Prophets

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Moses and the Red Sea
The LORD said,… “And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go, I am sending you to Pharoah to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:7a, 9-11 NIV)

Last evening, a number of U.S. presidential candidates lined a platform in Southern California to debate before the eyes of the world. Americans–as well as humanity in general–are looking for a savior. Who will rescue? Who will lead them to the Promised Land of peace and prosperity? On what man or woman will everyone pin their hopes? Only one will be chosen, but mark my words: They will not have the spirit of Moses, but the spirit of antichrist.

The world is ready for Satan’s seduction. The candidate who most convincingly promises “peace and safety” or “you will have success” (without turning from sin) will rise to a level of power previously unknown. All nations will sing their leader’s praises. They will shout in revelry like the Israelites did when they danced before the golden calves (cf. Exodus 31:1-20).

Moseses will come forth when God’s people weep and wail over the world’s condition. When the cry of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s descendants reaches heaven, then will the Lord respond and send his rescuers.

(Notice, in Exodus 3:11, that our prototype Moses did not believe he was God’s gift to humanity as does the typical politician. Humbly, he asked “Who am I?”)

Prophets have a divine calling, they are not chosen by ballot. People tend to reject divine rule, but want a king like other nations. The world will soon have their king! Pharaoh will seem tame in comparison. The Moseses will appear when all misplaced hope in Egypt dissipates like smoke. Our brothers and sisters experiencing persecution are aware, but Western Christians are not yet at the “awareness” stage.

How will we know prophets like Moses? Not by their rise in the polls, but by their willingness to fill the ruler’s prison. America and this world are presently under God’s judgment. The powerful hope to silence prophetic warnings while they boast of their superior abilities to the adoring crowd.

Want a preview of what the Moseses will be saying? If we have ears to hear, read Revelation 2 and 3. The Prophet went into the midst of seven churches and divided the righteous from the wicked. If it is time for judgment to begin on the household of God, then it’s time for the Moseses to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Are you a Moses in the making? A goal of theprophetsofgod.com blog is to serve anointed men and women by equipping them to walk in their destiny.

I recommend “The Prophets of God: Recognize them, Listen to them, Follow them” (Top left). If we don’t know what a true prophet looks like, how can we be one?

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” Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! (Luke 13:34 NRSV)

Weeks ago my heart was grieved by a letter from someone who claimed to be my best friend. His message was harsh. In no uncertain tone, my friend said: “Stop talking about prophecy because it ‘bums’ me out.” Then the attack became personal when he involved my family. (“I hope you do not tell your children these things.”) This letter was an eye-opener since this man claims to love the Lord, yet has a disdain for prophets and prophecy.

His attitude toward God’s special messengers is nothing new. Prophets in Bible times faced similar challenges. Those with darkened hearts reject God’s warnings. Those open to the light will receive it. Many want to know the truth about the last days. Believers desiring accurate teaching await the Lord’s return yet they expect future trials.

Jeremiah confronted a “hater” of prophecy and prophets in Hananiah. Earlier Judah had gone into a partial captivity in Babylon. Hananiah foolishly spoke for God promising Judah’s exiles would return in two years (Jer. 28:3).

Wisely, the Lord’s servant stood up to this charlatan. Jeremiah said that past prophets foretold times of war, famine and pestilence against countries and kingdoms. They never spoke of peace without first warning of destruction.

Hananiah was exposed. Jeremiah said this pretender would be dead within the year. In Jeremiah 28:17, God’s word was fulfilled. Hananiah died in the 7th month (Tishri, the month of God’s judgment).

As we approach the end of this age, God is raising up prophets. How will we recognize them? They will remain true to God’s word by speaking of a coming day of disaster. “The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10b).”

We must be wise to follow the prophets of God as well as their prophecy. If we do not, we will be vulnerable to false prophets. Awake, oh sleeper, so the Day does not sneak up on you! EJ

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I like confidence in my mechanic, doctor or other professionals who are offering me a service. I see it as a good thing. There’s security in knowing that the person I’m seeking help from knows what they’re doing.

This does not apply across the board though, so I’m finding out. Bible prophecy is a discipline where confidence is suspect. You would think insight into a critically important topic, such as what the Bible says about the future, would interest everyone. Not so.

