By Abiodun Odejayi

 

‘Thus saith the Lord…’ has turn into a reoccurring cloth in our lives, globally however at a extra rampant price on this geographical expression known as Nigeria. There are a number of worship centres (not simply church buildings) in Nigeria, every having one or a number of leaders prophesying as typically as day by day in a few of them what God had seemingly despatched by means of them. My focus on this write up are literally Christian worship centres. For a correct understanding, allow us to begin by defining the phrases ‘Prophecy’ and ‘The Phrase of God.’

A prophecy is a message that’s claimed by a prophet to have been divinely communicated to them by a deity. Such messages usually contain inspiration, interpretation, or revelation of divine will in regards to the prophet’s social world and occasions to return. (Wikipedia)

A foretelling; prediction; a declaration of one thing to return. As God solely is aware of future occasions with certainty, no being however God or some particular person knowledgeable by him, can utter an actual prophecy. The prophecies recorded within the Scripture, when fulfilled, afford most convincing proof of the divine unique of the Scriptures, as those that uttered the prophecies couldn’t have foreknown the occasions predicted with out supernatural instruction. (Bible Research Instruments).

In its easiest type, one might outline prophecy as God chatting with individuals. Inferring that for such a prophecy to be legitimate, it have to be a message from God! The reward of prophecy is among the 9 presents of the Holy Spirit present in Paul’s writings in 1 Corinthians 12. Apostle Peter additionally defined the operation of this reward: ‘For prophecy by no means had its origin within the will of man, however males spoke from God as they have been carried alongside by the Holy Spirit.’ 2 Peter 1:21 (Prophets and Prophecy In Todays Church by Jim and Carolyn Murphy).

The Bible is the phrase of God. The phrase of God is also expressed as a manifestation (clear look) of the thoughts and can of God. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:16 that ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is worthwhile for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.’ Hebrews 4:12 additionally says that, ‘For the phrase of God is fast and highly effective, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the ideas and intents of the guts.’

So going by means of these definitions and loads different I couldn’t put right here for lack of house, the next truths are established.

The Bible had been impressed by God to show us methods to dwell to please Him and direct our daily residing, together with the longer term. For instance, are you aware that the increase within the media, telecommunications and world journey had been prophesied by Daniel? (Kindly discover time to learn the guide of Daniel).

Prophecies are messages for the individuals, given by God by means of individuals, together with the prophets. In essence, they’re prompted by God who has a message for somebody or a individuals, not pushed largely by an individual as we observe generally immediately.

I simply did an train and checked on Google, ‘predictions declared in Nigeria since 2010’ and a variety of these predictions have been introduced up. I went by means of them and I can let you know a variety of these so known as ‘messages from God’, despite the fact that time certain had not come to previous.

The Bible makes it clear that God’s title is valuable to Him, however even at that, He honours His phrase over and above that valuable title. Which means, God won’t say one thing that won’t come to cross. Psalm 138:2 says ‘..for thou has magnified thy phrase above all thy title.’ So the query is, why are bulk of those prophecies not coming by means of? Does it imply that every one the stated prophecies aren’t actually phrase from God? Or maybe it’s a additional affirmation to the truth that Devil, the satan additionally acts as an angel of sunshine?

The Bible in Jeremiah 28:9 talks about methods to know who despatched the prophet by his proclamations, actions and antecedents: ‘The prophet who prophesieth of peace, when the phrase of the prophet shall come to cross, then shall the prophet be identified, that the Lord hath really despatched him.’ So an individual who says, ‘Thus saith the Lord..’ and his phrases don’t come to cross (irrespective of how lengthy it took) shouldn’t be talking for the Lord.

“Throughout the growth of the prophetic motion in Israel through the interval of the monarchy, there arose two sorts of prophets. The primary kind was a gaggle of impartial prophets who claimed to talk on behalf of Yahweh and whose main perform was to problem the terrible insurance policies of the king. These prophets additionally warned the individuals to return to the previous traditions of the covenant. The second kind was a gaggle of prophets who have been paid by the temple or the courtroom and who proclaimed the type of message their patrons desired to listen to. This group of prophets got here to be often called false prophets, not due to their want to mislead the individuals, however moderately, as a result of they misinterpreted Yahweh’s intentions at occasions when the nation was dealing with nice risks. In accordance with Vangemeren (1990), in occasions of ethical darkness, the false prophets, predicting clean issues for the nation, impartial of repentance, consecration and the pursuit of non secular concepts, have been honoured above the true prophets who emphasised the ethical greatness of Yahweh and the need of righteousness for the nation.” TRUE AND FALSE PROPHECY IN ‘ALL CHRISTIAN PRACTICAL PRAYING BAND (ACPPB)’, UFUMA, IN THE LIGHT OF JEREMIAH 27-28 by Luke E. Ugwueye and Ikenna L. Umeanolue

