Just before Christmas I woke and looked in the mirror to discover I had a black eye. Now if you get a black eye, you typically remember how you got it right? Even more interesting was that no one else seemed to be able to see it until the next day, even though, in my opinion, it was quite noticeable.
When odd things like that happen, I’ve learned that often it is God pointing to something. I prayed and asked the Holy Spirit what it represented. “A black-eye is coming,” was all I heard, but I had no idea what it meant.
I do now.
The question many are asking is “Were all the prophets wrong?”
In this season of uncertainty in which trusted prophetic voices seem to contradict each other, the prophetic has gotten a “black eye” over what has transpired this past year. Many who prophesied their belief Trump would win a second term have now repented. There is an army of people who now demand all others do so as well.
This is the concern with that demand that should cause us all to raise an eye-brow. When have we ever demanded someone repent because they voted or supported the candidate that didn’t win? Because that is the demand. However, there is overwhelming evidence, Trump DID win. What we can all agree is that he is obviously not the one in office. So were the prophets wrong, or is it something more?
For those prophets who have felt the need to publicly repent, some have have received a backlash from those who were angered that they back tracked. Both responses, those demanding repentance and those demanding prophets not repent, are wrong. And it is causing confusion and division in the Church and given a black-eye to the prophetic movement.
One of my friends texted me recently and said, “How could everyone have been so wrong?” My response was, “I’m not so sure they were.”
It’s vital that we consider all that has transpired using the Word of God as our foundation as well as discernment of the role of prophetic voices and their call. Because not all prophetic voices have the same call or flavor, even though they all should be guided by the same Spirit.
Let’s consider the following prophets and their roles:
The “Daniel” Prophets:
Daniel served before ungodly kings for most of his life. He served them and prayed for them faithfully. That is why Daniel could say to the wicked King Nebuchadnezzar, “If only the dream (which was of judgement) applied to those who hate you, and its interpretation to your adversaries.”
Kris Vallotton is a “Daniel” prophet. He has often prayed for and been given prophetic insights to ungodly leaders and even blessed them wondering what on earth God was doing. He once told the Bethel congregation, “I love President Obama.” He then laughed as he finished. “Many of you heard me say, “I agree with President Obama. That’s not what I said.”
We don’t have to agree with someone to pray for them. But when we pray for them, God will often give us a compassionate heart for them, even for an evil leader because we begin to see them through God’s eyes. After Kris apologized for prophesying Trump would have a second term, he then congratulated Biden. This confused many, but Kris was simply operating out of where God has placed him. Don’t let it cause confusion.
But let’s consider, what if Jeremiah had been the prophet called on to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream? Because of both personality and call, I dare say it would have been delivered far differently.
The “Jeremiah” Prophets:
Jeremiah was a prophet who spoke words which were called false. People demanded he recant them. He was hated by almost everyone, even his own people. He was accused of telling lies and thrown into a well to die. He often had to live out the prophetic words he was given, so that everyone could see it not just hear it.
He humbled himself to become the object lesson. Had Jeremiah been a prophet in Nebuchadnezzar’s day (or today), he would most likely have written out a scroll of judgement, as he did with King Jehoiakim of what was to come. And like Jehoiakim, Nebuchadnezzar, would have probably torn it up. But it didn’t change the authenticity of the word.
These were two different prophets with two different responses. Is one right and the other wrong or just part of their call delivered through their personality?
What about prophets such as Isaiah, Ezekiel, Amos or Jonah? Or Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego? Their response to Nebuchadnezzar’s ungodly mandates was firm, “We will not bow.” Some would say that wasn’t honoring the king. This is where we must remember God’s laws trump ungodly laws.
The “Judgement” Prophets:
Jonah delivered a harsh word declaring imminent destruction and God’s judgement upon a nation. He was quite comfortable declaring the judgement, but less comfortable with the fact God gave them grace when they repented. Jonah would be the prophet in today’s world declaring, “This is God’s judgement on you!” Jonah was more concerned about his appearance and being right than God’s plan being fulfilled. Yet God still used him.
Ezekiel was originally a priest, who then became a prophet. He often delivered words of judgement and used interesting theatrics to get his message across. His name means “Strengthened by God” and He would have needed to be because of the way he was treated during his lifetime. He served in the realm of government during a time of captivity in which the people wondered if God was being unjust and what they had done to deserve the captivity in which they found themselves.
All of those prophets would have been considered “weird” to some degree especially by those not serving God. But all were ridiculed even by those who did.
Is it any different now as people point their fingers in judgement and demand the scroll (words) be ripped up and repentance made?
