Previously: Are you operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit due to the divine unction and direct inspiration from God, or are you busy with wishful thinking, humanism (being carnally minded), or even witchcraft or New Age? This is a question that each child of God should determine and answer for himself. The purpose of this teaching is to be a catalyst for introspection and maybe you should also use this to be a catalyst in another person’s life, to let him/her exam themselves according to the Word?
Sunday night we attended a local church in Pretoria (South Africa) and according to the size of the building it could be classified as a mega church, although the attendance and membership to this church has deminished over the past few years due to a variety of reasons. We decided to attend because the weekly invite indicated the topic of the evening service would be: “Your prophecy”, and this would be an ideal opportunity for me to study further into this subject of the gift of prophecy in the modern church of today.
When the youth pastor took over after the praise and worship, he immediately started to jump up and down and nearly ran towards another young man which he apparently called to the front. It seemed as if he jumped with force onto this young man – Bible in the one hand upon the head of this young man – as he “prayed” for him. He yelled something and the young man off course went down to the ground under the “anointing”. Then he called other young people to the front and the similar action repeated itself. Some of them fell quickly and others he had to replace the Bible on the stomach area of the person. Then he continued up the aisle and stopped at another young couple – but here at this point did not achieve any success as this young man just stood firm and did not budge one inch. The pastor looked around as if he wanted to see who else saw this “failure” and then continued down the aisle again and even “prayed” for some of the older people – who also went down in their seats, while others still remained standing.
Then he made an alter call to all the business people who would like to receive a breakthrough in their finances. Immediately about 30 people went to the front – he did the same maneuver and some fell down and others stood firm. Based upon my experience from many an altar call, not one of these people “fell under the power of the Spirit of God”. Not ONE! But they fell down because they see it to be the norm in the church today and the youth pastor did his part very much so to push them over – either upon their heads or in the stomach area.
For me and my wife, this was not a demonstration or manifestation of the Spirit of God or the gift of prophecy at all, but just the “resemblance of a demonstration of power” – all in the flesh! It was a display of the supposedly power of the Holy Spirit – but it was all fake!
Paul wrote the following:
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
And verse 5: having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 2Ti 3:1-5
But this whole event made me wonder? Why would some people fall so easy and quickly under this type of false power – while others would remain standing? Why would people fall so easy under the spell of a hypnotist, while I have heard from other children of God where a hypnotist could not succeed to place them under his spell? I think the answer is quite easy.
It all depends on what you will allow in your life or not!
When we enter a church service such as this, we will cover ourselves with the blood of Jesus Christ for protection against any false teaching and especially against any false prophecy. We bind any false prophecy that it will not be directed at us and we only allow the true word of prophecy from God. We are VERY selective when someone wants to pray for us and we cover ourselves with the blood and name of Jesus Christ beforehand – as we do not want any unclean spirit of man to be conveyed to us when they lay hands upon us.
Man! We sure have come a long way where you have to be prepared in the Spirit of God for protection to go to a church service? Just when you thought it was safe to go back to church?
I have come to the following conclusion why people would easily fall in these proceedings and be misled:
- People who fit the following criteria would be easily manupilated and misled:
- Who accepts everything in the church as truth and questions nothing;
- Who submits their spirit under the authority and manupilation of another man – such as a pastor and completely accepts his will; This also allows a Controlling Spirit and spirit of manupilation to take control;
- Who are pastor-minded and not Christ- minded; Yes, you must love your pastor but your focus should still be on Christ!
- Who are still babes in Christ – who do not possess enough spiritual power and experience to discern between right and wrong;
- Who are ignorant of the Word and the functioning of the Spirit of God;
- Who do not have the gift of Discernment;
- People who wants to fit into the mould of the local church. That is, you will jump when they jump (there is nothing wrong with jumping and dancing, but then there should be at least an anointing to do so) and fall when they pray for you – because it is the norm.
