Do you recall “prophetess” as a biblical term in your early biblical education? What about the idea that in the last days we would expect many “prophets” speaking for God? If you don’t remember these biblical concepts until recently, there is a good reason why.
One of the most troubling aspects of the Supernatural Bible Changes is how it has introduced new biblical concepts and theologies into scripture. Among these examples are the introduction of the word “prophetess” in scripture, and other scriptures that allow false prophets to justify their self-proclaimed office of prophet in these last days. While there is always debate on “what was always there” and what is in fact a supernatural change, we have found more often than not people in our community do not recall the word “prophetess” in scripture. Do you recall any bible school lessons in your early years teaching on “prophetesses” or female prophets? In your adolescence did any memorable sermons you recall highlight the role of the “prophetess” in scripture? Currently the KJV lists “prophetess” eight times! The women now referred to as “prophetesses” go by the names of: Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, Noadiah, Anna, and Jezebel. There is even a very strange new bible change that suggests Isaiah had fornication with a "prophetess" preceded by phrases like "a man's pen"!
"Moreover the Lord said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz. And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah. And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the Lord to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz."
Most of us seem to remember a few of the well-known women of God like Miriam, and Deborah, but very few of us recall them with the title as “prophetess”. As you would expect, Youtube is now littered with channels of women claiming to have the office of “prophetess”. Do you follow any prophetess as one who speaks for Jesus? Do you follow a woman who, like a priest, says Jesus gives her direct private communication of things no one else could know, and does she call herself a “prophetess”? What about men who call themselves “prophets” or “watchmen” for that matter? Did you know that it was God who appointed prophets in biblical times through the Word of the Lord or by His angels, and it was the villages, communities, or townspeople that appointed watchmen? There is not one example of a biblical character claiming the mantel of prophet without God’s appointment. There is another related unfamiliar passage in the New Testament that many of us don’t recall either which actually reads much like a riddle of sorts:
“Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.”
If you don’t recognize this verse, don’t worry, you are in good company. Those who lean toward this passage being supernaturally changed tend to agree that it was about ministers, pastors, and deacons, and the structure they should form in church gatherings. It wasn’t about “prophets” and “judges”. However, some false prophets use this verse as evidence that “prophets of God” would exist after Pentecost.
What about those who would say “God told them” they were prophets or even a so called “prophetess”? Or maybe they say, “well I can’t help it, this is how Jesus speaks to me so I can share with you”. We must ask why we would need them in the time after Pentecost when Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to establish those who would follow Him as the “priesthood of believers”. By sending Jesus, and The Holy Spirit, God solved the problem of the availability of God’s Word. Before this, there were only a sparse number of individuals “speaking for God” scattered around the Middle East. The indwelling of Jesus in each of our hearts gives the Church direct access to God because Jesus is the Word of God. His character, His life example, His personal relationship with us, and the impartation of HIS MIND gives us everything we need to understand what is pertinent to our lives when we walk by faith. So, we actually are in error we think we need to place our trust in those who claim Jesus is speaking through them for a special “word of the Lord”. If we are among believers walking by faith, it is the fruit of their spirits that imparts the trust needed between one another, and it goes without saying that our words will or at least should encourage, testify for, edify, and help grow our Spirit toward His glory and righteousness, NOT our own. This is precisely because when two or MORE are gathered in the name of Jesus, the Spirit of the Lord is there, and there is no lack of communication from Him in that setting.
Still, much confusion arises out of the idea that when the Spirit of the Lord descends on the world in the last days that all those who claim to speak by God will be infused with His spirit. We already explained in a recent blog post how when God Spirit descends on a people or land, it affects people in different ways. Yes, false prophets may arise when God’s spirit is moving on a land because God uses them to judge His people and the wicked. Take for example the numerous times God’s Spirit stirred up rulers, emperors, and dictators to judge nations. In the same way, the Spirit of the Lord is stirring up many false prophets in the last days to judge His people and the nations who will lead them into deception. This in no way means God’s Spirit is leading the false prophets, but rather it is Him that ALLOWS calamity to befall people, nations, and kingdoms. Yes, it is God that ALLOWS calamity, NOT “create evil” as the bible says today. Evil operates of its own spirit being separate from God’s, but God’s Spirit and His angels are the gate keepers that withhold or allow those who would do wicked to act by their own nature. There is no better example of this than “the restrainer” which has also been supernaturally removed from scripture. Don’t confuse God’s Spirit being poured out as the reason for your license to call yourself a prophet and “speak for the Lord in the last days”. Rather simply walk by faith, and humility, and allow yourself to be accountable to others who are walking with the Lord, and speak truth in love. Just because you are moved to prophesy, it doesn't make you a prophet!
We can’t emphasize this enough because there are now HUNDREDS of online youtubers claiming to speak for Jesus and the one thing they have in common is they all think God told them they are prophets. Are you sharing links to these charlatans, or defending them in the comment sections? There are even those in the bible changes community who claim to be led by Jesus but who speak falsely and blasphemously! So this problem does not rest only upon the “non-seeing” Church, but it oppresses those who you would never suspect. If you are walking by faith, please share what’s on your heart, prophesy if impressed upon your heart, but DON’T call yourself a prophet, because if you do, the chances are that the only kind of prophet you are is a false one.