As we look at the prophets of old, each had a specific “lane” in which they spoke. If someone diverted from this path, it didn’t turn out well. Jonah for one and Balaam another. The latter sought position, honor and money. He was willing to prostitute the prophetic to gain recognition and position. However, God thwarted Balaam and no matter how he tried, he was unable to fulfill the king’s request to curse Israel.
Balaam is a great example of a prophet who needed to keep his mouth shut.
There are some prophet’s now apologizing who have stepped out of their lane. They aren’t governmental prophets and yet are speaking of governmental issues most likely feeling pressure to speak because of their prophetic mantle. They are speaking beyond their call. It doesn’t mean it is always a miss, but it is certainly from a limited perspective.
We have some who are speaking out from ministry platforms, in which they were already requested to step down in ministry because of areas that were out-of-order. When people are in a season of correction or restoration, wisdom would dictate that it is a time to refrain from speaking. For a prophet, a mouthpiece, that can be hard, which is why some can’t seem to do it.
They are speaking, but they are not in alignment with God or their Board and as a result, their ministries may not survive. Like Balaam, they would do well to keep their mouths shut.
And finally, there are some, who feel compelled to continue to speak because they enjoy the audience and response of social media and so speak even if they don’t have the word for the hour.
It is like Ahimaaz in biblical days who said, “Please let me run and tell the king the good news that the LORD has avenged him of his enemies.” But Joab replied, “You are not the man to take good news today. You may do it another day, but you must not do so today, because the king’s son is dead.”
So Joab said to a Cushite, “Go, tell the king what you have seen.” The Cushite bowed to Joab and took off running. Ahimaaz son of Zadok, however, persisted and said to Joab, “Regardless of whatever may happen, please let me also run behind the Cushite!”
“My son,” Joab replied, “why do you want to run, since you will not receive a reward?”
“No matter what, I want to run!” he replied.
“Then run!” Joab told him. (I Sam 18:19-23). Ahimaaz had nothing to say, but was determined to run and be there first with the “word” which was really a non-word and which left the king and those who heard it confused.
All these are prophetic responses that cause confusion—which is what we see happening.
The Bible tells us to “Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful” (2 Chron 20:20). Are we to apologize that we listened to prophetic voices and trusted the prophets?
So were all the prophets wrong?
The word I held to and continue to hold to was Kim Clement’s. His words were years before and accurate. Did he suddenly miss it? I personally don’t think so…but I admit his prophetic word that Trump will have two terms has yet to be fulfilled. But that doesn’t mean we let go of it. Trump was elected. He is the authentic president. The one who now sits in that seat, is the counterfeit.
We can’t just ignore it and apologize because there was a theft.
The last issue is found in the scripture James 3:16-17, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”
Envy and strife are rampant in the church and in government. People jockeying for position and desiring to be seen, envious of those who are and who have what they think they deserve.
There are some, not all, who are apologizing out of a place of “humility” but the words I hear from their apology drip with pride as they demand others follow suit.
For those that feel the need to demand that people apologize, what are we to apologize for?
- That we believed prophetic voices as the Bible instructs? (2 Chr 20:20)
- That we trusted God’s word that said the wicked will be punished? (Pr 11:21)
- That we believed the scripture that all liars will be exposed? (Pr 19:9)
- That we trusted that God hears the prayers of the righteous when we call? (Jas 5:16)
The Remnant has been crying out to God to forgive us and to heal our land. Are we to repent that we dared believe that God would heal our land? (2 Chr 7:14)
I’ve heard some say this is God’s judgement on Trump’s pride and those who “worshipped” him. While obviously there were some that held Trump up as a “savior,” for most supporters I don’t think that was the case at all. They saw an imperfect man that God was using to reverse ungodly mandates in our nation.
However, I’ve heard some now claim, because Biden is in office, is proof of God’s judgement on Trump and Trump supporters. That theology doesn’t hold water. Because if God judged Trump for his pride and his supporters for “worshipping” him, He would also have to judge Obama for his arrogance and for the unadulterated worship by the media and his followers who actually referred to him as a messiah. But we know that God is NOT unjust and so that claim is man’s attempt at an explanation.
We need to stop trying to find a solution in our minds to explain what right now we don’t understand.
We prayed. We repented and yet so far, God hasn’t answered. But He will because He is faithful and unchanging.
Let us not be confused or divided over these issues. Let us not be the ones pointing our fingers and demanding someone follow an action we deem for them. Let us not be the ones passing judgement, but recognize we all “see through a filter darkly” and differently. May we all continue to seek the Holy Spirit who has said, “He will speak to us what He hears from the Father and show us things to come.” (John 16:13)
And may we all grow up when it comes to the prophetic rather than throw the baby out with the bathwater.