Prophets: Then and Now
Most Pentecostal (and other evangelical) leaders think that God’s prophets of the New Testament are, “not like God’s prophets of the Old Testament“;
“NOW,” they say, “Prophets only prophecy for the edification of the Church (God’s people).”
But, THAT’S what God’s prophet’s in the Old Testament were prophesying for!!! For the edification of God’s people!!!
But, 99% of the time, God’s people were ALWAYS too in love with their FALSE gods and IDOLS to take WARNING and REPENT!!! They were too SELFISH, BLIND, REBELLIOUS, and STUBBORN to heed the Lord… and the PROUD and IGNORANT (and, sometimes, PERVERTED) religious leaders were the WORST ones!!!
“No, no, if God is going to do anything, or tell the people anything, He’s going to do it through US!!! For, WE have everything figured out!!!” they thought…
Meanwhile, they were caught up in the same sins as the people were… and were too IGNORANT of the TRUTH or too afraid of the people to say, anything!!! Or were just too PROUD to be WRONG!!! And, SOME were EVEN having sex just outside the temple doors… and, TODAY, some pastors have done it INSIDE the temple doors!!!
And when the prophets came (EVERY SINGLE TIME) saying, “Turn FROM the FALSE gods and IDOLS of the world and STOP defiling the Lord’s Day AND BE BLESSED; be protected from your enemies; have plenty of food; and have spiritual healing… OR ELSE… face some very tough love; some correction… from the ONE TRUE God… and experience the opposite of what you COULD HAVE HAD!!!”
“No, no,” the people cried, “We’re ‘God’s people’, we’re ‘God’s people’, we were delivered to do these things!!! Nothing bad can happen to US… and besides, ‘the Temple of the Lord, the Temple of the Lord is here!!! Nothing bad is going to happen to THIS place!!! Now stop all your doom and gloom… and tell us nice things!!! Just love and encourage us!!!”
God said to Isaiah,
“… go, and say to this people,
‘Listen carefully, but do not understand.
Watch closely, but learn nothing.’
Harden the hearts of these people.
Plug their ears and shut their eyes.
That way, they will not see with their eyes,
nor hear with their ears,
nor understand with their hearts
and turn to Me for healing.” Isaiah 6:9-10
The God of the Old Testament KNEW the people wouldn’t listen to Isaiah… and the God of the New Testament (the SAME God as the Old Testament) KNEW they wouldn’t listen to me (or to any other TRUE prophet)!!!
Jesus said to His servants, “A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted Me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to Me, they would listen to you.” John 15:20
Jesus said to the scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites; the religious leaders who were honoring the prophets of the Old Testament, but were too BLIND to see what God was doing THEN, and NOW, “Therefore, I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers of religious law. But you will kill some by crucifixion, and you will flog others with whips in your synagogues, chasing them from city to city.” Matthew 23:34
Today, His prophets (His TRUE prophets – not the FALSE prophets of, “Peace, peace, good things are going to happen in your communities EVEN IF you DON’T turn from your WICKEDNESS”) should expect to be verbally flogged in the churches, lied about (and even FALSELY ARRESTED), and / or threatened to be reported to the NSA or CSIS (Canada’s version of the NSA or ‘Homeland Security’) if they don’t stay quiet… if they upset the status quo.
But Jesus said, “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are My servants. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward [THAT’S Jesus] awaits you in heaven. [And, He sure DOES Bless me, NOW, too!!!] And remember, [I can’t seem to forget ] the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.” Matthew 5:11-12
And He also said to me in His “voice of MANY waters” voice (as He said to, Isaiah, another one of His prophets sent to WARN His REBELLIOUS children),
“Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art My servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
Fear thou not; for I AM with thee: be not dismayed; for I AM thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.
Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:9-13
So, “Listen, all the earth! [ESPECIALLY, those who have been hurt by ‘My people’] I will bring disaster on My people. It is the fruit of their own schemes, because they refuse to listen to Me. They have rejected My Word.” Jeremiah 6:19
And, “woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either.” Matthew 23:13
So, “Listen carefully, [‘My people’] but understand nothing!!! Watch closely, [‘My people’] but learn nothing.”
THUS SAITH THE LORD!!!