An in-depth analysis of the outwardly more “established” prophets in the prophetic movement is essential as we approach the time of the end. There are thousands, if not millions of souls at stake, due to the influence of the men that I have mentioned in this series.
This is why I go to great lengths to show people the error inherent in the prophetic movement. Deception goes on behind the scenes… it is covert. And the erroneous doctrines and values introduced to the young and naive are not obvious. They are slipped “under the radar” bit-by-bit until there is enough to establish an entire culture – a phony “Jesus Culture” – that replaces His values and message with an “anything goes” ideology and a lawless directive.
Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
The Bible says that it is the “little foxes” that spoil the vines during the time when the grapes are tender. Some translations refer to the grapes as “blossoming.”
Yeshua said that the fruits of a true prophet can be likened to grapes and figs, providing for restoration and repentance to those who partake of them. For an elaboration on this dynamic, check out my article – How Can I Tell If a Prophet is Producing Good Fruit?
The one thing I will agree on with the false prophets in the prophetic movement is that we have among us a “prophetic generation,” but the little foxes prey upon these young, immature and unstable people, corrupting (or destroying) the potential good fruits (“grapes”) before they ever have a chance to benefit mankind – effectively killing the prophets, just like Jezebel did, in Elijah’s day.
To add irony upon irony, this movement is known for holding conferences and churning out books on combating “the spirit of Jezebel” …and yet they are the very prophets of Ba’al who are feasting at her table! (1 Kings 18:19)
You’ll have to wait for the next series for more on that!
God considered the false prophets to be just like the foxes.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. Ye have not gone up into the gaps (peretz – [H6556]), neither made up the hedge (gader – [H1447]) for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.
The false prophets, who follow of their OWN spirit are likened to the “little foxes” mentioned above. They have failed to do two things.
#1 – They didn’t go up into the gaps.
Countless times in the Old Testament, God said that He would protect His children if they obeyed His instructions and commandments (i.e., Deuteronomy 28). It was like a protective wall around them created by God Himself. In this passage, we see that the sin of not listening to or obeying the instructions and commands of Yahweh (which is what the word “Torah” means) acts as a breach in this wall that will cause Israel not to “stand in the battle in the day of the Lord.”
Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law [Torah] of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
Now, if a prophet was doing what they were supposed to, they would be going up “into the gaps” to repair this breach in the wall by guiding the people back to Yahweh’s teaching and instructions, but that wasn’t happening. Instead, these false prophets were listening to the cries of a “rebellious people” who trusted in “oppression and perverseness.” They preferred to obey the voice of rebellion instead of Yah’s voice, scratching the ears of the people in response to their cries of, “Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits!”
Here’s where we see the wolf”s (or in this analogy, “fox’s”) instinct for self kicking in (as I mentioned in part 2) as their desire for approval and wealth supercede the mandate to guide people back to Yah’s commands. As a result, the breach goes unrepaired.
#2 – They did not make up a hedge.
Another duty of a real prophet is to “make up a hedge” around those who listen. According to Hosea, a hedge acts as a guide to keep people from straying into their own paths.
Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way (derek – [H1870]) with thorns, and make a wall (gader – [H1447]), that she shall not find her paths. And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.
There is something about the message of a true prophet that makes your ways seem worthless and Yahweh’s ways seem priceless. As you listen to the message of a prophet, you can develop the heart of David, who wrote:
Show me Your ways (derek – [H1870]), O LORD; Teach me Your paths.
David gave us further insight into His ways in Psalm 119.
Blessed are the undefiled in the way (derek – [H1870]), who walk in the law (Torah – remember, this really means “teaching and instructions”) of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!
Look at that last sentence. “They also do no iniquity (‘evel – [H5766] – ‘unrighteousness’) they walk in His Ways (derek – [H1870] – ‘righteous paths’).”
If you read about the life of David and the psalms he wrote, it’s easy to see that this was his life goal – to learn Yahweh’s ways and do them.
He was far from perfect in this endeavor, but it was in his heart to do so.
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [Torah] is within my heart.
This man after God’s own heart also speaks of the Day of the Lord (aka. the day of judgment), referenced in Ezekiel 13:3-5.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way (derek – [H1870]) of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law [Torah] of the LORD; and in his law [Torah] doth he meditate day and night.
Knowing that the great day of judgment would come, the prophets were supposed to reinforce Yah’s wall of protection around Israel. If they would follow His ways, the wall would stand, as would Israel stand among the godly ones, in the day of battle.
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.
This was His desire, but Israel chose otherwise.
Establishing a false authority is the same as witchcraft.
Whether intended or not, the method of deception used by false prophets has not changed one iota. Just as we saw Graham Cooke do earlier, the false prophets in Ezekiel’s day would lay a foundation of false authority, and base their erroneous prophecies on that deluded perception.
They have seen vanity and lying divination (qecem – [H7081]), saying, “The LORD saith:” and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, “The LORD saith it”; albeit I have not spoken?
