As we drove past the main road, I glanced at the sign which said, “Psychic Therapist.” What is it with people and the constant desire of wanting to know detailed future events? No one likes to hear bad news so it makes perfect sense that believers would flock to hear feel good messages of peace and prosperity especially at this time towards a country that is in full rebellion.
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.“
2 Timothy 4:3 NIV
“To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.
20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you, 25 except to hold on to what you have until I come.’”
Revelation 2:18-25 NIV
Revelation 2:20 – You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality – verse 24 clarifies what Jezebel’s teachings encompass– Satan’s so-called deep secrets. Not only does this literally apply to churches who affirm a lifestyle of continual sexual immorality, it is also figurative of those who claim to get special daily prophetic word about detailed future events that are vague who sound like the old testament false prophets spoken of in Jeremiah 23,
“This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you;
they fill you with false hopes.
They speak visions from their own minds,
not from the mouth of the Lord.
17 They keep saying to those who despise me,
‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’
And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts
they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’
Jeremiah 23:16-17 NIV
A scary pattern for unrepentant false prophets
Revelation 2:21-22 | “I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.”
Jeremiah 28 details the plight of Hananiah, the false prophet who prophesied false hopes.
“Then the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet Hananiah before the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord. 6 He said, “Amen! May the Lord do so! May the Lord fulfill the words you have prophesied by bringing the articles of the Lord’s house and all the exiles back to this place from Babylon. 7 Nevertheless, listen to what I have to say in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people: 8 From early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plague against many countries and great kingdoms.9 But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.”
Jeremiah 28:5-9 NIV
Jumping towards the end of the chapter (reading the full chapter is recommended),
“Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies. 16 Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord.’” 17 In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet died.”
Jeremiah 28:15-17 NIV
Revelation 2:23 | Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds – This is revealing of God’s swift judgment to the one who misleads the church. Since He searches the hearts and minds, if these false prophets were truly bent on the truth, they would not have been judged so harshly.
I recently heard of one who claims no harm will come to America, but if that ‘prophetess’ learned about the pattern of what’s written in Scripture, any country whose leadership rejects God experienced chastisement. If you or someone you know is addicted to a self-proclaimed prophet/prophetess who gives a daily prophetic forecast (reminiscent of a daily astrological forecast), chances are you are dealing with one who operates with the Jezebel spirit. Beware!
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