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Christian Prophets Explain the Mechanics of Prophecy: Don’t Just Believe What We Say

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Whenever a human declares what’s going to happen in the future, they’re prophesying.  But how exactly does prophecy work?  Is it really true that certain humans have gained the ability to peer into the future?  No, this is not true, and any human who claims to have such an ability has become deluded by his own ego.  To understand how prophecy works, let’s pretend you have a buddy named Mark who has been away for a month.  Mark claims that he spent that month in a country that neither of you have ever been to before.  Mark then shows you a bunch of photographs that he says he took while he was on his vacation. They’re nice photographs, but how do you know that Mark actually took them?  How do you know he didn’t just pull them off of the internet?  How do you know that Mark really went to the places that he claims he went to?  You don’t know, because you weren’t there.  As you go through Mark’s photographs, you’re deciding in your mind whether you should believe Mark’s stories or not.  When you see a photo of a café that Mark claims to have had lunch at, it seems like a plausible story.  But when you come to a photo of the blue elephant that Mark claims to have seen, then you start to have your doubts.  And when you see the treasure chest full of pirate’s gold that Mark claims to have discovered on a scuba diving trip, you find yourself suspecting that Mark never really went anywhere at all.  You see, the pictures by themselves don’t prove anything.  It’s really Mark’s character that you’re using to assess the accuracy of his story. You also have to take into account the fact that Mark has his own problems in life, and he might have a very good reason for wanting people to believe he left the country for four weeks.  Before you just take Mark’s story at face value, you need to step back and look at the big picture.  Things are never as simple as they first appear, and people lie to each other for both good and bad reasons. Read more of this post

Ezekiel 13-14: Yahweh Condemns False Prophets

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In Ezekiel 13-14 we find a very intense speech from Yahweh which gives us some fabulous insights into how He views false prophets.  Since most of the prophets you come across in the Church today are complete phonies, this passage of Scripture is very relevant to you.  It’s very dangerous business to go around speaking messages for God which He hasn’t authorized you to speak.  Even when you’re spreading sunshine and cheer by promising everyone that brighter days are coming, you are personally heading towards some very dark days if you’re speaking without God’s Authorization.  God’s Name isn’t some toy that we get to play with.  When referring to Him is just some clever marketing strategy we’re using in order to boost sales and gather customers, we’re getting in line for some very nasty discipline.  When you’re messing with God, you’re messing with the Originator of concepts like vengeance and wrath.  You’re dealing with the Creator of both Heaven and Hell—a Being who has no qualms about torturing you forever if you get too attitudinal with Him.  Given the fact that God controls your quality of life, your location, and your capacity for suffering, how stupid is it for you to intentionally provoke Him?  You can’t war against God and win.  Read more of this post