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Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ Now then, hear the word of the LORD…” (Amos 7:14-15 NIV)

For some time, Brother Elijah and I have shared this blog. We offer our insights, but neither he nor I claim that we are prophets. Our role is to teach what the Bible says about future events. We have a great responsibility to accurately interpret Scripture (not adding to or taking away from prophecy) so, in the last days, God’s people will be equipped for every good work.

Chiefly, our mission is to separate false prophecy and false prophet from the true. Readers and students will judge if we are right or not. I am only a gardener whom the Lord chose to stand before men and share His Word.

During a recent class, I was asked if I knew any prophets. It was a direct question, so I answered “No, I do not.” I should have added, “I believe I’ll know ‘em when I see ‘em.”

Elijah and I want to help others have the same confidence. (I have written “The Prophets of God: Recognize them, Listen to them, Follow them” on this subject.) Our thesis is: Study the genuine thoroughly; then you will easily identify the counterfeit.

I have known many who either accepted the title or promoted themselves as “Prophet or Prophetess.” (Thank you Lord for your mercy! In my ignorance I was one; that is, before I subjected myself to the test of Deuteronomy 18:20-22).

Foreknowledge may come from God and be spoken by anyone whom He chooses (ex. Balaam and Caiaphas). But know this: Those who possess the full anointing will resemble and sound more like Jesus, Elijah, Jeremiah or John the Baptist than a Wall St. banker.

We must pay careful attention to the prophets of old. Speaking God’s judgment was their role. Not one, not even The Prophet Jesus, placed “Prophet” before their name.

Our posts will continue to encourage a right understanding as well as broadcast the prophet’s saving message. When God reveals his divine messengers—as he surely will—receive them as if they were Our Lord himself (Matthew 10:40-41).

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Question 11- Do you ever wonder why you? Do you get tired of the difficulties?

Answer 11- I am beginning to move beyond the “Why me?” question. Now I am more into the acceptance phase. (Sounds like the five stages of grief, doesn’t it?) It is my burden to bear and I am embracing it. I realize the pioneers get the arrows. I have seen a bit of this already from Christian “friends” but my study of prophets prepares me to deal with the hostility. This is not about me. This is not about writing a best seller. This has always been about being faithful to what God has called me to do and being used to help many through the coming darkness. I do not look for any rewards on this side but I do hope to hear a well done on the other side. I appreciate and enjoyed this opportunity to share with you. Thank you.

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Question 10- How important do you feel it is that people read The Prophets of God?

Answer 10- It couldn’t be more important. This is salvation we are talking about and what is more important than that? We are close to a time of great deceit. We will be surrounded by wolves in sheep’s clothing—perhaps even angels declaring another gospel—and most are unprepared. God will send his prophets but many will refuse to hear their message because they won’t be cool or charismatic. Many will perish because they believe the lie. What I have written is not an exhaustive study on what is about to take place, but it gives everyone something big they need to think about. I hope others will come along and pick up the subject and take it further into the Word.

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Question 9- What do you see that troubles you most, particularly as it relates to what you write about in The Prophets of God?

Answer 9- That is a great question since it targets our greatest danger, as I see it. As I was presenting my case to a Christian brother, I cited some Scriptures that were used in The People of God to support one of my points. He responded, “I don’t believe that!” I was speechless! This was a Bible believing, Church-going Christian. He didn’t offer other Scriptures to refute my point; he simply shut off debate by refusing to believe what I was showing him. I have seen this too many times. I am seeing a tendency to dismiss anything that runs counter to our belief system, even if the evidence from the Bible may be conclusive. American Christians want to be “right” or “mainstream” more than they want to be accurate. I have come to accept the possibility there is a veil over most minds, at least for now.  

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Question 8- What audience do you intend for your books, such as The Prophets of God, to reach?

Answer 8- I realized fairly early that I was writing for students. Students are not necessarily young; neither is every young Christian a student. It is more of an attitude. But what I have discovered about this group is that they are extremely cautious. I have to tell you about this brand new Christian who was given The People of God to read. He told me how much he got out of it. It was the first book he’d ever read. But most students are reading a lot already. They won’t invest their time or money, even on something they are curious about, if they aren’t encouraged to do so by a peer or a teacher they trust. People who are not subject to “groupthink” are rare, but once an inroad is made, look out. Things could “go viral” in a hurry. That could happen, but I am okay if it doesn’t.

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Question 7- What is your next book?

Answer 7- I am working on The Priests of God. Again, I am going to present a Biblical view of the true priesthood and attempt to bring what we know in line with the last days. It will expose more myths and reveal more exciting insights the Lord has given. I try to make each book rock solid, treasure filled and better written than the last one.

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Question 6- You previously wrote The People of God. What kind of response did you receive from it?

Answer 6- I decided that The People of God is a gem with a richness that few have yet to appreciate—but many will. At this time, I have not had the response I thought it would have. A vital part of book sales is marketing. Marketing my own writing is difficult for me. A customer who judges the book by me or by its cover may be reluctant to take it seriously. If that obstacle is overcome, the next one is reading for comprehension what I wrote to grasp the message that is there. The principle that was quoted by Jesus applies, “There is no honor for prophets in their hometown.” My focus is on writing and publishing my next book or other written materials while I have the opportunity.

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Question 5- What has been the hardest part of the process?

Answer 5- Patience. It has taken much longer than I wanted the process to take and more work than I could have imagined. Another thing that was hard is overcoming my desire for affirmation or support from loved ones, neighbors, friends, etc. This book has helped me to depend on God for what I need—he sends others to bring the necessary encouragement. I also have to mention the difficulty in dealing with my personal doubts and fears. Why the Lord did not give this assignment to a more gifted writer, I do not know.

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Question 4- Why write The Prophets of God? What are you saying that other prophecy books have not said?

Answer 4- A few years ago, I was motivated to do a teaching seminar on “Prophets” based on a growing conviction that what we have in American Christian culture with the prophet label is quite different than what we see in Scripture. Elijah, Jeremiah, John the Baptist and Jesus are prophets. I developed an interest in the subject and then the insights came. One revelation was that before Jesus returns, he will send his prophets, forerunners like John the Baptist, to prepare the way for Christ. Prophets will expose the false prophets and priests for the phonies they are. We already have an invasion of false prophets in our day. Soon we will see God counter-attack with the true prophets of God. If there is another guide on this subject out there, I am not aware of it. 

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Question 3: What are some of the fictions—myths as you call them—that you expose?

Answer 3: The one that comes to my mind first is that prophecy supports the notion that believers will be divinely delivered from an intense period of suffering, we call the Great Tribulation. It is a myth. Ask fellow believers in oppressive countries or areas of Africa, Asia and even South and Central America. I do not expose this as a myth—as you say–or other views that remove God’s people from the hot furnace of affliction, I let the words of Christ and his prophets do that. Another one that I call attention to is that not everyone who claims to be a Christian teacher or preacher—who is committed to the Bible and to following Jesus as Lord—is accurately portraying future events. (I am not questioning motives but motive is not the issue. Truth is.) What God intends to do this year and beyond is a matter of utmost importance. Most church-goers are getting it wrong from their leaders in the pulpit, on their TV and in their books of prophecy. To make matters worse, they are not encouraged to read and study the prophets for themselves. This is a major problem with severe consequences if it continues. 

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