False Prophets Won’t Have an Original Thought

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False Prophet Original Thought

From what I’ve written so far, a clearer image of the false prophet should be forming in your mind. In fact, you should see each scriptural witness set forth in this series overlapping or connecting with the others, like pieces in a giant puzzle. We have 3 more pieces to go, in order complete this puzzle, so let’s keep going!

Satan and His Disciples Cannot Create Anything

No matter how badly he wants to, Satan cannot create anything because he is not the Creator. Satan can only take what has already been created and twist it for his own evil, selfish purposes. His servants are no different.

2 Corinthians 11:12-15
But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.

And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

Taking on the nature of their father, the false prophets will arrogantly claim to be enlightened ministers of the Gospel. They want you to think that they are people who have tapped into the spiritual resources of the heavenly realm, but no matter how hard they try, authentic prophecy always seems elude them.

To compensate for this lack of authenticity, these imposters will:

  • Take what our Father says and pervert it;
  • Repeat what has been prophesied before;
  • Take a prior false prophet’s prophecy and twist it further.

Usually, you will find the latter 2 to be the most common.

In the earlier days of the prophetic movement, the “prophetic forerunners” like Bob Jones, Paul Cain, and Mike Bickle would take the Word of God and twist it to fit their own agendas. Presently, the children of the movement will hang on every word that pours forth from their mouths as IF it were the Word of God and read the Word of God (if they read the Word at all) through their “father’s” perverted lens. They only SEE what they’ve been instructed to SEE and UNDERSTAND what they’ve been instructed to UNDERSTAND.

All critical thinking has been tossed out the door.

Like the forerunners of the 80’s and 90’s, present day false prophets take advantage of this gullibility and ignorance in their followers to further their own ministries as well as the agenda of the prophetic movement. Most of the younger prophets have no idea that they are doing this; they are merely following the business/ministry model that they have been shown by those who have gone before. Convinced that they have special inroads into the Father’s presence and are doing the Father’s work, they do not realize that they are taking on the mantle of the Pharisees.

Jesus, speaking to the Pharisees, said:

John 8:44
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

What is the Truth that Jesus is referring to?

John 17:17
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

What was considered God’s Word before the New Testament was written? The Torah and the Prophets! The very books that the false prophets avoid, unless a couple verses happen to support their ideology.

Prophetic Empires Build On Repetition

Another way the false prophets take advantage of the ignorance and gullibility of their followers is by methodically repeating each other’s twisted and perverted prophecies. These inaccurate and rehashed prophecies are readily absorbed by the listener, who would rather rely on the word of man than the Word of God. This, too, serves to further the prophetic ministry and agenda.

There is a lot of money to be made from selling the “prophetic word from God.” You can create your own little mini-empire from it and live comfortably! Because of this, false prophets have no problem taking each other’s material, tweaking it to sound just a little different, and then promoting it as a new revelation from God. This is done all the time, and the sheeple devour it because:

  • They don’t think for themselves.
  • They don’t study the Word of God for themselves.

~ and ~

  • They love to worship their prophetic idols.

Yes, “prophetic ADHD’ is alive and well in the charismatic church. It is uncanny how the sheeple so easily “forget” that the prophet (or one of his/her comrades) boldly proclaimed an IDENTICAL message just a short time earlier. Is this a willful ignorance? Most of the time, I believe it is.

The key verse in this installment holds some of the strongest language I’ve read about how God feels about the “business” of reusing each other’s false prophecy and putting God’s name on it.

Jeremiah 23:30-32
“Therefore,” says the LORD, “I am against these prophets who steal messages from each other and claim they are from me. I am against these smooth-tongued prophets who say, ‘This prophecy is from the LORD!'”

“I am against these false prophets. Their imaginary dreams are flagrant lies that lead my people into sin. I did not send or appoint them, and they have no message at all for my people. I, the LORD, have spoken!”

From reading the verses above, I can’t help but feel like the Father is insulted by a false prophet’s lack of ingenuity. And there is no scriptural evidence to suggest that the recycling of prophetic messages became an acceptable practice in the New Testament, either.

Why do the false prophets find it acceptable to use each others’ prophetic words?

