And he said, hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.” (Numbers chap.12)
The Bible Says: "…And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously…” (Deuteronomy 18:20-22) In biblical times being a false prophet was a crime punishable by death!
Prophets are the foundation of the church along with the apostle’s and Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone (Eph.2:20).
Will The Lord give someone a message to give to someone else? Sure! Can The Lord reveal truth to someone and somehow enable that person to deliver that message to others? Yes! But is this the biblical gift of prophecy? No. If God were to speak through a person today, it would be in 100% complete agreement with what has already been written in Scripture. “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2Pet. 1:20-21)
According to christiananswers.net a prophet is defined as: nabi, from the Hebrew root meaning "to bubble forth, as from a fountain," hence “to utter”. Nabi is the first and the most generally used term for a prophet. In the time of Samuel another word, ro'eh, "seer", began to be used (1 Sam. 9:9). Afterwards another word, hozeh, “seer” (2 Sam. 24:11), was employed. In 1 Ch. 29:29 all these three words are used: "Samuel the seer (ro'eh), Nathan the prophet (nabi'), Gad the seer" (hozeh). In Josh. 13:22 Balaam is called (Hebrew) a kosem “diviner,” a word used only of a false prophet. A prophet is the mouthpiece of God to man. God puts His words into their mouth so that they may prophesy to the children of men.
It has recently come to my attention that several T.V preachers call themselves prophets and/or proclaim to receive a word from the Lord and because of their inconsistency have by default labeled themselves as soothsayers; also known as Soothsayers.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary defines a soothsayer as: a person who predicts the future by magical, intuitive, or more rational means. And defines PROGNOSTICATOR as: one who foretells from signs or symptoms.
Benny Hinn the tele-evangelist has made numerous predictions about the future of America, its citizens and the world. As I recall the only predictions that were accurate were those that were logical for anyone who studies economics. He claims that homosexuals in America will be destroyed and here we are 20 years later and Hate crime laws have just been passed concerning the homosexual population. Gay marriage/Civil Union’s are even being discussed in the media weekly. Hear the words & judge for yourself @
His most popular failed prophecies are about Fidel Castro, the Leader of Cuba. On New Year’s Eve 1989 Benny Hinn said that the ‘spirit’ told him that Fidel Castro would die in the 90’s. This definitely was not the spirit of the True and Living God because you are reading this blog 20 years later almost 2010 and Fidel Castro is still very much alive. Even when Castro fell ill and gave power to his brother it was well into the 21st century (2000 something). It just so happens that Castro is a fan of Barack Obama. Maybe the spirit meant a spiritual death?(not likely). See part 2, I think it’s even more hilarious than part 1. In part 2 he is called a prophet.
Kim Clement is another so-called prophet. While cruising YouTube I came across Kim explaining the difference between O.T. and N.T. prophets. He said that New Testament prophets are more ‘fun’; because they are under grace L (to me that even sounds stupid). He doesn’t talk about sin; he leaves that to pastors and preachers. Kim thinks his calling is to ‘draw the treasure out of the person so they can become what they were destined to become.’ Sounds like prophecy according to these tele-evangelist prophets is a ‘hustle’. A way to make money off the habits of other people. Judge for yourself…
Lastly, some of these false prophets claim to heal people. I used to believe that some were ‘probably’ healed since there is power in the name of Jesus. While researching false prophets I came across some interesting videos about pressure points & the power of suggestion that changed my outlook on these people whom we have already seen are false prophets.
Pressure points - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bffI10DDj-c&feature=related
The Power of Suggestion – (this one is deep) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DzuIymBU9U&NR=1&feature=fvwp
“Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23)
May the Lord add a blessing to the reading of His word.
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