The sad part of it all is that a majority of people who fall in the category above, will tell you about the “power” they felt when they fell over. Hopefully they will grow up in the true spirit of God and be able to distinguish between the real and the fake! Most of those that fell down under the power of the spirit, were up again within 2 minutes.
I know, back in 1999 when the Spirit of God came into our service while we were praising and worshipping – without the intervention of any man – He came in power and awesome glory that left us all on the floor for at least 45 minutes of repentance and prayer. This is a complete testimony on its own, but let me tell you, there were a couple of seconds that I thought of putting my head under the chair – but it was still too high – and then to put my head under the carpet – but it was fixed to the floor. I just felt the urgent need to hide away/cover myself from the awesome presence of God in our midst! It changed our lives and other’s fled due to the direct impact of of God’s presence. But I have seen people “fall under the power” and then stand up without any difference in their lives? But more on this subject later on.
Then – what has business to do with the gift of prophecy – it is to edify the church and not to bless the businesses of people attending a church service? If you are a business man and do your part in taking care of your spiritual life (follow the Lord with all of your heart) and give your tithes and donations where needed, God will take care of your business. For Sure! And yes the pastor can still pray for you as a child of God and also bless your business, but do not use the gift of prophecy for financial gain. I think this is when it borders on witchcraft! But that is only my opinion! Did the focus of the church change from the lost and destitute – to be more on the success of business people who provide for the upkeep of the ministry and salaries?
The youth pastor also gave a prophetic word to another young man, but it was so vague and without substance that you cannot really view it as a prophecy. This young pastor truly have great potential, but he needs someone now to guide and mentor him according to the Word and the true manifestation of the spirit of God and His gifts.
Vague Prophecies to fit mankind:
I phoned one of our senior pastors (Past Noel Coetzee) who is also like a mentor to me, to test the deceiving/demonic power of such a vague “prophecy”. He immediately listened when I told him I do have a word for him, but asked me about three times if I have received this Word from God or did someone else gave it to me for him, or what. (He is too clever to be misled).
But I just ignored his questions and continued with the “prophecy”. I could hear him listen to each sentence that I read and heard him being in agreement of each statement. I continued for a while but then stopped as I knew that I was now just messing with his emotions. His response was that each statement was a true reflection of his situation – as it is the same as mine and many others (that I also tested) going through tough times financially, etc.
This is the prophecy that I used: (Spelling mistakes not mine!)
You have waited so long for the move of God promised in His Word. He spoke His Rhema to your Spirit. You chose to believe God. Faith and patience are the keys that will allow the manifestation of His Word for you. Stand fast and do not be entangled with the world any more which only brings bondage.
Step out into the directions that God has given to you this summer. Do not fear the natural appearance of a temporary lack of finances. We He is guiding you, He has already provided for you.
Stand up. Step up. And walk freely into His presence where there is always fullness of joy.
Search for Him this season with all of your heart. He will surely be found and turn your enemies into footstools for your sake.
The Lord has delivered you out of many things, some even this past year. This is a season that God wants to really bless you. He is calling for a seed to sow into His kingdom. He is calling this seed to be multiplied back to you even this year. Expect God will be doing something great for you.
For many people the Lord is say tha this is your season for your ministery to come forward. He has given you a vision. He told you in times past this Word found in (Hab 2:2-3) And the Lord answered me and said Write the vision, make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. (3) For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it: becuase it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Although it has seemed to tarry in the past, it will surely come soon, His timing has come.
Some have be asking and believing God for their own homes and vehicles as well as other necessitites and desires. With the natural economy as it is you have almost put aside those hopes. The Lord is not hindered by the economy. There is a miracle out there with your name of it. You know just who you are.”
Written to fit hundreds:
All these pastors and friends accepted the “prophecy” as valid and for them, because of their faith in me who is giving it to them. But the truth is that this “prophecy” is especially written in such a vague manner and with specific symbolism to “fit” hundreds of people’s lives. It is completely false and you can download it from an internet website. Do you see how easy it is to fool someone with the so called “prophecies” in the church of today. Yes, this also happens in churches!
