There’s quite a flurry of prophecies abroad in Christian-land. We are told that prophecies to be genuine must “come true.” This takes time of course. Isaiah had to wait 600 years for his prophecies about the Messiah to be verified.
On a more recent note, local prophecies can be judged on whether they are Biblical. Biblical does not mean denominational. God is a member of no denomination with their local rules and dictates. If God is in the prophecy it must match the Bible in some way, both Old Testament and New. Prophecies must not glorify the flesh, or the principles of “other gods” or their beliefs such as reincarnation. No prophecy from God will say that homosexuality is OK when He clearly calls it an “abomination.” But those are easy tests.
Nat Turner heard a false prophecy
I came across an historical reference to Nat Turner. He led a band of rebels against slavery that ended in chaos and death. The “vision” he said was from God. I enclose the passage from The Confessions of Nat Turner.”
“And about this time I had a vision–and I saw white spirits and black spirits engaged in battle, and the sun was darkened–the thunder rolled in the Heavens, and blood flowed in streams–and I heard a voice saying, “Such is your luck, such you are called to see, and let it come rough or smooth, you must surely bare it.” I now withdrew myself as much as my situation would permit, from the intercourse of my fellow servants, for the avowed purpose of serving the Spirit more fully–and it appeared to me, and reminded me of the things it had already shown me, and that it would then reveal to me the knowledge of the elements, the revolution of the planets, the operation of tides, and changes of the seasons. After this revelation in the year 1825, and the knowledge of the elements being made known to me, I sought more than ever to obtain true holiness before the great day of judgment should appear, and then I began to receive the true knowledge of faith.”
Luck from from the word Lucifer
Poor Nat was serving the spirit alright – the wrong one. I knew immediately that it was false. It is was the use of the word “luck.” Luck comes from the root word Lucifer, another common name for the devil or Satan. The devil announced who he was in the words of the prophecy! Lucifer means “light bringer” and he did bring light but in this case it was the wrong light.
But how was Nat, who was obviously not a Bible Scholar in 1825, to know this was false? The same way you and I do – we wait for confirmation or ask a spiritually savvy friend to look into it.
The Church has failed the Discernment Test
Here is where the church had failed us. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit fell into disuse. Some churches even called it a lie from the devil, or that it was not for this age. But people who have this gift (and it is a gift – you can’t earn it) has what is called discerning of spirits – the ability to sniff out, as it were, true from false. And if one person is not enough, and you are insecure, you go to another. A person who knows the Bible, and not just the places we all love, like the gospels or the Psalms, can tell you if something matches holy writ. This is called confirmation. God is eager to provide it when it is true.
Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Good advice. Since I am in the truth business I am astonished at the large numbers of people who swallow whole what they read or hear, especially on salacious, constantly negative television. If you want to know what is going on, try the Epoch Times, both in print and online which is a world wide newspaper in many languages. Or Newsmax TV which is aligned with YouTube. Don’t be caught in the trap of ignorance because you listen to one source.
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