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By Rod McTaggart
We are living in the days of great deception on demand, where we have a prophetic culture that serves encouragement at the expense of truth.
Jeremiah 23:11-12 speaks of this: “Both prophet and priest are ungodly; even in my house I have found their evil, declares the LORD. Therefore their way shall be to them like slippery paths in the darkness, into which they shall be driven and fall, for I will bring disaster upon them in the year of their punishment, declares the LORD”.
I hold a high value for prophecy and I’ve taught on it for years. I strongly encourage everybody to live a bold, active prophetic life. For we as God’s people are to be a prophetic people who hear his voice and speak when He tell us. One scripture among many that support this is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21:Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good.
It would be easy for me to write about movements that are defying scripture by quenching the Spirit and despising prophecies. But this is a day and hour the church must live and walk in the Spirit as it hears God’s rhema voice, while reading and receiving revelation of God’s logos Word. God is absolutely talking and we must absolutely hear Him, as He reveals key end-time prophetic data to the church and the world. God’s Word tells us: “For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets”. Amos 3:7
1 Corinthians 14:1 states that we are to: “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.” We have to be meticulous to ensure our prophetic revelation is accurate, and that we don’t modify it at all, even if that message will be harshly rejected. For the way we handle prophecy will result in people either knowing God in the clarity of truth, or in people living a life of deception that may very well lead to an eternity in Hell.
The Scripture instructs us not to despise prophecies, but it also instructs us to test it and to only hold to what is good. This is what we must do NOW in the this Kingdom Age Movement, for inaccurate prophecy (though good intentioned) is doing great damage as errant or misguided information will lead to false analysis. Today many prophetic voices are trending toward affirming people in their current condition via errant words. This results in people falling and continuing into deception. This puts their very souls at risk. I have often heard someone affirm somebody’s salvation in order to bring them comfort. We should never assure someone of their salvation. Why, because we don’t know the depths of their hearts. We don’t know what type of decisions they will make in the years to come. Have you ever read of “the great falling away”? Just like His disciples, we all wrestle with our own salvation. We just need to read roman 7 and 8 to acknowledge that. Yes, on the other hand, as with Gideon, I know that God will prophesy to a person’s potential while that person has not yet walking in what has spoken about them. In fact Matthew 19:23-26 has this to say:” And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.”
Much of the recent theologies and prophetic insights today rarely address the issue of salvation in any way other than affirming it, while requiring little or nothing on the part of the believer. Even for those who are only marginally devoted to Jesus, somehow, there appears to be a certain valiant effort associated with the idea of easy salvation (easy believerism). What this wrongfully communicates to many, is that Jesus is willing and able to save every person regardless of their personal commitment and relationship with him. This is great news for those who are not fervent in their relationship with Jesus. Unfortunately, that great news is not the Good News of the Gospel that Jesus and His disciples preached.
In the coming months, I will examine current world and church happenings as it relates to prophetic end-time events. For we are now transitioning from a “church age” focus to a “kingdom age” thrust. We are in a time of divine convergence which will come to us in stages orchestrated by Holy Spirit. We are moving into a new concept of “team ministry” with a fresh understanding of a covenant community that is not hindered by self-centered, individualistic ministry mindsets, but dynamically pursues true uncompromising “oneness” in the Body of Christ.