The Prophet as God’s Executioner

My friend and fellow blogger of Revealing the Christian Life, Denise Fyffe, recently sent me an article from Charisma Magazine, entitled Prophetic Wannabees and the Prophetic Reform by Jeremiah Johnson.  It was of interest because it confirmed some of the things the Lord spoke to us about changes that will occur with the operation of prophets.

A major issue Mr. Johnson outlined was that some prophets believed God sent them to destroy a ministry.   A prophet may warn but is not charged to execute God’s judgement on His people.  The purpose for the warning is to allow an opportunity for repentance, so the judgement is averted (Ezekiel 3:16-21; Jonah 4).

God may inform the prophet of impending destruction but request that only intercession be done.  No warning must be given.  One such example is the interaction between God and Abraham in Genesis 18 verses 17 to 33.  The Lord appeared in flesh and talked with him.  When He was leaving, He told Abraham of His plans to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.  Abraham was moved to intercede on behalf of the people.  When the intercession ended the prophet returned to his home (Genesis 20:7).  He knew that he was only allowed to intercede.  No warning was to be given to the nations of Sodom and Gomorrah or Lot, his nephew.  Their survival was dependent on the final terms of the agreement with Abraham.  The nation would be spared from destruction, if only a ten righteous people could be found in the nation.

When the warning is to be given, the prophet must wait for God’s instructions.   Sadly sometimes, as soon as the word is received we may dash to deliver the message.   The motive for quickly delivering the message may be genuine.  However, it will be delivered in our timing, strength and understanding, which can be disastrous.

God deals with His people according to the level of their faith.  He has all eternity and is in no rush to execute punishment.  His desire is that people will see their error, repent and turn to him.  Then he will show mercy.

And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

– Joel 2:13.

The prophet may be sent among the people but is not released to warn until they are ready to hear or receive it.  In this instance time is given for them to trust the messenger and to learn from his or her example.  When the time comes for the warning to be given, once the message is delivered the prophet no longer carries the responsibility.

Conversely, the Lord may send a swift rebuke to persons who have witnessed His power but have hardened their heart.  Even then, it is not the duty of the messenger to be judge or executioner.  The message must be given, as instructed by the Lord, and leave.  An example is given in 1 Kings 13.  The Lord sent a young prophet to Bethel to warn King Jeroboam of God’s impending judgment.  Pointing at the man of God, the king ordered that he is seized.  God immediately withered the king’s hand.  Did the prophet glory in God’s response?  Certainly not!  He prayed for God to have mercy and the King’s hand was restored.  He then left the town as God had instructed him.  Later he followed the words of an older prophet to return to the town.  This disobedience cost him his life.

Prophets are oftentimes ill-treated and viewed with suspicion. There are various reasons for this. Sometimes it may be a reaction to prior experience with a few misguided and disingenuous individuals. It may also arise from persons wanting to hear only pleasant words from the prophet. A true prophet will tell the people to get things right with God.  He or she is a watchman. The prophet must help repair the breach between man and his Maker. The fury and fire of God have come on me to warn individuals many times. My voice would become thunderous, with a deep bass resonance. While the warning is being delivered I am usually afraid, for myself and the individual. The power of God would come with so much force that my body felt like it would implode. I fear for the individual because a few persons have died shortly after receiving a warning. Once the anointing lifts, if the recipient is willing to listen, I would provide counsel.

Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

– Ezekiel 3:17

Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

– Jeremiah 1:9-10

After suffering abuse a prophet may become bitter and seek revenge when the message is being delivered. This will cause more harm than good. God’s desire is for His prophets to forgive and pray for those who prosecute them. Jesus was prosecuted. So shall it be for His disciples. That includes His prophets.

A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.  It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!

Matthew 10:24-25.

I have suffered much verbal abuse from person who refused to accept what is said.  Sometimes it is said to my face. At other times the words are said behind my back with the intent of ruining my reputation. In ALL instances the Lord would instructed me not to be angry, how to operate and to pray for His servants. Persons have attempted to tell me some of the things said in my absence but I am keen to shut it down. Listening can cause bitterness. All steps must be taken to ensure we walk in the love of Christ. When in doubt ask, ‘what would Jesus do (WWJD)‘. If you are unsure, consult the Bible or simply ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.

If the bitterness and unforgiveness persists, The Lord will protect His people by not releasing the prophet to speak.  Only when the Prophet learns to forgive will God use him or her.  The extent to which God uses the prophet will be based on how much he or she struggles to release unforgiveness.

There may not be bitterness towards the people but the prophet may refuse to speak.  He may refuse to give any more warning.  God usually gives time for healing then He will compel the Prophet to go speak His word.  The prophet will become burdened with the impending doom.  The longer he or she refuses to speak, the greater will be the burden felt.  Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay’ (Jeremiah 20:9).  Control of emotions is very important during this time.  Saying the wrong things can cause harm.  The Word must be delivered has God desires.

A prophet may move to stand in defense of the name of the Lord.   but even then no prophet is authorized to destroy a ministry.  Even when the prophet is zealous for God, the actions must be to turn the hearts of the people back to God (Luke 1:17). There is a very dramatic scene in 1 Kings 18:20-40.  There was a drought.  God told Elijah He would send rain.  Before rain came Elijah needed to break the curse over the nation.  He confronted the prophets of Baal, on Mount Carmel in the presence of the people.  They were challenged to call down fire to consume their sacrifice.  Only Elijah successfully calls fire down from heaven.  The prophets of Baal are killed.  The people then repent and God sends rain.

Any prophet who deliberately works to destroy a ministry is not receiving instructions from Jesus Christ.  She is hearing from another god.  Even the devil gives visions and instructs to those willing to listen.  ‘There are many voices but none of them without significance’ (1 Cor. 14:10, King James Version).  Strong’s Concordance gives the transliteration of the Greek word for voices as phōnē (pronounced fōnā’).  The word means a sound, voices, language, dialect or noise. Every believer, who is filled with the Holy Spirit, will hear voices from the spirit realm.  The voice may come as ideas or information from a soft inner voice (often perceived as the voice of our conscience or a thought).  It may also be an audible voice.  If the voice is heeded, it is important to determine the source.  If it is from God, the Words will not contradict the scriptures.  If there is a contradiction whatever is heard should be rejected.

credit: Image by Joshua Earle via Unsplash {link to https://unsplash.com/joshuaearle}

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2 thoughts on “The Prophet as God’s Executioner

  1. Reblogged this on Revealing the Christian Life and commented:
    My friend and fellow blogger of Revealing the Christian Life, Denise Fyffe, recently sent me an article from Charisma Magazine, entitled Prophetic Wannabees and the Prophetic Reform by Jeremiah Johnson. It was of interest because it confirmed some of the things the Lord spoke to us about changes that will occur with the operation of prophets.

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