DOMINION OVER DARKNESS (PART XII) DEALING WITH FALSE PROPHETS
It is important for you to understand that the agents of perversion are your enemies; this realization will enable you to checkmate them so that they don’t derail the purpose of God for your life. One of such agents is the false prophet.
Jer. 23:13-16 says, “I knew the prophets of Samaria were unbelievably evil, for they prophesied by baal and led my people Israel unto sin; but the prophets of Jerusalem are even worse! The things they do are horrible; they commit adultery and love dishonesty. They encourage and compliment those who are doing evil, instead of turning them back from their sins. These prophets are as thoroughly depraved as the men of Sodom and Gomorrah were. Therefore, the Lord of Hosts says: I will feed them with bitterness and give them poison to drink. For it is because of them that wickedness fills this land. This is my warning to my people, says the Lord of Hosts. Don’t listen to these false prophets when they prophesy to you, filling you with futile hopes. They are making up everything they say. They do not speak for me!” TLB). Anyone who patronizes a false prophet is in a very serious mess. Every false prophet is a pervert, an agent of darkness. Take note that what makes these prophets evil is not necessarily what they say or do but because of the spirit that is operating in them, they prophesy by baal, so it is about the spirit that they are connected to. Verse 21 of Jer. 23 says, “I have not sent these prophets, yet they claim to speak for me, I gave them no message, yet they say their words are mine”. Verse 26-27 reads, “How long will this continue? If they are ‘prophets’, they are prophets of deceit, inventing everything they say. By telling these false dreams they are trying to get my people to forget me in the same way as their fathers did, who turned away to the idols of baal”. TLB).
One of the strongest spirits already in operation in the world today is the spirit of deception; lying spirits, they are all over the place. Every false prophet is a merchant of deception; daily deceiving people. The devil has positioned perverts to deceive, to derail and destroy people on a daily basis. Acts 16:16-24 says, “One day as we were going down to the place of prayer beside the river, we met a demon-possessed slave girl who was a fortune-teller, and earned much money for her masters. She followed along behind us shouting, ‘These men are servants of God and they have come to tell you how to have your sins forgiven’. This went on day after day until Paul, in great distress, turned and spoke to the demon within her. ‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her,’ he said. And instantly, it left her. Her masters’ hopes of wealth were now shattered; they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the judges at the marketplace. ‘These Jews are corrupting our city,’ they shouted. ‘They are teaching the people to do things that are against the Roman laws’. A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the judges ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden whips. Again and again the rods slashed down across their bared backs; and afterwards they were thrown into the prison. The jailer was threatened with death if they escaped, so he took no chances, but put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet into stocks” (TLB). Take note that what the slave girl was saying was very correct and she continued the sayings for many days.
TO BE CONTINUED