Go deeper papa, prophesy man of God.
These have become common phrases in many prophetic churches.
But what is the fascination with prophecy?
Why is it that today’s christians particularly Africans have become so fixated with wanting to know of the future and how to be located by wealth?
It seems to me that some have come to Christianity for the wrong reasons.
It is no longer about Christ, but what one can get.
Many of those in the so-called-prophetic churches are looking for shortcuts to prosperity and it is for that reason that they flock to these churches.
There are so many people today who are blinded by greed and are so hungry for prosperity they are probably the reason why charlatans flourish in the prophetic churches.
Miracles are now manufactured to please these overzealous hungry for prophecy and prosperity types, the sort of pseudo Christian now commonly found in the prophetic churches.
The number of people claiming to be prophets in recent years has mushroomed and almost every Tom, Dick and Harry has been claiming to hear from God.
God spoke to me about your wealth, I see millionaires, I see a breakthrough is all they seem to say and the crowd goes wild.
Go deeper Papa, prophesy man of God they shout with wild excitement.
God is not the only one, however, who uses forecasts of future events to get people’s attention. Satan does, too through clairvoyants and many charlatans who today disguise themselves as prophets.
There is a dramatic upsurge of interest in supernatural phenomena in our world. People are looking for authoritative answers to the challenges and problems of life. They have turned to astrologers, psychics, and so-called prophets.
Satan’s goal is to counterfeit the genuine gift of prophecy. Jesus clearly warned that Satan would do this. In Matthew 24:24 He declares, “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (NKJV).
Have you ever seen a counterfeit 3 dollar bill? Certainly not! Every counterfeiter in the world attempts to make the imitation as close to the genuine as possible.
It is only by carefully studying the biblical gift of prophecy that we can detect the counterfeit and receive the genuine.
The understanding or definitions of prophecy and prophet have mutated and have taken a whole new meaning.
What or who is a prophet?
Perhaps it would be true to say that prophecy had always been present in the religion of the Hebrews since charismatic religious leadership was typical of leaders as early as Moses himself. The figures of early Israel such as Joshua and the figures from the book of Judges are called “judges.” Samuel, Nathan, and Gad who were contemporary with the United Kingdom are called “seers” (see 1Samuel 9:9). The earlier books which are considered Nevi’im in the Hebrew Bible are classed among the historical books of the Christian Old Testament (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings). So the prophets according to the Christian classification began in the middle of the ninth century BCE. Beginning as the more-or-less typical ecstatic or shamanic religious leaders that would have been familiar in their time, the Hebrew Prophets were reinterpreted (particulalry in the Deuteronomic Strand of the text) as those people who could most accurately claim to know the will of their God, and thus could most reliably advise the people and especially the Kings how to observe the Covenent that was so central to the Deuteronomic understanding of their destiny.
From the earliest times, according to the text, the prophets were seen as interpreters of the written Torah, particularly the prophetess Huldah in 2 Kings 14: (2 Kings 22: 3-20). Thus the Deuteronomic theology of reward and retribution based on the observance of the Covenant is emphasized at the same time as the importance of the text compiled by the Deuteronomic editors is a source of knowledge of that Covenant. Understandably, the literature based on this powerful constellation of ideas became popular and influential in Hebrew culture.
What really is prophecy?
It has been defined as a “miracle of knowledge, a declaration or description or representation of something future, beyond the power of human sagacity to foresee, discern, or conjecture.”
Prophecy has also been defined as.
A foretelling; prediction; a declaration of something to come. As God only knows future events with certainty, no being but God or some person informed by him, can utter a real prophecy. The prophecies recorded in Scripture, when fulfilled, afford most convincing evidence of the divine original of the Scriptures, as those who uttered the prophecies could not have foreknown the events predicted without supernatural instruction. 2 Pet.1.
In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul encourages everyone to pursue the gift of prophecy (v. 1). The primary purpose of prophetic ministry is to strengthen, encourage, and comfort believers (v. 3). In other words, “the one who prophesies edifies the church” (v. 4). Prophecy may also bring conviction of sin to unbelievers who happen to be visiting the gathering of God’s people, as “the secrets of their hearts are laid bare” (vv. 24–25).
Paul envisions prophetic utterances teaching others (1 Cor. 14:31) and even serving as the means by which certain spiritual gifts are identified and imparted (1 Tim. 4:14). Luke describes situations in which prophecy serves to provide divine direction for ministry (Acts 13:1–3) as well as to issue warnings to God’s people (Acts 21:4, 10–14).
The acid test for identifying a prophet of God is recorded by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:21-22. According to this Bible passage (and others), God’s prophets, as distinct from Satan’s spokesmen, are 100 percent accurate in their predictions. There is no room for error.
So when you hear those who claim to be prophets claiming or saying God showed me COVID-19 will go away on the 27th of March and that day comes and goes but the pandemic only worsened then know that’s a charlatan.
When the behaviour of those who call themselves prophets is not in line with scripture know that they are a counterfeit.
It is important to understand what the purpose of prophecy and the role of prophets is.
God’s word the bible teaches us and reveals the things that help us to understand this.
Read, pray and seek revelation from the Holy Spirit
Don’t be desperate for the prophetic you might end up with counterfeit prophecies from charlatans.