Democracy Among God’s Prophets


Hurray for democracy in the church, i.e. among the prophets. An assemblage of prophets got together to prophesy about what would happen in 2016. They would have their own individual prophecies and essentially vote for whose prophecy should be accepted as correct for their final document. It really sounds like they are hearing from the Lord. I am being a bit sarcastic.

What does the scripture say about what they were doing? Let us read 1 Corinthians  to see what it says.

“Let the prophets speak two or three and let the other judge.” (1 Corinthians 1429)

Does that sound like prophets should take a vote on who is right concerning a prophecy? Maybe to be clearer, the scripture should say let the others judge, but it doesn’t. Maybe the Greek interpretation is wrong. Maybe it should say others. If that is the case then these prophets were right to judge en masse. However, a vote sounds a bit dubious for judging prophetic words. So, what should have been done?

Well surely a big mass of prophets will get it right regarding a word from the Lord. Surely it is not possible for them to miss God when so many prophets come into agreement with each other. Uh oh, there is just one problem: God’s word gives us an example of this in 1 Kings. So, what does it say?

“And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel. And the king of Israel said to his servants, ‘Know you that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we are being still and are not taking it out of the hands of the king of Syria.’ And he said to Jehoshaphat, ‘Will you go with me to battle at Ramoth in Gilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel,’Inquire I pray you at the word of the Lord today.’

“Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together which totaled about four hundred men and said to them, ‘Shall I go against Ramoth in Gilead to battle, or shall I forbear?’ And the prophets said, “Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.'” (1 Kings 22: 2-6)

Is not that nice? All of those prophets were in agreement that Ahab, the king of Israel should go to war against Syria to recapture Ramoth in Gilead. It should be noted that things were getting a bit better spiritually in Israel since Ahab for a change was asking God’s prophets rather than prophets of the false god Baal. However, despite Ahab’s improvement in that spiritual sense, the reason for these prophets saying what they did was planned by God to bring his judgment down on Ahab. Let us read what happened to be more clear.

 And Jehoshaphat said, ‘Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides these prophets so that we might inquire of him?’ And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ‘There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.’ And Jehoshaphat said,’Let not the king say this is so.’

” Then the king of Israel called an officer and said, ‘Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah’.  And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, having put on their robes, in a void place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.

And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, ‘Thus says the Lord: With these shall you push the Syrians, until you have consumed them.’  And all the prophets prophesied so, saying,’Go up to Ramoth in Gilead, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the king’s hand.’

And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, ‘Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one mouth: let your word, I pray you be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good.’  And Micaiah said, ‘As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that will I speak.’

So he came to the king. And the king said to him, ‘Micaiah, shall we go against Ramoth in Gilead to battle, or shall we forbear?’ And he answered him, ‘Go, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.’ And the king said to him, ‘How many times shall I adjure you that you tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord?’ And he said, ‘I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace.” (1 Kings 22: 7-17)

Well now, we have a disagreement among the prophets. All but one say Ahab will be successful in his attack against Syria. If those prophets took a vote, then the four hundred prophets’ word would have prevailed, and in our time their word would have been the one that is published for all of us to read. Whose word was correct, though? Let us read on further.

And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ‘Did I not tell you that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil? And Micaiah said, ‘Hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the Lord said: Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth in Gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.

“‘ And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said,’ I will persuade him.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘How?’ And he said,’ I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And he said, ‘You shall persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets, and the Lord has spoken evil concerning you.’

But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, ‘Which way went the Spirit of the Lord from me to speak to you?’ And Micaiah said, ‘Behold, you shall see in that day, when you shall go into an inner chamber to hide yourself.’

” And the king of Israel said,’Take Micaiah, and carry him back to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king’s son; And say, Thus says the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace.’ And Micaiah said, ‘If you return at all in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me.'” (1 Kings 22: 18-28)

The end result was that Ahab was worried about Micaiah being right and tried to trade places with Jehoshaphat in the battle. He hoped the Syrians would think he was the king of Israel and go after him. It did not work. They discovered he was not Ahab and eventually killed Ahab just as Micaiah said would happen. Thus the one prophet was right, and the four hundred other prophets of God were wrong. I guess the wrong prophecy got published.

We get similar events in the book of Jeremiah when other prophets were saying that Nebuchadnezzar would not come and the kingdom of Judah would not be judged. They were wrong while Jeremiah was right. When it comes to judgment and mercy, on a national scale and on a political scale, it seems the individual prophets fare better than the consortium of prophets in the Bible. So, are these prophets wrong in their prophecy concerning the year 2016?

