How to tell the difference between Old Testament and New Testament Prophets

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prophetic-prophetWhen I left my job working for a well-known prophetic ministry, my understanding of prophecy and prophets was, at best, skewed. I knew that prophets and prophecy were real, and that the bible talked about prophets as one of the “5-fold ministries.” Still, I knew that the fruits of our modern day “prophets” were NOT the fruits of righteousness and holiness, but greed, lust and licentiousness.

One day, I asked in desperation, “God! Then how do I know a True Prophet and True Prophecy??”

He replied, “Kevin … READ THE PROPHETS!!”

The End of Confusion

Could it really be that simple? How is it that, in our quest for understanding prophets and prophecy, we overlook about 1/3 (give or take) of the bible? Did God know in advance that, in the latter days, false prophecy would be so prevalent that His children would need a clear guide to discern false prophecy and true prophecy?

I know this will upset those of you with dispensationalist training who believe that there is a difference between Old Testament prophecy and New Testament prophecy, but the bottom line is … THERE ISN’T ANY DIFFERENCE!

You will not find anywhere in the bible where God says … “OK, now you prophets who were before Jesus, this is how you should prophesy. And you 5-fold ministry prophets … you prophesy this other way.”

It’s simply not there.

Exposing sin is a prophet’s forte

God, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, tells us a key characteristic of a True Prophet:

Lamentations 2:14 AMP
“Your prophets have predicted for you falsehood and delusion and foolish things; and they have not exposed your iniquity and guilt to avert your captivity [by causing you to repent]. But they have divined and declared to you false and deceptive prophecies, worthless and misleading.”

True Prophecy will expose sin for what it is … an abomination in the Eyes of God. True Prophecy will not play with sin. Sin separates God from His Beloved Children and He hates it … yes, He HATES sin. But it is because of God’s Love that He sends true prophets to His people … to bring them to a place of repentance so that the Divine relationship can be restored!

They Would Have Turned

Are you still not convinced? Let’s try another verse:

Jeremiah 23:21-22 AMP
“I did not send these [false] prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in My council, then they would have caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them [My people] from their evil way and from the evil of their doings.”

Funny … where are the instructions on “soaking” or how to have a “third heaven visitation?” Could it be that we’ve missed the mark? I’m not saying certain supernatural events will not take place in the life of a prophet … but those times are usually a result of consecration, service and sacrifice, not following the latest “5 steps to a Heavenly Encounter.”

New Testament Conviction … by All

Am I coming across too legalistic? Am I ignoring “grace?” Doesn’t the sacrifice of Jesus cover all those “doom ‘n gloom” messages? Let’s look at prophecy in the New Testament for a minute:

I Corinthians 14:23-25 NKJV
“Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in [those who are] uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on [his] face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.

Wow! That almost sounds like the Old Testament! Have the modern day prophets included this instruction in their user-friendly prophecy?

I challenge you to take your understanding of what a modern day prophet is supposed to be and compare it to the Word of God. God’s Prophets paid a price … they didn’t charge a fee.

Afterthought: When I turned on my computer this morning, I received an email that David Wilkerson had died. Truly, that man was a prophet. He had a heart for his people and preached holiness and repentance. You would not find him at “How to Prophesy” seminars or touting the latest soaking CD. He kept his eyes on Jesus and was famous for his preaching against sin.I’m asking … “Where are those who will follow in his footsteps? Are there any willing to pay the price?”

Understand True Prophecy and you will Understand the Testimony of Jesus,

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For the Truth,

Kevin Kleint
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    • John the Baptist the 2nd says

      Young man, you are quite the drama queen and intend to deceive and have been deceived by yourself and others or both — that it is safe to do so.. Dangerous ground . While counterfeit , pretender and imposter Christians are free for you to play with, you delude yourself that sons and daughters of Yahweh will want to play WITH YOU.

  1. Clare says

    The problem is that we see so few true prophets, so it is hard to discern. Imagine one has never see a true dollar bill, but only has an instruction of what a dollar bill is like, can he identify the fake ones well? Most likely not. The deception is great among us.

  2. Judith says

    Really good to hear the truth not sugar -coated with modern day additives, which we all should go back to, ” The Basics”

  3. Carol says

    Amen. David Wilkerson was truly a prophet of God. He did keep his eyes on Jesus. He was one of the great men of God. I agree with you throughout this entire article. There just are so few out there now who are willing to stick their necks out for God. It wood ruin their reputation. David Wilkerson even mentioned that as one of His own fears when He revealed the prophecy of 1973.