1Ki 19:1 Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword.
1Ki 19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time."
1Ki 19:3 And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.
1Ki 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, "It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers."
1Ki 19:5 He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, "Arise, eat."
1Ki 19:6 Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again.
1Ki 19:7 The angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, "Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you."
1Ki 19:8 So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.
1Ki 19:9 Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
1Ki 19:10 He said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away."
1Ki 19:11 So He said, "Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
1Ki 19:12 After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.
1Ki 19:13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
1Ki 19:14 Then he said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away."
I wonder; if the treatment of the so-called modern prophets today was the same as it was in the days of Elijah, would we have this upsurge in people who want to speak for the Lord? There are self-proclaimed prophets everywhere and most of them make a pretty good living at it.
Here is a list of modern day prophets.
There is even a school to learn from. http://propheticministries.org/school/school.htm
Just pay $19.95 plus shipping and handling and get the complete CD set.
I don’t think they had a list like this during the days of Isaiah, Elijah, or Daniel. It’s so good to know that the prophets are out there and all I need to do is find them on the internet.
Check out some posts of those “prophets”; their words were not exactly what I believe reflects the typical Biblical model. I don’t know these people, I have never met them, and I am not judging them. I am judging their words. I am obligated by Scripture to test the spirits and see if they are from the Lord.
1Jo 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from the Lord, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
The Father says:
“The enemy has targeted some of you since birth because he knew I had a call on your life. Since birth, you have been attacked, oppressed, rejected, despised, silenced, and wounded. THIS DAY, I AM REVERSING ALL THE ENEMY HAS DONE TO YOU. I AM RESTORING ALL THAT WAS STOLEN. FOR YOU ARE CHERISHED IN MY SIGHT AND GREATLY VALUED. AND I WILL DISPLAY MY LOVINGKINDESS IN YOUR LIFE FOR ALL TO SEE. YOU WILL BE LIFTED UP, AND MY GOODNESS AND MERCY WILL BE WITH YOU AND FOLLOW YOU ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE, AND YOU WILL REJOICE IN MY GOODNESS. THE DAYS OF YOUR SORROW ARE OVER. THE DAYS OF YOUR REJOICING ARE HERE." - Jeffrey Stewart
From THE PORTLAND SESSIONS: SCHOOL OF PROPHECY
"God is measuring us for a blessing. He wants to move you into fullness because that is the only measure that He is comfortable with: Fullness! You choose the depth that you want to travel in, but He wants you in over your head!"
Now these might seem to be rather harmless and encouraging messages. What harm can something like this cause? The problem is that these “prophetic utterances” were so generic that they could apply to anyone or no one. What if the one reading this applies it to him or herself and that person loses someone dear to them. How about if they end up in the hospital? Does that mean that the Lord does not cherish them? Have they lost His loving-kindness? After all the “prophets” did declare that the “Father said”. These “prophets” presume an awful lot of authority in the life of their readers in the name of the Father. This is dangerous ground to tread on, and I for one don’t want to be on that road.
This year my wife had a brain tumor. This was not fun for anyone in my family, especially my wife. Did we lose the Lord’s favor and blessing? Not at all! We grew like tempered steel. I have no idea why this happened. I do, however, know the result was that we all grew in our faith as a result.
I am not in any way, shape, or form denying the blessing of the Lord in this blog. I am just not going to buttonhole the Lord and demand that I alone know what’s best when it comes to the Lord’s will. I don’t know what blessings lay in store as He sees fit to distribute them in any fashion He chooses, even if I don’t like the way he distributes those blessings.
We are taught in the Scriptures to be content in all circumstances.
Phi 4:11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
Phi 4:12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.
Phi 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Would this “prophet’s” message serve Rav Shaul well?
These types of “Kingdom now” messages are rampant. It is a very popular thing to say. This kind of message will not usually bring opposition. Who wants to hear a message of doom and gloom anyway? But when you are claiming to be a mouthpiece for the Lord, you had better make sure that what is being said is consistent with His Word.
If you want the job of a prophet you had better be willing to take the lumps of the prophet. If you don’t like what the prophet has to say, then it is the Lord you are bucking against not the prophet. One thing is certain; if you speak on behalf of the Lord it better be on behalf of the Lord.
Num 12:1 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman);
Num 12:2 and they said, "Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?" And the LORD heard it.
Num 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.)
Num 12:4 Suddenly the LORD said to Moses and Aaron and to Miriam, "You three come out to the tent of meeting." So the three of them came out.
Num 12:5 Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tent, and He called Aaron and Miriam. When they had both come forward,
Num 12:6 He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream.
Num 12:7 "Not so, with My servant Moses, He is faithful in all My household;
Num 12:8 With him I speak mouth to mouth, Even openly, and not in dark sayings, And he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant, against Moses?"
Num 12:9 So the anger of the LORD burned against them and He departed.
Num 12:10 But when the cloud had withdrawn from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. As Aaron turned toward Miriam, behold, she was leprous.
Num 12:11 Then Aaron said to Moses, "Oh, my lord, I beg you, do not account this sin to us, in which we have acted foolishly and in which we have sinned.
Num 12:12 "Oh, do not let her be like one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes from his mother's womb!"
Num 12:13 Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, "O God, heal her, I pray!"
Num 12:14 But the LORD said to Moses, "If her father had but spit in her face, would she not bear her shame for seven days? Let her be shut up for seven days outside the camp, and afterward she may be received again."
Num 12:15 So Miriam was shut up outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until Miriam was received again.
People need to understand that the role of the prophet is a very serious and frightful role. It should only be desired by those who are willing to run entire length of the field set before them. If the message does not line up with the Word at first glance, then we should dismiss it right out of the gate. Don’t be deceived by false prophets who peddle a message of peace and prosperity in a day when calamity looms around the corner.
