they have ALWAYS been everywhere around us according to the Word of God. It’s no wonder Jesus DID condemn the religious leaders, because of anyone, they should have known better because the Word says, they held the “oracles” or the very words of God, Himself!
That does NOT mean God doesn’t still do supernatural miracles, but with the proliferation of the written Word of God to back up everything in the Nature of the Living Word, Christ Jesus, a person who has “eyes to see, and ears to hear,” shouldn’t be running after signs and wonders when the evidence is all around us!
Do you know who wants the signs and wonders? Do you realize who the ones are who question WHY there are no more miracles (so they believe)? It’s those that are still struggling with unbelief! The one thing that PLEASES the Father, according to the writer of Hebrews, is the faith we have to believe what we don’t see! (Hebrews 11:1, 6). So what does that say about unbelief? Simply put, you can’t please God if you don’t have faith. It’s no wonder Jesus was so upset with the religious leaders of His day. They had been given ALL the tools necessary to see the Father for Who He really was and for the Son that stood before them, yet all they could think of, despite the miracles Jesus did do, was “show us a sign from heaven!”
I’m going to repeat it in closing because I’ve been stating this a lot lately, but if you are relying on what the so-called modern-day prophets are telling you for a day-to-day or week-to-week, or even a month-to-month head-start on the future and your are neglecting what God has already showed will happen, then you are NOT walking in faith. You are walking according to what some religious-sounding, pleasant, charismatic person is telling you rather than on what God has told us for our day to day existence.
I’ll give you a prophecy based on Biblical Spiritual principles as I get ready to sign off:
If you continue to trust in what a person tells you is going to make life better for all, without relying on already given Bible prophecy and the Word of God, you’re going to miss the proverbial boat! (Think of the Ark as an example).
Our God, will NEVER leave His children and loved ones in the dark concerning their spiritual futures!! That’s His promise, not mine! You can count on and walk believing in THAT!