  1. It supports the errant doctrine of the prophetic empire. – Both the prophetic movement and all the individual ministries benefit from this practice, in the long run. Because they have created (and continue to create) a mindset among their listeners, every time the word is repeated, it reinforces the desired mindset.
  2. It energizes a false prophet’s self-deception. – As we have read in Chapter 1, many of these prophets are genuinely nice people, but they are very deceived. As they hear these words and phrases from what they think is the Spirit of God, somehow it reinforces in their minds the delusion that God is speaking to them. But they are not hearing from God. They are either hearing from a deceiving spirit, or they have just heard that “word” before from someone else. This error occurs because they have not been taught to discern between the Holy Spirit, another spirit, and their own thoughts and opinions.

Discerning Prophetic Agreement

While studying this in the Word, a student can quickly find a possible conflict.

Many of the Old Testament prophets agreed with each other, and had almost identical messages for Israel. Knowing that the Father is against people who steal prophetic words from each other, and yet His own prophets appeared to be speaking the same thing, how do we balance that out?

What’s the difference between prophetic agreement and stealing? If the modern day prophets are saying the same thing (or virtually the same thing) as each other, is it God confirming His Word? Or should we assume that they are just deceived people agreeing over error, and ignore it?

As I mentioned in chapter 3, Deuteronomy 18:20-22 firmly instructs us that when a prophecy is given and doesn’t come to pass, the person who gave it is to be labeled as a false prophet and should be ignored. If a person who is already known as a false prophet by that scriptural criteria is taking it upon him/herself to prophesy words that are eerily similar to those of other prophets, that person’s credibility has already been lost because they’re a false prophet. They’re already walking in error, so we are instructed to ignore them.

But if the person prophesying has not already “fit the bill” as a false prophet, we need to consider the content of the prophecy.

Here are a couple of questions to ask.

  • Does the agreed upon prophecy hold true to the core message of the prophet?
  • Does the content hold true to the core message of a prophet, or does it distract? Remember the core message of the prophet?
“God is returning to set up His Kingdom! Repent from your wicked ways and return to His Ways! Obey His commands… all of them! If you do, GOOD things will happen! If you refuse, BAD things will happen!”
  • At its core, does the message call people back to the commandments of God, or does it marginalize repentance and bring other concepts to the forefront?
  • Does the agreed upon prophecy prophesy peace to a sinful people?

In this book, we’ve studied many verses that show how a false prophet will preach a soft message to those who really need sharp rebuke.

The false prophets in Ahab’s day preached a positive message to a most sinful king (1 Kings 16:30, 21:25). They all agreed together that God was going to prosper the king’s campaign against his enemies (1 Kings 22:12). That obviously did not work out so well (1 Kings 22:35), which leads me to my next point.

Does the agreed upon prophecy come true?

The false prophets agreed that the King was going to have success, when in fact, he died. Their foretelling obviously did not come to pass. In the same way, false prophets will agree upon MANY different points that:

  • Contradict or ignore the message of the prophet;
  • Preach peace to a sinful people;
  • Do not come true.

However, if the prophets are agreeing on a message that embraces the following points, you can rest assured that it is a true prophecy:

  • True prophecy will validate and endorse the core message of the prophet;
  • True prophecy will preach against the sin of a sinful people;
  • True prophecy will come true.

Hopefully, this will help you determine whether or not the agreement between prophecies is God validating His Word, or just a bunch of “prophetic people” agreeing over an erroneous message that sounds good to the itching ear.

What Kinds of Catch Phrases do False prophets Borrow from One Another

Modern day false prophets who get a “new revelation from God” usually trumpet a list of similar prophetic terms and catchphrases. Whether or not they’ve had a dream or vision, or just want to jump back into the limelight, all they have to do is avail themselves of these terms, write something about it and release it to their mailing list and [BANG] the masses are focused on them again. Product sales go up and life is “good.”

Here is a list of commonly used (and abused) catch phrases and terms that are tossed around whenever a prophet/prophetess wants to be noticed. The list is far from complete, but it should give you a pretty good idea as to what to look for.

  • Open Doors – Open Gates
  • Creativity
  • Breakthrough
  • Revival – Revival Fire
  • New Season
  • Realignment – Promotion – Prosperity
  • Paradigm Shift
  • Portals
  • Dreams & Visions
  • Healing, Signs & Wonders

Searching the Elijah List or Identity Network web sites for any of the above keywords will show you how often these terms are utilized by the false prophets. Words from the list above are liberally peppered throughout the entire prophetic database. And yet, there is still this strange lack of fulfillment. If even 10% of these prophecies would come true, believers would be faring way better than they are today.

