Google+ 02/14/13 What Should We Call Them?

Jeremiah 14:13-15

 

Then I said, “O Sovereign Lord, their prophets are telling them,

‘All is well—no war or famine will come. The Lord will surely send you peace.’”

Then the Lord said, “These prophets are telling lies in my name. I did not send them or tell them to speak.

I did not give them any messages. They prophesy of visions and revelations they have never seen or heard. They speak foolishness made up in their own lying hearts.

Therefore, this is what the Lord says:

I will punish these lying prophets, for they have spoken in my name even though I never sent them.

They say that no war or famine will come, but they themselves will die by war and famine! 

 

So, how do we know when someone who professes to be speaking God's word, is not?  What should we call them?  Jeremiah was blessed and lived in the Old Testament.  In Old Testament days before Jesus, God was in the business of visiting prophets, personally!  All Jeremiah had to do in our Scripture today, was contact God and tell Him what was going on (like He didn't already know!).  Jeremiah related the "lies" to God.  What did God do?  God told Jeremiah that "these prophets are telling lies in my name."  God didn't stop there.  He tells Jeremiah that not only are they lying, the entire story is false, as God has not given these "false prophets" any messages, visions, or revelations. God calls their "prophesy" foolishness, making them FOOLS!  Here comes the good part!  God explains to Jeremiah that He will punish these "prophets" with their very words.  These "false prophets" predicted no war or famine and God promises that they will die with the very same false prophecy they have wronging exclaimed.  Take a moment and put yourself in Jeremiah's shoes.  Jeremiah received such a clear message from God.  In one conversation, God told him that the prophets were false and foolish.  God then let Jeremiah know that the "false prophets" were going to "get theirs!"  Wouldn't it be nice if we could visit with God the same way Jeremiah did, and be sure who the liars are?  Listen carefully because we can!  When Jesus ascended to His Father in heaven, He left us a wonderful presence that we simply do not use enough.  Jesus told us He was going to prepare a place for us, and that until He returned, the Holy Spirit would be here to guide us.  What does that mean?  The Holy Spirit can't talk to me, right?  Isn't the Holy Spirit like a ghost?  Let me correct or guide your perception.  We can't see the Holy Spirit in the flesh, but we can certainly hear Him!  Let me give you an example.  I recently listened to an 11:30 minute message, preached by an "ordained member of the clergy" in a mainstream denomination.  This person was all dressed up like clergy.  This person exhibited all the "pomp and circumstance" of the office that has been bestowed upon him.  I know this person is a "false prophet."  How do I know?  This person "preached" and never once quoted one verse of Scripture.  As a matter of fact, the only time that the Bible was mentioned, it was misquoted.  Once again, how do I know that this is a "false prophet?"  The Holy Spirit speaks to me and us through the Scripture.  When the Bible is not mentioned and things are said that are simply not in the Bible or misquoted, we should know.  Here's the good news.  The Holy Spirit does not expect me to go and rebuke this person.  The Holy Spirit, given to us directly by Jesus, does not expect us to judge.  Like Jeremiah, we have the Biblical promise that at Judgment Day, these "false prophets" will be dealt with, by God, severely.  What should we do until then?  The Bible says we should be aware of "false prophets" and avoid them at all costs.  God expects us to separate ourselves from them and love them from a distance, but NEVER endorse or support their "false prophecy."  Take the Holy Spirit with you wherever you go.  Talk to God the way He now ordains, which is through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Identify these "false prophets" the way God did and call them by name.  What should we call them?  FOOLS!