April 9, 2011

Elijah and His School of Prophets (aka Are They The Real Deal or A Fake, & How To Tell The Difference)

Posted in Christianity tagged , , , , , at 11:05 am by Lisa Ritchey


I don’t know what makes some people think that they are a prophet.  To prophecy is not just to speak something into being.  “Prophecy your future!”  “Prophecy to your job that it will change!”  Well, that is not prophecy.  Mark 11:22-24 says that anyone with faith can speak to a mountain and it will move.  This is literal.  With faith, anyone can speak to anything and it happens, be it good or bad!  Look at the tower of Babel; that was not the will of G-d, but that slime became just like concrete[1].  Why?  Their faith, even though it went against the will of G-d.  

As believers, our words carry an extreme amount of weight in the spirit world.  That is why the Mark 11 Scripture is so true.  No where in the Bible does it say that only the good things that we say will come to be, but what ever we say.

Jesus said that it is not the things that go into a man that defile him, but what comes out of his mouth, for out of the mouth come the things of the heart, and it is those things which defile a man.  (Matthew 15:18)  He goes on to list them:

Mark 7:20-23

(20) And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.

(21) For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

(22) Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

(23) All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

How can it be prophecy if it is something that G-d calls evil?  I have heard so many times that anyone can prophesy, and you can go to school and learn how.  Let’s look at what the Bible says about it.

Elijah had a school of prophets, true, but who attended?  Just anybody that wanted to?  I don’t think so! The Bible says “And he gave some[2]”  This eradicates the assumption that everyone is eligible as candidates for the five offices of the Church.

How does G-d select His candidates?  I have absolutely no idea.  The best reason that I can give you that someone would be selected is that they are willing, and He knows that they will be obedient.  This is so very often not an easy task, either; even in this day and time.  Two thousand years after Jesus left us His Holy Spirit, people of the Church still do not recognize His hand on His servant, or realize that these offices even still function.  (I have never understood why anyone would think that G-d would remove part of the offices and leave the rest.  If they were all needed then, how could they not be needed now?  And if this were so, why would there be prophets in the New Testament? I just can not grasp this method of reasoning!)

The Bible also says that many are called, but few are chosen.  I just read that Scripture and realized that it is talking about the Saints, not the offices, so it does not apply here, as I have always thought that it did, but that is an even scarier thought!  Oh, my!  This is found in Matthew 20:16, and Matthew 22:14.

When one is truly called to at least one of the five offices of the Church, you are called.  You can run, you can hide, you can deny it, but that unction of the Holy Spirit is not going away.  Those that run from their calling usually have a very difficult time in some area of their life.  G-d is not going to let you be comfortable while in disobedience!   

A Prophet is one called and given a very special unction by G-d.  So, who can prophesy?  The Prophets, of course, and those to whom The Father chooses to reveal His Heart, His will.  You see, Prophesy is not speaking what you want into being. To prophesy is to speak the will of G-d into being: seeing the future and pulling it into the now so that it will manifest.  Who can do this?  Only those to whom G-d reveals it.

 So how do we know the difference?  Not by the way that things seem, or what others say about someone.  And not just because someone has given themselves a certain title.   And don’t write someone off because they miss it. Kim Clement said, “You can be a wrong prophet without being a false prophet!”   And he is oh so right.

Don’t get me wrong. There are false prophets out there, and it is up to us to know who they are. We know the truth, the real from the fake,  by discernment: listening to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit.  After all, the Bible does say that it is those that are led by the Spirit that are the sons of God.[3]  


[1] Gen. 11:3
[2] Ephesians 4:11-12
[3] Romans 8:14

 


 
©Copyright 2011 Lisa Ritchey
 

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1 Comment »

  1. Paul Crone said,

    Lisa,

    Thank you. There is a movement in the midst of the Mega Church period where God is raising reformers to the Mega Church. It is like the school of prophets. I loved your article. “Lord Yeshua, Lord Jesus, lead more believers and chosen to read this wonderful article and bless my sister right now, with much oil and flour in a time of famine, so that she might see that You are affirm the ministry of her writing. In Your name, our only Savior! Amen!”


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