I Believe that the Supernatural is Real

In writing this chapter, I don’t want to give the impression that I stand against or don’t believe in the phenomena I have listed above. I certainly believe most of them are in the realm of possibility, although there are a few that I am not 100% certain about.

Regardless of how I feel, according to Scripture, these tokens of God’s favor are not to be the focus of true prophecy. I am not denying that Ezekiel, Isaiah and others experienced these things, and it is not out of the question that we might experience them as well, but the focus of any prophecy is not the phenomenon, but the message.

What is the Father saying to us?

Like Sheep Without a Shepherd

There is a reason that the enemy distracts from God’s Word using recycled “prophetic words” and man-made prophetic slogans. It is to keep the sheeple in a constant state of flux. Those who listen to cookie-cutter false prophets and adhere to their false prophecies are always going from one thing to another. There is no stability.

But this is not God’s way. He has provided commandments/guidelines for us and a way of life that naturally causes us to reflect the stability of His nature.

Contrary to the dispensational doctrine that has been shoved down our throats, our God does not change (Malachi 3:6), and a follower of the Messiah who changes with each passing prophecy (and prophetic fad) cannot hope to reflect the nature of his/her God.

Our walk with God was meant to be simple. His commandments are simple. His ways are simple… they were always simple.

2 Corinthians 11:3
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Deuteronomy 30:11-14
This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach. It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you CAN obey it.

When Jesus came to this earth, He saw a people who were not living lives of simple obedience to God, but were victims of the false teachings of their time. The prophecy of Jeremiah regarding Israel had come to pass.

Jeremiah 50:6
My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray and turned them loose in the mountains. They have lost their way and can’t remember how to get back to the sheepfold.

As He watched them, His heart broke for them. They had no guidance and no stability. Their shepherds were preaching their own doctrines as if they were from God, and the sheeple listened.

Why did they listen? Because that’s what they were taught to do.

Matthew 9:36
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted [G1590 – eklyo],[1] and were scattered abroad [G4496 – rhipto],[2] as sheep having no shepherd.

The Greek word “eklyo” means to be set free, but weak and tired.

“Rhipto” means to be thrown down.

This is the fruit of following the ever-changing ways of man (Ephesians 4:14).

The Pharisees, who claimed to follow God, had added hundreds of rules and regulations to something that was intended to be a simple way of living (Deuteronomy 30:11-14). They came together in agreement over this extraneous, unscriptural teaching and ELEVATED it above the Word of God (Matthew 15:3). This is why Jesus came down hard on the Pharisees. They were in agreement over error and were leading the people astray. But, being the Good Shepherd that He is, He came to right that wrong and gather His sheep together.

Matthew 15:24
But he answered and said, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

John 11:51-52
And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; and not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

How would Jesus gather His sheep together? David, a man after God’s own heart, gives us a clue.

Psalm 119:176
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

It’s the following of His commandments that will gather us “together in one,” not joining denominations in order to feed the poor or putting on a city-wide worship service. “Agreeing to disagree” will only accomplish a superficial peace, but will not heal the division between us or bring us into “unity of the faith.”

The only way to be gathered together as one is to embrace the Kingdom rule by returning to His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13). This is never included in a false prophet’s message. Rather, he/she will teach you to seek for heavenly encounters and expect paradigm shifts, keeping you unstable and tossed to and fro (Ephesians 4:14).

Becoming Truly “Prophetic”

As the false prophets re-use and abuse the Word of God, conforming it to their purposes and augmenting it with their own prophetic catchphrases and tales of supernatural phenomena, the sheep stay confused, wending their way to and fro, thinking that they are free, but still enslaved to their sin.

God explicitly says in His Word that He is against this foolishness.

I want to exhort you, if you haven’t opened your eyes yet, DO SO! Don’t follow the “group think” of those who ignorantly follow the latest prophetic catchphrases and fads. Return to the Father in repentance and take on His ways by obeying His commandments, discerning between the Holy and the profane.

Then, you will be a “sign and a wonder” for those to whom you are sent.

Then, you will truly be “prophetic.”

