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Real versus Counterfeit

“For false Messiahs and lying prophets will arise and will give signs and wonders and will deceive, if it is possible, even the chosen.  But take heed; behold, I have told you everything in advance.”  (Mark 13:22-23 HRVS, emphasis mine)

End-time prophecies are increasingly more common place as the time of Messiah Yeshua’s return draws near.  Amazingly, the main stream “westernized church” community has suddenly become over-populated with a rapid rise of those ‘called’ to the prophetic ministry.  I am not here to dispute the ‘calling’; it is YHWH who sets up, and YHWH who tears down (Job 34:24; Daniel 2:21). 

The Word of Elohim, however, gives us some very strict criteria for determining the validity of a prophet.  Just like the combination on a bank safe, all THREE of these criteria must be simultaneously met and fulfilled in an individual – not one of them can be OFF – or, like the combination for the safe in question, the prophet (AND his/her prophecy) will be VERY wrong …

“… when the prophet speaks in the Name of יהוה and the word is not, or comes not, that is the word which יהוה has NOT spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.”  (Deuteronomy 18:22 ISR, emphasis mine)

The first criterion which must be met is ‘fulfillment’.  If the prophet prophesies an event in the future, and it fails to come to pass, it was not of God.  Presumptuous prophecies are self-glorifying, and seldom bear fruit.  The word, ‘presume’ means “to venture without positive permission; to form confident or arrogant opinions” (American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828).  ‘Presuming’ to prophecy is dangerous ground …

It is possible for someone to give a prophecy, have it come to pass, and it NOT come from YHWH.  The scriptural reference for this is as follows:

If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams rises among you, and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder which he spoke to you occurs, saying, Let us go after other Elohim which you have not known, and let us serve them, you shall NOT listen to the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams. For YAHWEH your Elohim is TESTING YOU, to know if you love YAHWEH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after YAHWEH your Elohim, and you shall fear Him. And you shall keep His commandments, and you shall hear His voice, and you shall serve Him, and you shall cleave to Him. And that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall die, BECAUSE HE HAS SPOKEN APOSTASY AGAINST YAHWEH your Elohim, who is bringing you out of the land of Egypt, and has redeemed you out of the house of slaves, to drive you out of the way in which YAHWEH your Elohim has commanded you to walk. And you shall put away evil from among your midst.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-5 HRB, emphasis mine)

Here we find the remaining two criteria that a YHWH-called and anointed prophet will fulfill.  Such a person will NEVER speak in the name of any other god except the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Nor will a TRUE, anointed, man/woman of YHWH speak against keeping the commandments of Torah.  Signs and wonders are not the true test or proof of prophecy, or of a prophet, for we can see that it is possible for them to be duplicated AND fulfilled.  Yeshua Himself said that we shall know them by their FRUIT.  All THREE of these criteria (1. the prophecy will come to pass; 2. the individual will ALWAYS reflect a life of loving YHWH with everything in them, loving their neighbor as themselves, and of a lifestyle of keeping the commandments of Torah, and 3. the prophet does not EVER speak in the name of any god but the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) MUST be fulfilled before the individual will pass the test, and can be accepted …

Increasingly, the smell of rotten fruit is lingering in the air.  The experience that I personally have had with those that YHWH Elohim has called to the office of the prophet, and those operating in the ministry of prophecy (two different things), is the deep humility in these chosen and anointed people, something that is becoming a rarity.  Upon my own extensive research, I discovered that the early, first century congregations had added a further ‘test’ for discerning between a true or false prophet.  If a prophet, while prophesying, asked for food, money, or any kind of a gift, he/she was labeled a false prophet, and not of God.  Now, I wonder how this ‘test’ would separate the wheat from the tares in the modern, “westernized” church?

“But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.”  (1Thessalonians 5:21 AMP)

©2015 Merete Marx