Jer 8:6 "I have listened and heard, They have spoken what is not right; No man repented of his wickedness, Saying, 'What have I done?' Everyone turned to his course, Like a horse charging into the battle.
Jer 8:7 "Even the stork in the sky Knows her seasons; And the turtledove and the swift and the thrush Observe the time of their migration; But My people do not know The ordinance of the LORD.
Jer 8:8 "How can you say, 'We are wise, And the law of the LORD is with us'? But behold, the lying pen of the scribes Has made it into a lie.
Jer 8:9 "The wise men are put to shame, They are dismayed and caught; Behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, And what kind of wisdom do they have?
Jer 8:10 "Therefore I will give their wives to others, Their fields to new owners; Because from the least even to the greatest Everyone is greedy for gain; From the prophet even to the priest Everyone practices deceit.
Jer 8:11 "They heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially, Saying, Peace, peace,' But there is no peace.
Jer 8:12 "Were they ashamed because of the abomination they had done? They certainly were not ashamed, And they did not know how to blush; Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time of their punishment they shall be brought down," Says the LORD.
It is easy to preach and prophecy in bluff and bluster; but it is OH so difficult to preach from the Word and declare “thus saith the Lord”. Everyone wants to hear that only good things are coming their way. Unfortunately, the only time this will happen is when Yeshua reigns from Jerusalem during His millennial reign. Apart from that, life is fragile and unpredictable. Yet we who serve the Lord still endure in spite of and through all circumstances as Rav Shaul (Paul) instructed us in Phil 4. If we are not teaching people to be faithful and endure, then we are doing them a serious injustice. We better make sure that if we dare say we speak on behalf of the Lord, it is through His Word alone and not our desire to be received in the role a prophet because of the acclaim it brings to us. We are called to preach His Word even when it is not popular or positive.
Luk 6:26 "Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.
This is the true nature of prophecy
2Ti 3:1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2Ti 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
2Ti 3:4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
2Ti 3:5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
2Ti 3:6 For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses,
2Ti 3:7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2Ti 2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2Ti 2:2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
2Ti 2:3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
2Ti 2:12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;
1Ti 4:1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
What I hear in these passages is that we are to endure, be faithful, and persevere. Why are our modern “prophets” not speaking these words of prophecy? I’ll tell you why: they are not popular. I just don’t hear a lot of “everything’s coming up roses” from the prophets in the Scriptures. Most of the time prophets were rebuking a disobedient people and reminding them to turn back to the Lord. They certainly weren’t getting acclaim, riches, and winning popular opinion.
1Ti 6:6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.
1Ti 6:7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.
1Ti 6:8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.
1Ti 6:9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1Ti 6:11 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1Ti 6:13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate,
1Ti 6:14 that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Ti 6:15 which He will bring about at the proper time--He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
1Ti 6:16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.
1Ti 6:17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
1Ti 6:18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
1Ti 6:19 storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
1Ti 6:20 O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge"--
1Ti 6:21 which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you.
Let the modern day “prophets” speak words that are sure, true, and tested by time. Not words that are popular, speculative, or presumptive.
In the Word the blessings of the Lord are always predicated by the requirement to keep His Word and to be faithful to obeying Him.
Deu 28:1 "Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.
Deu 28:2 "All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God:
In the immediate context the Lord is speaking to the children of Israel as they are getting ready to enter the Promised Land. The commandments of the Lord are the ones given by Moses in the Torah. Now if the “Church” wants to be blessed and claim this kind of passage as their own, they must also do as Israel was commanded and obey His commands. Yet for so many they look at the commands as being abrogated and replaced. So they refuse to see the full context of the passage. They want the blessings but not the obedience. The modern “prophets” preach that they are hearing from the Lord, yet they refuse to obey two thirds of the Word, the Torah.
Num 15:14 'If an alien sojourns with you, or one who may be among you throughout your generations, and he wishes to make an offering by fire, as a soothing aroma to the LORD, just as you do so he shall do.
Num 15:15 'As for the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the alien who sojourns with you, a perpetual statute throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the alien be before the LORD.
Num 15:16 'There is to be one law and one ordinance for you and for the alien who sojourns with you.'"
Num 15:17 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
In this passage the Lord through Moses addresses the subject of Gentiles who have joined themselves to Israel.
Those Gentiles who have come to the Messiah of Israel have joined themselves by adoption to Israel. They have come alongside of the natural children, they have not replaced them. So it is time for the adopted children to act like they belong to the family. It is not appropriate for an adopted child to come into a home and change the dynamic of the house. They are to be a part of the already established family. Those who call themselves “prophets” refuse to preach the fullness of the already written instructions given by the Father; therefore, they are invalidated by that one fact. Let them preach and teach that which has already been established and written before they set out on their own with words of “prophecy”. You can’t say you speak for the Lord when you won’t read and speak what He already gave us.
Mat:17 "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
Mat 5:18 "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Mat 5:19 "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
The instructions given to us by our Messiah is that the Torah (instructions) that the Father gave us were not annulled. Therefore, if you want the blessings that these so called “prophets” are speaking of, they might want to instruct people to keep His whole Word, not just one third of it.
In one last closing thought you might want to check out one of the last sermons of David
Wilkerson. This is a word for the Church to hear today. I don’t count too many people as prophets, but if there was one in our modern times, it would be him. It would do you well to hear the words of this true PROPHET.
The full sermon can be heard here if you have the stomach to hear from a real prophet. It might shake you a bit and that would good. It did me.
May the Lord bless you and fulfill you with His calling and will for your life, no matter what that might be.
Shalom uvracha b’Yeshua