JEREMIAH 23:14: “Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: They commit adultery and walk in lies; They also strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.”
OBSERVATION: Jeremiah writes the laments of The Lord regarding the false prophets in both Samaria and Jerusalem. Why is this such a serious issue? Why does The Lord cry out against it with such rebuke? It is because nothing impacts the life of the church more than false prophets from within. False prophets lead people away from the truth, embolden people to sin, and block them from entering into true repentance. Today we face many false prophets who promise comfort and blessing without repentance, acceptance and position without the cross.
Revelation 19:9-10: “Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, the heart of prophecy, the ultimate message of all prophecy! In other words, all true prophecy will lead the hearer to Jesus, to the cross, to a life of surrender and true discipleship. It will cultivate and motivate the believer to become more like Jesus in spirit and truth. It will lead us away from sin and wickedness and toward righteousness and peace. It will focus more on the heavenly than on the earthly. It will honor the written Word of God and usher in the authentic move of the Holy Spirit.
Today, much of what is called prophecy leads people toward the “prophet” and away from Jesus. It builds a dependency upon the “seer” rather than the One who sees all things. It tells people what they want to hear, or scares them into thinking they will miss the will of God if they do not follow “their” advice and counsel. Peter aptly said – “They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.” (II Peter 2:15-17 NKJV)
These words seem harsh – yet they are not mine, they are the warning and admonishment of The Lord. He is calling us to tests the spirits, to test the prophets. We are not to despise prophecy, but we are to test it. If it does not lead us to the cross, if it does not lead us to Jesus – then reject it. The spirit of prophecy is Jesus! Lord, help me to walk in the true spirit of prophecy at all times! Help me to walk with Jesus! In Jesus Name!