How many of you have been threatened into silence by someone spouting (or typing in ALL CAPS) “TOUCH NOT GOD’S ANOINTED! DO MY PROPHETS NO HARM!”?
Believe me, I have.
You don’t write what I write without expecting to hear that at least once a week (no exaggeration).
But are these threats legitimate?
Does the Father want us to keep quiet about our opinions/discernment of those who claim to be prophets of the Most High…
…or is this just another case of lemmings regurgitating another false doctrine?
I’m going to ruin the surprise… it’s the latter, and I’m going to prove it in this post.
Let’s look at this cherry-picked intimidation, in context.
Who is being addressed in this passage?
O seed of Abraham His servant, You children of Jacob, His chosen ones!
Who is this being addressed to? – The seed of Abraham. The children of Jacob.
Now, already, you’re saying, “that’s us! We’re the children of Jacob! We’re the seed of Abraham! Paul said so!”
Right! You are… or are you? I’m not gonna go there… for the sake of argument, let’s say you are. Hold onto that identity.
He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth.
So now we have a covenant – an everlasting covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, continuing with Israel… and there are “judgments” associated with that covenant!
Again, I’m hearing you say “that’s us!”
Okay, now take a step back. You can’t lay claim to the “everlasting covenant” without the “judgments” associated with it.
Do you still want to be His people? Tread carefully.
What was the covenant about?
Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance,” when they were few in number, indeed very few, and strangers in it. When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people, when was Israel very few and strangers in the land of Canaan.
This covenant… “everlasting covenant” …was made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob while they were sojourning in the land of Canaan, going from place to place, and they were “very few.” All of this Psalm, so far, is addressing a pre-Mosaic time period.
He permitted no one to do them wrong; Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes…
Remember King Abimelech and the fiasco with Abraham’s wife? (Genesis 20:2-3) Yahweh was ready kill him before he would ever touch Sarah.
What did Yahweh say?
But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, “Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.”
Which brings me to my next verse.
Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.”
This incident (and perhaps others that were unrecorded) are what this verse is referring to. It’s not talking about today’s soothsayers who have given themselves the title of “prophets.”
These false prophets and those who love to support them use this verse to blackmail you into submission and silence.
They take the VALUE that the Father placed upon Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and apportion it for themselves without giving the MESSAGE of the prophet.
Why were the forefathers valuable to the Father?
Why did the Father value Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Why did He make this everlasting covenant with them?
And the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;
The Father valued His relationship with the forefathers because of their obedience to His commandments and their willingness to teach others His way. He came right out and said that Abraham was His prophet, which would make Isaac and Jacob legitimate “sons of the prophet.”
These are the “anointed ones” …these are the prophets that Yah said to “do no harm.”
For more information:
“Where are the Real Prophets?”
But the modern day “prophets” bear absolutely no resemblance to the forefathers. In fact, they are quite the opposite.
- They do not respect the Torah of the Most High.
- They do not walk in His ways.
- They do not teach others His ways.
Without exception, they are imposters.
And if they can keep you silent and afraid to speak up, they can keep the prophetic masquerade going.
But the Word has something to say about that.
And if you say in your heart, “How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?” When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
What does it mean to be “not afraid” of the false prophets?
This isn’t talking about being physically afraid of a person claiming to be a false prophet.
This is talking about being afraid of divine retribution.
People during Moses’ day (and before) were well aware of the value that the Father placed on His prophets. When this verse in Deuteronomy was spoken, the Israelites knew of the consequences of speaking against Moses. Aaron and Miriam knew this intimately.
Then He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream.
The people needed clear instruction as to when it was OK to say, “This is bull…loney!”
So I’m telling you now, don’t be afraid of any kind of punishment when fools mishandle “Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.”
Scripturally speaking, this rebuke is reserved for those who would speak against the Father’s true prophets. The chosen ones who walk in the Father’s footsteps, who truly walk in the spirit and power of Elijah, teaching and exhorting others to do the same.
They live by these words.
Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.
These imposters who want to WOW you with promises of signs, wonders and prognostications are not worth your fear or respect.
They misrepresent and blaspheme the name of your King.
And if you stay silent and intimidated, Israel, these sideshow sorcerers have won.