For most of my walk of faith, I’ve adhered to the belief that there are true prophets and false prophets.
Believe it or not, that paradigm is about to change a bit.
I’m going to leave my older teachings and my book online because there are many who are just now grasping the idea that the “prophetic” smooth-talkers are not who they say they are. Those who have just had their eyes opened need the basic guidance and understanding that I’ve written before.
In fact, if you are new to HonorOfKings.org, I want to strongly urge you to go over the older materials before you continue on with this post. If you don’t, there is a really good chance that you could be thrown off.
Start off with the Basics
- Prophetic Masquerade – Yeah! You can read the book online for free!
- Elijah List Testimony – How I Worked 7 Years to Deceive You
- How to Tell the Difference Between Old Testament and New Testament Prophets
After the Basics, continue on to the “Intermediate level” teaching:
- Have We Not Prophesied in Your Name?
- Where Are the Real Prophets?
- Why Revival Really Tarries
- Deuteronomy 13 Deep Dive – What if they don’t say “Let us go serve other gods?”
There’s even more teachings on prophets and prophecy here.
Please build your foundation with these teachings before you continue with this post.
For those of you who have been reading my stuff for awhile, I want you to understand that I’m really not changing my mind on what I’ve written before . . . but I AM growing out of this paradigm.
In fact, I have come to believe that the current true/false prophet paradigm – if we refuse to budge off of it – is “incomplete” and can actually hinder our understanding of prophets, prophecy and how YHWH works with them.
If we refuse to grow, we will continue to have unanswered questions.
OK, here we go.
I’m going to make a rash statement right now, but it will be backed up by Scripture, in this post.
There is no such thing as a “true prophet” or a “false prophet,” in the way we understand them.
Now, pick your jaw up off the floor – I haven’t completely freaked out.
You are not going to find me re-aligning myself with the Elijah List faithful.
My stand against the modern-day prophetic movement is stronger than ever before. In fact, the new evidence that I have just found in the Word is even more incriminating than what I’ve written about in the past.
But before I share with you what I have found (in later posts), I want to encourage you to evolve in your doctrine a little.
Come on, this won’t hurt . . . Learning is fun!
The Existing True and False Prophet Paradigm
Whether or not you approve of the modern-day prophetic movement, the current paradigm is that we have “real” or “true” prophets of YHWH and “false” prophets.
This mindset has been generated from interpreting popular Greek-inspired New Testament Scriptures with Western logic.
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
When we read such abundant references to “false prophets,” we automatically assume that there must be “true prophets” or “real prophets,” even though the phrase never appears in the entire Bible.
It seems like the logical thing to do, right? If there is “false” . . . why, there must be “true!” It has to be either/or, correct?
Well . . . not exactly.
Complications to the True/False Prophet Paradigm
Now, lest I confuse you, I am not saying that there have never been prophets who operated (or did not operate) according to the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).
But when we follow the current mindset of “true” and “false” prophets, we incorrectly assume certain things, because we subconsciously attach the “true” and “false” labels to any reference to a prophet.
- We assume that a “false prophet” will never speak truth from YHWH.
- We assume that YHWH will not use a “false prophet” for His purposes.
- We assume that a “true prophet” will never speak a false word.
- We assume that a “true prophet” will never speak out of his own heart.
In our minds, “false” is “always false” and “true” is “always true,” when it comes to “prophets.”
But if you adhere to that mindset, things can get dicey.
These Assumptions Lead to Misunderstanding the Prophetic
These assumptions cause us to look at passages like Numbers 22-24 (Balaam’s encounter with Israel) and 1 Kings 13 (the old prophet’s encounter with the prophet at Bethel) with a theological/cultural framework already in place and, as a result, we either DON’T understand or MISunderstand “prophets” and how YHWH functions through “prophets.”
To make matters worse, we take our current understanding of “true” and “false” prophets, throw in a little dispensationalism and assume that YHWH changed the way He functions through His prophets, in New Testament times.
This assumption only compounds the confusion.
And, if you don’t believe me, take a look at the many and varied conflicting doctrines on prophets and prophecy that we currently have in the 40,000 (give or take) denominations of “Christianity.” In my opinion, this is proof positive that we have a serious problem.
I know that I may sound like a broken record, but YHWH did NOT change the way He functions through His prophets just because (we’ve been told) Paul said so in 1 Corinthians 14!
For more information, check out:
New Testament Prophecy – Understanding 1 Corinthians 14 (Keep in mind that this is one of the posts that I may have to modify in order to fit this new paradigm that I am learning. I still believe, however, that it does an adequate job of explaining how 1 Corinthians 14 is not a proof-text for proving that our unchangeable God all-of-a-sudden “changed” His views and methods on working with prophets and prophecy.)
Ditch the Old Paradigm
In order to comprehend how Yah interacts with all prophets, we need to take our current understanding and toss it.
- If you (like me) have fallen into the “true/false prophet” paradigm . . .
- If you want to finally understand the gray areas (that are really not that gray) . . .
- If you want to expand your understanding of how Yah really does work through the modern-day prophets . . .
- Above all, if you’ve learned anything from these prophets of Baal – which includes every “prophet” at Bethel, the Elijah List, Morningstar, IHOP or any other ministry associated with the Word of Faith or Prophetic Movement – . . . toss your current understanding.
