“Who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who has a case against Me? Let him draw near to Me.” (Isaiah 50:8)
My people, there are SO MANY CONTENDING NARRATIVES in your ears…
The mere fact that there is so much contention within you is a SIGN that I, the Lord, have entered into judgment with you.
You ask, “How are we to know when a prophet of the Lord has spoken? How do we know the true narrative of the Lord?”
Here are eight distinguishing marks of false prophetic narratives…
a.) If a prophet speaks and his narrative calls you to increased zeal for a divinely ordained nation; realize that this was the false hope of the false prophets in the days of Jeremiah and Ezekiel.
b.) If the prophet speaks and urges you to rise up, while they themselves do not bow down low, realize that there is no spirit of humility in them. They cannot be walking in My grace. (James 4:6)
c.) If the narrative is being spun by someone who refuses to be held accountable for 4, 5, 6 and more prophecies that have not come to pass – ’nuff said. Do not listen to this one. Do not fear him, or those who follow him.
“If you say in your heart, ‘How will we recognize the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ When the prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, and the thing does not happen or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you are not to be afraid of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:21-22)
d.) If the prophet urges you to seize special permission to override My Son’s Sermon on the Mount, realize that My Kingdom is not divided against itself. (Matthew 12:25) These ones are “workers of lawlessness”. (Matthew 7:23)
e.) If the narrative that he speaks does not primarily and centrally call you to My threshing floor in repentance, realize that his words are wholly out of step with every single Old and New Testament prophet that I have sent!
f.) If the narrative shames you to dismiss the crisis via nefarious and malicious conspiracies that do not call you to contrition and an increased fear of the Lord – it is of a false and lying spirit.
g.) If the prophet himself urges you to be bold against political enemies while he stays silent (even about issues like blatant anti-semitism) to protect political allies, realize that he is a wolf, and an enemy of My people.
h.) And should these “prophets” and “teachers” fail to call you to selflessly trust Me, and never exhort you to “deny your self and take up your cross for My Son”, tell them that it is the devil who is speaking through them (Matthew 16:23) – and like their father, these prophets will flee from you. (James 4:7)
Beloved. Many are being driven into “apostasis” from the stability that only I can provide in the hour of tribulation. This is a day to “test all things; and hold fast to what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
JSB • December 8, 2022