“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” Isaiah 40:8
When the slick enterprising pastors and their disciples come along to teach you a more “relevant” way or un-biblical method, move closer to, search deeper, and cling to the Holy Scriptures which are tried, true, and eternally relevant, fresh, and charged with the divine life of the One who spoke them.–“These words are spirit and they are life.” (John 6:63) God’s words are always in style with Him and those who truly love Him. So, beware of the cheap substitutes which daily present themselves to you, seeking to sift you from resolute, pure trust in the God who gave us His Word (Luke 22:31-32).
When a person around us gets all excited about a so-called “word from God” that some prophet or apostle says he or she received and yet that same person isn’t excited about “the more sure word of prophecy (the Scriptures),” then you know that such a person is utterly deceived (2 Peter 1:19-21). When people get all excited about some new book some mere man wrote and yet aren’t excited by and about the precious words of the LORD recorded in the Bible, you know that this person’s fruit is very bad.
When we get the revelation that the HOLY SCRIPTURES are “the MORE MORE MORE sure word of PROPHECY,” we then become less in impressed (foolish awe) with the clowns who parade themselves as modern prophets and apostles yet fit the exact description of the beguiling wolves we are so often warned about in the “MORE sure word” which is the written Scriptures. Read, pour over 2 Peter 1:3-4, 16-21; 2:1-3. You will never be the same. Oh and Jeremiah 23 and Ezekiel 34.
These modern day wolves are devils who refuse to preach the essential command to be holy as God is holy, true repentance, the holy fear of God, the daily cross, dying to self daily, the soon return of Christ, the uniqueness and divinity of Jesus Christ, taking up the cross, and being mortified to the sinful deeds of the body. The absence of these cardinal New Testament doctrines alone make these guys utterly counterfeit.
Do you want to be blessed? The LORD attaches present and eternal blessings to those who hear and heed His Word.
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:3
Beware of the many clowns who run around teaching people to “hear the voice of God” while downplaying and subverting the authority and place of the Holy Scriptures in God’s economy and in the daily lives of His beloved people (Deuteronomy 4:2, 9-10; 1 Timothy 4:6, 16; 2 Timothy 32:15; 3:16-17; 4:2-5). I have heard this deadly lie for decades now. This idea that we are to “hear the voice of God within us” is a classic deception among the charismatic/prophetic/apostolic circles. As is all of their false theology, this notion is based on the idea that man is his own little autonomous god who is empowered by himself to do his own bidding and control his own destiny. This is Luciferic and the same exact theology of the pagan and occult New Age religions and thought. In this they are setting aside–not upholding–the only “Head” of His true Church (Colossians 2:4, 8, 18-19). Beware. We hear the voice of the LORD through His Spirit and Word (Romans 8:14; Ephesians 6:17-18, etc.).
Of Jesus and through Jesus and to Jesus are all things–He is the supreme LORD of all lords and King of all kings who will soon return to exercise His infinite, divine authority and wrath upon the ungodly (Isaiah 26:21; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; 2 Peter 3; Revelation 19:11-15).
There is nothing that has more authority or relevancy than God’s Word–because of who spoke it.–“The scripture cannot be broken.” (John 10:35)
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:15-17
Listening to what Jesus, the LORD, told us in places like Revelation 2-3 is most important. God has spoken to us in His “MORE sure word of prophecy”–the Holy Scriptures (Hebrews 1:1-3; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Psalms 119:105). Hearing the very words of God is hearing the fresh voice of God. Beware of the flashy, flesh-flattering titles of the books and products of the many wolves who operate in the apostate church world. Their use of the word “fresh” and others words of this type are designed to entice the potential buyer to believe they have the word of the hour and are the man or woman of the hour. Scam!
Jesus is the KING of every hour and that will never change!
Most of what is called prophecy today is simply flattery and serves no divine purpose as given in His Word. For example, why would the unchanging God change by doing something that has no purposes consistent with what He stated in His Word? Why would He send gold dust? What purpose has it? Gold dust has no purpose that is consistent with His stated plan and program to save and build up His people (Matthew 28:18-20). Do we not know that Satan himself can perform lying signs and wonders and that only those who do not choose to be valiant for and love the truth of God’s Word will be deceived? (Jeremiah 9:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
Remember that it was the evil Pharisees (wolves) that asked to see a frivolous sign. But what did Jesus say in response?
“Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:” Matthew 12:38-39
WHAT kind of person looks for a sign? – “An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign.” (Matthew 12:39)
“God and His Word are synonymous (John 1:1). Any attempt to divorce the written Word, which is our only objective standard for truth, from the Living Word should be viewed as utterly Satanic. Beware of men who subtly denigrate the written Word while promoting a supposed deeper spirituality by ‘being led by the Spirit.’ Don’t be deceived, if you reject God’s Word you reject His Spirit. If you refuse to obey His Word you cannot be led by the Holy Ghost. God’s Spirit always leads in perfect accordance with God’s Word; always, without exception.” Pastor Britt Williams
God’s Word never diminishes, fades, or loses power–it’s always–perpetually and eternally-fresh, relevant, instructive, and life giving. In light of this truth, do not be “carried about” or snared by these so-called “fresh” words from God and the demonic mystique surrounding this diabolical myth.
