2 Timothy 3:1-5  “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded,lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

There are those who parade as preachers claiming  the office of prophet.  They, and only they, know the will of God for everyone  who are in their ‘flock’.  They will shout something like this from their pulpit; “I’m the Prophet and I know the Will of God for everyone here.  My phone should be ringing off  the wall with people asking me what to do!”  Is this true?  Does the Bible tell us that some person has the authority to claim that kind of power over their ‘flock’?  No! It isn’t true!

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The Bible tells us: “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways,  but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”  (Hebrews 1:1,2)  Jesus confronts us;  “”Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)  Any honest preacher would point to Jesus as the One who knows the Will of the Father;  “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”  (John 6:40)  Only a false prophet would stand between God and a person by claiming to be the only one to know God’s will.

God has spoken to the futility of men when they put words in His mouth; “For I looked, and there was no man;  I looked among them, but there was no counselor, Who, when I asked of them, could answer a word.  Indeed they are all worthless;  Their works are nothing;  Their molded images are wind and confusion.” (Isaiah 41:28,29)  Jesus warns us about such empty men with high praises for themselves; “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. ” (Matthew 7:15)

Scripture tells us that there is prophecy – a gift among others;  “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,  to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy,to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,  and to still another the interpretation of tongues.”  (1 Corinthians 12: 7 -10)  Prophecy, like any other gift is for the common good and not for the elevation of one person above the rest.  Nor does anyone have the market on ‘prophecy’ or any other gift ‘cornered’. “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines.” (1 Corinthians 12:11)

The Bible clearly tells us that it isn’t only just one person who is ‘The Prophet’ in a church; “Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.  And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.  For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.” (1 Corinthians 14:29-31)  The purpose of prophecy is to encourage and instruct those in the church not to control!  As a matter of Scriptural fact prophecy doesn’t last only His love does; “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” (1 Corinthians 13:8)

Any false prophet who speaks doom and sudden destruction into a person’s life is not speaking from God or for God.  A false prophet speaks for himself and his control over others.   Such a person is speaking their own condemnation; “For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.  Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.  But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ”  (Philippians 3:18-20)

The Bible tells us what to do in situations where a false prophet is exerting his unholy control; “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.  Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.  For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.  Therefore do not be partners with them.”  (Ephesians 5:1 – 7)

The Gospel Good news is that the One you must listen to is Jesus.  He won’t doom you.  He won’t curse you.  He will give you rest and save your life; “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

You will find Him in His Word, in His Love and in His disciples.

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