Doubtless, there are genuinely gifted males of God. Regardless that a number of of the gifted males of God abuse this reward, there are additionally a complete lot who render false prophecies or use divination to foretell for egocentric good points and revenue.

Let me state my bias right here. I’m a bible believing Christian and I search the bible to know the thoughts of God. I’m under no circumstances an ideal being, however I attempt day by day to fulfill the expectation of God for my life so His will might at all times supercede another will in my life. I’ve Pastors in my life, who assists in elucidating the reality within the phrase of God and I respect them. Nevertheless, I’m additionally involved concerning the thousands and thousands of lives which can be being endangered and led astrayed by messages which can be really the imaginations from the thoughts of the speaker, prophesying for a egocentric curiosity.

The Bible states in Matthew 7:15-18 clearly the significance of the sorts of fruits we exhibit. And an individual (prophet) who displays the sorts of fruits said in Proverbs 6:16-19 ought to be fled from. We have to be cautious of the sorts of fruits {that a} prophet is exhibiting. They’re warnings about him and his life together with prophesies from him. Let’s use the 2 parts from the Bible above to ascertain how we will check all prophets and prophecies and there are six issues we will deduce from this textual content.

A mendacity tongue.

Satisfaction (vanity, sauciness and many others.).

Oppression of the weak. James 5:5-6

Depraved coronary heart. Not bothered concerning the well-being of individuals struggling round him.

He doesn’t suppose by means of earlier than taking actions or saying issues.

Story bearer, inflicting issues and points together with his tales.

The essence of this write up is to not condemn prophecies as a result of they’re required within the true sense of the phrase. Nevertheless, the physique of Christ is transferring the fallacious approach as a result of a variety of self-seeking church buildings, pastors and prophets manipulate prophecies and what they stand for. With out indicting anybody, Christendom wants to face up and be counted.

For instance, White evangelicals in america are touting Donald Trump and praising him as the very best factor since sliced bread. Are they doing this based mostly on their analysis of Mr. Trump based on the requirements of the Bible or are in addition they aligning together with his racist stance for no matter cause? Was racism one of many positions that made them not help Obama absolutely? Sure, Obama, similar to each human being shouldn’t be good and he took a variety of positions that have been towards the stand of the Bible.

So what has modified beneath Mr. Trump, an individual whose utterances, actions and stance can’t stand the analysis of Proverbs 6:16-19. The Washington Submit on June 1 2020 in a narrative written by Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly said that “as at Might 29, 2020, Mr. Trumps 1,226th day in workplace, He had made 19,127 false or deceptive claims (which merely means he has lied on these variety of occasions).” The writers went forward to say that it’s not a query as as to if he’ll exceed 20,000 false or deceptive claims however that can he prime 25,000 by the point this time period is accomplished.

So the place the seed of sin abound in an individual’s life, such an individual shouldn’t be of God. And the Bible in Galatians 5:19-21 was very clear concerning the works of the flesh (sin).

As I shut, God ship prophets with messages / prophecies, for particular individuals and or events. Different functions are to point out that God is God, and to proclaim the Phrase of God. The Bible, the Phrase of God is there to information our on a regular basis residing. It’s certainly extra useful, to hunt understanding and data of the Phrase of God as a result of it solutions to all points and wishes of our lives, as long as you’re a true, born once more baby of God.

Sure, God does proceed to make use of prophecy and prophets to information His church. I imagine that the Lord needs us to be open however discerning about this facet of His transferring as there are numerous pitfalls in using the reward of prophecy. Don’t expose your self to manipulators within the title of desirous to know the longer term. Moderately, take heed to what the Phrase of God says in Matthew 6:33, “However search ye first the dominion of God, and His righteousness; and all these items shall be added unto you.”

Might the peace of God abide with you and grant you understanding. Shalom.

Footnote: This was impressed by Pastor Biodun Oduwole.

 

Abiodun Ok. Odejayi writes from Ibadan

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