make usProphetic Deception

While a slew of “prophecies” and messages from God stream from the lips and pens of self-professed “prophets” and “apostles” who permeate Pentecostal and charismatic churches and ministries, a recent “word from the Lord” caught our attention as it was widely distributed through one prominent THIRD WAVE charismatic news agency, CHARISMA. Self-professed “apostle” Ryan LeStrange recently wrote that God came to him and told him that He is calling this generation to “move in the supernatural,” for He is restoring the signs and wonders movement. According to LeStrange, God said, “There is a banner of fire being cast over this generation, and I am raising up voices who will release My wind and My breath upon the embers in order to fan the flame” (Charisma, “Prophecy: God Is Restoring the Signs and Wonders Movement,” 12-8-14). “God” continued, “I am raising up and establishing healing ministries in the earth as a sign and a wonder. I am sending forth prophetic ministries in the earth to awaken My people from their slumber.… I am casting the mantle of supernatural ministry upon My people. I am calling them to arise into the kingdom. The kingdom is supernatural. My sons and daughters are supernatural people called to signs and wonders.”

The content of this “prophecy” is the very kind of nonsense that has permeated Pentecostal and charismatic religion since the  false “Third Wave” came onto the scene under the leadership of C. Peter Wagner and John Wimber in the 1980s. Why anybody would actually believe that God has personally spoken to this false prophet or that God would actually utter such nonsense is beyond comprehension, and yet thousands of people are spiritually blind and actually heeding the words of such deceivers.

Christians must beware of any religious leader who claims to have a “word,” “prophecy,” or “revelation” from the Lord. The bible says all prophecies must be judged:
1 Corinthians 14:29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Test all things; hold fast what is good.

 How to Judge a Prophetic Word

If a person claims to have received a word from the Lord to give to you, the first important point is to “recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you” (1 Thess. 5:12). Is the person respected in the church and in the body of Christ, or is he or she a rebel on the loose and a self-appointed prophet who left a church in a negative manner because the “pastor wasn’t spiritual enough”? At times pastors detect arrogance and pride and a wrong spirit, and this is why this lone ranger prophet or prophetess was removed from the assembly of the saints! So the first point is not to accept a word just because a person claims, “The Lord told me thus and so . . . ” Know something about the person’s reputation and character.

The second point is to examine if the word agrees 100 percent with the inspired Scriptures. Never, and I do mean never, will a word from the Holy Spirit contradict the Bible. The Lord will never tell a person to suddenly leave his or her companion for another “more spiritual” individual, because marriage is a covenant. (Some have done this in the name of “the Lord told me to.”) The Lord would never permit a person, in the name of Christian liberty, to participate in substances that cause drunkenness and addiction to an individual, for “drunkards” cannot “inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:10). God is not the author of confusion, nor is He the author of most church splits where individuals are hurt, offended, and quit serving God because of the confusion and distrust created when people divided their loyalty. God is the author of “peace . . . in all the churches” (1 Cor. 14:33).

The third point is that a prophetic word must agree with your spirit and will only confirm what you already know. Because vessels are human and subject to fallibility, prophetic words are to be judged by other mature and older people within the church, as it is written: “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge” (1 Cor. 14:29). The Greek word for “judge” here is diakrino, which can mean to “separate thoroughly” and implies the ability to dissect what was spoken and see if it is a correct statement. The root word krino is a legal term meaning to make a decision on the basis of the information presented, similar to the informed decision a jury makes after hearing the pertinent information.

When you tell a person giving you a prophetic word that you are going to judge the message by sharing it with other mature believers, you will be able to tell if that speaker has the right spirit.
A humble sincere person will agree, but the “prophets” who speak out of their own spirits will become angry that you would even question their spiritual integrity and authority!

Drunk and Laughing “in the spirit” – Slaughter of the Sheep
Strange Fire – Gold Dust and Gems Falling From Heaven
FALSE Prophetess Heidi Baker and her “strange fish”



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