Thursday, September 22, 2011
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:" Acts 2:17
The passage above demonstrates that as we head into the end times, there will be an increase in the prophetic. A mass outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
It makes sense that Satan, the prince of darkness would want in on this. His wannabe prophets can be observed making their mark on our earthquake sequence. Ken Ring is such a person, his prophecies are vague enough that an aftershock can fall on any day of the month and still fall into the range he has set for his predictions. Since he never gives magnitude and depth he is always "right." Harold Camping is another of Satan's false prophets who caused great distress by predicting that himself and his followers would be raptured on May 21 this year, leaving the unbelieving world to judgement by earthquakes (starting in New Zealand) and fire on October 21. He has since found it necessary to backtrack, claim a spiritual rapture, and continue to declare October 21 to be the day of fire.
This is the dead give-away that a prophet speaks for Satan. They get it wrong. God's holy prophets do not miss a beat. This is what the Lord says concerning false prophets:
'Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves... Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.' Matthew 7:15
A false prophet such as Ken Ring or Harold Camping may very well have a genuine belief that they have an advanced warning from God. They may be sincere in their mission to warn the people and share what they fell God has laid on their hearts. However they are being led astray by lying spirits and demons. Only God knows for sure who is being led astray and who is a merely a charlatan.
Now Christchurch has another prophet lining up to stake their claim to some God-given foreshadowing. From what I understand this has circulated as an email and gone viral, spreading like wildfire into email and snail mail boxes alike.
So where does the latest "prophet" fall in this war between the Godly and demonic? I'm not sure yet. A false prophet often needs to be debunked by their prophetic failure, hung out to dry by their owns words a la Harold Camping and Ken Ring. However, a false prophet can often be identified if their message contradicts the Bible, or if their message is not consistent with the God of salvation. Doom merchants often ignore or misplace God's love an mercy,a dn are quite adept at spreading the fear and paranoia without also giving the other side of hope an redemption.
If anyone has the email, please forward it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) so I can reproduce it here, annotating it as the prophecy either gets validated or debunked.
I'm certain that it will be debunked. Merely a nightmare experienced by this woman and not a prophecy from God. I've had plenty of those myself as earthquakes and the aftershock sequence play on my mind, although I have not seen a nightmare quite like this. This, I'm almost certain, is all there is to it.
We shall see.
False prophets should be grateful that we are not in Old Testament times and we are in an age of grace, a horrible fate awaited those who spoke on behalf of God without actually having heard from Him. "A prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death. You may say to yourselves, 'How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?' If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously..."-Deut. 18:20-22