We are going to take a foray into the world of prophecy and dreams. Inspired partially by this meme.
Let me be clear. I am not happy about these prophets being wrong. I did not want Joe Biden as president. But there is a greater problem within the church right now of willy nilly prophesy and dreams running rampant.
God has a very high standard for supposed prophetic words. It is 100% accuracy or nothing.
God’s word does not fail. It is always true.
“Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add to his words,
lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar. “ Proverbs 30:5-6
God does not lie and he does not make mistakes. Those who claim to speak for him must speak truth.
God’s Word Against False Prophets
”The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, who are prophesying, and say to those who prophesy from their own hearts: ‘Hear the word of the Lord!’ Thus says the Lord God, Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! …. They have seen false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘Declares the Lord,’ when the Lord has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word. Have you not seen a false vision and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, ‘Declares the Lord,’ although I have not spoken?”
“Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions, therefore behold, I am against you, declares the Lord God. My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and who give lying divinations. They shall not be in the council of my people, nor be enrolled in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord God. Precisely because they have misled my people, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace….” Ezekiel 13:1-11
We have had many “prophets” saying “Peace peace” “Trump is going to win” “We’re going to see victory.” They were liars and charlatans. Yahweh is against those false prophets. They have no place among God’s people.
But we have also had many people claiming dreams and visions of terrible fearful futures. We have had men claiming that the entire nation will be up in flames with foreign armies flooding our streets. These are no more certain. But did God tell them these things?
We must not claim that God is speaking to us things that he has not said. It is a dangerous thing ever to say “God has told me,” unless you read it on the pages of the Scriptures. “have you not read what was said to you by God” Matthew 22:31
God’s Scriptures Are Greater Than Dreams, Visions, & Prophecies
“Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord. I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart …. Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the Lord. Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares the Lord, who steal my words from one another. Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the Lord, who use their tongues and declare, ‘declares the Lord.’ Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the Lord, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:23-32
God’s word is like a fire that burns up silly dreams and visions. God’s sure word given in the scriptures is the only sure word for Christians today. We have 66 books that the Holy Spirit of God has inspired and given to us. If we needed more God would have given it.
“For we did not make known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ by following ingeniously concocted myths, but by being eyewitnesses of that one’s majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when a voice such as this was brought to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we ourselves heard this voice brought from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain, and we possess as more reliable the prophetic word, to which you do well if you pay attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, recognizing this above all, that every prophecy of scripture does not come about from one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” 2 Peter 1:16-21
Peter says that even though he saw Christ’s transfiguration and heard the voice of the father from heaven that we have a more reliable word than that. We have the prophetic words in the scriptures. That is the more reliable, or as the KJV says, more sure word. The Scripture is our standard. Not some supposed prophet making outlandish claims.
What is the lamp shining in a dark place?
Is it a dream from a guy on facebook? Is it some guy with a prophesy in his car on his smart phone? No.
It is the Word of God. The true prophetic word confirmed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord codified in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We will do well if we pay attention to the IT.
Listen to the scripture. You don’t need anything else. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
Notice it says that it is the scripture that can make a man of God complete and equipped for every good work. The scripture is sufficient.
So, the next time someone tells you that God told them such and such. Ask them “chapter and verse please.”