God has gifted my friend, Elijah, and I with tremendous revelations about the last days and beyond. If I make the statement—which I have on occasion—that I have a firm grasp on The Book of Revelation, then I might as well say I have the plague. End of conversation. In company where my obsession with prophecy is well-known, questions about it never come up.

Why can’t I have confidence? I love to discuss my passion, but I rarely have the opportunity.

Why can’t I know what I’m talking about? My theory is this: We have bought into the false notion that no one, including the scholar or world famous preacher, is supposed to know anything about tomorrow. It is a mystery that cannot be solved–or so we are told.

Recently, I heard the live radio broadcast of a sermon. The evangelical leader who delivered it is at or near the top of the heap among the celebrated preachers of our day. In his message, he said that—this is not an exact quote, but it’s close—we won’t know the meaning of prophecy until after Jesus’ comes. (Help us, Lord!) If a prominent Christian says we cannot know what the Bible teaches about the future, then what’s the use of the rest of us trying to figure it out?

If I declare that I have accurately cracked the genetic code, it is newsworthy. Fellow scientists would demand I share what I discovered. But, if I contend that God has revealed the code breaker for prophecy by focusing on Jacob’s descendants, it barely rates a ho-hum.

Here’s my feeling on why my God-given ability does not generate more interest: Prophecy is often associated with end-of-the-world, doom and gloom scenarios. It’s human nature to avoid discussing things we dread. Prophecy, also, has been plagued by quacks who loudly predict things that never happen.

Yet, I believe the major reason confidence in prophecy is not welcome is that Satan has shrouded the subject with much confusion. Most want their fragile beliefs to remain undisturbed. (“Don’t confuse me with the facts!”)

The Lord, nevertheless, wants his people to have clarity so they can prepare for coming events. He is raising up confident teachers, men and women who will be free of doubt or uncertainty. With authority and confidence, they will proclaim God’s word to this generation. My desire is to help train and prepare this next wave of prophets.

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Demolition

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For what purpose was the wrecking ball invented? It was made to shorten the demolition team’s work time. That’s important when there’s a lot of demolishing to do. The old must make way for the new; especially, when the old has become a stench or an eyesore. 

When God decrees that a nation has turned rotten and must go, a couple of things happen: First, the Lord sends his prophets to call everyone to repent from their wickedness and be saved. The next step is the arrival of the demolition crew. Though, occasionally, the Lord will use fire and brimstone, an earthquake, a flood or natural disasters, his usual practice is to dispatch human demolishers. Once they start, their job is to prepare everything on the inside for the day of the wrecking ball.

In the middle part of the 6th century B.C., the clock ran out on Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar had been the empire’s builder. The Persians were the wrecking ball. It was Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s descendant, along with his royal advisors that made up the demolition crew (Daniel 5).

Belshazzar, a royal descendant of Nebuchadnezzar was God-sent. His arrogance and idol worship did not bring God’s judgment on Babylon; instead, Belshazzar’s reign revealed it. Long before, the Lord decreed through his prophet Jeremiah, “Babylon must fall because of Israel’s slain…” (Jeremiah 51:49 NIV). The hand writing on the wall during the king’s feast was the divine signal. The hand of God served notice Belshazzar’s inside demolition job was done and his services were no longer required (Daniel 5:30).

In 70 A.D., the Roman wrecking ball turned Jerusalem into rubble. Do not ignore the contribution of Judea’s religious leaders. Led by their chief priests and elders, they crucified Our Lord, then persecuted and scattered believers. Decades earlier, Jesus warned them: “They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will leave not one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19:44)

It happened just as Jesus said. No more temple, no more priests, no more city. After the job was done, the demolition team disappeared .   

The wrecking ball is set to reappear. I have predicted that China is God’s chosen instrument to bring a once great republic to utter ruin (“Captivity”, Chapter 18, The Prophets of God). Presently, the demolition project is well underway. The crew is busy weakening pillars and removing all that has value or once made America noble and good. Actually, we hired them! They may claim to be builders, but their sledge hammers and wrecking bars betray their true purpose.

The demotion crew will foolishly do what they were sent to do, right to the end. Afterward, we will look, but they will not be found.

Follow Abraham and Daniel’s example (Genesis 14:21-23, Daniel 5:16-17). They survived Sodom’s and Babylon’s destruction by keeping their distance and not accepting anything the condemned offer.

 

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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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