LOOK BACK AT PROPHECIES
May Provoke Over-all Despisement of Prophecy)
observation by someone
who has noticed the unfortunate
developments in both e-mail lists and churches here in America:
have what I have come to
believe is a trend today. As I have talked with Christians
gone to many different services and watched many different religious
programs on T.V. I cannot help but get the impression that
is no difference between going to church to get prophesied over then
going across the street to the palm reader. It seems to me
the fear of the unknown is just as strong in the church and is being
masked with spiritual dressing to calm the fears of unbelief by going
to the prophet and getting a reading. What ever happened to
asking the Holy Spirit for the answers to one's fears and the
future? If we are a Royal Priesthood with the indwelling Holy
Spirit then we should pray and meditate to find out about ourselves and
any other future event..." (JD)
not the Spirit. Despise not
prophesyings. Prove all
things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of
evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God
your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thess. 5:19-23 KJV)
problem does not exist just gives error more time
to spread unchallenged, which ultimately promotes a 'backlash'
against the gift of prophecy as a whole. So what can we do?
We can ask ourselves if a ministry
truly represents God's heart and ways or if it is a
"mixture". For instance, are those who claim they are
prophets self-promoting? Boastful? Callous toward those
they have hurt? Irresponsible? Overbearing and abusive?
Money focused? Unable to admit when they are wrong?
What about the
prophecies themselves? Are they based on
silly formulas, misinformation, and superstition? Were
they produced under 'duress' or peer-pressure?
(i.e. the so-called prophet is expected to
prophesy during a certain time or at a certain cue) What
language and 'teachings' are worked into a 'prophecy'?
All of us are responsible for asking these questions
for ourselves and for teaching others to do the same. That way, people won't blame God, or the
prophetic spiritual gift itself, for something that was
not of God in the first place.
examples below are for instructional purposes
as far as discernment issues. Not all prophecies noted
contain obvious error. Indeed, a few 'high quality'
prophecies might just as well be reproduced beside the
ridiculous, just to give the reader a taste of the
(Note: These yearly
prophecies begin with the year 1996.
Even though they are dated, these prophecies are very instructional.
is a short report on the explosion of numerology-type prophecies in
centered on, believe it or not, the coincidental number 9. This trend
prophecy-by-number, continues in recent times, often by the same
'prophets'. For instance,
Joni Ames and Chuck Pierce focused on "4's" and the leap year, for the
The year 2000 links
to to our A
Look Back at Y2K prophecies a report that includes
scare-tactic prophecies of that year.
Prophecies Posted are all prophecies we came across regarding
Clinton, before and during his scandal.
for the Youth: Some "Jesus Movement" prophecies
and where they came from
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discusses the differences in some prophecies, with
of a non-ego 'promise' for new leaders, to compare
also, our conferences
page, for our earlier thoughts on expensive conferences in general.
will find that there are names attached to
public quotes and public prophecies. If you are automatically offended
by that prospect alone, you may be one of those who believe it is wrong
to quote a person's public writings or releases (in context) unless it
is done without even the mildest of scrutiny or concern. If this is the
case, I urge you to take advantage the articles below. These should
you find your Scriptural bearings regarding
of exposure or open, public rebuke, when appropriate.
MANDATE -- LEVELS OF INTEGRITY, TRUTHFULNESS, AND RESPONSIBILITY
(an open rebuke
has been sent by HarvestNET
in cooperation with E.P.C. to a popular American prophet, supporting
articles, and updates provided)
It is my hope
that by acknowledging poor developments, I
may serve to alert others that these very public
activities do not represent all of the prophetically
gifted, nor are we all apathetic about it. In doing so, I
hope to stem the tide of the coming Body-wide 'backlash'
despisement against the gift of prophecy. (year 1999)
-Teri Lee Earl
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