PSA: How to Discern Prophets in Last Days

This morning I was in Jeremiah 23 and I noticed that the Lord gave this message to the prophets during the acharit-hayamim (meaning the ‘end of days’ when the ‘olam hazeh’, this world, comes to a close and the ‘olam haba’, the world to come, is about to begin).

I thought I would share this message. I believe we are currently in the last days. However, there is a lot of noise. So many voices. So many self-proclaimed prophets with so many different messages. I believe this message will help equip you to discern which messages to pay attention to and which messages to throw out.

“Adonai Tzva’ot [Lord of hosts] says: “Don’t listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are making you act foolishly, telling you visions from their own minds and not from the mouth of Adonai. They keep reassuring those who despise me, ‘Adonai says you will be safe and secure,’ and saying to all living by their own stubborn hearts, ‘Nothing bad will happen to you.’ But which of them has been present at the council of Adonai to see and hear his word? Who has paid attention to his word enough to hear it?’ Jeremiah 23:16-18

These prophets who tell visions from their own minds cause foolish action, reassure those who despise him and declare safety and security to those living by their own stubborn hearts and desires. They proclaim declarations that are contrary to the Word of God because they don’t pay attention to what the Word says in its entirety.

“Look! The storm of Adonai, bursting out in fury, a whirling storm, whirling down upon the heads of the wicked! Adonai’s anger will not abate till he fully accomplishes the purpose in his heart. In the acharit-hayamim [end of days], you will understand everything.” Jeremiah 23:19-20

The Lord will accomplish the purpose of His heart and in these Last Days let us pray and trust that He will give us understanding.

“‘I did not send these prophets; yet they ran. I did not speak to them; yet they prophesied. If they have been present at my council, they should let my people hear my words and turn them from their evil way and the evil of their actions. Am I God only when near,” says Adonai, ‘and not when far away? Can anyone hide in a place so secret that I won’t see him?’ says Adonai. Adonai says, “Do I not fill heaven and earth?'” Jeremiah 23:21-24

Be mindful that these false prophets will go where they were not sent and prophesy what God has not spoken.

“I have heard what these prophets prophesying lies in my name are saying: ‘I’ve had a dream! I’ve had a dream!’ How long will this go on? Is [my word] in the hearts of prophets who are prophesying lies, who are prophesying the deceit of their own minds? With their dreams that they keep telling each other, they hope to cause my people to forget my name; just as their ancestors forgot my name when they worshipped ba’al [false idol]. ‘If a prophet has a dream, let him tell it as a dream. But someone who has my word should speak my word faithfully. What do chaff and wheat have in common?’ asks Adonai. ‘Isn’t my word like fire,” asks Adonai, ‘like a hammer shattering rocks? So, I am against the prophets,” says Adonai, ‘who steal my words from each other. Yes, I am against the prophets,” says Adonai, “who speak their own words, then add, ‘He says.'” Jeremiah 23:25-31

So watch out for those who prophesy from their own dreams & minds. Now the Lord does speak through dreams & visions [see Genesis 37:5-10, 1 Kings 3:5-15, Daniel ch 2 & 7, Matthew 1:20, Acts 10:9-16 are just some examples]. However, He is against the prophets who are hoping to cause people to forget His Name and lying about having these dreams & visions. These false prophets speak their own words then add ‘He says’.

“‘I am against those who concoct prophecies out of fake dreams,’ says Adonai. ‘They tell them, and by their lies and arrogance they lead my people astray. I didn’t send them, I didn’t commission them, and they don’t do this people any good at all,’ says Adonai. ‘When [someone from] this people, a prophet or a cohen [priest] asks you, ‘What is the burden of Adonai?’ you are to answer them, ‘What burden? I am throwing you off,’ says Adonai. As for a prophet, cohen or [someone else from] this people who speaks about ‘the burden of Adonai,’ I will punish him and his household.’ So, when you speak with your neighbor or brother, ask, ‘What answer has Adonai given?’ or ‘What has Adonai said?’ Don’t use the expression, ‘burden of Adonai’ anymore; for every person’s own word will be his burden. Must you twist the words of the living God, of Adonai Tzva’ot, our God? So, when speaking to a prophet, ask, ‘What answer has Adonai given you?’ or ‘What did Adonai say?’ But if you talk about ‘the burden of Adonai,’ then here is what Adonai says: ‘Because you use this expression, ‘the burden of Adonai,’ I will lift you up, burden that you are, and throw you off, away from my presence–you and the city I gave you and your ancestors. Then I will subject you to everlasting disgrace– eternal, unforgettable shame.” Jeremiah 32-40

I’ve often heard people talk about the ‘burden of the Lord’ and as you can see this is a clear sign that they are speaking from their own minds because the Lord is against those who use that expression.

Always, always, always compare what people or self-proclaimed prophets claim they have seen (visions/dreams) or heard with scripture. If it is contrary to what the Word of God says then throw it out. If it causes people to be led astray and act foolishly then throw it out. If it is reassuring and declares peace and safety to those that despise him then throw it out. If it promises that nothing bad will happen to those that live by their own stubborn hearts then throw it out. If it hinders people from hearing God’s Word then throw it out. And finally, if it twists God’s Word and doesn’t turn people from their evil ways and actions then throw it out.

Yonah (Jonah) is a good example (there are so many but I’ll just provide one) of how a prophetic message works to fulfill the purpose of His heart.

“The word of Adonai came to Yonah the son of Amitai: ‘Set out for the great city of Ninveh, and proclaim to it that their wickedness has come to my attention.” Jonah 1:1-2

After Yonah had tried to flee Adonai because he didn’t want to go to the city of Ninveh, spent 3 days in a belly of a fish, praying and crying out to God, the Lord spoke to him a second time.

“Set out for the great city of Ninveh, and proclaim to it the message I will give you.”, “Yonah began his entry into the city and had finished only his first day of proclaiming, ‘In forty days Ninveh will be overthrown,’ when the people of Ninveh believed God. They proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least. When the news reached the king of Ninveh, he got up from his throne, took off his robe, put on sackcloth and sat in ashes. He then had this proclamation made throughout Ninveh: ‘By decree of the king and his nobles, no person or animal, herd or flock, is to put anything in his mouth; they are neither to eat nor drink water. They must be covered with sackcloth, both people and animals; and they are to cry out to God with all their might– let each of them turn from his evil way and from the violence they practice. Who knows? Maybe God will change his mind, relent and turn from his fierce anger; and then we won’t perish.'” Yonah 3:1-2, 4-9

And I love this…

“When God saw by their deeds that they had turned from their evil way, he relented and did not bring on them the punishment he had threatened.” Jonah 3:10

Needless to say, Jonah wasn’t very happy about this. He wanted this violent evil city to reap what they’ve sown and pay for the consequences. However, our loving God had mercy on them when He saw their repentance.

“…I knew you were a God who is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in grace, and that you relent from inflicting punishment.” Yonah 4:2

I bring up Yonah the prophet because I wanted to provide merely an example of how God’s message of punishment is not out of this mean-spirited desire to bring down wrath. No. If He sends a message of punishment or warning it is always in the hopes of his children humbling themselves, repenting and returning to Him.

So in these last days, pray for wisdom & discernment. Do not be deceived by the false prophets who merely want to tickle ears. For the Lord to bring up this subject about false prophets in great length regarding the end of days it must be important.

Love you all! Keep your lamps burning and ready! He is coming soon to gather His Bride!

 

 

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