Mean Old Prophets of the Old Testament

Posted on January 18, 2015

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One of the greatest deceptions in the world today is the discrediting of portions of the Bible as if they have no place with believers today. Now the first thought might be those that don’t believe in healing or miracles today or even that there is no hell but sadly many today and from other periods like to twist the Word of God to meet their needs or thoughts they wish to have.  What I wish to address here is the prophet and gift of prophecy.

Please Give Me an Encouraging Word

The American believers like to have it their way and often their way is avoiding commitment and being corrected in any way.  This attitude has made the success of often un-biblical ministries that provide non-threatening messages of encouragement and self-help week after week while avoiding the bulk of the Word of God.  This type message has crept into the prophetic church as well where they give only “encouraging words” and anyway that prophesies anything that may be classed as corrective would be out of line.  The following verse written by the Apostle Paul to the church at Corinth is used in many circles as a guide to never give a word that sounds discouraging, hence corrective in nature.

I Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Never Use One Scripture For a Doctrine

You are heading for error and cult like behavior when you use one passage to establish a doctrine. These soft-ball prophets of today have done just that, based their decision that all prophecy for today must be encouraging words from one scripture and ignored the biblical foundations of prophecy and examples from both the Old and New Testaments. With this and every doctrine we must look at the preponderance of scripture to get the whole council of God, not just one facet. Early in the book of Genesis, God himself gives a full example of a prophetic experience and message delivered by himself in a dream to Abimelech.

Genesis 20:3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.

Warning, Revelation, and Instruction

A spoken prophecy, a dream, or any prophetic encounter or experience can contain all the elements of the dream God gave Abimelech found in Genesis chapter twenty, verses three through seven. In the dream God gave Abimelech a warning, God gave him knowledge that he did not have, and God gave him instruction as to how Abimelech could put things into God’s order. Prophecy is delivered throughout the entire Bible in writing and examples delivered by God himself, angels, dreams, and prophets that give all three elements, warning, revelation, and instructions.  Not all three are found in each experience but God gives as things are needed to accomplish His purposes.

It’s All About God’s Plan

As much as God loves us and cares for us, prophecy is not just to encourage us but to get God’s plan concerning, people, places, and times in order. As you read the story of Abraham and Abimelech you can see the dream that Abimelech has is because God’s plan was in jeopardy.  Sarah was separated from Abraham and Abimelech is looking at Sarah to take her as one of his wives. God is his mercy and compassion for his creation, even Abimelech, gave warning, revelation, and instruction to bring his plan for Sarah and Abraham back into right order and prevent the death and harm to Abimelech and his people. All prophecy is about God’s plan, even today.

Why Warning?

Warnings of judgment or correction are completely biblical for today.  Abimelech was warned so he could take action to correct his behavior to avoid God’s correction and that blessing would come back to his people.  God is full of mercy and grace and gave Abimelech a warming and instruction so he could escape judgment and be blessed.  There are still behaviors today that have consequences in general, let alone consequences to deviating from a known plan of God so it’s in our best interest that if we get off course that God would speak to us prophetically to take us out of the position of correction and into the place of blessing, which is in his perfect plan for our lives.

Jesus the Prophet of Warning

If Jesus himself prophesied to individuals about wrong behavior then why wouldn’t we?  Jesus is the ultimate example for us to follow and Jesus gave “If than words of warning.” Anytime a word is spoken about a future blessing of correction and current behavior will effect, we can call that a word of correction and possibly warning.

John 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

Jesus told the man that he healed the man with the infirmity that lay at the Pool of Bethesda and instructed him to no sin anymore and warned him if he did sin, he would suffer something greater than this infirmity that he had for thirty eight years. Jesus did an encouraging miracle of healing but gave a stern instruction to not sin and stern warning if he failed.

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

Jesus prophesies to his disciples that they will be persecuted as he was, how encouraging was that?  There are many more examples as with the Apostle Paul.

Paul Prophesies Warning

There are numerous examples in the New Testament as well as the Old Testament of prophecy that includes a warning of server consequences if you do not do specific behavior. I have chosen this one but there are many.

Acts 27: 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

The Apostle Paul delivers a now word for those on the ship, speaking to the near future, that they needed to stay on this ship or they would die.  That is a clear and very distinct warning found in the New Testament.  This was not a random warning but a warning of love from God in His mercy and grace he was giving a chance for a longer life in this specific situation.  Even some of Paul’s writings expressly warn believers so why would we not on occasion receive a prophetic word of warning?

1 Corinthians 4:14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Why Leave Off the Warning?

I believe the fear of error and lust for easy words has led some movements to the “Encouraging Word” doctrine. Like anything, prophecy can get abused and twisted and an encouraging word sounds like it could never be wrong so words of correction or judgment are easy to push aside and discourage.  If Abimelech had not received the word from God, God would have had to kill him so the corrective word was a blessing.  The point missed by softball prophets is sometimes we need correction to get on to God’s plan or to trim some undesirable behavior out of our lives.  Consequences are all that some listen too.  Many share stories of falling into sin because at first there were no consequences until they were into the depths of their sinful behavior.

Taken the Wrong Way

Many are afraid to deliver a word that sounds negative because of fear of it being taken the wrong way. A few months back God gave me a dream in which a friend of mine was dead but as the dream progressed the friend was brought back to life.  On the surface the dream sounds very bad but I serve a God that loves us all and is full of mercy and grace and that is my foundation of every prophetic experience. So I know that God loves my friend and doesn’t wish him to have a traumatic experience of dying and being revived but is using this as picture of things we go through where there are deaths of ministries, ideas, or whatever is happening in our lives. God is the one that wants to bring us back to life in a closer walk with His plan.  So I knew that some way this was a very positive dream to bless my friend, though only by faith I shared the dream with my friend. Referring to the parable of the talents that God gave us, I am blessed to be a dreamer of His dreams and I must respect this gift and release all the dreams both those I understand fully and those that seem possibly offensive.

Acts 21:10  And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. 11  And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.

How encouraging was the word of Agabus to Paul? God is his love gave Paul a heads up on the path of his life and where it would lead him.  You could concentrate on the fact that Paul would be taken prisoner or the fact that being taken prisoner would give him opportunity to minister in places and to people he would have never reached before which was God’s plan. Nothing that Agabus said let Paul know that this imprisonment would let him share the gospel to high ranking Roman officials, nearly everything about the prophecy sounded negative. Putting this prophecy on the foundation of God’s great love, mercy, and grace you have to know something great would come out of the experience.

God’s Still Small Voice and Witnesses

Typically God speaks to us all in special way, often unique to each of us in some way. He may use dreams, daily Bible readings, random Bible readings, from the Sunday message, from a prophet friend, or in prayer to speak to us. Often there is a familiar way we hear his still small voice on a regular basis.  When are truly seeking his path we mostly should know what He is saying for our lives and just get confirmation from other prophetic sources. Confirmation is important and an example of God’s love.

I Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let

the other judge.

 

II Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

When a prophetic word, whether rosy and filled with exciting promises or ones that speaks of correction, let it lay on the shelf of your heart and wait for confirmation, God will confirm with His written word or by his prophets and the word will never contradict the Bible.

Fear Not

Fear is from the enemy period. Prophets sometimes try to interpret words when they maybe should just deliver them and in their attempt to deliver and soften up a corrective word they may plant a seed of fear.  Remember the foundation of it all is God’s great love that is full of mercy and grace.

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