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Ephesians 4:14
The only way to prevent being “tossed to and fro, and carried about”–blown away–is to be soundly and thoroughly grounded in the Scriptures through daily study, meditation, and memorization (Joshua 1:8; Proverbs 4:4; Jeremiah 15:16). Not one of us lacks capacity; we only lack choosing to fear God, delighting in Him, and living a disciplined life that reflects His work in us (Philippians 2:12-13).
The disciple of Jesus who has THE Word doesn’t go around looking for “a word” from a mere man or woman claiming to be a prophet or prophetess or apostle. This doesn’t mean there aren’t people who function in these gifts biblically, and yet there are many today misleading people with a misuse of the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12-14). Prophetic accuracy does not authenticate a person as from God (Deuteronomy 13). Read Deuteronomy 13 and you will discover that if a person comes among God’s people and prophesies and what he predicts comes to pass and then he teaches false doctrine, he is to be put out and marked as false.
Fruit is more important than gifts. Gifts do not prove that one is saved. In fact, Jesus told us that “MANY” would brag about their gifts just before being terminated into hell. Fruit is the clear that one has a saving relationship with Jesus Christ! (Matthew 7:13-29) Nearly anyone can feign to have spiritual gifts. The occult gurus/Shamans do that and so do all false religious leaders.
Deuteronomy 13 tells us that even if a prophet comes and does a miracle or prophesies something that comes to pass and then speaks false doctrine to lead you away from the LORD, he is to be stoned. This clearly teaches us that the gifts of the Spirit do not authenticate any minister or leader or ministry.
The nine gifts of the Spirit do have a divine purpose and have not passed away because that which is perfect has not yet come (1 Corinthians 12-14).
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7
Here in the Scriptures of truth the Son of God is warning us to “hear what the Holy Spirit saith” to His people and not what some man or men are saying the Spirit is saying. The Holy Spirit gave us the Scriptures–“holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:20-21) We know He is divine, perfect and unchanging and so would never “alter” or change His Word to us (Psalms 89:23; 119:89). Also, “the sword of the Spirit IS the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17) Do we think the LORD is going to contradict what He has already spoken? How in the world can I possibly rightly discern some prophetic word coming from a mere human if I don’t daily and diligently study THE Word of God? (2 Timothy 2:15) To endure to the end, we must be like the Berean believers who “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11)
“My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” Psalms 89:34
Also, when Jesus seven times says “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches,” He’s not talking about trying to hear something inside of your corrupt, depraved, and “desperately wicked” heart (Genesis 6:5, 12; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3). No, He’s teaching us here to walk the narrow road with His precious Precepts shining on our feet and on our path. After Adam fell into sin, our hearts are not to be trusted (Romans 5:12, 19; 7:1-24). –“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26)
There’s another safety measure our Great Shepherd put in place to protect us and that’s the counsel of the righteous–those who are sound in the faith due to being soberly rooted and grounded in sound doctrine.–“Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.” (Proverbs 27:9) Godly counsel will always come out of God’s Word and will be a confirming factor in our hearts when making key decisions in this life.
Currently, I, like many of you, am blessed to have the “hearty counsel” of several God-fearing men who walk daily in God’s Word. Yet, throughout the years I have witnessed folks who have been subverted and intoxicated by the charismatic wolves who don’t walk out sound truth by faith in what they get straight from the Bible. Instead, they live by so-called prophetic words, visions, dreams, and whimsical hyperbole. There is a particular group of these guys I know of who don’t work, don’t hold to or diligently study the written Word, and yet conjure up and are led by all kinds of “words” they say are God’s “prophetic” words for them. In order to perpetuate the deception, they constantly have “words” for each other, pretending those “words” are from God and yet have set aside God’s Holy written Word to be led of their own “words.” (Jeremiah 5:31; 14:14; Colossian 2:18)This is “the error of the wicked” that we are warned not to be “led away” from Christ by (2 Peter 1:19-3:18). Is this a new thing? No.
All spiritual gifts or the gifts of the Holy Spirit are to point to and glorify the divine Person of Jesus Christ alone and not to be used to feature or elevate human flesh, making the one with the gift the focal point. When the Holy Spirit is moving in a saint it will be obvious in that Jesus Christ alone will be glorified and His written, “more sure word of prophecy” will be the message (2 Peter 1:19-21). As it was in the days of the prophets, so it is today. Beguiled souls who have been “led away with the error of the wicked” regurgitate the same twisted blend of deceptive words they have learned from the wolves whom they have submitted themselves under and this includes the borrowing and speaking of the words of these wolves (2 Peter 3:17). There’s a whole new language they learn, using such terms as portals, the prophetic, soaking, etc., where they dazzle the gullible souls who follow and support their witchcrafts.