When an alleged prophet speaks a word and says it’s from Yahweh when it really comes out of his/her own spirit, this is tantamount to the sin of witchcraft. The Hebrew word for divination is “qecem” and it means “witchcraft” – plain and simple. It is the same word used by Samuel when he called out king Saul for taking on an authority that wasn’t his when he offered the sacrifice that only the priests had authority to offer, per Yahweh’s commandment.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, (qecem – [H7081]) and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
When Graham Cooke, Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton and their ilk try to introduce these seemingly benign false doctrines to the unsuspecting listener, claiming their words are from Yah by prefacing them with “God told me…” or “I heard God say..” or they might say it comes from a letter “from God,” they are doing exactly what the false prophets of old were doing. They are trying to establish a false authority, saying that their messages are “God-inspired,” when they are just coming out of their own carnal spirits. What’s more, they are misleading the masses by maligning His character, contradicting what He said about Himself!
Next, Ezekiel says that “they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.”
The word “others” is actually italicized in the KJV, which means that it was added by the translators, so we are left with “they have made to hope that they would confirm the word.” This doesn’t exactly jibe with the way we would convey things in English. When you look at this verse in different translations they either say that:
- The false prophets cause people to hope that the false prophecies will come true; ~or~
- The false prophets themselves are expecting that God will fulfill their words.
Either way, false prophets (past and present) put forth false words that leave their listeners hanging, hoping that their predictions will come true. Like Saul, the false prophets themselves are confident in their own giftings and self-imposed authority, but it is all rooted in witchcraft (“qecem”).
Yahweh is zealous for His reputation.
With the calm, cool and collected father-figure persona these false prophets put forth, it seems almost unjust that the Father would be completely and entirely opposed to them, but that is exactly how He feels about the situation. Our King is zealous for His reputation and how people portray Him, and we should be too. The only reason that we are not zealous for Him in this way is that we have been “dumbed down” over time, browbeaten by a false “Judge not, lest ye be judged” mantra and spiritually castrated by the church culture and the false doctrines they teach.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD. And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
The Father states in no uncertain terms that because of this error, He is against the foxes (false prophets). There is no middle ground.
There is no hope that He will be merciful because the false prophet “is merely a human.” Barring repentance, their participation in this witchcraft – this false image – ensures that they will not enter the Kingdom.
This is a firm and final condemnation, if they do not repent. Why?
The false prophets insisted on preaching a message of “peace” to a rebellious people.
Because they bowed to the pressure of the people who begged them “speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits,” they themselves rebelled against Yah’s words and took on the role of the seducer, causing the people to believe that their relationship with the Most High was a peaceful one, when in fact, they were on the verge of being judged for their sin.
Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, “Peace”; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered (taphel – [H8602]) mortar:
We see here that Isaiah was saying that a wall was built – an illusion of protection – and others that came after whitewashed it to make it look pure and “white.”
I find it interesting that all references to the word “mortar” in Ezekiel 13 are italicized, which (as I’ve said before) means that the word was never in the original text. It was just put there by the translators to help complete the picture. So, if you take out the word “mortar,” you are left with just references to something “untempered.”
The word “untempered” is a translation of the Hebrew word “taphel,” which can mean “whitewash,” but it also means “insipid, foolish and false.” Both translations apply to our current prophetic scenario.
If you study some of the past “prophetic fathers” who have either passed on (ie. Bob Jones, Jill Austin, etc.), or are in the 60-80 age group (Paul Cain, Bill Hamon, John Arnott, Jim Goll, Chuck Pierce, etc.), you will see that they built a wall – a perverted prophetic framework giving the illusion of “peace and safety” – similar to the wall being referenced in Ezekiel 13:10-12.
The generation who came after these “pioneers” is no better. They continue on with the illusion, refusing to point out the obvious flaws in their forefathers’ doctrinal views. Rather, they too put a whitewash on the whole masquerade – honoring and revering those who “blazed a trail” before them. So they continue to build the wall with “insipid, foolish and false” prophecies, dreams and visions, coupled with “insipid, foolish and false” phenomena like twitching, shaking and spiritual drunkenness.
And their listeners eat it up.
But the Father promises that there is going to come a time of judgment, when these prophets are going to be approached by their students and they will say “Where are all the visions, dreams and holy ghost parties leading us? Why is the prophetic movement falling apart at the seams? IF what you said is true, why is the exact opposite happening?”
The prophet Micah also spoke of this time.
Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
Yahweh will destroy and expose the works of man.
God hates this false wall with holes in it, because it is a work of man’s rebellion. It is a vain replacement of His Torah (remember, “teaching and instruction”) that gives the illusion that you have “peace, peace” with the Most High, when “there is no peace,” as far as He is concerned.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.
Those who have been deceived by this wall (if they have ears to hear and eyes to see) will find out exactly what it is made of, and repent. Those who choose to continue in the deception, regardless of what they see and hear, will end up being consumed in the destruction designated for the foxes.
Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and will say unto you, “The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it”;
But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
So remember, it’s the “little foxes” who are destroying “the vine.” Don’t give in to the tendency to overlook the seemingly small misinterpretations, because they add up to one massive wall of deception!
And it’s going to be destroyed by the hand of Yahweh.
I hope this series has given you something to think about.