Please . . . for the love of all that’s holy, toss it!
Take this corrupted, seemingly scriptural, yet oh-so-blinding understanding off the altar of your heart and throw it into the trash heap.
We’ve all been brainwashed and limited by this understanding.
This generations-old limitation has generated dozens (if not, hundreds) of questions that leave the believer in a state of hopelessness.
After days and days of trying to understand our current prophetic dilemma within the “true/false” framework, the seeker of truth ends up throwing his hands up, exclaiming: “Well, I don’t have an answer. Maybe these prophets are legit. I’d better play it safe, get off my high horse and ‘walk in love.'”
I’m sorry, but this is equivalent to an ostrich sticking his head in the sand.
We have all been touched by this generational brainwashing, so it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start over.
We all need to adjust our understanding. Let’s start with square one.
Prophets and Prophecy 101 – The Basic Definition of a Prophet
In order to grasp this fuller understanding of “prophets” and “prophecy,” we have to redefine these terms, according to what the Word tells us.
Remember, you have to toss all of your preconceived notions.
I know that it might be difficult, but pretend that you have never even heard of the words “prophet” or “prophecy.” Let all the concerns about “foretelling the future” or “reading people’s mail” fall by the wayside. Even the idea that there are “true” and “false” prophets . . . just let it go momentarily.
Let’s see what YHWH had to say about prophets and prophecy thousands of years ago, and build from there.
In the Tanakh (Old Testament), the Hebrew word for “prophet” is “nabiy.” [H5030] (pronounced “navi”)
In the simplest of terms, the “nabiy/navi” was a go-between – a representative of two parties.
He (or she) had the power to speak on behalf of (and/or under the influence of) one party to another party.
What’s more, the “nabiy/navi” had the ability to entreat the “higher authority” represented, on behalf of the people that he/she was sent to.
- You can have a prophet of YHWH.
Now therefore, restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet [“nabiy”], and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.
- There are references to people who were prophets of a spiritual source other than YHWH.
1 Kings 22:23
Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets [“nabiy”], and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.
- There were even prophets who spoke on behalf of themselves, like Balaam (Numbers 22-24) and Zedekiah (1 Kings 22). Although they said that they were “prophets of YHWH,” they were only using His Name to gain credibility and a following, speaking out of their own deceit (evil imaginations).
And the LORD said to me, “The prophets [“nabiy”] prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.”Jeremiah 23:16
Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets [“nabiy”] who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the LORD.”
- Lastly, in the instance of Aaron, someone could prophesy on behalf of a man.
So the LORD said to Moses: “See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet [“nabiy”].
Any way you slice it, a “nabiy” – “true” or “false” – speaks on behalf of another.
Whether or not what that person spoke came directly from the Elohim of Israel, another spirit, a man or his own imagination has to be deciphered from the context in which it is read – but, interestingly enough . . . the Tanakh never once specifies a “true prophet” or a “false prophet.”
Here’s where the tweak to your theology will come in.
The bottom line was either you were a “prophet” or you were not a “prophet” – you possessed an ability to speak inspirationally, on behalf of another.
Were you speaking according to the will of YHWH? That depended upon the words you were speaking at the moment.
And, to bring it back around, I don’t believe this view clashes with Yeshua calling out “false prophets,” in the Last Days.
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
. . . could just as easily be read:
Beware of “prophets” who prophesy falsely, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
. . . without adding to or taking away anything from what He said.
All you have to understand is that Yeshua was not calling out anything “new” in the New Testament. There were “prophets” who prophesied falsely in the “Old” Testament, just like there are “prophets” who prophesy falsely today!
“…And there is nothing new under the sun.”
I know that this may be confusing to some of you – until recently, it was to me, as well. I (like most of you) was so used to labelling a prophet as “true” or “false,” it became a knee-jerk reaction.
What’s more, I had my understanding of the Word of YHWH to back up my claims!
But still, even after 7+ years of researching and writing on this topic, I had some nagging questions.
- Why did YHWH use Balaam to bless Israel? Balaam was a greedy jerk!
- If YHWH used Balaam, would He use another “greedy jerk” to prophesy truth?
- Who am I to limit YHWH, by saying He can’t use “greedy jerks”?
- What’s the deal with the old prophet in 1 Kings 13? If you want to get really confused, check out that chapter! The old prophet lies to a “real/true” prophet, then YHWH speaks a true word through the liar and kills the “real/true” prophet! Why?
- Why did YHWH send lying spirits to cause prophets – speaking in the name of YHWH – to deceive King Ahab? (2 Chronicles 18)
- Was YHWH unjust in deceiving them?
- Why would the “false” prophets be so utterly convinced that they were speaking on behalf of YHWH?
- Is it possible that YHWH would deceive our modern day prophets in the same way? (Spoiler alert: Yes, it is possible! And Yes, He is!)
- Let’s ask the question again . . . Is YHWH unjust in doing so?
All of these questions cannot be answered under the umbrella of the current “true/false” prophet teaching.
In fact, it really complicates things . . . IF you adhere to a “true/false” prophet mentality.
But I hope, in future posts, to break that mold!
So stay tuned, gang, and pray for me and my family.
I believe that I have a lot of upcoming writing assignments from the Father, not only on this new way of understanding prophecy but I’m also not finished with the Church Fathers/Python series.
Things are going to get interesting.