Well, what did they say? They preach great spiritual advances like these prophecies always do, and of course they see national elections occurring this year in the United States. However, they could not see who would be president. That seems a bit odd. All of those prophets and not one could see who would be president. What is wrong with them? They of course would say that God would not say who it will be. Well, God told me who it would be, so why are they in the dark?

They say God’s solution is for his people to pray and vote righteously. Well then, who is the righteous person for whom we should vote? If God wants us to vote righteously, then God will put the person before us so that we will all do it. Yet, God did not put such a person before them. Ideally, we should know without hearing from these prophets, because we cannot take their word as absolute without God confirming to us who it is for whom we should vote. We should actually know for whom we should vote before they do, but unfortunately they have already published their prophecy for 2016. We will not be hearing from them again before the election. That is for sure. They only get together once a year. That leaves us in a quandary.

Really, they should be able to see who is God’s chosen one and suggest who that person might be. However, God gave them no word on this. So, maybe they were wrong in their prophecy about there even being an election. After all, their solution is to pray and do nothing else other than vote. That would be so easy, but things fell apart for all of us in this country while they and other Christians have been praying all these years. Why?

It is because while the evil in our society were busy actually putting action behind their words, the church in the United States has sat on its hands while praying. There was no action to back up what they were praying. It seems a bit late to me to trust that more prayer is going to change things in this nation when all this prayer never stopped things from getting worse. Maybe we needed to take some action besides just praying. Did they even consider this possibility? Unfortunately, they did not.

I knew what they prophesied before I read their prophecy. I knew, because all these prophecies are pretty much the same. They follow a consistent format, and things overall are always portrayed as rosy. But things are not always rosy. Look at what happened to Jeremiah during his day. He was a great man of prayer as well as Ezekiel. Daniel was young at the time and was probably the greatest of them all in praying and yet judgment came despite all their prayers. These prophets simply do not want to face the judgment of God, so they will continue to see nothing but a rosy future for this country with some problems along the way. But, how do those problems get solved. They never say. They just say prayer is going to change things.

The first priority is to get people to repent. There is no mention of repentance in their message. If we do not repent, then we will not turn to God who is the one to whom we must turn in order for our prayers to be effective. These prophets go on the assumption that all Christians want the same thing, and yet God has complaints about what is going on in the church. The church, remember is God’s people. God’s people are in error, and they must repent in order for God to answer their prayers. We all have to pray the will of God to get an answer to our prayers. 1 John 5: 14-15 says:

“And this is the confidence we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us: and if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know we have the petitions we desired of him.”

We are in this present situation in this nation because God’s people have become lazy. They did not have to face the harsh realities our Founding Fathers faced in their day. Our Founding Fathers spilled their blood to create this nation. The people of God’s church today in the United States have had most everything handed to them, and so they have become spiritually lazy. Prayer requires very little effort for most of them, and so their solution for everything is to just pray and do nothing else. Maybe, now we can add to vote righteously, too. Could things be just a little bit clearer than that?

There is no real directions in these prophecies; just the same type of things the prophets said in Jeremiah’s day which turned out to be wrong. They dismissed judgment and said things were going to get better. That is exactly what these prophets said. If I were you, I would not believe them. Just look at what is going on in this nation and tell me what you see.

We have overspent by more than 19 trillion dollar; gay marriage is the latest new law to be legalized; riots are on the increase; a new Republican president would still have to go against a Republican Congress that refuses to show a backbone; no serious cuts in spending would ever be approved; and people expect voting righteously is all we need to do? Unless, you clean house thoroughly nothing is going to change. Unless we repent, nothing is going to change. It all starts with repentance. There is no other solution including praying. The prayers that will work start with repenting.

The fact is these prophets have declared who is a good prophet to whom they should listen, and they ignore other words out there which disagree with what they are saying. When your prophecies lack a message when all things are going to pot around you, then maybe you should look internally to see whether your missing God or not. It is easy to miss God when you do not want to change and have to step out of your comfort zone. After all, rising up out of the easy chair, going out into public places and demanding these unrighteous laws be removed from the books requires great sacrifice. Well the evil in this nation did sacrifice a lot to achieve the nation they have created, today. The people in God’s church however, do not want to make such a sacrifice. That is why these prophets are missing God. It is just as I have said before: watch out for the prophet that prophesies what he wants to hear. It is so easy for the flesh to put its words in a prophet’s ears before God’s words.

 

 

 

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