I have been in religious services, seen them in operation via the media and read some materials with a “Word” coming from a person who has a Prophetic anointing or mantle on their lives and I find it quite interesting some of the comments and statements proffered by the general public and even some folks who have are categorized as Christians.
I might say that I most likely practiced such ignorance at some point in my life (not that I recall, my beef when I left the church was with God, not the messenger); but Prophets have been abused and maligned from the time I have been reading about them in the bible both OT and NT; Jesus even had to rebuke some of the Pharisees, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee;” (Luke 13:34 KJV).
In my humble perspective, they suffer a different type of abuse today (subtle but abuse anyhow), both from the church and the world; and the playing field was different then than it is now. One method of abuse is by communications methodology which was not as prevalent and invasive then as it is today: someone can do something right now and five minutes henceforth it is blowing up the internet.
Today’s prophets have it harder I would say because they are under the subjection of the “prevailing spirit”, pointing to the Spirit of God and the practice of being temperate. Uhhh, what do you mean by this, wasn’t the Spirit of God relevant in the OT? Yes it was, but back then we didn’t have the things which became stamps of approval with the death of Christ, such as, grace, mercy, the blood, etc. Back then when God told Saul to kill all the Amalekites and he did a partial job (1 Samuel 15 KJV), Samuel had to come finish the work: judgment must be fulfilled. Today, people can repent quickly and run to the cross and God will honor the blood of Jesus.
What’s the rationale to back up what I am saying because you might be shaking your head in the negative right now? I’ll remind you of the Patriarch Abram, who deceived a king by the name of Abimelech, yet because of Abraham’s standing with God as a prophet (et al), God intervened in His situation and warns Abimelech, “Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine” (Genesis 20:6 KJV).
Let’s look at my man Elijah the Tishbite: he is sent to rebuke King Ahaziah, who was steeped in idolatry and had turned his back on God’s counsel. He sends his troops to arrest the man of God who is one of the greatest prophets mentioned in the bible. Elijah coins the phrase, “If I be a man of God” in establishing his pronouncements and voila, things starts to happen, just to show that “He was a man of God”. But with an angel giving him counsel and support, “And the angel of the Lord said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him” (2 Kings 1:15), he calls down fire from heaven and burn two battalions of men sent to arrest him, “And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty” (2 Kings 1:10 KJV). Elijah is the take no prisoner type of prophet, “just die already” is his method of operation.
Jeremiah is a prophet above all prophets, for he is in a class all by himself. This guy is good at throwing tantrums and arguing with God; he throws a hissing fit and quits his job as a prophet, but quickly falls into compliance when he got a beating from God (some of us need such beatings today to walk in compliance). But after these experiences, this guy has no qualms about saying, “thus saith the Lord”, he does not care if you lock him up, throw away the key, lie on him: He will say “thus saith the Lord”. He exemplifies what a true prophet of God is as He faces opposition, challenges and death threats, “Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words” (Jeremiah 18:18 KJV). Also “And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the Lord” (Jeremiah 26:9 KJV).
Jeremiah is temperamental, highly strung and is gifted thus to intercede, but these traits which makes him a good intercessor, can be detrimental for those who come up against him as a prophet when he brings a “Word” from God. He truly demonstrates that enough is enough from his opposers when he enters a throw down, until death fight with another prophet, “Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet” (Jeremiah 8:1 KJV) who he exposes as a false prophet.
After several back and forth, with Jeremiah delivering the “Word” from God and Hananiah negating the veracity of the prophecy, Jeremiah under the direction of God gives this final ultimatum, “Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The Lord hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie. Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord (Jeremiah 28:15-16 KJV). The test to determine who is a true prophet is determined by the prophecy which comes true.
At the start of this fight, 5th month of the year; it ends in the 7th month of the same period with the death of Hananiah; two months and the declaration, the Word of God, the Prophecy is fulfilled. Jeremiah is declared the true prophet of God.
In today’s dispensation, the prophetic mantle is alive and kicking, but do you agree that with the coming of Christ, there has been an adjustment to the thinking and operation of Prophets wherein they cannot pronounce death defying judgment on individuals willy nilly, especially those who don’t believe the “Words” coming from their anointed mouths. Today’s prophetic mantle is daubed in the blood of Jesus where mercy and grace join together with the higher calling they have on their lives; they have to groan and bear it, but for the human factor.
I’ll make this statement knowing that we are all humans and that although someone has a prophetic anointing on their lives, they still bleed when you cut them, cry if you slap them, and moan if they feel pain. So with that said, I believe it is rare that a person operating in the prophetic anointing can totally be nonchalant when they are barraged, ridiculed or opposed when they bring a word and go home, fall on their knees and ask God to please forgive them for they know not what they do. I believe that if that prophet is a true prophet of God, then he has for his protection (of the Word he brings forth, which is God honoring His Word) additional and different types of Angel than the ordinary lay person. We see this with Abraham (Gen 24:7), Moses (Ex 23:20; Ex 33:2), Elijah (2 Kgs 1:15), Elisha (2 Kgs 6:16), Jesus, etc. And woe be unto those who have knowingly, (sometimes unknowingly) cause offense to these anointed vessels of God.
Saying this to say, you might feel comfortable expressing your “opinions” on whether a person is a “false prophet” or a “lying prophet” by your guts or “I just have a feeling they lying, types of spirit” that so many of us are harboring in today’s society of the church and the public, but the church is called to a higher standard. But if you know that you can’t withstand under the pressure of judgment that will be unleashed on your life by calling one of God’s prophets a liar, and they go into their prayer closet and start to moan much like Jeremiah, and their tears invoke the action of the Angels God has sent to protect his Word, then Joe Public, I beseech you to be quiet and learn to “watch and pray” when they bring the Word of God.