Footnotes:

[1] Blueletter bible definition of the word “eklyo” [G1590] (Source)
[2] Blueletter bible definition of the word “rhipto” [G4496] (Source)
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7 replies on “False Prophets Won’t Have an Original Thought”

  1. TY for the information. Although I haven’t read the whole testimony of you I am feeling some sadness and confusion as to what’s what and to what is not. I follow a few TV pastors…I try to stay away from the mega church ones. I do watch pastor Rodney Howard Browne and Joyce Meyer. There has been a lot of controversy regarding Pastor Rodney Howard Browne saying his :holy laughter: is demonic. As for Joyce Meyer I find her refreshing and very honest. What are your opinions on these two pastors?

    Blessings Lori Crotta

  2. Hi Kevin, you wrote: “Satan and His Disciples Cannot Create Anything”.

    I’m not sure I’d make a similar statement, because:
    1) I’m not yet aware of anything like that being said in scripture.

    and importantly

    2) I’ve seen similar statements made by those who try to justify the words and deeds of false prophets – practices that are blatantly occult in nature. The argument goes that the devil can’t create, so those occult practices must be based on something genuine and the false prophets insist that THEY are practicing the genuine thing that are being copied by the devil and his followers in the form of occult practices.

  3. Kevin preach bro,

    Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

  4. Hello Kevin, I have been reading your blogs for a while. There is so much to learn from the word of God and our lives are so short. Some people have told me I was a profit. I don’t know what I am. Throughout my life even from childhood I understood and experienced supernatural things. As I grew older I realized I was under attack by evil. I was a member of many churches for years. But I felt like people in the churches I attended was more social and money driven. Some even suggested that my salvation was attached to how much I was tithing. When ever I tried to talk about my visions and experiences that were supernatural people tried to convince me I was under a evil influence but I am not. I have also been attacked and had 3 scratches across my face out of the air there was nothing there. Throughout my life as an adult there have been attacks on me. Jesus put an end to the physical attacks. Many years I ran from the gift God put in me. It is very hard to see future things and they happen. Very hard to see death and very hard to see spirits and ghost. Yes these things happen too me. I don’t know why this happens too me. It’s not like people who can touch something and have a vision, It is just shown too me and I never know when it will happen. I have been in prayer at church and had a voice tell me to warn the women sitting next to me she and her family was in danger from a person she met two weeks ago and to dicontinue the ties with this person. That was the full message, I told her this and she looked at me like I was crazy. I could not say a word more even when she told me to elaborate. I could only say a person not male or female. About 30 minutes later she came to me and told me she got a letter from a man in prison she met two weeks earlier and she had been talking to him about meeting up with him. He told her he would soon get out and he wanted to continue their relationship. This was a single mother with 3 children. I had no idea about anything this woman was doing. I have never had this happen to me before this incident. I know it was God who sent this word for this woman. This stuff comes thru me but I have nothing to do with it. Some of it is dark and I immediately start prayer. I have had little instruction people don’t understand me. They are afraid I guess. I don’t understand myself and I was afraid but not anymore Jesus has my back. For many years the Holy Spirit would tell me to read the word and I just never did it. I am in the word my life is really changing. Praise his holy name if I do have a gift I want the Lord to use me. The last church I was I. I thought they experienced the same things I was because they are in deliverance. They too thought I was infected with a demonic spirit. One day I pray God will send me where I need to be for growth and do his bidding. I don’t know why I have told you all this. All this is real I am one and there are millions like me.

  5. Brother,it’s a new season for you, says the …..not the Lord. Great article. I too am on top of all this, and have seen for many years all the fakery and false “words”. Yes, they love the “new season” prophecy. It’s an old stand-by for canned prophecies. I’m 48, and grew up in the charismatic world. I left it altogether about 4 years ago. Never again. You may still be there, but at least you are a thinker, and you study Scripture. Keep your eyes wide open, as I did, even when I was in the same movements you speaks against. (Though I scarcely bought into any of the nonsense).

  6. Hi Kevin,

    I’m still wondering about your comments toward Mike Bickle. Have you met him? Have you been around people under his ministry? Have you been to the prayer room or IHOPUniversity? They not only read the word and pray the word, but they study it all the time. We were there for 7 years and went through an internship. We had many bible study classes where we dissected the word of God, studied it, prayed and meditated on the word. In the time we had been there mike hadn’t taken an increase in salary for 12 years….lived in the same very modest home and pursued the Lord and was an example to all. From what I can see from being around the ministry for a long time, I don’t see the things you’ve mentioned. I listened to MANY messages and didn’t agree completely with all of them, but always heard him say to take his teaching and study for ourselves.