Let me give you another example:
This is a weekly Astrology horoscope message in a popular magazine (Huisgenoot) in South Africa – dated 28 June 2012 – translated to English:
“ You will come to know with a shock that a friend is envious of you. They will not say it out loud, but you can read between the lines. Take some time to think it through, because the wrong reaction could only aggravate the situation. You may have greater psychological insight into this matter and should act accordingly. Try to have some empathy.”
Now look at one of the “daily prophecies” being posted on a website with the name of “Small straws in the wind” from Bill and Marsha Burns and being circulated by other Christians and even pastors:
“Be patient and wait for the proper time and opportunity to deal with places of division and strife. There are corrections to be made, but certainly not in the heat of the moment. I am in process of revealing hidden motives and attitudes in yourself and others that can result in honest examination and communication. Refuse to rise up in pride in any confrontation. Humility is the key to resolution, says the Lord.”
I am sure that you are clever enough to see the similarities clearly – it is only the wording or symbolism that differ – except for the latter one which also includes “…so says the Lord”. Do I need to say more on this?
But there is also another sick twist to this situation: That Satan is fully aware of your circumstances (because he has one motive for your life and that is to destroy and kill you) and then provides you with false hope through prophecies and promises of abundance THROUGH the church environment (the one place where you thought it would be safe) – in order to break you down piece by piece and see how you slide further down in a pit of despondency and utter despair. If the Church is not able to help you – who will then? The church is supposed to be the last strong tower of refuge and if this is being invaded by the enemy (Trojan Horse type of invasion), what will be the end of us all?
He is in actual fact mocking you as a child of God! He is arrogant enough to mock the church structures and gifts – until someone stands up in the power of the Holy Spirit and say: This is enough now!
It is the same strategy when Goliath stood up and openly defied the armies of Israel (1 Sam 17:25) until David showed up and said to him:
- Verse 26: “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
- Verse 45: Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
Let’s pray together:
And I am standing up in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and say this is enough now! Satan, I come against you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, His blood is against you, His Holy Name is against you and your schemes and strategy to infiltrate and defy the ministry structures as well as the gifts of the Holy Spirit has now been revealed for all to see. You have challenged the structures of the living God, you have tried to defy the Lord of Hosts and you will no longer succeed with your plans. I terminate your plans in the lives of the children of God and pray that their ears and eyes will see the truth from the Word of God again. Lord, Jesus I pray that You will enforce our prayers with Your Spirit and remove the power of deceivement from your children and that You will deposit once again a new fresh anointing and hunger and thirst for Your Word. Let Your Word be the guideline in our lives once again and restore the true gifts of the Spirit, especially the gift of prophecy. Amen.
I do believe when we see the truth of this deceivement and start to pray about it and against the strategies of Satan, even speak against it and warn people about the deceivement, then I am sure the Lord will bring about a new anointing and outpouring of His Spirit when the Church starts to seek the Truth. The thing is, the Lord wants us to trust Him completely – and not on the whims of man.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” (Jer 17:7-10 ESV)
But the contrary is also true:
“ Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.” (Jer 17:5-6)
Are you trusting on the arm of man to provide a daily prophecy – a daily guidance – or daily inspiration to you, instead of trusting the Lord himself? OR are you part of this sick system to deceive people and give them false hope?
Rather learn to trust the Lord and follow His Word. If you need guidance and wisdom – the Word teaches us to pray about it and not to follow the “prophetic words” of man – except when you find a true prophet who will give you a word of wisdom and a word of knowledge and when you will know what he is revealing to you now, is something that only the Lord will know about! And the Lord will bring such a man on your path if need be. Don’t go looking for a prophet or a prophecy – because Satan will very much oblige to assist you in this regard! He will even try to go fishing in the deep sea where God has thrown your sin in, but when he tries to do so, just rebuke him in the Name of Jesus Christ!
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