“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:18
So, instead of honoring God by learning and speaking the “more sure word of prophecy” which is the Holy Scriptures – the written Word, these charismatic, false apostolic wolves have created a whole new language using their own line of buzz terms (2 Peter 1:19-21). This is an open rejection of Jesus Christ (Mark 8:38).
All that comes out of IHOP and Kansas City etc. is corrupt due to the fact that “a little leaven leaveneth the WHOLE lump.” (Galatians 5:9) First off, there is no term “the prophetic” found in God’s Word. This is the invention of wolves and devils.
Let’s read a passage from Jeremiah 23 and perhaps it will become obvious that such a practice is no new thing:
“I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. 26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; 27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. 28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord. 29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? 30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbour. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. 32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord.”
Did you note here that the LORD tells us that these false prophets “cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness”?
The shameless flippancy in the tone and attitudes of these modern day, self-appointed false prophets and false apostles is despicably absent of the fear of the LORD.
Words of mere men produce “lies” and “lightness” in those who give them audience. The words and terms of mere men do not carry divine authority. They are lightweight. The words of mere men are weak. They do not carry inherent divine power. In contrast to the “lies” and “lightness” of the words of mere men, God’s Word instills the fear of the LORD in the hearts of those who truly trust Him by daily ingesting His Word.
True disciples are not casual concerning the things of God. The true born again servant is the only person the LORD can use to help others and he lives in the fear of God, departing from evil as by His mercy and honest adherence to His holy truth.
“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.” Proverbs 16:6
Proverbs 14:27 says that iniquity is spiritual death and it’s only by the fear of God that men depart from it, keeping themselves abiding in Jesus, their Good Shepherd. Sin brings spiritual death and it’s only by the mercy of God as one chooses to live in the fear of God, that he is delivered and remains in the light with Christ (Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 6:23; 8:13; James 1:14-15; 1 John 1:7).
Why did the LORD give us His written Word? To guide us, to cleanse us, and for many other wonderful reasons, yet one in particular comes to mind here and that’s Deuteronomy 4:10.
8And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
9Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;
10Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
God gave us His Word so we would “learn to fear” Him and so what happens if we get out of His Word?–we cease to fear Him. Do we begin to see now why Satan uses his wolf prophets to get people out of THE Word and relying on something else like so-called prophetic “words”?
When you get around these type people we are talking about, you will notice what later will come out as a false joy (“lightness”). Instead of getting into THE Word, they give each other “words.” If you have ever been around these type of people who live off of pseudo “words” instead of THE Word, you will see no fear of God in them but rather frivolity and lightness in the absence of the fear of God and a sound and sober heart filled with the joy of Jesus. Remember that the LORD told us in the Jeremiah 23 passage above that these beguilers “cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness.” (Jeremiah 23:32)
What might be at the root of this rebellion? Why do these mere men come in Christ’s name (but not doctrine) and replace His very Word with their own “words”?–because they are lawless, which means they are not truly submitted to Him. Doesn’t this fit what Jesus said was going to happen at the judgment?–“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one 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 7:20-23)
The Divine “Lamp” and “Light”
“THY word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalms 119:105
Here the Bible, God’s Word, tells us that God’s “word” and not our word or some figment of our own wicked imagination, guides our feet and lights our path. Satan has no new tricks in his bag–“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
“There is NO new thing under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
Throughout history, God’s people have erred when they began to rely upon the wicked imaginations of their depraved hearts (Romans 1).
Always remember that “ALLLLLLL things that pertain unto life and godliness” are found in the divinely-breathed “exceeding great and precious promises” of our LORD and Savior (2 Peter 1:2-4). Be it known that as long as you are on this earth, Satan, the enemy of your eternal soul, is going to send false teacher after false prophet who come in Christ’s name to get you to look to someone else outside of the LORD Almighty who gave you His unchanging, eternally relevant Word. The devil “walketh about seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) Jesus said he comes to “taketh away the word” of God from our lives (Mark 4:15). The enemy’s false prophets use all kinds of seemingly spiritual beguilement to get you to look to self and your own ability to “hear God’s voice,” etc. God is able to keep those who uphold Jesus Christ as the supreme “Head” and “holy potentate.” (Colossians 2:18-19; 1 Timothy 6:15)
“Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:15-16
Your Savior is coming soon to get you–He loves you more than you can fathom. He commanded you to endure to the end–will you? Hold to Him! Seek Him! Love Him! Worship Him without reserve!
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” 1 Peter 1:23-25
The eternal and living Word gave us His Precepts and nothing could ever possibly be more relevant than God’s precious Words–so walk in them. Let them circumcise your heart, fill your thoughts and meditations, and guide your feet down the narrow road that leads to life.
PRAYER: Father, please unite my heart to fear Thy holy name. Hasten my spirit to be perpetually seeking Your holy face and therefore protected in Your unalterable truth. Bless my life to help others do the same. Amen.
The Spirit of Divination (audio)
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