    I’m aware of the profound impact by Paul Cain and Bob Jones with Mike’s ministry.
    While i’ve read your take on Paul Cain and Bob Jones and know that there is truth in their sin, confession and “restoration”, I do believe that those things happened many YEARS after the prophecies for international house of prayer. Do you believe that people can start out right and over time end up headed the wrong way due unconfessed sin? Isn’t that the same thing you have spoken about Steve Sultz and his ministry wit Elijah list? Over time, as specific temptations came up, sin crept in…..Does that completely nullify anything or any way that God may have used him or his ministry prior to that time?

    I just keep thinking about King David…..he was a liar, murderer, adultress and yet he was still king….there were definitely consequences for his decisions that were hard to swallow, but God still called him a man after his own heart…and that’s AFTER his sin and of course repentance……

    What about Moses? He was a murderer…..God used him in a might way AFTER his big sin. He didn’t get to go into the promised land due to his disobedience, but he still walked with God….spoke face to face……

    What about Judah? He committed sexual sin wit is daughter in law….didn’t know it was her, but still had relations with someone other than his wife by choice…..and he’s still the leader of the tribe of Judah….from which comes the entire people group the “jews”. From his line comes the Messiah.

    I’m sure there are other examples……I just think that we all sin and to God every sin separates us from him. The cross levels the playing field for all of us and just like my areas of weakness, I will fall….and when I truly repent, the Lord will forgive. Although there may be a time of correction, teaching, rebuke etc….he will still use me.

    I know that there were issues wit Paul Cain and Bob Jones. They definitely fell into sin…..in the worlds standards, those sins seem worse than others, but the last time I looked Revelation 21: 8 said:

    But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

    There doesn’t seem to be a distinction or level of sin….sexually immoral people get the same punishment as a liar.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that I know False Prophets are all around us and more today than ever, which is the reason I started reading your materials. I just think that to take an individual and point out their failure and say that none of what they have said can be true by labeling them a false prophet is going a bit far. They definitely aren’t perfect, but none of us are. Are we called higher, absolutely! I think it takes guts to have a national platform and from that place repent of sin, be humbled and go through what it takes to be restored. If they had lied about something, I don’t think the world would be as upset about it….you know? Life would have continued on……no real humiliation or long time of restoration. Bob Jones prophesied MANY things that were accurate…..they came true to the letter. I don’t know all of his prophecies, but those surrounding IHOP totally did. If that is one of the signs of a true prophet, then I would say he was one……although imperfect and made some really wrong choices.

    Mike Bickle’s anointing is in teaching. I don’t even believe he even operates in the office of a prophet, although there have been many prophecies around him. I have seen the fruit of his life and ministry as a teacher…..

    I would love to know examples to support your statement of him in this article.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this and respond.

    Kristi

    1. My feelings about Bickle and the rest of the false prophets are really immaterial. It looks like you’re in the middle of the “Prophetic Masquerade” series. I’m not sure if you have read from the beginning or if you just happened to start with this article … but the bottom line is we are looking for 2-3 witnesses from Scripture to discern a false prophet. Bickle (whether prophesying or “teaching prophetically”) fits the bill in at least 2-3 of these. Not only does he take on the traits of a false prophet, but he is leading people straight to the mother church. He was one of the main players in the Azusa Street meeting, where there was a reconciliation between the Catholics and Protestants. https://www.honorofkings.org/azusa-now-drawing-you-in-to-great-delusion/

      “When I was in my twenties I was asked to pastor a church and I never officially went back to the Catholic Church, but I also don’t feel like I intentionally left it either. At the House of Prayer, I encourage people to learn the teachings of the Catholic saints, as the experts on contemplative prayer, such as Theresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. In fact, the idea for 24-hour prayer and musical praise comes from the writings of King David; however, it was first done in the Christian church by the Catholics!” Pastor Bickle joyously expressed with his famously contagious grin. https://maywebeone.com/2016/04/12/azusa-now-revival-reconciliation/

      Regardless of if they read the Word or not (the Pope reads the Word in his services too), regardless of if he’s a warm and caring guy … he is as false as they come.

      All the best.

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