Modern-Day ‘Prophets’?

Posted on February 7, 2019

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By David Ettinger

Conflicting Scenarios
I have several friends on social media who have diametrically-opposing views on President Trump. One claims he is a savior of sorts for the Western World; the other sees him, literally, as the soon-coming Antichrist.

My pro-Trump friend adheres to those who claim direct divine input on this as he ascribes to several modern-day “prophets” who avow they receive unequivocal truth from God. My Trump-as-Antichrist friend claims he is “a Last Days Messenger” who has “been given discernment in these Last Days.”

One says Trump is a savior; the other says he is the Antichrist – and both claim direct inspiration from God. Yet, these conflicting scenarios cannot BOTH be true. Yet again, they BOTH say God has given them their insights.

If they are BOTH correct, then the problem lies with a God who cannot make up His mind. This, of course, is absurd. The problem is clear, and I have no problem stating it: Too many Christians and those who call themselves Christians are simply spouting that which they conjure in their own heads and attributing it to God’s divine intervention.

Self-Deception
Regarding modern-day “prophets,” I do believe that the two friends I am referring to love the Lord, live godly lives, and are sincere in their beliefs. Of the friend who sees President Trump in an exalted way, I believe he – and many like him – speak of things they would like to see occur, seeing how dark and menacing the world is. Their hearts are in the right place.

Then there are those who spout “prophecy” for purely personal reasons – wealth and notoriety among them – and are out to “fleece the flock.” The difference between the two groups is that one is sincere and the other isn’t. Sadly, I believe the ones who are sincere are self-deluded.

Warnings from God’s Word
Regrettably, sincere believers and proclaimers of modern-day “prophecy” refuse to be accountable when their prophecies don’t come true – which is practically always. The classic passage on this Deuteronomy 18:20-22:

But a prophet who presumes to speak in my [God’s] name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death. You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.

This is as clear as it gets. And yet, multitudes of modern-day “prophets” are wrong just about every time. This, however, doesn’t dissuade them; they simply claim they have not properly heard God, or some other such nonsense. God has no problem expressing Himself clearly. Those who consistently err on “prophecies” go right on “prophesying,” showing not a whit of humility or penance, not to mention exhibiting a blatant disregard of Scripture.

God’s Viewpoint
And what does God think of those who prophesy falsely in His name? Deuteronomy 18:20 says: “But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.”

Ezekiel 13:9 says: “My [God’s] hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel.”

Of course, modern-day “prophets” will reply that these are Old Testament verses and do not apply to them. But there are numerous verses about false prophets in the New Testament, and you can easily search those out for yourself.

True Divine Inspiration
Beware of those who claim that God is talking directly to them, endowing them with new and powerful visions never before known to man. True inspiration lies in the Bible. We are living in the end-times of this age of human history, and Christ’s return is drawing ever nearer. God’s end-times’ plan for Planet Earth will play itself out in His perfect time, and we will be made aware of these events as they happen.

Yes, God has given us clues and signs in His Word, but He has for His own purposes chosen not to disclose everything that will occur. And He certainly isn’t depositing these secret things into the heads of those who claim privileged entry into His holy courts. True divine inspiration is to be found in the Bible alone. We are to study it and learn from it as THIS is the true and only messenger of God’s will to the human race.

May God give us discernment to recognize the deception being disgorged from the mouths of false prophets which are flooding airways and social media, and learn to seek knowledge from God’s magnificent, holy, and divine Word!

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