Like me, especially if you have been exposed to a Pentecostal church service, many of you have had someone speak a prophetic word over your life. It generally starts with, “The Lord told me to tell you …” We are always eagerly submissive and yielding to it because the Word does say, “Believe in the Lord your God, so shall you be established; believe his prophets, so shall you prosper.” The prophetic ministry is a powerful and mysterious branch of the Body of Christ. The function of the prophet is to speak to God’s people unadulterated messages that come directly from the throne room of heaven – revealing things unknown and things to come. The Word says, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
Being the mouthpiece of God, God’s spoke person has to win you some brownie points, right? In my opinion, due to the delicacy and powerful nature of the prophetic ministry, and the propensity for fraud and falsehood – it is a role that should not be taken lightly. A prophet has to make sure that they stay in the presence of God and not allow the enemy or self to get entangled, and influence, what God is saying. He stands before God and listens, then stands before the people and speaks. They have to be precise and unwavering.
Prophets Pray Prophetic Prayers. Because the prophet is in tune with what God is saying and doing, they should always be in prayer for the Body of Christ. The task of the prophet is to handle revelations – knowledge that God has revealed to them. The hand of the Lord has to be upon him to deliver the message to the people. A prophet encourages, foretells the future, gives direction and guidance to those seeking to know God’s will, they interpret dreams and visions, they correct, admonish and expose bad leadership. They warn of danger and announce judgment.
Prophets can minister at different levels. Some prophets specialize in speaking to individuals, while other prophets speak for the most part to their local assembly. Some prophets are called to be a prophet to their nation or other nations. When a prophet prophecies, it is the Holy Spirit speaking not the prophet. Whichever level, the prophet has to make sure that they are always prepared and ready for God to use them anytime and anywhere.
“See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant” (Jeremiah).
So, what happens when prophets lie?
WHEN PROPHETS LIE, they deceive and scatter the people of God, causing them to go astray – erring from the truth. They tell fortunes for money and fame. They speak deceit and destroy the souls of men. Many people flock to prophets who lie (false prophets) (wolves in sheep’s attire) but that should not deter the true prophets from speaking what thus says the Lord. Some say that prophecy has ceased under the New Covenant, and there is no need for prophets in the Body of Christ today – but the Scripture contradicts that in Ephesians 4:11-16; I Corinthian 12:8-11; Romans 12:6; Matthew 10:41. Remember, all true prophetic utterances should be given through and by the Holy Spirit! All true prophetic utterances will never, under any circumstances, rebut, challenge or oppose the written Word of God! A true prophet will not get offended if you test the prophetic utterance, wait for a confirmation – “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
“Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord said: and the Lord has not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Have you not seen a vain vision, and have you not spoken a lying divination, whereas you say, the Lord said it; although I have not spoken? Therefore, because you have spoken vanity, and seen lies, behold, I am against you – SAID THE LORD GOD.”
When Prophets Lie ~~~ Yvonne James | https://www.yvonnejames.com