Friday, August 7, 2015

MOCKING THE PROPHETS

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Christians are being mocked, ridiculed and scorned from almost every front these days, including—sadly enough—from within their own ranks.

Of course, it should be no surprise to us that such is the case. There are many warnings within scripture of such a thing.

Peter mentions the scoffers that will appear in these last days (2 Peter 3:3).

It has not been my intention to work my way through the Second Epistle of Peter, though it may seem that way. It is just that the Lord keeps bringing things to my awareness that coincide with what that impetuous disciple wrote after his conversion.

I do not want to focus on scoffers so much in this article as I do on the idea of modern-day prophets and our response/reaction to them and their words.
That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: (2 Pet. 3:2)
Peter writes to "stir up our pure minds by way of remembrance" (v. 1) so that we "may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets) (v. 2).

In this day and age of "every man doing that which is right in his own eyes"
(Deu 12:8; Jdg 17:6; Jdg 21:25; Pro 12:15; Pro 21:2), we no longer regard anyone in any way telling us what we should or should not do. (This hearkens back to the jokes floating around when I was in high school that all ended with "...please, I'd rather do it myself.")

I am not an astute observer of the Old Testament, nor its history. However, within my limited abilities it appears to me that the welfare of the nation of Israel rose and fell with how well they heeded the words of the prophets that were sent to them.

Added to that, the same is true of Nineveh, a great city of its time. They repented of their evil at the preaching of Jonah and survived another 130 years. Jonah had warned them that they had only 40 days to get right with God. Nineveh was NOT a part of Israel, yet God sent His warning to them.

America is NOT a part of biblical prophecy, but God has sent His word to us.

He has sent warnings, admonitions, and partial judgments so that we have the opportunity to wake up and get right.

Will we listen?

I don't know for sure, but given the responses I see to the words of our modern-day prophets, I doubt it. Also, the prophetic word of Isaiah comes to mind.

Consider, for instance, Isa. 6:11-12
Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. (emphasis added)
All of this begs the question, "How do we know if these men and women we hear today are true prophets of God?"

Good question.

We don't know.

No more than an entire nation of Israel knew if Isaiah was a true prophet, especially since he was prone to wandering the streets essentially naked (Isa. 20:2).

Let me put the question to you this way: "How much harm can come from NOT heeding the warnings of modern-day prophets?"

I hope the answer to that is as plain as the nose on your face—much in every way, if they are carrying the word of the Lord.

Do you want to take that chance?
Of course not.

So, let's put the question in a different format: "How much harm can come from heeding and applying the warnings of modern-day prophets?"

Again, the answer should be plain to an thinking person—none, regardless of their veracity.

Many want to say these people are "doom and gloomers," or "fear mongers."

Maybe.

But for those of you who are my regular readers, you realize that I'm sort of stuck on referencing the Bible as the source for my authority. So, for those of you who are not, please bear with me a moment.

The Word of God is quite plain in its warning against those who prophesy falsely. One of those false prophecies is clearly listed as "peace and safety" (1 Thess. 5:3). We have a multitude of so-called 'prophets' who will willingly prophesy "your best life now."

We have relatively few who are willing to defy the trend and swim against the tide.

Some are predicting specific things to occur. Others are sounding a general alarm. All are speaking of devastation, destruction, disaster, calamity, catastrophe, cataclysm.

What are YOU doing to prepare yourself?

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If any of this rings true with you, and you are not fully aware of some of the things mentioned, then I would encourage you to read or listen to some of these people, and then form your opinion. (Links to each one are provided. Just hover and click on the name.)


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